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Experts to discuss how Trump’s talk might translate to policy

What to expect on China, the Middle East, immigration, climate change and more

EVANSTON - Northwestern University’s Buffett Institute for Global Studies will convene a panel of faculty experts Thursday to discuss global issues awaiting the Trump administration and how campaign rhetoric may or may not translate into policy.

The event is taking place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5 in the Guild Lounge of Scott Hall, 601 University Place.

With few specifics to scrutinize and much uncertainty, it is uncertain what will happen in relation to China, the Middle East and Latin America, and how the U.S. will deal with important issues like global climate change, immigration and human rights.

The Buffett Institute panel will discuss global issues awaiting the Trump administration and how campaign rhetoric might be translated into policy. A Q&A session will follow the discussion.

The event is open to the public, and media are welcome. Media interested in attending should RSVP to


Panelists include:

  • Paul Gillingham (History): U.S. relations with Mexico and “the wall”
  • Ian Hurd (Political Science): International agreements and institutions
  • William Hurst (Political Science): U.S. relations with China
  • Galya Ruffer (Political Science): Migration and refugees
  • Wendy Pearlman (Political Science): U.S. and the Middle East 
  • Klaus Weber (Kellogg): Global climate change
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