Obama and the World

Penn political science faculty members weigh in on the new president’s challenges and opportunities for U.S. foreign policy.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

By B. Davin Stengel

On January 21, 2009, political science faculty members participated in a lively, open discussion on key foreign policy issues facing the Obama administration. This interactive video presentation features the panelists’ response to the administration, focused on individual areas of expertise.



Avery Goldstein on China
Chair of the Department of Political Science, Professor Goldstein specializes in international relations, security studies and Chinese politics. He is also the associate director of the Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics and a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. 

Michael Horowitz
on U.S. Defense Policy
Having served as a consultant for the Department of Defense, Assistant Professor of Political Science Michael Horowitz is primarily interested in international conflict and security issues. 

Ian Lustick
on the Middle East
Graduate Chair and the Bess W. Heyman Professor of Political Science, Ian Lustick is interested in comparative, international and Middle Eastern politics, as well as agent-based, computer-assisted modeling for the social sciences. 

Rudra Sil
on Russia 
Associate Professor of Political Science Rudra Sil specializes in Russian/post-communist studies and Asian studies, with other interests including labor politics and international relations theory. 

Jessica Stanton
on International Organizations
Assistant Professor of Political Science Jessica Stanton specializes in international relations, with a focus on the use of violence in civil wars and the role of international law in international relations. 

Moderated by Eileen Doherty-Sil, Undergraduate Coordinator of the Department of Political Science