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February 2020 Events

February 3 | Worcester World Affairs Council | A New Paradigm - The Keys to Peace in Israel/Palestine

Miko Peled is a writer and human rights activist born and raised in Jerusalem. He is considered by many to be one of the clearest voices calling for justice in Palestine, support of the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, (BDS) and the creation of a single democracy with equal rights for all of historic Palestine.

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February 5 | World Affairs Council of Jacksonville | A Conversation with Madeleine Albright

Madeleine K. Albright is Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group and Chair of Albright Capital Management LLC. She was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States and there became the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. Dr. Albright received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama on May 29, 2012. She has aslo served as U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and President of the Center for National Policy.

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February 9 | World Affairs Council of the Desert | America's Military: Preparedness in Peril?

L.Col. Dakota Wood (ret.) of the Heritage Foundation and seen frequently on cable news, is an extraordinary voice advocating American global military strength as essential in maintaining world order. 

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February 10 - 11 | World Affairs Council of Western Michigan | Kashmir: Flashpoint between India & Pakistan

India and Pakistan have a long history of conflict. How has escalation within the Kashmir region changed the stakes for the U.S. and the world? Drawing on his deep background as a journalist and policy analyst, Raza Ahmad Rumi will contextualize the factors that play into India and Pakistan’s actions and the U.S. response to these countries. Rumi has been living in the United States since 2014. He has been the editor of Daily Times and founded Nayadaur Media—a digital start up. He is also a visiting faculty at Cornell Institute for Public Affairs.

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February 11 | Alabama World Affairs Council | The Middle East Security Situation

Chase Untermeyer is founding chairman of the Qatar-America Institute, which aims to increase understanding of the important Qatari-American relationship in security, education, and energy. From 2004 until 2007, he was United States Ambassador to Qatar, on appointment of President George W. Bush.

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February 13 | Colorado Springs World Affairs Council | Press Freedom Matters: Story of Exiled Journalist

Abdülhamid Bilici was once one of the most prominent and influential media figures in Turkey, as the former editor-in-chief of Zaman, the country’s most widely circulated newspaper, and prior to that as the general director of Cihan, once the nation’s second largest news agency. But following the failed 2016 coup, Bilici’s newspaper was raided and closed by the government; and he was forced into exile under the threat of an arrest warrant.

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February 13 | Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council | The Refugee Crisis in Europe: The Case of Germany

Karolin Machtans is an Associate Professor of German Studies at Connecticut College. Machtans’s main research and teaching interests are 20th- and 21st-century German literature and film, post-1945 German history and culture, German-Turkish relations, Muslims in Germany, minorities in Germany, Holocaust studies, and literary theory.

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February 17 - 18 | World Affairs Council of Western Michigan | The Philippines Under Duterte

Since the election of Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines has distanced itself from its longtime alliance with the U.S. and pivoted toward China. Equally troubling has been Duterte’s largescale war on drugs that many criticize for its brutality. What does the future hold for U.S. relations with the Philippines? What does Duterte’s rise signal to the rest of the world? With a career spanning 25 years as a foreign correspondent, NPR's Manila Division reporter Julie McCarthy offers an on-the-ground assessment of the changes taking place in the Philippines. A highly decorated journalist, she’s covered Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and South America. She won a Peabody Award for her coverage of Pakistan, as well as additional awards throughout her career

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February 24 - 25 | World Affairs Council of Western Michigan | Regional Security in the Red Sea

Protecting the Red Sea is vitally important to all trading nations who export and import through the region, but conflict in Yemen as well as piracy and terrorism on the Arabian Peninsula and African continent threaten that security. A political scientist and retired U.S. Army strategist, Steve Dalzell now serves as a senior defense policy researcher at RAND. Specializing in U.S. foreign policy, peace and conflict resolution, African security, and veteran issues, Dr. Dalzell will outline the threats that affect this region of the world, and how global cooperation can be possible.

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February 25 | World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities | Cybersecurity

Sayonnha Mandal, Assistant Professor of Computer and Information Sciences at St. Ambrose University will discuss cybersecurity in general. How it affects us as individuals and in the community. How it affects our decisions in government policies, politics and elections and individual privacy rights.

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February 26 | Colorado Springs World Affairs Council | What Future for U.S. Intelligence?

As Former Chair of the National Intelligence Council, Greg Treverton shares his perspective on issues related to the current state of the intelligence community. Strategic analysis and strategy, adjusting "stories", transparency and big data, new ways to add value, new competitors...and new collaborators are at the forefront of these matters.  In some ways, truth itself is under siege.  What does that mean for intelligence? 

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