Center Points are one page summaries designed to convey the core message of recent events hosted by CNP. Center Points are also periodically written on issues of great policy importance.
Mar 7, 2012
The system of control appears to be loosening in Burma, with main opposition leaders entering the political fray. CNP President, Scott Bates and an expert panel discussed the prospects for democratic consolidation and human rights reform in Burma, as well as the concurrent implications for the region.
Mar 6, 2012
Over the past thirty years, China's economic growth has been unparalleled. Is China's economic growth unsustainable at its current pace? CNP President, Scott Bates and a panel of experts discussed whether China is undergoing a fundamental reassessment of its current economic platform.
Feb 23, 2012
With increased violence in Syria signaling a slide into civil war, the crisis is intensifying. Bloomberg News correspondent Indira Lakshmanan and an expert panel discussed the choices facing the international community and the implications of the Syrian conflict for the region.
Feb 7, 2012
The high stakes struggle for power between the civilian, military and intelligence institutions in Pakistan has significant implications for the future of US-Pakistani relations. CNP President Scott Bates and a panel of experts discussed what the constitutional crisis in Pakistan means for the war in Afghanistan, regional stability, nuclear security and the struggle against Al Qaeda.
Feb 1, 2012
With Islamist parties dominating the new parliament and the powers of the yet undetermined president uncertain, what changes can we expect in Egyptian foreign policy? Will the military continue to have an instrumental political role after it returns to the barracks post-June 2012?
Jan 26, 2012
In an effort to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions, the United States and European Union have warned the Iranian regime of prospective sanctions that would deal a devastating blow to their energy sector. Tehran's retaliatory threat to close the Strait of Hormuz has inflamed tensions in the Gulf with an escalating war of words.
Jan 24, 2012
With US troop withdrawals moving forward, is an end in sight for the decade long war in Afghanistan? Will peace talks with the Taliban yield results? CNP President Scott Bates, The Honorable Paul McHale, Michael O'Hanlon and Joshua Foust discuss what the end of the Afghan War might mean for American interests and the people of the region.
Jan 10, 2012
CNP hosted a discussion with Lawrence Korb, Spencer Ackerman and Heather Hurlburt about what might come next after Secretary of Defense and former CNP Chairman Leon Panetta has issued new Strategic Guidance that promises to redefine the mission and means of how best to protect American interests and values for years to come.
Jan 4, 2012
CNP President Scott Bates, along with leading political professionals and commentators Frank Donatelli, Margie Omero and Anil Mammen, discussed the results of the Iowa Caucus, the State of the Presidential race and what it means for American politics and government.
Dec 20, 2011
The Center for National Policy hosted Robert Carlin and retired Foreign Service Officer Jeff Baron to share their thoughts on North Korea based on many visits to one of the world's most secretive societies.
Dec 19, 2011
A CNP and NDI discussion with The Honorable Atifete Jahjaga, President of the Republic of Kosovo.
Nov 17, 2011
The Center for National Policy hosted Pat Mulloy and Joshua Meltzer for a discussion about if Asia can come to the rescue of a Europe in the midst of financial crisis and at what price.
Oct 28, 2011
The Center for National Policy hosted a discussion that examined recommendations on how new developments in social networking can be harnessed to empower Americans to be resilient in the face of the risks and disruptions that might occur due to natural or manmade disasters.
Aug 4, 2011
The Center for National Policy hosted Dr. Marcus and Dr. Ashkenazi for a discussion where they introduced the "Ten Critical Leadership Lessons from the Post-911 Decade" and discussed how this research fills a critical gap in our approach to national security.
Aug 3, 2011
The Center for National Policy hosted Robert Sutter, Yeh-chung Lu, and Derek Scissors for a discussion on the future of the U.S.- Taiwan relationship and the prospects for continued peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.