Prospects for the United States in 2016
Sir Peter Westmacott KCMG LVO, Her Majesty's Ambassador to the United States of America
Chair: Xenia Wickett, Director, US Project; Dean of the Queen Elizabeth II Academy, Chatham House
With presidential and congressional elections scheduled for November 2016, the coming year could see the United States become increasingly distracted, particularly with regards to foreign policy as its focus turns towards domestic matters.
However, world events are unlikely to permit a passive and unengaged United States. Recent moves, such as the announcement that the US is to extend its troop presence in Afghanistan and the completion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, appear to show that President Obama intends to stay fully engaged until the end of his term.
Ambassador Peter Westmacott will offer his thoughts on how the election cycle might affect policy choices, political and media narratives, and popular concerns over the next year. What are the likely political upshots of the coming twelve months? How might these reverberate beyond US borders? And how might US international priorities be affected by the presidential election process?
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