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

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

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2/3 from 6:30pm to 8:15pm: “United States of Jihad: Investigating America's Homegrown Terrorists,” New America. Free with registration.

Since 9/11, more than three hundred Americans – born and raised in Minnesota, Alabama, New Jersey, and elsewhere – have been indicted or convicted of terrorism charges. Drawing on an extensive network of intelligence contacts, from the National Counterterrorism Center and the FBI to the NYPD, Peter Bergen's United States of Jihad: Investigating America's Homegrown Terrorists tells the entwined stories of the key actors of the American front of jihadism and by asking: what motivates them, how are they trained, and what do we sacrifice in our efforts to track them?

2/8 at 6:00pm: “How Are the EU Institutions Responding to Europe's 'Polycrises'?,” Deutsches Haus at NYU. Free with registration.

Klaus Welle, Secretary-General of the European Parliament, discusses the 'polycrises' facing Europe. Whether it is on migration, terrorism, debt, possible British exit, or public disenchantment with traditional politics, the European Union and its member states face difficult challenges on many fronts. How are the EU-level institutions - Commission, Parliament and Council - responding? What is the added value that common European action can bring to the table? What is the outlook for European politics at a time of uncertainty and change?

2/8 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm: “With Targets on Their Backs: Providing Health Care in Conflicts Without Rules,” Open Society Foundations. Free with registration.

Medical personnel across the world are at risk of attack in armed conflicts. Whether the U.S. bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, in October 2015, or the Syrian government’s years-long assault on doctors and medical facilities, such attacks violate protections under international human rights law and endanger medical neutrality. Join Physicians for Human Rights and the Open Society Foundations for an expert panel exploring how violations of medical neutrality are increasingly being used as a weapon of war.

2/9 at 6:45pm: “Facing a World Crisis, Can Europe Speak with One Voice?,” Consulate General of France. Free with registration.

The European Union is facing an unprecedented number of conflicts and crises at its eastern and southern periphery, from Ukraine to Syria to the Sahel Sahara. Ambassador Pierre Vimont, who directed the launch of the new European External Action Service, and award-winning historian Adam Tooze will discuss European efforts to address these conflicts, as well as the profound implications that these crises have on the European Union itself.

2/9 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm: “The Future We Want: Radical Ideas for the New Century,” The PowerHouse Arena. Free with registration.

Join Sarah Leonard, senior editor at the Nation, and Bhaskar Sunkara, founding editor and publisher of Jacobin, for the book launch of The Future We Want: Radical Ideas for the New Century. This anthology, edited by Leonard and Sunkara, brings together seventeen of a frustrated generation’s most vital cultural and political critics, who eschew stale, ineffective liberal solutions in favor of more pragmatic options.

2/12 from 6:30pm to 8:15pm: “Broad Influence: How Women are Changing the Way America Works,” New America. Free with registration.

According to Jay Newton-Small's Broad Influence, the presence and influence of women in Washington has reached a tipping point that affects not only the inner workings of government, but also how Americans more broadly live and work. As the road to the 2016 election heats up, Newton-Small discusses how women are increasingly using their power shift in government and national politics to effect change throughout America with MSNBC contributor Alex Wagner and former National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan.

2/16 at 7:00pm: “This Is an Uprising,” BookCourt. Free.

From protests around climate change and immigrant rights, to Occupy, the Arab Spring, and #BlackLivesMatter, a new generation is unleashing strategic nonviolent action to shape public debate and force political change. In This Is an Uprising, Mark and Paul Engler look at the hidden art behind such outbursts of protest, examining core principles that have been used to spark and guide moments of transformative unrest.

2/17 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm: “The Prospects for Korean Reunification,” Foreign Policy Association. Free.

North and South Korea couldn’t be further apart today. The North is underdeveloped, impoverished and ruled by an authoritarian regime, while the South advanced rapidly to become one of the most developed countries in the world. With such a wide gap, some are asking if unification is possible, even desirable, anymore? Center for a New American Security's Dr. Patrick Cronin, Republic of Korea Consul General in New York Gheewhan Kim, and Council on Foreign Relations' Scott Snyder explore the current prospects for Korean reunification.

2/18 from 6:30pm to 8:15pm: “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness,” Asia Society. Free with registration.

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness is the story of Saba, an 18-year-old Pakistani woman who is condemned to death for falling in love, but lives to tell the tale. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy follows this tale as it unfolds, revealing some the complex forces at work in a country where more than 1000 women are killed in the name of “honor” every year. A special screening of the 2016 Oscar nominated documentary will be followed by a conversation with Obaid-Chinoy, moderated by author and journalist Kati Marton.

2/22 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm: “The Unidentified,” Columbia University. Free.

The Unidentified follows two story lines that focus on large-scale state-sponsored war crimes in four Kosovo villages and the subsequent cover-up operation. Join the Harriman Institute for a screening of the documentary, followed by a panel discussion with its director/producer Marija Ristic, author and human rights advocate Fred C. Abrahams, and sociologist, journalist, and policy analyst Anna Di Lellio.

2/25 at 12:30pm: “Political Forecast 2016: Korea and Its Neighbors,” The Korea Society. $10 members, $20 guests, $5 students.

Ralph Cossa of Pacific Forum CSIS, Victor Cha of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Georgetown University, and Scott Snyder of the Council on Foreign Relations discuss political and security developments in Asia and offer timely forecasts.

2/25 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm: “2016 Women Foreign Policy Group Mentoring Fair,” New York University Kimmel Center. Free for WFPG members and NYU students in NY with a valid university ID, $10 for other students, $25 for young professionals.

An opportunity for students and young professionals to meet with international affairs professionals and learn from their career experiences. Unlike a career fair, the focus is on entering and succeeding in international career fields, not just opportunities at particular companies. 

2/26 from 8:00am to 9:15am: “The Refugee/Migrant Crisis,” Carnegie Council. $25.

The influx of refugees from the Middle East and Africa into Europe continues to rise. Do we have a moral responsibility to help these migrants? How can we maximize the benefits of migration and minimize potentially negative impacts? Peter Sutherland is United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration, a position he has held since 2006.


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