Two-day Intersession Course on International Relations
The two-day intersession on international relations will be used to assess President Joe Biden’s first year in office as well as to cover those issues that are often pushed off the front pages of the Washington Post and the New York Times, such as the tension brewing in the Balkans, the immigration battle between the European Union and Belarus, and Sino-American competition in Africa. We will also try to get up-to-date on the Sino-Russian-U.S. triangle, the importance of arms control and disarmament, and the efforts of the Intelligence Community to recover from four years of the Trump administration.
You are invited to a Zoom Book Party
We are inviting you to join us for an exciting and interesting evening zoom party with Mel to discuss his book and answer any questions you may have. As many of you know, Mel Goodman has a new, recently published book out entitled Containing the National Security State. Find out all the details …
Interview on The Attitude with Arnie Arnesen show Jan. 14
Hear my call in the 2nd part of the podcast.
Arnie discusses foreign policy and national security under Trump.
Free Screening of Official Secrets
Please join the Center for International Policy at Landmark’s E Street Cinema for a FREE screening of the based-on-a-true-story film Official Secrets which features CIP Senior Fellow Melvin Goodman. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on the importance of whistleblowing today with Melvin Goodman and Kathleen McClellan. You can watch the trailer here.
Recent News and Latest Book
Flynn, Russia and the World of Conspiracy Thinking
Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has a well deserved reputation for conspiracy thinking. Presumably he will assume that the U.S. intelligence community, including the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the former director of National Intelligence, conducted a campaign to force his removal from the Trump administration. Ironically, the Kremlin, which has lived historically in a world of conspiracy thinking, will view the ouster of Flynn as part of a campaign by the U.S. establishment to prevent any improvement in Russian-American relations.
Trump vs. the CIA
The unanimous rejection of the Trump administration’s efforts to reinstate the ban on travel from seven Muslim countries will lead to the first test between this White House and the intelligence community, particularly the CIA. The three-judge panel indicated that the travel ban did not bolster national security in the United States and that there was “no evidence” that anyone from the seven countries had committed terrorism in the United States.