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January 2019

Russian Disinformation and the U.S. Response

January 24 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Jefferson Hotel: The Grand Ballroom, 101 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23220 United States
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Dr. Seth G. Jones is director of the Transnational Threats Project and senior adviser to the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He is also an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Prior to joining CSIS, he was Director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the RAND Corporation. An expert on counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, and covert action, he served as representative for the Commander of the…

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February 2019

America’s Changing Foreign Policy Debate and Syria

February 28 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Jefferson Hotel: The Grand Ballroom, 101 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23220 United States

Speaker: Brian Katulis Brian Katulis, a senior fellow at American Progress, is an expert on U.S. national security strategy and the Middle East. For more than a decade, he has advised senior U.S. policymakers on foreign policy and has provided expert testimony to key congressional committees. Brian Katulis has extensive on-the-grounds research experience in a number of Middle Eastern countries, including Egypt, the Palestinian territories, Israel, and Jordan. He worked at the National Security Council and the U.S. Departments of…

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March 2019

Ukraine, Russia, and World Order

March 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Jefferson Hotel: The Grand Ballroom, 101 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23220 United States

Speaker: Ambassador William Taylor William B. Taylor is the executive vice president at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Before that, he served as the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine from 2006 to 2009. At the U.S. State Department, he was also special coordinator for Middle East Transitions, and oversaw assistance and support to Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Syria. He served as the U.S. government's representative to the Mideast Quartet, which facilitated the Israeli disengagement from Gaza and parts of the West Bank.  He…

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April 2019

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

April 24 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Jefferson Hotel: The Grand Ballroom, 101 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23220 United States

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 International Affairs at the Elliott School of George Washington University. He also is Director of the School’s main undergraduate program involving over 1,000 students. Earlier…

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June 2019

Peace Works – U.S. Peacebuilding Initiatives

June 17 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Jefferson Hotel: The Grand Ballroom, 101 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23220 United States

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 of the United Nations in New York, the UN’s Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva and the first Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict…

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September 2019

Kashmir: History and Politics

September 11 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Jefferson Hotel (Empire Room), 101 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23220 United States
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  This lecture will address the complex history and recent developments of the Kashmir dispute in the midst of tense India and Pakistan relations as well as a very diverse Kashmiri people. Speaker: Dr. Chitralekha Zutshi Dr. Chitralekha Zutshi is a Professor of History at The College of William and Mary, where she teaches South Asian history. The recipient of several fellowships, she has spoken and published widely on Kashmir and is the author and editor of several books on…

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Nuclear Posture Review

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

September 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Jefferson Hotel: The Grand Ballroom, 101 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23220 United States

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 tailor the deterrence posture to the specific threats we see and need to be addressed. This lecture will address our current global threat environment, how…

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October 2019

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

October 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Jefferson Hotel (Empire Room), 101 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23220 United States

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 viable diplomatic off-ramp? Ambassador Pickering will address the recent developments in the ongoing conflict and will discuss potential scenarios. Speaker: Ambassador Thomas Pickering In a…

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November 2019

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

November 19 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Jefferson Hotel (Empire Room), 101 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23220 United States

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 Group, he was an active participant in the international effort to bring peace during and after the dissolution of Yugoslavia. Among his senior international positions,…

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