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Upcoming events

    • Thursday, January 27, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Virtual (Zoom webinar)

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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:

    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.

    • Thursday, February 17, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Virtual (Zoom webinar)

    No registration is required for members (details will be emailed to all members).

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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).

    • Tuesday, March 22, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Virtual (Zoom webinar)

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    Dr. Smith's presentation is part of the Spring 2022 series on the rise of authoriantism around the world.

    Amy Erica Smith is an associate professor of political science as well as a Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Professor at Iowa State University. In 2014, she was a Fulbright post-doctoral student in Brazil. In the 2020-22 academic years, she is an Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Her research examines citizenship, democracy, and religion, with a primary focus on Latin America, and especially Brazil. She is author of Religion and Brazilian Democracy: Mobilizing the People of God (2019, Cambridge University Press), as well as many articles in academic outlets and public media.

    • Wednesday, April 27, 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The Madison Club, 5 E Wilson St

    Registration is required and ends April 20, 2022
    Registration fee includes dinner

    Please note that the Madison Club requires all patrons to be fully vaccinated or to have tested negative within 24-hours before attending events.  MCFR fully supports the Madison Club policy and all current public health measures.

    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

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
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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