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UTSA hosts forum on foreign policy with former presidential officials

UTSA hosts forum on foreign policy with former presidential officials

FEBRUARY 12, 2020 — With the Texas primary elections less than a month away UTSA and the Council on Foreign Relations will today cohost Election 2020: U.S. Foreign Policy Forum, a nonpartisan event.

The forum will feature former government officials from Republican and Democratic administrations discussing issues central to U.S. national security, especially those that are of particular interest to San Antonio.

UTSA is providing a live feed to the event for individuals who cannot attend.

UTSA is one of only four universities in the nation that was chosen to cohost a forum with the Council on Foreign Relations leading up to the 2020 caucuses and primaries.

Forum panelists include Richard N. Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and former special assistant to George H.W. Bush; Stephen J. Hadley, former national security adviser to George W. Bush; Jeh Charles Johnson, former secretary of homeland security to Barack Obama; and Mary Beth Long, former assistant secretary of defense to George W. Bush.

“As Americans choose their next president, CFR can serve as a resource to help them understand the international issues at stake in the election,” Haass said in a press release. “[This event] will offer informed analysis of the global forces shaping our world today and how those issues affect citizens where they live.”

The conversation will delve into several critical foreign policy challenges facing the primary and general election candidates, such as how the U.S. should manage relations with Iran, how a trade war with China will affect the economy, how a U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement might benefit American workers, and how the situation in Venezuela can be improved.

The forum will be moderated by Margaret E. Talev, White House and politics editor for Axios and a political analyst for CNN.


“As Americans choose their next president, CFR can serve as a resource to help them understand the international issues at stake.”

RICHARD N. HAASS, President of the Council on Foreign Relations



The forum will be 7–8:30 p.m. in the Student Union, Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), on UTSA’s Main Campus. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The forum is free and open to the public, but all guests are asked to register online in advance. Parking will be available in the Ximenes Avenue Garage, located between the Student Union and Applied Engineering & Technology Building.

Shea Conner


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