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The NY Cal: A Round-up of Foreign Policy-Related Events for April 2015

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

4/6 at 12:00pm: “Germany in Europe: The Cautious Leader,” Women’s Foreign Policy Group. $25 for WFPG members. $40 for non-members.

Women’s Foreign Policy Group hosts a luncheon with Dr. Karen Donfried, president of the German Marshall Fund as president in April 2014. Donfried most recently was the special assistant to the president and senior director for European affairs on the National Security Council at the White House.

 

4/6 from 6:00pm to 8:15pm: “The Importance of History,” Japan Society. $15 for members. $10 for non-members.

As Prime Minister Abe prepares his official statement commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the world is watching closely to see how Japan will frame its historical narrative. Yukio Okamoto, a foreign policy expert who has been appointed to a special committee to help the Abe administration decide how Japan will confront its past, discusses how Japan should effectively address these issues domestically and internationally.

 

4/10 at 12:00pm: “Germany in Europe: The Cautious Leader,” The Wilderness Society. $25 for WFPG members. $40 for non-members.

Women’s Foreign Policy Group hosts a luncheon with Dr. Karen Donfried, president of the German Marshall Fund. Dr. Donfried most recently was the special assistant to the president and senior director for European affairs on the National Security Council at the White House.

 

4/13 from 6:00pm to 7:45pm: “The Crisis of Europe's Muslims,” Carnegie Council. $25 for non-members. Free for students.

"Al-Qaeda wants to mentally colonize French Muslims, but faces a wall of disinterest. But if it can get non-Muslim French to be beastly to ethnic Muslims on the grounds that they are Muslims, it can start creating a common political identity around grievance against discrimination." So wrote Professor Juan Cole, an expert on Islamic and Western relations, in a recent article. He will discuss effective methods to thwart al-Qaeda's manipulative tactics.

 

4/14 from 6:30pm to 8:15pm: “MH370: A Year Later,” New America Foundation. Free with RSVP.

Join New America NYC for a conversation between former CNN aviation analyst Jeff Wise and technology and aerospace journalist Eric Adams to recount the progress a year has made in the search for MH370 and to assess its impacts on the politics and economics of global travel.

 

4/15 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm: “Alternative Futures for US-China Relations,” Foreign Policy Association. $25 for non-members. $5 for students.

The Foreign Policy Association welcomes the Honorable Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia, President of Asia Society Policy Institute, and Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, in the newest edition of FPA’s C.V. Starr Distinguished Lecture Series on U.S.-China Relations.

 

4/15 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm: “Film Screening: African Grandmothers Tribunal,” Open Society Foundations. Free with RSVP.

Join Open Society Foundations for a screening of a moving new documentary that tells the stories of six courageous grandmothers from Kenya, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, and Zimbabwe who traveled to Canada in 2013 to give powerful public testimony before the African Grandmothers Tribunal. A panel discussion and Q&A will follow.

 

4/16 at 12:00pm: “Korea's Economic Outlook,” The Korea Society. $10 for members. $20 for non-members.

Phil Suttle, Director of Global Economic Analysis for Tudor Investment Corporation, and Charles Kimball, Managing Director for Korea Center for International Finance, offer alternative analyses on the state of the South Korean economy and how deflationary concerns affects prospects for growth.

 

4/20 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm: “Machinations and Manipulations: Bots, Big Data, and the Internet of Things,” Open Society Foundations. Free with RSVP.

Join Philip Howard, professor of technology and international affairs at Central European University and the University of Washington, for a discussion of his latest book, Pax Technica: How the Internet of Things May Set Us Free or Lock Us Up.

 

4/21 from 9:00am to 12:30pm: “U.S.-Japan Ties: Image and Reality,” Japan Society. Free with RSVP.

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Japan Society and Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA will co-host a half-day public panel discussion to examine the depth and strength of U.S. ties with Japan based on public opinion and statistics.

 

4/21 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm: “What do the World's Women Want?,” Foreign Policy Association. $25 for non-members. $5 for students.

This year heads of state will finalize and adopt "Sustainable Development Goals," which will guide government investment in social, economic, and environmental programs for the next 15 years. As the global community reflects on what should be prioritized, Françoise Girard, President of the International Women's Health Coalition, will share the perspective put forward by more than 600 women's groups worldwide.

 

4/21 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm: “Myanmar's Moment: New Democracy at a Crossroads?,” Asia Society. $15 for non-members. $10 for students.

The Asia Society Policy Institute presents an expert panel discussion on Myanmar’s political and economic transition and the opportunities and challenges ahead for the country.

 

4/22 from 8:30am to 10:00pm: “The Shared Society: A Vision for the Global Future of Latin America​,” Americas Society/Council of the Americas. Free with RSVP.

AS/COA will host a discussion with former President of Peru Alejandro Toledo, author of The Shared Society: A Vision for the Global Future of Latin America. In the book, Toledo examines the Latin American reality at a crucial moment in history.

 

4/22 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm: “Blueprint for Revolution,” Carnegie Council. $25 for non-members. Free for students.

How can you master the art of compromise to bring together even the most disparate groups? What are some ways you can make oppression backfire by playing your opponents' strongest card against them? How can you use humor to make yourself heard? Srdja Popovic is the author of Blueprint for Revolution and co-founder and executive director of the Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS).

 

4/24 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm: “World Happiness Report 2015,” New York Society for Ethical Culture. Free with RSVP.

The New York Society for Ethical Culture presents, "The World Happiness Report 2015." The report answers the questions - what are the sources of happiness; how can we foster happiness in our societies; and what is the state of global happiness today? The first two Reports have been downloaded over 2.5 million times, illustrating the global hunger for answers to these questions.

 

4/29 at 8:30am: “A Reluctant Leader? Germany’s New Role in the World,” Deutsches Haus at NYU. Free with RSVP.

Deutsches Haus at NYU and the American Council on Germany present a discussion and breakfast with journalist and television host Ali Aslan, who will speak on "A Reluctant Leader? Germany’s New Role in the World."

 

4/30 at 12:00pm: “People with Disabilities in a Changing North Korea,” The Korea Society. $10 for members. $20 for non-members.

Katharina Zellweger, former North Korea country director for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, discusses current research on the issue of people with disabilities in North Korean society. Ms. Zellweger, who first visited the DPRK over 20 years ago, worked in North Korea from 2006-2011 on humanitarian aid and development assistance.

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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