The NY Cal: A Roundup of Foreign Policy-Related Events for April 2016

Your curated list of foreign policy-related events in April.

For the latest YPFP events and excursions for members, visit our calendar.


4/4 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm: “Debate: U.S. Sanctions Practice and Policy,” Columbia University. Free with registration.

A debate between Richard Nephew and Erich Ferrari on U.S. sanctions practice and policy. Nephew is a former Principal Deputy Coordinator for Sanctions Policy at the Department of State. Ferrari is a prominent Sanctions Defense Attorney based in Washington, DC with over 12 years of experience in national security law, export controls, and U.S. economic sanctions. Food and beverages will be provided.


4/7 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm: “Statelessness: Economic and Social Impacts of the Refugee Crisis for the Next Generation,” New York University. Free with registration.

Over 10 million people worldwide do not have any nationality. These “stateless” people are denied equal access to education, healthcare, and other social services, as well as opportunities to seek formal employment. What might be the potential impacts of allowing a new generation to grow up stateless? A discussion with NYU’s Philip Alston, UNHCR’s Ninette Kelley, Women’s Refugee Commission’s Catherine Harrington and Open Society’s Laura Bingham.


4/8 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm: “ChinaFile Presents: Inside Lens, Documentary Films from China,” Asia Society. Free with registration.

Free screening and discussion of two films by young directors from China. “Fairy Tales,” directed and produced by Rongfei Guo, is a short about “Fairy” Wang, a working-class woman from rural China who hopes to become a famous fashion designer. After posting her eccentric designs to the Chinese social media platform Weibo, she becomes an overnight Internet celebrity. But her fame comes at a price. “Rootless,” directed and produced by Alice Xue Yu, is the true story of an Inner Mongolian mother who lives a double life for her young son. Caught between tradition and modernity, she leaves her grassland home for better schools in the city.


4/12 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm: “Eurasianism and the European Far Right,” Carnegie Council. $25. A number of discounted student tickets are available.

Launch of Eurasianism and the European Far Right, the culmination of an intensive two-year project. Examining the European far right's connections with Russia, this initiative traces the ideological origins and individual paths that have materialized in this permanent dialogue between Russia and Europe. What is the role of the U.S. in this dialogue? How have the refugee and eurozone crises deepened the divide and fueled the far-right momentum in Europe?


4/15 from 10:00am to 5:30pm:“U.S.-Taiwan-China Relationship in International Law and Policy,” New York Law School. Free with registration.

Day-long symposium marking the release of The U.S.-Taiwan-China Relationship in International Law and Policy by Prof. Lung-chu Chen. With renowned professors from New York Law School, University of Pennsylvania, Wayne State University, and University of Houston Law Center. The symposium runs from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, but attendees are free to attend only portions of the event if they wish.


4/18 at 7:00pm: “Holy Lands: Reviving Pluralism in the Middle East,” BookCourt. Free with registration.

Join Nicolas Pelham and Columbia Global Reports for a discussion on tolerance in the Middle East and Pelham's new book, Holy Lands. The news from the Middle East these days is bad. Whatever hopes people may have for the region are being dashed over and over, in country after country. Pelham, a veteran correspondent for The Economist, has seen much of the tragedy first hand, but in Holy Lands he presents a strikingly original and startlingly optimistic argument.


4/19 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm: “A Precondition for National Security... Economic Strength,” Foreign Policy Association. $25. $5 for students.

Join the Foreign Policy Association in welcoming the former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, to deliver the inaugural Peter G. Peterson Distinguished Lecture on National Security and Fiscal Policy.


4/20 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm: “Islamism: What It Means for the Middle East and the World,” Carnegie Council. $25. A number of discounted student tickets are available.

How have Islamists been able to win elections in multiple states? What does their rise mean for the future of the region and the world? And what is Salafism and how does it connect to jihadi groups in the Middle East? Tarek Osman is the author of Islamism: What It Means for the Middle East and the World. He is the political counsellor at the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development for the Arab world and he wrote and presented the BBC documentary series The Making of the Modern Arab World and Sands of Time: A History of Saudi Arabia.


4/22 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm: “A Conversation on Climate Change and Art Activism,” Strand Books. $10 ticket (includes a gift card for the same amount).

At this pivotal time in history more and more artists turned activists are using their mediums to bring issues of climate change to the forefront of the public eye. To celebrate Earth Day 2016, Strand has invited photographers Sebastian Copeland, Rachel Sussman, and Chris Jordan to discuss their work and their efforts in conservation, preservation, and sharing information.


4/26 at 6:30pm: “Policing the Planet,” PEN World Voices Festival / Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Free.

In the groundbreaking new book Policing the Planet, poets and scholars join #BlackLivesMatter cofounder and Ferguson activists to discuss the global rise of the “broken-windows” strategy of policing, a doctrine that has broadened police power and contributed to the contemporary crisis of police brutality and killings.


4/28 at 8:00pm: “Mexico’s Latin American Leadership,” PEN World Voices Festival / Instituto Cervantes. $15. $12 for students.

Investigate the pros and cons of Mexico’s growing role as a political and cultural mediator between the U.S. and Latin American countries such as Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia.


If you have a suggestion for future events, email juan.machado@ypfp.org


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