Why Trump’s Foreign Policy Appointments Matter: A (Second) Conversation with Elizabeth Saunders

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  • Micah Zenko
    Senior Fellow

Show Notes

I was lucky enough to again be joined by the brilliant Elizabeth Saunders, assistant professor of political science and international affairs at the George Washington University, and currently a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. We discussed the role that President-Elect Donald Trump’s advisers will play in shaping his approach to foreign policy and response to international crises. Professor Saunders also talks about two of her recent articles published on the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, “What a President Trump Means for Foreign Policy” and “How Much Power Will Trump’s Foreign Policy Advisers Have?” Follow her on Twitter @ProfSaunders and, if you haven’t already, listen to the conversation we had back in March, “Presidents and Foreign Policy.”

Our conversation this week covers why we should pay attention to the advisers who will have Trump’s ear on foreign policy and national security. Listen to also hear Professor Saunder’s advice for fellow international relations scholars, and her unconventional hope for her research—that it will become less relevant.

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