Madison Committee
on Foreign Relations

Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, September 13, 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The Madison Club, 5 E Wilson St

    Dr. Chad Briggs is a Principal Consultant and Strategy Director for GlobalINT. His PhD in political science is from Carleton University in Canada. He specializes in translating complex scientific data into risk assessments and strategic planning.  His presentation will start with the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and discuss how our globalized world is at risk from the intersections of so many vulnerabilities, from food security, climate change, energy supplies, cyber/info warfare, extremist movements, and other emerging risks.

    A native of Neenah, Wisconsin Chad attended UW-Madison for his undergraduate degree in international relations.  He worked for the State Senate, Department of Development, and was later budget and policy director for TEACH Wisconsin.  Briggs has also studied abroad in Norway, Ireland, UK, Hungary, Ukraine, and was a Fulbright professor to Berlin and Budapest.  He was Team Leader for the Energy and Environmental Security Directorate at the US Department of Energy, and from 2008-2010 was Senior Advisor for International Security Affairs and Special Advisor on Climate Change and Strategic Assessment. He also led the Abrupt Climate Change and Security team for DOE, which developed methods to assess associated security risks and communicated those to policymakers. From 2010-2012, he was Minerva Chair of Energy and Environmental Security at the Air University, US Air Force. He remains a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Environmental Security in Brussels, and Adjunct Research Professor of Geography at Carleton University.

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Past events

Monday, May 09, 2022 Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Turkey
Wednesday, April 27, 2022 Putin’s Russia
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 Bolsonaro's Brazil
Thursday, February 17, 2022 Narendra Modi’s India
Thursday, January 27, 2022 An Overview of the Rise of Authoritarians: Is It the Future Or Does It Present a Phase That Democracies Must Tolerate?
Thursday, November 11, 2021 Global Aspects of Trade and Security
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 The Kurds: Must Stateless Mean Friendless?
Tuesday, September 07, 2021 American Leadership Matters
Monday, May 10, 2021 Egypt’s Struggle with the Role of Islam in Contemporary Society
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 The Future of Foreign Aid: the Role of the United States In the World
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 The World Health Organization (WHO): Present Capabilities and Future Possibilities
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 The Environmental Crisis: the Threat To Biodiversity
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 CHINA Town Hall - Health & Climate
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 CHINA Town Hall - Economics & Trade
Monday, November 16, 2020 CHINA Town Hall - U.S. Perspectives in Chinese
Thursday, November 12, 2020 CHINA Town Hall - Society & Culture
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 CHINA Town Hall - Keynote, Ray Dalio
Thursday, September 24, 2020 Canadian-US Bilateral Relations
Monday, August 31, 2020 Annual Member Meeting
Wednesday, March 04, 2020 China’s Belt and Road Initiative: What Is Its Purpose?
Thursday, January 23, 2020 Conflict vs. Stability in Muslim-Majority Countries—What Makes the Difference? Part 2
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Conflict vs. Stability in Muslim-Majority Countries—What Makes the Difference? Part 1
Monday, November 18, 2019 CHINA Town Hall with George Stephanopoulos
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 The Surprising Emergence of Nationalism in Europe and Beyond: Democracy Under Siege
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 Central America at a Crossroads
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Perspectives on International Development
Thursday, April 25, 2019 America’s Trade Policy: ‘Global Rules’ vs ‘Might Make Right’
Monday, March 11, 2019 U.S. - Turkey Relations: Challenges and Policy Options
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 India in the Age of the Indo-Pacific: New Alliances, New Challenges?
Monday, February 04, 2019 Across the Pond, in the Field
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 Brexit and the Future(s) of the European Union


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