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American Foreign Policy Council staff and experts explain changing world events and their implications for U.S. foreign policy.
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AFPC INSIGHTS- Episode 5: The Changing Politics of Central Asia

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AFPC INSIGHTS Episode 16: The strategic significance of the Pacific Islands
American Foreign Policy Council Senior Fellow in National Security  Affairs Alexander B. Gray discusses the strategic significance of the Pacific Islands.    Related publications:     Why a crisis in the Pacific islands matters for Washington and Beijing  (February 16, 2021, The Hill)    Trouble in Paradise: Why a Pacific Islands Squabble Matters for Washington (February 8, 2021, The National Interest)
March 3, 2021
AFPC INSIGHTS Episode 17: Chaos in the Caucasus
Central Asia-Caucasus Institute Director Svante Cornell explains the current political turmoil in Georgia on this episode of AFPC INSIGHTS.
February 23, 2021
AFPC INSIGHTS Episode 14: Space and the next administration
AFPC director for external relations Annie Swingen talks with senior fellow for defense studies Peter Garretson regarding space policy options and opportunities for the Biden Administration. Related reading: Scramble for the Skies: The Great Power Competition to Control the Resources of Outer Space (Lexington Books, 2020) - Co-authors: Namrata Goswami and Peter Garretson. Biden’s space policy: One giant leap for climate change - Politico, 10/28/2020
February 3, 2021
AFPC INSIGHTS Episode 15: A New Approach to Iran
Iran is emerging as a critical foreign policy priority for the Biden Administration, but its approach seems to be profoundly different from that of its predecessor. American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC) senior Vice President Ilan Berman elaborates.   Related reading:  Iran's Ayatollahs Want a New Deal (Newsweek, 2/1/21) VIDEO:
February 3, 2021
AFPC INSIGHTS - Episode 13: China's Inroads Into Africa
AFPC director for external relations Annie Swingen chats with Amb. David Shinn and AFPC senior fellow for China studies and associate professor at the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs Dr. Joshua Eisenman regarding the recently release of the Chinese translation of their 2012 book, "China in Africa: A Century of Engagement" (Penn Press) and their next book project slated for publication in 2021.   China in Africa: A Century of Engagement - Reviews: Foreign Affairs: Carnegie Council: Sage Publications:
December 15, 2020
AFPC INSIGHTS - Episode 12: A Sudanese-Israeli reset
Research Fellow and Program Officer Jacob McCarty discusses Sudan's recent normalization of relations with Israel.
November 10, 2020
AFPC INSIGHTS - Episode 11: Defense Transformation & the Future of Warfare
AFPC  fellow in defense studies Jennifer McArdle discusses "Defense  Transformation and the Future of Warfare" with director for external  relations Annie Swingen on the latest episode of AFPC INSIGHTS.
October 20, 2020
AFPC INSIGHTS - Episode 10: Renewed Conflict in the Caucasus
AFPC's Central Asia-Caucasus Institute director Svante Cornell discusses the recent flare-up in tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia.  Additional reading: The International Politics of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Conflict: The Original "Frozen Conflict" and European Security (Palgrave McMillan, 2017) 
October 5, 2020
AFPC INSIGHTS - Episode 9: U.S. Public Diplomacy in Crisis
U.S. public diplomacy in general, and in particular the agency that oversees it, known as the U.S. Agency for Global Media, has become the topic of considerable political controversy in recent months. AFPC Senior Fellow in National Security Affairs Jim Robbins has been following the issue closely and on this episode of AFPC INSIGHTS, provides a sense of the current state of America’s global messaging – and the problems that are currently plaguing it.    Additional resources:   The Trouble With the Open Technology Fund, September 2, 2020, Newsweek James S. Robbins 
September 14, 2020
AFPC INSIGHTS - Episode 8: A New Peace Deal in the Middle East
AFPC senior vice president Ilan Berman discusses the historic Aug. 13, 2020 Israel-UAE peace deal.  Additional reading:   New Mideast Peace Deal Reflects a Broader U.S. Strategy  (Newsweek, August 17, 2020)
August 26, 2020
AFPC INSIGHTS -EPISODE 7: The strategic implications of the new Sino-Iranian accord
AFPC senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy Lawrence Haas breaks down the implications new Sino-Iranian accord for the AFPC Insights series.     Further reading: U.S. Needs a Broad Response to China-Iran Moves (7/16/20)
