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10 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
AFPC INSIGHTS - Episode 23: The Strategic Consequences of the Taliban Takeover
On this episode of AFPC INSIGHTS, AFPC Director for External Relations Annie Swingen talks with AFPC Central Asia-Caucasus Institute (CACI) Chairman Dr. S. Frederick Starr about the recent Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, as well as what it means for the Afghan people and for Afghanistan's neighbors, both practically and geopolitically.
7 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
AFPC INSIGHTS - Episode 22: A foiled Iranian kidnapping, and implications for U.S. policy
On this episode of AFPC INSIGHTS, AFPC Director for External Relations Annie Swingen talks with Senior Vice President Ilan Berman regarding last week's indictment of four Iranian intelligence officials on conspiracy to kidnap U.S. journalist and human rights activist Masih Alinejad and the implications for U.S. policy. Additional resources: July 13, 2021 - Department of Justice press release, "Iranian Intelligence Officials Indicted on Kidnapping Conspiracy Charges: Iranian Intelligence Services Allegedly Plotted to Kidnap a U.S. Journalist and Human Rights Activist from New York City for Rendition to Iran". https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/iranian-intelligence-officials-indicted-kidnapping-conspiracy-charges
17 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
AFPC INSIGHTS - Episode 21: Turmoil in Colombia...and beyond
AFPC Director for External Relations Annie Swingen talks with AFPC Senior Fellow in Latin American Affairs Christine Balling regarding the current political crisis in Colombia, elections in Peru, and external actors (e.g., China, Russia, and Iran) growing activity in the region. Additional reading: June 14, 2021 - A New Era For Iran’s Ambitions In The Western Hemisphere (Ilan I. Berman & Joseph Humire, The National Interest) https://www.afpc.org/publications/articles/a-new-era-for-irans-ambitions-in-the-western-hemisphere June 8, 2021 - It’s a mistake to assume Colombia protests same as protests in US (Christine Balling, The Hill) https://www.afpc.org/publications/articles/its-a-mistake-to-assume-colombia-protests-same-as-protests-in-us
30 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
AFPC INSIGHTS Episode 20: The view from Ukraine
AFPC Senior Vice President Ilan Berman chats with Amb. James Gilmore III, former Ambassador the OSCE (2019-2021) and Governor of Virginia (1998-2002) and Mr. Jon Lerner, former U.S. Deputy Envoy to the United Nations, about their recent trip to Ukraine on an AFPC-organized delegation. In Kyiv, they met with various senior Ukrainian government and military officials to discuss the state of corruption and institutional reforms, the economy and COVID-19. The delegation also traveled to the front near Mariupol to discuss the state of the Russian-Ukrainian border and see it first-hand. Related reading: Taiwan’s Fate May Be Decided In Ukraine (June 4, 2021 Herman Pirchner, Jr., Alexander B. Gray The Hill)
11 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
AFPC Insights Episode 19: The Human Rights Dimension of Iran Policy
AFPC Senior Fellow in Middle East Studies Mora Namdar discusses Iran’s opposition and the Biden Administration's policy toward Iran on this episode of AFPC INSIGHTS. An attorney and foreign policy expert, Ms. Namdar previously served as the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs and Vice President of the U.S. Agency for Global Media - USAGM). Before that, she served as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of State, working on a variety of global issues. These responsibilities included, but were not limited to, working on Iran politics and policy, international messaging and broadcasting, and serving on the State Department’s Iran Action Group. Additional resources: The Human Rights Element of Iran Policy (Mora Namdar, The National Interest, March 22, 2021)
10 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
AFPC INSIGHTS Episode 18: The View from Morocco
The Kingdom of Morocco is America’s oldest diplomatic partner, and a key U.S. strategic ally in North Africa. It is also a country that is now facing a changed, and challenging, regional environment while simultaneously attempting to navigate a new Administration in Washington. In this episode of AFPC INSIGHTS, Senior Vice President Ilan Berman discussed the current strategic challenges confronting the Kingdom, drawing on insights from his recent visit to the country. Notes: A Moment of Truth for Morocco - Newsweek (4/14/21) - https://www.newsweek.com/moment-truth-morocco-opinion-1583026
7 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
AFPC INSIGHTS Episode 16: The strategic significance of the Pacific Islands
American Foreign Policy Council Senior Fellow in National Security Affairs Alexander B. Gray discusses the strategic significance of the Pacific Islands. Related publications: Why a crisis in the Pacific islands matters for Washington and Beijing (February 16, 2021, The Hill) https://thehill.com/opinion/international/538968-why-a-crisis-in-the-pacific-islands-matters-for-washington-and-beijing Trouble in Paradise: Why a Pacific Islands Squabble Matters for Washington (February 8, 2021, The National Interest) https://www.afpc.org/publications/articles/trouble-in-paradise-why-a-pacific-islands-squabble-matters-for-washington
11 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
AFPC INSIGHTS Episode 17: Chaos in the Caucasus
Central Asia-Caucasus Institute Director Svante Cornell explains the current political turmoil in Georgia on this episode of AFPC INSIGHTS.
