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|

Meghan O’Sullivan interviewed on MSNBC, “O’Sullivan and Haass Argue It’s ‘Wrong’ to Withdraw From Afghanistan”

"Meghan O'Sullivan and Richard Haass join Andrea Mitchell to discuss why they argue that it's wrong to pull troops out of Afghanistan. Haass believes that 'the risk of leaving is that you will see the country descend into civil war at a high level.' O'Sullivan says that the withdrawal will jeopardize the gains she believes the U.S. has helped achieve for women and girls in Afghanistan 'because the probability of a Taliban takeover is very high…'" Watch the full interview here: [...]

2021-04-17T17:56:43-04:00April 17, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Meghan O’Sullivan writes with Richard Haass in The Washington Post: “It’s Wrong to Pull Troops Out of Afghanistan. But We Can Minimize the Damage.”

"President Biden announced Wednesday his intention to complete the withdrawal of all American military forces from Afghanistan by September, 20 years after the terrorist attacks that led to American armed forces first going there. He based his decision on three considerations: that the United States has other priorities at home and abroad — above all, increasingly tense relations with China; that it makes little sense to maintain an indefinite troop commitment to one country when terrorism is a global phenomenon; and [...]

2021-04-16T16:02:05-04:00April 16, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Dennis Ross quoted in The Jerusalem Post article, “How Will the Natanz Incident Affect Iran’s Vienna Negotiations?”

"Ambassador Dennis Ross, a distinguished fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, told the Post that the incident in Natanz won’t change the Iranian desire to get sanctions lifted. 'It may reduce the sense of urgency on the part of the Biden administration to restore the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) lest the Iranian break-out time continues to be reduced,' said Ross. 'Thus, the disruption of the Iranian effort to produce and install more advanced centrifuges reduces the [...]

2021-04-14T20:53:47-04:00April 14, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Jim Jeffrey writes in The Washington Post: “The Biden Administration’s Wrong Move on Iran”

"The Biden administration has suddenly abandoned its tough position on a return to the nuclear deal with Iran (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA), for a breathtakingly broad interpretation of which post-2016 U.S. sanctions Iran can insist be lifted to include not just, reasonably, sanctions inconsistent with the JCPOA, but also those 'inconsistent with the benefits that Iran expects from the JCPOA.' That benefits language is not consistent with the agreement itself (which allowed continued nonnuclear related U.S. sanctions) [...]

2021-04-14T16:33:12-04:00April 14, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Danny Russel quoted in The Wall Street Journal article, “China’s Message to America: We’re an Equal Now”

"China retaliated against the EU sanctions by blacklisting European lawmakers and think tanks, although that might make the EU parliament’s ratification of a pending investment treaty with China more difficult. "'It’s a high-stakes gamble for the Chinese,' says Daniel Russel, a former Obama China official, now a vice president at the Asia Society Policy Institute, a think tank. 'But it’s not a gamble they are certain to lose…'" Read the full article here: Full Article

2021-04-12T10:06:21-04:00April 12, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Danny Russel quoted in The Economist article, “China Thinks It Can Avoid Middle Eastern Traps That Caught America”

"Some Chinese experts talk of America leaving a vacuum in the Middle East. Danny Russel, America’s assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs in 2013-17, agrees that China senses a demand for a Chinese presence in the Middle East, amid talk of American unreliability. Chinese companies have been told to go out and sell advanced technologies that will carry their country’s values and technical standards around the world, notably via the Belt and Road Initiative. But ambitious deals [...]

2021-04-10T00:00:11-04:00April 10, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Andrea Kendall-Taylor quoted in Foreign Policy article, “Is Russia Preparing to Go to War in Ukraine?”

"'I think everyone is in a similar place where we’re watching closely. I still think it’s more signaling and demonstration, but obviously no one is willing to exclude the fact that it could turn into something more serious,' said Andrea Kendall-Taylor, director of the transatlantic security program at the Center for a New American Security, who previously served as deputy national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia on the National Intelligence Council…" Read the full article here: Full Article

2021-04-09T17:03:04-04:00April 9, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|
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