What to Do About... Series
December 4, 2013 – Present
The What to Do About... series highlights a specific issue and features experts who will put forward competing analyses and policy prescriptions in a mock high-level U.S. government meeting. This series is made possible through the generous support of Home Box Office.
March 13, 2017
Experts discuss U.S. policy options toward North Korea.
Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; Former Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Cofounder and Principal, Global Alliance Advisors, LLC; Former Assistant Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense (via videoconference)
Managing Director, Korea, Bower Group Asia; Former National Intelligence Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Deputy National Intelligence Officer for East Asia, National Intelligence Council
President, Baruch College; Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counterproliferation Policy, U.S. Department of Defense
March 6, 2017
Experts discuss the economic and political challenges facing U.S. trade policy, how to proceed in the current political climate, and policy options for the future direction of U.S. trade.
Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Author, Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy
Senior International Partner, WilmerHale; Former U.S. Trade Representative
Former U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, U.S. House of Representatives; Former Chairman, U.S. House Committee on Financial Services
Chief Executive Officer and President, JPMorgan Chase Institute
February 27, 2017
Experts discuss U.S. policy options toward Russia including continued sanctions, possible cooperation with Russia in Syria, and responding to increased tensions surrounding the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Professor of International Affairs, Georgetown University; former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European Affairs, National Security Council (2014-2017)
George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; former U.S. ambassador-at-large to the former Soviet Union (1997-2001)
Professor and Director, Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies, Georgetown University; former National Intelligence Officer for Russia and Eurasia, National Intelligence Council (2004-2006)
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council; former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia, U.S. Department of Defense (2012-2015)
October 27, 2016
Experts discuss U.S. policy options toward Venezuela in response to food and medicine shortages, soaring crime rates, declining oil production, and a government crackdown on the opposition.
Director, Center for Latin America and Caribbean Studies, Duke University; Former U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela; Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute; Former Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Adjunct Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
April 27, 2016
Experts assess Turkey's relations with its neighbors, as well as its handling of the migrant crisis, and offer U.S. policy options moving forward.
Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Fellow and Chief of Staff, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Former Senior Advisor, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, U.S. Department of Defense
Philip Solondz Distinguished Fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey
Vice Chairman, Hills & Company; Former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
February 29, 2016
Experts assess the current situation in Afghanistan, analyze U.S. involvement, and offer policy options moving forward.
Former Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, U.S Department of State; Former Commander, International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces—Afghanistan (2011-2013)
Senior Fellow and Khalilzad Chair, Atlantic Council; Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan (2012-2014)
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Metis Solutions, LLC; Former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Defense (2007-2009)
Vice Chairman, Cohen Group; Former Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, U.S. Department of State (2011-2012)
January 5, 2016
Experts analyze the current situation in the Middle East and discuss U.S. policy options toward Syria.
Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute; Former Senior Director, Middle East and North Africa, National Security Council
Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Center for Security Studies, Georgetown University; Former National Intelligence Officer, Near East and South Asia, National Intelligence Council
December 8, 2015
Experts discuss U.S. foreign policy options toward Russia.
Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Former U.S. Ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science, Barnard College, Columbia University
October 6, 2015
Experts discuss possible policy approaches toward cyberattacks.
Research Fellow and Director of the Technology Policy Program, Mercatus Center, George Mason University
Principal, Chertoff Group; Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency (2006-2009); Former Director, National Security Agency (1999-2005)
Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies and Director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations
Executive Vice President of Worldwide Government, Legal and Business Affairs, MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc.
June 24, 2015
Experts discuss challenges to U.S. infrastructure.
Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
President and Chief Executive Officer, American Association of Port Authorities
Vice President and National Director of Strategic Consulting, Parsons Brinckerhoff
Former Secretary, Department of the Treasury