Luncheon Discussion – Who Controls U.S. Foreign Policy?
The arrival of the Trump administration has caused many policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic to worry about the future continuity of American foreign policy. Some of the most vocal defenders of a traditional view of America’s role the world have been members of Congress and the Senate, both Republicans and Democrats, and Congress’s role in light of the new administration has often been described as one of “damage limitation.” However, the role of the U.S. Congress in foreign policy-making, as well as its interactions with the executive power, have often been misunderstood, and either exaggerated or underestimated.
Prof. Gerry Warburg, who has worked extensively on the influence of Congress on U.S. foreign policy, will discuss the extent to which the Trump presidency has elevated the role of the Congress in American foreign policymaking, and how the Congress’s worldview can be qualified, how it is determined, and how this affects its relationship with the White House.
Derek Chollet, formerly assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs in the Department of Defense, will comment on how the exceptional rhetoric and worldview of the current president shape U.S. strategic objectives, and how America’s role in the world, both perceived and real, may change in the coming years.
This event is organized in cooperation with the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Lyon. The discussion will be held in English.
To register, or if you have any questions, please contact Martin Quencez at +33 1 47 23 47 18 or MQuencez@gmfus.org .