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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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Ukraine/Russia with Amb. John Herbst

August 5, 2020 @ 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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July 2020

The State of the State Department with Lawrence Cohen

July 29, 2020 @ 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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Recent Developments in the China/Hong Kong Relationship with Dr. Victoria Tin-bor Hui

July 8, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual Event PA United States

Faculty Fellow, Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies Faculty Fellow, The Kellogg Institute for International Studies Faculty Fellow, The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies Faculty Affiliate, Center for Civil and Human Rights Victoria Tin-bor Hui received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University and her B.SSc. in Journalism from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Hui’s core research examines the centrality of war in the formation and transformation of “China” in the long span of history. She…

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June 2020

Russia and the 2020 Elections-what is Putin’s game plan? with Christopher Miller

June 24, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
PA United States

Chris Miller is assistant professor of international history at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and co-director of the school's Russia and Eurasia Program. He is author of  Putinomics: Power and Money in Resurgent Russia (2018) and The Struggle to Save the Soviet Economy (2016).  He has previously served as the associate director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy at Yale, a lecturer at the New Economic School in Moscow, a visiting researcher at the Carnegie Moscow Center,…

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Artificial Intelligence and Data with Abdullah Konak

June 17, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
PA United States

Abdullah Konak is a Professor of Information Sciences and Technology at the Pennsylvania State University, Berks.  Dr. Konak received his degrees in Industrial Engineering, B.S. from Yildiz Technical University, Turkey, M.S. from Bradley University, and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to his current position, he taught at Auburn University.  Dr. Konak also held visiting positions at Lehigh University, Cornell University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.   Dr. Konak’s primary research interest is in the modeling, analysis,…

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