Wed, Dec 16 | Zoom Webinar

The Biden Administration's Foreign Policy Challenges: Perspectives from Abroad

An international panel discussion on the challenges awaiting the new administration.
Registration is Closed

Time & Location

Dec 16, 2020, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Zoom Webinar

About The Event

An opporunity to hear insights from international analysts and thought leaders on the challenges facing the incoming administration. What are their thoughts on what the Biden administration should tackle first, how it can repair relations with key allies and strategic partners, and what opportunities exist for multi-lateral action on pressing issues like trade, borders, and climate change. 

Bilahari Kausikan

Bilahari Kausikan is the Chairman of the Middle East Institute, an autonomous institute of the National University of Singapore. Mr Kausikan was Permanent Secretary of Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2010 to 2013, having served as Second Permanent Secretary since 2001. He was subsequently Ambassador-at-Large until May 2018. His earlier appointments at the Ministry include Deputy Secretary for South-east Asia, Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, and Ambassador to the Russian Federation. He was educated at Raffles Institution, the University of Singapore and Columbia University in New York.

Colin Robertson

A former Canadian diplomat, Colin Robertson is Vice President and Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and hosts its regular Global Exchange podcast. He is an Executive Fellow at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. Robertson sits on the advisory councils of the Johnson-Shoyama School of Public Policy, North American Research Partnership, the Sir Winston Churchill Society of Ottawa and the Conference of Defence Associations Institute He is an Honorary Captain (Royal Canadian Navy) assigned to the Strategic Communications Directorate. During his foreign service career, he served as first Head of the Advocacy Secretariat and Minister at the Canadian Embassy in Washington and Consul General in Los Angeles, as Consul and Counsellor in Hong Kong and in New York at the UN and Consulate General. A member of the teams that negotiated the Canada-U.S. FTA and then the NAFTA, he is a member of the Deputy Minister of International Trade’s NAFTA Advisory Council and the North American Forum. He writes on foreign affairs for the Globe and Mail and he is a frequent contributor to other media.

Dr. Constanze Stelzenmüller

Constanze Stelzenmüller is currently a senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings. She was the Kissinger Chair on Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library of Congress from October 2019 through March 2020. She served as the inaugural Robert Bosch Senior Fellow from 2014 to 2019. Prior to working at Brookings, she was a senior transatlantic fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), where she directed the influential Transatlantic Trends survey program.

Her areas of expertise include transatlantic relations; German foreign policy; NATO; the European Union’s foreign, security, and defense policy; international law; and human rights.

She speaks English, French, German, and Spanish. Dr. Stelzenmüller holds a doctorate in law from the University of Bonn (1992), a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1988), and a law degree from the University of Bonn (1985).

Stephen R. Kelly - Moderator

Stephen R. Kelly is a research scholar at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, where he has worked since retiring from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2010. He has taught courses on North American issues, the U.S. border, and energy security at Duke’s campuses in Durham, N.C., and Kunshan, China. In his 28-year career as a U.S. diplomat, Mr. Kelly served in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. He was U.S. Consul General in Quebec City during the 1995 sovereignty reference, Deputy Chief of Mission in Ottawa on 9/11, and Deputy Chief of Mission in Mexico City as narcotrafficking violence exploded in the mid-2000’s. He divides his time between Jonesport, Maine and Durham, North Carolina.

Event schedule:

7:00pm:  Welcome and introductions

7:05pm:  Discussion with panelists

7:40pm:  Audience Q&A 

8:00pm:  Program end


$10 - WACM Member tickets (one ticket per device)

$15 - General public tickets (one ticket per device)

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The lengthy suspension of our in-person programs greatly impacts the revenue that supports our work. For those able and interested, we created a $50 Fall 2020 series sponsor ticket. This one-time gift will support our 4-session series exploring our post-pandemic world. Sponsorship can be made in your name(s) or in honor/memory of someone. All sponsors will be recognized at the end of each session. Please purchase your series sponsor $50 ticket for the first session you are interested in attending. You will then be automatically registered for all remaining sessions.

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