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If It’s Not a Cold War, What Is It?

June 05, 2014 // 2:00pm — 3:15pm
Have we returned to the zero-sum game mentality from our Cold War past? Did we ever leave it? Or is this some kind of deep freeze with the Russians? And just how cold (or hot) is it going to get? Join us as three veteran analysts, practitioners, and scholars of Russia and the U.S.-Russian relationship discuss and debate these issues in this latest National Conversation.

The Philippines, Vietnam, and Territorial Disputes in the South China Sea

June 03, 2014 // 9:00am — 11:00am
As Beijing continues to trumpet its “New Type of Great Power Relationship” with the United States, and the United States attempts to buttress its “Rebalance to Asia”, Asia-Pacific nations keep a close eye on relations between the two giants.
Photo by Mona Youssef

Nuclear Flashpoints: U.S.-Iran Tensions Over Terms and Timetables

June 10, 2014 // 9:30am — 11:00am
A final deal with Iran will have to sort out a dizzying array of timetables and disparate interpretation of terms. To assess this period of pivotal diplomacy, an unprecedented coalition of eight Washington think tanks and organizations is hosting three discussions to coincide with the last three rounds of talks This second event explores key conflicts and possible trade-offs.

The Future Direction of International Affairs Education and Foreign Language Study in the United States

May 07, 2014 // 8:30am — 3:30pm
Three panels of academic, industry and government experts examined current developments in international affairs education and foreign language study. Topics included area studies in a globalized world, future direction of funding, and leveraging technology to teach international education.

FDR, the Jews, and the Holocaust: Resolving the Controversy

May 19, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Nearly seventy-five years after World War II, scholars hotly despite whether FDR was a hero of the Jews or a bystander or worse to the Nazi’s persecution and slaughter of Jews. In this talk Lichtman will draw upon the findings of his prize-winning book, FDR and the Jews (co-authored with Richard Breitman), to resolve the controversy. He will present a new portrait of a consummate politician— compassionate but also pragmatic—struggling with opposing priorities under perilous conditions.

Arctic 2014: Who Gets a Voice and Why It Matters

May 21, 2014 // 9:00am — 12:00pm
Tensions over security, access, and environmental impacts in the Arctic are rising. While members of the Arctic Council (Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, the United States) assert their established rights under new circumstances, an increasing number of non-Arctic states (including China, Korea, Japan, and Singapore) seek an active role in the region.

National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change

May 15, 2014 // 1:00pm — 2:30pm
Climate change poses a serious threat to U.S. national security and is becoming a “catalyst for conflict” in vulnerable countries, according to a panel of retired military leaders.

Film Screening: PRECIOUS LIFE

May 12, 2014 // 4:00pm — 6:00pm
Directed by Israeli journalist Shlomi Eldar, the timely documentary PRECIOUS LIFE received the 2010 Ophir Award (the Israeli Academy Award®) for Best Documentary. The film has also been shortlisted for an Oscar.
Photo by Mona Youssef

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon: Why it Matters

May 22, 2014 // 12:15pm — 1:15pm
Trials at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon began in January 2014. Five people are accused in relation to the attack that killed the former Lebanese Prime Minister, Rafiq Hariri, and 21 others. Daryl Mundis, the Registrar of the court, and the former Chief of Prosecutions, will discuss the evolution of the court and its work so far.

The Roma and Human Rights: Challenges and Goals in 2014 – Lessons from the Past, Eyes to the Future

May 19, 2014 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
The Roma have been persecuted ever since their arrival from the Indian subcontinent to Europe in the 14th Century and pervasive discrimination continues towards the Roma today. Why does a people so resilient still have to endure widespread exclusion, racism and discrimination? Experts from the fields of sociology, law, politics, and history will discuss the future of the Roma, including the prospect for Roma integration in Europe and the remaining challenges for granting the Roma population full human rights. They will also address the issue of Roma rights at the local, national, EU, and international levels.

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