Stéfanie von Hlatky

American Defence Policy: Why Allies Followed Obama But Won’t Follow the Next President
Wednesday, 5 October 2016 - 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
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Stéphanie Plante
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splante@uottawa.ca
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Presented by CIPS and Fulbright Canada

Stéfanie von Hlatky is part of the 2016 CIPS Thematic Series

American Defence Policy: Why Allies Followed Obama But Won’t Follow the Next President

Despite his stated intention of ending the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, President Barack Obama’s two terms were remarkably war intensive. Sometimes in the lead, sometimes not, the US was successful in obtaining allied support for most military engagements. This presentation explains why allies were so keen to follow Obama’s lead, by assessing threats, security environments, alliance ties, financial resources, military capabilities, ideology, as well as the skills of key political leaders up to now. The second part of the presentation further examines the contours of the Obama Doctrine and offers a comparative analysis with the stated foreign and defense policy objectives of the two Presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, focusing on the importance of alliances, deterrence and nuclear weapons, as well as military engagements abroad, as points of comparison.