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Spoken Word Review
February 2016


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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—February 2016 

"Religious Persecution in the Middle East"
Andrew Doran, Senior Advisor at Defense of Christians, spoke to the Council on Foreign Relations on February 9, 2016, about the persecution and displacement of Christians by Islamic militants in the Middle East and the seeming lack of awareness of this phenomenon among the American public.

"The Court and the World"
Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Stephen Breyer spoke to an audience at the Brookings Institution about his new book, The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities, which explains Breyer's view that the Court should consider and sometimes cite foreign law in deciding cases.

"Robert Conquest's Influence on the Reagan Administration"
George Shultz, who served as Secretary of State in the Reagan administration, spoke at the Hoover Institution about the influence of the writer and historian Robert Conquest on the Reagan administration's approach to the Soviet Union.

"Australia's Global Security and Defense Challenges"
On February 2, 2016, Australian Defense Minister Kevin Andrews spoke at the Heritage Foundation about the challenges faced by Australia and its allies in the increasingly contentious Indo-Pacific region, and the need for the U.S., Japan, India, and Australia to work in concert to deal with security issues in the region.

"Kim Jong Un's 'Pyongyang Republic': Inside North Korea's Totalitarianism"
Robert M. Collins of the American Enterprise Institute, discussed his report on the communist regime that rules North Korea and the possibilities for change in the totalitarian control of the country.

"A Passion for Leadership"
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates appeared on C-Span in January to talk to Brian Lamb about his new book on the need for leadership to make large institutions work effectively.

"Argentinian Foreign Policy Under President Macri"
Susana Malcorra, Argentine's Foreign Minister, spoke recently at the Council on Foreign Relations about the goals of the Macri administration, including fighting narco-terrorism, eliminating poverty, and rebuilding democratic institutions.

"ISIS's Hunt for WMDs"
Journalist C.J. Chivers discussed ISIS's ongoing quest for weapons of mass destruction in remarks to the Center for Strategic and International Studies on February 3, 2016.

"Churchill's Trials"
Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn spoke at the Heritage Foundation about his new book on Churchill's response to the many political and international challenges he faced as a British statesman for more than 50 years.

"The Sinews of Peace"
March 5, 2016, will mark the 70th anniversary of Winston Churchill's "iron curtain" speech delivered at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. Churchill sounded the alarm about the Soviet Union's conquest of Eastern Europe and the threat that it posed to the West.


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