As the 112th Congress settles down to business and as President Obama enters his third year in office, Capitol Hill and the White House are establishing their foreign policy agendas for 2011. In the opening weeks of the new year, the president will host President Hu Jintao of China for a state visit, deliver his next State of the Union address, and set the course on foreign policy challenges such as Pakistan, North Korea and various U.S. military missions overseas. For its part, the new Republican leadership in the House of Representatives will set about meeting their campaign promises. Questions remain regarding the impact of these changes on U.S. foreign policy overall.
On January 13, Foreign Policy at Brookings and NBC’s Meet the Press hosted a panel discussion focusing on the top foreign policy issues of 2011. David Gregory, host of NBC’s Meet the Press, moderated the session, part of a monthly series of discussions on foreign policy. Panelists included Brookings Senior Fellows Michael O’Hanlon, Kenneth Lieberthal, Robert Kagan and Stephen Cohen.
Vice President Martin Indyk, director of Foreign Policy, provided introductory remarks. After the program, the panelists took audience questions.