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From the moment we closed our office in March, 2020, we began a very new livestream journey to host our excellent speakers. Since then, we’ve brought Santa Fe a steady diet of extraordinary local, national, and global speakers covering issues that go far beyond the novel coronavirus… While the virus is of course radically reshaping the world, we still see the rise of authoritarianism, the devastating effects of climate change, the continued repression of journalists, and we know that we cannot lose our focus on all these forces. And, just as importantly, we want to offer our community an opportunity to interact with these speakers — with ourselves — through dynamic Q&A sessions.

VIDEO FROM PAST TALKS AVAILABLE UNDER “PAST LIVE STREAMS” BELOW.


Every Thursday at 10am, we’ll bring you 90 minutes of excellent conversation through our Zoom channel. For all updates, be sure to subscribe to our mailing list by dropping an email to admin@sfcir.org. Don’t miss out on our community convening virtually!!!

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Upcoming Live Streams



Thursday, July 16, 2020
10:00-11:30 AM
State of the State Department Round 4: Ambassadors Speak Out!

Don’t miss this exciting annual program, offered now for the fourth year running! The State of the State Department this year features some new participants: Amb. Pru Bushnell — who led our Embassy in Kenya through the most deadly terrorist attack on an embassy in U.S. history — will speak on how critical it is to have SMART national security policy and leadership. Amb. Deborah Jones — recently featured in a CIR talk on Libya — will speak on the conduct of diplomacy in a post-Covid, Post-Bretton Woods, post-alliance — and dare we suggest — a post-policy world. Amb. Vicki Huddleston will discuss why it is folly to conduct diplomacy via the Department of Defense. After brief presentations, the panelists will take your questions. Former Foreign Service Officer and CIR Board member, Richard Silver, will moderate. 

To reserve your place in this livestream: $10 Tickets available here. CIR Members at Statesman ($300) level and above attend free! Contact Shelley to claim yours. Sign up for a Statesman membership here!



Tickets Available Here




Thursday, July 23, 2020
10:00-11:30 AM
UN 2.0: Building a New United Nations 75 Years After San Francisco

How can the UN creatively harness the ideas, networks, and capabilities of governments, civil society, and the private sector for effective global problem-solving? What reforms and reinvigorations are required? The Stimson Center’s Dr. Richard Ponzio will consider the kinds of enlightened global leadership and vision, institutions, and tools required to better deal with pressing global challenges, from avoiding runaway climate change to preventing atrocities and the next pandemic and reducing the disruptive potential of novel technologies. Drawing parallels to the 1944 Dumbarton Oaks conference in Washington, D.C. that laid the groundwork for the successful 1945 San Francisco conference that founded the United Nations, he will argue that this September’s UN75 Summit and Declaration will lay the foundations for further innovating and strengthening global governance in the coming critical years.

Read the UN 2.0: Ten Innovations for Global Governance here.

Dr. Richard Ponzio is Director of the Just Security 2020 Program and Senior Fellow at The Stimson Center in Washington, D.C. Previously, he led the Global Governance Program at The Hague Institute for Global Justice, where he directed the Albright-Gambari Commission with the Stimson Center. He has served in senior peacebuilding roles with the U.S. State Department and United Nations in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, New York, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, and the Solomon Islands, and Washington D.C., where he led Secretary Clinton and later Secretary Kerry’s New Silk Road Initiative.

To reserve your place in this livestream: $5 Tickets available here. CIR Members at Statesman ($300) level and above attend free! Contact Shelley to claim yours. Sign up for a Statesman membership here!

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Rear Admiral Janice Hamby
General Walter Gaskin


Thursday, July 30, 2020
10:00-11:30 AM
A Perilous New World amid Divisions at Home: The U.S. Military Confronts the Future

Can the United States successfully confront the many existential threats facing the country? What role will the military play — both abroad and at home? China is gaining in power and standing as the United States seemingly retreats from leadership. The NATO Alliance is jeopardized by the proposed withdrawal of troops from Germany, while arms agreements with Russia have either been abrogated or are in jeopardy. And, as if these international challenges are not enough, many Americans are now questioning the role of the military in quelling protests at home. What is the military’s role in addressing cyberspace threats, genetic manipulation, and information warfare?

