The Role of Foreign Policy in the 2016 Presidential Election

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Foreign Policy Association
International Law Committee

Event Details

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM 
The New York City Bar Association
42 West 44th Street (Between Fifth and Sixth Avenues)
New York, NY
Event type
Lecture / Panel  

Event Description

The Foreign Policy Association and the International Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association will host the panel The Role of Foreign Policy in the 2016 Presidential Election, which will be moderated by Jonathan Alter, and will feature Edward F. Cox, Katrina vanden Heuvel, David E. Sanger, and Gideon Rose on Wednesday, June 29th at 3:00 pm.

With both the Democratic and Republican National Convention quickly approaching, Americans must ask themselves one important question: what kind of America do I want to live in? As the ensuing confusion and unprecedented media coverage of the 2016 Presidential Election has shown, there is chasm between parties in both personality and politics; and in no field is this more apparent than foreign policy. Traditionally unquestioned attitudes towards trade, alliances, nuclear arms, and even America’s role in the world are now up for debate at the ballot box. Despite the potential ramifications an administrative shift on the horizon, it remains unclear whether these issues will be enough to sway entrenched voters on either side. The Foreign Policy Association has assembled this notable panel to discuss the role of foreign policy in this pivotal election.

Registration begins at 2:30 pm.


Event Speakers

    • Jonathan Alter - Moderator
      Author, Reporter, Columnist, TV Analyst

      Jonathan Alter is an award-winning author, reporter, columnist and television producer and analyst.He is the author of three New York Times bestsellers: "The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies"(2013), "The Promise: President Obama, Year One" (2010) and "The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope (2006), also one of the Times' "Notable Books" of the year. Since 1996, Alter has been an analyst and contributing correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC, appearing on-air two or three times a week. After 28 years as a columnist and senior editor at Newsweek, where he wrote more than 50 cover stories, Alter is now a twice-monthly columnist for the Daily Beast. He has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Monthly, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The New Republic, Esquire, Bloomberg View and other publications. He is an executive producer of "Alpha House," a half-hour political comedy created by Garry Trudeau and starring John Goodman that is available for viewing on He is at work on a full-length biography of former President Jimmy Carter and is producing a documentary about the lives of legendary journalists Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill.

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    • Jonathan Alter
    • Edward F. Cox
      Chairman, New York State Republican Committee

      Ed Cox is a lawyer with a distinguished record of service to his Party and in the domestic and international policy arenas.  He has served three U.S. Presidents, four Governors and the Republican Party at the state and national levels.  He was sworn in as Chairman of the Republican Party of New York State on September 29, 2009.

       For more than forty years he has supported and campaigned for candidates across the country beginning in 1968 as a part of the Nixon presidential campaign.  In 1972, he travelled extensively as a family surrogate for President Nixon and in 1980 was active in the Reagan campaign.  In 1984, he conceived and organized the statewide volunteer effort which helped carry New York State for the Reagan‑Bush team.  In 1988 and 1992, Cox organized the New York speakers’ bureau for George H.W. Bush’s presidential campaigns.

       Cox has assisted candidates at all levels throughout New York in numerous election cycles.  And in the critical election of 1994, Cox played a key role in helping to elect George Pataki Governor.   He also participated in the Republican National Conventions and presidential campaigns of 1996, 2000, 2004. During the 2008 Presidential election, he served as State Chairman of John McCain’s campaign.

       Under President Reagan, Cox served as General Counsel to the government corporation which financed major synthetic fuels projects. As a Trustee of the State University of New York (SUNY) he has developed cutting-edge policies and programs for community colleges, charter schools, teacher training, facilities construction and finance and administration.  Cox has played a key role under four Governors in the selection of judges for New York's highest court.  In volunteer positions both in and out of government he has been a leader on energy and environmental policies.

       His writings on public policy have appeared in The New Republic magazine, the Antitrust Law Journal and the New York Post, and he is co‑author of a book on the Federal Trade Commission.

       Cox was born in Suffolk County, Long Island and was raised in Yorkville, New York City, where he graduated from Trinity High School.  He received his B.A. degree in 1968 from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.  He earned his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1972.

      He is a proud veteran having joined the Reserve Officers Training Corp (ROTC) at Princeton in 1964.  He later completed officer and airborne training at Fort Benning, Georgia and served as a reserve officer with the 11th Special Forces Group.

       Cox practices corporate and finance law and has served as a member of the Management Committee and the Chairman of the Corporate Department at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.  He has represented companies in a wide variety of industries including software, finance, insurance and biotech and has been named to the list of Super Lawyers in the practice of Securities and Finance law.

