Presidential Transition Diplomacy Seminar
$650 – $950
Presidential Transition Diplomacy Seminar

Presidential Transition Diplomacy Seminar

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This two-day seminar will prepare foreign diplomats in the United States and other international affairs professionals for the transition to the new Trump administration. It will examine the administration’s likely policies and personalities and will give participants the tools necessary to navigate various government agencies involved in foreign policy and national security at a time of significant uncertainty and unpredictability. Speakers include some of our faculty advisers and other practitioners and scholars with significant presidential transition experience.



DAY 1


9:00 a.m. Session 1: Navigating the Trump Administration

Review and analysis of President-Elect Donald Trump’s statements on foreign policy during and after the campaign, overview of his team and outline of his likely initial decisions and actions.


10:30 a.m. Coffee break


10:45 a.m. Session 2: The Interagency Foreign Policy Process

Navigating the national security structures of the U.S. government during a presidential transition, the coordinating role of the National Security Council, relations between political appointees and civil servants, and points of contact for foreign embassies.


12:15 p.m. Lunch break


1:15 p.m. Session 3: U.S. Diplomacy and the State Department

The changing objectives and global infrastructure of American diplomacy, State Department operations, senior officials, cultural and bureaucratic specificities and protocol matters, and points of contact for foreign embassies.


2:45 p.m. Coffee break


3:00 p.m. Session 4: Media and Public Discourse

The media’s role in the transition, the impact of think tanks, and Congress’ role in American foreign policy and oversight of the executive branch.


4:30 p.m. End of Day 1



DAY 2


9:00 a.m. Session 1: Defense and the Role of the Military

The defense agencies of the U.S. government, foreign defense cooperation and military sales, the future of counter-terrorism, and the dynamic between political appointees and the career military services.


10:30 a.m. Coffee break


10:45 a.m. Session 2: The Future of Trade and Globalization

The impact of America’s trade relations on the U.S. economy, the role of the U.S. Treasury in financial diplomacy, and the likely impact of protectionist and isolationist policies.


12:15 p.m. Lunch break


1:15 p.m. Session 3: Energy and Climate Change

The future of U.S. energy policies, their impact on the domestic economy and global trends, and the likely consequences of Trump’s views on climate change.


2:45 p.m. Coffee break


3:00 p.m. Session 4: Immigration and Homeland Security

Potential changes to U.S. immigration law, future visa, deportation and refugee policies, and relations with ethnic and religious minorities and expatriate communities around the United States.


4:30 p.m. End of Day 2


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