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U.S. Global Engagement

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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)

Back to the Future? Battlefield Nuclear Weapons in South Asia | 12/16/15
Jeffrey D. McCausland
The nuclear threat looms large over South Asia. India and Pakistan are neighbors in a state of constant tension that has flared into violent confrontation on a number of occasions over a 70-year history. Both are nuclear weapons states, and neither is a signatory to the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), the flagship global nuclear arms control agreement. Pakistan's recent decision to develop "battlefield" or "tactical" (short-range) nuclear weapons ratchets up this tension further. Carnegie Council Senior Fellow Dr. Jeffrey D. McCausland, whose CV combines leadership in the U.S. military, the executive branch of government, and various academic posts, will offer an assessment of threats to the stability of the South Asia region and beyond. (U.S. Global Engagement Program)

Addressing Root Causes of Unrest in Arab Countries | 11/10/15
Ronald Bruder, Jasmine Nahhas di Florio
Following the 9/11 attacks, Ronald Bruder, real estate developer and entrepreneur, established the Education For Employment Network, designed to provide unemployed youth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) with market-driven training and job placements. Set up with in-country leadership in seven countries in MENA, EFE is dedicated to providing employment opportunities for young people. (U.S. Global Engagement Program)

Russia's Soft Power: A Matter for Church and State | 09/10/15
Nikolas K. Gvosdev, Nadieszda Kizenko, Nicolai N. Petro
In the current frigid environment of U.S.-Russia relations, there is much debate over Russia’s legitimate strategic interests. Of equal importance for understanding Russian attitudes is a grasp of the values, the moral framework for her foreign policy. Three leading experts on Russia's "soft power" will explain the roles of the state and the Russian Orthodox Church in formulating this framework of values. (U.S. Global Engagement Program)

Ethical Leadership: A Conversation with Chuck Hagel | 06/18/15
Chuck Hagel
From a highly decorated stint serving in the U.S Army during the Vietnam War, to a successful business career running multiple companies in different industries, to two high-profile terms in the Senate, and culminating with a tenure as the secretary of defense, the one constant in Chuck Hagel's varied and pressure-filled career has been ethical leadership. How have his experiences--in war, the boardroom, and Congress--shaped his leadership style? (U.S. Global Engagement Program)

From Nuclear Deterrence to Disarmament: Evolving Catholic Perspectives | 05/07/15
Bernardito C. Auza, Des Browne, J. Bryan Hehir, Maryann Cusimano Love, Gerard F. Powers
In collaboration with the Kroc Institute, this discussion will address the policy, religious, and ethical implications of nuclear capabilities. This event is especially timely since it coincides with the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference and reflects on the major statements issued by the Holy See at the Vienna Conference about nuclear weapons last December. (U.S. Global Engagement Program)

The Crisis of Europe's Muslims | 04/13/15
Juan Cole
"Al-Qaeda wants to mentally colonize French Muslims, but faces a wall of disinterest. But if it can get non-Muslim French to be beastly to ethnic Muslims on the grounds that they are Muslims, it can start creating a common political identity around grievance against discrimination." So wrote Professor Juan Cole, an expert on Islamic and Western relations, in a recent article. He will discuss effective methods to thwart al-Qaeda's manipulative tactics. (U.S. Global Engagement Program)

P5 + 1 + Iran: Report on Results from Geneva | 04/02/15
Seyed Hossein Mousavian
Ambassador Mousavian will report on the outcome and consequences of the latest round of negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program that concluded on March 31, 2015. (U.S. Global Engagement)

Extreme Political Parties in Greece: Economic and Cultural Factors | 01/15/15
Yannis Palaiologos
Yannis Palaiologos, a prominent Greek scholar-journalist, will describe the political rise of extreme parties on both right and left in Greece, including the ultra-right Golden Dawn movement and the Coalition of the Radical Left, better known as Syriza. What was the role of externally imposed economic austerity and the ensuing massive recession? What has been the effect of uncontrolled illegal immigration on Greek politics? Can the traditional political parties win back the public's trust? (U.S. Global Engagement Program)

