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Saudi Arabia and the Oil Price Collapse

Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.), January 27, 2015

I’ve been asked to speak about the geopolitical aspects of Saudi Arabia’s decision to continue producing petroleum at previous levels ...

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China as a Diplomatic Actor

Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr.  (USFS, Ret.), January 23, 2015

I became interested in China a bit over five decades ago. Back then, with the notable exception of Zhou Enlai ...

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China as a Great Power

Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.), November 7, 2014

In 2012, China’s now-paramount leader, Xi Jinping, invited President Barack Obama to collaborate with him in developing a “new type ...

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The Collapse of Order in the Middle East

Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.), October 28, 2014

Will Rogers once observed that “when you get into trouble 5,000 miles from home, you’ve got to have been looking ...

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A New Set of Great Power Relationships

Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.), September 16, 2014

We live in a time of great strategic fluidity. Borders are shifting. Lines of control are blurring. Long-established spheres of ...

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How Diplomacy Fails

Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.), August 19, 2014

We are here to discuss what we can learn from the failure of diplomacy to prevent, halt, and wrap up ...

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