CIR is thrilled to welcome Dr. Sig Hecker back to the stage for yet another March engagement. This year, he'll speak all about recent developments in Iran and North Korea, using his unique insights and wit to answer key questions around their nuclear programs, capabilities, and future ambitions... Now that the JCPOA is DOA, where might Iran's nuclear program go? What do we know and what can we infer? Will President Trump's efforts to limit North Korea's nuclear actions finally bear fruit? Has presidential diplomacy opened up important new channels -- or taken us to a place of greater peril?
The United States has a century’s experience in negotiating limits on the development and deployment of advanced weapons. Which methods work, and which have resulted in near catastrophe? In this talk, Dr. Younger will review the intense maneuvering surrounding the Washington Naval Conference of 1921, an attempt to reduce and eliminate growing fleets of battleships. Many of the lessons of that era are applicable today as we contemplate a resurgent Russia and a rapidly developing China, not to mention the possible proliferation of nuclear weapons.
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.