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  • Lowy Institute Live: In Conversation with General James Mattis and Sir Angus Houston

    On Thursday 15 October 2020, the Lowy Institute’s Executive Director Dr Michael Fullilove hosted an in conversation event via live video stream with General James Mattis, one of America’s most experienced and influential military leaders. They were joined by Sir Angus Houston, former Chief of the Australian Defence Force.

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  • Pompeo Talks Central Asia, China, Press Freedom In RFE/RL Interview

    RFE/RL interviewed U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during his visit to Kazakhstan’s capital, Nur-Sultan, on February 2. He discussed U.S. policies on Central Asia and China’s oppression of minorities, but also journalistic freedom in the world in the wake of the State Department’s controversial exclusion of a reporter from his traveling press pool. Pompeo spoke to RFE/RL’s Aigerim Toleukhan.

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  • Jim Lehrer’s 16 Rules for Practicing Journalism with Integrity

    Jim Lehrer, stalwart PBS news anchor, writer, and longtime presidential debate moderator, lists his rigorous set of journalistic standards he lived by

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  • Video: Vice President Pence Delivers Inaugural Frederic V. Malek Public Service Leadership Lecture

    Delivering the Wilson Center’s inaugural Frederic V. Malek Public Service Leadership Lecture, Vice President Pence stated that “the United States does not seek confrontation with China. We seek a level playing field, open markets, fair trade, and a respect for our values.”

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  • Vice President Mike Pence’s Remarks on the Administration’s Policy Towards China

    Remarks delivered by President Mike Pence on the administration’s policy towards China at Hudson Institute on October 4, 2018

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  • Why The Cold War Still Matters

    A four-part ABC series on why the Cold War still matters, and the lessons we can learn 30 years on.

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  • St Louis Fed: Who Are the U.S.’s Largest Trade Partners?

    “In this post, we examine the U.S.’s overall trade deficit, as well as the trade balance with respect to major U.S. trading partners.”

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  • Tariffs on China are no substitute for a trade deal

    Podcast Episode: “In a special episode of Dollar and Sense, Senior Fellow David Dollar provides an update on the state of U.S.-China trade talks following the latest round of negotiations in Washington this week.”

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  • IMF Paper: When do we repair the roof?

    Should policymakers wait for fiscal crisis early warning signals before repairing the roof?

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  • Is the US a force for good in the world?

    Mehdi Hasan goes head to head with Thomas Friedman on the morality of America’s global role. The US appears to have taken a back seat role in international relations. Is the US in decline? Or is it just taking stock as it accommodates to the new emerging world order? In this episode of Head to Head at the Oxford Union, Mehdi Hasan challenges one of the world’s most influential columnists and authors, Thomas L Friedman. Advisor to presidents and kings, Tom Friedman of the New York Times has won the Pulitzer Prize not once or twice, but three times. He is the best-selling author, among many others, of “The World is Flat” and he argues in his latest book, “That Used to Be US”, that the US must rebuild itself to remain a global power.

    Critics say American self-interest has trumped democracy and human rights time and again, and that Obama’s America is no different. So is the US foreign policy counter-productive? Or is America a force for good in the world? The US “is not an NGO”, admits Friedman, explaining that America “is a country like any country with its interests, it pursues them, and sometimes pursues them very narrowly.” Friedman also talks about the powerful influence of the Israeli lobby and his recent experience in Yemen. “America is in a slow decline”, he tells Mehdi Hasan and goes on to describe his “unique formula of success” that will place America once again ahead of the Brazils, the Chinas and the Japans.

    Joining this discussion are: Seumas Milne, an associate editor and columnist at The Guardian, as well as author of the “The Enemy Within”, “Beyond the Casino Economy”, and “The Revenge of History”; Davis Lewin, the political director at the Henry Jackson Society, and the former Middle East director at the Next Century Foundation; and Dr Miriyam Aouragh, a lecturer of Cyber Politics in the Middle East, an associate member of the Oriental Institute at the University of Oxford who is currently conducting research on the political implications of the Internet for the Arab revolutions. She is also the author of Palestine Online: Transnationalism, the Internet and the Construction of Identity.

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