U.S.-South Korean relations will be put to the test this week as South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung visits Washington. Kim’s recent summit with Russian President Putin produced a joint statement effectively opposing U.S. plans to deploy national missile defenses, complicating President Bush’s first foray into East Asian security affairs.
Debate sponsored by the Reuters-Carnegie Public Policy Series
Presentations by Andrew Kuchins, Director, Russian-Eurasian Program, Robert Nurick, Director, Carnegie Moscow Center, Anatol Lieven, Martha Brill Olcott, and Rose Gottemoeller, Senior Associates.
Presentations by Stephen Sestanovich, former Ambassador-at-Large and Special Advisor to the Secretary of State for the New Independent States, and Mark Medish, former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russian, Ukranian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs
Briefing featuring three members of the U.S.-Mexico Migration Panel, which released a report on February 14 to U.S. President George W. Bush and Mexican President Vicente Fox including proposals to change and improve the U.S.-Mexico migration relationship.
USAID and the State Department operate under two distinct philosophies on how to promote democracy abroad. USAID underwrites technocratic democracy aid programs and sees democratization as a long-term developmental process. In contrast, the State Department focuses on politicians and political events, not on developmental processes, and wants immediate results.
But now Bush is about to become president and he shows signs of understanding that his presidency cannot mostly be about continuing to let the good times roll. Nowhere is the need for change, supported by steely determination, greater than in American foreign and defense policy. The need for a radical change of course is clear on four issues: the defense budget, missile defense, China, and Iraq.