Events | U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security
The U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security Program prides itself on bringing diverse and fascinating speakers to campus to discuss issues in foreign policy. Below are some of our most recent events. You can find more of our past events on our Events Archive Page.
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Ambassador Thomas Pickering Discusses Iran Deal & US/Iran Relations
Ambassador Thomas Pickering came to SIS this fall to speak to students, faculty, and others regarding his thoughts on the recent Iran Nuclear Deal and future US/Iran relations. Ambassador Pickering has a career spanning five decades as a U.S. diplomat. He is the founder of the Iran Project which seeks to improve the relationship between Iran and the U.S. He has served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Russia, India, Israel, Nigeria, Jordan and El Salvador. He holds the personal rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service. He has also been Executive Secretary, Special Assistant to Secretaries of State William Rogers and Henry Kissinger, and Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans, Environmental and Scientific Affairs.
Tom Long Discusses New Book "Latin America Confronts the United States"
Former Professor Tom Long came to SIS to discuss the launch of his new book, "Latin America Confronts the United States," focusing on the dynamics of asymmetry in international relations in the foreign policies of Latin American states vis-a-vis the United States. After receiving his Ph.D at American University's SIS, Tom Long served briefly as a professor here. He is now a lecturer at the University of Reading, and has been a visiting professor in International Relations at the Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas in Mexico City.
Shoon Murray and Gordon Adams "Mission Creep" Book Launch
Professor Shoon Murray and Gordon Adams had a talk regarding the launch of their new book, "Mission Creep: The Militarization of U.S. Foreign Policy?". This book examines the question of whether the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has assumed too large a role in influencing and implementing U.S. foreign policy. After the Cold War, and accelerating after September 11, the United States has drawn upon the enormous resources of DoD in adjusting to the new global environment and challenges arising from terrorism, Islamic radicalism, insurgencies, ethnic conflicts, and failed states.
"Is American Diplomacy at Risk?"
On September 14th, 2015, the US Foreign Policy and National Security program hosted a panel to discuss the recent American Academy of Diplomacy's report, American Diplomacy at Risk. Panelists included president of the AAD, Ambassador Ronald Neumann, the Dean of the Leadership and Management School of the Foreign Service, Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, and American University Professor Dr. Charles Call, who served as a senior advisor in the State Department from 2012-2014.
"A Contemporary Cuba Reader: The Revolution under Raúl Castro" with Dr. Phillip Brenner, Director of USFP Program and Dr. William LeoGrande, School of Public Affairs Professor
In December of 2014, the U.S. Foreign Policy Program hosted two American University professors to discuss the updated edition of their book, A Contemporary Cuba Reader: The Revolution under Raúl Castro. This book explores Cuba in familiar detail from the rise of Castro in 2006 to the present day. It touches on the new economic challenges Cuba faces with its loss of preferential trade with the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc following the fall of European Communism.
Conservative Internationalism: Armed Diplomacy under Jefferson, Polk, Truman, and Reagan
George Washington University Professor Henry Nau spoke on his latest book, "Conservative Internationalism: Armed Diplomacy under Jefferson, Polk, Truman, and Reagan" in November. Nau's book describes an overlooked foreign policy tradition he calls conservative internationalism, which he argues "spreads freedom, like liberal internationalism; arms diplomacy, like realism; and preserves national sovereignty, like nationalism."
Afghanistan's Future: What Should the U.S. Do?
In October 2014, The U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security Program brought in former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Ronald E. Neumann to speak about the recently contested presidential elections and the future of U.S. policy in the country.
Improving the Relationship Between the U.S. and Iran with Ambassador Thomas Pickering
Ambassador Pickering has had a career spanning five decades as a U.S. diplomat. He is the founder of the Iran Project which seeks to improve the relationship between Iran and the U.S. He has served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Russia, India, Israel, Nigeria, Jordan and El Salvador. He holds the personal rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service. He has also been Executive Secretary, Special Assistant to Secretaries of State William Rogers and Henry Kissinger, and Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans, Environmental and Scientific Affairs. Listen to Ambassador Pickering's full visit here.
The U.S. and the Arab Gulf States: Allies, Friends or Frenemies? with Ambassador Barbara Bodine
Ambassador Bodine's over 30 years in the US Foreign Service were spent primarily on Arabian Peninsula and greater Persian Gulf issues, specifically US bilateral and regional policy, strategic security issues, counterterrorism, and governance and reform.
She currently teaches courses on the Persian Gulf at Princeton University and is the head of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University.
No Exit from Pakistan: America's Tortured Relationship with Islamabad
Daniel S. Markey, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations, discussed his new book No Exit from Pakistan: America's Tortured Relationship with Islamabad with a packed room of SIS students and faculty.
Egypt's New Upheavals and the U.S. Response
Greg Aftandilian, Senior Fellow for the Middle East at the Center for National Policy and Associate of the Middle East Center at UMass-Lowell, spoke with SIS students about the United States' complex relationship with Egypt in the wake of recent upheavals. Prior to his current position, Aftandilian worked as foreign policy advisor for Congressman Chris Van Hollen, as a Senior Advisor and consultant for Middle East Affairs at the National Democratic Institute, as a professional staffer and foreign policy advisor to U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes, as a Political-Military Analyst on Middle East affairs for the Defense Intelligence Agency, and as a Regional Economist and Middle East Analyst at the U.S. Department of State.
Former President Jimmy Carter Honors Dr. Robert Pastor
Former President Jimmy Carter, former national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, AU president Neil Kerwin, and numerous friends, family, and colleagues surprised Dr. Robert Pastor this March with an event to honor his long and impactful career both inside and outside of the government. Dr. Pastor has worked closely with President Carter throughout his career, first as U.S. National Security Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean during President Carter’s administration, and then as Senior Fellow and Director of programs on democracy, Latin America, and China at the Carter Center. Dr. Pastor has also maintained a prodigious scholarly output, having written or edited seventeen books, most recentlyThe North American Idea: A Vision of a Continental Future.