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January 2021

China’s Economic Espionage and U.S. Security with Nicholas Eftimiades

January 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual Event PA 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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December 2020

My Friend the Spy. The Notorious Case of FBI Special Agent Robert Hanssen with James Ohlson

December 16, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual Event PA United States

In February 2001, Robert Philip Hanssen was arrested and charged with committing espionage on behalf of the intelligence services of the former Soviet Union and its successors. He pled guilty to 15 counts of espionage on July 6, 2001 and was sentenced to prison without the possibility of parole.  The Hanssen case is described by the Department of Justice as "possibly the worst disaster in U.S. intelligence history." During his FBI career, James Ohlson was a close FBI colleague and…

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Climate Change with John Dernbach

December 9, 2020 @ 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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November 2020

NATO from the European Perspective with Michal Baranowski

November 19, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Virtual Event PA United States
Michal Baranowski will be speaking on November 19 2020 to the World Affairs Council of Reading about NATO from the European Perspective

Michał Baranowski is the director of GMF's Warsaw office, where he provides overall strategic direction and leadership for the organization’s work in Poland, the Baltic states, and the V4 countries. He writes and speaks extensively on NATO, transatlantic relations, and U.S. foreign policy, and is frequently quoted in outlets such as Associated Press, Financial Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Die Welt, Rzeczpospolita, Reuters, Axios, Le Soir, Washington Post and Foreign Affairs. He publishes in Polish, American, and European…

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The Long March of Virtue: China’s Views of its Development, Power and U.S.-China Relations with Robert Daly

November 10, 2020 @ 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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October 2020

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

October 22, 2020 @ 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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Foreign Interference in Democracies: What to Watch in 2020 with Jessica Brandt

October 14, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual Event PA United States

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 the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs…

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September 2020

NATO from the American Perspective with Ron Granieri

September 30, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual Event PA United States
World Affairs Council of Reading speaker Ron Granieri

Ron Granieri is an FPRI Templeton Fellow, the Executive Director of FPRI’s Center for the Study of America and the West, Editor of the Center’s E-publication The American Review of Books, Blogs, and Bull, and Host of Geopolitics with Granieri, a monthly series of events for FPRI Members.  He is a specialist in Contemporary German and International History with degrees from both Harvard and the University of Chicago. He is the recipient of a Federal Chancellor Scholarship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and…

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

September 10, 2020 @ 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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August 2020

Clash of Cultures: China’s Expansion and the Steppe People of Central Asia with Nicholas Millward

August 19, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Virtual Event PA United States

Nick Millward is the president of the Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies. In his talk, Nick will draw on his research, his travel experiences in the area and his work to improve the conditions for the people living there. Nick graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. While living in Japan, Nick joined the executive committee of Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS), a non-governmental organization that promotes the study of strategic, diplomatic…

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