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    • 13 May 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (UTC-07:00)
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    Advancing Global Partnerships:

    A Dialogue Between Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib

    The Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations and Phoenix Sister Cities are pleased to present a program with the Mayor of Prague Zdeněk Hřib and Mayor of Phoenix Kate Gallego. Through this global conversation, the Mayors will explore common issues and priorities for their respective cities, including sustainability and Smart Cities, inclusivity and equity, and economic development.

    Mayors Hřib and Gallego lead large and growing cities; one the capital of a nation in the heart of Europe; the other the capital of the fastest growing city in the American West. In 2019, Mayor Hřib was the first member of the Pirate Party in Europe to be elected mayor of a large 1st tier city. Also in 2019, Mayor Gallego was the youngest mayor elected to run a large 1st tier city in the United States.

    The Pirate Party was founded in Sweden in 2006. It spread throughout Europe, coming to the Czech Republic in 2009. There are now 22 members of the Pirate Party in the Czech Chamber of Deputies and 3 members in the Czech Senate. Currently, the Czech Pirate Party – in coalition with The Mayors and Independents Party – is leading in the polls for the upcoming general election which will take place in October this year. 

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    FREE for PCFR Members

    $10 for Non-Members

    Schedule

    Thursday, May 13, 2021

    10:00 am - 11:00 am Phoenix

    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Prague

    Venue

    Zoom Meeting

    The link for this webinar will be included in your registration confirmation email.

    Speakers

    Mayor Kate Gallego

    City of Phoenix

    Kate Gallego has a vision for Phoenix: she sees it as a place that is vibrant and growing, and one where every person is treated with dignity and respect.

    Mayor Gallego is a strong advocate for smart business growth and investment – she recently helped land the city’s largest-ever business development deal, which, at $12 billion, is also the largest foreign direct investment in the state’s history. She is leading the city to global status as a leader in bioscience, scientific research and advanced medical manufacturing. Under her leadership, the city has also made dramatic advances in transit and street transportation; equitable treatment of the city’s residents; and mitigation of the effects of climate change. Throughout 2020 and 2021, an immense amount of her focus has been on leading Phoenix through the COVID-19 crisis. 

    Mayor Gallego is the second elected female Mayor in Phoenix history and one of the youngest big city Mayors in the United States. In November 2020, she was returned to office with the highest number of votes ever cast for a mayoral candidate in Phoenix.

    A graduate of Harvard University, she earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She was elected to the Phoenix City Council in 2013, representing south Phoenix. Prior professional pursuits include strategic planning and economic development for one of Arizona’s largest utility companies and service in state government, including the Office of the Governor.

    Mayor Kate Gallego enjoys a desert hike and a good read. She is Mom to four-year-old Michael.


    Mayor Zdeněk Hřib

    City of Prague

    Zdeněk Hřib has been the Mayor of Prague since 2018, the first Mayor both in the Czech Republic and worldwide to have been nominated by the Pirate Party.

    In 2006, Zdeněk graduated in General Medicine from Charles University. During his studies, he worked as an intern at Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan. After graduation, Zdeněk worked for several organizations as a healthcare IT specialist and consultant. In 2008, Zdeněk received an internship in the National Patient Safety Agency in London.

    Zdeněk has been active in the Pirate Party since 2013. Zdeněk helped to formulate the Pirates Party position on some healthcare topics, such as mandatory vaccinations, anti-smoking law, ePrescriptions and patient privacy. He was also one of the authors of the Pirate Party´s election program for healthcare for the 2017 Chamber of Deputies elections and provided consultancy to candidates and deputies in the field of healthcare.

    Moderator

    Akram Rosheidat

    Phoenix Sister Cities

    Prague Committee Chair

    Akram Rosheidat completed his Ph.D. at Arizona State University in 2014, and worked as an Associate Faculty teaching at the ASU School of Sustainability from 2015 to 2018. He is a practicing architect and an Owner at MRT Design LLC in Phoenix, Arizona.

    After starting his university studies in Prague, Czech Republic, Akram received his Bachelor in Architecture from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and his Masters in Architecture from the University of Arizona in Tucson. His research focused on outdoor thermal comfort in hot arid environments. In both his practice and academic research, Akram's focus is on sustainable green building design and technology, energy conservation and studying systems for assessing thermal comfort in outdoor spaces. He designed LEED certified sustainable projects, and worked on USAID projects internationally.


    • 18 May 2021
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • 14 Dec 2021
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • 6 sessions
    • Online via Zoom


    Program Description

    Great Decisions is back by popular demand. PCFR members loved participating in Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions series in 2020. Here is what PCFR member Charles Blum had to say about the program: “Great Decisions and PCFR are a perfect match. This program provides an ideal platform for informed discussion, deeper insights into current issues and greater appreciation for the insights and experiences of our members.”

    This year, PCFR is thrilled to partner with Global Ties Arizona to bring you Great Decisions. Over 8 months, PCFR members will have the opportunity to dive deep on 8 of the most critical issues facing the U.S. foreign policy each year. Prior to each session, participants will read a chapter from the Great Decisions Briefing Book. Each session will feature a subject-matter expert and you will have the opportunity to participate in the group discussions. PCFR member Charles Blum will moderate the series.

