What Policies Should Decide the Presidential Election?
A campaign-platform wish list for the next U.S. president
In this week’s episode of The E.R., David Rothkopf, Kori Schake, Yochi Dreazen, and returning guest Derek Chollet brainstorm new policy ideas for the next U.S. president and debate which issues could — or should — clinch the election.
The panel’s wish list includes a president who would develop new ideas and institutions that tackle issues of the future — such as the environment, cyber security, and the potential integration of the United States’ closest allies-by-land, Canada and Mexico — and settle, once and for all, defense spending.
Between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, which candidate is doing a better job of convincing voters that his or her policies are going to help or hinder the United States’ standing abroad? Is Trump tapping into talking points that American voters — and possibly foreign leaders — like hearing about U.S. foreign policy? And what does Clinton need to do to prove that she will be a force of institutional change as president?
Finally, the panel wonders whether the next commander in chief can strengthen America’s image abroad. Other presidents — Barack Obama among them — have attempted to take on the global structure without much success and possibly damaged the country’s standing. The panel argues that the winner of the election should be the candidate who can convince U.S. allies to remain U.S. allies.
Derek Chollet is counselor and senior advisor for security and defense policy at the German Marshall Fund. He is the author of the book The Long Game: How Obama Defied Washington and Redefined America’s Role in the World, in bookstores June 28. Follow him on Twitter: @derekchollet.