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Peace Corps Presentation: Reconciling Privilege

Peace Corps Presentation: Reconciling Privilege

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. Continue Reading

The Collapse of the Caliphate

The Collapse of the Caliphate

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. Continue Reading

The Future of War

The Future of War

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 Continue Reading

Soner Cagaptay: on Turkey’s New Sultan

Soner Cagaptay: on Turkey’s New Sultan

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. Continue Reading

The Broken Border: Reconnecting the Camino Real

The Broken Border: Reconnecting the Camino Real

The border separating the United States and Mexico runs through the very heart of the continent’s future. It is a politically charged border, one of great complexity, human drama, and global trade. And these many border dynamics have a direct influence and impact on Santa Fe—economically, politically, and morally. Now a self-proclaimed “sanctuary city” protecting undocumented immigrants,… Continue Reading

Autumn Trip to Azerbaijan and Georgia

Autumn Trip to Azerbaijan and Georgia

Autumn Trip to Azerbaijan and Georgia October 18 – 31, 2017 ~ 14 Days/13 Nights – “This will be a great trip.  I have lived in Baku and traveled throughout Azerbaijan and Georgia.  I have personally visited most of the places on the itinerary except a few that I missed and of course the new hotels.  In recent… Continue Reading

Podcasts!

Podcasts!

CIR proudly presents its newest multimedia feature: podcasts. Below find all our episodes, with many more to come! We will interview all future speakers at CIR, and present these here. Note that there is a link for each podcast below that will take you directly to the episode. Alternatively–so that you never miss another episode!–open… Continue Reading