       Cox married Patricia Nixon in the Rose Garden of the White House in 1971.  They have one child, Christopher, who is a graduate of Princeton and the New York University School of Law.

    • Edward F. Cox
    • Katrina vanden Heuvel
      Editor and Publisher, The Nation

      Katrina vanden Heuvel is Editor and Publisher of The Nation.

      She is a frequent commentator on American and international politics for ABC, MSNBC, CNN and PBS. Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Foreign Policy magazine, and The Boston Globe.

      She writes a weekly web column for The Washington Post. 

      She is the author of The Change I Believe In: Fighting for Progress in The Age of Obama; Meltdown: How Greed and Corruption Shattered Our Financial System and How We Can Recover; and co-editor of Taking Back America—And Taking Down The Radical Right.

      She is also co-editor (with Stephen F. Cohen) of Voices of Glasnost: Interviews with Gorbachev's Reformers; editor of The Nation: 1865-1990; and of the collection A Just Response: The Nation on Terrorism, Democracy and September 11, 2001.

      She is a recipient of Planned Parenthood's Maggie Award for her article, “Right-to-Lifers Hit Russia,” and the National Women's Political Caucus 2013 EMMA (Exceptional Merit in Media Award) for her piece “Women for Paid Sick Days.” The special issue of The Nation that she conceived and edited, “Gorbachev's Soviet Union,” was awarded New York University's 1988 Olive Branch Award. Vanden Heuvel was also co-editor of “You and We,” a Russian-language feminist newsletter.

      She has received awards for public service from numerous groups, including The Liberty Hill Foundation, The Correctional Association, and The Association for American-Russian Women.

      In 2003, she received the New York Civil Liberties Union’s Callaway Prize for the Defense of the Right of Privacy. She is also the recipient of The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee's 2003 “Voices of Peace” award and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund’s 2006 “Justice in Action” award. In 2010, she received the Exceptional Woman in Publishing Award honoring women who have made extraordinary contributions to the publishing industry. In 2013, she received American Rights at Work’s Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award. 

      In 2014, vanden Heuvel received the Norman Mailer Center Award for Distinguished Magazine Publishing; the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal; the Center for Community Change's Champion in Activism Award; and New York's Young Democrats' Engendering Progress Award. In 2015, she received the Progressive Congress Leadership Award on behalf of her work "creating pathways of success on behalf of progressive causes."

      Vanden Heuvel serves on the boards of The Institute for Policy Studies, The Campaign for America's Future, The Correctional Association of New York, The Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, the Women’s Media Center, Research to Prevent Blindness, The Jules Stein Eye Institute, The Nation Institute,The Four Freedoms Park Conservancy, and The Sidney Hillman Media Foundation. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

      She is a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University, and she lives in New York City with her husband.

    • Katrina vanden Heuvel
    • David E. Sanger
      Chief Washington Correspondent, The New York Times

      David E. Sanger is chief Washington correspondent of The New York Times.  Mr. Sanger has reported from New York, Tokyo and Washington, covering a wide variety of issues surrounding foreign policy, globalization, nuclear proliferation and Asian affairs.  

      Twice he has been a member of Times reporting teams that won the Pulitzer Prize.

      In 2011, Mr. Sanger was part of a team that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for International Reporting for their coverage of the tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan.

      Before covering the White House, Mr. Sanger specialized in the confluence of economic and foreign policy, and wrote extensively on how issues of national wealth and competitiveness have come to redefine the relationships between the United States and its major allies.

      As a correspondent and then bureau chief in Tokyo for six years, he covered Japan’s rise as the world’s second largest economic power, and then its humbling recession.  He also filed frequently from Southeast Asia, and wrote many of the first stories about North Korea’s secret nuclear weapons program in the 1990’s.  He continues to cover proliferation issues from Washington.

    • David E. Sanger
    • Gideon Rose
      Editor, Foreign Affairs

      Gideon Rose has been the Editor of Foreign Affairs since 2010, after serving as Managing Editor of the magazine from 2000-2010. Prior to that he was Deputy Director of Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and from 1994-1995 he served as Associate Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs on the staff of the National Security Council. He has taught American foreign policy at Princeton and Columbia Universites. He is the author of How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle (Simon & Schuster) and has edited numerous collections including Understanding the War on Terror, America and the World, and How Did This Happen? Terrorism and the New War. 

    • Gideon Rose