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Jim Jeffrey quoted in The Christian Science Monitor article, “To Tell the Truth? From Armenia to Afghanistan, A New US Diplomacy.”

"'In the post-Cold War years the U.S. could just dance around a lot of these little things and never make decisions,' says the Wilson Center’s James Jeffrey, a longtime diplomat. 'But with both Trump and now Biden there is a shift to recognize the reality of a situation, end the debate with a decision, and move on to what’s really important…' "By formally recognizing that the atrocities committed against Armenians by the Ottoman Empire more than a century ago constituted genocide, [...]

2021-04-27T00:00:48-04:00April 27, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Charlie Bolden quoted in NewScientist article, “China Is About To Start Building a Space Station in Orbit”

"'China, in a sense, is trying to catch up with capabilities that other space powers that have already done,' says space analyst Laura Forczyk. 'One of the things that helps China here is that their government is not democratic, so there isn’t the infighting that we have in the US about what the priorities are and how to fund them.' "That has allowed the nation to develop this technology relatively quickly, but Charles Bolden, who served as NASA administrator under President [...]

2021-04-27T00:00:03-04:00April 27, 2021|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Dennis Ross writes in The Washington Post: “For Diplomacy to Work, Iran Must Understand That It Cannot Overplay Its Hand”

"If there was any doubt that Iran wants and needs sanctions relief, it was removed on April 11. Rather than using what seemed like Israeli sabotage at Natanz, Iran’s largest uranium enrichment site, as pretext to walk away from the talks in Vienna — as many argued they would — the Iranians remain engaged with the British, French, Germans, Russians and Chinese, who are acting as mediators between the Islamic republic and the United States. There was no disruption of the [...]

2021-04-26T14:30:54-04:00April 26, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Michèle Flournoy quoted in The Sydney Morning Herald article, “‘Very Courageous’: Former Obama Official Backs Australia’s Hardline Stance Against China”

"A senior defence official under former United States president Barack Obama says the Five Eyes spy network should be used as a diplomatic grouping to pressure China, in a direct contrast to New Zealand’s attempt to narrow its remit… "Asked about New Zealand’s position, Ms Flournoy, who was under secretary of defense for policy between 2009 and 2012, said, 'New Zealand is an example of a smaller country that is under a lot of pressure and probably feels significant risk with [...]

2021-04-26T10:11:39-04:00April 26, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

John Costello quoted in Vox article, “Biden Is Using His Economic Plan To Challenge China”

"Instead of working with allies to box China in, the US would make a series of moves to derail Beijing’s economic future. 'Trump looked to reduce China’s ability to compete, whether it was in cyber, tech, or economics,' said John Costello, who served as a top Commerce Department official for intelligence and security in the Trump administration… "Biden’s is essentially a two-pronged approach. The first is the domestic piece, which experts explain is about essentially beating China in a domestic race [...]

2021-04-26T08:30:01-04:00April 26, 2021|Economy & Trade|

Jim Jeffrey quoted in The Wall Street Journal article, “Biden Recognizes Massacres of Armenians as Genocide”

"James Jeffrey, a former U.S. ambassador to Turkey and senior official in the Obama and Trump administrations, said the question of genocide recognition has long been the subject of a debate within the U.S. government. "'Those of us who always argued that for geopolitical reasons we shouldn’t do it knew that sooner or later a president would do it,' he said of the decision to recognize the genocide…" Read the full article here: Full Article

2021-04-24T12:33:06-04:00April 24, 2021|News|

Joe Gagnon cited in The Wall Street Journal article, “History Offers Only Rough Guide to the Coming Economic Boom”

"[W]ith forecasters looking for the economy to grow an additional 3.3% next year, by the end of 2022 GDP could be 2.7% above the Congressional Budget Office’s estimate of its 'potential,' or the level it can sustain without running too hot. The last time GDP got that far above potential was 1973, when the U.S. was experiencing a serious inflation problem that wouldn’t be snuffed until the early 1980s. "The seeds for the 1970s experience were sown in the 1960s, when [...]

2021-04-24T09:00:45-04:00April 24, 2021|Economy & Trade|

Michèle Flournoy interviewed in Rusi’s The Western Way of War podcast, “The Enemy Went to School”

"Former US Under Secretary for Defence for Policy Michèle Flournoy talks to Peter Roberts about technology, concepts, young minds and competitive spaces in warfare. The conversation is predicated on the idea of obeying the just war principles until deterrence fails. Thereafter, we (the West) want a distinctly unfair fight…" Listen to the full episode here: Full Episode

2021-04-22T00:00:30-04:00April 22, 2021|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Michèle Flournoy interviewed in The Director’s Chair podcast, “Michèle Flournoy on Her Life and Career, China’s Rise and America’s Resilience”

"In this episode of The Director’s Chair, Michael Fullilove speaks with the distinguished policymaker and policy entrepreneur Michèle Flournoy. Michèle is a former senior Pentagon official, managing partner of WestExec Advisors, and chair of the Center for a New American Security…” Listen to the full episode here: Full Episode

2021-04-22T00:00:11-04:00April 22, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Celeste Wallander in PBS Newshour, “Why Navalny Poses a Special Challenge to Putin’s Leadership”

"Across Russia Wednesday, protesters took to the streets in support of the jailed — and critically ill — opposition leader Alexei Navalny. They denounced the man they blame for his imprisonment, President Vladimir Putin. Amna Nawaz discusses the latest with Celeste Wallander, who was the senior director for Russia and Eurasia on the National Security Council staff under the Obama administration…'" Watch the full interview here: Full Interview

2021-04-21T18:30:24-04:00April 21, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|
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