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American Diplomacy

Spoken Word Review
September 2016

The Rise of New Nationalism in Russia
The Iran Wars
Fighting the financing of Terrorism
U.S.-Asia Policy
The US-UK Alliance
The Great Surge: The Ascent of the Developing World
New Zealand’s View of the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Two State Solution: Dream or Delusion?
Brexit as a Brighter Future for the UK
The Rhetoric of 9/11

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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—September 2016   

"The Rise of New Nationalism in Russia"  
In July 2016, Charles Clover, author of Black Wind, White Snow, discussed the rise of what he calls a "new nationalism" in Russia fostered by writers and political leaders who seek to restore Russia’s place in the world as a great power. Clover, who spoke at the Carnegie Endownment for International Peace, traced the origins of the "new nationalism" to Russian émigré writers in the wake of the Bolshevik seizure of power, and analyzed the writings of their successors, including Alexander Dugin.

"The Iran Wars"  
Wall Street Journal correspondent Jay Solomon spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies about his new book, The Iran Wars. Solomon reviewed the Middle Eastern foreign policies of the Bush and Obama administrations (and earlier American administrations), especially with regard to Iran.

"Fighting the financing of Terrorism"
U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-Pennsylvania), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke recently to the Council on Foreign Relations about strategies to combat the financing of international terrorist groups.

"U.S.-Asia Policy"
In a recent address at the Heritage Foundation,  U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) spoke about the future of U.S. foreign policy in the critical Asia-Pacific region.  Sen. McCain focused on the rise of China and its efforts to disrupt the regional order in the Asia-Pacific. He called China a "bully" that has defied international law. China, he said, seeks to be the dominant power in the region.

"The US-UK Alliance"
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter spoke at the University of Oxford on September 7, about the "special relationship" between the United States and the United Kingdom. Secretary Carter reviewed the important historical and cultural ties between Britain and America, and the continuing relevance of the "special relationship" for the global order.

"The Great Surge: The Ascent of the Developing World"
Steven Radelet recently discussed his new book on the developing world at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Radelet describes a two-decade surge in material progress throughout much of the developing world.

"New Zealand’s View of the Trans-Pacific Partnership"
On September 19, 2016, New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key spoke at the Council on Foreign Relations on the importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement for the countries of the region as well as U.S. continued leadership in the Asia-Pacific.

"Two State Solution: Dream or Delusion?"
On June 7, 2016, Brandeis University professor and policy analyst Shai Feldman discussed at the Foreign Policy Research Institute the prospects for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He expressed the concern that the U.S. has abandoned its role as the shaper of diplomacy in the broader Middle East.

"Brexit as a Brighter Future for the UK"
On September 7, 2016, Matthew Elliott, a leader in the successful movement to have the UK leave the European Union, spoke to the Heritage Foundation on the positive effects of Brexit on the UK.

"The Rhetoric of 9/11"

Fifteen years later, the website American Rhetoric has compiled a large collection of remarks and speeches related to the attacks against the U.S. on September 11, 2001.





















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