2020 Live Streams

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In this Brave New World, CIR is proud to announce a regular series of live stream events. Over the next two months, we’ll bring you 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!!!

For all ticket holders, we’ll mail out a unique Zoom link before each session, so please do watch your email.


Upcoming Live Streams


Wednesday, May 27, 2020
4:00-5:00 PM
WorldQuest Global Pop Trivia

NOTE DATE CHANGE (from Weds 20th to Weds 27th of May). Join CIR for WorldQuest Global Pop Trivia! Councils across the country will host their own local trivia competitions and then, on June 17th, the individual or individuals with the highest scores will be invited to compete against brilliant minds from around the country for the grand prize — free registration to the 2020 WACA National Conference in DC. CIR will host the local competition on Zoom, so competing as a team of 2 is possible… Grab a cocktail, settle in, and let the game begin!

To join the competition: $5 Tickets available here. If you wish to register as a team of two, simply register individually and then send us an email with your team!



Tickets Available Here





Thursday, May 28, 2020
10:00-11:30 AM
Dr. Braden Allenby on Engineering Resilience

To date, the response to the COVID-19 pandemic at the federal level has been inadequate, resulting in fragmented national policies, unnecessary mortality and economic damage, and successful disinformation campaigns by both domestic and foreign entities. A core issue is the failure to understand, and properly organize and manage, medical infrastructure as a regional, national, and global asset. 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.

Dr. Allenby has presented twice from the CIR stage, including at Journalism under Fire in 2019. He is a true Renaissance Man able to connect the dots in fascinating and unique ways.

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





Friday, May 29, 2020
10:00-11:30 AM
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? Join CIR to hear two compelling speakers on these extraordinarily complex topics. Presented in partnership with the Women’s International Study Center.

In May of 2012, Rebecca Kitson established her own firm, where she continues to practice the spectrum of Immigration Law, including employment and family based immigration and removal defense. She has sat on the Board of Directors of the New Mexico affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union since 2005. Dr. Kimberly Gauderman joined UNM’s History Department in 1998 and served as the Departmental Undergraduate Advisor for nine years (2009-20018).  She served as Director of the UNM Latin American Studies Program for three years (2005-2008) and is currently a Faculty Affiliate of the UNM School of Law.

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, June 4, 2020
10:00-11:30 AM
Julie McCarthy on Hong Kong, Democracy, and the Coronavirus

Join us for a special livestream presentation on Thursday, June 4 at 10am when we’ll feature the extraordinary NPR reporter Julie McCarthy. As her bio reads, she’s covered wars, prime ministers, presidents and paupers… and is one of NPR’s most experienced international correspondents. Now based in Manila, she’s served in New Delhi, Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro, and Islamabad among others… She’ll speak to us all about Hong Kong, including its successful response to coronavirus, offer the very latest on the democracy movement there, and speculate on what China may do next…

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


Past Live Stream Recordings

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

 


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.