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Spoken Word Review
October 2015


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Francis Sempa is the author of Somewhere in France, Somewhere in Germany: A Combat Soldier's Journey through the Second World War (2011), America's Global Role (2009), and Geopolitics: From the Cold War to the 21st Century (2002). He is a contributor to Population Decline and the Remaking of Great Power Politics (2012), and has written on historical and foreign policy topics for Joint Force Quarterly, the University Bookman, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Strategic Review, and the Washington Times. He is an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, an adjunct professor of political science at Wilkes University, and a contributing editor to American Diplomacy.


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American Diplomacy Spoken Word Links—October 2015

U.S. Military Strategy in Afghanistan
General John Campbell testified for more than two hours before the House Armed Services Committee about U.S. military strategy in Afghanistan, including comments about the accidental strike on a hospital.

"The Pivotal Moment: How the Iran Deal Frames America's Foreign Policy Choices."
On October 6, 2015, Colin Dueck and Kim Holmes of the Heritage Foundation spoke about the Iran deal in the context of progressive vs. conservative approaches to foreign policy.

"Iran's Deadly Ambition: The Islamic Republic's quest for Global Power"
Ilan Berman of the American Foreign Policy Council previewed his new book about Iran's global aspirations in a talk at the Heritage Foundation on September 25, 2015. Berman expressed concern that America's retrenchment from the Middle East is leaving a power vacuum that Iran will attempt to fill.

"Improving Humanitarian Aid"
David Miliband, president of the International Rescue Committee, spoke to the Council on Foreign Relations on October 7, 2015, about making international relief efforts and humanitarian aid more effective. His remarks included thoughts and strategies for dealing with the current refugee crisis.

President Obama's Speech at the UN
President Obama's recent speech at the UN promoted multilateralism in an increasingly "integrated" world; discussed the Syrian refugee crisis; Russia's role in the Middle East; the Iran nuclear deal; and derided the "old ways of thinking" about international relations.

"Strong Principled Security Cooperation"
On October 5, 2015, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter spoke at the Spanish Center for Advanced Studies of National Defense in Madrid, Spain. Carter highlighted Spain's and NATO's important role in combatting terrorism and responding to Russian moves in Eastern Europe, among other topics.

"Asia's Security Architecture: The China Factor"
Recently, Dr. Mathieu Duchatel, of the Stockholm International Peace Institute, spoke to The Diplomat about China's relationships with the U.S., EU, and possible flashpoints in East Asia.

"The Future of European Civilization: Lessons for America"
Roger Scruton of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, spoke at the Heritage Foundation about the effects of religious decline and the waning of confidence in Western Civilization on Europe's role in the world, and what America can learn from Europe's predicament.

"New Thinking About Australian Security"
In September 2015, the head of Australia's National Security College, Professor Rory Medcalf, delivered a lecture on 21st century Australian national security interests. He discussed the threats of terrorism, the rise of China, and Australia's role in helping to maintain a balance of power in the region.


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