    PCFR and Global Ties AZ are covering the cost of the Great Decisions Briefing Book (a $35 value) for PCFR members. A special thank you to Richard Fincher, Global Ties Board of Directors Member and PCFR Program Committee Member, for his generous sponsorship on behalf of Global Ties Arizona.

    Registration for 2021 Great Decisions is now full. 

    How to Participate

    1. Fill out the form to register to participate and receive your complimentary Great Decisions Briefing Book
    2. You will receive a link to watch the program videos
    3. Participate in the discussion!

    Schedule 

    All sessions will take place from 12 pm - 1 pm MST, online via Zoom.

    • March 23, 2021 | The World Health Organization's Response to COVID-19
    • April 20, 2021 | Brexit: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead
    • May 18, 2021 | China and Africa
    • June 22, 2021 | The Future of Persian Gulf Security
    • September 21, 2021 | The Coldest War: Toward a Return to Great Power Competition in the Arctic?
    • October 19, 2021 | The Two Koreas
    • November 16, 2021 | The End of Globalization?
    • December 14, 2021 | Global Supply Chains and U.S National Security

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      Moderator

      Charles Blum has spent a lifetime in international affairs. Before launching an independent consultancy in 1988, he served in the US State Department and the Executive Office of the President for 17 years. He has worked on commercial, investment and policy matters on six continents and participates in a broad range of discussions on foreign and domestic policy. A native of New York, he now resides in Sedona, AZ.

      • 18 May 2021
      • 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM (UTC-07:00)
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      Worldly Perspectives: PCFR Members Take Flight

      A Members-Only Program


      May 18, 2021

      5:00pm - 6:15pm MST

      8:00pm - 9:15pm EST

      Virtual Event


      How many times has your perspective on the world been influenced by fellow members of PCFR? Now is your chance to learn more in the new PCFR Worldly Perspectives Program series — featuring PCFR members who have led fascinating lives working and traveling around the world.

      Each quarter, we will gather featured speakers to share their stories. Following the moderated discussion period, the conversation will continue in smaller groups. Expand your perspective and your network through PCFR Worldly Perspectives — the world’s stories told from our own backyard.


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      Featured Storytellers


      Claire Sechler Merkel is the Senior Director, Arizona Programs for the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University. She served as director of friends and family and chief of staff to Mrs. Cindy McCain during the 2008 Presidential Election campaign, and worked for McCain for President 2000. Previously, she served as legislative assistant and special assistant to U.S. Senator John McCain and campaign coordinator for John McCain’s first U.S. Senate Campaign. Claire was associate director in the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs for President George H.W. Bush, senior intergovernmental officer at the U.S. Department of Labor and regional director for Eastern and Central Europe at the International Republican Institute. Prior to joining the McCain Institute for International Leadership, she lived for two years in Malmo, Sweden with her husband and children. Claire holds a degree in public policy, with distinction, from Stanford University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She now resides in Phoenix with her husband, David, and their two children.

      Warren Salinger came to the U.S. as a refugee from Nazi Germany in February, 1939, two months shy of his seventh birthday. Warren graduated from Goddard College with a degree in Political Science and spent most of his working life with NGO's on international development issues. As Director of the Greeley Foundation for Peace and Justice, Warren worked with former President Jimmy Carter, helping him start the Carter Center's International Negotiation Network. Improving relationships between the U.S. and the Soviet Union took Warren to the USSR and then Russia more than 80 times, including spending the entire week of the August, 1991 coup that toppled 72 years of communism, in Moscow. As a Development Director of the Unitarian Service Committee, Warren spent considerable time in Central America, especially in El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala, during the wars there. Warren is a seven-year veteran of USAF Intelligence (1951-58), including spending three and a half years in Germany at the height of the Cold War interviewing German POW's from the USSR.

      Bus Obayomi is a digital consultant with a global risk management firm, Willis Towers Watson. He is also the President of New Zeal Consulting. Bus Obayomi has a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany, a Master's degree in International Affairs from the City University of New York, and a Masters' degree in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University. Bus has worked as a Council Aide for New York City Council and a legislative aide for New York State legislature. Bus is a world traveler who has studied abroad in Argentina and had lived in both Africa and the U.S. He is currently involved with the local government in the Town of Gilbert, providing input on community issues. 

      Maria Houle is the Program Director of the Thunderbird SHARE Fellowship, a graduate-level scholarship/mentorship program at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Maria joined SHARE in 2009 after 20 years' experience in the banking, fashion and non-profit sectors. A fourth-generation Phoenician, she has an MIM from Thunderbird, degrees in Political Science and Italian from the University of Arizona, as well as the CELTA ESL certification. She has worked and studied in eight countries, speaks several European languages at wildly different levels and has been a proud member of the PCFR since 2015.


      Have your own story to share?

      Reach out to Luke, PCFR Program Committee Co-chair and Board Director, to share how your perspective can benefit our membership as a whole.



