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Spoken Word Review
May 2016

The Impact of U.S. Engagement and Human Rights in Cuba
Thinking Seriously About China
Military Readiness in an Era of Geopolitical Uncertainty
Senator John McCain on Obama's Foreign Policy
China's Overseas Investments in Europe and Beyond
Harbingers of Future Wars
NASA's Role in International Affairs
The Role of the United Nations
Eisenhower and the Cold War
Duty, Honor, Country

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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—May 2016   

"The Impact of U.S. Engagement and Human Rights in Cuba"
Cuban pro-democracy activist Antonio Rodiles spoke at the American Enterprise Institute about the impact of President Obama's engagement with Cuba. He explained that thus far the Cuban government  has not eased its political repression of the Cuban people.

"Thinking Seriously About China"
Former Ambassador to Singapore Frank Lavin spoke recently at the Heritage Foundation about the U.S.-China relationship. Ambassador Lavin suggested ways to manage the increasingly tense relationship.

"Military Readiness in an Era of Geopolitical Uncertainty"
The Hoover Institution interviewed retired Admiral James Ellis about the need for military readiness in an uncertain geopolitical environment. He discussed the impact of new technologies, alliances, and coalitions in promoting U.S. interests in the world.

"Senator John McCain on Obama's Foreign Policy"
In a weekly GOP address, Senator John McCain criticized the Obama foreign policy record, emphasizing setbacks to U.S. interests in Syria, Ukraine, and the South China Sea.

"China's Overseas Investments in Europe and Beyond"
On April 25, 2016, at the Brookings Institution, a panel of scholars discussed China's growing influence in Europe, noting the economic and political offensive undertaken by China's leadership in its effort to become a global superpower.

"Harbingers of Future Wars"
Lt. Gen H.R. McMaster spoke at CSIS on the implications for the U.S. Army of an increasingly risky national security environment. Gen. McMaster gave a geopolitical tour of the world, identifying challenges to U.S. national security. Geopolitics, he said, is back.

"NASA's Role in International Affairs"
On April 27th, NASA Administrator Retired Marine General Charles Bolden, Jr, spoke at CSIS on NASA's role in U.S. foreign and security policy.

"The Role of the United Nations"
Dr. Esther Brimmer, an adjunct fellow at CFR, spoke about the evolution of the UN and its impact on international affairs.

"Eisenhower and the Cold War"
In a captivating lecture, University of Exeter history professor Jeremy Black spoke at the New York Historical Society on President Eisenhower and the Cold War. Professor Black traced the origins of the Cold War to World War I.

"Duty, Honor, Country"
On May 12, 1962, General of the Army Douglas MacArthur delivered an address to the cadets at West Point after receiving the Sylvanus Thayer Award. He urged the cadets to remember that their mission remains "fixed, determined, inviolable: it is to win our wars."  It was one of the greatest and most memorable speeches of the 20th century.


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