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January 2019

Russian Disinformation and the U.S. Response

January 24 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Jefferson Hotel, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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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