The US 2020 Presidential Election and Foreign Policy Ramifications

Policymakers around the globe are closely following the 2020 US presidential election and foreign policy trends that will unfold as a result. US interventionism, our role in development work around the world, efforts to support democracy and citizen movements, intervention in fragile and conflict-affected countries, and many other crucial areas of global policy will be affected by the US presidential race and election outcome. We recently spoke with Lauren Van Metre, lecturer in the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University, about what international policymakers are likely focusing on as the election draws near.

Dr. Van Metre’s areas of expertise include conflict resolution, violent extremism, and resilience to violent conflict. She has served as the Acting Vice President and head of the Center for Applied Research at the US Institute of Peace (USIP), at the State Department as deputy office director for Kosovo peace implementation, and at the Defense Department where she organized the first-ever Defense Ministerial of the Americas and South Balkans Defense Ministerial.

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#WeAreElliott: Daniel Saenz

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Daniel Saenz is a first-year Masters Candidate in the International Affairs Program at the Elliott School, concentrating in International Security Policy. He received his Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Fort Hays State University in 2019. Particularly, he is interested in transnational security threats, their connection with mass migration around the world, and the capacity building required to address these threats and mitigate the refugee crisis. He is currently a volunteer researcher for the Center for Strategic and International Affairs’ Inflicting Surprise Report. Here, he analyzes historic examples of surprise by democracies in armed conflict, compiles open-source research, and deciphers the national security implications the examples pose for the U.S. He also has experience working with refugees from his time teaching Sudanese refugees English in Cairo, Egypt. Daniel enjoys playing guitar, watching Turkish and Korean dramas on Netflix, and listening to Heavy Metal music such as Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden.

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#ElliottExpert: Larry Garber

Larry Garber is adjunct faculty at the Elliott School of International Affairs, where he teaches courses on International Development and Civil Society and International Development. Larry has worked for 35 years in the fields of national security, international development, human rights, democracy promotion, and overseas election assistance. He served on the faculty of the National Defense University, as a senior policy-maker at the US Agency for International Development (USAID), as Mission Director for USAID’s West Bank/Gaza program, and as Chief Executive Officer of the New Israel Fund. In 1984, Larry authored Guidelines for International Election Observing, which transformed election observation into a rigorous discipline. Since publication of Guidelines, he has organized international observer missions in more than 20 countries. In addition to consulting and teaching, Larry is currently applying the lessons he learned observing elections overseas to the United States. Larry has a JD/Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University and a BA from Queens College.

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#ElliottProud: Robert Maxim

Robert Maxim is a research associate in the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings. Robert conducts research and analysis for the program’s innovation and managing disruption portfolio, with a focus on helping communities adapt to globalization and technological change. He has previously served as a Senior Analyst at the Boston Consulting Group, specializing in trade policy and economic development, as well as a Research Associate at the Council on Foreign Relations, focusing on industrial competitiveness, international trade, and digital policy. He holds an MA in International Trade in Investment Policy (now International Economic Policy), and a BA in International Affairs and Economics, both from the Elliott School.

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#WeAreElliott: Kristi Bradford

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Kristi Bradford is in the International Science and Technology Policy master’s program at the Elliott School, concentrating in Space Strategy and Management. She started her career in research and development of scientific instrumentation. Her work has been deployed to the South Pole, biomedical research labs, sub-orbital balloon trajectories, and Earth orbit. She has co-authored over a dozen publications on scientific measurement systems and received numerous awards for her work, including from the American Astronomical Society, Science Foundation Arizona, and Forbes Magazine. She holds a bachelor’s degree in astrophysics, earth and planetary science from Harvard University and a master’s degree in exploration systems design (systems engineering) from Arizona State University. She has worked full time at Columbia University, Planetary Resources, and The Aerospace Corporation as well as conducted part-time research at NASA Ames, California Institute of Technology, and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. She currently works as a Field Technologist at In-Q-Tel.

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#ElliottExpert: Jane Henrici

Jane Henrici, PhD is a consulting Senior Researcher and Gender Advisor and Professorial Lecturer in the Elliott School of International Affairs. She is an economic anthropologist with 20+ years of experience designing, conducting, training, and teaching research on gender and intersectionality; communicating findings and recommendations; and helping to craft and undertake follow-up programming in the Americas, Asia, and North Africa. Her doctorate is from the University of Texas-Austin, her master’s from the University of Chicago, and her honors include being a Fulbright Scholar in Peru. Her subject matter expertise includes gender and intersectionality in disasters and recovery; health care and coverage; policy, planning, and development inclusion; economic opportunities and social norms; and political participation and institutional norms. She is an experienced study director and researcher specializing in mixed methods, qualitative, and multi-perspectival investigations. Most recently, Dr. Henrici has directed four COVID-19 projects using online surveys and remotely conducted interviews.

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#IncomingElliott: Jesse Tansen

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Jesse Tanson is an incoming Master of Arts in International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs. Jesse has a BA in French and Francophone Studies with a minor in TESOL from the College of William and Mary. During his time there, he studied abroad in Strasbourg, France where he studied as a part of the IFE program and interned for the University of Strasbourg’s film department. As an intern with the department, he worked with HESCALE, a group of researchers and filmmakers whose objective is to shine light on the cinema industries of Africa and the Middle East. Additionally, he spent the summer of 2017 researching French hip-hop in Paris, France for his honor’s thesis for which he was awarded “highest honors”. After graduating from William and Mary, he taught English for two years in Cavaillon, France with the TAPIF program.  In his free time, Jesse enjoys learning about different cuisines, hiking, traveling and meeting new people.

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#ElliottExpert: Michael Moore

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Professor Michael Moore has been a faculty member at the Elliott School since 1988. He has had the great fortune to teach Elliott School students, live/study/work in four countries, learn foreign languages, serve in the White House, and travel extensively domestically and internationally. His research focuses on the World Trade Organization and international trade policy more generally. He loves biking and hiking and cooking.  His heart is in the Western US but his brain is firmly planted in the DC area. His life has been made possible by that great equalizer: education. 

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#IncomingElliott: Kristofer Harris

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Kristofer Harris graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Philosophy with an emphasis on Law and Society from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Before starting graduate school, Kristofer had a brief stint interning on Capitol Hill through the Panetta Institute for Public Policy’s congressional internship program and did extensive work in the information technology sector. At the moment, Kristofer works as a volunteer coordinator for a political campaign as well as moonlights as an Artist Relations contractor in the entertainment industry and hopes to use his unique and diverse skill set to help the national security community. At the Elliott School, Kristofer will be studying Security Policy Studies with a concentration in Science and Technology and hopes to graduate with his M.A. in 2022.

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#ElliottExpert: Deepa Ollapally

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Deepa M. Ollapally is Research Professor of International Affairs and the Associate Director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. She also directs the Rising Powers Initiative which tracks foreign policy debates in major powers of Asia and Eurasia. Ollapally is the author of five books including Worldviews of Aspiring Powers (Oxford, 2012) and The Politics of Extremism in South Asia (Cambridge 2008). Her most recent books are two edited volumes, Energy Security in Asia and Eurasia (Routledge, 2017) and Nuclear Debates in Asia: The Role of Geopolitics and Domestic Processes (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). She has held positions in the policy world including the US Institute of Peace and the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India. She is a frequent commentator in the media, including appearances on CNN, BBC, CBS, PBS and Reuters TV. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.

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