Reflections and Projections: The New Administration and the World conference (January 27, 2017)

Reflections and Projections

The New Administration and the World

January 27, 2017

Richmond, the American International University in London

17 Young Street, London W8 5EH. Lecture Auditorium

10:00 – 4:30

On January 27, 2017, Richmond will host a conference to consider the implications of the new administration that will have recently taken office in the United States. Headed Donald Trump, the new White House will face a series of domestic and global challenges from day one, including the future direction of European policy in the wake of the Brexit vote, relations with Russia, action or inaction in Syria and the impact of President Obama’s legacy.

To address these issues, a series of high profile speakers will deliver their thoughts in a setting specifically designed to give time and space to ideas and interaction. Led by Richmond’s scholar on US Political History, Dr James D. Boys, the conference will address the role of politics and personality, policy and propaganda as one administration arrives and another departs from the White House. The speakers and the audience will consider the events of the recent past and project as to likely developments in the coming months.


Dr James D. Boys

Author of Clinton’s Grand Strategy (Bloomsbury, 2015), Hillary Rising (Biteback, 2016) and the forthcoming Clinton’s War on Terror (Lynne Reinner, 2018) will consider the lasting legacy of Barack Obama for the new administration and the extent to which the legacy of another former president, Bill Clinton, will influence the new White House team.

Dr John Bew

Reader in History and Foreign Policy at the War Studies Department at King’s College, London and a leading member of Policy Exchange, and author a number of high profile texts, most recently Citizen Clem: A Life of Atlee (Oxford, 2016) and Realpolitik: A History (OUP, 2016). He is also leading a new project examining the role of Britain in the World for the leading Think Tank, Policy Exchange.

Dr Michelle Bentley

Senior Lecturer in the department of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway University, Dr Bentley is a specialist on the use of weapons of mass destruction and security in the international arena. She is the author of two monographs, Weapons of Mass Destruction and US Foreign Policy: The Strategic Use of a Concept (Routledge, 2014) and Syria and the Chemical Weapons Taboo: Exploiting the Forbidden (MUP, 2016) as well as numerous highly regarded journal articles addressing issues of US foreign policy.

Dr Brian Klaas

Currently serving as a Research Fellow at the  London School of Economic, D. Brian Klaas focuses on global democracy, democratic transitions, political violence and volatility (particularly coups and civil wars), and rigged elections. His book, The Despot’s Accomplice: How the West is Aiding & Abetting the Decline of Democracy, (OUP, 2016) draws upon his experience in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and United States politics.