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May 2021

Arab/Israel Relations with Joseph Braude

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

Joseph Braude, founder and president of the Center for Peace Communications, studied Near Eastern Languages at Yale and Arabic and Islamic history at Princeton. He is fluent in Arabic, Hebrew, and Persian. Over the past 20 years, he has lived and worked in North Africa, the Levant, the Gulf states, and Iran. His most recent book is Reclamation: A Cultural Policy for Arab-Israeli Partnership (Washington Institute for Near East Policy, 2019). In the United States, his articles have appeared in The New York Times,…

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April 2021

The Importance of Advancing Women, Peace and Security in Qatar with Melissa Deehring

April 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual Event PA United States

Melissa Deehring is a licensed attorney in the State of California and works as a Clinical Assistant Professor and the founding director/creator of the Externship Program at Qatar University College of Law in Doha, Qatar. Since 2011, Melissa has negotiated agreements with more than 115 legal employers in Doha, developed clinical curricula, and taught legal skills, ethics and advocacy classes to more than 1000 QU law students. During her years as Director of the College of Law’s Externship Program, student…

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Did the Cold War Ever End?: The Current State of U.S.-Russian Relations with William Pomeranz

April 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual Event PA United States

William Pomeranz is the Deputy Director of the Kennan Institute, a part of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars located in Washington, D.C.  He also has taught Russian law at the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies (CERES), Georgetown University.  He hold a B.A. from Haverford College, a M.Sc. from the University of Edinburgh, a J.D. cum laude from American University, and a Ph.D. in Russian History from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University…

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March 2021

Does Africa Matter to the United States with Ambassador Charles Ray

March 31 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual Event PA United States

Ambassador Ray is member of the Board of Trustees at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He served as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Republic of Zimbabwe. In addition, he was the first U.S. Consul General to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, opening the Consulate General there in 1998. Prior to this, Ray joined the United States Army. in 1962 and retired 20 years later with the rank of major. During his time with the Army, he…

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Role of U.S. Diplomats with Nick Kralev

March 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual Event PA 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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February 2021

Trade Issues Confronting the Biden Administration with Adam Wilczewski

February 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual Event PA United States

Adam S. Wilczewski brings two decades of experience in business, government, politics,fundraising, and law, with a special focus on assisting clients in their domestic andinternational business development and fund-raising needs. He is known for his ability to turn around and grow organizations, build and motivate high-performing teams,  increase organizational capacity, and enhance accountability. Adam serves various clients with strategic global positioning, sales, marketing, and non-profit management. Currently Adam works with Lennar International, a division of Lennar Corp (NYSE: LEN),America’s largest homebuilder. As their…

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The Future of Energy with John Walsh

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

John Walsh, director, president and chief executive officer of UGI Corporation, will speak about the “Future of Energy” at the Wednesday, Feb. 10 program of the Word Affairs Council of Greater Reading. The virtual program begins at noon and will end around 1:30 p.m. Walsh has been president and a director of UGI since 2005 and CEO since 2013. He also serves as a director (since 2005) and chairman of the board (since 2016) of AmeriGas Propane, Inc. He serves…

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January 2021

Israeli Politics, the State of U.S. – Israeli Relations and the Recent Peace Accords with Dr. Lee Lukoff

January 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Virtual Event PA United States

This event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Reading In 2019, Lee Lukoff graduated from the University of Georgia with a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Affairs. He holds Master's degrees from Boston College (Political Science) and George Mason University (Public Policy). In 2008, his research interests include subjects in the areas of American Foreign Policy, Intelligence Studies, US-Israel Relations, Middle East Politics,  and Political Psychology. He has taught fifteen courses as an Instructor of Record on topics such as International Conflict,…

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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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