29 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
AFPC INSIGHTS Episode 14: Space and the next administration
AFPC director for external relations Annie Swingen talks with senior fellow for defense studies Peter Garretson regarding space policy options and opportunities for the Biden Administration. Related reading: Scramble for the Skies: The Great Power Competition to Control the Resources of Outer Space (Lexington Books, 2020) - Co-authors: Namrata Goswami and Peter Garretson. Biden’s space policy: One giant leap for climate change - Politico, 10/28/2020
18 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
AFPC INSIGHTS Episode 15: A New Approach to Iran
Iran is emerging as a critical foreign policy priority for the Biden Administration, but its approach seems to be profoundly different from that of its predecessor. American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC) senior Vice President Ilan Berman elaborates. Related reading: Iran's Ayatollahs Want a New Deal (Newsweek, 2/1/21) https://bit.ly/36Aa6AM VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BJax4djQkk&feature=youtu.be
24 minutes | Dec 15, 2020
AFPC INSIGHTS - Episode 13: China's Inroads Into Africa
AFPC director for external relations Annie Swingen chats with Amb. David Shinn and AFPC senior fellow for China studies and associate professor at the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs Dr. Joshua Eisenman regarding the recently release of the Chinese translation of their 2012 book, "China in Africa: A Century of Engagement" (Penn Press) and their next book project slated for publication in 2021. China in Africa: A Century of Engagement - https://www.amazon.com/China-Africa-Engagement-David-Shinn/dp/0812244192 Reviews: Foreign Affairs: https://www.foreignaffairs.com/reviews/capsule-review/2012-10-31/china-and-africa-century-engagement Carnegie Council: https://www.carnegiecouncil.org/publications/articles_papers_reports/0150 Sage Publications: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0009445513491529?journalCode=chra
6 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
AFPC INSIGHTS - Episode 12: A Sudanese-Israeli reset
Research Fellow and Program Officer Jacob McCarty discusses Sudan's recent normalization of relations with Israel.
14 minutes | Oct 20, 2020
AFPC INSIGHTS - Episode 11: Defense Transformation & the Future of Warfare
AFPC fellow in defense studies Jennifer McArdle discusses "Defense Transformation and the Future of Warfare" with director for external relations Annie Swingen on the latest episode of AFPC INSIGHTS.
11 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
AFPC INSIGHTS - Episode 10: Renewed Conflict in the Caucasus
AFPC's Central Asia-Caucasus Institute director Svante Cornell discusses the recent flare-up in tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Additional reading: The International Politics of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Conflict: The Original "Frozen Conflict" and European Security (Palgrave McMillan, 2017)
13 minutes | Sep 14, 2020
AFPC INSIGHTS - Episode 9: U.S. Public Diplomacy in Crisis
U.S. public diplomacy in general, and in particular the agency that oversees it, known as the U.S. Agency for Global Media, has become the topic of considerable political controversy in recent months. AFPC Senior Fellow in National Security Affairs Jim Robbins has been following the issue closely and on this episode of AFPC INSIGHTS, provides a sense of the current state of America’s global messaging – and the problems that are currently plaguing it. Additional resources: The Trouble With the Open Technology Fund, September 2, 2020, Newsweek James S. Robbins
11 minutes | Aug 26, 2020
AFPC INSIGHTS - Episode 8: A New Peace Deal in the Middle East
AFPC senior vice president Ilan Berman discusses the historic Aug. 13, 2020 Israel-UAE peace deal. Additional reading: New Mideast Peace Deal Reflects a Broader U.S. Strategy (Newsweek, August 17, 2020) https://www.newsweek.com/new-mideast-...
