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    • Wednesday, February 15, 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Virtual (Zoom)
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    The Chinese influence campaigns are much further reaching and complex than the Russian efforts that everyone has heard about, and Hong Kong is a good example for the rest of the world, including the US, of how China operates.

    Mr. Eric Wishart is a former editor-in-chief of Agence France-Presse (AFP) and in December 2021 was appointed Standards and Ethics Editor within the agency’s global news management. He also lectures in journalism at Hong Kong University and Hong Kong Baptist University, teaching feature writing and international conflict reporting. His areas of expertise include media ethics, the challenges of misinformation, the erosion of trust in established media, press freedom, and the safety of journalists. A native of Glasgow, Scotland, in 1999 he became the first non-French editor-in-chief in the history of AFP, the world’s oldest news agency that traces its origins back to 1835.

    This event will be held via Zoom. Members will receive the Zoom link via email. All others must register in order to receive the Zoom link.

    • Thursday, March 23, 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • The Madison Club, 5 E Wilson St
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    LAST DAY TO REGISTER

    TUEsday, MARCH 14, 2023

    Several Latin American countries have tremendous lithium resources, and accessing them could solve a huge headache for the US in meeting its demand for rechargeable batteries for EVs and other electrification needs. Yet whether and how to develop these resources is proving more challenging, and each country is responding differently, as nationalism and environmental concerns run up against the lure of new economic opportunities.

    Ms. Emily Pickrell is a Global Energy Scholar at the University of Houston and an energy journalist whose work has appeared in the Houston Chronicle, the Christian Science Monitor and other national publications. She spent five years covering Mexico and Latin America’s energy markets. Currently, Ms. Pickrell is focused on the energy transition and its environmental and economic impact on emerging markets in Latin America.

    This in-person event will be held at the Madison Club @ 6pm.

    Please note: 

    • This event starts at 6pm (this is 30 minutes later than usual).
    • The Madison Club conforms to all current public health measures.
    • The registration fee includes a sit-down dinner with two pours of wine.  The dinner is chef's choice. Please note any food allergies or dietary restrictions when you register.

    Be sure to register on time!

    Registrations and payments will not be accepted after Tuesday, March 14, 2023.   

    • Registration for in person events closes the week prior to the date of the event to provide the meal count to the Madison Club.
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    • Thursday, April 27, 2023
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The Madison Club, 5 E Wilson St
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    Tuesday, APRIL 18, 2023

    Three years on, the COVID-19 agenda struggles mightily to preserve its space in people’s attention. The virus itself has changed, the world’s immunity and tools have changed, the politics have changed, and high-level attention and financing have dropped precipitously, even as the virus continues to bedevil us. Sustaining attention is even more difficult with the hangover effects of the pandemic, China’s isolation, and the war in Ukraine. These and other factors are creating pandemonium geopolitically: as the world edges closer to a global recession, energy prices soar, interest rate increases bring acute economic distress, and rising food insecurity stokes malnutrition. These adversities notwithstanding, the transatlantic alliance is holding together hope for global health security, in ever sharper opposition to the China-Russia bloc that is forming.

    Dr. J. Stephen Morrison is senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and director of its Global Health Policy Center.He writes widely, has directed several high-level commissions, and is a frequent commentator on US foreign policy, global health, Africa, and foreign assistance. He served in the Clinton administration, as committee staff in the House of Representatives, and taught for 12 years at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.He holds a PhD in political science from the University of Wisconsin and is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale College.

    This in-person event will be held at the Madison Club. 

    Please note: 

    • The Madison Club conforms to all current public health measures.
    • The registration fee includes a sit-down dinner with two pours of wine. The dinner is chef's choice. Please note any food allergies or dietary restrictions when you register.

    Be sure to register on time!

    Registrations and payments will not be accepted after Tuesday, April 18, 2023.   

    • Registration for in person events closes the week prior to the date of the event to provide the meal count to the Madison Club.
    • Payment must be received before the registration deadline. Neither registrations nor payments will be accepted after the registration deadline.
    • All registrations and payments for events must be made online with a credit card. We will not be able to accept checks as payment for event registrations.
    • Registrations are confirmed only if payment is received before the registration deadline.
    • Only members and guests with confirmed registrations will be admitted to a program.

    MCFR members, share MCFR with your friends!

    Members are our best means of recruiting new members.  We encourage members to invite guests to our programs.

    • You may invite as many guests as you like.

    • Each guest may attend one program per season.

    • To use the online system to register guests, you must register them when you register yourself. Otherwise contact us at: info@mcfr.info to have your guests registered.

    If you have questions about registering, please see our "Registration Tips For Members" or contact us at info@mcfr.info.

Past events

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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