Past Programs

Iran and North Korea: A Status Report

Sold Out! December 4, 2017 Arvid Lundy and Cheryl Rofer Iran’s and North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs have been much in the news lately, with continuing testing of missiles and, in North Korea’s case, a nuclear explosive. President Donald Trump has responded with threatening tweets, stoking fears of nuclear war. The two countries’ histories

The Origins and Consequences of the “Reagan Doctrine” Wars in Angola, Central America and Afghanistan

November 13, 2017 Todd Greentree There were three active fighting fronts during the final phase of the Cold War: Angola, Central America, and Afghanistan. Rather than mere small wars on the Third World periphery, these were complex civil wars and regional conflicts provoked and protracted by global superpower confrontation. They lasted for decades

The Middle East and US Foreign Policy Under Trump: What Has Changed?

October 30, 2017 Emile Nakhleh and Evelyn A. Early THIS PROGRAM IS SOLD OUT! President Trump’s first stop on his first overseas trip was to Saudi Arabia before proceeding on to Israel and Europe last May. During his meetings in Riyadh, he heaped praise on Saudi leadership and seemingly offered unqualified support for

The View From Washington: Foreign Policy Opportunities and Challenges

September 26, 2017 Kristie Kenney Ambassador Kenney will review the key foreign policy challenges facing the Trump Administration and discuss policy approaches under consideration. She will also highlight the interagency dynamics in Washington and how they affect policy formulation. Ambassador Kristie Kenney holds the State Department’s highest diplomatic rank of Career Ambassador. Over her

The Baltics, NATO and Why They Matter to the US

June 21, 2017 Daniel Kochis The Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are more than NATO allies. They are also western democratic nations with innovative economies. They regained their independence from Moscow after the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991 and became members of NATO and the EU in 2004. The U.S.

The European Union: From Refugee Crisis To Migration Management

February 28, 2017 Renate Hahlen Today, 65 million people are forcibly displaced as refugees, asylum seekers or internally displaced persons worldwide. This figure, the highest number since the end of World War II, results from an increasing number of complex, large and protracted crises worldwide. In addition, many more people are on the move to

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