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Is It Too Early to Call the Election for Hillary Clinton?

While we’re at it, let’s just pick her foreign policy team of advisers…

On this episode of The E.R., editor-in-chief Jonathan Tepperman and the panel discuss what's next for the Middle East.
On this episode of The E.R., editor-in-chief Jonathan Tepperman and the panel discuss what's next for the Middle East.

With Hillary Clinton up in the polls, The E.R. puts on its prognostication pants. David Rothkopf, Julia Ioffe, Kori Schake, and Ben Pauker play a bit of Beltway name-game, offering some thoughts on who might run foreign policy in a Clinton administration. D.C. heavyweights like Jake Sullivan, Ann-Marie Slaughter, Michele Flournoy, and Kurt Campbell are being floated as top cabinet officials, but could John Kerry stick it out for a couple more years as secretary of state? And what the heck would First Gentleman Bill Clinton do?

The conversation then switches to whether a Clinton foreign policy would differ markedly from that of the Obama administration. If it’s a more traditional, more hawkish stance than we’ve seen these past eight years, could some #NeverTrump Republicans even come on board?

Finally, the panel briefly discusses the moribund Israel/Palestine peace process. Are we seeing major policy and attitude changes toward Israel within both the Democratic and Republican communities that might hint at future action?

Kori Schake is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, where she focuses on military history, and a former foreign-policy advisor to Sen. John McCain. Follow her on Twitter at: @KoriSchake.

Julia Ioffe is a Voices columnist at FP and a contributing writer for Politico and Highline. Follow her on Twitter at: @juliaioffe.

Ben Pauker is the executive editor for web at FP. Follow him on Twitter at: @benpauker.

David Rothkopf is the CEO and editor of the FP Group. Follow him on Twitter at: @djrothkopf.

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