American Diplomacy Spoken Word Links--May 2016.

Author:Sempa, Francis
Position:Spoken Word Review

May 2016

The Impact of U.S. Engagement and Human Rights in Cuba

Thinking Seriously About China

Military Readiness in an Era of Geopolitical Uncertainty

Senator John McCain on Obama's Foreign Policy

China's Overseas Investments in Europe and Beyond

Harbingers of Future Wars

NASA's Role in International Affairs

The Role of the United Nations

Eisenhower and the Cold War

Duty, Honor, Country

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"The Impact of U.S. Engagement and Human Rights in Cuba"

Cuban pro-democracy activist Antonio Rodiles spoke at the American Enterprise Institute about the impact of President Obama's engagement with Cuba. He explained that thus far the Cuban governmentA has not eased its political repression of the Cuban people.

https://www.aei.org/events/reality-check-the-impact-of-us-engagement-and-human-rights-in-cuba/

"Thinking Seriously About China"

Former Ambassador to Singapore Frank Lavin spoke recently at the Heritage Foundation about the U.S.-China relationship. Ambassador Lavin suggested ways to manage the increasingly tense relationship.

http://www.heritage.org/events/2016/05/frank-lavin

"Military Readiness in an Era of Geopolitical Uncertainty"

The Hoover Institution interviewed retired Admiral James Ellis about the need for military readiness in an uncertain geopolitical environment. He discussed the impact of new technologies, alliances, and coalitions in promoting U.S. interests in the world.

http://www.hoover.org/research/strategika-military-readiness-admirals-perspective-james-ellis

"Senator John McCain on Obama's Foreign Policy"

In a weekly GOP address, Senator John McCain criticized the Obama foreign policy record, emphasizing setbacks to U.S. interests in Syria, Ukraine, and the South China Sea.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/278244-mccain-delivers-his-own-foreign-policy-speech

"China's Overseas Investments in Europe and Beyond"

On April 25, 2016, at the Brookings Institution, a panel of scholars discussed China's growing influence in Europe, noting the economic and political offensive undertaken by China's leadership in its effort to become a global superpower.

http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/events/2016/04/25-china-europe/20160425_china_overseas_transcript.pdf

"Harbingers of Future Wars"

Lt. Gen H.R. McMaster spoke at CSIS on the implications for the U.S. Army of an increasingly risky national security environment. Gen. McMaster gave a geopolitical tour of the world, identifying challenges to U.S. national security...

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