The 2020 Meadow Brook Lecture in International Affairs brings keynote speaker Elizabeth Saunders to Oakland’s campus on Wednesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. Her talk will take place in the ballroom of Meadow Brook Hall, on Oakland University’s Rochester campus.

Saunders, an associate professor in the School of Foreign Service and faculty member in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University, will present her lecture titled “Foreign Policy in 2020 and Beyond.”

The lecture will offer keen perspectives on how elections and presidential power influence the United States’ foreign policy and the use of force. These topics are especially relevant in light of current events, according to Matthew Fails, associate professor of political science and coordinator of OU’s international relations program.

“As the United States heads into a presidential election this fall, foreign policy and international security have once again come to the fore,” said Fails. “Regardless of whether these issues matter in the campaign, the voters’ choice will have momentous consequences for U.S. foreign policy.”

The Meadow Brook Lecture in International Affairs was established in 2012 as an opportunity to bring world-renowned scholars to Oakland’s campus to discuss some of the most pressing issues in international affairs.

“We’ve hosted tremendous scholars discussing issues like the risk of international conflict, how to protect vulnerable citizens in war zones, the roots of international financial crises and whether economic sanctions can be effective ways to generate favorable foreign policy outcomes,” Fails said. “Our speaker this year continues this tradition.”

In addition to her role at Georgetown, Saunders is a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Her research and teaching interests focus on international security and U.S. foreign policy, including the presidency and foreign policy, and the politics of using force. Her many publications on these topics include a 2011 award-winning book “Leaders at War: How Presidents Shape Military Interventions.”

Saunders holds degrees from Harvard University, the University of Cambridge, and Yale University. She is also an editor and contributor at the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog, which helps connect political scientists to broader political conversations, in order to bring timely, accessible, and sound knowledge to public debate.

Supported by Oakland’s Department of Political Science and Center for Civic Engagement, the lecture is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.