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Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, April 20, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (CDT)
    • Virtual (Zoom webinar)

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    Speaker:  Professor Steven Radelet, Georgetown University, Distinguished Professor, and the Donald F. McHenry Chair in Global Human Development

    Foreign aid is an instrument of United States Diplomacy.  It has a humanitarian component and a developmental component. His work focuses on the role of foreign aid in promoting economic growth, poverty reduction, and global stability.  Dr. Radelet will speak about foreign aid and America’s role in the world.
    Professor Steven Radelet has a wide range of experience in government and academia.  He received his Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University.  He was on the faculty of Harvard University as a Fellow at the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID) where he lectured on Economics and Public Policy.  Currently he is the Director of the Global Human Development Program at Georgetown University where he holds the Donald F. McHenry Chair in Global Human Development and is its Distinguished Professor of the Practice.
    Dr. Radelet has extensive experience as a policy maker in the U.S. Government; as an adviser to developing country leaders; as a researcher, teacher, and writer.  He previously served as Chief Economist for USAID, Senior Adviser for Development to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He spent four years as a resident adviser to the Ministry of Finance in Jakarta, Indonesia, and two years as a resident adviser in the Ministry of Finance in The Gambia.  He currently serves as an economic adviser to the president of Liberia.
    • Monday, May 10, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (CDT)
    • Virtual (Zoom webinar)

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    Over the past decade, Egyptians of varied ideological viewpoints have offered differing approaches to the role of religion in state and society alike. In his talk, Professor Rock-Singer will explore this conflict over the role of Islam in contemporary Egypt, beginning under British colonial rule in the early 20th century before moving onto the mid-century rise of the post-colonial Egyptian state and its battles with Islamic movements. By telling this history, he will cast light not only on crucial dynamics of 20th century Egypt but also on the fault lines that continue to structure the conflict between President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi and the Muslim Brotherhood.

    Aaron Rock-Singer is a historian of the Middle East and Islam with expertise in the region’s leading religious movements and a particular focus on Egypt. Fluent in Arabic and Hebrew and proficient in Turkish, he has spent over five years living in the region and has published widely on Salafism, Islamism and the role of Islamic scholars in contemporary politics.  In his first book, Practicing Islam in Egypt: Print Media and Islamic Revival (Cambridge University Press, 2019), he drew on ideologically diverse Islamic magazines from this period to chart the rise of an Islamic Revival in 1970s Egypt within a larger global story of religious contestation and change. His second book, entitled In the Shade of the Sunna: Salafi Piety in Twentieth-Century Egypt, is under contract with the University of California Press and explore the spread of Islam’s fastest growing movement in this central Arab state.

Past events

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
Wednesday, December 05, 2018 The Global Refugee Situation: Driving Forces and Implications
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Is Peace Possible in Afghanistan?
Tuesday, October 09, 2018 CHINA Town Hall with Dr. Condoleezza Rice
Thursday, September 06, 2018 But Do You Wear A Uniform: Thirty-Five Years in America’s Other Army
Thursday, July 19, 2018 Education in Africa
Thursday, June 14, 2018 Recent Geopolitical Situation on the Korean Peninsula and Prospects for the U.S.-Korea Relations
Thursday, May 10, 2018 Global Health Programs:  Big Successes in the Midst of Big Transitions
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Brace Yourself!  Africa is Coming!
Wednesday, March 07, 2018 North Korea: The Political and Military Challenges of a Rogue State
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 Edward Snowden’s Damage to the U.S. Cyber-Security Structure
Thursday, February 01, 2018 MCFR Special Breakfast With William Drozdiak (advance registration and online payment required)
Thursday, January 18, 2018 The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Where Do We Stand, and Where Do We Go From Here?


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