Matthew Dallek is an associate professor at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management, a political historian, and a frequent commentator in the national news media on politics and history. His most recent book, Defenseless Under the Night: The Roosevelt Years and the Origins of Homeland Security, chronicles fears of attacks on the United States by fascists during World War II and the epic battle pitting first lady Eleanor Roosevelt's social defense vision against New York City mayor Fiorello La Guardia's campaign to militarize civilians. Dallek's first book, The Right Moment: Ronald Reagan's First Victory and the Decisive Turning Point in American Politics, traced the "Reagan Revolution" to the social turmoil of the mid-1960s. Dallek also co-authored Inside Campaigns: Elections through the Eyes of Political Professionals, which is based on interviews with more than 100 of America's leading campaign managers and examines how campaigns affect election results. Dallek's op-eds and reviews have appeared in the Washington Post, the Atlantic, the L.A. Times, Politico, Yahoo News, the Journal of Policy History, and numerous other publications. He has been quoted in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the New Yorker and conducted interviews with NPR, the BBC, MSNBC, the History Channel, and CNN International. Dallek's awards include fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and GW's School of Media and Public Affairs.  

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Presidential Leadership and Post-Election Analysis

Matthew Dallek

In this presentation, historian, author, and political analyst Matthew Dallek takes a look at how the 2016 presidential election has (and has not) affected the character of American politics. Dallek discusses the factors that have propelled the rise of Donald Trump, the historic presidency of Barack Obama, the past, present, and future of the Republican Party, and the role of presidential leadership in enacting a transformational social and economic agenda. By looking at where the United States has been and where it currently stands politically, Dallek explores the likelihood of significant reforms under a new administration.

Dallek’s talk offers viewers the opportunity to view a deeply divisive campaign season in a fresh light—and think through its implications for America’s economy, political system, and global standing.

Takeaways include the role of presidential leadership in 21st century America, the structural barriers and opportunities for enacting significant economic, social, and political reforms in 2017 and beyond, and the past, present, and future of the Democratic and Republican Parties.

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