General Walter Gaskin is a three star Marine General. He served as the Deputy Chairman of NATO’s Military Committee, providing military and operational advice to NATO’s Secretary General and North Atlantic Council from 2010 until his retirement in 2013. Rear Admiral Janice Hamby’s career included service on the staffs of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, major command, operations in combat zones (including Iraq), and as the first woman to report to a combatant vessel for permanent assignment.

To reserve your place in this livestream: $10 Tickets available here. CIR Members at Statesman ($300) level and above attend free! Contact Shelley to claim yours. Sign up for a Statesman membership here!


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Friday, July 31, 2020
10:00-11:30 AM
Author Neil McKee on Finding Myself in Borneo

Award-winning local author Neill McKee will offer a photo presentation and discussion on his adventures during 1968-70, while teaching secondary school as a Canadian CUSO volunteer in Sabah, Malaysia (North Borneo), and while a field staff for CUSO (Canada’s version of the Peace Corps) during 1973-74, as well as return visits in 1987 and 2006. He climbs the highest peak in Southeast Asia — Mount Kinabalu — has a love affair, and navigates Borneo’s backwaters to make his first of many documentary films. Neill has kept in touch with his friends in Borneo, Malaysia and what has happened to the land and its people after his four years there. He will also discuss the history of Borneo Island and the political, social, economic, and environmental changes in recent years, within Southeast Asia’s regional context.

Neill McKee is a creative nonfiction writer based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Neill’s book, Finding Myself in Borneo, is available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook at many retail outlets, including Travel Bug and OpCit in Santa Fe.

To reserve your place in this livestream: $5 Tickets available here. CIR Members at Statesman ($300) level and above attend free! Contact Shelley to claim yours. Sign up for a Statesman membership here!


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Thursday, August 13, 2020
10:00-11:30 AM
The Story of the U.S.S. Nevada: Once Unsinkable, Now Found

Join recently retired Director of the Sandia National Labs, Dr. Stephen Younger, for this fascinating visual display of a USS battleship that simply could not be sunk. Launched in 1914, Nevada was a leap forward in dreadnought technology; four of her new features would be included on almost every subsequent US battleship: triple gun turrets, oil in place of coal for fuel, geared steam turbines for greater range, and the “all or nothing” armor principle. In World War II, it was one of the battleships trapped when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Nevada was the only battleship to get underway during the attack, making the ship “the only bright spot in an otherwise dismal and depressing morning” for the United States. At the end of World War II, the Navy decided that Nevada was too old to be retained, so they assigned it to be a target ship in the atomic experiments at Bikini Atoll in July 1946.

As the Labs Director for Sandia National Laboratories, Dr. Stephen Younger provided leadership and management direction for the safe, secure execution of all Sandia missions. Prior to joining Sandia, Steve contributed 34 years of distinguished service at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA).

To reserve your place in this livestream: $10 Tickets available here. CIR Members at Statesman ($300) level and above attend free! Contact Shelley to claim yours. Sign up for a Statesman membership here!

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Past Live Stream Recordings

Missed a talk? You can watch the recordings of all talks below!

 


Thursday, July 9, 2020: Giving Aid: Why it Matters and How to Do it Right. When Amb. White was USAID Director in Mali, she created a unique partnership for girls education with the nomadic Tuaregs. With the Tanzania government, she and her team dramatically reduced rates of malaria on the large island of Zanzibar. And yet, giving aid and advising Presidents is far from a guarantee of success. Amb. White will also critically reflect on her time as ambassador to both The Gambia and Haiti. 

Watch the talk here.

 


Wednesday, July 1, 2020: Is a US-China Decoupling Really Possible in a Post-Pandemic World? Professor Sarwar Kashmeri is a Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association and Applied Research Fellow of the Peace and War Center of Norwich University. Prof. Kashmeri believes that U.S. policy towards China is crafted on obsolete assumptions and on the hopes and dreams of what American policy makers want China to become rather than on what China is today. The pandemic offers an opportunity for the U.S. and China to jointly assume leadership to accelerate a global recovery, and sidestep the growing danger of a new cold-war.

Watch the talk here.

 


Thursday, June 25, 2020: How might foreign intelligence services best exploit the current situation in the United States? What are the benefits and dangers when the DNI has a close political relationship with the President? How has intelligence collecting changed through the Trump administration – and through the coronavirus? Featuring Doug Wise (ex-CIA operator), Marc Polymeropolous (ex-CIA operator), Dr. Emile Nakhleh (ex-CIA analyst). Moderated by CIR’s Sandy Campbell.

Watch the talk here.


