Secretary of State Clinton on "Smart Power" on Dec 7, 2009

Please click here for video, text, and photos of Secretary Clinton's remarks on smart power at an award dinner for Clinton hosted by the US Global Leadership Coalition.

Copenhagen, National Security and the Road Ahead on Friday, Dec 11 - hosted by National Security Network

Reminder: NSN Member's Lunch
Friday, December 11 at 12pm

Copenhagen, National Security and the Road Ahead
(Call in numbers below)
After months of discussion about the national security ramifications of climate change and energy insecurity, the moment of decision has arrived with the United Nations’ Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference in Copenhagen December 7 – 18 – or has it? With the conference’s prospects uncertain, President Obama has announced that he will time his visit with those of Indian and Chinese leaders – and committed to cut US emissions by 17 percent over the next decade. Will that give talks the impetus they need? What outcomes can we expect? And what will follow up look like? Please join the National Security Network as a panel of experts –Sherri Goodman of the Center for Naval Analysis, Michael Levi of the Council on Foreign Relations, and Andrew Light of the Center for American Progress – discuss the pending negotiations, their national security implications, and the road ahead for Congress and the Administration .

Mark Brzezinski and McGuire Woods will again serve as our gracious hosts, and we are most grateful to them. The information is as follows:

Office of McGuire Woods
1050 Connecticut Avenue N.W., Suite 1200
Washington, DC

Dial In: 804-775-7800
Code: 121109

This will be a brown bag lunch. Beverages will be provided.
Please RSVP to rsvp@nsnetwork.org

ANDREW LIGHT, Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow at American Progress and Coordinator, International Climate Policy specializing in climate, energy, and science policy. He coordinates American Progress’s participation in the Global Climate Network, focusing on international climate change policy and the future of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He is also director of the Center for Global Ethics at George Mason University.

MICHAEL A. LEVI is the David M. Rubenstein senior fellow for energy and the environment at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is director of the CFR program on energy security and climate change and was project director for the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on climate change. Dr. Levi was previously a nonresident science fellow and a science and technology fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution.

SHERRI GOODMAN is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of CNA and serves as Executive Director of the Military Advisory Board for CNA's National Security and the Threat of Climate Change project. From 1993-2001 Ms. Goodman was Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Environmental Security), serving as the chief environmental, safety, and occupational health officer for the Department of Defense.

Obama's Nobel Lecture, 12/10/09

President Obama gave a clear articulation of his Administration's approach to war and peace in Oslo this week, stunning some in the audience and impressing many others. This speech is one of several that help Americans (and the world) understand the role of US power and moral authority going forward.

Read the text here. Watch the video here.

For more information on his views on our national security, watch Obama's Inaugural Address in Jan 2009, his National Archives speech on Guantanamo, and his speech on the surge in Afghanistan.


YPFP Holiday Party on 12/11/09

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy Holiday Party - 12/11/09, 7-10pm, $15 in advance. More details at www.ypfp.org/holidayparty


AI Launches on 11/19


Thursday, November 19, 2009, 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Stewart R. Mott House, 122 Maryland Ave NE
Congressman Tom Perriello
Congressman Gerry Connolly (invited)
$25 in advance | $30 at the door
Refreshments and light fare will be served; Space is limited

Your ticket includes complimentary AI membership for one year. As a member, you'll have access to AI’s robust peer community, exclusive policy and networking events, as well as the opportunity to contribute to our separate, affiliated political action committee.

New blog!

Welcome to the new blog for America's Impact.

America's Impact is a non-partisan organization of foreign policy professionals dedicated to advancing a pragmatic approach to US engagement with the world. We advocate for preparing our military to confront 21st century threats, engaging diplomatically with both allies and adversaries, and integrating foreign aid as a critical aspect of US national power.

By supporting candidates who embrace a comprehensive approach to defense, diplomacy, and development, we hope to build a more secure, prosperous, and influential America.

America's Impact was previously Foreign Policy Professionals for Obama (FPPfO), an independent grassroots organization of foreign policy professionals devoted to promoting then-Senator Obama's foreign policy programs and advancing his national security credentials. With over 1,500 members in several chapters throughout the United States, FPPfO promoted Obama's agenda through large networking events, intimate briefings with experts, media outreach, fundraising, and grassroots voter outreach. Following the 2008 election, FPPfO assumed leadership of America's Impact, a political committee active since 2002 to elect candidates for Congress with progressive foreign policy positions.

please visit AmericasImpact.org for more information!