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    • Tuesday, October 19, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Virtual (Zoom webinar)
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    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.

    • Thursday, November 11, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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    Jay P. Nash serves as the President of the Madison International Trade Association (MITA) and is on the Editorial Board of the World Export Control Review.  He is a sought-after speaker for what he writes on global trade controls and compliance.  He is a Guest Instructor for the Export Compliance Training Institute (ECTI); a Senior Fellow with the Center for Policy Research (CPR), University of Albany, State University of New York; an associate member of the commonwealth of Virginia Bar Association.

    Since 2017, as Founder and Principal of Nash Global Trade Services (NGTS) he has helped a wide range of business sectors navigate and comply with U.S. and foreign export controls that include, but is not limited to aviation, electronics, telecommunications, defense, automotive, IT chemical, and industrial equipment.  Prior to NGTS, Mr. Nash was a Managing Director with the firm SECRUS Strategic Trade Solutions, and a Senior Associate with the Center for International Trade and Security (CITS), University of Georgia.

    He has worked in over 40 countries.  He is proficient in spoken Mandarin and he both worked and lived in Beijing, China.

    Jay holds a J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law, a M.A. from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service Security Studies Program, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan.

    • Friday, January 07, 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The Madison Club, 5 E Wilson St
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    Jeremi Suri holds the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a professor in the University's Department of History and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Professor Suri is the author and editor of ten books on contemporary politics and foreign policy. His most recent book, 

    The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America’s Highest Office, was widely reviewed across the United States.  His research and teaching have received numerous prizes.

    Professor Suri is also a frequent public lecturer and guest on radio and television programs. He hosts a weekly podcast, “This is Democracy”, available through his professional webpage: http://jeremisuri.net.

    From 2001 to 2011 Jeremi was a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was the E. Gordon Fox Professor of American History. He worked closely with the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, the Wisconsin Historical Society, Downtown Rotary, and the Wisconsin Academy, where he was an Academy Fellow.

    Note that registration is required and we will not be accepting walk-ins.  Doors open at 5:00pm and dinner will be served promptly at 5:30, followed by the presentation.


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    • Thursday, February 17, 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The Madison Club, 5 E Wilson St
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    Dr. Jayati Ghosh is a development economist with core areas of study that include international economics, employment patterns in developing countries, macroeconomic policy, and issues related to gender and development.  She is on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

    She has authored and/or edited 19 books and nearly 200 scholarly articles.  She has received several awards that include her distinguished contributions to the social sciences in India (2015), the International Labour Organization’s Decent Work Research Prize (2010), and the Norsud Prize for Social Sciences (2010).

    She has been an advisor to the government of India and several other countries.  She has been a consultant to many international organizations that include International Labour Organization, United Nations Development Program, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, and UN Women (entity for gender equality and empowerment of women).

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    • Wednesday, April 27, 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The Madison Club, 5 E Wilson St
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    Dr. Hannah S. Chapman is the Karen and Adeed Dawisha Assistant Professor of Political Science at Miami University, and Faculty Associate at the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies. She is a UW-Madison alumna who received her Ph.D. in Political Science in 2018. 

    Her research and teaching are in the field of comparative politics, with a particular focus on the former Soviet Union.  In the research for her dissertation—"Shoring Up Autocracy:  Participatory Technologies and Regime Support in Putin’s Russia”—she examined the role of elite-mass communication in bolstering support for authoritarian regimes.  

    Her awards include the Best Dissertation in Comparative Politics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2018), and Best Conference Paper in “Information Technology & Politics” from the American Political Science Association (2017).

    Her work has been published in Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, Democratization, International Studies Quarterly, and The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog.


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    • Monday, May 09, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Virtual (Zoom webinar)
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    Dr. Mehmet Kurt is a lecturer at Yale University and a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellow at the London School of Economics.  His research lies at the intersection of political sociology and anthropology of religion.  A specific focus is on political Islam and civil society in Turkey.  

    In his book Kurdish Hizbullah in Turkey: Islamism, Violence and the State (2017), he addresses political theology, intercommunal conflict, and everyday manifestations of ethnic and religious identities among Hizbullah members in Turkey.  

    Currently, he is exploring transnational Islamic movements and mobilizations.  Of particular interest is the problem of how do Turkish Muslim communities experience and imagine Islam, ethnicity, identity and citizenship in Europe and in the United States?

Past events

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
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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