Diplomacy and International Relations

Diplomats, heads of state, and foreign policy analysts discuss the changing international relations landscape, including US foreign policy, emerging world powers, and international conflict and cooperation.

Small Wars - Big Data

SMALL WARS, BIG DATA: THE INFORMATION REVOLUTION IN MODERN CONFLICT
Thursday, October 11, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

The way wars are fought has changed starkly over the past sixty years. International military campaigns used to play out between large armies at central fronts. Today’s conflicts find major powers facing rebel insurgencies that deploy elusive methods, from improvised explosives to terrorist attacks. Modern warfare is not about struggles over territory but over people; civilians—and the information they might choose to provide—can turn the tide at critical junctures. Small Wars, Big Data examines this shift, drawing practical lessons from the past two decades of conflict in locations ranging from Latin America and the Middle East to Central and Southeast Asia. Building an information-centric understanding of insurgencies, the authors examine the relationships between rebels, the government, and civilians. Ultimately the authors show how the stronger side can almost always win the villages, but why that does not guarantee winning the war.

Join CGA faculty Mary Beth Altier and Michael Oppenheimer for a discussion with Jacob Shapiro, Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University, co-director of the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project, and co-author of Small Wars, Big Data, which presents a transformative understanding of these contemporary confrontations and how they should be fought.

INTERNATIONAL CAREERS WITH THE PUBLIC SECTOR AND US GOVERNMENT
Tuesday, October 16, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

Moderated by Judith Siegel, former Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Information Programs, US Department of State

GLOBAL LEADERS: CONVERSATIONS WITH ALON BEN-MEIR
TURKISH POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
Thursday, October 25, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan rose to power as Prime Minister of Turkey in 2003 with an ambitious agenda of significant social, political, and economic reforms. Over the last several years, as president of Turkey, he has changed direction and assumed increasing power to the point where today, Turkey is a de facto dictatorship. This panel examines the evolution of Turkish politics and international relations under President Erdoğan and analyses the nation’s evolving relationship with the West as well as future directions in its leadership.

Moderated by: Alon Ben-Meir, Adjunct Professor, NYUSPS Center for Global Affairs; Middle East expert and syndicated columnist

ONE BELT, ONE ROAD: EXAMINING CHINA'S DEVELOPMENT AGENDA AND FOREIGN POLICY
Thursday, November 8, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

The Belt and Road Initiative was announced by Chinese President Xi in 2013, ushering in a new phase of Chinese engagement regionally and globally. With broad goals to enhance China’s trade relationships through Central Asia and into Europe, as well as East Asia, Oceana, and Africa along maritime routes, the Initiative has the capacity to make China the most significant global power in the 21st century. What will this mean for China’s neighbors, trading partners, and other global superpowers? What could be the long-term economic impacts of Chinese infrastructure development in African and Asian countries—and these countries’ role as consumers of Chinese exports? And as China increases the development of large scale physical infrastructure across Asia and into the Arctic, what new security threats might countries such as the US, India, Japan, and Australia face as a result? Join CGA for an examination of the shifting landscapes of the Belt and Road Initiative.

Moderator: Carolyn Kissane, Clinical Associate Professor and Academic Director, NYUSPS Center for Global Affairs

“AMERICA FIRST” AND THE FUTURE OF THE LIBERAL INTERNATIONAL ORDER
Wednesday November 14, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

Two years ago, President Donald Trump was elected on a nationalist “America First” platform, centered on economic protectionism, reduced immigration, deregulation, and the rollback of civil rights protections. Internationally, this platform, faintly reminiscent of the anti-interventionist America First Committee of the early 1940s, has translated into an aggressive break with the internationalist—and interventionist—foreign policy of his predecessors, a rejection of multilateralism, the weakening of the transatlantic alliance and NATO’s collective security system, a hardline Iran containment policy in the Middle East, and the alienation of European allies. Is this the death knell for the liberal international order, created by the United States in its own image after the devastation of two world wars? What is the end goal of President Trump’s foreign policy, his vision for a new global order, and the role of the United States? What opportunities emerge for European countries, Canada, or China to take the global lead in the promotion of open societies, collective security, free trade and alternative energy resources? Join a panel of international foreign policy experts for a conversation on the contours and impact of President Trump’s foreign policy and the future of a new liberal international order.

Moderator: Sylvia Maier, Clinical Associate Professor, NYUSPS Center for Global Affairs


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