11 Jul 2016 - 12 Jul 2016 All day Rooms SG1 & SG2, Alison Richard Building


2016’s race to change the world: how the U.S. presidential campaign can reshape global politics and foreign policy

On 11 and 12 July, CRASSH will be hosting a major international conference focusing on the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the implications that this will have for future U.S. foreign policy.

The conference will be taking place shortly before the Democratic and Republican Party nominating conventions begin. Sessions will focus on the global challenges facing the next president, the role that a president can personally play in an international context, and the state of the 2016 campaign itself. In addition to this, we will hear the views of representatives from a number of key U.S. allies and trading partners on what their priorities are for working with the next president.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Madeleine Albright (former U.S. Secretary of State)
  • Vin Weber (Republican Party strategist and former Congressman)
  • Ambassador Peter Ammon (German Ambassador to the UK)
  • Sir Richard Dearlove (former head of MI6)
  • Bridget Kendall (BBC diplomatic correspondent and the next Master of Peterhouse College)
  • Sir Malcolm Rifkind (former Defence and Foreign Secretary)

There will be a keynote address, ‘Campaigns on the world stage’, by Madeleine Albright and Vin Weber on 11 July at 5pm.


Steven P. Schrage (Cambridge)


Note: Registration for the conference includes automatic registration for the keynote address in the Babbage Lecture Theatre with priority, reserved seating.


Preliminary programme information – this webpage will be updated as sessions are confirmed.

Monday 11 July
9.00 - 9.30am


9.30 - 11.00am

How Presidents Change History / IR and 2016’s Potential Impact

  • Nigel Bowles (University of Oxford)
  • Stefan Halper (University of Cambridge)

Chair: David Runciman (University of Cambridge)

11.00 - 11.30am


11.30am - 1.00pm

Europe and America

  • Peter Hill (Director of Strategy, Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
  • Julie Smith (University of Cambridge)

Chair: Maeve Ryan (University of Cambridge)

1.00 - 3.00pm


3.00 - 4.30pm

Global Challenges Facing the Next President

  • Ambassador Peter Ammon (German Ambassador to the UK)
  • John Bew (King’s College London)
  • Sir Malcolm Rifkind (former Defence and Foreign Secretary)

Chair: Simon Goldhill (University of Cambridge)

4.30 - 5.00pm


5.00 - 6.30pm

Keynote Campaigns on the World Stage

(to be held in the Babbage Lecture Theatre)

  • Madeleine Albright (former U.S. Secretary of State)
  • Vin Weber (Republican Party strategist and former Congressman)

Chair: Steven Schrage (University of Cambridge)

Tuesday 12 July
9.00 - 10.30am

Brexit and the Next President


  • Madeleine Albright (former U.S. Secretary of State)
  • James Rubin (former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs)
  • David Runciman (University of Cambridge)
  • Vin Weber (Republican Party strategist and former Congressman)

Chair: Bridget Kendall (BBC diplomatic correspondent and the next Master of Peterhouse College)

10.30 - 11.00am


11.00am - 12.00pm

2016 and the World

  • Sir Richard Dearlove (former head of MI6)

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