Thursday, June 18, 2020: Can the American Body Politic Survive in a Post-Pandemic World? The United States has long been a beacon for the rule of law, an independent judiciary, freedom of the press, and accountability through checks and balances. Yet, these ideals erode as executive power is expanded and enhanced, cowing the judiciary and the Senate as the House of Representatives resists.

Watch the talk here

 


Thursday, June 11, 2020: Amb. Mary Ann Casey on Radical Islam in Mediterranean North Africa:  Can Democracy Flourish in Tunisia and Algeria? The Arab Spring ignited with the self-immolation of a frustrated young Tunisian, then burned eastward across North Africa and on into the Middle East. Tunisia turned toward democracy, and Egypt erupted in turmoil, while Morocco and Algeria escaped that wave of change until eight years later. What factors explain the differing outcomes and where are these countries headed? 

Watch the talk here (note the first 20 minutes are cut)

 


Thursday, June 4, 2020: Julie McCarthy on Hong Kong, Democracy, and the Coronavirus. NPR reporter Julie McCarthy spoke to us all about Hong Kong, including its successful response to coronavirus, offer the very latest on the democracy movement there, and speculated on what China may do next…

Watch the talk here

 


Friday, May 29, 2020: Rebecca Kitson and Kimberly Gauderman on Immigration, Asylum, and Coronavirus. 
When it comes to immigration, what kind of country does the United States wish to be? Do we want to provide refuge for people? Strengthening U.S. immigration policy has faltered for decades. When it comes to asylum, asylum law, and how the Trump Administration has changed the rules through the coronavirus crisis, what might come next? What changes to the process are needed — and why is asylum so challenging in New Mexico?

A livestream recording is not available, but if you would like to access the PowerPoint from the talk, you can do so here: Immigration Asylum and COVID

 


Thursday, May 28, 2020: Dr. Braden Allenby on Engineering Resilience. Experience from other engineered systems, such as urban transportation systems, electric grids, and communications networks suggests ways in which medical infrastructure resilience can be improved, which may be of immediate interest given the high probability of a second wave of infection later in 2020.

Watch the talk here.

 


Tuesday, May 26, 2020: Joshua Hammer on The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu and Beyond. To save ancient Arabic texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians pulls off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean’s Eleven in this 2017 “fast-paced narrative that is…part intellectual history, part geopolitical tract, and part out-and-out thriller” (The Washington Post) from the author of The Falcon Thief.

Watch the talk here.

 


Thursday, May 21, 2020: Ko-Yung Tung on China’s Belt and Road Initiative discussed how BRI has been welcomed by many countries, but also criticized as “debt traps” and even feared by many countries as “neo-colonialism with Chinese characteristics”. Prof. Tung, the former General Counsel of the World Bank, described the scope and nature of BRI and analyzed the implications for China, the BRI countries, and for the United States.  

Watch the talk here. (Unfortunately, the beginning of the talk was cut. We apologize for any inconvenience.)  

 


Tuesday, May 19, 2020: Coronavirus in the Middle East.Drs. Emile Nakhleh and Todd Greentree discussed how the coronavirus has struck Middle Eastern countries in different ways — relatively moderate in some and more severe in others, but ultimately laying bare the fissures in Middle East societies.

Watch the talk here.

 


Thursday, May 14, 2020: Rule of Law II: Diverging Sovereignties in Crisis. Did you ever imagine that the State you live in would determine whether you live or die? With the federal government moving rapidly to reopen the economy — despite projections of a rising death rate — your health may depend upon the mandate of your governor and whether she is a Republican or a Democrat.

Watch the talk here.

 


Tuesday, May 12, 2020: Amb. Harry Thomas led the final session of Great Decisions 2020 on The Philippines and the United States. 

Watch the talk here.

 


Thursday, May 7, 2020: Ambassadors Deborah Jones and Vicki Huddleston explore Libya in Chaos: Origins, Players and Outcomes. Jones, appointed US Ambassador to Libya in 2013 following the death at Benghazi of Ambassador Chris Stevens in September 2012, led the overland evacuation of the American embassy in Tripoli in July 2014 following the outbreak of active hostilities.

Watch the talk here.

 


Wednesday, May 6, 2020: Drs. Manuel Montoya and Reilly White (from UNM) will discuss Cryptocurrency and Sovereignty. What are cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies? How does cryptocurrency work (is it a currency? a technology?), and how does it affect or even shape sovereignty? How will it continue to evolve — and how will that increasingly shape commerce, state control, and so much more?