Russia in the Global Context | 12/01/14
Thomas E. Graham, Nicolai N. Petro, Arturas Rozenas, David C. Speedie, Yanni Kotsonis
What is the current state of, and prospects for, Russia in regional and global affairs? How do U.S.-Russian relations look in the context of the Ukraine Crisis and beyond? How did the current crisis emerge from the recent post-Cold War history? The panel will pay special attention to the long-term strategies and objectives that have animated U.S. and Russian policymakers; the way these have been disrupted by the crisis over Ukraine; and the likely future of Russian and American strategies in Eastern Europe. (NYU's Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia and U.S. Global Engagement Program)

From "Indispensable Nation" to "Realism-Based Restraint": Reconsidering U.S. Engagement with the World | 11/20/14
Chas W. Freeman, Jr.
An informed and perceptive critic of foreign policy, Ambassador Freeman will discuss core questions facing the United States. How effective is our current engagement in key areas of the world? What are our core interests and how are we pursuing them? Is "realism-based restraint" a sensible policy option, in general? (U.S. Global Engagement Program)

Elite Perceptions of the United States in Europe and Asia | 10/07/14
Xenia Wickett
A new report finds that political and business leaders in Asia value U.S. hard power while Europeans focus on American values. Both, though, view U.S. business more positively than the government. What do these attitudes mean for policymakers and civil society? (U.S. Global Engagement Program)

The Rise of the New Far Right in Europe and Implications for European Parliament Elections | 05/06/14
David Art, Virág Molnár, Cas Mudde
The sense of victimization from the Eurozone crisis, and the so-called "democratic deficit" across the continent has found articulation in the rise of far-right movements. These are in evidence from the democracies of Western Europe to neo-fascist groups in Hungary and Greece. What are the prospects for late May's European Parliament elections? (U.S. Global Engagement Program)

Ukraine and U.S.-Russia Relations | 04/21/14
Thomas E. Graham
In the context of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, one of the most serious long-term questions is that of the impact on U.S.-Russia relations and cooperation on a host of issues--including arms control, international terrorism, the Middle East, and Iran. Thomas E. Graham is managing director of Kissinger Associates, Inc., formerly special assistant to President George W. Bush and senior director for Russia on the National Security Council. He will discuss prospects for, and challenges to, this critical bilateral relationship. (U.S. Global Engagement Program)

The Future of American Warfighting: Lessons of the Contemporary Battlefield | 02/20/14
Ben FitzGerald, Patrick J. Mahaney, Jr., Noah Shachtman
This panel will explore the rapid evolution of transformative military technologies that are now appearing on the world's battlefields and are redefining warfighting strategies and tactics. The panelists will pay particular attention to the role of autonomous and semi-autonomous platforms--unmanned aerial vehicles or drones, remotely piloted aircraft, robotics--in tomorrow's conflicts. How will these technologies change the "on-the-ground" experience for combatants? How will it change for decision-makers and civilians? (U.S. Global Engagement Program)

Differing Perspectives on Iran and the Middle East Peace Process: Is there a Crisis in U.S.-Israel Relations? | 02/06/14
Dov Waxman
Do the public disagreements between the Obama administration and the Netanyahu government over Iran's nuclear program and the current peace talks with the Palestinians signal a growing rift between the United States and Israel? How strong is the alliance between the countries? Dov Waxman will answer these questions in a conversation with Carnegie Council Senior Fellow David C. Speedie about the U.S.-Israel relationship. (U.S. Global Engagement Program)

Rules of Engagement: The Legal, Ethical and Moral Challenges of the Long War | 02/04/14
Kenneth Anderson, Charles A. Blanchard, Robert Grenier
There are serious legal questions about fighting an undeclared and/or ad hoc war against non-state actors, like the so-called "long war" that the U.S. is fighting against various militant groups. What are the limits to President Obama's authority when it comes to "signature strikes" and targeted killing? What is the role of Congress and the judiciary branch? Can the drone campaign be legally and morally justified? (U.S. Global Engagement Program)

