As the November presidential elections draw closer, Folio initiates a series of six critical discussions on the potential outcomes of the election at the national and state level; led by noted national commentator and Folio Board Secretary Mort Kondracke.
In the third event of the series, Resat Kasaba and Dan Chirot of the Jackson School of International Studies will be joined by Gary Locke and Barry McCaffrey and former AP and Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent Carol J. Williams. The panel will explore foreign policy as a campaign issue and the main challenges the next president will face.
Resat Kasaba is the Jackson School Director and Stanley D. Golub Chair in International Studies an expert in the history and politics of the Middle East. Recently, he has been researching the role of education in the formation of modern Turkish identity in the twentieth century.
Carol J. Williams has reported from more than 80 countries for the Associated Press (1980-1990) and the Los Angeles Times (1990-2015). She served two postings in Moscow before and after the Soviet Union’s breakup and covered armed conflicts in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Iraq and Ukraine.
Daniel Chirot, Herbert J. Ellison Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies at the University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School, has authored books about social change, ethnic and nationalist conflicts, Eastern Europe, and tyranny. He is the author of the recently published So You Want a Revolution? From Idealistic Radicalism to Tragedy.
Gary Locke is an American politician and diplomat who served as the 10th United States ambassador to China (2011–14). He was previously the 21st governor of Washington (1997–2005) and served in the Obama administration as United States Secretary of Commerce (2009–11). Locke is the first governor in the continental United States of East Asian descent and the only Chinese American ever to have served as a governor of any state. In May 2020 Gary was appointed interim president of Bellevue College.
Barry McCaffrey is a former United States Army officer and currently a regular foreign affairs analyst for NBC and MSNBC. Barry served on U.S. President Bill Clinton's Cabinet as the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. He received three Purple Heart medals for injuries sustained during his service in the Vietnam War, two Silver Stars, and two Distinguished Service Crosses.