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July 2020

The State of the State Department with Lawrence Cohen

July 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual Event PA United States

Lawrence Cohen is a retired diplomat with the U.S. Department of State. During his Foreign Service career, Mr. Cohen served in Mexico, Honduras, India, Hungary, Nigeria, Brazil, and Afghanistan. His Washington, D.C., assignments included stints in the Office of Environmental Policy working on bilateral U.S.-Mexico and NAFTA issues, and as State Department Desk Officer to the Inter-American Development Bank. Mr. Cohen has also served on short-term Foreign Service assignments in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan Region; Tunis; Jeddah; and Kuwait. Mr. Cohen…

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August 2020

Ukraine/Russia with Amb. John Herbst

August 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual Event PA United States

Ambassador Herbst joined the United States Foreign Service in 1979. He has worked as a political counselor at the U.S. embassies in Tel Aviv, Israel, Moscow, Russia, and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He has also worked as the Director of Regional Affairs in the Near East Bureau of the United States State Department, as Director of the Office of Independent States and Commonwealth Affairs, as Principal Deputy to the Ambassador-at-large for the Newly Independent States, and as U.S. Consul General in…

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September 2020

India in the COVID-19 Era – Can Modi Turn the Tide with Milan Vaishnav

September 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual Event PA United States

Milan Vaishnav is a senior fellow and director of the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His primary research focus is the political economy of India, and he examines issues such as corruption and governance, state capacity, distributive politics, and electoral behavior. He is the author of When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics (Yale University Press and HarperCollins India, 2017), which was awarded the Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay New India Foundation book prize for the…

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October 2020

Foreign Interference in Democracies: What to Watch in 2020 with Jessica Brandt

October 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual Event PA United States

Sponsored by Vice Admiral Daniel Cooper, ret USN Jessica Brandt is the Head of Research and Policy at the Alliance for Securing Democracy and a Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Her research interests include international security, multilateral institutions, and the geopolitical consequences of state fragility. Jessica previously served as special adviser to the president in the Executive Office and as an associate fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings, an International and Global Affairs fellow at…

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Inspired: Stories of triumph and tragedy from the Congo with Sasha Lezhnev

October 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual Event PA United States

Sasha Lezhnev is Deputy Director of Policy at The Sentry, where he focuses on conflict, governance, corruption, and corporate accountability issues in central Africa. He is also Founding Director of the Grassroots Reconciliation Group, an organization that works to reintegrate former child soldiers and refugees in northern Uganda. Sasha is a founding member of the Public-Private Alliance on Responsible Minerals Trade (PPA). He previously worked at Global Witness, the International Crisis Group, and the U.S. Institute of Peace on U.S. policy and…

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November 2020

China with Robert Daly

November 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual Event PA United States

Robert Daly was named as the second director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson Center in August 2013.  He came to the Wilson Center from the Maryland China Initiative at the University of Maryland.  Prior to that, he was American Director of the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing.  Robert Daly began work in U.S.-China relations as a diplomat, serving as Cultural Exchanges Officer at the…

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December 2020

Climate Change with John Dernbach

December 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual Event PA United States

John Dernbach is a nationally and internationally recognized authority on sustainable development, climate change, and environmental law. He is the director of the Environmental Law and Sustainability Center, and brings his expertise into the classroom in courses on property, environmental law, international law, and sustainability. Professor Dernbach writes and lectures widely on climate change, sustainable development, and environmental law. He has written more than 50 articles for law reviews and peer-reviewed journals, and has authored, coauthored, or contributed chapters to…

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January 2021

International Security with Nick Eftimiades

January 13, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

Nicholas Eftimiades recently retired from the US Department of Defense. His 34 year government career included working at CIA, US Department of State/Diplomatic Security Service and Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). His career included overseas postings to Moscow, Frankfurt, London, and Tokyo. Nick's more notable assignments include Chief of DIA's Counterterrorism Operations, Senior Technical Officer of the Future Technology Division, and Chief of DIA’s Space Division. He served as DIA's lead for national space policy and strategy development. Mr. Eftimiades authored…

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February 2021

The Future of Energy with John Walsh

February 10, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

Mr. Walsh is a Director and President (since 2005) and Chief Executive Officer (since 2013) of UGI Corporation. In addition, Mr. Walsh serves as a Director (since 2005) and Chairman of the Board of AmeriGas Propane, Inc. (since 2016) where he had served as a director and vice chairman since 2005. He also serves as a Director and Vice Chairman of UGI Utilities, Inc. (since 2005). Both AmeriGas Propane, Inc. and UGI Utilities, Inc. are subsidiaries of UGI Corporation. Mr.…

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March 2021

Role of U.S. Diplomates with Nick Kralev

March 17, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

Nicholas Kralev is an author, journalist and entrepreneur specializing in diplomacy and international affairs, whose work of more than 20 years has taken him to almost 100 countries. He is the executive director of the Washington International Diplomatic Academy, an independent organization that provides practical professional training in diplomacy and international affairs. A former Financial Times and Washington Times correspondent, he witnessed firsthand the conduct of American diplomacy while accompanying U.S. Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell…

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