US Presidential Election – How the Results Will Impact International Security

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As the US Presidential Election result became known, experts from RUSI's International Security Studies research group disscussed the foreign policy implications.

The 2020 US Presidential election is one of the most significant for decades in foreign policy terms. The choice for voters is summed up in the contrasting taglines of the candidates’ campaigns: Donald Trump’s America First versus Joe Biden’s Restoring American Leadership.  Yet while there are clear differences between the two candidates regarding the direction that the United States should adopt in its external relations, on some of the key issues, notably regarding China, bipartisan consensus is likely to remain the defining feature of US policy.

The International Security Studies team discussed the foreign policy challenges for the next US administration and the key choices for Washington of an increasingly complex foreign and security agenda. The discussion, in particular, considered how the US is likely to approach the growing strength of China, notably in the Indo-Pacific region; Russia’s continuing efforts to challenge and disrupt the western alliance; the ongoing instability of the Middle East; the rise of India as a key US partner in Asia; and the priority that is likely to be given by Washington to sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Veerle Nouwens, Research Fellow, Navigating the Indo-Pacific Programme
  • Emily Ferris, Research Fellow, Russia and the World Programme
  • Dr Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi, Senior Research Fellow, Unpacking the Middle East and North Africa Programme
  • Dr Andrew Tchie, Senior Research Fellow and Obasanjo Fellow, Africa in Perspective Programme
  • Aaditya Dave, Research Analyst, Navigating the Indo-Pacific Programme

Chair: Neil Melvin, Director International Security Studies, RUSI

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