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.