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The Backstory On the Iran Nuclear Treaty


On Dec. 7 Trita Parsi gave us a remarkable history of how opportunities for peaceful coexistence with Iran were missed in previous decades but finally secured with the 2015 treaty.  It was a fascinating tale, told to us by an insider with access to top Iranian and U.S. officials. An audio track of this lecture is available by clicking here.

We also heard from a young woman who thanked us for our student stipend which enabled her to spend last summer studying mathematics in London.


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Audio Available - Follow the link below and select the Play button below the title

Dr. Todd Moss - What Africa's Rise Means To The U.S.

Dr. Ali Riaz: Bangladesh

Dr. Darin H. Van Tassel: Political Earthquakes: The Fault Lines That Demand Our Attention

J. Mathew McInnis: Iran, the U.S., and the Future of the Nuclear Pact

Mr. Randall Schriver: A Three-Way Collision: China, Taiwan, and the USA.




The North Korean Nuclear Threat and What to Do About It. | Print |  E-mail

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Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018

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Dr. Mathew Kroenig

North Korea's rapidly advancing nuclear program is the most urgent national security challenge facing the United States, and Washington has few good options for addressing it. Most recent commentary and analysis has focused on the prospects of either a near-term conflict or a diplomatic way out. That focus is understandable, but fixates on the two least likely outcomes. Rather than preparing for diplomatic or warfighting scenarios with a nuclear-armed North Korea, the United States should be preparing for a sustained period of deterrence, coercive diplomacy, and rollback. This is the best approach to achieve the international community’s long-stated goal of the eventual peaceful denuclearization and reunification of the Korean Peninsula at an acceptable cost.

Matthew Kroenig is an Associate Professor in the Department of Government and the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a Senior Fellow in the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at The Atlantic Council. His work has covered a wide range of topics in international relations and national security.

Dr. Kroenig is the author or editor of six books, including the forthcoming The Logic of American Nuclear Strategy (Oxford University Press). His articles have appeared in many publications, including:American Political Science Review,Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, International Organization, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post. He was a senior national security adviser on the 2016 Marco Rubio presidential campaign and a foreign policy adviser on the 2012 Mitt Romney campaign. He has served in several positions in the U.S. Department of Defense and Central Intelligence Agency and regularly consults with U.S. government entities. In 2005, he was the principal author of the first-ever U.S. government-wide strategy for deterring terrorist networks.

He has held positions as a research fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, Harvard University, Stanford University, and the University of California. Dr. Kroenig provides regular commentary for major media outlets, including PBS Newshour, Fareed Zakaria GPS, NPR, BBC, CNN, CBS, Fox News, and C-SPAN. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and holds an MA and PhD in political science from the University of California at Berkeley. He lives with his wife and daughter in Georgetown.

Follow him on Twitter @kroenig.

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Feb. 15, 2018 - Dr. Megan Rice

March 8, 2018 - Canada, the U.S. and the Economy, the Environment, and the Rest of the World Nadia Theodore

April 19, 2018 - Dr. Barry Balleck

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