U.S. Middle East Policy: Where Do We Go from Here? | 09/24/13
Gary Sick
From a brutal war in Syria, to Iran's continuing nuclear ambitions, to social and political upheaval in Egypt, the United States is faced with plenty of tough policy decisions in the Middle East. What should be America's course of action? Can President Obama emerge from this period with his and the country's credibility still intact? (U.S. Global Engagement Program)

The World Through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the Reshaping of the Middle East | 06/05/13
Shibley Telhami
Distinguished scholar Professor Shibley Telhami shares his insights on U.S.-Middle East relations and discusses his new book, "The World Through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the Reshaping of the Middle East." Drawing from polling data collected over the last two decades, "The World Through Arab Eyes" dives into the Arab psyche to understand the motivations behind the uprisings and what that means for the future political environment in the Middle East. (U.S. Global Engagement Program)

Investing in an Independent Scotland | 04/05/13
Alex Salmond
First Minister Alex Salmond, leader of the government in Scotland, will address Scotland's place in the world economy, including the economic viability and credibility of an independent Scotland within the European Union and beyond. This event is only open to Special Invitees, Friends Committee members, and Patrons. (U.S. Global Engagement)

U.S. Global Engagement Program: Report from the Middle East | 02/07/13
Charles D. Freilich
Charles D. "Chuck" Freilich will address recent events in the Middle East, including the recent hostilities that saw sustained attacks on Gaza and on Israeli cities. (U.S. Global Engagement Program)

Going to Tehran: Prospects for U.S.-Iranian Engagement | 01/17/13
Flynt Leverett, Hillary Mann Leverett
Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett will discuss their new book, "Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms With the Islamic Republic." The Leveretts will address what they see as a catalogue of misunderstandings on the part of the United States about Iran and Iranian policies, and will explore possible terms of engagement for the second Obama administration. (U.S. Global Engagement Program)

Prospects for U.S.-Iran Relations | 12/13/12
Seyed Hossein Mousavian
Ambassador Mousavian is singularly qualified to speak on prospects for U.S.-Iran relations. An Iranian policymaker and scholar, he headed the Foreign Relations Committee of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) during the presidency of Mohammad Khatami; served on Iran's nuclear diplomacy team in negotiations with the European Union and International Atomic Energy Agency; and served as foreign policy advisor to SNSC Secretary Ali Larijani. (U.S. Global Engagement)

Special Screening of "Playing for Power: The Agents Who Derailed the Soviet Union" | 06/07/12
Bringing together little-known archival footage and brand-new interviews, "Playing for Power" sheds light on the prominent and backroom players who brought Boris Yeltsin to power in 1991, but lost momentum during the implementation of democracy in Russia. (U.S. Global Engagement Program)

Iran: A Diplomatic Solution | 03/08/12
Thomas R. Pickering
As the crisis facing the United States and the world with respect to Iran continues to escalate, can a diplomatic solution be found? The stakes here are truly monumental. (U.S Global Engagement Program)

Report from Iran | 11/15/11
Mohammad Javad Ardashir Larijani
A former vice minister of Foreign Affairs and member of the Iran Majlis (Parliament), and currently secretary general of the High Council for Human Rights, Dr. Larijani will address a range of topics central to Iran's domestic political situation and to U.S.-Iran relations. (U.S. Global Engagement Program)

Toward a More Robust Public Policy Environment in the Middle East | 10/31/11
Jon B. Alterman
Dr. Alterman describes the principal challenges for the Arab Middle East states as "developing human capital and strengthening public policy environments." In aspiring to these, he calls for patience and long-haul commitment, even restraint, from Western donor sources. (U.S. Global Engagement Program)

Illusions of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism | 10/27/11
Louise Richardson
The 9/11 attack cost the lives of three thousand people, the counter-attack cost the lives of tens of thousands. Are we safer today? What must we do in the next ten years to maintain our security, and our perspective on the threat posed by terrorism? (U.S. Global Engagement Program)

Jackson-Vanik: Time for Reconsideration? | 09/13/11
Randi Levinas, Jack F. Matlock, Stephen Sestanovich, David C. Speedie
The Jackson-Vanik amendment has been imposed on Russia for 37 years. Is it time for repeal? (U.S. Global Engagement Program)

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