Of all NATO allies, Turkey represents the most daunting challenge for the Trump administration. In the wake of a failed military coup in July 2016, the autocratic trend in Ankara took a turn for the worse. One year on, an overwhelming majority of the population considers the United States to be their country’s greatest security threat. In this age of a worsening “clash of civilizations” between Islam and the West, even more important than its place on the map is what Turkey symbolically represents as the most institutionally Westernized Muslim country in the world.
Listen to the ever-popular annual U.S. Foreign Policy Update with Diplomat in Residence and former career Foreign Service Officer, Tom Hanson. Tom will explore and explain the latest foreign policy developments, trends, and challenges facing the U.S. and President Trump in the upcoming year, including nuclear security, international trade, and U.S. relations with China. This timely and thought-provoking presentation is recommended for anyone interested in international relations.
Europe and Its Near Abroad - Turkey, Russia, and Points Beyond
Ambassador Ross Wilson
Europe 2018: A Panel Discussion of Nationalism, Trade, Migration, and Security
A panel of distinguished European journalists and scholars will examine Europeans’ hopes and fears
as they relate to migration and national identity, trade and economic insecurity, terrorism and domestic and international security.
David Rennie, Washington Bureau Chief, The Economist
Sonia Dridi, U.S. Correspondent for France 24, BFM TV, and Europe 1 radio
Birgit Glorius, Associate Professor of Human Geography, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany
John Rash, Editorial Writer and Columnist, Star Tribune
The Future of US-European Relations
Tom Hanson, Diplomat in Residence, Alworth Institute, University of Minnesota-Duluth
Tom Hanson will explain the social, economic, and political forces driving the dramatic changes
taking place in Europe and how these changes will affect the future of U.S.-European relations.
PROSPECTS FOR AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN Major internal conflict has plagued Afghanistan for four decades. The U.S., for its part, has conducted military operations in the country nearly continuously since 9/11. Today, war with the Taliban persists, and tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan have gradually deteriorated. As his time in office drew to a close, President Obama limited further withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The incoming administration has a choice: will it maintain the status quo, completely reverse the Obama administration drawdown or withdraw completely? Does the U.S. face a no win situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan?
Dr. Manju Parikh is Professor Emerita of Political Science at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University.
Policies to ensure the security of energy supply and access have long been domestic and foreign policy priorities for the United States and will remain so, including for the health of our economy. Looking ahead, however, two developments will increasingly affect how energy and foreign policy come together. The first is climate change and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in concert with others. A second is rapid change in global markets driven by new, large-scale consumers in China, India, and elsewhere and the rise of wind, solar, and other, increasingly cheap renewables. How do these factors come together, and what will be the main areas of focus of US foreign energy policy in the years to come?