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U.S. Global Engagement

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The Lockerbie Bombing: The Search for Justice | 03/21/17
Kenny MacAskill
Kenny MacAskill served as cabinet secretary for justice for the Scottish government from 2007 until 2014. In 2009 he was confronted with an agonizing ethical decision--whether to release from prison Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, who was convicted of the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am flight from London to New York. In 2009, al-Megrahi was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Under Scottish law, there is a compassionate release provision for such individuals. MacAskill will discuss his decision and the international intrigue that ensued. (U.S. Global Engagement Program)

Iran, One Year after the Nuclear Deal | 12/01/16
Zia Mian, Seyed Hossein Mousavian
Nearly a year has gone by since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA) went into effect and the deal remains as controversial as ever. What has been the JCPA's effect on Iran's society, politics, and economy? Have Iranian-American relations improved? Will anything change under the new American administration? (U.S. Global Engagement Program)

Perceptions of Muslims and Islam in the United States in Light of the Presidential Election | 11/10/16
Juan Cole, Shibley Telhami
Attitudes toward Muslims and Islam have been a front-and-center topic of the 2016 election campaign. Following just days after the election of a new president, two of our foremost scholars and expert commentators on Islam in America will discuss the likely fall-out of the election, discussing both public attitudes toward Muslims and perceptions of Muslims themselves as to how they and their faith are viewed in the United States.(U.S. Global Engagement Program)

Techniques of the Body | 11/03/16
Mark A. Mazower, Constantine Giannaris
Today, Greece is on the front line of two forms of bureaucratized inhumanity--the inhumanity of 21st century capital and the inhumanity of mass flight from war. "Techniques of the Body," a film made from the stories of historian Mark Mazower and the artistic perspective of filmmaker Constantine Giannaris, looks at the past and present of Greek society. It explores the memory of war, exile, and massive population movements and asks how we might respond to their impact in the present. Join us for a special screening of the film, followed by a Q&A with the two filmmakers. (U.S. Global Engagement Program)

Major Security Challenges for the Next President | 09/29/16
Jeffrey D. McCausland, David C. Speedie
Jeffrey McCausland will address the following: (1) The role of retired military officers in politics; (2) The need to revisit the authorization for military force, last taken up by the Congress in 2001, but under which the United States is now engaged in military action in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia; (3) The core question of economics, since both major party candidates have pledged to increase the defense budget, despite the many domestic programs vying for funding. (U.S. Global Engagement Program)

Return to Cold War | 05/23/16
Robert H. Legvold
Does the current crisis in U.S.-Russia relations match the depth and scale of the contest that dominated the international system in the second half of the 20th century? What caused the initial success, notably in arms control agreements such as New START, to go awry? How might momentum toward a more positive U.S.-Russian relationship be regained? Robert Legvold will answer these questions and more. (U.S. Global Engagement Program)

Eurasianism and the European Far Right: Book Launch and Update on Events in Europe | 04/12/16
Péter Krekó, Marlene Laruelle, Daniel Stein
The publication of "Eurasianism and the European Far Right," edited by Marlene Laruelle, is the culmination of an intensive two-year project spearheaded by the Council's U.S. Global Engagement Program. Examining the European far right's connections with Russia, this initiative traces the ideological origins and individual paths that have materialized in this permanent dialogue between Russia and Europe. (U.S. Global Engagement Program)

Beyond a New Cold War? International Security and the Need for U.S.-Russia Cooperation | 02/17/16
Stephen F. Cohen, Jack F. Matlock, John Pepper, William vanden Heuvel
The American Committee for East-West Accord (ACEWA) is a nonpartisan organization of prominent U.S. citizens from business, the academy, government service, science, law, and other fields dedicated to the proposition that no real or lasting American, European, or global security is achievable without essential and stable cooperation with Russia. Founding board members of ACEWA will speak to these challenges and opportunities. (U.S. Global Engagement Program)

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