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Spoken Word Review
Summer 2017

On America's Arctic Frontline
Army War College Strategy Conference
A Wary Embrace: The Russia-China Relationship
G20 Priorities and Transatlantic Relations
Rebuilding Air Force Readiness
Prioritizing Water on the Global Agenda
Security in the Mediterranean

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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/June 2017 

"On America's Arctic Frontline"
On May 3, 2017, Admiral Paul Zukunft, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, spoke to the Center for Strategic and International Studies about America's strategic interests in the Arctic, including energy and food sources, climate change, and the strategic rivalry among nations in the region.
Video: https://www.csis.org/events/americas-arctic-frontline-conversation-admiral-paul-f-zukunft-commandant-us-coast-guard

"Army War College Strategy Conference"
In April 2017, British historian Hew Strachan delivered an address on Western powers' approaches to strategy that have led to indecisive wars and unsuccessful political outcomes. Strachan recommended that Western powers think more  "regionally" instead of globally, and understand the political outcomes we seek before starting wars. He also recommended paying more attention to "lessons learned" from past conflicts.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QLERbn-NZ4

"A Wary Embrace: The Russia-China Relationship"
On May 9, 2017, at the Brookings Institution, Bobo Lo discussed his new paper for the Lowy Institute on the significance of the Russia-China relationship.  Lo argued that Russia and China are independent actors, not allies. The two powers have a relationship of "strategic convenience" where they share interests, but it is not a full-fledged alliance. He concluded that the Sino-Russian partnership is less than the sum of its parts.
Video: https://www.brookings.edu/events/a-wary-embrace-what-the-china-russia-relationship-means-for-the-world/

"G20 Priorities and Transatlantic Relations"
On April 20, 2017, Germany's Finance Minister, Wolfgang Schauble, spoke at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on the future of Europe, NATO, and the global economy. He stressed the importance of multilateral approaches to global problems.
Video: http://carnegieendowment.org/2017/04/20/german-finance-minister-wolfgang-sch-uble-on-g20-priorities-and-transatlantic-relations-event-5560

"Rebuilding Air Force Readiness"
In April 2017, Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldstein discussed the urgent need to upgrade the readiness of the U.S. Air Force. He expressed concern about the Air Force's readiness for simultaneous conflicts around the world, and suggested ways to upgrade the force to meet the security needs of the present and future.
Video: http://www.heritage.org/defense/event/rebuilding-air-force-readiness

"Prioritizing Water on the Global Agenda"
In April 2017, OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria spoke to the Council on Foreign Relations about the local, regional and global management of water resources. He called for a global response to a global problem that affects hundreds of millions of people and can lead to international conflict.
Video and text: http://www.cfr.org/water-security/prioritizing-water-global-agenda/p39067

"Security in the Mediterranean"
In April 2017, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni spoke to the Center for Strategic and International Studies about Italy's security relationship with the U.S. in the Mediterranean region and in the broader European theater.
Video: https://www.csis.org/events/security-mediterranean-cornerstone-global-stability-prime-minister-paolo-gentiloni-italy


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