      • 19 May 2021
      • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (UTC-07:00)
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      THE RUSSIA DISRUPTION SERIES

      The Magnitsky Affair: How to Oppose a Criminal State?

      with Jamison R. Firestone

      Jamison Firestone was working as a lawyer in Russia during the uncovering of a $230 million tax fraud case, the largest in Russian history. This discovery would lead to Jamison’s colleague Sergei Magnitsky’s death. The Magnitsky affair prompted countries around the world, led by the U.S., to pass the Magnitsky Act, a law sanctioning human rights offenders and allowing seizing of assets and banning entry to the U.S.

      The Kremlin undermines institutions at home and around the world, while at the same time, Russia enjoys a permanent seat on the UN Security Council and many international organizations, including Interpol and the Council of Europe. To talk about these issues and how to encourage better behavior by the Kremlin, one must understand Vladimir Putin and his regime. The Magnitsky Affair provides a view of how the Kremlin operates, Putin’s intentions and how Putin’s regime might be approached.

      To learn more about the Magnitsky Affair, watch a newly released documentary by Vice here.


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      FREE for PCFR Members

      $10 for Non-Members

      Schedule

      Wednesday, May 19, 2021

      10:00 am-11:00 am MST | 11:00 am-12:00 pm MDT

      Venue

      Zoom Meeting

      The link for this webinar will be included in your registration confirmation email.


      Speaker


      Jamison R. Firestone

      Managing Partner

      FD Advisory LLP

      Jamison Firestone is a graduate of Tulane Law School, class of 1991 and a member of the New York Bar. He founded the first independent foreign law firm in Russia. He lived in Moscow for eighteen years and has managed a law practice there since 1993. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia for six years, where he lobbied both the US and Russian governments for changes to improve trade and business in Russia.

      In 2007 Mr. Firestone’s Russian law firm exposed the largest tax fraud perpetrated against the Russian Government by its own officials. Mr. Firestone’s law partner Sergei Magnitsky was arrested, tortured and killed in a Russian prison by the perpetrators of the fraud.

      In 2009 Mr. Firestone moved to London and along with Mr. William Browder founded the Global Magnitsky Justice Campaign which created a new sanctions regime named after Mr. Magnitsky. Magnitsky Sanctions enable targeted visa bans and asset freezes on human rights abusers and highly corrupt officials. The efforts to expand the Magnitsky Act in the US to include corruption caused Russia to launch a covert effort to kill the sanctions. This culminated with Russia hiring Fusion GPS (producers of the “pee pee” dossier) to combat sanctions and sending a lawyer to Trump Tower in an attempt to cut deal with the incoming Trump Administration: No sanctions in exchange for good relations.

      Despite the attempted Russian interference, US Magnitsky Sanctions were expanded to include corruption and have now been adopted in various forms by Canada, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the United Kingdom, and most recently by the European Union on December 7th, 2020.

      Mr. Firestone is focused on calling attention to the Putin Regime’s destabilisation efforts and addressing issues of how to effectively sanction dictatorships, kleptocracies and regimes engaging in hostile acts.

      Mr. Firestone is currently Managing Partner of FD Advisory where he specialises in sanctions, asset recovery, defence from extradition, and defending clients from Russian criminal and civil actions both in Russia and abroad. He regularly publishes articles and has been featured on the BBC, Bloomberg, CBC, SKY, and in several documentaries.


      Moderator


      Keith Brown

      Director, The Melikian Center: Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies

      Professor, School of Politics and Global Studies, Arizona State University

      Keith Brown currently serves as Director of the Melikian Center: Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies. He is Professor in the School of Politics and Global Studies. Previously he was Professor (Research) at the Thomas J. Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. As well as teaching in Brown's interdisciplinary undergraduate programs in International Relations and Development Studies, he led several collaborative and policy-oriented research projects focusing on conflict and its aftermath, civil-military relations, and transitions to and from democracy. He served as director of the Brown International Advanced Research Institutes from 2010-2014, and director of the Watson Institute's postdoctoral program, and the undergraduate public policy program, from 2014-2017.

      He has also been a senior fellow at the United States Institute of Peace and a visiting fellow at the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute, and was a Fulbright Fellow at the Institute for National History in Skopje, Macedonia in 2012-13. He holds a bachelor's in classics from the University of Oxford and a master's and doctorate in anthropology from the University of Chicago.



      • 21 May 2021
      • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM (UTC-07:00)
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      Book for Discussion

      The Rise of Digital Repression

      by Steven Feldstein

      Schedule


      Friday, May 21, 2021

      7:30 - 9:00 am MST

      Venue

      Online Zoom Meeting

      About the Book

      The world is undergoing a profound set of digital disruptions that are changing the nature of how governments counter dissent and assert control over their countries. While increasing numbers of people rely primarily or exclusively on online platforms, authoritarian regimes have concurrently developed a formidable array of technological capabilities to constrain and repress their citizens.

