The HJS Virtual Event Series: ‘In discussion with John Bolton’ – Wednesday 16th Dec, 3pm-4pm (GMT)

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The HJS Virtual Event Series: ‘In discussion with John Bolton’ – Wednesday 16th Dec, 3pm-4pm (GMT)

16th December 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The election of Donald Trump in 2016 ushered in a very unique and controversial style of US Presidency. The development and delivery of US Foreign Policy by President Trump and his administration was at times both bold and brash, marked by unilateralism, and has been characterised by some as rife with internal conflicts among Cabinet members and the President’s own national security team.  Despite the alleged internal turmoil and its effects, some argue that the Trump Administration delivered ground-breaking and innovative national security policies in regards to Israel and its standing in the Middle East, countering China’s more aggressive activities, and other policy seen as foreign policy ‘wins’. America’s trajectory in the world as set by the Trump Administration therefore poses both challenges ­– and opportunities ­– to a new administration. How might President-Elect Biden and his new national security team reverse, alter, or continue the course set by the previous administration in specific areas?

The Henry Jackson Society is honoured to host President Trump’s former National Security Advisor, Ambassador John Bolton, for a conversation about US foreign policy options in 2021 and beyond.  In this one-hour long event, Ambassador Bolton will share his thoughts as we look back on the foreign policy legacy of the Trump Administration and look forward to future options for American leadership in world affairs.  In the course of the conversation we will seek our distinguished guest’s perspectives on best practices in managing a US national security team and any lessons to be learned from of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We will explore foreign policy options on such pressing issues as China’s relative gains on the liberal democratic rules-based order; withdrawal from Afghanistan; containing Iran and North Korea; reacting to Russia’s behaviour on the world stage; while exploring opportunities and challenges ahead for America’s relationships with Britain and the European Union.

Ambassador Bolton will be in conversation with Craig Tiedman, HJS’s Director of Policy & Research and former US Government official following which Q&A will be conducted with the audience.

The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite you to a special 60-minute online event, Ambassador John Bolton: In Conversation – US Foreign Policy Looking Back and Looking Forward, which will be held on Wednesday 16 December (3:00 pm-4:00 pm GMT).

NB Ambassador Bolton’s recent book, “The Room Where it Happened” (June 2020), describing his tenure as US National Security Advisor, provides context for the policy elements of this discussion and is available to purchase here.




Speaker: Amb. John Bolton


John R. Bolton served as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs from April 9, 2018, until his resignation on September 10, 2019. From January 2007 until April 2018, he served as a Senior Fellow at American Enterprise Institute in Washington.

John R. Bolton was appointed as the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations on August 1, 2005, and served until his resignation in December 2006. Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Bolton served as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security from May 2001 to May 2005.

Throughout his distinguished career, Ambassador Bolton has been a staunch defender of American interests. While Under Secretary of State, he repeatedly advocated tough measures against the nuclear weapons programs of both Iran and North Korea and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction worldwide. He led negotiations for America to withdraw from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty so that the Bush Administration could proceed with a national missile-defence program.

Ambassador Bolton has spent many years of his career in public service. Previous positions he has held include assistant secretary for International Organization Affairs at the Department of State, 1989-1993; assistant attorney general, Department of Justice, 1985-1989; assistant administrator for Program and Policy Coordination, U.S. Agency for International Development, 1982-1983 and general counsel, U.S. Agency for International Development, 1981-1982.

Ambassador Bolton is the author of The Room Where it Happened, published by Simon & Schuster (June 2020), Surrender is Not an Option: Defending America at the U.N. and Abroad, published by Simon & Shuster (November 2007) and How Barack Obama Is Endangering Our National Sovereignty, published by Encounter Books (April 2010).

Ambassador Bolton was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Yale College in 1970, and received his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1974. He currently resides in Maryland with his wife, Gretchen. They have one daughter, Jennifer Sarah, who also graduated from Yale College, and received her MBA and SM degrees from MIT in 2014 and is currently a senior manager at Nissan’s manufacturing facility in Nashville.


In Conversation with: Craig Tiedman


Craig Tiedman is the Director of Policy & Research and he manages the research team at the Henry Jackson Society.  Mr Tiedman served at the US Department of Defense as a policy advisor to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, as NASA’s lead to India, France, the United Kingdom and Australia, and as a Fellow in Crisis Management for the US Department of State.  He has managed high-impact teams and advised the United States Navy in the delivery of multi-million dollar research programmes.

Academically, Mr Tiedman served as a Departmental Tutor in US Foreign Policy and Space Diplomacy at the University of Oxford and as an Adjunct Professor of Security Studies at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, Hawaii.  He holds an MBA and MSc in Management Research from the University of Oxford and an MSt in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.

Craig’s expertise is in Foreign Policy Analysis, Security Sector Development, and Space Policy and he has conducted research on China’s Belt and Road Initiative.




16th December 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


United Kingdom


Henry Jackson Society
+44 (0) 20 7340 4520


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