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Listen Longer 3/28: Foreign Policy

March 30, 2015  • Institute Contributor

Soft power, economic support, access to technology, and public-private partnerships: these are the tools of 21st century foreign policy. This past week on Aspen Institute Radio we looked at the foreign policy of the United States. Aspen Institute Radio, our two-hour radio show, airs every Saturday and Sunday on SiriusXM Insight (channel 121). Each episode will dive into the topics that inform the world around you. Here in our weekly Listen Longer posts, we’ll recap each episode and show you where you can read, watch, and listen to more. Don’t have SiriusXM? Try it free for a month here.

Obama Foreign Policy Goals


Antony Blinken is the US deputy secretary of state and former deputy national security advisor for President Barack Obama. He joined the Institute in late February to offer a review of the president’s foreign policy goals. Watch this video for a special appearance by former Secretary of State Colin Powell.  

Highlights from more Aspen Institute conversations with leaders from the State Department:

The Diplomatic Toolbox

New tools are driving diplomacy in the 21st century. We spoke with Madeleine Albright, former US Secretary of State; David Ensor, Voice of America director; Richard Wilhelm, Booz Allen Hamilton executive vice president; and Joe Nye, professor and former dean of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government; about what will make modern diplomacy successful.

Looking for more conversations between a panel of superstar foreign affairs experts? Watch this great conversation between Brent Scowcroft, co-chair of the Aspen Strategy Group and National Security Advisor to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush, in conversation with Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State; Joseph S. Nye, Harvard professor; moderated by Nicholas Burns, Aspen Strategy Group director.

Afghanistan and Pakistan

The war in Afghanistan is ending, at an even bigger cost in blood and treasure. At the end of the day, will it have been worth it? And, as for Pakistan, is it friend or foe to the US?

Watch more from the Aspen Security Forum, an annual forum held in Aspen, CO, to answer critical questions about national and homeland security.

Where do we go next with US foreign policy? 

Burns; Robert Kagan, historian; James Steinberg, dean at Maxwell School of Syracuse University; and Jeffrey Goldberg, national correspondent at The Atlantic; discuss US foreign policy at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival

What will the world look like in 2024? Steinberg joined an illustrious panel of speakers to consider what will be the most dangerous place in the world a decade from now.