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January 5, 2021 U.S. Military as an Agent for Democracy Gary Roughead
Adm. Gary Roughead will discuss the evolving role of the U.S. military as an agent for the promotion of Democracy around the globe. His discussion will explore how the military is playing a more active role in Diplomacy and exporting American values to the world.
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January 7, 2021 The President’s Inbox Christopher Hill
The last year has been like no other in recent memory. As the new Administration takes office, it will face the challenge of redefining a changed U.S. role in the world. Amb. Christopher Hill will discuss the most urgent challenges brewing, their underlying causes and the President’s options for protecting U.S. national interest.
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January 12, 2021 Iran’s Foreign Policy: Continuity and Change Mohsen Milani
The Iranian Revolution of 1979 shocked Americans when it demolished the Shah’s pro-American regime and survived through multiple crises for 42 years. From Carter to Trump, seven American presidents failed to end the confrontation. Dr. Milani will discuss the impact of our 2020 presidential election on relations between Washington and Tehran.
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January 14, 2021 America’s Strategic Future in a World of Rival Authoritarian Great Powers Dan Twining
We live in an era of great-power competition. Rivals in China and Russia want to undermine American alliances and make the world safe for autocracy. How should the U.S. navigate this new world? Dr. Daniel Twining will discuss what is the right strategy for managing rivals who want to upset the world America built?
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January 19, 2021 Is the Middle East Turning a Page? Amb. Dennis Ross
As the new administration begins, it is faced with a plethora of challenges, from the pandemic’s health and economic dimensions to regional great power rivalries. Amb. Dennis Ross will explain how one might navigate this evolving landscape and some of the decisions facing our new administration
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January 21, 2021 The Impact of the Coronavirus on the Conduct of U.S. Diplomacy and Historical Perspectives from Africa Jimmy Kolker
The United States Government was inadequately prepared for the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic. Amb. Jimmy Kolker discusses this, the implications for America's standing, and the world's capacity to prevent and respond to epidemics and health challenges. What lessons can we draw from AIDS, polio, Ebola and other health experiences in Africa?
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January 26, 2021 The U.S. and Russia: Paradoxes of Conflict and Collaboration John Beyrle
Despite the tensions between the United States and Russia, there is a peculiar strain of pragmatism that tempers Moscow’s dealings with Washington. This pragmatic framework is not new but has defined the relationship from Catherine to Great through Stalin to Putin.
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January 28, 2021 Drones and Drone Warfare John Jackson
Drones are emerging as the new weapon of choice in modern warfare. Naval War College Prof. John E. Jackson will discuss the past, present and future uses of robotic and unmanned systems, both in the military services and in private use. Jackson will discuss the systems involved, the operational challenge they address, and the legal and ethical ramifications of their use.
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February 2, 2021 Diplomacy in the Time of COVID-19 Thomas Shannon
The pandemic has shown the extent of Latin America’s globalization, threatened its economies, laid bare its social inequalities, and upended regional cooperation. Amb. Thomas Shannon will discuss what comes next for our Hemisphere, and how can the United States help our partners in the Americas rebuild their economies and strengthen their democracies?
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February 4, 2021 The European Union: What's Next? Martin Walker
Summary: Covid-19 unleashed a horrendous health crisis leading to a severe economic downturn. The rift between northern and southern EU countries has deepened and borders have hardened. Martin Walker examines these issues and others that threaten cooperation and solidarity of the member countries.
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February 9, 2021 Turkey’s Return to the Middle East in an an Age of Global Turmoil Asli Aydintasbas
Turkey’s return to the Middle East after decades avoiding external engagements is fundamental. Turkey now controls part of Syria along its southern border and has military in Qatar and Libya. Ms. Aydintasbas will help understand whether this is a temporary mindset or shows Turkey as a regional actor and possible hegemon.
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February 11, 2021 Neglected Crises: Casandras Wendy Chamberlin
News outlets besiege followers of global news with reports, analyses and opinions on the big events of the day. But what happens after the media move on to the next big story? Amb. Wendy Chamberlin’s presentation looks at crises that are still threatening but have faded from the front pages.
