CIR is thrilled to announce that the former U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues (1997-2001), David Scheffer, will speak in Santa Fe on February 20, 2020. He'll discuss his latest book, The Sit Room: In the Theater of War and Peace (Oxford 2019), focusing on foreign policy under the Trump Administration.
After the killing of Gen. Qassem Suleimani, the United States and Iran almost went to war. While both sides have temporarily de-escalated, Washington and Tehran remain on a collision course and the likelihood of a military confrontation remains extremely high. This moderated luncheon conversation between Dr. Nader Hashemi (Korbel School at the University of Denver) and Amb. Vicki Huddleston will examine the crisis in US-Iran relations during the Trump Administration.
The Internet is the largest thing that humanity has built. A Huawei consultant predicts that by 2030, communications technologies could consume 51% of global electricity and emit 23% of greenhouse gas emissions. And yet, the Internet's footprint remains largely invisible and unregulated. Katie Singer will report on the Internet's main energy guzzlers and some of the toxic waste-emitting supply chains of each smartphone's 1000+ substances. She'll also spell out how manufacturers, service providers, policy makers and individuals can each do their part to reduce the Internet's footprint.
Michael J. Morell, the former Acting and Deputy Director of CIA, briefed multiple presidents over a 33-year career in intelligence. On January 30th, 2020, he'll share with our Santa Fe community his thoughts on the most important national security threats and challenges facing the United States today. Mr. Morell was the only person who was both with President Bush on 9/11 and with President Obama when Osama bin Laden was brought to justice in May 2011. He will present his remarks in conversation with CIR Board Member Amb. Vicki Huddleston.
Great Decisions is the country's largest discussion program on world affairs. The 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 discussion groups across the country. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, and then attending a monthly discussion group. Each monthly session will address one of the eight selected topics and includes a half hour introductory video and then a speaker presentation on the topic.
Join CIR for a special evening of discussion on today's most pressing challenge to the global order and U.S. foreign policy: will there be war with Iran? What are the implications and risks of assassinating foreign leaders? What are Iran's strategic options now? And how did we get to the brink of war? Leading the discussion will be Amb. Vicki Huddleston, who will bring her decades of diplomatic experience and insights to bear on this weighty issue. Joining her will be Dr. Emile Nakhleh and Dr. Todd Greentree. This truly exceptional panel of experts will each bring a different but complimentary perspective.
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Over two and a half centuries, the federal government experimented with a wide range of tariff and trade initiatives. Despite this long history, the current Trump administration policies have few precedents. This talk will describe how disillusionment with congressional tariff legislation led to changes that now allow a president great latitude to impose or rescind tariffs. The presentation will also examine the nature and probable impact of President Trump’s approach to international trade.