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Yuri Yarim-Agaev on Key General Characteristics Common to Authoritarian Regimes

featuring Yuri Yarim-Agaevvia Hoover Institution
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Yuri Yarim-Agaev offers a methodical approach to the topic, explaining key general characteristics common to authoritarian regimes, including intrinsic opposition to US interests. As a result, according to Yarim-Agaev, regime change is the only viable solution to security threats from rogue actors. He argues that Ronald Reagan’s strategy for fostering peaceful change from within was proven effective during the Cold War and is an equally viable strategy for dealing with contemporary authoritarian regimes.

George P. Shultz on Crafting Reagan’s Cold War Strategy

featuring George P. Shultzvia Hoover Institution
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Secretary George Shultz’s work alongside Ronald Reagan in crafting Cold War strategy and negotiating with Soviet leaders adds a valuable firsthand dimension to the discussion. Shultz outlines President Reagan’s diplomatic “playbook”: execute against your word, be realistic,  lay a strong hand, and know your agenda,  illustrated with personal stories from his experience in executive office. He also applies these lessons to current US relations with Iran and China, demonstrating a troubling deviation of today’s diplomacy from tested strategic principles.

Wuhan, China

Charles Wolf Jr. on Reform in China

featuring Charles Wolf Jr.via Hoover Institution
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Charles Wolf’s remarks center on fostering reform in China, offering a counterpoint to Yarim-Agaev’s focus on regime change and support for internal dissidents. According to Wolf, several avenues for further democratic evolution, political reform, and marketization exist within the People’s Republic of China’s existing institutional framework. He suggests that stimulating further interaction between professional organizations in the United States and their bureaucratic equivalents in the Chinese Communist Party is the most practical strategy for accelerating such reforms.

Kori Schake on Using Economics as Targeted Sanctions

featuring Kori Schakevia Fellow Talks
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Kori Schake introduces economics to the discussion, describing effectively targeted sanctions as one of the most powerful diplomatic tools available to policy makers. She attributes the Reagan administration’s success in Cold War negotiations to pragmatism, including open lines of communication, recognizing opportunities for advancing the US agenda, building partnerships in the international community, and supporting ideological allies within rogue states. She also emphasizes the United States’ soft power as an intellectual influence on the world’s elites as a promising force for change.  

William Patrick Clark with former president Ronald Reagan (William Patrick Clark papers, box 170)

Michael McFaul on Applying Reagan’s Cold War Strategy Today

via Hoover Institution
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

According to Michael McFaul, some—but not all—of the lessons from Reagan’s Cold War diplomacy are applicable today, although, even under identical circumstances, the same strategy may not produce the same results. Applying this equivocal perspective to current issues in international relations, McFaul’s remarks give an informative overview of the challenging landscape faced by diplomats and strategists.

Abraham Sofaer on Lessons from Reagan’s Cold War Strategy

featuring Abraham D. Sofaervia Hoover Institution
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Abraham Sofaer argues that Reagan’s Cold War strategy offers important lessons for contemporary US policy toward Iran, despite Reagan’s failure to apply those lessons in his own negotiations with the Iranian regime. Recounting five principles from Reagan and Shultz’s diplomatic work with the Soviet Union, Sofaer shows how parties opposite the table can be effectively engaged without losing focus on the US agenda.

Milani discusses echoes of the Iranian evolution in Egypt

Abbas Milani on Understanding Iran

featuring Abbas Milanivia Hoover Institution
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Abbas Milani focuses on Iran but paints a more complex picture of a state divided, with movements toward reform and international engagement clashing against authoritarian elements within the government. Stressing understanding a regime as a crucial prerequisite to effective strategy, Milani calls for targeted US policy toward Iran that bolsters movements for change and undermines support for the status quo.

Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson: At Home And Abroad After Obama

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Institution
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses deterrence in terms of world affairs and especially after Obama. 

Bill Whalen

Bill Whalen: Bye-Bye Hawkeye Cauci: How Iowa’s Results Impact The 2016 Election

by Bill Whalenvia Hoover Institution
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses Iowa Caucus Night and that Iowa kept to form on the Republican side: the “one of us” candidate prevailed.

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Abbas Milani: ISIS, Iran, Saudi Arabia And The Future

by Abbas Milanivia Hoover Institution
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Abbas Milani, a research fellow and codirector of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution, discusses ISIS, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the future of the Middle East. Successive US administrations have declared Iran to be one of America’s most serious national security threats. Yet the last four wars the US has fought in the region — in Afghanistan, in the two wars in Iraq and in the current war with ISIS—have resulted in either removing or containing Iran’s powerful adversaries. 

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