Insights & Commentaries

Insights & Commentaries

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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Why Trump’s “America First” Policy Is Doomed to Fail

The New Yorker,

Words matter, and the words of a U.S. President matter immensely in shaping how the world perceives America. When the United States is held in high esteem an American President is in a stronger position to advance U.S. interests.

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“On Monday morning, the sun rose over Boston.” President Obama’s Speechwriters Reflect on Eight Years of Speeches

Medium,

“As speechwriters, we often write with a specific person or group of people in mind — the people we want the speech to connect with, emotionally. In this case, I kept thinking of one of my uncles, born and bred in Boston who, to me, embodied the Boston Strong spirit of pride and defiance we saw that week.”

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“How the Real Obama Met the Real Pánfilo” Terry Szuplat Explains How President Obama Ended up in a Cuban Comedy Skit

Medium,

“It made a big impression on me,” one Havana resident told an American reporter. It showed that President Obama seems to be “open-minded, reasonable and someone capable of putting himself in other’s shoes.”

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