The Brief, October 2016


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October 10, 2016
The Next U.S. President's Agenda

As American voters prepare to visit the election polls in less than a month to select Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump as the next U.S. president, experts said a multitude of challenges and opportunities in American foreign policy lie ahead for the next commander in chief.

European and Eurasian Studies Adjunct Professor Matthew Rojansky wrote in Foreign Policy that "Washington needs a better Russia policy. And it will be incumbent on the next president to develop an approach that advances vital U.S. national interests while taking into account Russia’s objectives and capabilities on its periphery — and globally." Read more

U.S.-Korea Institute Senior Fellow Joel Wit wrote in The New York Times that U.S. allies including China "insist that only Washington can persuade the North Koreans to stop their bad behavior" with nuclear weapons, and the new administration can use "substantial diplomatic, military and economic power at its disposal to manage and potentially resolve this challenge." Read more

As U.S.-Saudi relations remain stagnant under the current administration, Middle East Studies Professor Sanam Vakil told The Hill, "from the Saudi side, a Clinton [presidency] would seem more palatable than the current relationship that has developed under President Obama, which is more strained, at least from an outward perspective," and probably would return American foreign policy to the pre-Obama era.  Read more

Eric Edelman, the Roger Hertog Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, told the American Enterprise Institute that a national security crisis that could dominate the next U.S. presidency is the Kashmir conflict and "the prospect of a stand-off on the Indian sub-continent, much less a nuclear confrontation or nuclear war between India and Pakistan, has hardly come up in U.S. policy discussions despite the fact that such a conflict would be the most likely route to terrorists getting hold of a functioning nuclear weapon." Read more

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