Madison Committee
on Foreign Relations

Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, September 07, 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
    • The Madison Club, 5 E Wilson St

    Registration is required and ends September 2!

    Ambassador Mark Green will be in Madison to speak on why “American Leadership Matters”.

    Ambassador Green’s Wisconsin roots run deep.  He is a graduate of the UW-Madison Law School, was a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, represented Wisconsin’s 8th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives, and served as Ambassador to Tanzania and as Administrator of USAID.

    Green has also served in leadership positions at several prominent institutions, including Malaria No More, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, the Initiative for Global Development, the International Republican Institute, and the McCain Institute for International Leadership.

    In March of this year, he became the President and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  This center is the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum and one of the top 10 think tanks in the world.

    Dinner details:

    • First course will be served promptly at 5:30pm
    • Dinner (chef's selection) and presentation to follow
    • $40 for all attendees
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    • Tuesday, October 19, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (CDT)
    • Virtual (Zoom webinar)

    Dr. David Romano holds the Thomas G. Strong Chair in Middle East Politics at Missouri State University.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and his M.A. and B.A. from McGill University.  Dr. Romano was a visiting doctoral student at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey and he held post-doctoral fellowships with the Canadian Department of National Defence, during which time he lived in Iraq and conducted research there.  Dr. Romano received the 2015 Missouri Governor’s award for teaching.

    Dr. Romano is a foremost scholar on Turkey, Iraq, the Kurds, and other Middle Eastern minority groups.  His interests in these areas are centered on nationalism, social movements, theories of peace and conflict, political violence, politicized Islam, Middle-East and Mediterranean politics and foreign policy.

    His work has appeared in journals such as International Affairs, The Oxford Journal of Refugee Studies, Third World Quarterly, International Studies Perspectives, the Middle East Journal, Middle East Policy, Ethnopolitics and the Journal of Kurdish Studies.  He is the author of The Kurdish Nationalist Movement (Cambridge University Press, 2006 - also translated into Turkish and Persian) and the co-editor of Conflict, Democratization and the Kurdish Issue in the Middle East (Palgrave Mamillan, 2014) and The Kurds in the Middle East: Enduring Problems and New Dynamics (Lexingtoon, 2020).  From 2010 to 2020 he wrote a weekly political column for Rudaw, the largest Kurdish media site.  He currently writes political analysis pieces for Arab News.

    Zoom call details will be shared closer to the event.

    • Thursday, November 11, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (CST)
    • Virtual (Zoom webinar)

    Jay P. Nash, President of Madison International Trade Association, will speak to us about “Global Aspects of Trade and Security”.

    Mr. Nash has worked in the field of international trade compliance for 15 years with experience in over a dozen countries in the Asia Pacific, Central Asia, Latin American, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.

    As President of MITA, he is committed to helping Wisconsin companies succeed in the global economy.  He believes that international trade will continue to be a critical part of local, national, and global international growth.  MITA is well positioned to be a major player.

    Zoom call details will be shared closer to the event.

Past events

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
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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