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.
May 16, 2012
The United States is in the process of "rebalancing" to Asia. To date, it has not published a military strategy in support of that balancing. CNP President, Scott Bates, Dr. T.X. Hammes and CDR Bryan McGrath (ret.) debated a suitable strategy that might sufficiently deter China, assure our allies, and ensure the ability to terminate a conflict on acceptable terms.
May 9, 2012
Economic security and job creation have become the dominant legislative issues in the wake of the recession. CNP President, Scott Bates and AFL-CIO President, Richard Trumka, discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the American workforce in the 21st century.
May 1, 2012
It has been exactly a year since an elite team of Navy SEALs killed al Qaeda's Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The world has seen other changes as well: the "Arab Spring," the reverberations of which continue to rock the Middle East and the larger Muslim world.
Apr 24, 2012
CNP President Scott Bates and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Staff Member Atman Trivedi held an off-the-record roundtable discussion where Mr. Trivedi highlighted the findings from his recent staff trip to Indonesia and Malaysia.
Apr 19, 2012
The Obama Administration has placed the U.S.-India relationship at the forefront of its diplomatic priorities with regional stability and strategic balance as guiding principles. CNP President Scott Bates and former U.S. Ambassador to India, Timothy Roemer, discussed this evolving partnership.
Apr 18, 2012
The contentious debate over the Export-Import Bank re-authorization has placed the future of trade finance assistance, and the job recovery at large, into a tenuous position. CNP President Scott Bates and The Honorable Carlos Gutierrez discussed the ways to ensure America's global economic competitiveness for years to come.
Apr 4, 2012
A joint CNP and National Security Network discussion focused on the importance of cybersecurity policy.
Mar 27, 2012
From 2007 to 2011, Representative Barney Frank served as the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, presiding over some of the most important deliberations on the causes and prospective solutions in the wake of the financial crisis. CNP President, Scott Bates and Representative Frank held a discussion on the ways to provide America with economic security in the years to come.
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.