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The Future of War
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The future will see a continuation of the evolution of war towards civilizational conflict. War will be fought across many different domains (conventional military; financial, media and entertainment; infrastructure at all scales; consumer products and services); will involve both new players, such as environmental groups, and the return of old players, such as state religions; and will reflect rapid evolution of powerful and unpredictable technology systems, such as AI and autonomous systems, and social media
Andrea Stanton: Islam and Human Rights
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Join us in the lead up to Human Rights Day (December 10th) on Tuesday, December 5th for a fascinating talk about some of the current human rights dynamics and dilemmas in the Islamic world.
The Collapse of the Caliphate
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Join us on Thursday, November 30th to hear Stanford professor and terrorism expert Martha Crenshaw offer some key thoughts and insights on what comes now, with the apparent collapse of the ISIS caliphate.
Peace Corps Presentation: Reconciling Privilege
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Currently serving as a Peace Corps Guatemala Volunteer ('15-18), Elaina Vermeulen joins CIR to talk all about her experience as a PCV. In particular, she will share her deepening understanding of global inequities and her corresponding processes of reconciling with privilege during PCV service.
Back by popular demand: Great Decisions returns in 2017!
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The Great Decisions program provides background information and policy options for eight of the most critical issues facing America each year and serves as the focal text for a monthly discussion group at the CIR office.
Soner Cagaptay: on Turkey's New Sultan
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Since the failed coup of July 2016, Turkey's authoritarian slide has intensified. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has used his post-coup State of Emergency powers to crack down not only on putschists, but a wide group of opposition factions from seculars to liberals to leftists, and Kurdish nationalists. Accordingly, Turkey is now divided into two blocks: a mostly conservative half (many members of which Erdogan has lifted out of poverty in the last decade) that adores him, and a mostly leftist half that loathes him.
2017 China Town Hall
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Join the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations for a conversation on China featuring Ambassador Rice via webcast, plus in-person discussions with China specialists at 80+ venues. The conversation will begin in Santa Fe with a local China expert setting the stage.
CIR 2017 Gala
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CIR 2017 GALA with Ambassador Nicholas Burns is October 20 at 6:00 pm at La Fonda on the Plaza - Drawing upon his decades of experience at the State Department, Ambassador Burns will offer thoughts on "Challenges to U.S. Global Leadership." Amb. Burns is an exceptional speaker, regularly on news outlets and in other public speaking venues.
Global Pub Quiz - Round Three
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Join us on Friday, September 22nd from 6 - 9:30 pm at St. Johns College for a compelling evening of trivia and networking. Think you’re smart in that global kind of way? Come prove it against each other and with a group of 12 visiting members of parliament and legislative staffers from around Western Europe. The stakes have global implications!
Chinese Buffet and Film: Last Train Home
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Every spring, China's 130 million migrant workers travel back to their home villages for the New Year's holiday. This exodus is the world's largest human migration. Working over several years, director Lixin Fan traveled with one couple who has embarked on these annual treks for almost two decades. Join CIR members and friends for this screening of Last Train Home, which won Best Documentary Feature at the 2009 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. The evening will begin with another fabulous Chinese feast prepared by Lulu's Chinese Cuisine.