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

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

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1/12 from 6:30pm to 8:15pm:Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Young Women Transforming the Arab World,” New America. Free with registration.

In her new book, Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Young Women That Are Transforming the Arab World, Katherine Zoepf examines the complex lives of young women living in pre-civil war Syria, resisting extreme standards of self-presentation in Lebanon, and finding work and freedom outside the home in Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia, to name a few.

1/13 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm:Film Screening and Q&A: Beasts of No Nation,” Open Societies. Free with registration.

Set in an unnamed West African country, Beast of No Nations centers on a young boy forced to join a group of mercenaries after his family is killed during a civil war. Adapted from the 2005 novel by Nigerian American author Uzodinma Iweala, the film gives an intense account of the life of child soldiers and the brutalities of civil war.  A Q&A session with the author will follow the screening.

YPFP NY EVENT - 1/14 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm: From the Other Side of the World,” YPFP NY.

According to Elmira Bayrasli's From the Other Side of the World: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Unlikely Places, high-growth entrepreneurs are overcoming vexing obstacles to not only build businesses and jobs and contribute to economic growth, but also to change mindsets. Join YPFP for a conversation with Bayrasli to discuss the rise of global entrepreneurship, how Silicon Valley has become universal, and how innovation in shifting to the other side of the world.

1/15 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm:The Paris Agreement: A Historic Turning Point or a Toothless Political Symbol?,” Women’s Foreign Policy Group. $25 for members; $40 for non-members.

The Paris Agreement made history as the first universal climate change accord, legally binding every country on earth to take action to cut carbon emissions. Join Coral Davenport, energy and environment policy reporter for The New York Times, for a discussion of how significant (or not) the Paris deal will be to the fate of the planet.

1/19 at 7:00pm: “Bad News: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship,” BookCourt. Free.

Bad News is the story of Anjan Sundaram's time running a journalist's training program out of Kigali, the capital city of one of Africa's most densely populated countries, Rwanda. President Kagame’s regime, which seized power after the genocide that ravaged its population in 1994, is often held up as a beacon for progress and modernity in Central Africa. Lurking underneath this shining vision of a modern, orderly state, however, is the powerful climate of fear springing from the government's brutal treatment of any voice of dissent.

1/20 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm:The Unprecedented Jihadi Threat in Europe,” Carnegie Council. Free for students; $25 for general public.

Following the largest attack on French soil since World War II, it is clear that Europe is facing its biggest threat of this generation. Just how much of a threat is ISIS to European society? How does the refugee crisis play in? And what is the role of the United States and other world powers in keeping Europe safe? Jean-Pierre Filiu is professor of Middle East studies at Sciences Po, Paris School of International Affairs and was previously the deputy chief of mission in Damascus and Tunis and an adviser to the French prime minister.

1/20 at 7:00pm: “The Invitation-Only Zone,” BookCourt. Free.

For decades, North Korea denied any part in the disappearance of dozens of Japanese citizens from Japan’s coastal towns and cities in the late 1970s. But in 2002, with his country on the brink of collapse, Kim Jong-il admitted to the kidnapping of thirteen people and returned five of them in hopes of receiving Japanese aid. From the moment journalist Robert S. Boynton saw a photograph of these men and women, he became obsessed with their story.

1/27 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm:The 2016 China Outlook: A View from Top Chinese Journalists,” China Institute. $10.

Many big news stories came from China in 2015, from its stock market volatility and anti-corruption campaign, to growing environmental concerns and the launch of the AIIB. What will be the top headlines coming out of China in 2016? Leading Chinese reporters share their insights and observations for what will make news this year in China.

The opinions expressed in this article are the author's own and do not reflect the views of their employer or Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.

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