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American Foreign Policy Council staff and experts explain changing world events and their implications for U.S. foreign policy.

AFPC Insights Amer. Foreign Policy Council

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American Foreign Policy Council staff and experts explain changing world events and their implications for U.S. foreign policy.

    AFPC INSIGHTS - Episode 9: U.S. Public Diplomacy in Crisis

    AFPC INSIGHTS - Episode 9: U.S. Public Diplomacy in Crisis

    U.S. public diplomacy in general, and in particular the agency that oversees it, known as the U.S. Agency for Global Media, has become the topic of considerable political controversy in recent months. AFPC Senior Fellow in National Security Affairs Jim Robbins has been following the issue closely and on this episode of AFPC INSIGHTS, provides a sense of the current state of America’s global messaging – and the problems that are currently plaguing it.   

    Additional resources:   The Trouble With the Open Technology Fund, September 2, 2020, Newsweek James S. Robbins 

    • 13 min
    AFPC INSIGHTS - Episode 8: A New Peace Deal in the Middle East

    AFPC INSIGHTS - Episode 8: A New Peace Deal in the Middle East

    AFPC senior vice president Ilan Berman discusses the historic Aug. 13, 2020 Israel-UAE peace deal.  Additional reading:   New Mideast Peace Deal Reflects a Broader U.S. Strategy  (Newsweek, August 17, 2020) https://www.newsweek.com/new-mideast-...

    • 11 min
    AFPC INSIGHTS EPISODE 7- The strategic implications of the new Sino-Iranian accord

    AFPC INSIGHTS EPISODE 7- The strategic implications of the new Sino-Iranian accord

    AFPC senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy Lawrence Haas breaks down the implications new Sino-Iranian accord for the AFPC Insights series.    

    Further reading: U.S. Needs a Broad Response to China-Iran Moves (7/16/20) https://www.newsweek.com/us-needs-bro...

    • 11 min
    AFPC INSIGHTS Episode 6 - The Significance of Space

    AFPC INSIGHTS Episode 6 - The Significance of Space

    AFPC Director for Defense Technology Programs and Vice President of Operations Richard M. Harrison discusses the significance of space and outlines why the U.S. needs a comprehensive space strategy to compete with China.  

    Additional reading:  We Are in a New Space Race, and America Needs to Win, Newsweek (7/10/20) Richard Harrison & Peter Garretson https://www.newsweek.com/we-are-new-s... 

    Why the new X-37 space plane mission is a big deal, Politico (5/15/20) Peter Garretson https://www.politico.com/news/2020/05...  

    How Congress should grade the Space Force doctrine, The Hill (5/19/20) Peter Garretson https://thehill.com/opinion/technolog...

    • 18 min
    AFPC INSIGHTS Episode 5: The Changing Politics of Central Asia

    AFPC INSIGHTS Episode 5: The Changing Politics of Central Asia

    AFPC's Central Asia-Caucasus Institute (CACI) Director Dr. Svante E. Cornell discusses the recent e-CAMCA (Central Asia, Mongolia, Caucasus, Afghanistan) regional conference organized by CACI and the Rumsfeld Foundation , the region's response to COVID-19, progress with political and economic reforms, risks and opportunities for regional states with regard to China-U.S.-Russia competition in the region.

    e-CAMCA 2020 panels: 


    Panel I: “Post-Coronavirus Pandemic Challenges and Opportunities for the CAMCA Region” - https://bit.ly/2A7h0k5
    Panel II: “Afghanistan: What Comes First? Peace, Trade or Both Together?” - https://bit.ly/2Nz39WY
    Panel III: “CAMCA Network Report on Intraregional Trade: Growth Potential?” - https://bit.ly/2VjfouH

    Additional reading: 


    AFPC May 2020 Defense Dossier (Issue 27) : "A New Focus on Central Asia," S.Enders Wimbush, Roger Kangas, Mamuka Tsereteli, Svante E. Cornell, S. Frederick Starr - https://bit.ly/2BEn7wC
    "The Sino-American Competition Is Coming to Central Asia," Ilan Berman, The National Interest, June 20, 2020 - https://bit.ly/2Zhbl3i
    "Digital Transformation in the CAMCA region," Mariam Lashkhi & Talant Sultanov, CAMCA Network Conference Publication, June 2020 - https://bit.ly/2NvIxyv
    "Caucasus & Central Asia Post COVID-19," Amb. Tedo Japaridze, Sen. Sodyq Safoev, S. Frederick Starr & Fariz Ismailzade, Strasbourg Policy Center, June 2020 - https://bit.ly/3g3ab2o

    And for more information on the CAMCA Rumsfeld Fellowship program, please visit: https://bit.ly/3eCo3QL

    • 15 min
    AFPC INSIGHTS Episode 4 - Putin's Perilous Future

    AFPC INSIGHTS Episode 4 - Putin's Perilous Future

    AFPC President Herman Pirchner, Jr. addresses Russian President Vladimir Putin's repressive regime and what may come next for Russia.  

    Additional reading:  

    Vladimir Putin’s Increasingly Precarious Future, May 26, 2020, The National Interest  https://bit.ly/3dCRyBu

    Post-Putin: Succession, Stability and Russia's Future (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019). https://bit.ly/2XAKU9j

    • 10 min

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