Foreign policy to be discussed during Wednesday’s Speak Up, Speak Out session
Wednesday’s Speak Up, Speak Out session will discuss presidential candidate views on foreign policy.
Central Michigan University associate Professor of political science David Jesuit will facilitate the event, which will specifically discuss the chief threats facing the U.S. today, the role of the U.S. in global affairs and which candidate will keep America safer. The event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the University Center auditorium.
Panelists include political science professor Justin Hoyle, political science professor Sterling Johnson, Weidman junior and College Democrats representative Robert Matevich, Gratiot sophomore and College Republicans representative Alex Porrett, political science professor Won Paik and associate professor of Spanish Alejandra Rengifo.
“The real question is: to what extent can the president really shape foreign policy? On the one hand, there is a misconception out there that the president has more power than he really does when it comes to foreign affairs. On the other hand, the Constitution does give the president a good deal of power to conduct foreign policy,” Jesuit said.
Immigration, free trade and global climate change are the main issues expected to be discussed during debate between panelists regarding foreign policy.
Students and faculty are encouraged to bring questions to the meeting.
Jesuit said although foreign policy might not be a deciding factor in this year’s election, it is still important to discuss.
“Foreign policy involves complex issues. It isn’t as critical of an issue to the decision of voters in this election compared to the 2004 and 2008 elections,” Jesuit said. “The number one issue right now is the economy. Of course, economic conditions at home are directly related to peace and prosperity around the world.”
Participating in an active discussion about foreign policy will help those in attendance of the event become more knowledgeable about the topic and be able to make an informed decision in the Nov. 6 election.
“It takes years of study to understand everything there is to international affairs,” Jesuit said. “Students will benefit from coming and becoming better informed voters.”
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