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Great Decisions 2018 - It's round three for this popular discussion group!
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In 2018, consider joining our local Great Decisions program which provides background information and policy options for eight of the most critical issues facing America each year and serves as a focal text for discussion groups across the country.
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A Status Report on the Middle East with Prof. Emile Nakhleh
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Join us on Thursday, January 25 at 5:00pm to hear the scholar and speaker Emile Nakhleh deliver a Status Report on the Middle East.
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
Plenty of holiday cheer at Zocalo Clubhouse again this year!
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Drop by and enjoy plenty of holiday cheer with CIR members and friends!
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.