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The 2016 Presidential Election, U.S. Foreign Policy, and the Future of World Order

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51 minutes 54 seconds

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American Politics | Defense and Security Studies | Environmental Policy | International Relations | Peace and Conflict Studies | Political Science | Public Affairs | Public Policy


The 2016 election is historic and controversial on many levels. But beneath the thin layer of negative ads and inflammatory tweets lies a core of complex foreign policy issues with grave implications for our future, from managing China's rise to confronting threats posed by terrorism, nuclear proliferation, and climate change. Dr. Patrick Cottrell (professor of political science at Linfield College) discusses how the candidates' approaches to these and other issues raise even deeper questions about the U.S.'s role in the world, whether the United States can and should "lead" in the 21st century, and the extent to which the post-World War II order is on the verge of collapse.


Sponsored by the Linfield College Office of Institutional Advancement.