Jung H. Pak, Ph.D.
Chair in Korea Studies;
Center for East Asia Policy Studies
The Brookings Institution
“What to Expect in US-North Korea Relations in 2020”
January 23, 2020
John Duke Anthony, Ph.D.
Founding President & CEO,
National Council on U.S. - Arab Relations
“Certainties and Uncertainties
Regarding Iran, the Arab Region, and the United States:
What are the Implications?”
February 6, 2020
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Please allow me, on behalf of the Board of Trustees, to make a year-end appeal. The Council faces a deficit of approximately $20,000 for the 2019 year; and we do seek a balanced budget.
We will have had fewer programs in 2019 than usual due in large part to having to adjust to the closing of the Constellation Room of the World Trade Center, our home meeting space for the first half of the year. However, the speakers we did have were firmly within the Council’s tradition of excellence. The ambassador of Poland, Piotr Wilczek, was brilliant in presenting the somewhat controversial matter of a “nationalist” approach to domestic and foreign affairs. Professor Robert Lieber of Georgetown articulated the need for American leadership in world affairs. Michael O’Hanlon of the Brookings Institution, addressed the dilemmas created by an assertive China in the East and South Chinese Seas. Professor Angela Stent, also of Georgetown, spoke on the themes of her acclaimed work on Vladimir Putin and Russia. The challenges of cyber warfare were discussed by the former Deputy Director of the National Security Agency General John Chris Inglis. Most recently, the extraordinarily informed and careful scholar of the Middle East and Russia, Professor Robert Freedman, now of Johns Hopkins, spoke on “U.S.-Israeli Relations After the U.S. Withdrawal from Syria”. Our last program of 2019 will be with Marc Polymeropoulos, most recently head of C.I.A. clandestine operations for all of Europe and Russia; and we look forward to a coherent and comprehensive treatment of American foreign policy in 2020 through an expected sixteen distinguished authorities.
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