      In The Rise of Digital Repression, Steven Feldstein documents how the emergence of advanced digital tools bring new dimensions to political repression. Presenting new field research from Thailand, the Philippines, and Ethiopia, he investigates the goals, motivations, and drivers of these digital tactics. Feldstein further highlights how governments pursue digital strategies based on a range of factors: ongoing levels of repression, political leadership, state capacity, and technological development. The international community, he argues, is already seeing glimpses of what the frontiers of repression look like. For instance, Chinese authorities have brought together mass surveillance, censorship, DNA collection, and artificial intelligence to enforce their directives in Xinjiang. As many of these trends go global, Feldstein shows how this has major implications for democracies and civil society activists around the world.

      A compelling synthesis of how anti-democratic leaders harness powerful technology to advance their political objectives, The Rise of Digital Repression concludes by laying out innovative ideas and strategies for civil society and opposition movements to respond to the digital autocratic wave.

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      • 25 May 2021
      • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (UTC-07:00)
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      Brexit: A Growing Disaster for the EU

      Joining PCFR from London, Lord Howard Flight will provide his perspective over the U.K. leaving the EU. Along with many other Brits, Lord Flight believes that the decision to leave the European Union was the correct one. He argues that the handling of the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines have shown the European Commission not to be trusted and lacking in principles. This series of incidents, which Lord Flight will discuss in his talk, thoroughly exposes the ill will of the Commission and, quite early on after Britain’s departure, validates the need for Brexit.

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      FREE for PCFR Members

      $10 for Non-Members

      Schedule

      Tuesday, May 25, 2021

      10:00 am - 11:00 am MST

      1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

      6:00 pm - 7:00 pm BST


      Venue

      Zoom Meeting

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      Speaker

      Lord Howard Flight of Worcester

      Howard Flight was appointed to the House of Lords at the end of 2010. He was the Member of Parliament for Arundel from 1997 to 2005, during which time he served as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury and was a member of the Conservative Shadow Cabinet. He led the Conservative Opposition during the Committee Stages of 4 Finance Acts and the Financial Services and Markets Act.

      Howard has worked for over 40 years in the Financial Services industry, starting his career at Rothschilds as an Investment Adviser in 1970. He was co-Founder and Joint Managing Director of Guinness Flight, formed in 1986 and acquired by Investec Asset Management in 1998, of which Howard remained a Director until 2019. He pioneered the umbrella Fund structure and built the substantial Guernsey (now Luxembourg) based, Guinness Flight (now Investec) Global Strategy Fund.

      Howard worked for HSBC’s Merchant Bank in the second half of the 1970s in both Hong Kong and India.

      Currently, Howard is Chairman of Flight & Partners, of Investment Trust Aurora and VCT Downing Four; Director of Mercantile Ports & Logistics (Mumbai); Chairman of the EISA (Enterprise Investment Scheme Association) and was until 2020 a Consultant to TISA (The Investment and Savings Association).

      Howard read History Part I and Economics Part II at Cambridge and was subsequently the Power Scholar at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he obtained his MBA.

      He and Christabel have been married since 1973 and have 4 children.


      • 03 Jun 2021
      • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
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      The Rise of Digital Repression

      The world is undergoing a profound set of digital disruptions that are changing the nature of how governments counter dissent and assert control over their countries. Authoritarian regimes have developed a formidable array of technological capabilities to constrain and repress their citizens. Steven Feldstein will discuss his new book, The Rise of Digital Repression, which describes how the emergence of advanced digital tools is bringing new dimensions to how leaders stay in power. Presenting new field research from Thailand, the Philippines, and Ethiopia, he will talk about goals, motivations, and drivers of these digital tactics, and offer ideas about how democracies and civil society groups can respond.

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      The Rise of Digital Repression is also the selected book for PCFR's May Reading Group on May 21, 2021. Learn more here.

      Registration

      FREE for PCFR Members

      $10 for Non-Members

      Schedule

      Thursday, June 3, 2021

      12:00 pm-1:00 pm MST

      3:00 pm-4:00 pm EST

      Venue

      Zoom Meeting

      The link for this webinar will be included in your registration confirmation email.

      Speaker

      Steven Feldstein

      Senior Fellow, Democracy, Conflict and Governance

      Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

      Steven Feldstein is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in the Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program where he focuses on issues of technology and democracy, human rights, U.S. foreign policy, and Africa. Previously, he was the holder of the Frank and Bethine Church Chair of Public Affairs and an associate professor at Boise State University. He served in the Obama administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor with responsibility for Africa policy, international labor affairs, and international religious freedom. He also served as Director of Policy at the U.S. Agency for International Development and as Counsel on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, maintaining oversight of all foreign assistance agencies, budgets and programs. His articles and commentary have appeared in outlets such as the BBC, Bloomberg, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Journal of Democracy, MIT Technology Review, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, War on the Rocks, and The Washington Post. He received his B.A. from Princeton and his J.D. from Berkeley Law. His new book, The Rise of Digital Repression: How Technology is Reshaping Power, Politics, and Resistance, comes out in April 2021.

