This curated list is a round-up on what days to mark off on your calendar for foreign policy-related events in December. Most events below require RSVPs or tickets. If you have a suggestion for future events, please submit it here.
12/03 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm: “Afrofuturism: Imagining the Future of Black Identity,” New America. Free with registration.
Afrofuturism emphasizes the intersection of black cultures and imagination, liberation, and technology. Join Future Tense for a discussion on Afrofuturism and its unique vantage on the challenges faced by African-Americans and others throughout the African diaspora.
12/07 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm: “Argentina's New Leadership: What's Next?,” Americas Society / Council of the Americas. Free with registration.
Join the Americas Society and Council of the Americas for a panel discussion on Argentina’s presidential election. Speakers will analyze the electoral results of the November 22 presidential runoff and address the country’s political scenario and economic outlook, among other challenges and opportunities facing the new administration.
12/08 from 8:00am to 9:15pm: “The State of the European Union: Challenges for the Future,” Carnegie Council. Free for students; $25 for general public.
With the Paris attacks, the refugee crisis, the continuing conflict in Ukraine, and the lingering euro crisis, it is an extraordinary time for the European Union. As president of the European Commission from 2004 to 2014, José Manuel Barroso has a firsthand understanding of these challenges and knows that there are no easy answers.
12/09 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm: “China, the United States and the Future of Central Asia,” Foreign Policy Association. Free for members; $25 for general public.
Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, the independent countries of Central Europe -- resource-rich and politically unstable -- have played a little-discussed role in Sino-U.S. relations. Join David Denoon as he talks about the behavior and strategies of the United States and China as they compete for influence in Central Asia, drawing a comparison to Southeast Asia.
12/10 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm: “Violence All Around,” Carnegie Council. Free for students; $25 for general public.
From al-Qaeda safe houses, to the Pentagon, to the lives of ordinary civilians and politicians, violence is everywhere. Yet, thinking and talking about it is troubling and confusing for most people. Will pure nonviolence ever be possible? Can human rights advocates shame the world into better behavior? John Sifton is the author of Violence All Around. He is currently Asia advocacy director at Human Rights Watch and was previously the organization's senior researcher on terrorism and counterterrorism.
12/15 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm: “Asia 2016: The Experts Forecast,” Asia Society. $15 students; $20 nonmembers.
What will the new year bring for Asia? What trends should we watch for, in business and politics? Eurasia President and Founder Ian Bremmer, Morgan Stanley Head of Emerging Markets Ruchir Sharma, and Asia Society President and CEO Josette Sheeran offer a forecast of what 2016 holds in store for this vast and complex part of the world.
12/16 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm: “The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities,” Foreign Policy Association. Free for members; $25 for general public.
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer speaks about the many ways in which American judges, when interpreting American law, must take ever greater account of foreign events, law, and practices – the subject of his new book, The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities.
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