On Monday, April 15th there are two opportunities to connect with a coming delegation of international journalists. First, we'll convene a number of Citizen Exchange Circles, where we'll sit in small groups with the visiting journalists to learn all about the state of journalism in their home countries. And then, that night, we'll hear from a selection of journalists on the CIR stage in a moderated conversation. What, for instance, are the current challenges for Egyptian, Iraqi, Turkish, and Venezuelan journalists? It promises to be a fantastic day of connection, insight, and exchange.
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Join CIR for a unique luncheon on Monday, April 8th. We'll bring six Afghans (here as part of our International Visitor Program) together with two experts on US-Afghan relations for a fascinating discussion exploring the many sides of modern Afghanistan. The lunch will be catered by Beyond the Plate, with Afghan women refugees preparing a series of delectable dishes.
2017 was a very dangerous year on the Korean Peninsula, with regular nuclear tests and a war of words with President Trump - from "dotard" to "Little Rocket Man". However, rapid North/South rapprochement and the Singapore Kim/Trump Summit in 2018 dramatically lowered tensions and the threat of war on the Korean Peninsula – creating space and time to pursue diplomatic solutions. Dr. Hecker will review the current status of diplomacy and nuclear developments and look ahead after the second Kim/Trump Summit scheduled for the end of February.
Join CIR for our very first Regional Briefing Luncheon, where we'll take a deep dive into the issues defining our neighbors to the south. How will Venezuela's current crisis end: with a coup, massive emigration - or worse? How will the election of the far-right Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil reshape that leading country and economy?
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The most violent places in the world today are not at war. They are buckling under a maelstrom of gangs, organized crime, political conflict, and state brutality. More people have died in Mexico in recent years than in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. Such devastating violence can feel hopeless. Yet multiple places once suffused with bloodshed have since recovered. Join the author in discussion.
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.
Drop by and enjoy plenty of festive fun with CIR members and friends! Our annual Holiday Open House and Annual Meeting begins at 4:00 pm with many tasty treats and a cup of good cheer. The new 2018 Board of Directors will be introduced, accompanied by Past Year Achievements and New Year forecasts from President, Chuck Case and Executive Director, Sandy Campbell. We'll also hear from some CIR High School Fellows, and the party as always doubles as our Annual Meeting.
Join CIR members and guests for an elegant autumn evening at La Fonda on the Plaza featuring keynote speaker, Amb. Michael McFaul, who served as the United States Ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014.
Join CIR for something wholly different! Beginning in October, we're thrilled to bring noted story-teller and traveller Steve Horowitz to CIR to offer us four different windows into world culture. Steve gave a lecture on Iran here several months ago - and we've not heard our conference room full of such laughter!! It was easily one of the top-rated programs we've ever put on.