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Upcoming events

    • 06 Sep 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The Madison Club, 5 E Wilson St

    This event is co-sponsored by
    the UW Madison Latin American, Caribbean, and
    Iberian Studies Program

    Speaker:  Dr. Carol Wise, Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California

    At the behest of the Trump administration, the U.S., Canada, and Mexico are set to begin renegotiating NAFTA on August 16, 2017.  U.S. stated objectives are to "modernize" NAFTA; Mexico's only stated goal is to expand North American trade. Does NAFTA need renegotiating? What are the opportunities and inherent risks involved here?  With a focus on the U.S.-Mexico relationship, this talk will explore these questions.

    Carol Wise joined the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California in 2002 after spending eight years on the Faculty at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. She specializes in international political economy and development, with an emphasis on Latin America. She has written widely on trade integration, exchange rate crises, institutional reform, and the political economy of market restructuring in the region. Wise just completed a book-length project---Dragonomics: The Rise of China in Latin America---which analyzes the rapid and remarkable ties that have developed between China and Latin America since the 1990s. Her publications include The Political Economy of China-Latin America Relations in the New Millennium (co-edited with Margaret Myers, Routledge, 2016) and "Playing both Side of the Pacific: Latin America's Free Trade Agreements with China," Pacific Affairs (2016). Prof. Wise was the 2015 recipient of the Fulbright-Masaryk University Distinguished Chair Grant, Czech Republic.

    • 24 Oct 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St

    This event is Co-Sponsored by the
    National Committee on US China Relations

    The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations is pleased to announce that Ambassador Susan E. Rice will be the national webcast speaker for our eleventh annual CHINA Town Hall, to be held on October 24, 2017.

    In addition to her foreign policy experience as national security advisor (2013-2017) and U.S. permanent representative to the UN (2009-2013), Ambassador Rice also served as U.S. assistant secretary of state for African Affairs and senior director for African Affairs at the National Security Council. Her decades of public service and critical role in developing and executing the Obama administration's policies towards China make her perspective on the relationship especially relevant as we navigate this uncertain time in the bilateral relationship.

    The webcast will be followed by an in-person speaker, to be announced.

    • 08 Nov 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The Madison Club, 5 E Wilson St

    Speaker:  Dr. Paul Pillar, Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Center for Security Studies in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University

    The presidency of Donald Trump has highlighted issues concerning the relationship between policymakers and intelligence agencies.  Trump already has publicly rejected the U.S. intelligence community's judgment on what may turn out to be the most important issue of his presidency: Russian interference in the election of 2016.  Further strains are apparent concerning compliance with the Iran nuclear agreement.  Episodes during past administrations of politicization and policy-intelligence tensions help to put the current situation into perspective.

    Our speaker is Dr. Paul Pillar. Dr. Pillar is a Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Center for Security Studies in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.  He also is an Associate Fellow of the Geneva Center for Security Policy. He retired in 2005 from a 28-year career in the U.S. intelligence community, in which his last position was National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia.
    • 08 Dec 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The Madison Club, 5 E Wilson St

    Speaker:  Dr. Molly Jahn, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    The world’s interconnected global markets, burgeoning appetites and an increasingly variable climate have already started to levy a heavy burden on our food systems that deliver safe, nutritious, and accessible food. The present famines in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen serve as tragic reminders that our stunningly successful focus on increasing agricultural yields in the 20th century is not all that’s required for food security and stable global food systems. Dr. Jahn will discuss current perspectives on our global and local food systems and describe strategies being pursued around the world to steer our future toward healthier and more secure outcomes for all.

    Dr. Jahn is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she holds appointments in the Department of Agronomy, the Nelson Institute, and the Global Health Institute.

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