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

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

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


5/3 from 6:30pm to 8:15pm:The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches from Syria,” New America. Free with registration.

Four years ago – in the infancy of Syria's civil war – Janine di Giovanni traveled to Syria on assignment for the New York Times. When she arrived in Damascus, she immediately recognized the familiar sight of a country trembling on the brink of war. Through the intimate stories of the ordinary civilians she encountered in places like Damascus, Homs, Darayya, and Aleppo, The Morning They Came For Us illuminates the harsh realities of warfare from all sides. Moderated by The New Yorker contributor Ben Taub.


5/6 to 5/22: “Panorama Europe 2016 Film Festival,” Museum of the Moving Image in Queens / Bohemian National Hall in Manhattan. Film tickets for up to $12 or festival passes for $40.

Panorama Europe 2016 is a vibrant selection of some of the finest and most riveting films coming out of Europe today. Filled with New York premieres, often with the filmmakers in person, this is a great opportunity to discover some of the most exciting new international filmmakers. This year’s selection includes Marshland, a Spanish thriller set amidst the political unrest of the post-Franco era and Lampedusa in Winter, a documentary looking at a tiny Mediterranean island that serves as a gateway to Europe for thousands of refugees from Africa and the Middle East.


5/6 from 6:00pm to 9:30pm: “Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration.” Free.

Kick off Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with a night of fun and culture at Asia Society. Enjoy free museum admission and tours, music by DJ Sakaki, and a green screen photo booth.


5/8 at 7:00pm:The Romanovs: 1613-1918,” BookCourt. Free.

The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world’s surface for three centuries. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world’s greatest empire? And how did they lose it all? Dazzlingly entertaining and beautifully written from start to finish, The Romanovs brings these monarchs—male and female, great and flawed, their families and courts—blazingly to life. Drawing on new archival research, author Simon Sebag Montefiore delivers an enthralling epic that is both a universal study of power and a portrait of empire that helps define Russia today.


5/10 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm: “US-Cuban Relations: An Assessment,” Columbia University. Free.

Dr. Soraya M. Castro Marino, a professor and senior researcher at the Institute of International Relations in Havana, gives an honest assessment of the state of US-Cuban relations.  


5/17 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm: “A Strategy for Democratic Renewal,” Foreign Policy Association. $25. $5 for students.

The Foreign Policy Association and the New York Democracy Forum welcome Carl Gershman, President of the National Endowment of Democracy, who will deliver the annual John B. Hurford Memorial Lecture titled, "A Strategy for Democratic Renewal."


5/24 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm: “The Asia-Pacific Power Balance: Perspectives from the U.S., Japan & China.” Japan Society. $15 for non-members. $10 for students.

Ralph Cossa, president of Pacific Forum CSIS, and Akio Takahara, professor at University of Tokyo, discuss the opportunities and challenges in the changing balance of power in the Asia-Pacific region.


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

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