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Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, April 21, 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St

    This event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

    This event is co-sponsored by the UW International Division

    Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity is widely known for producing a major political shakeup in 2014 that disrupted corrupt political networks, triggered Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea, and sparked a conflict with Russian-backed separatists in the Donbas.  Meanwhile, new generations of Ukrainians have formed increasingly powerful civil society organizations tasked with holding their government accountable. Heavily dependent on both the financial and diplomatic assistance of their international partners (especially the United States), civil society actors face a number of obstacles in their fight for democracy.  

    Christopher D. Russell is a Strategic Policy Analyst at the Enhance Non-governmental Actors and Grassroots Engagement (USAID/ENGAGE) activity in Kyiv, Ukraine. He is a former Title VIII Research Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute and a Fulbright Public Policy Fellow in Ukraine.  He received a Juris Doctorate and Masters of International Public Affairs in 2016  from the UW Law School and the La Follette School of Public Affairs, respectively.


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    • Thursday, May 21, 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The Madison Club, 5 E Wilson St

    This event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

    The Kurdish people are found spread across a region in west-central Asia covering portions of southeastern Turkey, northwestern Iran, northern Iraq, and northern Syria.  In recent years Kurdish fighters participated in the U.S. effort to defeat ISIS in the region.  However, in October, 2019, when the Trump Administration decided to reduce U.S. troops in Syria, Turkey was emboldened to move against the Kurds in eastern Turkey. These events have left the Kurds feeling abandoned and in need of more durable alliances. The program will help us understand the Kurds, why they are stateless, and what is their importance to the U.S.

    Professor Romano holds the Thomas G. Strong Chair in Middle East Politics at Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and his M.A. and B.A. from McGill University. In 1997-98 Dr. Romano was a visiting doctoral student at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. From 2003 to 2005 he held post-doctoral fellowships with the Canadian Department of National Defence, during which time he lived in Iraq and conducted research there.  He has authored a book on the Kurds and numerous journal articles.  He writes a weekly column for Rudaw, an Iraqi Kurdish newspaper.

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Past events

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?
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Global Food Systems & U.S. National Security
Wednesday, November 08, 2017 How Should a President Use the CIA: Tensions between the Intelligence Community and the Administration
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 CHINA Town Hall with Ambassador Susan Rice
Wednesday, September 06, 2017 The U.S., Mexico, and the NAFTA Mess

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