American Foreign Policy and the 2020 Presidential Election

Presented by ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

Will foreign policy be a factor in the 2020 American presidential election? If so, on what issues and along what themes? As a leading scholar of the domestic politics of American foreign policy, as well as having extensive experience as a foreign policy advisor to Democratic presidential candidates and State Department official in the Clinton and Obama administrations, Bruce Jentleson brings a valuable perspective to the current American presidential campaign.

Bruce W. Jentleson is the William Preston Few Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science at Duke University. He also is a Global Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He has served in a number of U.S. foreign policy positions, most recently as Senior Advisor to the State Department Policy Planning Director (2009-11) and chair of a Hillary Clinton 2016 foreign policy working group. In 201516 he was the Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress. He received the 2018 American Political Science Association (APSA) International Security Section Joseph J. Kruzel Award for Distinguished Public Service. He is Co-Director of the Bridging the Gap project promoting greater policy relevance among academics. He holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University.