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February 16, 2021 The New Normal Margaret Jay
The current view is that the Coronavirus pandemic has transformed the way our economies will work. In the U.K. the BREXIT problem has been replaced by new concern about how business can be successful in a much more regulated global world. Baroness Jay will discuss whether the “New Normal” will really be permanent or will we all slip back into the old ways more quickly than we think?
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February 18, 2021 Presidential Leadership in Crises Jeremi Suri
The United States has endured many crises in its history; wars, pandemics and severe economic contractions. Leaders helped citizens to survive these crises and improve American society. Dr. Jeremi Suri will discuss the lessons for our leaders to manage our current crises and help us to build a better country.
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February 23, 2021 Lessons from the Global Pandemic: The U.S. Can't Make Its Own Generic Medicines Rosemary Gibson
The global pandemic has exposed U.S. and global dependence on China for essential ingredients to make thousands of generic drugs. The U.S. can no longer make aspirin, penicillin or other generic antibiotics. Rosemary Gibson will discuss how we got here, the risks, and mitigating measures.
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February 25, 2021 Food Security: Bringing Science and Politics to the Table Aron Troen
Is food a commodity or human right? Dr. Aron Troen will discuss that securing a sustainable supply of abundant, safe, nutritious, and affordable food for this and future generations is one of the great challenges of our time. To feed our families and planet, we will have to invite both science and politics to the table.
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March 2, 2021 The United States under Electronic Siege: Are We Losing the War? Suzanne Spaulding
Our democratic institutions and elections are under siege --not by military might, but by modern day electronics. Suzanne Spaulding, former Undersecretary for Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure at the Department of Homeland Security, will describe this threat to our democracy and analyze our response.
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March 4, 2021 Indispensable Nation? The U.S. Role in World Order Robert Lieber
For nearly seven decades America created and sustained international institutions, economic order and regional stability. It served as leader and defender of the liberal democracies and market economies. Dr. Robert Lieber discusses if that role is still possible or even desirable? And what are the implications for America’s security, prosperity, and even its values?
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March 9, 2021 Pandemics, Privatization, and Political Power Plays Thomas Gentzel
Public education is a birthright in the United States. That's a constant, but what it means, and how it looks, is always changing, sometimes dramatically. Thomas J. Gentzel examines the trends, and the often unexpected forces, that are altering American basic education.
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March 11, 2021 China’s Economic Challenges and U.S.- China Competition David Dollar
China will be the world’s largest economy by 2035 if current trends continue. Dr. David Dollar will focus on challenges that may alter that scenario -- population aging, environmental degradation, financial instability, and the uncomfortable co-existence of private and state enterprises. Trade tensions with the U.S. are more a reflection than a cause of China’s difficulties
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March 16, 2021 The Centaur’s Dilemma: National Security Law for the Coming Artificial Intelligence Revolution James Baker
What is artificial intelligence? How does it work? What are its security applications, implications, and challenges? Are we ready for the coming AI revolution? Experts refer to a Centaur Model of AI as part machine, part human. Judge James Baker answers these questions and asks where AI takes us and the consequences.
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March 18, 2021 Syria and the Kurds Robert Ford
Syria and its allies have largely won the civil war. 500 American soldiers have been guarding oilfields in eastern Syria for 2 years. Can they help fix Syria, but at what cost and purpose? What about our Kurkish allies against ISIS? Amb. Robert Ford will look at a bitter war’s end.
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March 23, 2021 Japan’s Global Moment Josh Walker
Japan today is better placed to expand its global role than at any time in history. COVID-19 has sharpened the competition between America, Japan’s closest ally, and China, its largest economic market. Dr. Joshua Walker will discuss the consequential decisions Japan must make for the future.
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March 25, 2021 Russia-American Relations after our Presidential Election Robert Barylski
While Americans wrestled with social, medical, and political turmoil, Russian society was unusually calm. But events in Belarus and Ukraine prove younger generations want to live according to European norms. Is Russia inherently different? Dr. Barylski will discuss prospects for ending the new Cold War given the outcome of America’s 2020 elections.
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March 30, 2021 The Politicization of the Department of Justice Robert Gary
Throughout most of our history, the U.S. Department of Justice has been an apolitical defender and protector of the rule of law. Robert Gary will examine what has occurred in recent years at the DOJ and policies and practices that have strayed from that respected and valued tradition.
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