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  • 2020 Election Series with Dan Schnur: The Candidates' Foreign Policy
    January 9, 2020
    8:00 am - 9:30 am

Our 2020 Election Series will be looking at critical issues and trends, candidate’s positions on domestic and foreign policy, insight on US voters, and analysis of the primaries. The talks will be moderated by Dan Schnur, a Professor at USC’s Annenberg School of Communications, UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies, and Director for the “California Influencers” project, a statewide program in which the state’s foremost experts in politics, policy and government discussed the 2018 campaign on a regular basis through the November election.

Our third talk in the series on January 9, 2020 will be with John Emerson, former US Ambassador to Germany. The talk will focus on the candidates’ foreign policy positions – in particular around trade agreements like USMCA, the ongoing tension with China, Iran, Syria and Russia, and the relationships with our allies. The talk will be moderated by LAWACTH Board Member Dan Schnur, a Professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications and the University of California – Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies.

John B. Emerson served as United States Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany from August, 2013 until January 20, 2017. He served at a particularly challenging time, and in 2015 Ambassador Emerson was awarded the State Department’s prestigious Sue M. Cobb Award for Exemplary Diplomatic Service, which is given annually to one non-career Ambassador. Prior to accepting his post, Mr. Emerson was President of Private Client Services for the Capital Group Companies in Los Angeles. He also served on President Obama’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations.

Dan Schnur is a Professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications, the University of California – Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies and Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy, where he teaches courses in politics, communications and leadership. Dan is currently the director of the Sacramento Bee’s “California Influencers” series, in which he leads a weekly online conversation among 100 of the state’s most respected experts in politics, government and public policy.

Dan’s commentaries have appeared in several newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Sacramento Bee, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the New York Times. In addition, he has been an analyst and political commentator for CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and National Public Radio. He is also a board member of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall.

Kal Eisenberg understood that our democracy was built on a foundation of spirited but respectful civic discourse and political dialogue. This breakfast series is named in that spirit, and in his memory.

Please reserve by Tuesday, January 7th at 12:00 p.m. Cancellations must be made by Tuesday, January 7th at 12:00 p.m to secure a refund.


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