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Upcoming events

    • 05 Apr 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The Madison Club, 5 E Wilson St, Madison, WI
    Speaker:  John Kutzbach, University of Wisconsin, Madison

    The climate of our state, our country and the world is evolving rapidly. Vital resources of land, water, environment and infrastructure are threatened by rising temperature and changes in intensity and distribution of rainfall.  We know why it’s happening. The basic physics of greenhouse gases has been known for 150 years. Climate models that incorporate these well-known physical and thermodynamic processes have accurately explained past climate changes. Their proven accuracy builds confidence in their predictive skill, and provides informed guidance for taking action. The ‘uncertainty measures’ of future climate projections are small compared to ‘uncertainty measures’ associated with most any other economic, social or political policy proposals.  The Paris Agreement to limit carbon emissions was a hopeful step made possible in part by the improving technologies of energy production and energy efficiency.  Proposed economic policies could further speed these advances, and public opinion polls generally support the need for action.The US has made some progress, it contributed to the Paris Agreement, and it could help lead the way, but will it?

    John Kutzbach is professor emeritus of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, and the Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he taught for 36 years, led major research projects, and published over 150 research papers on climate change. He continues as Senior Scientist in the UW Center for Climatic Research.  Kutzbach pioneered research on using climate models to understand the causes of large-scale changes of climate, including both glacial and warm epochs, and the impacts of climate change on land, water, and environment.  Kutzbach participated in the early coordination of international climate research within the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in the mid1970s and in the first years of the WMO-UNEP sponsored IPCC (1988-1990), as well as climate research panels of the National Academy of Sciences. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2006, and has received awards in climate science from US, European, Australian, and Chinese science societies and academies.

    • 27 Apr 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The Madison Club, 5 E Wilson St
    Speaker:  John Mullen, McLarty Associates

    Co-Sponsored by the UW Division of International Studies

    Mr. Mullen will briefly summarize the history of American involvement in the region, its importance economically and strategically, the purpose of the US “pivot” or “rebalance” and the TPP, the role of economic, security and financial infrastructure, APEC’s goal of a FTAAP, the rise of China, and other ongoing trade negotiations including RCEP.  With TPP off the table for the foreseeable future, he then will consider possible paths forward for the US, the other 11 TPP countries, non-TPP “allies” such as Korea, and influential countries from Indonesia to India, as all weigh the draw of Chinese markets and concerns with Chinese hegemony.

    John Mullen is a Senior Advisor at McLarty Associates, an international strategic advisory firm in Washington and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, teaching a course on trade in the Asia Pacific.  At McLarty, he advises clients on trade and investment in the Asia Pacific, with a particular focus on Australia and New Zealand, but he also offers clients expertise from a global career in law, business and government.

    Mr. Mullen served as President and CEO of the US-New Zealand Council from 2004 through 2011. In this role, he instituted the US-New Zealand Partnership Forum and led the Council’s part in support of the establishment of the Friends of New Zealand Congressional Caucus, as well as the U.S. entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations. Mr. Mullen was inducted into the New Zealand Order of Merit as Officer (ONZM) in 2010 by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.

    Previously, Mr. Mullen served at high levels of the U.S. Agency for International Development, including Deputy General Counsel, Acting General Counsel, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Democracy and Governance, and Assistant Administrator for Private Enterprise. In 1992-93, he served as Special Assistant to Secretary of State Eagleburger for the reform and restructuring of U.S. aid, trade, and investment programs for developing countries. As a result of his government service, Mr. Mullen achieved the highest rank of the Senior Executive Service and highest government honor - the Presidential Rank Distinguished Service Award, presented by President George H. W. Bush. He also received a Presidential Rank Meritorious Award during the Reagan Administration.

    After leaving government, Mr. Mullen was the first President and CEO of a $50 million non-profit venture capital fund for Romania; Of Counsel to a Minneapolis law firm; and founding partner of an international financial advisory firm.   He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and received a Master of Comparative Law degree from the University of Chicago Law School, and a BS degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

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