Ambassador Anthony Quainton spoke at UNC on Tuesday about United States foreign policy as part of a Peace, War and Defense course taught by professor Ted Leinbaugh.
Quainton, former director general of the United States Foreign Service and former U.S. Ambassador to the Central African Republic, Nicaragua, Kuwait and Peru, gave a talk entitled “The Year Ahead in Foreign Policy: Victimization, Fraternization and Demonization.”
Although Quainton joked that he is “not a crystal ball,” he has a lot of global political knowledge, having worked all over the world for nearly 40 years and serving the United States in every continent except Antarctica. Given his extensive experience, he was invited by Leinbaugh to share his views of the future of foreign policy.
Quainton focused on how the United States, specifically under the Trump administration and following the recent midterm elections, is currently behaving on a global scale and how the administration might act in the future. Quainton highlighted how President Trump has changed the dynamic of foreign relations and how immigration has become more of a challenge for the administration than international trade.
Leinbaugh brings in speakers like Quainton to give further context to the curriculum and has many other guests planned for the spring 2019 semester, including Sir Christopher Meyer, former British ambassador to the United States, and Harold Koh, a professor of international law at Yale Law School.