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The Brilliant Incoherence of Trump’s Foreign Policy

Author: Stephen Sestanovich
The Atlantic

Trump dominated the election-year debate by proposing a more hopped-up version of foreign-policy activism than the usual advocates of activism, and a fuller kind of disengagement than those who wanted to scale down. The combination—radicalism at both ends of the spectrum—seemed the essence of his appeal. For Trump, American policy was supposed to serve only American interests. Best of all, Trump suggested, his entire approach would be free. Yes, we could be “great again”—and on the cheap. Such a blend of much more and much less could easily have seemed incoherent, or crazy. But the two halves of Trump’s formula worked together better than critics appreciated.

See more in United States; Presidents and Chiefs of State; Diplomacy and Statecraft

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The World’s Hotspots

Speaker: Elliott Abrams
Speaker: Lori Esposito Murray
Speaker: Sheila A. Smith
Presider: Tiffany McGriff

Experts discuss the most important flashpoints in international affairs for the current administration.

See more in Global; Defense and Security

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The Changing Role of Media

Speaker: Vivian M. Salama
Speaker: Margaret Talev
Presider: Kim Dozier

Experts discuss the changing role of the media within this administration and beyond and how the media should proceed to cover the Trump presidency. 

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The Need to Change Palestinian Political Culture

Author: Elliott Abrams
Mosaic Magazine

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will be visiting Washington soon and will call for a renewed commitment to the creation of a Palestinian state. But both opinion polls, and actions by the Palestinian Authority glorifying terrorism and terrorists, suggest that Palestinian political culture is oriented to violence and revanchism, not to peace. Elliott Abrams argues that a change in Palestinian political culture is a necessary precondition for real peace.

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U.S. Entry Into World War I: Lessons One Hundred Years Later

Speaker: John Milton Cooper
Speaker: Jennifer Keene
Speaker: Jay Winik
Presider: James M. Lindsay

One hundred years ago this month, the United States declared war on Germany and thereby entered World War I. Experts discuss why the United States entered "the Great War," the consequences it had for American society and foreign policy, and what lessons it holds for Americans going forward.

See more in United States; History and Theory of International Relations

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Prioritizing Water on the Global Agenda

Speaker: Angel Gurría
Presider: P. J. Simmons

Angel Gurría provides his perspective on the crucial need to deliver on present and future water challenges around the world, and advocates for water as a driver of sustainable growth and development.

See more in Global; Water Security

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A Conversation With Arun Jaitley

Speaker: Arun Jaitley
Presider: Charles R. Kaye

Arun Jaitley discusses the status of India’s economy, its relationship with the United States, and its place in the world economy.

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Don’t Abdicate America’s Leadership Role at the IMF

Authors: Douglas A. Rediker and Heidi Crebo-Rediker
ForeignPolicy.com

During his campaign, Donald Trump persuaded voters that he would look after “America First.” It would be hard to find an institution that plays a greater role in supporting the economic and strategic interests of the United States than does the IMF. Therefore, it would be in the United States’ and the world’s interests if Secretary Mnuchin were to deliver a strong and clear statement of support for the IMF from its biggest beneficiary.

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