      Moderator

      Luke Wenz

      Deputy National Outreach Director of the Western Region

      U.S. Global Leadership Coalition


      Luke Wenz serves as the Deputy National Outreach Director of the Western Region for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC), a broad-based coalition of over 500 businesses, NGOs, and faith-based groups that works in Washington, D.C. and around the country to strengthen America’s civilian-led tools of development and diplomacy, alongside defense. Alongside his work with USGLC, Luke is the President of Big Stick Consulting, LLC, a government relations and public relations firm in Arizona. Earlier in his career, Luke spent time working on Capitol Hill, and served as Deputy District Director for U.S. Congressman Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska and served as his Campaign Manager. Prior to his work on domestic politics, Luke has lived and worked in Amman, Jordan and Beirut, Lebanon – working in international development and studying the root causes of religiopolitical radicalization. Luke attended Nebraska Wesleyan University, where he studied political theory and the philosophy of religion. Though he travels extensively across the United States for work, Luke is based in Phoenix.

      • 08 Jun 2021
      • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (UTC-07:00)
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      The Heartbeat of Iran

      Featuring Tara Kangarlou

      Award-winning journalist Tara Kangarlou will join the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations for a timely discussion on Iran and her new book "The Heartbeat of Iran", through which she takes readers into the heart and soul of a country often viewed through a narrow political lens, and enables readers to travel into Iran through incredibly intimate and nuanced stories of its people.

      The conversation will mark an extremely important time in Iran-US relations and what's at stake for a country of 80 Million and the region.

      The Heartbeat of Iran is available on Amazon, Ig Pub, as well as local bookstores nationwide.

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      FREE for PCFR Members

      $10 for Non-Members

      Schedule

      Tuesday, June 8, 2021

      10:00 am - 11:00 am MST

      1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST


      Venue

      Zoom Meeting

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      Speaker

      Tara Kangarlou

      Journalist, Humanitarian, Author

      Tara Kangarlou is an award-winning journalist who has reported, written, and produced breaking news, investigative pieces, and broadcast stories for NBC-LA, CNN, CNN International and Al Jazeera America. Her writing and reporting has also appeared in digital news outlets such as TIME, Vanity Fair, Huffington Post, and Al Monitor. She previously served as a fellow at the East West Institute, is a contributor to Al Jazeera, and a frequent commentator on various news outlets covering the MENA region and humanitarian issues worldwide. In 2015, she led Al Jazeera America's team with unprecedented access to report from inside Iran during the nuclear negotiations. In recent years, she has reported extensively from the Syrian border regions of Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan covering issues that impact Syrian refugees, host countries, and the Middle East at large.

      In 2016, Tara founded Art of Hope, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting the psychosocial and mental health needs of refugees in Lebanon. Her forthcoming book, The Heartbeat of Iran will be released on June 1st, and captures the heart and soul of a country that's often seen through news headlines and a political fog that blurs the reality of life for millions of Iranians inside the country. Each chapter is an incredibly nuanced, textured, and intimate journey into the diversity of beliefs, struggles, and complexities of life in today's Iran - all told through the real stories of its people. Tara was born and raised in Tehran and is fully bilingual in English and Farsi. Tara received her BA in English from UCLA and MA in Journalism from USC.

      • 10 Jun 2021
      • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
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      Artificial Intelligence in an Era of Great Power Competition

      As artificial intelligence (AI) based technologies and research proliferate, the United States is grappling with the best ways to balance innovation, national security, and adherence to its democratic principles. Against this backdrop, can AI be a tool for both international competition and cooperation? This panel - made up of AI experts at the intersection of U.S. foreign policy and defense - will explore that question, while discussing the challenges and opportunities on the horizon as AI capabilities continue to advance.

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      FREE for PCFR Members

      $10 for Non-Members

      Schedule

      Thursday, June 10, 2021

      12:00 pm-1:00 pm MST

      3:00 pm-4:00 pm EST

      Venue

      Zoom Meeting

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      Panelists

      Dr. Margarita Konaev

      Research Fellow, Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology

      Dr. Margarita Konaev is a Research Fellow at Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) interested in military applications of AI and Russian military innovation. Previously, she was a Non-Resident Fellow with the Modern War Institute at West Point, a post-doctoral fellow at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House. Before joining CSET, she worked as a Senior Principal in the Marketing and Communications practice at Gartner.

      Margarita’s research on international security, armed conflict, non-state actors and urban warfare in the Middle East, Russia and Eurasia has been published by the Journal of Strategic Studies, the Journal of Global Security Studies, Conflict Management and Peace Science, the French Institute of International Relations, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Lawfare, War on the Rocks, Modern War Institute, Foreign Policy Research Institute and a range of other outlets. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University and a B.A. from Brandeis University.


      Michael Kanaan

      Author of T-Minus AI


      Michael Kanaan is the author of T-Minus AI and former chairperson of artificial intelligence for the U.S. Air Force, Headquarters Pentagon. In that role, he authored and guided the research, development, and implementation strategies for AI across its global operations. Michael was named to the 2019 Forbes "30 Under 30" list, Fast Company Impact Council, and received the US Government's Arthur S. Flemming Award (an honor shared by past recipients Neil Armstrong, Robert Gates, and Elizabeth Dole).