August 7, 2020
AFPC INSIGHTS- Episode 6: The Significance of Space
AFPC Director for Defense Technology Programs and Vice President of Operations Richard M. Harrison discusses the significance of space and outlines why the U.S. needs a comprehensive space strategy to compete with China.   Additional reading:  We Are in a New Space Race, and America Needs to Win, Newsweek (7/10/20) Richard Harrison & Peter Garretson  Why the new X-37 space plane mission is a big deal, Politico (5/15/20) Peter Garretson   How Congress should grade the Space Force doctrine, The Hill (5/19/20) Peter Garretson
July 15, 2020
AFPC INSIGHTS- Episode 5: The Changing Politics of Central Asia
AFPC's Central Asia-Caucasus Institute (CACI) Director Dr. Svante E. Cornell discusses the recent e-CAMCA (Central Asia, Mongolia, Caucasus, Afghanistan) regional conference organized by CACI and the Rumsfeld Foundation , the region's response to COVID-19, progress with political and economic reforms, risks and opportunities for regional states with regard to China-U.S.-Russia competition in the region. e-CAMCA 2020 panels:  Panel I: “Post-Coronavirus Pandemic Challenges and Opportunities for the CAMCA Region” - Panel II: “Afghanistan: What Comes First? Peace, Trade or Both Together?” - Panel III: “CAMCA Network Report on Intraregional Trade: Growth Potential?” - Additional reading:  AFPC May 2020 Defense Dossier (Issue 27) : "A New Focus on Central Asia," S.Enders Wimbush, Roger Kangas, Mamuka Tsereteli, Svante E. Cornell, S. Frederick Starr - "The Sino-American Competition Is Coming to Central Asia," Ilan Berman, The National Interest, June 20, 2020 - "Digital Transformation in the CAMCA region," Mariam Lashkhi & Talant Sultanov, CAMCA Network Conference Publication, June 2020 - "Caucasus & Central Asia Post COVID-19," Amb. Tedo Japaridze, Sen. Sodyq Safoev, S. Frederick Starr & Fariz Ismailzade, Strasbourg Policy Center, June 2020 - And for more information on the CAMCA Rumsfeld Fellowship program, please visit:
June 26, 2020
AFPC INSIGHTS - Episode 4: Putin's Perilous Future
AFPC President Herman Pirchner, Jr. addresses Russian President Vladimir Putin's repressive regime and what may come next for Russia.   Additional reading:   Vladimir Putin’s Increasingly Precarious Future, May 26, 2020, The National Interest Post-Putin: Succession, Stability and Russia's Future (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019).
June 5, 2020
AFPC INSIGHTS - Episode 3: How China is harnessing the COVID-19 pandemic
In this episode, AFPC Senior Fellow for China Studies and University of Notre Dame Associate Professor of Global Affairs Dr. Joshua Eisenman addresses "How China is harnessing the COVID-19 pandemic."  Topics include:  Beijing's efforts to purchase foreign companies; China’s “Health silk road” concept; Military moves in the South China Sea; and, Debt flexibility along the Belt and Road (BRI). Additional reading:  Beijing Is Pushing the Taiwanese Toward Independence Hard and Fast (5/18/20 ), Joshua Eisenman, Foreign Policy  How Trump’s Constant Attacks on China over Coronavirus Won't Help (5/15/20), Joshua Eisenman & Devin Stewart, The National Interest  American Foreign Policy Council's China Reform Monitor, editor: Joshua Eisenman Related podcast(s); AFPC INSIGHTS Episode 2:  China's coronavirus disinformation campaign and the subsequent implications for U.S. foreign policy. Click to listen!
May 22, 2020
AFPC INSIGHTS - Episode 2: China's Coronavirus Disinformation Campaign
AFPC Fellow for for Indo-Pacific Studies Michael Sobolik discusses China's coronavirus disinformation campaign and the subsequent implications for U.S. foreign policy with AFPC Director for External Relations Annie Swingen.      Further reading: To Hold China Accountable for Delayed COVID-19 Action, Target the ‘Great Firewall,’ by Michael Sobolik, The Diplomat, April 28, 2020 - "How China is ruthlessly exploiting the coronavirus pandemic it helped cause,"  by Alex Ward, Vox News, April 28, 2020  - "Don’t Let the Chinese Communist Party Use the Coronavirus to Its  Advantage ," by Michael Sobolik, National Review, March 27, 2020 -
May 4, 2020
AFPC INSIGHTS - Episode 1: Iran's Response to the Coronavirus
American Foreign Policy Council staff and experts explain changing world events and their implications for U.S. foreign policy. On this inaugural episode of the AFPC Insights, Senior Vice President Ilan Berman breaks down Iran's response to the Coronavirus. Watch an abbreviated version of this discussion on AFPC's YouTube channel and subscribe for updates and new episodes. 
April 24, 2020