December 14, 2015

Daalder on Syria, ISIS, and the 2016 Campaign

Council President Ivo H. Daalder, former US ambassador to NATO, with Tom Bevan, executive editor of RealClearPolitics.

 

Council President Ivo H. Daalder, former US ambassador to NATO, hit the road with Tom Bevan, executive editor of RealClearPolitics, for the video series Changing Lanes. Belted safely into the passenger seat of Bevan's car, Daalder discussed Obama's ISIS plan, the war in Syria, and how foreign policy and public opinion are playing into the 2016 presidential campaign.

Hillary Clinton's Greatest Strengths

Daalder shares his thoughts on whether Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy record will attract voters or detractors.


How Trump Appeals to Our Anxiety

Daalder and Bevan discuss the public’s concern about terrorism and how that is playing into the 2016 election, specifically the rise of Donald Trump.


Next Steps of the War in Syria

Daalder suggests that making common cause with Russia against ISIS could bring short-term gains, but won't solve the problem of radicalism.


The Problem with Obama's ISIS Plan

Bevan and Daalder discuss the president's strategy to battle terrorism.


Video Credits: Changing Lanes is an original video interview series by RCP.

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