US Foreign Policy

After an uncertain first year, the broad outlines of President Trump’s foreign policy and the international issues on his agenda are somewhat clearer.  China has come to be seen more as a threat than a partner; North Korea’s nuclear program has escalated significantly; troop levels have increased in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria; the decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital produced some outrage but little fundamental change in the Middle East; Europe’s continued internal political and economic challenges remain unresolved; Russian cyber meddling in US elections continues to roil its relations with the West. 

This Spring's busy foreign policy series will focus on these and other critical issues.  We begin on February 1 with a lecture on cyber challenges in Asia by Jonathan Reiber, currently a Senior Fellow at Berkeley’s Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity and formerly Chief Strategy Officer for Cyber Policy in the Office of Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.  Max Boot, a UC Berkeley alum and now a Senior Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations in New York will join us on February 12 to discuss America’s involvement in Vietnam and its lessons for current counterinsurgency policy, based on his history of Edward Lansdale, The Road Not Taken.  On February 14, we will welcome Michèle Flournoy, former Defense Department Under Secretary for Policy under President Obama, for a conversation about US foreign and defense policy.  Former Ambassador to South Korea, Kathleen Stephens will visit Berkeley on March 15 to discuss the prospects for war and peace on the Korean peninsula.  We will end the semester with a lecture by the co-host of the USFP series, Professor Daniel Sargent, who on April 25 will offer his analysis of the American world order and its prospects.

Upcoming Events

No scheduled upcoming events. Dates and times will be posted as they are finalized.


Past Events

Upcoming Events

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Pax Americana: Sketches for an Undiplomatic History

Event Series
Apr 25, 2018, 5:00PM to 6:30PM PDT
223 Moses Hall
Daniel Sargent, Associate Professor of History, UC Berkeley
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The Korean Challenge to US Foreign Policy

Event Series
Mar 15, 2018, 5:30PM to 7:00PM PDT
Chevron Auditorium, International House
Ambassador Kathleen Stephens, William J. Perry Fellow, Korea Program, Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center
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A Conversation About US Foreign Policy

Event Series
Feb 14, 2018, 5:00PM to 6:30PM PST
Toll Room, Alumni House
Michèle Flournoy, Co-Founder and Managing Director of WestExec Advisors
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The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam

Event Series
Feb 12, 2018, 5:00PM to 6:30PM PST
Heyns Room, Berkeley Faculty Club
Max Boot, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
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The Future of Cybersecurity and Trends in Technological Risk: Implications for US Foreign Policy and Politics

Event Series
Feb 01, 2018, 5:00PM to 6:30PM PST
223 Moses Hall
Jonathan Reiber, Senior Fellow, Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, UC Berkeley
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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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America's Next War and How to Prevent It

Event Series
Nov 14, 2017, 2:00PM to 3:30PM PST
223 Moses Hall
Dr. Paul Stares, Council on Foreign Relations
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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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NATO: Obsolete or Adapting?

Event Series
Oct 12, 2017, 5:00PM to 6:30PM PDT
Toll Room, Alumni House
Ambassador Douglas Lute, Harvard Kennedy School
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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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