US Elections 2016: Consequences for IR

Panel Discussion on the Consequences of the U.S. Elections for International Relations

Following the surprising results of the United States’ presidential elections, Webster Vienna Private University hosted a panel discussion on the potential consequences of president-elect Donald Trump’s time in office to international relations on Wednesday.

Webster Vienna’s Dr. Samuel Schubert, Der Standard’s Dr. Eric Frey, Robert Greenan of the U.S. Embassy in Vienna and Bastian Giegerich of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) spoke at length about how the president-elect may alter the U.S.’s course in international affairs.

Addressing questions from the large audience, the speakers provided insight into U.S. relations with Russia, China’s relations with states in the South China Sea, the peaceful transition of power in the U.S., and other highly relevant topics. However, Dr. Schubert noted that the individual may not have that much of an effect as observers might think, as diplomatic relations are rarely altered dramatically by change in leadership.

The speakers noted that many unknowns remain. Although observers attempt to foresee how the president-elect may act in the White House, little can be known until he takes his oath of office on January 20, 2017.