Speaker: Jennifer Lind Speaker: Walter Russell Mead Presider: Gideon Rose
Gideon Rose discusses the March/April 2017 issue of Foreign Affairs magazine with contributors Walter Russell Mead and Jennifer Lind. The latest issue of Foreign Affairs takes an in-depth look at the election, transition, and now presidency of Donald J. Trump.
One of the most important meetings of Donald Trump’s young presidency will take place on Tuesday, when German Chancellor Angela Merkel comes to Washington. Europe is America’s most important partner and Germany guides Europe.
“For Tokyo, this decision by Seoul and Washington [to move forward with the THAAD system] is as much about U.S. staying power as it is about Pyongyang’s missile launches. Just beyond the horizon, the influence of Beijing looms too large for Tokyo’s comfort,” writes CFR Senior Fellow Sheila Smith.
By far the biggest winner if NAFTA ends will be China, writes Shannon O’Neil. As for the losers, “are thousands of small and medium-sized American businesses, which are more likely to export to Mexico than anywhere else in the world.”
From a White House largely defined by caprice, there’s been a consistent message that it’s time to get tough on China: to push back in the South China Sea, to challenge China’s unfair trade and investment practices, and to demand more from Beijing on North Korea.
Trump’s tendency to tell lies has not diminished even as he adopts a more presidential tone in his speeches and other communications. Carla Anne Robbins argues that citizens must remain vigilant and willing to point out his untruths.
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.
In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on March 2, 2017, Matthew C. Waxman addressed some of the international law questions most relevant to cyber threats and U.S. strategy and made recommendations for U.S. leadership in the evolution of related international rules. Waxman argued that even though international law regarding cyber capabilities is not yet settled, existing rules can support a strong cyber defense strategy. Since many of the international law questions depend on specific, case-by-case facts, and are likely to be highly contested for a long time to come, the United States should continue to advance interpretations that support its strategic interests and effectively constrain other states’ behavior.
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