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Upcoming events

    • 20 Apr 2015
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The University Club, 803 State Street, Madison, WI
    This Event Is Co-Sponsored By
    UW-Madison Division of International Studies



    Dr. J. Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President and Director of the Global Health Policy Center

    Dr. Christopher Olsen, Professor of Public Health in the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine and Acting Director of the UW-Madison Global Health Institute

    Dr. Janis Tupesis, Associate Professor and Director of Global Health Programs in the Department of Emergency Medicine, and Chair of the Graduate Medical Education Global Health Oversight Committee, in the School of Medicine and Public Health


    Co-sponsors MCFR and the UW Division of International Studies are hosting a distinguished panel of experts who will discuss the current outlook of the Ebola outbreak, responses in the countries affected and Ebola's impacts worldwide, along with identifying longer-term issues and how responses to those issues might be made.

    Dr. J. Stephen Morrison is a Senior Vice President and Director of the Global Health Policy Center within the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

    Read the article After the Worst In Liberia and Sierra Leone by J. Stephen Morrison here.



    Dr. Christopher W. Olsen is Professor of Public Health in the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine and Acting Director of the UW-Madison Global Health Institute, and a doctor of veterinary medicine.



    Dr. Janis Tupesis is Associate Professor and Director of Global Health Programs in the Department of Emergency Medicine, and Chair of the Graduate Medical Education Global Health Oversight Committee, in the School of Medicine and Public Health.  He is a physician active in studying global diseases and treatments in Africa.

    • 12 May 2015
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The University Club, 803 State Street, Madison, WI
    Rachel Bronson, Executive Director The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

    Dr. Rachel Bronson will discuss the closely related topics of transition in the Saudi Arabian monarchy with the ascent of a new king, and the Saudi’s action to make unlimited sales in the world oil market which has precipitated a 50% drop in prices.  Her expertise on both subjects should provide authoritative insights.  She believes the Saudi kingdom has great financial resources to compensate for their loss of income, and stability within the ruling elite to sustain a policy that may cause popular unrest and draws protests of some of its fellow nations in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).  The Saudi move has sharply reduced U.S. gas prices creating joy among U.S. consumers, anguish among the oil companies, and volatility in the stock market.  Her remarks should give us insight as what may lay ahead in these areas.

    Rachel Bronson recently was appointed Executive Director and Publisher of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists magazine.   Previously, she was Senior Fellow for Energy at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, where she directed the Council’s activities on the changing US energy landscape and its implications for US foreign policy, national security, and economic competitiveness.  For seven years before she was Council’s vice president for studies and programs where she recruited strategic thinkers, and built the Council into a top global think tank. 

    Prior to her coming to Chicago, Bronson served as senior fellow and director of Middle East studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and several top policy and academic institutions.  Dr. Bronson's book, Thicker than Oil: America's Uneasy Partnership with Saudi Arabia (Oxford University Press, 2006), presented her interpretation of the dynamics of the kingdom and its role in world oil market.  Her writings have appeared in publications such as Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, and Washington Post, and she frequently comments on foreign affairs on  the national news media.  She earned a BA in history at the University of Pennsylvania and a MA and PhD in political science from Columbia University in 1997.

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