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

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


8/5 from 12:00pm to 12:30pm: “Update on Venezuela’s Economy, a View from Wall Street,” Americas Society / Council of the Americas. Free with RSVP.

Join a conference call with Jaime Reusche, vice president and senior analyst in Moody's sovereign risk group. As one of the leading Wall Street analysts covering Venezuela’s economy, Reusche will discuss the country’s credit standing in light of the external liquidity pressures due to low oil prices, as well as the country’s inflation rate and foreign currency shortages.  


8/5 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm: “Book Launch: Dancing with the Devil in the City of God,” Americas Society / Council of the Americas. Free with RSVP.

Rio has always aspired to be among the pantheon of global capitals, and under the spotlight of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics Games it seems that its moment has come. But in order to prepare itself for the world stage, Rio must vanquish the entrenched problems that the author Juliana Barbassa recalls from her childhood. The book introduces the reader to the people who make up this city of extremes—revealing their aspirations and grit, their violence and splendor—and shedding light on the future of this city they are building together.


8/5 from 6:30pm to 8:15pm: “Give us the Ballot,” New America Foundation. Free with RSVP.

Join New America NYC on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act for a timely conversation with some of the country's leading civil rights experts. Participants include Ari Berman, Contributing writer, The Nation; Debo Adegbile, Leading civil rights lawyer; Maya Wiley, Counsel to the Mayor, City of New York; and Julian Zelizer, Professor of History and Public Affairs, Princeton University.



8/6 at 6:00pm: “Myanmar at a Crossroads,” YPFP NY. Free for YPFP members with registration.

Join Lex Rieffel, Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, for a discussion on the forces shaping Myanmar's future. Myanmar is of special interest to the foreign policy community for at least two compelling reasons.  First, it is strategically located between China, India, and Southeast Asia.  Second it is undergoing three simultaneous transitions: from conflict to peace, from military to civilian rule, and from a closed to an open economy.  Adding to this interest is the national election scheduled for November 8 that may bring to power a government led by the National League for Democracy, the party of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.



8/11 from 6:15pm to 8:00pm: “National Security and the 2016 Presidential Election,” YPFP NY. Free for YPFP members with registration.

National security experts Asha Castleberry (American Security Project Adjunct Fellow),  Zachary Goldman (Executive Director, The Center on Law and Security at NYU Law), and Mitchell Silber (Executive Managing Director, K2 Intelligence) will delve in to the topics getting the most attention from the candidates, as well as significant areas that might have been overlooked.


8/18 from 8:00pm to 11:30pm: “Screening of Documentary Now!,” The Atlantic. Free with RSVP.

The Atlantic will host an exclusive screening of Documentary Now! followed by a panel discussion moderated by The Atlantic's Steve Clemons and MSNBC’s Alex Wagner in conversation with show creators Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers and writer/director Rhys Thomas.



8/20 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm: “Professional Development Workshop: Resume Writing,” YPFP NY. Free for YPFP members with registration.

Our staff speaker on professional development will share advice on how to approach your search, how to craft a resume that tells your story in the strongest and most accurate way possible, and how to best format your document for international affairs, business, and legal organizations.



8/20 from 6:30 to 8:15pm: “Screening: People’s Park (Best of the Beijing Independent Film Festival 2012-2014),” Asia Society. $10 for students; $12 for non-members.

This delightful documentary was shot in the buzzing People’s Park, Chengdu, Sichuan in one single, bravura take lasting 75 minutes. Made by two young American directors, the film captures the fullness of Chinese urban leisure life. As the camera pans side to side and glides relentlessly forward through the park, it catches hundreds of Chinese urbanites out for fun, relaxation, socializing, and a certain kind of freedom: eating, strolling, singing, practicing calligraphy, and watching each other. Post-screening Q&A with director J.P. Sniadecki.


8/25 at 6:30pm: “Brexit, Grexit and the Rest: Europe in Dissolution or Towards post-Crisis Unity?,” Deutsches Haus at NYU. Free with RSVP.

Special discussion with the founder and director of the European Democracy Lab at the European School of Governance, Dr. Ulrike Guérot.

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