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The Nightmare Series: "President Trump - the First 100 Days"
Wed, October 19, 2016, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM BST
On Wednesday 19 October at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, Thomas Wright (Brookings Institution) will present a 'Nightmare Series' lecture, in which he will discuss the foreign-policy consequences of a successful Trump bid for the US presidency.
Prof. Andrew Preston (Cambridge) will act as respondent.
- Where: Bateman Auditorium, Gonville & Caius College
- When: 5.00-6.30pm.
The lecture will be followed by a Q&A.
About the Nightmare Series
The Nightmare Series is a series of events in which the Forum on Geopolitics invites leading geopolitical thinkers and practitioners to reflect upon their own personal 'nightmare' scenarios: the greatest potential geopolitical disasters they could plausibly see on the horizon of the next five to ten years. Each speaker outlines the precipitating event, or series of coincident circumstances that they dread, because of the cascade of political, military, economic and social consequences that would follow. They then reflect on ideal strategies and mindsets that could prepare governments and other key stakeholders to prevent, mitigate or cope with the anticipated consequences. The overall objective of the series is to demonstrate the need for building capabilities in innovative, strategic thinking at the highest levels of policy-making and decision-making, and to showcase to practitioners, the private sector and public opinion the value of using cutting-edge academic thinking to prepare for the 'real world' geopolitical events that may well be just around the corner. This series has been made possible by the support of Absolute Strategy Research
About Dr Thomas Wright
Thomas Wright is Director of the Project on International Order and Strategy, and fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution. He holds a doctorate from Georgetown University, a Master of Philosophy from Cambridge University, and a bachelor's and master's from University College Dublin. He has also held a pre-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and a post doctoral fellowship at Princeton University. Wright's writings have appeared in the American Political Science Review, Orbis, Survival, The Washington Quarterly, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, and The Washington Post, as well as a number of international newspapers and media outlets.
His current projects include the future of U.S. alliances and strategic partnerships, the geopolitical consequences of the euro crisis, U.S. relations with rising powers, and multilateral diplomacy.
- Fulbright Commission, Ireland, vice chair and board member
- International Politics Reviews, Palgrave Macmillan, editorial board
About Prof. Andrew Preston
Prof. Preston specialises in the history of American foreign relations. More specifically, in the intersections between the national and the international, the foreign and the domestic, including the influence that domestic politics and culture—particularly religion—have had on the conduct of U.S. foreign policy. He is currently working on two major projects: a book on the idea of “national security” in American history, which will be published by Harvard University Press; and, with series editor Lien-Hang Nguyen, Vol. 2 of the forthcoming 3-volume Cambridge History of the Vietnam War.