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“The Summit of the Americas and Prospects for Inter-American Relations”
On April 3, 2015, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemispheric Affairs spoke at the Brookings Institution about the upcoming Summit on Inter-American Affairs. He stated that the U.S. will focus on four key areas: democracy and human rights; economic development; social development; and energy and the environment.

“The Islamic State, Iran, and the Geopolitics of the Middle East”
On March 17, 2015, Adam Garfinkle, the editor of The American Interest, spoke to the foreign Policy Research Institute on the geopolitics of the Middle East and U.S. policy toward Iran, ISIS and other players in the region.

“The Iran Nuclear Talks: An Indian Perspective”
Indian diplomat K.C. Singh addressed the Iran nuclear talks from an Indian perspective recently at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He discussed the implications for the region if the Iranians are permitted to acquire nuclear weapons.

“The Way Forward in the U.S.-Afghanistan Security Partnership”
On March 26, 2015, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive Officer of Afghanistan, spoke at the Heritage Foundation about the future of U.S.-Afghan relations and the need for the United States to work for the long-term security of the region.

“Japan’s Reckoning With a Rising China”
On April 3, 2015, Shelia Smith of the Council on Foreign Relations discussed her new book on Japanese perspectives on China’s rise and the implications for U.S.-Japanese relations and security in the region.

“Iran and North Korea” On April 1, 2015, John Bolton, Nicholas Eberstadt, and Michael Rubin of the American Enterprise Institute discussed the parallels between previous U.S. nuclear negotiations with North Korea and the current negotiations with Iran.

“U.S. Policy in Iraq” On April 9, 2015, Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the National Defense University on U.S. policy in Iraq and the struggle against ISIS in the Middle East.

“The Future of U.S. Air Power”
Secretary of the Air force Deborah Lee James discussed the future role of air power in U.S. defense strategy at the council on foreign Relations.

“Is the American Century Over?”
On April 1, 2015, the Center for Strategic and International Policy hosted Joseph S. Nye, Jr., who talked about his new book, Is the American Century Over?

“The United States and Central Asia”
On March 31, 2015, Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivered a lengthy and wide-ranging address on U.S. relations with Central Asian countries at the Brookings Institution.

“Understanding and Dealing with China’s Growing Military Power”
On April 1, 2015, Elbridge Colby, a fellow at the Center for a New American Security, testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on the implications for U.S. security of China’s conventional and nuclear offensive missile threat.


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