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Apr 04

Open Microphone: What's Behind President Obama's Missile Defense Comments

During the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, President Obama, in an exchange with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, stated: “On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this can be solved, but it’s important for him [incoming president Vladimir Putin] to give me space.” “This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility,” he continued. These comments have resulted in a media firestorm and people with both liberal and conservative leanings have weighed in. Is President Obama stating the obvious and simply admitting that more flexibility will be afforded to him when reelected, in the realm of foreign policy? Or has he revealed more than meets the eye and actually plans on capitulating to Russian demands? Join us as a panel of experts weighs in on the state of the President's plans for missile defense and what Congress ought to do.

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Rebeccah Heinrichs
Visiting Fellow, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies, The Heritage Foundation

Baker Spring
F. M. Kirby Research Fellow in National Security Policy, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies, The Heritage Foundation

Jeff Kueter
President, The George C. Marshall Institute

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Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D. Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D.

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