      Moderator

      Dr. Nancy Cooke

      Director, Arizona State University's Center for Human, Artificial Intelligence, and Robot Teaming

      Nancy Cooke is a professor of human systems engineering at ASU's Polytechnic School, one of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Her research interests include the study of individual and team cognition and its application to the development of cognitive and knowledge engineering methodologies. She is the science director of the Cognitive Engineering Research Institute and the immediate past president of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. She is also the recent past chair of the Board on Human Systems Integration at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, and recently chaired a study panel for the National Academies on the Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science. Cooke was a member of the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory board from 2008-2012.


      • 25 Jun 2021
      • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM (UTC-07:00)
      • Online Zoom Meeting
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      Book for Discussion

      The Inevitability of Tragedy:

      Henry Kissinger and His World

      by Barry Gewen


      Schedule


      Friday, June 25, 2021

      7:30 - 9:00 am MST

      Venue

      Online Zoom Meeting

      About the Book

      Few public officials have provoked such intense controversy as Henry Kissinger. During his time in the Nixon and Ford administrations, he came to be admired and hated in equal measure. Notoriously, he believed that foreign affairs ought to be based primarily on the power relationships of a situation, not simply on ethics. He went so far as to argue that under certain circumstances America had to protect its national interests even if that meant repressing other countries’ attempts at democracy. For this reason, many today on both the right and left dismiss him as a latter-day Machiavelli, ignoring the breadth and complexity of his thought.

      With The Inevitability of Tragedy, Barry Gewen corrects this shallow view, presenting the fascinating story of Kissinger’s development as both a strategist and an intellectual and examining his unique role in government through his ideas. This book analyzes his contentious policies in Vietnam and Chile, guided by a fresh understanding of his definition of Realism, the belief that world politics is based on an inevitable, tragic competition for power.

      Crucially, Gewen places Kissinger’s pessimistic thought in a European context. He considers how Kissinger was deeply impacted by his experience as a refugee from Nazi Germany, and explores the links between his notions of power and those of his mentor, Hans Morgenthau―the father of Realism―as well as those of two other German-Jewish émigrés who shared his concerns about the weaknesses of democracy: Leo Strauss and Hannah Arendt.

      The Inevitability of Tragedy offers a thoughtful perspective on the origins of Kissinger’s sober worldview and argues that a reconsideration of his career is essential at a time when American foreign policy lacks direction.

