Where do we go from here? US foreign policy after the 2016 presidential election

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4 August 2016


University of Sydney


Public forum

The next US president will face numerous foreign policy challenges including heightened tensions across Europe, the Middle East and the South China Sea. Bringing together US foreign policy experts who have worked with presidential candidates from both parties, we will look at how a Democrat or Republican president might influence international affairs in 2017 and beyond.

Frank Jannuzi was policy director for the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 1997-2012, where he advised committee chairmen Joe Biden and John Kerry.

Richard Fontaine served as foreign policy advisor to John McCain for more than five years, including during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Both experts offered exceptional insight into how a president from either major party might handle the world stage. They were joined by USSC Research Director James Brown who moderated the debate.  


  • Richard Fontaine
    Richard Fontaine
    President, Center for a New American Security

    Richard Fontaine was the Alliance 21 Program Fellow at the US Studies Centre from July to August 2016. Fontaine is the President of the Centre for a New American Security. Previously, Fontaine was a foreign policy advisor to Senator John McCain for more than five years and has also worked at the State Department, the National Security Council and on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

  • James Brown
    James Brown
    CEO, Space Industry Association of Australia

    James Brown is CEO of the Space Industry Association of Australia. He was previously a Non-Resident Fellow at the United States Studies Centre.

  • Frank Januzzi
    President and CEO, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation

    Frank Jannuzi visited the US Studies Centre in 2016. Before joining the Mansfield Foundation as President and CEO, Jannuzi served as Deputy Executive Director (Advocacy, Policy and Research) at Amnesty International, USA. From 1997-2012 Jannuzi was Policy Director of East Asian and Pacific Affairs for the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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