The NY Cal: Foreign Policy Events for April ‘17

Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will address the UN Economic and Social Council on April 19, 2017.

Our curated list of foreign policy-related events for April, featuring (mostly free) events around town. For the latest YPFP events and excursions for members, visit our calendar.

4/3: Dictators Without Borders: Power and Money in Central Asia, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, Open Society Foundations. Free with registration.

Weak, corrupt, and politically unstable, the former Soviet republics of Central Asia are dismissed as isolated and irrelevant. But are they? In a new book, Columbia University’s Alex Cooley reveals how business networks, elite bank accounts, overseas courts, third-party brokers, and Western lawyers connect Central Asia to global power centers.

4/3: The Road Ahead: Stories of the Forever War, 7:30 pm, Greenlight Bookstore PLG. Free.

In the new anthology The Road Ahead, diverse veteran voices reflect the changing face of combat and reflect the haunting realities and truths only fiction can reveal. Local contributors from the book read from their fiction and discuss their experiences.

4/4: Celebration of Women Diplomats, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Women’s Foreign Policy Group. $80; $60 for WFPG members.

An evening reception and program to celebrate and highlight the achievements of women diplomats based in New York. Featuring Permanent Representatives to the UN, Deputy Permanent Representatives, and Consul Generals.

4/4: Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism, 6:30 pm, Japan Society. $13; $10 for students.

Fumio Sasaki, minimalist and author of Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism, discusses how he opted for minimalism over materialism and share his insight on this life-altering philosophy.

4/5: Follow the Money: Offshore Finance, Russian and Beyond, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Columbia University. Free with registration.

Join the Harriman Institute for a discussion on offshore banking with Irina Malkova, Editor-in-Chief of the Russian online newspaper Republic, Columbia School of Journalism’s Giannina Segnini, and Cambridge University’s Jason Sharman.

4/5: The Future of Hispanics in the US, 7:00 pm, Instituto Cervantes. Free with registration.

A discussion on the growth of the Latin American population in the US, the evolution of legislature and policy, the development of the Dreamers Act as well as the uncertain future in question.

4/7: The US in the Eyes of the Rest of the World Post-Election, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, The New School. Free with registration.

This event will examine the effects of our changing political identity as a way of deepening understanding of our current situation and what is likely to be in store not only for us, but for the rest of the world.

4/9: Far East Drama: Threats from North Korea; Challenges from China, 5:00 pm, 92Y. Limited comp tickets for YPFP members.

Professor Ralph Buultjens explores the dangers of a North Korean nuclear threat, and what the American response to this potential threat should be. How will China respond to this potentially destabilizing dispute in the region? And will the US and China work together or be at odds?

4/13: The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, Asia Society. $12; $10 for students. Limited comp tickets for YPFP members.

At a moment when observers of contemporary China devote their attention to the country’s fast-changing economy and politics, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Ian Johnson has spent much of the past decade immersing himself in a transformation of a very different sort: China’s massive spiritual revival.

4/19: Gordon Brown, 6:15 pm to 7:15 pm, UN Economic and Social Council. Free with registration.

Gordon Brown, United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, delivers the IDP Foundation-Irene D. Pritzker Distinguished Lecture of Social and Economic Development.

4/19: Russia & the Oil Price Crash: Policy Responses, Putin’s Choices, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Cultural Vistas. Free with registration.

When the price of oil fell by half in 2014, Russia found itself several hundred billion dollars poorer. Dr. Chris Miller from Yale’s Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy discusses the steps the Kremlin has taken to adjust, and how they’ll impact Russia’s economies and the upcoming 2018 elections.

4/21: Han Dynasty in Chinese and Global History, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, China Institute. Free with registration.

This content-based professional development workshop will discuss the significance of the Han Dynasty in Chinese history and culture through a close examination of some key issues and documents, and explore these issues in a global context.

4/26: Defining Climate Policy in the Trump Era, 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm, NYU. Free with registration.

What can the world expect from the new administration in mitigating climate change? Join CGA Adjunct Assistant Professor Michael Shank to examine this questions with Seychelles Ambassador Ronald Jumeau, CNN columnist John Sutter, and Reuters correspondent Valerie Volcovici.

4/28: The Crisis in Syria: Aspirations and Challenges for the Next Generation, 12:30 pm, Women’s Foreign Policy Group. $25 with code YPFP2017.

A lunch conversation with Abeer Pamuk, a communications specialist from Syria and a 2017 Atlas Corps Fellow. In 2013, she joined the communications team in Aleppo for SOS Children’s Villages. Through her work in the field, Pamuk has seen firsthand how international aid organizations can impact the lives of vulnerable populations trapped in humanitarian disasters.

4/28: Germany Grad Fair 2017, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, German House. Free with registration.

Germany is a popular destination for American students seeking a graduate degree abroad. This fair will introduce you to a wide range of graduate opportunities in all subject fields.

4/28: Human Rights at the Edge of Darkness, 7:00 pm, Strand. $20.

Universal human rights values are under attack globally. Populist demagogues are on the rise, scapegoating refugees, immigrants and minorities. Join the resistance with Hunter College Adjunct Professor Phelim Kine as he makes the case that a robust defense of universal human rights is essential today.

4/29–5/4: Displaced Persons: Migration on Film, Anthology Film Archives. $11; $9 for students.

A film series highlighting moving-image works that have depicted and explored the subject of mass migration and the experiences of refugees, particularly in the 21st century.



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