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Christ Church academic leads discussion on Obama

14 February 2012

This autumn President Obama will seek his re-election to the highest political office in the United States of America.

Dr Mark Ledwidge
Dr Mark Ledwidge

Ahead of the political debates that will engulf the media in the coming months around President Obama’s first term in office, Dr Mark Ledwidge, Senior Lecturer for History and American Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University, has co-organised a symposium with Professor Des King from the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford, to examine Obama's foreign policy.

The symposium will be held on February 24 and is being hosted by the Rothermere American Institute. It is the latest event to be organised by the AHRC Research Network on the Presidency of Barack Obama, of which Dr Ledwidge is a leading member.

The event will focus on the key area of foreign policy in the Obama administration and the sustainability of American global power. It will assess the impact that the financial crisis and budget deficit has had on American power in recent years, and the implications it could have on America’s global role and national security.

Dr Ledwidge will also be chairing a discussion concerning the role and power of ‘Elites’ in regard to American foreign policy under Obama.

Dr Ledwidge said: “This symposium is significant as it asks tough questions concerning the views, objectives, actions and accountability of American power brokers within the context of America’s relative economic decline. It will also question the logic of a national security framework (seemly) predicated on American dominance.

“Indeed Obama’s promotion of a leaner military and budget cuts may reflect the apparent limitations of America’s economic and military power. Given the forthcoming Presidential election, Obama’s foreign policy and the financial crisis are likely to be placed under scrutiny during the race for the Whitehouse.”

The AHRC Research Network on the Presidency of Barack Obama was set-up with the aim to bring together scholars, students and leading specialists from outside the academic community to examine the first African-American President of the United States. The project will look at the challenges Obama’s administration faces, and the significance and impact its policies have had on America and the rest of the world; in particular focusing on racial politics, foreign policy and war, and the economic crisis.

For further information on the network visit: www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/disciplines/politics/research/obama

 

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

•We are the third highest university in England for student employability, with 94.3% of our recent graduates in employment or further study six months after graduating*.

•Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2010 UCAS).

•We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).

•2012 is the University’s Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.

*2009/10 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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