Madison Committee
on Foreign Relations


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Upcoming events

    • 22 Sep 2014
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • University Club, 803 State 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

    Ian Kelly is the State Department's Diplomat in Residence for the Midwest. He is a career Senior Foreign Service Officer. From March 2010 to September 2013, he was the U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Cooperation in Europe. He has also served as Director of the Office of Russian Affairs (2007-2009) and Spokesman of the State Department (2009-2010). He has a PhD from Columbia University in Russian Language and Literature.

    Whether the topic is the Ukraine, Edward Snowden, ethnic divides or energy issues, the U.S. and Russia appear to again be on a constant collision course.  Drawing on over twenty years' experience traveling and working on the region, Ambassador Kelly will talk about personal and professional experiences with Russia in Central Asia, focusing on all of the challenges stemming from this East-West rivalry, and what could be done to turn divisiveness into détente or more.

    • 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.

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