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The following Special Events and the Special Series Revisiting Russia are scheduled for Fall 2014.

Special Events

War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity in Syria: Accountability and Avenues of Justice
Thursday, October 2, 6:30-7:45 p.m.

The war in Syria has seen over 150,000 fatalities, including the killing of approximately 1,400 people through the use of chemical weapons. In addition, legal and forensic experts have located compelling evidence of systematic torture and execution of detainees by the Syrian government. Both government forces and nonstate armed groups appear to be implicated in crimes against humanity and war crimes. This panel examines possible avenues of justice for the crimes committed in Syria. While Russia and China have blocked referral of the situation to the International Criminal Court, this panel explores alternative routes to ensuring justice, such as the establishment of a hybrid or regional tribunal.

Join CGA Clinical Associate Professor Jennifer Trahan in conversation with leaders in the field of international law and war crimes prosecution.

PanelistsAmbassador Stephen J. Rapp, Office of Global Criminal Justice, U.S. State Department

Béatrix Le Frape du Hellen, Legal Counsellor, Mission of France to the United Nations

David M. Crane, Professor of Practice, Syracuse University School of Law; founding Chief Prosecutor, Special Court for Sierra Leone

Richard Dicker, Director, International Justice Program, Human Rights Watch

A Center for Global Affairs 10th Anniversary Event: The Global Challenges of the Next 10 Years: Do Today’s Lessons Apply?
Thursday, October 9, 6:00-7:45 p.m.

The past 10 years have seen extraordinary challenges to global peace and security: sectarian conflicts, economic instability in the developing and developed worlds, and a refugee crisis beyond anything experienced since the end of World War II. New media and computer technologies have fueled democratic movements and popular uprisings as well as government repression, and they have created security threats in the form of leaks, cyberterrorism, and information piracy.

Have we learned anything from the events of the past 10 years? On which global issues have we made progress, and on which are we still behind? Most crucially, are we drawing the right conclusions from the past decade and are we ready to respond to the challenges ahead? Arthur R. Miller, NYU University Professor and NYU School of Professional Studies director of Public Dialogues, moderates an interactive panel conversation introduced by Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group.

Philip Alston, John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law, NYU School of Law; Co-Chair, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice; UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights

Ian Bremmer, President, Eurasia Group; NYU Global Research Professor

Alexis Gelber, Adjunct Professor, NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute; former Editor, Newsweek

Bill Keller, Editor-in-Chief, The Marshall Project

Gideon Rose, Editor, Foreign Affairs

Special Series: Revisiting Russia

From the “Evil Empire” to the “Upper Volta with Rockets” and the “Wild East,” outsiders have time and again tried to come to terms with Russia, its domestic trajectory, and its place in the world. Suddenly, Moscow’s relations with the West are souring, and there is talk of a new cold war—a geopolitical Great Game. Join CGA Clinical Professor of Global Affairs and leading expert on Russian security affairs Mark Galeotti for a series of three conversations, featuring experts with distinctive perspectives on Russia who will discuss the current state of the country, its future, and the role it is likely to play in the world.

Special series cosponsored by the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia.

Mark Galeotti: Where Is Putin Leading Russia?
Monday, September 29, 6:30-7:45 p.m.

Professor Mark Galeotti spent spring and summer of 2014 in Moscow as a visiting scholar, where he spoke with Russian officials and foreign diplomats, scholars and office workers, cops, and expats. He joins Jordan Center Director Yanni Kotsonis in conversation on how Russia is run today, what the priorities of Putin’s regime appear to be, and what the likely prospects are for both the country and its leader.

Anna Arutunyan: The Putin Mystique
Wednesday, November 5, 6:30-7:45 p.m.

A Moscow-based writer, Anna Arutunyan is author of The Putin Mystique: Inside Russia’s Power Cult. Previously, she was senior correspondent for the Moscow News and now writes for a wide range of publications, from USA Today to Jane’s Intelligence Review. In her book, Arutunyan analyzes Putin’s leadership in relation to the tension between Western-style democracy and Russia’s long history of authoritarian rule. How do Russians today negotiate this tension and what is the likelihood for change and democratic opposition to Putin?

Victor Madeira: A Cold War In The Shadows?
Wednesday, November 19, 6:30-7:45 p.m.

Should we be surprised that the West finds itself locked in a new struggle with Russia, fought through espionage, subversion, and political manipulation? Is Moscow really engaged in such an aggressive campaign of spying and even murder in the West, or is this just hype? Victor Madeira, senior fellow of the Institute for Statecraft in London and author of Britannia and the Bear—an insightful study of the interwar intelligence struggle between Bolshevik Russia and Britain— discusses today’s events in light of the historical record and the pros­pects for a new cold war.

Pre-registration is required for events and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here for a complete list of CGA events.