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    Past events

    07 May 2021 April Reading Group
    04 May 2021 The Future of the U.S. - Mexico Bilateral Relationship
    27 Apr 2021 International State of the State with Governor Doug Ducey
    23 Apr 2021 PCFR New Member Breakfast
    08 Apr 2021 The Russia Disruption: Domestic and Foreign Policy Challenges of Dealing with Putin
    01 Apr 2021 The Causes and Consequences of Brexit
    25 Mar 2021 A Conversation with General Mattis on U.S. Leadership Going Forward
    25 Mar 2021 America’s Global Leadership, COVID-19 & the Impact on Arizona
    19 Mar 2021 March Reading Group
    18 Mar 2021 The Russia Disruption: Russia and America After Trump
    17 Mar 2021 Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, U.S. Army (Ret): A Discussion With ASU's New Leadership, Diplomacy and National Security Lab
    09 Mar 2021 It's Not Just Over There: The American Commitment to the Korean Peninsula
    25 Feb 2021 Lunar New Year Celebration
    24 Feb 2021 The Russia Disruption: Assassination at Home and Abroad
    19 Feb 2021 February Reading Group
    16 Feb 2021 The Balkans: Where the U.S. and Europe Meet
    09 Feb 2021 Worldly Perspectives: PCFR Members Take Flight
    27 Jan 2021 America’s International Image at a Moment of Change
    22 Jan 2021 January Reading Group
    13 Jan 2021 Brexit from the ground up: Ethnographic perspectives from the Northern Ireland borderzone
    12 Jan 2021 Fireside Chat with Retired Army Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster, former National Security Advisor
    15 Dec 2020 Great Decisions | Red Sea Security
    10 Dec 2020 Angrynomics
    04 Dec 2020 December Reading Group
    02 Dec 2020 The Global Democratic Recession: How We Can Reverse It
    01 Dec 2020 USGLC Tribute Celebration - Member Pre-Party
    19 Nov 2020 American Diplomacy in a Disordered World
    17 Nov 2020 Great Decisions | U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle
    12 Nov 2020 Confronting Disinformation: Views from the Trenches
    30 Oct 2020 October Reading Group
    28 Oct 2020 Great Decisions | Artificial Intelligence & Data
    27 Oct 2020 Journey to Self-Reliance: A New Approach
    15 Oct 2020 Summer 2020 is Finally Over: PCFR Virtual Mixer
    06 Oct 2020 Foreign Policy Priorities of a Biden Administration with Tony Blinken
    01 Oct 2020 The U.S. 2020 Election and Germany – Political, Economic and Strategic Implications
    29 Sep 2020 Great Decisions | The Philippines and the U.S.
    25 Sep 2020 September Reading Group
    23 Sep 2020 Afghanistan from the ground up: A conversation about war, U.S. partnership and the future of Afghanistan
    16 Sep 2020 Tariffs, Trade & the Pandemic Recovery
    10 Sep 2020 The World: A Brief Introduction with Richard Haass and David A. Merkel
    27 Aug 2020 Globally Conscious Business Communication: Techniques, Tips, and Experience from a 20 Year Adventure Across 4 Continents
    18 Aug 2020 Foreign Relations Summer Series: International Career Paths for Young Professionals
    30 Jul 2020 July Reading Group
    29 Jul 2020 Japan's Strategy to Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic
    29 Jul 2020 Great Decisions | China's Road into Latin America
    08 Jul 2020 The USMCA Goes Live and What It Means for the US, Canada and Mexico
    30 Jun 2020 Great Decisions | Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
    25 Jun 2020 Foreign Relations Summer Series: Career Lessons from the Great Recession
    24 Jun 2020 China: “To trust is good, not to trust is better”
    17 Jun 2020 Reflections of a Senior African-American Diplomat on the Global Importance of the Black Lives Matter Movement
    16 Jun 2020 Great Decisions | India and Pakistan
    11 Jun 2020 COVID19: Experience on the Front Lines Treating COVID19 Patients in New York City
    04 Jun 2020 The Global Economic Implications of the Pandemic
    28 May 2020 A Diplomat's Perspective on America’s Preparedness and Global Health Security in the Face of COVID-19
    21 May 2020 May Reading Group
    15 May 2020 China, Coronavirus and the Coming Global Challenges
    07 May 2020 The Ultimate Case for American International Leadership – Now What?
    23 Apr 2020 April Reading Group
    22 Apr 2020 Crisis Abroad! Every Diplomat Becomes a Consular Officer When American Citizens Need Our Help
    07 Apr 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic and West Africa Ebola Crisis: Similarities, Differences and Opportunities Missed
    24 Mar 2020 [POSTPONED] New and Prospective Member Breakfast
    23 Mar 2020 [POSTPONED] Choosing Freedom: America’s Role in the World and Supporting Democracy and Human Rights Abroad
    11 Mar 2020 15th Annual International State of the State
    04 Mar 2020 The Challenges for U.S. Policy in a Turbulent Middle East
    29 Feb 2020 PCFR Field Trip to the Commemorative Air Force Airbase Arizona Museum (Members Only)
    25 Feb 2020 Australia’s Burning Bush, Earth’s Emerging Pyrocene?
    20 Feb 2020 How America Can Make the World More Peaceful
    11 Feb 2020 Vietnam and the United States: Recognizing 25 Years of Comprehensive Partnership, Highlighting Future Opportunities and Saluting Senator John McCain
    28 Jan 2020 From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia
    22 Jan 2020 US-Iran Conflict: Multi-level, Multi-player Game of Chess (and Other Games)
    16 Jan 2020 January Reading Group (Members Only)
    10 Dec 2019 An Update on Cross-Border Law Enforcement and Coordination: A Maricopa County Sheriff Perspective
    03 Dec 2019 Global Leadership in 4IR
    21 Nov 2019 November Reading Group
    20 Nov 2019 Japan on the World Stage: Society, Influence, Education
    07 Nov 2019 Roads to Revolution: Transformative Social Movements in Iran and their Discontents
    23 Oct 2019 Taken Hostage: The Silent Victims of Kidnapping Abroad
    22 Oct 2019 New and Prospective Member Breakfast
