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Welcome to the 2012 Johns Hopkins University Foreign Affairs Symposium, entitled The Paradox of Progress: Chasing Advancement Amidst Global Crisis. The 2012 Foreign Affairs Symposium invites you to take a deeper look into this paradox of progress: admire the things we have accomplished and take a critical view of the new and ongoing problems we must face and overcome. Whether in politics, the economy, the military, or the environment, our continued quest for advancement often creates new cha ...
 
The State Department's Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs works around the clock to think of how the U.S. Department of State can better engage with the American people by increasing public awareness and involvement in the Department and its work. In order to support an ongoing dialogue, we arrange conference calls and video conference briefings, which we plan to begin broadcasting on Blog Talk Radio. Tune in for insight and updates on US Foreign Policy.
 
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In May 2020, the Chinese Communist Party announced a sweeping new National Security Law for Hong Kong. The law, enacted in July, ambigulously outlaws separatism, subversion, and terrorism. When the law was enacted, experts debated over how forcefully Beijing and Hong Kong authorities would enforce the law, and how that enforcement would affect the …
 
Due to the electoral irregularities seen during the 2018 Venezuelan presidential election, Nicolas Maduro has faced a crisis of legitimacy, especially as the United States, the European Union, and the Organization of American States refuse to recognize him as Venezuela’s rightful president. Who is Nicolas Maduro, what does he stand for, and what do…
 
Today on the podcast, we talk about Chile and the results and implications of its December 19th presidential election. With the election of its first millennial leader and the drafting of a new constitution, Chile is experiencing one of its most politically consequential moments of its modern history. What does it all mean and what can we expect to…
 
In this episode of POFA, we discuss the conflict in Ukraine with Angela Stent. Angela Stent is Senior Adviser to the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies and Professor Emerita of Government at Georgetown University. An expert on US-Russia relations, she is a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. She served as Na…
 
In this episode of POFA, we discuss the development and popularization of the Internet and cyberspace with Dr. Adam Segal. The development and popularization of the Internet and cyberspace fundamentally changed the world. With information readily available at the click of a button, it was championed by many that the Internet would lead to the end o…
 
In this episode of POFA, we discuss the a groundbreaking malaria vaccine and its potential effects on the developing world with Nobel Laureate Dr. Peter Agre. Africa has long been plagued by malaria — each year, the disease kills nearly 300,000 African children under 5 years old. But on October 6, the W.H.O. approved the first ever malaria vaccine.…
 
No moment has changed the modern Middle East more fundamentally than the year 1979. Within months, three major events sparked a deep rivalry that plagues the world to this day. In Iran, a popular revolt took down the Shah, but a theocratic government seized the vacuum and took his place. In Saudi Arabia, a group of insurgents opposed to the House o…
 
Rodrigo Durterte has brought the world’s attention to the Philippines with his brash, populist rhetoric and tough-on-crime policies. In this episode we look at the president’s rise to power, his major foreign, and domestic policies, and to what extent he will step back from Filipino politics. Joining us to answer these questions is Joshua Kurlantzi…
 
In late July, China conducted a test of a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile that entered low earth orbit, circled the globe, and struck a predetermined target in China. The test allegedly stunned U.S. military and intelligence officials for its complexity, with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley calling the test a near “sputnik mome…
 
Since August, of last year there have been more coups in sub-Saharan Africa than at any time for the past two decades – Mali in August 2020, Chad in April 2020, Mali again in May 2021, Guinea in September, and Sudan just last month. In this episode we discuss the recent trends of turmoil and democratic instability in Africa as seen in these success…
 
Specifically, we are going to have a conversation about whether the United States can still produce and whether it even needs great leaders to tackle the challenges of the evolving international system. Joining us to help answer some of these questions is Aaron David Miller, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and auth…
 
On October 31st, Japan held a general election to determine the make-up of its lower house of parliament. It was also an opportunity for the ruling party’s new leader Fumio Kishida to gauge his popularity and determine the size of his government’s mandate. What do the results of this election mean for Japanese domestic policy, who exactly is Prime …
 
In the past several years, addressing climate change has become an increasing priority on the global stage. However, multiple scientists and politicians have raised the alarm that current global and national initiatives are not enough to curb the adverse effects of anthropogenic climate change. With competing interests on eliminating fossil fuels o…
 
Ever since Germany’s current Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that she would not be running for a record fifth term as Chancellor, there have been major question marks as to who will be the one to succeed her. On this episode of Hopkins POFA, we discuss the domestic and foreign policy legacy of Angela Merkel, delve into the results of the Septemb…
 
For the past four decades, the United States has had robust unofficial relations with Taiwan, an island nation of about 23 million people. A strong multi-party democracy and an economic powerhouse, Taiwan has been a critically important entity in Northeast Asia. The status of the island and its future also have been key points of contention in Sino…
 
Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was allowed to leave Canada in late September, after spending more than 1,000 days under house arrest in Vancouver on an American extradition request. China subsequently set free Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor who have been detained since 2018. While the three-year old saga now appears to be over, important questions have…
 
Over the past twenty years, Southeast Asia a diverse region of 10 nations, has become increasingly important to global economic development, U.S. interests, and great power geopolitics. In this special episode of the Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs, we discuss with Congressman Ami Bera the growing importance of Southeast Asia in the world and in…
 
In October 2020, Chinese tech billionaire and founder of Alibaba, Jack Ma, delivered a speech criticizing the Chinese government’s approach to digital financial regulation in the days before the 35 billion dollar initial public offering of Alibaba’s financial affiliate, Ant Group. Blocked by Chinese regulators shortly after Ma’s speech, Ant’s IPO n…
 
In the last decade, economic sanctions have increasingly become a foreign policy tool of choice in the United States, with the United States designating nearly 1000 entities per year during Trump’s presidency. So, how does the U.S. decide which individuals are sanctioned and how sanctions are enforced? In this episode, we will discuss these questio…
 
On September 15, U.S. President Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced AUKUS, a new trilateral security pact. The agreement focuses on military capability, and the United States and the United Kingdom notably will be helping Australia acquire eight nuclear-powered submarines. What compell…
 
During the past few months, Nigeria has been in the news for the national Twitter ban that the country’s President Buhari instituted over the summer. What used to be a platform that gave international reach to Nigeria’s #EndSARS protests during the summer of 2020 is now banned for use in the country; President Buhari instituted this ban after Twitt…
 
The Covid-19 Pandemic has fundamentally altered the way of life of people, businesses, and whole countries. That has been well documented. What we will focus on this episode is whether and how Covid changed the US-built and Rules-based international system. How did the pandemic affect the global economic and financial system? How did it affect the …
 
Why has the UK struggled to find its place in a 21st-century? How have decades of decolonization and the fading of its great power status impacted the nation as a whole? How has it shaped the UK’s relationships with Europe and the world? What have recent events revealed about the UK’s political system? And, perhaps most importantly, will the United…
 
September 11, 2001 permanently reshaped counterterrorism policy in the U.S. and abroad, with more than 260 US government organizations created or reorganized to focus on terrorism-related issues in the last 20 years. n this episode, we’ll examine the history of counterterorrism in the U.S, including what practices and threats look like today, 20 ye…
 
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