Madison Committee
on Foreign Relations

Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, September 25, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The Madison Club, 5 E Wilson St

    The humanitarian crisis at the southwest border has captured the attention of the nation and led to a renewed focus on Central America. Mr. Meyer will examine the factors pushing Salvadorans, Guatemalans, and Hondurans to leave their homes, and the implications for U.S. policy.

    Peter Meyer is a Specialist in Latin American Affairs at the Congressional Research Service (CRS), which provides nonpartisan policy analysis to staff, committees, and Members of Congress. He analyzes political, socioeconomic, and security trends throughout the Western Hemisphere—with a particular focus on Central America—as well as U.S. policy in the region. Mr. Meyer joined CRS as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2008 and completed a six-month rotation as the interim Coordinator for the Central America Regional Security Initiative at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in 2010.

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    • Wednesday, October 23, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The Madison Club, 5 E Wilson St

    The rise of “nationalist populism” in Europe—and in several large developing nations such as Brazil and India—is an ominous sign that the rise of democratic regimes since the end of World War II is now under serious threat. Authoritarian leaders offer vague promises about how strong measures are needed against immigrants and others who allegedly threaten national identity. Our speaker will explore the reasons for the rise of such nationalist movements, and help us understand how they might be countered.

    Professor Jack Lewis Snyder is the Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University. He has written several books pertinent to this topic: (1) Electing to Fight: Why Emerging Democracies Go to War (with Edward D. Mansfield); (2) From Voting to Violence: Democratization and Nationalist Conflict; (3) Myths of Empire: Domestic Politics and International Ambition; and (4) The Ideology of the Offensive: Military Decision Making and the Disasters of 1914. His recent article in a special issue of Foreign Affairs on “The New Nationalism” is entitled “The Broken Bargain: How Nationalism Came Back.”

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    • Monday, November 18, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St, Madison, WI

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Past events

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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