U.S. Foreign Policy Events
February 12, 2013 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
History and Public Policy Program
In any given week, from North Korea to Iran and across the Middle East, from China to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Myanmar, through Africa and India to Russia, Belarus, Central Asia and Cuba, 165 million people—equivalent to more than half the U.S. population—tune into the radio and television programs of U.S. International Broadcasting (USIB) by satellite, Internet and in some cases cooperating local radio stations. After more than half a century, Congressionally-funded U.S. broadcasting remains the leading edge of American soft power—the principal means by which the United States speaks directly to less free and impoverished nations.
January 30, 2013 // 3:30pm — 5:30pm
With the Obama administration entering its second term, and Ukraine entering its third decade of independence, it is an appropriate time to step back from the news of the day and take a broader perspective on Ukraine’s history since independence. This panel of former U.S. ambassadors to Ukraine will draw upon their experiences with Ukraine to reflect on our bilateral relations and recommend future directions for U.S. policy.
January 30, 2013 // 12:30pm — 2:00pm
Four years in, the relationship between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu remains a troubled one. What’s behind the tension, can it be alleviated and how will regional challenges such as Iran’s nuclear program or the impasse in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict affect the US-Israeli relations?
January 29, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:30pm
Middle East Program
The Arab uprisings of December 2011 and beyond coincided with the efforts of an ad hoc group of global authoritarian states—led by China, Russia, and Iran—to take advantage of these momentous events to enhance their diplomatic and strategic leverage in the Middle East and, in so doing, to defend their own authoritarian agendas at home and abroad. Brumberg and Heydemann present the main outlines of a joint USIP-Wilson Center paper. This event is the first in a series of five papers and presentations on “The Changing Security Architecture in the Middle East.”
January 24, 2013 // 9:30am — 10:30am
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano discussed her departments plans to protect America from multiple threats. This event was co-sponsored with the Aspen Institute's Homeland Security Group.
January 23, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:30pm
Global Europe Program
Drawing on archival documents and testimonies of high-ranking American diplomats and intelligence officers, "On the Edge of the Cold War" explores the postwar political crisis in former Czechoslovakia from the perspective of the U.S. Embassy under Laurence Steinhardt and of U.S. Intelligence under Charles Katek and Spencer Taggart. The book paints a critical portrait of Ambassador Steinhardt, and shows that his groundless optimism caused Washington to ignore signs that democracy in Czechoslovakia was in trouble.
January 16, 2013 // 2:00pm — 3:30pm
Ambassador Carson reviewed the progress the United States and Africa have made together over the last four years in addressing Africa’s challenges and unlocking the continent’s potential, and will look ahead to some of the challenges Africa will face going forward.
January 15, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:30pm
The launch of an important new book on Pakistan's nuclear weapons program.
January 09, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Middle East Program
The recent upheavals in the Middle East are challenging long-held assumptions about the dynamics between the United States, the Arab world, and Israel. In Pathways to Peace, today's leading experts explain these changes in the region and their positive implications for the prospect of a sustained peace between Israel and the Arab World.
November 29, 2012 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
International Security Studies
We are at a critical juncture in world politics. Nuclear strategy and policy have risen to the top of the global policy agenda, and issues ranging from a nuclear Iran to the global zero movement are generating sharp debate. The historical origins of our contemporary nuclear world are deeply consequential for contemporary policy, but it is crucial that decisions are made on the basis of fact rather than myth and misapprehension. In Nuclear Statecraft, Francis J. Gavin challenges key elements of the widely accepted narrative about the history of the atomic age and the consequences of the nuclear revolution.