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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
Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp discusses his Foreign Affairs piece on natural gas development and production.
See more in United States; Energy and Environment
Jessica Mathews of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace joins CFR President Emeritus Leslie H. Gelb to discuss the current state of nuclear nonproliferation efforts.
See more in Syria; Iran; Arms Control, Disarmament, and Nonproliferation
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
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
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
In April 2014, President Obama left on his rescheduled trip to Asia, making stops in Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Senior Fellow for Japan Studies Sheila Smith and Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia Joshua Kurlantzick discussed the president's priorities in Asia prior to his trip.
See more in Asia and Pacific; Diplomacy and Statecraft
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
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
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
Brazilian vice president Michel Temer visits CFR to discuss Brazil's current economic status, its success in attracting foreign investment, and its progress in reducing extreme poverty in a conversation with Foreign Affairs Editor Gideon Rose.
See more in Brazil; Politics and Strategy
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 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
One year into the World Bank's campaign to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030, Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, joins CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera to discuss the progress that has been made and plans for the future.
See more in Global; Economic Development
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
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.
See more in Global; Politics and Strategy
Former U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation Michael A. McFaul discusses the escalating events in Ukraine and the Russian presence in Crimea.
See more in Ukraine; Regional Security
Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, a top adviser to President Obama on defense and nuclear issues, joins Robert Gallucci of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to discuss the upcoming third Nuclear Security Summit, to be held in The Hague.
See more in Global; Nuclear Energy; Arms Control, Disarmament, and Nonproliferation
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
CIA Director John Brennan discusses the current challenges facing the intelligence community in a conversation with Andrea Mitchell of NBC News.
See more in United States; Intelligence