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.

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March 13, 2017

The Rising Threat of a Nuclear North Korea

Experts discuss U.S. policy options toward North Korea.


Speakers:
Robert L. Gallucci

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

Mary Beth Long

Cofounder and Principal, Global Alliance Advisors, LLC; Former Assistant Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense (via videoconference)

Sue Mi Terry

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

Presider:
Mitchel B. Wallerstein

President, Baruch College; Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counterproliferation Policy, U.S. Department of Defense

March 6, 2017

The Uncertain Future of U.S. Trade Policy

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.

Speakers:
Edward Alden

Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Author, Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy

Charlene Barshefsky

Senior International Partner, WilmerHale; Former U.S. Trade Representative

Barney Frank

Former U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, U.S. House of Representatives; Former Chairman, U.S. House Committee on Financial Services

Presider:
Diana Farrell

Chief Executive Officer and President, JPMorgan Chase Institute

February 27, 2017

Russia: Rival or Partner, or Both?

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.

Speakers:
Charles A. Kupchan

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)

Stephen Sestanovich

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)

Angela E. Stent

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)

Presider:
Evelyn N. Farkas

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

HBO What to Do About Venezuela

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.

Speakers:
Patrick Duddy

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

Roger F. Noriega

Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute; Former Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Matthew M. Taylor

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Presider:
Diana V. Negroponte

Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

April 27, 2016

What to Do About Turkey

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.

Speakers:
Steven A. Cook

Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Melissa G. Dalton

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

James F. Jeffrey

Philip Solondz Distinguished Fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey

Presider:
Thomas R. Pickering

Vice Chairman, Hills & Company; Former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs

February 29, 2016

HBO What To Do About Afghanistan

Experts assess the current situation in Afghanistan, analyze U.S. involvement, and offer policy options moving forward.

Speakers:
John R. Allen

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) 

James B. Cunningham

Senior Fellow and Khalilzad Chair, Atlantic Council; Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan (2012-2014)

Mary Beth Long

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Metis Solutions, LLC; Former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Defense (2007-2009)

Presider:
Marc Grossman

Vice Chairman, Cohen Group; Former Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, U.S. Department of State (2011-2012)

January 5, 2016

HBO What to Do About Syria

Experts analyze the current situation in the Middle East and discuss U.S. policy options toward Syria.

Speakers:
Michael Doran

Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute; Former Senior Director, Middle East and North Africa, National Security Council

Philip H. Gordon

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

Paul R. Pillar

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Center for Security Studies, Georgetown University; Former National Intelligence Officer, Near East and South Asia, National Intelligence Council

Presider:
Richard N. Haass

President, Council on Foreign Relations

December 8, 2015

HBO What to Do About Russia

Experts discuss U.S. foreign policy options toward Russia.

Speakers:
Heidi Crebo-Rediker

Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

Ivo H. Daalder

President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Former U.S. Ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

Kimberly Marten

Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science, Barnard College, Columbia University

Presider:
Richard N. Haass

President, Council on Foreign Relations

October 6, 2015

HBO What to Do About Cyberattacks

Experts discuss possible policy approaches toward cyberattacks.

Speakers:
Eli Dourado

Research Fellow and Director of the Technology Policy Program, Mercatus Center, George Mason University

General Michael V. Hayden

Principal, Chertoff Group; Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency (2006-2009); Former Director, National Security Agency (1999-2005)

Adam Segal

Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies and Director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations

Presider:
Frances Fragos Townsend

Executive Vice President of Worldwide Government, Legal and Business Affairs, MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc.

June 24, 2015

What to Do About U.S. Infrastructure

Experts discuss challenges to U.S. infrastructure.

Speakers:
Heidi Crebo-Rediker

Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

Kurt J. Nagle

President and Chief Executive Officer, American Association of Port Authorities

John Porcari

Vice President and National Director of Strategic Consulting, Parsons Brinckerhoff

Presider:
Neal S. Wolin

Former Secretary, Department of the Treasury