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Elections Forum: Week Three

September 28-October 2, 2020 Events

What is a Moral Foreign Policy?

Joseph NyeSeptember 29, 2020
One of the world's top foreign policy experts, Joseph Nye joins us to discuss his recent book, "Do Morals Matter? Presidents and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump." Nye is a pioneer of international relations, founding theories in neoliberalism, soft power and "smart power." Former Dean of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Nye chaired the National Intelligence Council under Bill Clinton and served as an adviser in the Obama administration. Following the talk, he answers questions from a student panel.
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Presidential Elections Seminar: A Primer on Presidential Debates

Minnesota Gov. Tim WalzFormer NH Gov. John SununuSeptember 29, 2020, 2:15-4:45 p.m. EDT
How do presidential debates shape the state of the race, and how do presidents prepare for them? Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and former White House Chief of Staff (under President George H.W. Bush ) and former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu will analyze the goals and objectives of each candidate on the day of the first presidential debate.

Recommended Reading

Members of our team recommend resources each week to inform the conversations we are having in our HC Election Forums and in our social circles.

Marisa George '21Marisa George '21 recommends this article from National Review: "History Is on the Side of Republicans Filling a Supreme Court Vacancy in 2020."

Professor Daniel Klinghard also shares an article in the National Review, by Villanova Professor of Law and Religion Michael P. Moreland on "Amy Coney Barrett and the ‘Dual Loyalty’ Canard."

Thomas M. LandyMcFarland Center Director Tom Landy shares from the Washington Post, "Global Views of U.S. Plunge to New Lows Amid Pandemic, Poll Finds" and from the Pew Research Center: "U.S. Image Plummets Internationally as Most Say Country Has Handled Coronavirus Badly."

Ben Tayag '21 shares a New York Times piece on "Voting Alone," that explores how social isolation is shaping the presidential campaign.

Professor Maria Rodrigues recommends a primer on "Drivers of Authoritarian Populism in the United States" from the Center for American Progress.