FPA Briefing Book List of topics for 2019 through end of session 2019

The FPA publishes a Briefing Book which contains material relevant to its 8 topics. Orders for the Books were taken at our meetings on 12/11/18 and 12/18/18.  Those Books will be available at our 1st FPA Topic - Global Migration - on 1/8/19.  We will continue to take orders on January 8th but will close sales of the FPA Books on that date.

Topics for January 2019 from the FPA Briefing Book Are:

Today, no countries have open borders. Every state in today's global system has its own laws and policies about who is permitted to cross its borders; and how they will do so. Who determines whether someone is a refugee or a migrant? How have different countries, the EU, the Arab states reacted to migration? How effective are the international laws, policies and organizations that have evolved to assist and protect refugees and migrants?

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Irregular border crossings and asylum in Canada          For asylum seekers: What you need to know


U.S. Resettles Fewer Refugees, Even as Global Number of Displaced People Grows


The most common Mediterranean migration paths into Europe have changed since 2009

Status of the Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration


UN Report Refugees and Migrants


The Global Migration and Refugee Crisis


Global migrant & refugee crisis.          READ - GOOD SITE

01/15/2019 The Middle East: Regional Disorder  Presenter >> Max Tuchman

The middle east remains a region in turmoil. The Trump administration has aligned itself with strongmen in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Egypt, which – along with Israel – have a common goal of frustrating Iranian expansion. What will be the fallout from policy reversals such as withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear accord and moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem? Is there any path forward in failed states such as Syria, Yemen and Libya? Will there be a war with Iran?

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Iran–Saudi Arabia proxy conflict


Academic freedom in the Middle East


U.S. Relations with the Islamic World


No Middle Road - The Arab Middle Classes' Moral Dilemma


The Middle East Has Thrown in the Towel on Making Peace with Israel


As the U.S. Restores Credibility in the Middle East, It Should Not Ignore Oman


Order from Chaos - A Trump doctrine for the Middle East


The case for a regional reconstruction strategy for the Middle East


Egypt's Battle Against Islamic Extremism


Qatar and Turkey: Toxic Allies in the Gulf


The Broader Middle East and North Africa Initiative: Imperilled at Birth


We Used to Be Brothers” - Self-Defense Group Abuses in Central Mali


Yemen: Talks Should Address Rights Concerns


Bad Blood: Tackling Genetic Disorders in the Gulf


Hunting ISIS Ghosts: Extremists Prepared For Their Defeat In Iraq, Now They’re Re-Grouping

01/22/2019  Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future?     Presenter: >> Michael Becker

The Trump administration has brought a new urgency as well as a new approach to dealing with nuclear weapons. The President has met with Vladimir Putin as the New Start Treaty with Russia comes up for renewal in 2021, the first presidential summit ever with a North Korean leader occurred to discuss denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula and President Trump has de-certified the Obama nuclear deal with Iran. To what degree should past nuclear talks guide future U.S. Nuclear arms control negotiations? Can the art of the deal apply to stabilizing our nuclear future?

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Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons    <A MUST READ>


Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty


Why Low-Yield Nuclear Warheads Are Critical to Preventing Nuclear War     <IMPORTANT READ>


Order from Chaos The dangers of rushing to a nuclear-free world


The Stealth Superpower How China Hid Its Global Ambitions


American, Israeli publics see Iran’s nuclear program as a top global threat


Russia's Noncompliance with Arms Control Obligations




A Global “No” To a Nuclear-Armed Iran


Nuclear program of Iran


Nuclear Negotiations with Iran: Looking Ahead May 4, 2015

01/29/2019  The Rise of Populism in Europe     Presenter: >>  Dr.Ruth Bennett

The problems associated with mass migration have directly impacted the rise of populist parties in Europe. Opposition to immigration was a prime driver of support for Brexit, it brought a far-right party to the German Bundestag for the first time since the 1950's and propelled Marine Le Pen to win a third of the vote in the French Presidential election. Many within these new political parties are also illiberal, anti-American, anti-semitic, anti-Nato and pro Kremlin. Could this make their rise a serious concern for U.S. National security interests?

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Dutch withdrawal from the European Union


On the Rise: Europe’s Fringe Right


The European trust crisis and the rise of populism


Order from Chaos

The rise of European populism and the collapse of the center-left


The Rise of Global Populism


Europe in Disarray History is far from over in Europe. To the contrary, it is back with a vengeance.