12 minutes | Aug 7, 2020
AFPC INSIGHTS -EPISODE 7: The strategic implications of the new Sino-Iranian accord
AFPC senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy Lawrence Haas breaks down the implications new Sino-Iranian accord for the AFPC Insights series. Further reading: U.S. Needs a Broad Response to China-Iran Moves (7/16/20) https://www.newsweek.com/us-needs-bro...
18 minutes | Jul 15, 2020
AFPC INSIGHTS- Episode 6: The Significance of Space
AFPC Director for Defense Technology Programs and Vice President of Operations Richard M. Harrison discusses the significance of space and outlines why the U.S. needs a comprehensive space strategy to compete with China. Additional reading: We Are in a New Space Race, and America Needs to Win, Newsweek (7/10/20) Richard Harrison & Peter Garretson https://www.newsweek.com/we-are-new-s... Why the new X-37 space plane mission is a big deal, Politico (5/15/20) Peter Garretson https://www.politico.com/news/2020/05... How Congress should grade the Space Force doctrine, The Hill (5/19/20) Peter Garretson https://thehill.com/opinion/technolog...
16 minutes | Jun 26, 2020
AFPC INSIGHTS- Episode 5: The Changing Politics of Central Asia
AFPC's Central Asia-Caucasus Institute (CACI) Director Dr. Svante E. Cornell discusses the recent e-CAMCA (Central Asia, Mongolia, Caucasus, Afghanistan) regional conference organized by CACI and the Rumsfeld Foundation , the region's response to COVID-19, progress with political and economic reforms, risks and opportunities for regional states with regard to China-U.S.-Russia competition in the region. e-CAMCA 2020 panels: Panel I: “Post-Coronavirus Pandemic Challenges and Opportunities for the CAMCA Region” - https://bit.ly/2A7h0k5 Panel II: “Afghanistan: What Comes First? Peace, Trade or Both Together?” - https://bit.ly/2Nz39WY Panel III: “CAMCA Network Report on Intraregional Trade: Growth Potential?” - https://bit.ly/2VjfouH Additional reading: AFPC May 2020 Defense Dossier (Issue 27) : "A New Focus on Central Asia," S.Enders Wimbush, Roger Kangas, Mamuka Tsereteli, Svante E. Cornell, S. Frederick Starr - https://bit.ly/2BEn7wC "The Sino-American Competition Is Coming to Central Asia," Ilan Berman, The National Interest, June 20, 2020 - https://bit.ly/2Zhbl3i "Digital Transformation in the CAMCA region," Mariam Lashkhi & Talant Sultanov, CAMCA Network Conference Publication, June 2020 - https://bit.ly/2NvIxyv "Caucasus & Central Asia Post COVID-19," Amb. Tedo Japaridze, Sen. Sodyq Safoev, S. Frederick Starr & Fariz Ismailzade, Strasbourg Policy Center, June 2020 - https://bit.ly/3g3ab2o And for more information on the CAMCA Rumsfeld Fellowship program, please visit: https://bit.ly/3eCo3QL
10 minutes | Jun 5, 2020
AFPC INSIGHTS - Episode 4: Putin's Perilous Future
AFPC President Herman Pirchner, Jr. addresses Russian President Vladimir Putin's repressive regime and what may come next for Russia. Additional reading: Vladimir Putin’s Increasingly Precarious Future, May 26, 2020, The National Interest https://bit.ly/3dCRyBu Post-Putin: Succession, Stability and Russia's Future (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019). https://bit.ly/2XAKU9j
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