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PUSHBACK – The US whole-of-government hardening against China’s challenges: status, outlook and implications

The Jefferson Hotel: The Grand Ballroom 101 W Franklin St, Richmond

This lecture will cover the origins, development, implications and sustainability of the across-the-board hardening of US government policy and practice toward China over the past two years. It will highlight bipartisan congressional support for the tougher administration posture but will also note weak public understanding and support. Speaker: Dr. Robert Sutter Robert Sutter is Professor of Practice of...

Peace Works – U.S. Peacebuilding Initiatives

The Jefferson Hotel: The Grand Ballroom 101 W Franklin St, Richmond

An Interview with Ambassador Frederick Bartonled by Dr. Matthew Shank Ambassador Rick Barton teaches at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, where he serves as a co-director of Princeton’s Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative and Ullman Fellowships. Barton started USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives, and was America’s ambassador to the Economic and Social Council...

The U.S. Nuclear Posture: Challenges and Issues in Maintaining a Safe and Effective Nuclear Deterrent to Ensure Peace and Strategic Stability

The Jefferson Hotel: The Grand Ballroom 101 W Franklin St, Richmond

The United States faces an extraordinarily complex and dangerous global security environment, in which the central challenge to our prosperity and security is the reemergence of long-term strategic competition with China and Russia, which seek to overturn the long-standing rules-based international order and change territorial borders.  The recent Nuclear Posture Review is the first to...

U.S.- Iran Relations: What is Next?

The Jefferson Hotel (Empire Room) 101 W Franklin St, Richmond

Since the U.S. withdrawal from the JCPOA, and its imposition of a “maximum pressure” sanctions campaign against Iran, the U.S.-Iran conflict has continued to escalate. Despite European efforts to salvage the nuclear deal, Iran recently announced further steps away from compliance with the JCPOA. Is military confrontation between both countries inevitable or is there still a...

What can we learn from Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy?

The Jefferson Hotel (Empire Room) 101 W Franklin St, Richmond

Speaker: Edward P. Joseph Edward P. Joseph has 15 years’ experience in conflict areas from the Balkans to the Middle East to Haiti, and is a foreign policy professional, commentator and lecturer who brings an on-the-ground perspective to his work. Serving with the UN, the US Army, NATO, Catholic Relief Services and the International Crisis...

Venezuela after Chávez

The Jefferson Hotel: The Grand Ballroom 101 W Franklin St, Richmond

Venezuela was once one of the richest countries in Latin America.  After the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez in 2013, he not only left an authoritarian legacy, but his economic policies had become unsustainable. Venezuela is now home to an economic and humanitarian crisis, including civil unrest, hyperinflation, food shortages and lack of medical...

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Putin’s World

The Jefferson Hotel: The Grand Ballroom 101 W Franklin St, Richmond

Date: to be announced Speaker: Dr. Angela Stent Dr. Angela Stent is director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies and a professor of government and foreign service at Georgetown University. She is also a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and co-chairs its Hewett Forum on post-Soviet affairs. Former positions include...