Dinner with French Ambassador Gerard Araud

On February 6, the Center for the National Interest hosted France’s Ambassador to the United States Gerard Araud for a small, off-the-record dinner meeting. The group discussed the future of U.S-France relations, the European Union, and the NATO alliance in light of President Donald Trump’s election and the upcoming presidential elections in France.

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“Davos Man is reeling from the upsurge in nationalist sentiment, from Britain to Germany, from America to China.”

-Jacob Heilbrunn

“What President-elect Trump must do now is offer up a much more expansive vision for America in the larger Indo-Pacific region while making the case to the American people why they must support such a vision. When he does, another so-called “shocker” will reverberate the world over but will be something many China watchers have been begging for: a tougher line against Chinese aggression.”

-Harry Kazianis

“America will be most effective at promoting democracy and enhancing its own security when U.S. officials do not link these two goals too tightly.”-

-Paul J. Saunders

“If Americans clearly understand that the current path leads inexorably to a crossroad at which the U.S. and Russian presidents will have to choose between humiliation and nuclear confrontation, they too will move beyond the wishful thinking that has thus far prevented the United States from effectively pursuing its real national interests.”

-Graham T. Allison, Dimitri K. Simes


U.S.-Russia Relations in a Trump Administration

On January 10, the Center for the National Interest hosted an event focusing on the future of U.S.-Russia relations under the Trump administration. Center Executive Director Paul Saunders moderated a discussion with Andranik Migranyan, a chief policy expert at Moscow State University’s Center for Public and Political Programs, a professor at the Moscow Institute of

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