The NY Cal: Foreign Policy Events for September ‘17

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


9/6: Exhibition Opening: ‘The Romantic Sublime,’ 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Deutsches Haus at NYU. Free.

Opening for ‘The Romantic Sublime,’ an exhibition by Soviet Union-born German artist Paul Gisbrecht. This series of photographs consists of private views of the New York skyline from the rooftops of peoples’ homes and offices. The figures seen from behind, gazing into the distance reference Caspar David Friedrich’s romantic landscape paintings. The individual experience of the divine and nature in Friedrich is replaced with the individual experience of the modern city.

9/7: Anatomy of Terror, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, National Committee on American Foreign Policy.

A candid conversation with former FBI agent Ali Soufan and UN Security Council counter terrorism director David Scharia on the issue of terrorism and the ‘anatomy of terror.’

9/12: Israeli Security and Palestinian Politics, 6:00 pm, Israel Policy Forum. $18.

Join two leading experts, the authors of a new biography of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for a discussion on the state of Palestinian politics. Event registration ($18) includes a copy of the speaker’s book, as well as access to an open bar and refreshments.

9/13: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, New America. Free with registration.

According to a new book by Trita Parsi, the Iran deal was an unprecedented maneuver of creativity. Drawing on more than 75 interviews with decision-makers and key actors, Losing An Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy provides a detailed account of what the author contends is a model for peacefully reconciling nations approaching the precipice of war.

9/14: Asia Art Week Open House, 5:00 to 8:00 pm, China Institute. Free with RSVP.

Guided tours of the exhibition Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity, Treasures of the Han Dynasty from Xuzhou, featuring the world’s best preserved jade burial suit, and tasty treads from across Asia.

9/14: A Discussion on US-Afghan Relations, 6:30 to 9:30pm, Park Church Co-Op. Free with RSVP.

A discussion on US-Afghanistan relations with guest speaker Said Sabir Ibrahimi, a research associate at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation.

9/14: 150 Years of ‘Capital,’ at 7:00 pm, Goethe-Institut. Free.

On the 150th anniversary of Capital, preeminent Marxist scholar David Harvey will discuss the context of the publication of Capital as well as the book’s relevance to theory and movements from 1867 to 2017. Harvey will be joined by Ajay Singh Chaudhary of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research.

9/20: A Talk with Pacific Alliance Presidents, 7:00 to 7:45 pm, Americas Society/Council of the Americas webcast. Free with RSVP.

The presidents of Chile, Colombia, and Peru, along with Mexico’s economy secretary, discuss the trade and investment opportunities offered by the Pacific Alliance, an integration initiative connecting these four countries to the Asia-Pacific region.

9/27: ANTIFA: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, 7:00 to 9:00 pm, POWERHOUSE @ the Archway. Free with RSVP.

Born soon after fascism was invented in the early 20th century, the anti-fascist movement — aka “antifa” — has a long, fascinating history that is surprisingly little known. As it makes a dramatic and widespread reappearance in Trump’s America, this book is both a rivetting history, and an accessible guide to methods used over the years to fight repressive demagogism.

9/27: A Conversation with Muhammad Yunus, 7:30 to 9:00 pm, Brooklyn Public Library and Greenlight. Free with RSVP.

Muhammad Yunus, who created microcredit as founder of Grameen Bank, offers his vision of an emerging new economic system that can save humankind and the planet in A World of Three Zeros. Yunus discusses his work and takes questions, followed by a signing.

9/29: ‘Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki,’ at 7:00 pm, Japan Society. Free with RSVP.

This intimate documentary portrait of Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away) follows the tireless animator from his announced semi-retirement in 2013 through his decision to develop Boro the Caterpillar, an animated short originally intended for the Ghibli Museum, into his final feature film.

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