The NY Cal: A Roundup of Foreign Policy-Related Events for September 2015

This curated list is a round-up on what days to mark off on your calendar for foreign policy-related events in September. Most events below require RSVPs or tickets. If you have a suggestion for future events, please submit it here.


9/8 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm: “Foreign Affairs LIVE: Graduate School Fair,” Council on Foreign Relations. Free for YPFP NY members.

This annual graduate school fair convenes undergraduate students and mid-career professionals for a live debate on the Future of U.S. Foreign Policy. This debate will be moderated by Foreign Affairs editor Gideon Rose, and will be followed by a graduate school admissions fair, featuring the admissions boards of the most prestigious academic institutions.


9/9 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm: “Images of inequality opening and CHRGJ Open House,” NYU Law Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. Free with RSVP.

CHRGJ presents “Images of Inequality”, a striking collection of photographs taken by photographers and human rights practitioners from around the world. The NYU law community and the general public are invited to preview the exhibit at the CHRGJ’s Open House.


9/9 at 7:00pm: “Kissinger's Shadow,” BookCourt. Free with RSVP.

In a new book, acclaimed historian Greg Grandin argues that to understand the crisis of contemporary America—its never-ending wars abroad and political polarization at home—we have to understand Henry Kissinger. Join BookCourt for a reading and audience Q&A with Grandin.



9/10 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm: “China’s Cyber Espionage: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” YPFP NY. Free for YPFP members with registration.

YPFP NY invites you to join a discussion that will unpack the wild west image of espionage in cyberspace, especially by China. Dr. Greg Austin, Professorial Fellow at the EastWest Institute in New York and Visiting Professor in the Australian Centre for Cyber Security at the University of New South Wales, will peel back some of the layers to the Chinese actions and present different ideas from those usually covered in mainstream media.


9/16 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm: “2015 Paris Climate Conference: What to Expect and What Should Follow?,” Columbia University. Free with RSVP.

Columbia’s Laurence Tubiana and Scott Barrett discuss the expectations, hopes, and likely outcomes of the upcoming climate negotiations and consider what the next steps should be to maintain any chance of mitigating the disastrous global climate changes experts are expecting in the coming decades.


9/17 at 6:30pm: “The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall,” Goethe Institut. Free with RSVP.

In this talk, historian Mary Elise Sarotte draws on her research for her recent book The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall to show how a perfect storm of decisions made by daring underground revolutionaries, disgruntled Stasi officers, and dictatorial party bosses sparked an unexpected series of events culminating in the chaotic fall of the Wall.


9/18 from 8:00am to 9:15am: “Is the Eurozone Crisis Over?,” Carnegie Council. $25 tickets.

The eurozone economy is at last beginning to recover, including the crisis-hit countries, except for Greece. But all of the crisis-hit countries have suffered at least a lost decade. Are they now at least securely on the mend? Is the new Greek programme going to work? Join Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator at the Financial Times for a discussion about the future of the eurozone.


9/22 from 8:30am to 9:30am: “Brazil's Economic and Political Scene,” Americas Society / Council of the Americas. Free with RSVP.

Brazil is facing a very challenging year. Unemployment is at a five-year high, inflation remains above target, and the economy is expected to shrink by 2 percent this year. Join a panel discussion focused on Brazil’s economic and political scene with Joao Augusto de Castro Neves from Eurasia Group, Samar Maziad from Moody’s Investors Service, and Vladimir Werning from JP Morgan Securities.


9/26 from 11:00am to 12:30pm: "The Future of Human Rights Online," U.S. Department of State Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. Free with RSVP.

Please join the U.S. Department of State for a special event with Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations.


9/28 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm: “NATO in the 21st Century: Addressing New and Urgent Challenges,” Carnegie Council. $25 tickets.

As recent events indicate, Russia sees NATO as the top threat to Russian interests and has called for increased investment of its naval forces in the Black Sea; Turkey is under siege by ISIS; Libya is unstable and extremism in Iraq and Syria is on the rise. How will NATO address Russian aggression in Ukraine? Will NATO also be drawn into the Middle East conflict? Join Douglas E. Lute, ambassador of the US to NATO, for this special event.


9/30 from 6:00pm: "Afghanistan One Year On: Progress Made and Challenges Ahead," The National Committee on American Foreign Policy and The Atlantic Council. Free for YPFP NY members. RSVP: stephen.whittaker@ncafp.org

This exclusive event will feature His Excellency Salahuddin Rabbani, the Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in conversation with Ambassador James B. Cunningham, Senior Fellow and Khalilzad Chair at The Atlantic Council and former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan. 


Juan Machado is Associate Director, Communications for YPFP NY.


The opinions expressed in this article are the author's own and do not reflect the views of their employer or Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.

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