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

This curated list is a round-up on what days to mark off on your calendar for foreign policy-related events in February 2015.

Most events below require RSVPs or tickets.

Make a note in particular of the many great YPFP events (in bold below) we have coming up soon.

If you have a suggestion for future events, please submit them here or email Juan Machado, associate director of communications, at juan.machado@ypfp.org.

2/2 at 6:30pm: “Dear Leader Poet, Spy, Escapee—A Look Inside North Korea,” The Korea Society. $10 for YPFP members; enter YPFP as your "company" when registering.

Author Jang Jin-sung, on his first visit to the U.S., discusses his new book, Dear Leader Poet, Spy, Escapee—A Look Inside North Korea, which describes his life in North Korea as a psychological warfare officer and one of Kim Jong-il’s revered “court poets.”

2/2 at 6:30pm: “Where are the Women in Foreign Policy : In collaboration with Foreign Policy Interrupted,” New America NYC. Free with RSVP.

Join New America NYC, Foreign Policy Interrupted, Media Matters for America, and Foreign Policy magazine for a solutions-based discussion on how to meaningfully increase representation of women in foreign policy institutions and in the media.

2/3 from 6:00 to 7:30pm: “Venezuela's Economy: What Lies Ahead?,” AS/COA. Free with RSVP.

Experts on the Venezuelan economy discuss the country’s outlook for 2015.

2/4 from 6:00 to 7:15pm: “The Field of Sustainable Finance: Foundations and Future Growth,” Earth Institute at Columbia. Free with RSVP.

A mix of academics and practitioners discuss how sustainable finance has developed and evolved as a field.

2/4 from 6:30 to 8:30pm: “Maritime Security in East Asia: Creating a New Landscape for U.S.-Japan Relations,” Japan Society. $15 for non-members. $10 for students.

International security experts discuss the trends and prospects of the future of the Asia-Pacific region, and how the U.S.-Japan defense agreement impacts these prospects.

2/5 from 6:30 to 7:30pm: “The U.S. Government Response to Biothreats and Emerging Infectious Diseases,”

Dr. Robin Robinson, Director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response of the Department of Health, discusses what new assets and infrastructure for development and manufacturing of biothreat medical countermeasures mean for the general American public.

2/5-2/7: “The Congress of Vienna 1814-15: Making Peace After Global War,” Columbia University European Institute. Free with RSVP.

Organized to mark the bicentenary of the Congress of Vienna, this conference brings together scholars in history, international relations, and political science to explore this remarkable occasion.

2/9 from 6:00 to 7:00pm: “Disruptive Innovation and New York City,” Columbia SIPA. Free with RSVP.

One of the leading Internet entrepreneurs in the United States, Kevin P. Ryan (founder and chairman of several New York-based businesses, including GILT, Business Insider, MongoDB, and Zola) discusses how technology can be utilized by New York, policy challenges, and the policy measures that can support the tech sector in New York.


2/10 from 6:30 to 9:00pm: “International Trivia: A Winter Fundraiser.” YPFP NY. $10 per participant. RSVP by 3:00pm on Tuesday, February 10.

Join YPFP NY for International Trivia and show off your knowledge about the world. There will be questions about current events, history, geography, languages, arts, music, sports, travel and more -- all with an international theme. 

RSVP: Sign up to attend by 3:00 p.m. on February 10-- don't miss out.

2/11 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm: “President Obama’s Legacy and the 2016 Election,” Foreign Policy Association. $25 for non-members. $5 for students.

Chuck Todd, NBC News Political Director and Moderator and Managing Editor of “Meet the Press,” discusses the legacy of President Barack Obama, American foreign policy, and the early stages of the 2016 presidential election.


2/12 from 6:30 to 8:30pm: “Brazil's Foreign Policy and the Post-2015 Sustainable Goals Agenda.” YPFP NY. Free for YPFP members.

Thomaz A. M. Napoleão and Vincente A. Bezerra will be speaking to a select group YPFP members about Brazil's Foreign Policy and the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. There will be an opportunity for Q&A. followed by drinks and a networking reception.

2/13 from 8:00 to 9:15am: “Ebola and other Viral Outbreaks: Providing Health Care to the Global Poor in Times of Crisis,” Carnegie Council. $25. Free for students.

Unni Karunakara, senior fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at  Yale University and former president of Doctors Without Borders, discusses what happens when governments fail to provide adequate medical services.

2/15 at 5:00pm: “Religious Extremism - The New Political Frontier?,” 92Y. From $35

Drawing on his vast knowledge and understanding of how conflicts in one part of the world affect peace in another, Professor Ralph Buultjens of the NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs discusses religious extremism.

2/16 from 6:30 to 8:00pm: “War of Words,” Asia Society. Free with RSVP.

Asia Society will host an exhibition round — War of Words with High Schoolers from China — between four top Chinese and American high school debaters. The students will debate the trade-off between development and environment, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.

2/19 from 6:30 to 8:00pm: "Thriving at Thirty: A Leadarise Event With Denise Restauri," Leadarise. $10 with RSVP. Join Leadarise NYC for an interactive and dynamic discussion with Denis Restauri and three women featured in her book, Their Roaring Thirties: Brutally Honest Career Talk from Successful Women.

2/24 from 6:30 to 8:00pm: “The Path to Sustainable Development: Opportunities for Global Businesses,” Japan Society. $15 for non-members. $10 for students.

Jeffrey D. Sachs, world-renowned professor of economics and leader in sustainable development, shares his thoughts on the latest global and domestic challenges for sustainable development, potential business opportunities stemming from these challenges, and approaches to guide the world on a path toward sustainability.

2/25 at 6:30: “Security in Northeast Asia: Japan, South Korea, the U.S., and the Search for Solutions,” Asia Society. Free for YPFP members. Email blinden@asiasociety.org to RSVP.

The Asia Society Policy Institute presents a Beyond-the-Headlines look at some of the Japan-South Korea-U.S. relationship with Victor Cha, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Evans J.R. Revere, Albright Stonebridge Group; Hitoshi Tanaka, Japan Center for International Exchange; and moderator Barbara Demick, Council on Foreign Relations.

2/26 from 6:00 to 9:00pm: “2015 Womens Foreign Policy Group NY Mentoring Fair,” Womens Foreign Policy Group. $25 for young professionals. $10 for students.

Women's Foreign Policy Group Mentoring Fairs provide an opportunity for students and young professionals to meet with international affairs professionals and learn from their career experiences.

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