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Roy

China's Global and Regional Ambitions
1/9/19
Stapleton Roy

China is seeking global leadership. Amb. Stapleton Roy will address Chinaís eagerness to step into the role that the United States is moving away from. It is led by a strong leader with a clear sense of the ambitious goals he wants China to achieve. The United States is not yet seriously addressing this challenge.


Hill

Is America's Global Influence Declining?
1/16/19
Christopher Hill

Amb. Christopher Hill will discuss the global reach of the U.S. He will examine the proposition that an era of US predominance has ended. We now face a world with multiple actors and competitors in a global system that we built but no longer trust.


Ziblatt

How Democracies Die: Implications for the U.S.
1/23/19
Daniel Ziblatt

Dr. Daniel Ziblatt shows that democracies are often weakened not simply by violations of the law but by the rejection of norms of behavior that are well-established in political practice. Drawing insights from developments in Europe and Latin America, Prof. Ziblatt explores lessons for modern American politics.


Koppell

Changing the Global Patterns of Violence & Restrictions Against Women & Girls
1/30/19
Carla Koppell

Changing the Global Patterns of Violence & Restrictions Against Women & Girls Gender-based violence persists as a threat to the well-being of women and girls globally, but its contours and implications vary geographically. Carla Koppell will discuss the trends and implications for individuals, communities and nations of violence and restrictions against women and girls.


Pollack

How Does Asia and the Pacific View the Future Role of the United States?
2/6/19
Jonathan Pollack

States across the Asia and the Pacific are intensively debating their long-term futures. Dr. Jonathan Pollack will discuss what are their expectations of the United States? How do they plan to realize prosperity, stability, and security if American policy is less predictable?


Grossman

How Wars End: Resolving Conflicts Through Diplomacy
2/13/19
Marc Grossman

Ending wars and conflicts are among the most important challenges facing 21st century diplomats. Amb. Marc Grossman will draw on lessons from his career, including his service as the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP), to consider what to do about contemporary challenges, including Syria.


Troen

Finding Hope and Avoiding Hype in Dementia-Prevention Research
2/20/19
Aron Troen

There is good reason to hope that we may reduce our risk of dementia by adopting healthy behaviors, and by promoting public health. Dr. Aron Troen will review recent research findings regarding prevention and their limitations to explain why the messages from the health community and popular press so frequently conflict.


Milani

Islamic Republic of Iranís 40th Anniversary
2/27/19
Mohsen Milani

The Islamic Republicís 1979 revolution has reached middle age. Some Western commentators treat every protest as proof the Iranian people want radical change. Others argue that most Iranians want reform not revolution. Dr. Mohsen Milani will discuss how Iranians view themselves, assess and respond to prospects for continuity and change in Iran.


Conley

A European House Divided: Europe's Future Considered
3/6/19
Heather Conley

Economic stagnation, a migration crisis, Putin's revanchist Russia, Brexit, and the rise of populism and nationalism are but a few challenges facing European cohesion. Heather Conley will discuss these issues and how Europe and the United States can foster stronger cohesion to counter rising transatlantic challenges.


Al-Faisal

Vision 2030
3/13/19
HRH Prince Turki Al-Faisal

Saudi Vision 2030 is a plan to reduce Saudi Arabia's dependence on oil, diversify its economy, and develop public service sectors such as health, education, infrastructure, recreation, and tourism. Goals include increasing non-oil industry trade between countries through goods and consumer products, and increasing government spending on the military, manufacturing equipment, and ammunition. HRH Prince Turki Al-Faisal will discuss how Saudi Arabia will achieve these goals.


Ross

Fateful Choices in the Middle East: United States
3/20/19
Dennis Ross

The US has much at stake in the Middle East that engages its national interest. Amb.Dennis Ross will examine the choices we face. He will elaborate their consequences and the direct impacts they could have on our national security.


Barylski

Time to Stop Trying to Give Russia a Western Political Makeover
3/27/19
Robert Barylski

Russian youth is embracing modern Western popular culture. But the Putin administration argues that Russia is different because its national traditions and geopolitical situation present a uniquely Eurasian set of challenges and require Eurasian solutions. Dr. Robert Barylski will discuss the competition between Eurasianism and liberal values in American policy towards Russia.