American Diplomacy Spoken Word Links--May-June 2017
"On America's Arctic Frontline" On May 3, 2017, Admiral Paul Zukunft, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, spoke to the Center for Strategic and International Studies about America's strategic interests in the Arctic, including energy and food sources, climate change, and the strategic rivalry among nations in the region.
"Army War College Strategy Conference" In April 2017, British historian Hew Strachan delivered an address on Western powers' approaches to strategy that have led to indecisive wars and unsuccessful political outcomes. Strachan recommended that Western powers think more "regionally" instead of globally, and understand the political outcomes we seek before starting wars. He also recommended paying more attention to "lessons learned" from past conflicts.
"A Wary Embrace: The Russia-China Relationship" On May 9, 2017, at the Brookings Institution, Bobo Lo discussed his new paper for the Lowy Institute on the significance of the Russia-China relationship. Lo argued that Russia and China are independent actors, not allies. The two powers have a relationship of "strategic convenience" where they share interests, but it is not a full-fledged alliance. He concluded that the Sino-Russian partnership is less than the sum of its parts.
"G20 Priorities and Transatlantic Relations" On April 20, 2017, Germany's Finance Minister, Wolfgang Schauble, spoke at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on the future of Europe, NATO, and the global economy. He stressed the importance of multilateral approaches to global problems.