Event Transcripts

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What To Do About Syria

Speakers: Ryan Crocker, Charles W. Dunne, and Paul Pillar
Presider: Richard N. Haass

More than three years after the start of the Syrian civil war, debates continue about what role, if any, the United States should play in the conflict. Ryan Crocker of Texas A&M, Freedom House's Charles Dunne, and Paul Pillar of Georgetown University join CFR President Richard N. Haass to outline the courses of action available to the United States and debate whether U.S. intervention would be desirable or effective.

See more in Syria; Conflict Assessment

North Korea, Nuclear Diplomacy, and Regional Security in Northeast Asia

Speakers: Stephen W. Bosworth and Han Sung-Joo
Presider: Richard C. Bush III

Stephen Bosworth of Tufts University and Korea University's Han Sung-Joo join Richard Bush of the Center for East Asia Policy Studies to discuss the history of nuclear negotiations with North Korea and outline the potential policy options going forward.

See more in North Korea; Regional Security; Arms Control, Disarmament, and Nonproliferation

Bearing the Burden of Global Leadership

Speakers: Robert Kagan, Michael Mandelbaum, and Stephen Sestanovich
Presider: Gideon Rose

Weary from a decade-plus of foreign wars, the United States has pulled back from its traditional role of global leader and has pursued a less ambitious and more multilateral approach to addressing international crises. Robert Kagan of the Brookings Institution, Michael Mandelbaum of Johns Hopkins, and CFR's Stephen Sestanovich join Foreign Affairs Editor Gideon Rose to discuss the prospects for renewed, more assertive U.S. leadership, or whether the current period of foreign policy retrenchment is likely to continue.

See more in United States; Politics and Strategy

Guantanamo Bay Prison Likely to Remain Open for the Foreseeable Future

Speakers: Phillip Carter, Marc A. Thiessen, and Matthew C. Waxman
Presider: Richard N. Haass

Despite President Obama's stated goal of closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, it continues to hold dozens of detainees. Phillip Carter of the Center for a New American Security, Marc Thiessen of the American Enterprise Institute, and CFR's Matthew Waxman join CFR President Richard N. Haass to discuss the costs, benefits, and risks of keeping Guantanamo open.

See more in Global; Counterterrorism; United States

Globalizing World Requires Transatlantic Partnership and Leadership

Speaker: Wolfgang Schäuble
Presider: Robert M. Kimmitt

With the economic structural reforms enacted in many southern European countries now beginning to show results, German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble joins Robert Kimmitt of the American Council of Germany to discuss the current state of the European economic recovery.

See more in EU; Economics; Germany

Agricultural Technology and Productivity Continue to Make Gains and Ensure U.S. Food Security

Speaker: Tom Vilsack
Presider: Roger C. Altman

With the 2014 farm bill now enacted into law, U.S. agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack visits CFR to discuss the USDA's policy priorities with Roger Altman of Evercore Partners. Vilsack credits advanced agricultural technology and the productivity of American farmers with maintaining the country's status as a food-secure nation, despite a growing population and a shrinking agricultural sector.

See more in United States; Agricultural Policy

Despite Growing Opposition, AKP Remains the Dominant Force in Turkish Politics

Speakers: Steven A. Cook, Henri J. Barkey, and Jonathan Tepperman

In the past year, Turkey's prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AKP party have faced mass protests in Istanbul and other major cities, a widely publicized corruption scandal with deep roots in the party leadership, and a backlash over attempts to censor Twitter and other media. Despite these scandals and growing dissatisfaction with his administration, the AKP managed to win a plurality in the most recent municipal elections.

See more in Turkey; Peacekeeping

Media Call with Benn Steil on European Central Bank Meeting

Speaker: Benn Steil
Presider: Neil Irwin

Ahead of the April 3, 2014, meeting of the European Central Bank (ECB)'s rate-setting Governing Council, CFR Director of International Economics Benn Steil discussed why the expected shift toward more aggressive monetary stimulus will fail to revive private-sector credit without a more compelling bank recapitalization plan.

See more in Europe; Economics

Foreign Affairs Media Call With Ivo H. Daalder and James. G. Stavridis

Speakers: Justin Vogt, Ivo H. Daalder, and Adm. James Stavridis

Foreign policy experts, Justin Vogt, deputy editor of Foreign Affairs, Ivo Daalder, president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and Admiral James Stavridis, dean of Tuft University's Fletcher School discuss military defense and NATOs role in the present and future territorial and political situation of Ukraine-Russia regarding the territory of Crimea.

See more in Ukraine; Politics and Strategy

On the Road to Recovery, or Creating the “Mother of All Bubbles”?

Speakers: Joyce Chang, Nouriel Roubini, and Sebastian Mallaby

With the tapering of the Federal Reserve's bond buying program well underway, and the possibility of future interest rate hikes under discussion, J.P. Morgan's Joyce Chang and Nouriel Roubini of Roubini Global Economics assess the risks that exist in the current global financial system in a discussion with CFR's Sebastian Mallaby.

See more in Global; Politics and Strategy; Monetary Policy

Crimea, China, and the Challenges of Risk Management

Speakers: Lawrence D. Freedman and Richard N. Haass
Introductory Speaker: Rita E. Hauser
Presider: Walter Russell Mead

In the first session of CFR's symposium on Risk and Strategy for the Changing World, CFR President Richard N. Haass and Lawrence Freedman of King's College London discuss the changing perceptions of strategic risk in the post-Cold War era with Walter Russell Mead of Bard College.

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Fracking Revolution Transforming the Global Energy Landscape

Speakers: Admiral Dennis Blair, John Browne, and Robert D. Blackwill

Admiral Dennis Blair, BP Officer, John Browne, and CFR Fellow, Robert D. Blackwill discuss the American energy boom and its concerns with both gas and oil. According to the following experts, through the use of fracking, the United States has increased its oil production to approximately 3.5 million barrels per day, in the last five years.

See more in Global; Energy and Environment