October Surprises: Wagging the Dog
Do Upcoming Elections Affect Foreign Policy Decision Making?
Faculty Talk by Professor Douglas Foyle
While it is often asserted that leaders use foreign policy to domestic advantage as elections approach, the scholarly findings on this subject defy simple characterization. Douglas Foyle’s project examines the extent to which U.S. presidents adjust their foreign policies during an election run. He contends that while elections do affect foreign policy decisions, presidents do not seek political advantage from foreign policy and instead see foreign policy only as a potential threat to their political objectives.
**Sponsored by Government Majors Committee and Government Department**
Date: Fri, Nov. 20
Place: Butt C Lounge (COL Lounge)