US Foreign Policy

Newly elected President Donald Trump has promised significant change in US foreign policy.  With new Secretaries of Defense and Sate and new leadership within the intelligence community, the contours of the promised change remain to be seen.  During the Spring 2017 semester, the Institute of International Studies will host a range of speakers who will help to interpret the new directions under the new President.  A number of regions and interests are of particular concern.  For example, Russia continues to play a critical international role, especially under the new administration.  In addition, Middle East issues (e.g., the US-Israel relationship), China’s expansion in the Pacific and US relations with its Asian allies, the promotion of democracy, and the connection of history to policy will all challenge the new Administration.  These and other issues will be addressed in this spring's foreign policy series.

Upcoming Events

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Liberalism, War, and the Invention of National Security

Event Series
Sep 28, 2017, 5:00PM to 6:30PM PDT
223 Moses Hall
Dr. Andrew Preston, University of Cambridge
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NATO: Obsolete or Adapting?

Event Series
Oct 12, 2017, 5:00PM to 6:30PM PDT
223 Moses Hall
Ambassador Douglas Lute, Harvard Kennedy School
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How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything

Event Series
Nov 02, 2017, 5:00PM to 6:30PM PDT
223 Moses Hall
Rosa Brooks, Georgetown University
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State-Building and Political Development in US Foreign Policy

Event Series
Nov 30, 2017, 5:00PM to 6:30PM PST
Toll Room, Alumni House
Dr. Francis Fukuyama, Freeman Spogli Institute
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Past Events

Upcoming Events

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Arab Spring and Arab Winter: Should the United States Support Democracy in the Middle East?

Event Series
Apr 20, 2017, 5:30PM to 7:00PM PDT
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall
Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
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The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State

Event Series
Apr 17, 2017, 2:00PM to 3:30PM PDT
223 Moses Hall
Graeme Wood, National Correspondent for The Atlantic
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Applied History and the Uses (and Misuses) of the Past

Event Series
Apr 12, 2017, 5:00PM to 6:30PM PDT
223 Moses Hall
Dr. Fredrik Logevall, Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs and Professor of History, Harvard Kennedy School
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Alliances in the Indo-Pacific: A Practitioner's Perspective

Event Series
Mar 07, 2017, 4:00PM to 5:30PM PST
223 Moses Hall
Vice Admiral Robert L. Thomas, Jr.
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The Russian Challenge in the Next Four Years

Event Series
Feb 21, 2017, 5:00PM to 6:30PM PST
CHANGED: Toll Room, Alumni House
Dr. Eugene Rumer, Senior Fellow and Director, Russia and Eurasia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
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Making the Unipolar Moment: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Rise of the Post-Cold War Order

Event Series
Nov 28, 2016, 5:00PM to 6:30PM PST
223 Moses Hall
Hal Brands, Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of Global Affairs at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
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The Long Game: How Obama Defied Washington and Redefined America’s Role in the World

Event Series
Oct 11, 2016, 5:00PM to 6:30PM PDT
223 Moses Hall
Derek Chollet, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
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India and China, the New Superpowers

Event Series
Oct 06, 2016, 5:00PM to 6:30PM PDT
223 Moses Hall
Anja Manuel, RiceHadley Gates, LLC
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Restless Empire: China and the World

Event Series
May 03, 2016, 4:00PM to 5:30PM PDT
223 Moses Hall
Dr. Odd Arne Westad, Harvard Kennedy School
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A View from the National Intelligence Council: How it Connects to U.S. Policy

Event Series
Apr 11, 2016, 4:00PM to 5:30PM PDT
223 Moses Hall
Dr. Gregory F. Treverton, Chairman, National Intelligence Council
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