Madison Committee
on Foreign Relations

Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, October 28, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (CDT)
    • Virtual (Zoom webinar)

    The UW-Madison Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) invites MCFR members to view this panel discussion.

    Mass protest movements have challenged election results in Belarus and Kyrgyzstan, provoking different responses from the incumbent regimes that declared themselves winners of the balloting. Full-scale combat has erupted between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the area around the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. Meanwhile, fighting continues between Russia-backed secessionist forces and government troops in Eastern Ukraine. What are the main roots of these conflagrations and how are they unfolding? Should each be understood as distinct, or do they have enough common features to suggest a general pattern or new trend? What challenges or opportunities do they pose for Russia and for the United States? What do they teach us about politics and conflict in post-Soviet countries?

    This is a Zoom presentation.  To register, enter
    • Tuesday, November 10, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (CST)
    • Virtual (Zoom webinar)

    In the first in a series of China Town Hall programs, renowned investor, philanthropist and New York Times best-selling author Ray Dalio will speak on the forces that underpin the most important global issues of our time, and the critical roles of the United States and China in an era of monumental worldwide change.

    Mr. Dalio, the founder of Bridgewater Associates hedge fund, has had a close relationship with China starting in 1985. His son Matthew attended an all-Chinese school in Beijing when he was 11 and set up the China Care Foundation to help Chinese orphans with special needs when he was 16. The Dalio family continues to support child welfare and education initiatives through the Beijing Dalio Foundation. Mr. Dalio also established, with Bill Gates and three Chinese philanthropists, the China Global Philanthropy Institute, which teaches Chinese philanthropists and policy-makers best practices in philanthropy.

    The China Town Hall programs on subsequent days will deal with economics and trade; climate and health; and society and culture.  Your registration for the November 10 program will give you entree to the subsequent China Town Hall programs as well. 

    Members, do you have questions about registering?  Check out our "Registration Tips For Members".

Past events

Thursday, September 24, 2020 Canadian-US Bilateral Relations
Monday, August 31, 2020 Annual Member Meeting
Friday, May 22, 2020 Our 2019-2020 season has concluded. Look for next season's events in September
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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