Madison Committee
on Foreign Relations


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Upcoming events

    • 22 Sep 2014
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Lowell Center, Room 118, 610 Langdon Street, Madison WI

    Event co-sponsored by

    UW Madison CREECA (Center for Russia, East Europe and Central Asia) - Division of International Studies

    Ambassador Ian Kelly
    Diplomat-in-Residence for the Midwest

    Ambassador Kelly has twenty years of experience as a senior State Department official dealing with Russia and Security issues.  Among his key assignments were Director of the Office of Russian Affairs (2007-2009) and Ambassador to Organization for Cooperation in Europe (2010-2013), an organization designed to bridge the gap between Europe and the U.S. and Russia on security issues.   He has a PhD from Columbia in Russian Language and Literature.

    Ambassador Kelly will attempt to sort out Russian motives, strategy and tactics in the current crisis.  President Putin is asserting Russian economic and security interests in the Former Soviet Union by aggressively occupying fragments of territory in Ukraine and earlier in Georgia and Moldova.  This tactic aims to delegitimize the governments, and limit their associations and policy choices.   The Ambassador will discuss measures to both strengthen Ukraine, and restore constructive relations with Russia within peaceful post-Cold War norms.

    Ambassador Kelly will be expressing his personal views, and not necessarily the views of the US Department of State.

    ***When using GPS or other directional services to locate The Lowell Center, ECC recommends using 610 North Francis Street as the destination address for the most accurate directions.

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    • 16 Oct 2014
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St Madison, WI

    This event is co-sponsored by the National Committee
    on United States - China Relations (NCUSCR)

    China's rapid development and Sino-American relations have a direct impact on the lives of just about everyone in the United States. CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections, is a national day of programming designed to provide Americans across the United States and beyond the opportunity to discuss these issues with leading experts.

    The National Committee is pleased to present the eighth annual program, which will feature a live webcast with Jimmy Carter, 39th president of the United States, as part of the Conversations at The Carter Center speaker series, followed by local presentations from on-site China specialists addressing topics of particular interest to the community.

    National speaker (via webcast): President Jimmy Carter

    Please join us at this amazing event, where President Jimmy Carter will discuss the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and China 35 years ago, when he was President, as well as current issues in Sino-American relations.

    Madison speaker (live): Thomas J. Bickford, Ph.D., Asia Analyst in CNA's China Security Affairs Group; Senior Research Scientist for China Studies / China Security Affairs at the Center for Naval Analyses

    Thomas J. Bickford, Ph.D., will be our visiting speaker in Madison.   At CNA, his research has focused on Chinese maritime strategy, Chinese national security policy, and China’s relations with its neighbors.

    Dr. Thomas J. Bickford is a senior research scientist in the China Security Affairs Group and currently focuses on Chinese maritime strategy, Chinese national security policy, and China’s relations with its neighbors.  His previous work includes several articles and book chapters on Chinese civil-military relations, professional military education, and internal security.  Before joining CNA, he was an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where he taught international relations and Chinese politics. He is also a former associate director of the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies.

    Dr. Bickford has lived and studied in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and has conducted extensive field research in China. He has a B.A. in East Asian studies from the University of Chicago, an M.S. in international studies from the London School of Economics, and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.

    • 27 Oct 2014
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • University Club, 803 State St Madison, WI
    ISIS presents only the latest challenge to both Western and Middle Eastern governments whose absence of leadership have contributed to this crisis for well over a decade.

    The talk will address what states offer leadership potential for the future of the Middle East and why.

    Graham Fuller

    Graham E. Fuller is an American author and political analyst, specializing in Islamic extremism. Formerly vice-chair of the National Intelligence Council, he also served as Station Chief in Kabul for the CIA.  A "think piece" that Fuller wrote for the CIA was identified as instrumental in leading to the Iran-Contra affair.

    After a career in the Unites States State Department and CIA lasting 27 years he joined Rand Corporation as senior political scientist specializing in the Middle East.  As of 2006, he was affiliated with the Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC, as an adjunct professor of history.  He is the author of a number of books, including The Future of Political Islam and Turkey and the Arab Spring: Leadership In the Middle East.

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