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China's Global and Regional Ambitions
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.


Is America's Global Influence Declining?
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.


How Democracies Die: Implications for the U.S.
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.


Changing the Global Patterns of Violence & Restrictions Against Women & Girls
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.


How Does Asia and the Pacific View the Future Role of the United States?
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?


How Wars End: Resolving Conflicts Through Diplomacy
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.


Finding Hope and Avoiding Hype in Dementia-Prevention Research
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.


Islamic Republic of Iranís 40th Anniversary
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.


A European House Divided: Europe's Future Considered
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.


Vision 2030
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.


Technology Advances, North American Workers Need New Skills
Earl Anthony Wayne

Trade is blamed for destroying American jobs, but more job losses are due to technology changing how we produce goods and services. Amb. Earl Wayne will discuss how waves of new technology require change to business and educational models to help North American workers and young people adjust to a world requiring rapidly evolving skills.


Time to Stop Trying to Give Russia a Western Political Makeover
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.