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Implications of U.S.-China Strategic Rivalry
Stapleton Roy

Amb. Stapleton Roy will discuss how China’s rise is confronting the United States with its greatest international challenge. The foundations for a constructive U.S.-China relationship are more fragile than at any time in recent decades. Missteps could lead to military confrontations and a costly arms race. Much depends on U.S. policy choices.


Dealing with North Korea
Christopher Hill

Amb. Christopher Hill will discuss recent challenges as the United States attempts to deal with North Korea’s military buildup, including the nation’s development of long-range missiles and nuclear weapons. Attention will be given as well to the role of South Korea and China in relations with North Korea.


How Democracies Die: Global Development
Daniel Ziblatt

Military coups and violent seizures of power are now rare. Most countries hold regular elections. Democracies still die, but by different means. Dr. Daniel Ziblatt shows that in recent decades several democracies died at the hands of freely elected governments. Leaders used democratic institutions to weaken or destroy democracy.


A Seat at the Table: Gender, Power, & Global Security
Carla Koppell

Despite substantial evidence that inclusion of women in governance and peace building increases the likelihood that wars end and peace endures, women are severely marginalized in peace negotiations and governments worldwide. Carla Koppell will review the research and its implications, highlighting efforts to advance inclusion in conflict resolution policy making and practice.


The Trump Administration and America’s Asia-Pacific Strategy
Jonathan Pollack

Since entering office, the Trump Administration has sharply altered America’s long-standing diplomatic, economic, and security policies in Asia and the Pacific. Dr. Jonathan Pollack will discuss what is the President trying to achieve? What are the potential consequences and risks for America’s relations with this vitally important region?


Smart Power: Diplomacy on the Front Line of American Security
Marc Grossman

American security depends upon American diplomacy. Amb. Marc Grossman will describe how diplomats work with the military to practice “smart power” to maintain U.S. global leadership. Tools include promoting rules-based interactions between nations, fair and expanding global commerce, embracing values such as tolerance and pluralism, and working to have more allies.


Memory Matters in the Aging Brain
Aron Troen

Understanding memory and why it fades has concerned humanity since time immemorial. Dr. Aron Troen will discuss modern insights into the brain’s basic workings to explain normal changes to memory, how they differ from the cognitive impairment of dementia, and how this knowledge can be harnessed to prevent the disease.


Trump’s Iranian Policy
Mohsen Milani

In its forty-year history, the Islamic Republic has survived extended wars, sanctions and boycotts and become a regional power with growing nuclear potential. The Trump administration has returned to a confrontational approach after Obama’s negotiations, imposing new sanctions. Dr. Mohsen Milani will analyze the state of US-Iranian relations and discuss future prospects.


The Kremlin Playbook and the Future of the International System
Heather Conley

Russia has successfully cultivated its "New Generation Warfare" - a strategy of influence which intends to break the internal coherence of the enemy system. Heather Conley will discuss how Russia has continued to play the role of "global spoiler" to revitalize its great power spheres of influence and reduce U.S. global credibility.


Saudi Perspectives on the Middle East
HRH Prince Turki Al-Faisal

HRH Prince Turki Al-Faisal will discuss the Saudi perspective as it relates to neighboring countries such as Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Iraq. The relationship between Saudi Arabia and Iran has been strained over issues such as the interpretations of Islam, aspirations for leadership of the Islamic world, and oil export policies. How will new leadership in Saudi Arabia reshape some of these relationships?


Why you should care about Mexico and U.S.-Mexico Relations
Earl Anthony Wayne

Mexico touches the lives of more American's than any other country, but most Americans have no idea of how important our southern neighbor is for our economy and homeland security. Amb. Earl Wayne will explore the positive and the negative aspects of this relationship and explain the value of building a well-functioning partnership.


Trumpism, Putinism, and the Old/New Cold War
Robert Barylski

Dr. Robert Barylski will argue that neither anti-Russianism nor anti-Americanism fits the strategic facts. The US, NATO, and the EU have done much to enhance Russia’s military, economic, and political security. Dr. Barylski will review the balance sheet from Afghanistan to Syria and Ukraine and discuss prospects for East-West cooperation.