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Spoken Word Review
November 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—November 2015

"President Hollande's Remarks in Response to Terror attacks in Paris"
French President Francois Hollande spoke to the French people in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

"Architects of Disaster: The Destruction of Libya"
Former House Intelligence Committee chairmen Pete Hoekstra spoke to the Heritage Foundation about his new book on the Libya operation.

"Strategic and Operational Innovation at a Time of Transition and Turbulence."
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter spoke on November 7th at the Reagan Defense Forum and identified Russia and China as potential threats to the international order. He also spoke about the challenge posed by ISIS. Carter said that the U.S. must take a strong and balanced approach to these challenges, just as President Reagan did in the 1980s.

"U.S. Policy in the Asia-Pacific."
On October 27, 2015, Robert Zoellick, former Deputy Secretary of State and U.S. Trade Representative, spoke at the Heritage Foundation on the topic of U.S. policy in the Asia-Pacific region. Zoellick focused on U.S. economic and political interests in the region which, he believes, will continue to increase in the years ahead.

"How to Succeed by Thinking Like the Enemy."
Micah Zenko, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, discussed his new book in which he contends that our leaders and foreign policy makers should try to get inside the minds of their real and potential adversaries when formulating policy.

"Foreign Policy and the Constitution"
On September 15th, Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton spoke at Hillsdale College's Constitution Day in Washington, D.C., on the constitutional foundations of American foreign policy. He stressed the founder's view that the Congress must play an important role in U.S. foreign policy, and he pointed to the need to revive the use of treaties for important agreements between the U.S. and other nations.

"U.S. Cyber Security Readiness."
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson spoke to the Council on Foreign Relations on November 4th about the importance of cyber security to the protection of our homeland. He emphasized the need to decrease current vulnerabilities which have already resulted in security breaches.

"U.S. Relations With Burma"
On November 4th, the Center for Strategic and International Studies hosted Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Adviser, who spoke about U.S. policy towards Burma in the wake of recent elections there.

"The Future of U.S. Policy in the Middle East."
Secretary of State John Kerry spoke recently at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace about the threats and opportunities confronting U.S. policy in the Middle East. Kerry defended the Iran nuclear deal and the administration's approach to defeating ISIS. He also stated his belief that democracy was possible for the countries of the broader Middle East.

"President Reagan's Speech on Veterans Day 1985."

"President Kennedy's Remarks on Veterans Day 1961."

"FDR Speech on Armistice Day 1941."


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