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January 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—December 2015

"Israel and the United States"
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at the Brooking Institution’s Saban Forum on December 6th about the importance of the U.S.-Israeli strategic partnership. Mrs. Clinton noted that jihadism has metastasized and suggested strategies for defeating the jihadists without compromising American principles or demonizing all Muslims.

"Defeating the Islamic Extremists: A Global Strategy"
Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn spoke at the American Enterprise Institute about the need for a global strategy to defeat Islamic terrorism. General Flynn emphasized that our presidents must fully engage the nation in this war.

"How to Defeat the Islamic State"
In testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Max Boot advocated increased U.S. bombing of the enemy in Iraq and Syria and increased aid the Sunnis in both countries.

"A Conversation with Tony Blair"
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair reflected on leadership and decision-making in foreign policy in a fascinating conversation with the Council on Foreign Relations.

"1944: FDR and the Year That Changed History"
Author Jay Winik discussed his new book about the pivotal year of 1944 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Winik describes the diplomatic and military events, as well as the personalities and interrelationships of the principal military and political leaders.

"The Great Surge: The Ascent of the Developing World"
Georgetown professor Steven Radelet discussed his new book about human development at the Brookings Institution on November 20th. Radelet discussed the across-the-board progress in incomes, health and education throughout much of the world, but noted that many have been left out of this development surge.

"The Currency of Power: Economics & Security in U.S. foreign Policy"
Robert Zoellick, former Deputy Secretary of State and President of the World Bank, spoke at the Annual Dinner of the Foreign Policy Research Institute about how U.S. economic power translates into political power and world leadership.

"The State of Homeland Security"
On December 7th, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul spoke at the National Defense University about the rise of radical Islam and the threat it poses to the American homeland.

"Civil Nuclear Cooperation With Pakistan: Prospects and Consequences"
In testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, George Perkovich, Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, discussed the prospects for civil nuclear cooperation between the U.S. and Pakistan.

"Churchill’s 1941 Christmas Message from Washington, D.C."
In the wake of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill delivered a Christmas message to the world from Washington, D.C., where he had traveled to discuss war strategy with FDR and America’s top generals and admirals.

"FDR’s Christmas Eve Message 1944."
As the Battle of the Bulge raged in northwest Europe, and fighting continued in all theaters of the Second World War, President Roosevelt delivered a Christmas message to the nation.


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