Peter MandavilleGeorge Mason University
Peter Mandaville is Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University in Washington DC. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs and a Nonresident Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution. During the Obama Administration, he served as a member of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s policy planning staff. His most recent book is Islam and Politics (3rd edition forthcoming 2020).
How should we make sense of U.S. foreign policy under Trump?
How can we explain the unpredictable and volatile nature of American conduct in the world today? Is it a reflection of Trump himself, or perhaps the extreme views found within his inner circle of advisors? Or is it best explained by the unorthodox nature of the policymaking process that dominates the current administration in Washington? In this presentation, a scholar with first-hand experience in government advising senior U.S. foreign policy officials will offer observations on the factors currently shaping America’s erratic engagement with the rest of the world.