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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...

Britain & EU: The ‘new normal’ after Brexit

Virtual: Zoom

This public lecture will address the multiple facets of the search for a 'new normal' in Brexit's wake and what the current situation means for Britain and the EU. Speaker: Dr. Christopher Burdett Dr. Chris Burdett is currently assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Virginia Commonwealth University, specializing in European government and...

The Global Counterterrorism Fight Since 2018

Virtual: Zoom

This lecture will update what we understand about the terrorism challenges at home and abroad in light of policy choices, a new National Counterterrorism Strategy, and international pressure on terrorist actors. Speaker: Chris Costa Chris Costa is a former intelligence officer of 34 years, former Special Assistant to the President and current Executive Director of...

Putin’s World: Russia Against the West and with the Rest

Virtual: Zoom

Foreign policy expert Dr. Angela Stent will speak from her recent book "Putin's World: Russia Against West and with the Rest," in which she dissects how Putin created a paranoid and polarized world - and increased Russia's status on the global stage. Speaker: Dr. Angela Stent Dr. Angela Stent is director of the Center for...

Myanmar’s Fight Against Military Rule, and Why it Matters?

Virtual: Zoom

This lecture will address current events in Myanmar and  focus on the nearly-unprecedented national resistance to the military's attempted coup, and how things might progress going forward. Speaker: Ambassador Scot Marciel Scot Marciel is a Visiting Scholar and Practitioner Fellow at Stanford University’s Walter Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center. A career Foreign Service Officer, he...

A Strategy for dealing with a Nuclear North Korea

Virtual: Zoom

The focus of this lecture will deal with the reality of a North Korea with nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles that could reach the U.S.  Do we, as they request, accept them as a nuclear weapons state or do we persist and seek complete and verifiable denuclearization? Speaker: Ambassador Joseph DeTrani Ambassador DeTrani was the...

The Future of U.S. Nuclear Negotiations with Iran

Virtual: Zoom

The fate of the arms control agreement is in doubt following the United States’ withdrawal and Iran’s noncompliance. Still, newly elected leaders in both countries in 2021 have signaled a willingness to mend the deal. This lecture will focus on the Iran-nuclear deal and its U.S relations under both the Biden administration and the newly-elected...