    16 Oct 2019 National Insecurities: America and the World 2020-2050
    25 Sep 2019 Status of Arizona’s National Guard’s Global Presence: An Extended Service
    19 Sep 2019 The Next Decade of PCFR
    19 Sep 2019 September Reading Group
    17 Sep 2019 Priorities of Mexican Foreign Policy in the U.S.
    12 Aug 2019 Venezuela Kleptocracy: The Ripple Effect of the Venezuelan Revolution
    23 Jul 2019 Update on the US-Mexico Relationship
    18 Jul 2019 July Reading Group
    03 Jun 2019 New Times for the Transatlantic Relations
    16 May 2019 May Reading Group
    14 May 2019 The Challenges and Rewards of Global Engagement—from Russia to the Poorest Countries on Earth
    07 May 2019 Extremism and Terrorism in Our Communities, Across the Nation and Around the World: Understanding Today’s Changing Threat Landscape
    23 Apr 2019 14th Annual International State of the State
    16 Apr 2019 The Evolution of Security and Privacy in a Shrinking World
    03 Apr 2019 Vanishing Frontiers: Why Mexico is Even Closer to US Than We Realize
    28 Mar 2019 The World as It Is
    21 Mar 2019 Ukraine's Presidential Election - Democracy Being Tested by Russian Aggression
    14 Mar 2019 March Reading Group
    05 Mar 2019 6th PCFR New and Prospective Member Breakfast
    25 Feb 2019 Iran’s and North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Programs: Problems Solved, or Continuing Threats?
    21 Feb 2019 Can Sport Save Globalization?
    12 Feb 2019 Southeast Asia and the US Strategy for a Free and Open Indo-Pacific
    29 Jan 2019 The Democratic Transition in Tunisia
    17 Jan 2019 January Reading Group
    16 Jan 2019 NORAD at 60: Heritage, Vigilance, and Innovation
    12 Dec 2018 The Rule of Law in Hong Kong and Human Rights
    04 Dec 2018 Kazakhstan in a Changing Eurasia
    28 Nov 2018 Nemtsov: Film Screening and Discussion
    15 Nov 2018 November Reading Group
    25 Oct 2018 How China’s Exponential Technological Disruption and Infrastructure Investment is Driving a Radical Transformation of the Future
    02 Oct 2018 Calculated Risks: Safeguarding the World’s Largest Aerospace Company in a Globalized Business Environment
    27 Sep 2018 Understanding International Trade in the Trump Era
    20 Sep 2018 September Reading Group
    13 Sep 2018 U.S. - Mexico Geopolitical Forecast for 2018 - 2019
    19 Jul 2018 July Reading Group
    12 Jul 2018 The Future of the Two Koreas and Donald Trump
    07 Jul 2018 Young Professionals World Cup Watch Party
    26 Jun 2018 Mexico’s Presidential Election Cycle
    19 Jun 2018 Young Professionals Foreign Relations Summer Series
    17 May 2018 May Reading Group
    15 May 2018 US-China Relations in the Age of Trump and Xi
    01 May 2018 Maintaining the US Competitive Edge in the Resurgence of Great Power Competition
    10 Apr 2018 Inman’s View of the World: A look at overarching threats, challenges, and opportunities facing the U.S. followed by a geographic tour of hot spots.
    05 Apr 2018 Recent Trends in African Infrastructure Development
    27 Mar 2018 How to Lose Press Freedom in a Democracy: The Experience of an Exiled Journalist
    21 Mar 2018 Ethics in the Age of Cyber
    15 Mar 2018 March Reading Group
    20 Feb 2018 SOLD OUT- 13th Annual International State of the State
    18 Jan 2018 January Reading Group
    17 Jan 2018 TIME & LOCATION CHANGE - NAFTA and the Future of the World Trading System under President Trump
    14 Dec 2017 SOLD OUT - Censorship, Privacy, Retaliation and 'Fake News': The State of Freedom of The Press in the U.S. and Mexico
    16 Nov 2017 November Reading Group
    01 Nov 2017 Russian Machinations, Political Gridlock and other Challenges to US Democratic Systems
    25 Oct 2017 The Impact of Foreign and Cyber Threats on the 2016 and Future Elections: A Discussion with Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan
    24 Oct 2017 Challenges for Factual Reporting in the Age of Social Media
    11 Oct 2017 A Conversation on the U.S.-Canada trade partnership, Arizona’s relationship with Canada, and the future of NAFTA
    28 Sep 2017 September Reading Group
    26 Sep 2017 In Commemoration of Finland’s 100th Anniversary of Independence from Russia
    12 Sep 2017 China: The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom
    23 Aug 2017 South China Sea: An update on Diplomacy and Developments
    20 Jul 2017 Law of War in the Age of ISIS
    12 Jul 2017 Arizona International Business Opportunities in a Changing Global Paradigm
    21 Jun 2017 SOUTH AMERICA’S EXISTENTIAL CRISIS: PROSPECTS FOR POLITICAL CHANGE IN VENEZUELA
    31 May 2017 Foreign Policy in a Time of Transition
    04 May 2017 REGISTRATION CLOSED - 12th Annual International State of the State
    27 Apr 2017 A Strategic Association for the XXI Century: Peru and the United States of America
    21 Apr 2017 April Reading Group
    05 Apr 2017 US-Mexico Relations Today: Arizona’s Positive Contribution
    28 Mar 2017 Is the World Getting Better or Worse? Health, Human Rights, and Quality of Life Around the Globe
    23 Feb 2017 U.S.-Russian Relations: From Rock Bottom to…What Next?
    17 Feb 2017 February Reading Group
    25 Jan 2017 Korea, What’s Next?
    12 Jan 2017 President Obama’s Legal Legacy in War
    13 Dec 2016 Quo Vadis? Latin America
    30 Nov 2016 Mexico-U.S. Relations Today and Tomorrow: The Case of Arizona
    17 Nov 2016 Fall Reading Group - The Unquiet Frontier: Rising Rivals, Vulnerable Allies, and the Crisis of American Power
    09 Nov 2016 Freeport in Peru: Twenty Years and Going Strong
    18 Oct 2016 SOLD OUT - National Security Challenges for the Incoming Administration
    07 Oct 2016 The View From the State Department: Religion, Conflict and Diplomacy
    29 Sep 2016 Russia’s War with Ukraine: What is at stake for the West?
    19 Sep 2016 America as the World’s Policeman


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