US 2020 Presidential Elections and the Future of Transatlantic Relations

US 2020 Presidential Elections and the Future of Transatlantic Relations

The US 2020 Presidential Elections and the Future of Transatlantic Relations


  • Sarah Elliott is Chair of Republicans Overseas UK, representing Republican-American expatriates in the UK. She previously served as Managing Director of the American European Business Association, and has been a Republican commentator and campaigner in both London and Washington, D.C.
  • Matthew McGrath is Managing Director of Emissary Holdings, a London-based global firm advising investors on political risks and disputes. He was previously Advisor to the Albright Stonebridge Group, a Washington-based global strategy and commercial diplomacy firm, and a former staffer to Vice President Joe Biden.
  • Kate Andrews is the Spectator’s Economics Correspondent. She previously worked as Associate Director at the UK’s leading free market think tank, the Institute of Economic Affairs, and was a former staffer on the Romney for President and Lynda McMahon for Senate campaigns.
  • Dr. Brian Klaas is Lecturer of Global Politics at University College London and a columnist for The Washington Post. He is a political consultant and frequent television commentator, having advised US political campaigns, the European Union, and NATO, as well as written for outlets such as The New York Times, The Financial Times, and Foreign Affairs.
  • Dr. Eric Kauffmann is Professor of Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London. He was previously a Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and is the author of Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration, and the Future of White Majorities (2019), and The Rise and Fall of Anglo-America: The Decline of Dominant Ethnicity in the United States (2004). He has written for the New York Times, Newsweek, Foreign Affairs, and National Review and his work has been covered in major US publications since 2007.
  • Sophia Gaston (Chair), Director of the British Foreign Policy Group


Britain and the United States stand at a crossroads in re-imagining their role in the world. The election of President Donald Trump in 2016 has challenged the received wisdom on America’s global leadership, raising pressing questions about the future of the rules-based international order, multilateral governance, military interventionism, climate change cooperation, and free trade. Tensions have also escalated between many of the traditional allies of the West, and as the EU and America seek to redefine their global positions, the UK faces hard questions about our future allegiances.

This event will bring together a lively discussion of the domestic factors in play in the 2020 elections, examining the platforms and positions of the leading challengers to President Trump, and considering the broader landscape of demographic change and its implications for the ‘mood music’ of the campaign. We will then move to debate the implications of various election outcomes for the future of American foreign policy, and the ‘special relationship’ between Britain and the United States.


Please arrive from 18:00 for a prompt start at 18:30. There will be an opportunity for networking after the event. Wine and non-alcoholic refreshments will be served.

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