Watch the talk here.

 


Tuesday, May 5, 2020: Lynn Sanchez (of The Life Link) led this Great Decisions discussion on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. 

Watch the talk here.

 


Thursday, April 30, 2020: Dr. Dennis de Tray on Why counterinsurgency fails: the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr. de Tray shared lessons he’s learned about two of the significant challenges to maintaining world order: the defeat of insurgencies and the promotion of development in the world’s poorest and weakest countries. 

Watch the talk here.

 


Wednesday, April 29, 2020: In the Fog of the Pandemic featured three voices from across Latin America — Carlos Viniegra (Mexico City), Nancy McGirr (Antigua, Guatemala), and Ángel Páez — sharing their stories of how the pandemic has changed their lives, their cultures, and their countries.

Watch the talk here.

 


Tuesday, April 28, 2020: Dr. Todd Greentree on the Great Decisions discussion, “Artificial Intelligence and Data”

Watch the talk here.

 


Thursday, April 23, 2020: Dr. Todd Greentree on “The Coronavirus Pandemic: Black Swans and Pink Flamingoes”. How has corona reset international relations? What are the true costs of the absence of American leadership? How are the world’s populists responding to the crisis? Its authoritarians? What’s happening in weak or failed states?

Watch the talk here.

 


Tuesday, April 21, 2020: Dr. Todd Greentree leads this Great Decisions discussion on  Red Sea Security. Watch the talk here.

 


April 16th 2020: Panel discussion on “Demolishing the Foundations: Worldwide Consequences of America’s Assault on the Rule of Law.” From the Declaration of Independence forward, until 2017, commitment to the Rule of Law has underpinned all American governments and was never a partisan issue. With the election of President Trump, America’s legal architecture has come under assault with the denigration of judicial independence and impartiality and the bending of norms that form the foundation for our judicial system, professional bureaucracy, and the separation of powers. Without American leadership and commitment to the Rule of Law, dictatorial systems favored by China and Russia may attract more followers, diminishing our influence and putting into question democracy in our own country and around the world. Panelists include Chuck Case (retired US bankruptcy judge and CIR Board President); Rich Moriarty (whose legal career spanned 40+ years in public and private sectors, and included arguing before the US Supreme Court); Richard Silver (former foreign service officer, lawyer, CIR Board Member); and moderating will be Vicki Huddleston (former US ambassador to Mali, Madagascar, and Chief of the US Interests Section in Cuba). Watch the talk here.

 


April 14, 2020: Dr. Todd Greentree leads this Great Decisions discussion on US Relations with the Northern Triangle. Watch the talk here.

 


April 9, 2020: Mike Vigil on Drug Trafficking, Coronavirus, and Nicolas Maduro. In this moderated conversation, legendary DEA agent Mike Vigil (originally from Española) returns to the CIR stage for a third time to discuss all kinds of fascinating topics across the world of drug trafficking. How has coronavirus influenced the transshipment of narcotics? Why did the US charge Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and 14 of his colleagues with drug trafficking? How can New Mexico better combat crime and drug trafficking? Mike Vigil is the former Chief of International Operations for the Drug Enforcement Administration. More on Mike here. Watch the talk here (slightly cut at beginning).

 


April 7, 2020: Dr. Todd Greentree leads this Great Decisions discussion on China’s Road into Latin America. Watch the talk here.

 


April 2, 2020: Dr. Todd Greentree on Pandemics, Chaos, and International Relations. In this moderated conversation from 10-11:30am on April 2nd, Dr. Greentree will reflect on the three pandemics he experienced while in the U.S. foreign service; the interplay between chaos and order in local, national, and global responses to pandemics; and how the novel coronavirus is busy infecting and likely forever changing international relations. Why did Secretary Pompeo recently threaten to cut aid to Afghanistan? Why is he engaging in a war of words with Iran — when that country has been devastated by coronavirus? Where is his clear statement of purpose of US global leadership on the pandemic? Watch the talk here.

 


March 27, 2020: Katie Singer on Limits of Internet Growth. In this talk, Katie Singer reported on the Internet’s main energy guzzlers and some of the toxic waste-emitting supply chains of each smartphone’s 1000+ substances. She also spelled out how manufacturers, service providers, policy makers and individuals can each do their part to reduce the Internet’s footprint. Watch the talk here.