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Meet the Press at Brookings: The Impact of the Midterm Elections on U.S. Foreign Policy

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  • Foreign Policy Eclipsed by Domestic Issues

    David Gregory, Host, Meet the Press: Lesson learned from the midterms: foreign policy is critical but the American people are extremely anxious about the economy and the role of government.

    Bruce Riedel, Robert Kagan, Suzanne Maloney, Martin S. Indyk and Kenneth G. Lieberthal

  • Al Qaeda Continues to Grow

    Bruce Riedel: Al Qaeda, as the Obama administration knows, continues to grow in strength and skill and will undoubtedly try to execute another deadly attack here in the U.S.

    Bruce Riedel

  • Netanyahu Emboldened by Elections

    Martin Indyk: Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has been emboldened by the midterm elections and will pressure President Obama to get tough on Iran despite differences over new settlements.

    Martin S. Indyk

  • Strong Plan for Iran Unlikely

    Suzanne Maloney: Despite the American people’s dim view of Iran, the administration and lawmakers aren’t likely to craft a strong plan for dealing with the confrontational nation.

    Suzanne Maloney

  • Obama's Two Key Challenges

    Kenneth Lieberthal: President Obama faces two key challenges that greatly impact on one another: China’s growing economic might and the still floundering economy.

    Kenneth G. Lieberthal

  • U.S. Still Influential

    Robert Kagan: The perception that the U.S has been weakened and its influence and power diminished are grossly exaggerated.

    Robert Kagan


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On November 10, Foreign Policy at Brookings and NBC’s Meet the Press hosted a panel discussion focusing on the outcome of the midterm elections and implications for U.S. foreign policy.  David Gregory, host of NBC’s Meet the Press, moderated the first in a monthly series of panel discussions, titled Meet the Press at Brookings. Over the coming year, the series will feature Brookings’s foreign policy experts, as well as U.S. and international newsmakers prominent in foreign affairs. As moderator of the series, Gregory will contribute his own extensive knowledge of the Washington political landscape to discussions of today’s most critical foreign policy challenges.

The first event focused on the likely political changes ahead in Washington and what they mean for several important foreign policy issues: the war in Afghanistan; Iran’s nuclear program; U.S. relations with China; and the Middle East peace process. Joining Gregory were Brookings Senior Fellows Robert Kagan, Bruce Riedel, Suzanne Maloney and Kenneth Lieberthal.

Vice President Martin Indyk, director of Foreign Policy, provided introductory remarks. After the program, the panelists took audience questions.


November 10, 2010

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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