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    • Wednesday, March 13, 2024
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • The Sheraton Madison Hotel, 706 John Nolen Dr, Madison, WI 53713
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    Last day to Register for this in-person event:  Wednesday, March 6.

    The Venue for this in-person event will be The Sheraton Madison Hotel, 706 John Nolen Dr, Madison, WI.

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    Frank Langfitt will draw on his extensive experience reporting from overseas on the European view of the US as a past, present, and future strategic partner.  In light of the wars in Ukraine and Gaza, this Trans-Atlantic relationship is as important as ever.

    Frank Langfitt recently became NPR's Global Democracy correspondent based in Washington, D.C. He covers threats to democracy at home and abroad.

    Previously, Langfitt spent nearly two decades as an international correspondent reporting from more than 50 countries and territories. Based most recently in London, he covered the UK and Ireland, as well as the war in Ukraine and its implications in Europe.

    Langfitt was one of three NPR correspondents in Ukraine when Russia invaded in February 2022. He reported on battlefield tactics, Europe's political response, the impact of Western weapons, Finland and Sweden's push to join NATO and the war's effect on front-line states, including Moldova and Poland.

    Langfitt arrived in London in June 2016. A week later, the UK voted for Brexit. He went on to cover the most tumultuous period in British politics in decades, including five prime ministers. Langfitt also reported on Chinese influence campaigns, terror attacks, a renewed push for Scottish independence, political tensions in Northern Ireland and the death of the Queen.

    In 2022, Langfitt won an Edward R. Murrow award for a journey across London exploring the evolution of the English pub. Langfitt has contributed to multiple NPR podcasts, including Consider This.  He has also appeared on the BBC and PBS Newshour.

    Before Europe, Langfitt spent five years as an NPR correspondent in China, where he covered the first term of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Based in Shanghai, Langfitt also drove a free taxi around the city for a series on a changing China as seen through the eyes of ordinary people. Langfitt expanded his reporting into a book, The Shanghai Free Taxi:  Journeys with the Hustlers and Rebels of the New China. (Public Affairs, Hachette).

    While in China, Langfitt also reported on the government's infamous Black Jails — secret detention centers — as well as his own struggles taking China's drivers test, which he failed three times.

    Before moving to Shanghai, Langfitt was NPR's East Africa correspondent based in Nairobi. He covered the civil war in Somalia, helped track elephants in South Sudan, and interviewed imprisoned Somali pirates, who insisted they were just misunderstood fishermen. During the Arab Spring, Langfitt covered the crushing of the democracy movement in Bahrain.

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    • Wednesday, April 17, 2024
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • To Be Announced

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    Wednesday, April 10.

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    Ambassador Kathleen Stephens will present:  The U.S. -  South Korea Alliance:  Anachronism or Archetype?

     

    The U.S. - South Korea security alliance marked its 70th anniversary with South Korean Preseident Yoon as the guest of President Biden at a White House State Dinner.  Forged in the shared sacrifice of the Korean War, the U.S. - South Korean relationship is broader, deeper and more important than ever.  But what is the prognosis for the alliance in the midst of simultaneous global crises and a reevaluation of America's post World War II leadership?

    Ambassador (retired) Kathleen Stephens has served as President and CEO of the Korean Economic Institute of America since 2018.  She was a career diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service from 1978-2015.  She was the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea from 2008-2011, the first woman and first Korean speaker to hold the position.  From 1983-1989, she served as a political officer at the Embassy in Seoul and later led the U.S. Consulate in Busan.  Other overseas postings included China, the former Yugoslavia, Portugal, Northern Ireland, where she was Consul General in Belfast during negotiations culminating in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, and India, where she was the Charge'd Affaires from 2014-2015.

    She also held numerous positions in Washington at the State Department and the White House:  acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (2012), Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (2005-2007), Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs (2003-2005), and National Security Council Director for European Affairs at the Clinton White House.

    She has had Fellowships at Stanford University, Hankuk University (Seoul), Georgetown University, and the Mansfield Foundation.  She also is the board chairman for Pacific Century, a trustee for The Asia Foundation, on the board of The Korea Society, and a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy and the Council on Foreign Relations.  Her interest in international relations began as a Peace Corps volunteer and trainer in rural Korea from 1975 to 1977.

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    • Wednesday, May 22, 2024
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • To Be Announced

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    Presenter:  David Naftzger, Executive Director of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence River Governors and Premiers.  Topic background information and presenter biography coming soon.

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Past events

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 Contested Waters: Historical Background and Overview of the Taiwan Straits and South China Sea Conflict
Wednesday, December 06, 2023 Back to the Future? What NATO Means for European Security
Wednesday, November 01, 2023 The World Bank: The Nature of the Institution and Its Major Initiatives
Thursday, October 12, 2023 Middle East Realignments
Friday, May 26, 2023 Our 2023-2024 season has concluded. Look for next season's events in September
Wednesday, May 17, 2023 Avoiding the Green Great Game: Building Resilient and Secure Energy Supply Chains in a Decarbonizing World
Thursday, April 27, 2023 Whither the Global COVID-19 Agenda?
Thursday, March 23, 2023 Latin American Lithium Sourcing: The Next Great Hope or an Emerging Nightmare?
Wednesday, February 15, 2023 Placing Hong Kong in the Broader Context of China Trying to Control the Narrative about China
Tuesday, November 01, 2022 Geopolitical Dynamics with China: Navigating Competition, Economic Headwinds and Trade Issues
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 Global Food and Security
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 Forward to the Past: The Russian Invasion of Ukraine and Impacts on International Security
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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