Insights & Commentaries

Insights & Commentaries

Video: Previewing President Obama’s Speech in Montreal

Interview with CTV News,

What Canadians can expect to hear from President Obama on his first visit to Canada since leaving the White House, and what it was like to be a White House speechwriter for Barack Obama...

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Video: Making Sense of Trump’s First Foreign Trip

Interview with CBC News,

Why the investigations into Trump and Russia won't go away, why $100 billion in weapons for Saudi Arabia won't address the Middle East's real problems, and what we can learn from 40 million Iranians...

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Audio: A Speechwriter’s Perspective on Trump’s First Foreign Trip

Interview with Minnesota Public Radio,

MPR News host Kerri Miller speaks with former Obama foreign policy speechwriter Terence Szuplat on Trump's first trip abroad, his "America First" foreign policy and the international fallout from controversy in the White House.

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Video: Why Trump’s Embrace of Dictators is Dangerous for the U.S.

Interview on Fox News,

"Real estate diplomacy" -- lavishing compliments on an opponent -- may have worked for Trump when negotiating in business, but heaping praise on tyrants risks aiding and abetting their oppression and is a tragic betrayal of American interests and values.

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What President Trump Will Say if Terrorists Strike in the U.S.

Op-Ed for The Washington Post,

Demagogues only succeed when their audiences surrender their agency over their own minds and hearts; when we allow the heated emotions of the moment to overwhelm the facts and enduring values we know to be true. We’ve been put on guard. Whether we succumb to Trump’s fear-mongering or rise above it is entirely up to us.

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Video: A Conversation on Presidential Rhetoric & Foreign Policy

Interview at the Dole Institute of Politics, University of Kansas

Reflections on how to correct a speech after the President has started speaking (minute 25); when President Obama said a speech was "fine" (1 hour, 10 min); why there's no such thing as the "deep state" (1 hour, 18); and three basic facts about Trump and Russia (1 hour, 22).

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Video: Former Presidential Speechwriters on Trump’s Address to Congress

TV interview with CBC News,

Szuplat: We saw “a tale of two Trumps. He gives the appearance of moderation while his agenda is as extreme as ever. I have to think that presidents and prime ministers all over the world – our closest allies, from Asia to Europe – were scratching their heads.”

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What Should Trump Tell Congress?

Comment for Politico Magazine,

“If he hopes to succeed as president, Trump will at some point need to appeal to people’s better angels, rather than their darkest impulses.”

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Trump’s First Weeks and America’s Role in the Asia Pacific

Interview with Australia’s Chifley Research Centre,

“There’s strong bipartisan support in Washington for a more stabilizing approach—continued broad-based U.S. political, economic and security engagement in the Asia Pacific. We’re not under any illusions that we can stop everything Trump is planning. But we’re seeing an unprecedented explosion of progressive activism and it will only get stronger.”

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An American Girl Watches Trump—and Worries

Op-Ed for The Huffington Post,

At 13 years old, Alina still believes in America and her place in it. Whether the hopes of young Americans like her can be sustained will be one of the surest measures of the health of a pluralistic, tolerant America in the years ahead.

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