5 key takeaways about populism and the political landscape in Western Europe


Europe’s Problem Is Not Populism

Topics for February 2019 from the FPA Briefing Book Are:

02/05 Decoding U.S.-China Trade     Presenter: >>  Sara Gootblatt


A writer for the Foreign Policy Association makes this argument: Despite being the most advanced economy in the world, the United States still uses centuries-old numbers to measure trade. These antique numbers mangle understanding of the US-China trade relationship; shrinking America's true economic size and competitiveness while swelling China's. Bad numbers give rise to bad policies that ultimately kill U.S. jobs and cede market share to China. He claims that there are several “other tools” which the United States can employ to counter China's unfair trade practices but they remain mostly unused.

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China offers 6-year plan to boost US imports and erase imbalance


Why is it hard for China and the US to cut a deal on trade?

At the Dawn of Belt and Road China in the Developing World

China’s rising interests in Qata


The era of U.S.-China cooperation is drawing to a close—What comes next?


Chinese Military Commerce and U.S. National Security


Americans are Dying for China in Afghanistan


Balancing Act: The China-India-U.S. Triangle

Washington’s search for a new paradigm on China

U.S. trade deficits with other countries can vary significantly, depending on how they’re measured.


The U.S. Trade Beef with China


02/12 Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics     Presenter: >>  Mel Lintz

Cyber conflict is a new and continually developing threat, which can include foreign interference in elections, industrial sabotage and attacks on infrastructure. Russia has been accused of interfering in the 2016 presidential elections in the US and China is highly committed to using cyberspace as a tool of national policy. Dealing with cyber conflict will require new ways of looking at 21st century warfare. Is the United States prepared to respond to such threats?

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The worlds first internet


Here is how cyber warfare began — 50 years ago


What is Blockchain Technology? A Step-by-Step Guide For Beginners


Decoding the bombshell story for China


What Clausewitz Can Teach Us About War on Social Media


The Increasing Effect of Geopolitics on Cybersecurity


The Geopolitics of Cyber Security


The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Cybersecurity


The geopolitics of cybersecurity


Cyber-geopolitics. Geopolitical rivalries behind the cyber-threat narratives in the United States.


Conflict and Negotiation in Cyberspace


10 Conservative Principles for Cybersecurity Policy


Google’s Plan for a Censoring App for China Makes a Mockery of Its Mission of Information Access


The Growing Threat of Cyberattacks


02/19 The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested     Presenter:     >> Ben Gurman

The United States and Mexico have a long, intertwined history, with both countries prominently featured in each other's politics and agendas. The war on drugs, immigration and trade issues have taxed the relationship over the years. What impact will new leadership in both countries have on this crucial partnership?

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U.S.-Mexico Strategic Partnership Needed to Help Mexico Improve Its Security Institutions


Mexico–United States relations


Mexico and the United States


Where Do We Go from Here?: Merida 2.0 and the Future of Mexico-U.S. Security Cooperation


Read the Report



Narcos: Transnational Cartels and Border Security': Earl Anthony Wayne Testifies before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary,

Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration


Electoral Violence in Mexico Threatens Its Democracy


Many Questions Surround Mexico’s President-Elect and His Relationship With the U.S.


U.S. Relations With Mexico


United States-Mexico Declaration of Principles on Economic Development and Cooperation in Southern Mexico and Central America


Troubled Neighbor: Mexico’s Drug Violence Poses a Threat to the United States


How Americans see illegal immigration, the border wall and political compromise



02/26    State of the State Department and Diplomacy     Presenter: >>     Fred Childs

Nicholas Burns posits that during the Trump administration, the usual ways of conducting diplomacy have been upended. Many positions in the State Department have never been filled. Rex Tillerson claimed the Department had way too many unnecessary staff. The career diplomats connected to the Foreign Policy Association differ on that score. Meetings with foreign leaders such as Kim and Putin have been carried off with little advance planning in Foggy Bottom. What effect are these changes having now, and how will they affect ongoing relations between the US, its allies and its adversaries.

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The United States Department of State




How did the Italian city states contribute to modern diplomacy?


How did geography contribute to Greece's development as a group of individual city-states?


Tillerson Deserves Cheers for Fixing State's Dysfunctional Diplomacy


State Department Considering Public Diplomacy Overhaul


America's Suicidal Space Diplomacy


State Department Stretched Thin, Too


Rediscovering the Art of Diplomacy with Vladimir Putin


Mike Pence in the Middle East: The new point man on foreign policy?


A no-brainer fix for American diplomacy


Will Pompeo turn the State Department around?


 The  "State of the State Department and Diplomacy" is the last FPA topic. We will continue discussions with our own researched topics for the next 4 weeks. Topics together with research links will be posted.

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01/08/19 Refugees and Global Migration  >> Presenter: Roz Knop