America’s New Foreign Policy

Kami Barrett-Batchelder

By Kami Barrett-Batchelder LLS Associate Director


Elise Jordan will give a one-time lecture, “America’s New Foreign Policy,” on Tuesday, April 4 at 2:15 p.m.


Elise Jordan

Elise Jordan, a political veteran who has worked in presidential politics and campaigns for several years, is a columnist for “Time” and a political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. She was most recently a policy advisor and speechwriter to Senator Rand Paul’s presidential campaign. During the Bush administration, Jordan worked in the White House Office of Presidential Speechwriting and at the State Department as speechwriter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. In 2007, she joined the National Security Council, where she worked on press and communications strategy for the administration’s Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan policies. While at the White House, Elise also worked for extended periods at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and for the Commanding General’s Strategic Advisory Group at the International Security Assistance Force (IS-AF) headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Jordan’s one-time lecture at LLS will focus on America’s foreign policy under President Donald J. Trump. During President Trump’s campaign, he offered plenty of political theater when it came to foreign policy, but few specifics except in his praise for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Other than his international business dealings, Trump entered the Oval Office with no experience in foreign relations and a disparate vision for America’s engagement with the world that marks a major shift from what we’ve seen since the end of World War II. America’s democratic, economic and security alliances are on new footing in the Trump era. This lecture will discuss these alliances, as well as the significance of American commitments to liberty, democracy and free trade under President Trump.

Jordan’s writing on foreign policy and politics has been featured in publications such as “The Atlantic,” “Buzzfeed,” “Daily Beast,” “Marie Claire,” “National Review,” “Time” and the “Wall Street Journal.” She was born and raised in Holly Springs, Mississippi and is a graduate of Yale University.

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