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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...

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...