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The Foreign Policy Primary: A Conversation about the 2016 Presidential Race

The Foreign Policy Primary: A Conversation about the 2016 Presidential Race

Daniel Drezner, International Politics, Tufts; Sasha Issenberg, author and journalist; Lynn Vavreck, Political Science, UCLA; & moderated by Kal Raustiala, UCLA Burkle Center.

Thursday, November 19, 2015
12:15 PM
Law School 1420
Los Angeles
CA 90095
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DANIEL DREZNER is professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a contributor to the Washington Post. Prior to Fletcher, he taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has previously held positions with Civic Education Project, the RAND Corporation and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Drezner has written five books, including All Politics is Global and Theories of International Politics and Zombies, and edited two others, including Avoiding Trivia. He has published articles in numerous scholarly journals as well as in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Affairs. Time magazine named his blog at Foreign Policy one of the 25 best in 2012. His latest book, The System Worked: How the World Stopped Another Great Depression, was published by Oxford University Press in June 2014.  


SASHA ISSENBERG is the author of The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns and The Sushi Economy: Globalization and the Making of a Modern Delicacy. He covered the 2012 election as a columnist for Slate and the 2008 election as a national political reporter in the Washington bureau of The Boston Globe. His work has also appeared in New York, The New York Times Magazine, and George, where he served as a contributing editor. He is currently a contributor to Bloomberg Politics and serves as Washington correspondent for Monocle, where he covers politics, business, diplomacy, and culture. Issenberg is a resident scholar in UCLA's department of political science as he works on a forthcoming political, legal and social history of the battles over gay marriage in the United States. His short book, Outpatients: The Astonishing New World of Medical Tourism, will be published in February by Columbia Global Reports.


LYNN VAVRECK is a full professor of political science and communication studies at UCLA and a contributing columnist to The New York Times. She teaches courses on and writes about campaigns, elections, and public opinion. She holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Rochester and has previously worked at Princeton University, Dartmouth College, and The White House. Vavreck is the recipient of multiple grants from the National Science Foundation and awards for her work on political advertising. She has published four books, including The Message Matters, which Stanley Greenberg called “required reading” for presidential candidates, and The Gamble, described by Nate Silver as the “definitive account” of the 2012 election. Professor Vavreck has served on the advisory boards of the British and American National Election Studies and is the co-founder of the Cooperative Campaign Analysis Project. In 2014, she hosted Hillary Clinton at UCLA’s Luskin Lecture on Thought Leadership. 



KAL RAUSTIALA is Director of the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations. A professor at UCLA Law School, he holds a joint appointment with the UCLA International Institute, where he teaches in the Program on Global Studies.

Professor Raustiala's recent publications include Fake It Till You Make It: The Good News About China’s Knockoff Economy, Foreign Affairs (July/August) 2013 (with Chris Sprigman), NGOs in International Treatymaking, in Duncan Hollis, ed, THE OXFORD GUIDE TO TREATIES (Oxford University Press, 2012), and Empire & Extraterritoriality in 20th Century America, 40 SOUTHWESTERN LAW REVIEW, (2011). His book, Does the Constitution Follow the Flag? The Evolution of Territoriality in American Law (2009), was published by Oxford University Press.

Professor Raustiala has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, and the University of Chicago, and was a fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. He serves on the editorial boards of International Organization and the American Journal of International Law and is a blogger for A life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he is a graduate of Harvard Law School, Duke University, and the University of California, San Diego.

Sponsor(s): Burkle Center for International Relations, Political Science