Event Transcripts

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Civil-Military Relations in the New Administration

Speaker: Janine Davidson
Speaker: Michèle A. Flournoy
Speaker: John M. Paxton Jr.
Presider: Thom Shanker

Experts discuss the role of civil-military relations in the development of military advice; evaluate early changes to the national security system under President Trump; and consider possible reforms to the presidential decision-making process.

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The Uncertain Future of U.S. Trade Policy

Speaker: Edward Alden
Speaker: Charlene Barshefsky
Speaker: Barney Frank
Presider: Diana Farrell

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.

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The Future of the U.S. Supreme Court

Speaker: Linda Greenhouse
Speaker: Charles M. Lane
Speaker: James D. Zirin
Presider: Michael Kramer

Experts provide their perspectives on the polarization of the U.S. Supreme Court, the role partisan politics has played in recent decisions, and the impact of the presidential election on the Court.

See more in United States; Politics and Strategy