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Roy

Implications of U.S.-China Strategic Rivalry
1/8/19
J. Stapleton Roy

Amb. J. 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.


Hill

Dealing with North Korea
1/15/19
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.


Ziblatt

How Democracies Die: Global Development
1/22/19
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.


Koppell

A Seat at the Table: Gender, Power, & Global Security
1/29/19
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.


Pollack

The Trump Administration and America’s Asia-Pacific Strategy
2/5/19
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?


Grossman

Smart Power: Diplomacy on the Front Line of American Security
2/12/19
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.


Troen

Memory Matters in the Aging Brain
2/19/19
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.


Milani

Trump’s Iranian Policy
2/26/19
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.


Conley

The Kremlin Playbook and the Future of the International System
3/5/19
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.


Al-Faisal

Saudi Perspectives on the Middle East
3/12/19
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?


Ross

Fateful Choices in the Middle East: Israel
3/19/19
Dennis Ross

Israel has stark choices which go to the heart of its very nature as it faces demographic changes and challenges from within and without. Amb. Dennis Ross will discuss the options Israel has and the implications of those choices as Israel strives to ensure it remains a Jewish, democratic state?


Barylski

Trumpism, Putinism, and the Old/New Cold War
3/26/19
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.