Today The American Conservative gathers leading scholars, journalists, and policy experts to discuss the future of U.S. foreign policy in the wake of the 2016 election. Former U.S. Senator and Secretary of the Navy Jim Webb will deliver a keynote address at the conference, “Foreign Policy in America’s Interest: Realism, Nationalism, and the Next President”, held at George Washington University in downtown Washington, DC. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), a Congressional critic of unauthorized military interventions, will also make remarks, while other political analysts and foreign-policy experts will discuss what type of mandate Donald Trump will have as he takes office and how the new administration should handle relations with Russia. A final discussion with prominent historians and scholars will reflect on what 2016 means for the country’s longstanding commitment to intervention and globalism.

The entire program will be streamed below. We encourage you to post your reactions and questions for panelists on Twitter using the hashtag #TACLive.

8:15 am  Welcome

  • Samuel Goldman, George Washington University
  • Daniel McCarthy, The American Conservative

8:25 am  Opening Remarks

  • Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY)

8:45 am  Break

9:00 am  The Next President and the National Interest

  • Robert W. Merry, author of books on American history and foreign policy
  • Jim Pinkerton, Fox News contributor
  • William Ruger, Charles Koch Institute
  • Moderator: Scott McConnell, The American Conservative

10:00 am  Break

10:15 am  Russia, America, and Great Power Competition

  • Nikolas Gvosdev, U.S. Naval War College
  • Daniel Larison, The American Conservative
  • Paul Saunders, Center for the National Interest
  • Moderator: Kelley Vlahos, The American Conservative

11:15 am  Break

11:30 am  Keynote Address

  • Jim Webb, former U.S. senator and Secretary of the Navy

12:15 pm  Break

12:30 pm  What the Election Means for War and Peace

  • Andrew Bacevich, author of America’s War for the Greater Middle East
  • Christopher Layne, Robert M. Gates Chair in National Security, Texas A&M

1:30 pm  Closing Remarks