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Critical Issues in American Foreign Policy:
Four Dilemmas Facing the Trump Administration
Andrew Kahn

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The United States, in 2018, is confronted with significant challenges to its leadership in world affairs. America's influence in the Middle East and East Asia is being challenged by the policies of rival nations. These challenges represent impediments to the successful conduct of American Foreign Policy and demand the critical attention of the American people. The anti-moderate rebel "scorched earth" policies being carried out by Syria and its allies, Russia and Iran, have sharply divided the Syrian nation and produced a humanitarian catastrophe. Our general passivity in light of this conduct has raised questions about the nature of America's continuing role in the Middle East. The Chinese and North Korean threats in East Asia pose a significant challenge to America's hegemony in the Western Pacific. China's arbitrary occupation and militarization of disputed islands in the South China Sea, and North Korea's testing of medium range ballistic missiles potentially capable of carrying nuclear warheads, violate international law and threaten the security of the US and its Asian allies. America needs to demand and secure a rollback of these actions. The Israeli government's policy of permitting the gradual expansion of disputed settlements in the West Bank has put the US in an untenable position. The expansion portends a future "one-state solution," a majoritarian Arab society governed by a minority-based Israeli administration. This runs directly contrary to America's support of "two states for two peoples," and weakens our position as a good faith arbiter between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Possible alternative solutions to these difficult foreign policy challenges will be discussed.

1. Syrian Civil War: The "Humpty-Dumpty Syndrome" threatens America's quest for Mid-East stability.
2. South China Sea: China's island-grabbing poses risks to the US Navy in the Western Pacific charged with securing freedom of the seas.
3. North Korea: Missiles, nuclear and chemical weapons represent serious strategic threats to the defense of South Korea, Japan, and possibly the American homeland.
4. Israel: Continued settlement expansion runs contrary to American support for the "Two-State Solution."
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Andrew Kahn has studied political and social science on the undergraduate level at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and on the graduate level at the Universities of Pittsburgh and Maryland and at New York’s New School University. He has taught at St. Cloud University in Minnesota and Western Connecticut State University. He was a James Madison Fellow in Constitutional Law at the University of Indiana and a Commonwealth Fellow in American and European History at Swarthmore and Haverford Colleges in Pennsylvania. Andrew helped found AEGIS, the Association for Education in Global-International Studies, at Stanford University. He has traveled abroad widely, including visits to Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Scandinavia, Western Europe, Russia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Cuba. 

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Date: Tuesdays, January 9, 16, 23, 30
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $50
Non-member - $65
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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