“Opportunities and Challenges in India’s Energy future”
On May 1, 2015, the Brookings Institution hosted remarks by Rahul Tongia, a non-resident Fellow of Brookings, India, about India’s energy future. Tongia discussed India’s overreliance on coal and expressed the hope that India will gradually shift to renewable energy sources.
“U.S. Leadership and Global Food Security”
On May 5, 2015, Pennsylvania Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Security on the importance of global food security to U.S. foreign policy. In his remarks, Senator Casey emphasized the need for the U.S. to continue to lead in efforts to increase global agriculture production and focus on improving nutrition outcomes for families throughout the world.
“Improving Security Assistance”
On May 5, 2015, Mark Pyman, of Transparency International’s Defense and Security Program, spoke at the Carnegie Endowment of International Peace on the subject of corruption related to security assistance programs. Using Afghanistan as an example, Pyman suggested ways that corruption could be countered and minimized in future security assistance programs.
“The New Terrorism: How to Fight and Defeat It”
On April 30, 2015, Van Hipp, Chairman of American Defense International, Inc., spoke to the Heritage Foundation about current and future terror threats and suggested policies and strategies to combat those threats.
“Russia, Ukraine, and U.S. Policy”
On April 28, 2015, Russia expert Stephen Sestanovich testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the events in Ukraine and what they mean for the future. Sestanovich stated that Russian leader Vladimir Putin will judge future U.S. policy on how we react to the crisis in Ukraine. He noted that Russia’s aggression in Ukraine has implications for NATO and its new members in Eastern and Central Europe.
“U.S. Trade Policy”
On April23, 2015, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at the Atlantic Council on U.S. trade policy and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
“Thinking About War and Peace: Intellectuals, Soldiers and American Security Policy”
On April 7, 2015, Dr. Michael P. Noonan, Director of Research at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI), spoke at FPRI on the role of foreign policy and security intellectuals in the shaping of U.S. national security policy.
“President Nixon’s Foreign Policy”
On April 5, 2015, at the Nixon Library, former members of President Nixon’s national security team discussed Nixon’s foreign policy. Topics included the Vietnam War and the opening to China.
“Suicide of the West at 50”
In December, 2014, Yale University hosted a discussion by scholars on the continuing relevance of James Burnham’s 1964 book, Suicide of the West.
“A Conversation with George F. Kennan” In 1976, George Urban interviewed Kennan and the transcript of that interview was published in Encounter magazine. Kennan’s views on the Cold War and the state of America always make for interesting reading.
“Speech on the 40th Anniversary of the End of the Vietnam War”
Andrew Lam, who left Vietnam for America at age 11, when the North conquered the South, spoke to a high school class on the consequences of the war for himself, his family members and friends, and many others, as well as those South Vietnamese who lost everything 40 years ago but have returned to start new lives. It is a very personal reflection on the war’s end.
“A War That is Finished”
In April 1975, a few days before the fall of Saigon, President Gerald Ford spoke at Tulane University, asking all Americans to stop the recriminations over the war, and look forward to a world in which America was still the leader despite the loss of Indochina to the communists. http://www.historyplace.com/speeches/ford-tulane.htm
“Eisenhower on the Strategic Importance of Vietnam”
Excerpt from a press conference in April 1954 in which President Eisenhower explains the “domino theory.”
“U.S. Aims in Vietnam”
Excerpts from a speech by President Lyndon Johnson in April 1965 on U.S. interests in Vietnam.