American Diplomacy Spoken Word Links--March April 2017.

Author:Sempa, Francis P.

"Renewing American Strength Abroad" On February 6, 2017, Senator Tom Cotton spoke at the American Enterprise Institute about U.S. defense and foreign policies. He criticized the Obama administration for half-hearted measures and empty promises for renewing American strength in the world. The world is a mess, he stated, not because of President Trump's rhetoric, but rather because of the policies of the last eight years. Senator Cotton called for rebuilding the military, including upgrading our nuclear arsenal; strengthening our economy; reassuring our allies; and recognizing that our global adversaries are engaged in a serious geopolitical competition with the U.S. Text: https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/170206-AEI-Renewing-American-Strength-Tom-Cotton.pdf

Video: https://www.aei.org/events/renewing-american-strength-abroad-a-conversation-with-senator-tom-cotton/

"Reinvigorating Economic Strategy in the Asia-Pacific" On February 14, 2017, three policy experts spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies about U.S. economic strategy in the Asia-Pacific. John Huntsman, Charlene Barshefsky, and Evan Greenberg addressed America's long-term economic interests in the region. Video: https://www.csis.org/events/reinvigorating-us-economic-strategy-asia-pacific

"U.S.-China Relations in Transition" Former Commerce Secretary Barbara Franklin spoke to the Brookings Institution on January 24, 2017, about U.S.-Chinese economic relations. Her speech was highly critical of President Trump's campaign rhetoric about China, and criticized President Trump's apparent willingness to fulfill his campaign pledges.

Video: https://www.brookings.edu/events/u-s-china-relations-transition-trump-administration-19th-party-congress/

"Humanitarian Responses to the Crisis in Syria" On February 8, 2017, Neal Keny-Guyer, Chief Executive Officer of Mercy Corps, spoke to the Council on Foreign Relations about the nature and seriousness of the humanitarian crisis in Syria and possible solutions.

Text and audio: http://www.cfr.org/syria/humanitarian-response-crisis-syria/p38811 "Money and Muscle in Indian Politics" Author Milan Vaishnav talked to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace about the subject of his new book: corruption and criminality in Indian politics.

Video: http://carnegieendowment.org/2017/02/02/book-launch-money-and-muscle-in-indian-politics-event-5487

"U.S. Defense Strategy and the Rise of China" On February 10, 2017, Dr. Thomas...

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