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Spoken Word Review
March 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—March 2016  

"U.S. Approach to the Western Hemisphere"
On March 17, 2016, National Security Advisor Susan Rice spoke to the Atlantic Council about the Obama administration's trade, energy, and security policies toward the nations of the Western Hemisphere.

"Australia's Energy and Resources Sector"
Josh Frydenberg, Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia, spoke recently at the Brookings Institution about the U.S.-Australian relationship and Australia's role in the Indo-Pacific region, especially in the area of energy resources.

"Burdens of Freedom: Why America Leads"
On February 22, 2016, Lawrence Mead, a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, delivered the Bradley Lecture on the importance of American individualism for America's role as world leader.

"A Brief History of the Cold War"
On March 9, 2016, Lee Edwards and Elizabeth Edwards Spaulding discussed their new book on the Cold War at the Heritage Foundation. Their presentation included an analysis of the strategies and policies pursued by all U.S. Cold War presidents.

"The United Kingdom and the Asia-Pacific Region"
On March 10, 2016, Stephen Lillie, the UK's Asia Pacific Director of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, spoke at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace about Britain's approach to the Asia-Pacific region.

"Pakistan's Foreign and Security Policy"
Sartag Aziz, a top advisor to Pakistan's prime minister, spoke at the Council on Foreign Relations about U.S.-Pakistani relations and the security role Pakistan plays in Southwest Asia and beyond.

"The Geopolitics of the American Civil War"
Scholars at the Foreign Policy Research Institute recently discussed the international aspects of the American Civil War. Presenters included Walter McDougall and Gregory Urwin.

"Strategic Intelligence"
Gregory Treverton of the National Intelligence Council discussed the work of the NIC and the challenges it faces in supporting U.S. foreign policy around the world at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

"Securing the Oceans, the Internet and Space"
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter recently spoke at the Commonwealth Club of California about the uses of technology to support our defense priorities around the world and in all domains.

"Genocide by ISIS"
International religious expert Nina Shea recently spoke to the Conservative Women's Network about ISIS's genocidal policies toward non-Muslim peoples within their control.


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