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Upcoming events

    • 27 Mar 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:15 PM
    • Beus Center for Law and Society, Room 544, 111 E. Taylor St. Phoenix, AZ 85004

    How to Lose Press Freedom in a Democracy:
    The Experience of an Exiled Journalist


    Abdülhamit Bilici, via Skype


    Abdülhamit Bilici (born 1970 in Erzurum) is a Turkish newspaper executive and, since 2015, the editor-in-chief of the newspaper Zaman. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of its English-language version, Today's Zaman. He was general director of Cihan News Agency and editor of Aksiyon Weekly Magazine.

    Receiving primary school education in İstanbul and graduating from high school in Erzurum, Bilici had his BA from Political Sciences and International Relations Department of Bosporus University in 1993. He had a master's degree from Department of Economics at Istanbul University with the thesis titled “Energy Structure of Turkmenistan and Natural Gas”. He is currently a doctoral student at Department of International Relations at the same university. In addition, Bilici has MBA degree from Faculty of Management at Fatih University.

    Starting his career at Zaman daily as a correspondent, Bilici worked as an editor at Aksiyon Magazine between 1995-1997, as foreign news editor at Zaman Daily between 1998-2001, as general editor at Zaman Daily between 2002-2008 and as general director of Cihan News Agency and as the editor-in-chief of the newspaper Zaman Newspaper and is a columnist for Zaman and Today’s Zaman dailies.[4][5] Writing mainly on foreign policy of Turkey and world politics, Bilici frequently shares his views at various local and international television programs.

    • 05 Apr 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Beus Center for Law and Society, Room 601, 111 E. Taylor St. Phoenix, AZ 85004

    Recent Trends in African Infrastructure Development

    Ms. Margaret (Andy) Dijkerman 

    Talking Points Include

    • Africa has experienced rapid economic growth in recent years, despite a massive infrastructure gap—especially in power and transport;
    • World Bank estimates that Sub-Saharan Africa (w/a population of 800 million) generates roughly the same amount of power as Spain (w/a population of 45 million);
    • Only 1/3rd of Africans living in rural areas are within two kilometers of an all-season road, compared with two-thirds of the population in other developing regions of the world;
    • The cost of addressing Africa’s infrastructure deficit is estimated to be approximately US$90b every year for the next decade.
    • Infrastructure financing must look beyond foreign aid. Governments supply the majority source of financing but increasingly have to look at alternative financing sources, including the private sector.
    • China has emerged as a material financier of infrastructure across Africa, including rail, roads and power projects. 


    Ms. Margaret (Andy) Dijkerman has devoted her 40-year career to the field of international development with an emphasis on Africa. Andy has lived and/or worked in over 35 countries of Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania and the FSU and has worked on behalf of multilateral development banks, bilateral donors and the private sector. Ms. Dijkerman has applied her MBA to many aspects of development including strategic program design, infrastructure planning in power and transport sectors, agriculture, economic resilience-building in conflict-affected states, PPPs and private sector development plus policy reform to promote inclusive economic growth. She has designed and delivered numerous capacity-building interventions, including short training workshops and long-term Action Learning programs in the field of infrastructure. During 2017 Andy conducted a feasibility study for potential establishment of a “climate-smart agriculture” financing facility in Africa on behalf of UK Department for International Development. From November 2015 through July 2016 Andy was also a team member of AfDB’s Policy Innovation Lab funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  The lab’s purpose was to bring innovation into the 14th replenishment of the African Development Fund where her direct focus has been on better ways of promoting private sector development in Africa’s poorest countries. From 2014 through 2016 Andy served as Strategic Advisor to an Infrastructure Skills for Development program involving project managers from East and Southern Africa responsible for strategic, cross-border infrastructure projects in the roads, rail and power sectors under the Africa Union’s Program for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA).  Between 2010 and 2012, Ms. Dijkerman led a series of studies on behalf of the African Development Bank to better identify and define infrastructure investment strategies for fragile, post-conflict states in West Africa. These studies covered Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea to guide programming towards improved national harmony and resilience.  In earlier years, Andy worked as a long-term resident advisor on behalf of the Governments of Rwanda, Lesotho and South Africa to bring private sector participation into infrastructure investment and public service delivery.  She has delivered short term technical assistance services in agriculture and private sector development in many other African countries on behalf of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the World Bank, the US Agency for International Development and the UK Department for International Development. Andy has also conducted evaluation studies on behalf of donors, including a ten-year review of Project Quality vis-à-vis Development Impact for the World Bank. This assignment, conducted in 2012, resulted in publication of an internal report entitled Delivering Results by Enhancing our Focus on Quality.  The report was awarded the 2013 “Good Practice Award for Monitoring and Evaluation Quality” by the Independent Evaluation Group. 

    • 10 Apr 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Gainey Ranch Golf Club at 7600 E Gainey Club Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

    With  Admiral Bobby R. Inman, USN, (Ret.)


    Cocktail Reception 6pm;
    Dinner 6:45-7:20pm;
    Program begins 7:30pm

    Admiral Inman graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1950, and from the National War College in 1972.  He became an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Austin in 1987.  He was appointed as a tenured professor holding the Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy in August 2001.  He served as Interim Dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs from 1 January to 31 December 2005 and again from January 2009 to March 2010.

         Admiral Inman served in the U.S. Navy from November 1951 to July 1982, when he retired with the permanent rank of Admiral.  While on active duty he served as Director of Naval Intelligence, Vice Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Director of the National Security Agency, and Deputy Director of Central Intelligence.  After retirement from the Navy, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC) in Austin, Texas for four years and Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Westmark Systems, Inc., a privately owned electronics industry holding company for three years.  Admiral Inman also served as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas from 1987 through 1990.

    Admiral Inman’s primary business activity since 1990 has been investing in start-up technology companies, where he is a Managing Director of Gefinor Ventures and of Limestone Capital Advisors.  He serves as a Trustee of the California Institute of Technology.  He is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

    • 01 May 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Gainey Ranch Golf Club at 7600 E Gainey Club Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

    With  Congresswoman Martha McSally


    Cocktail Reception 6pm;
    Dinner 6:45-7:20pm;
    Program begins 7:30pm

    Congresswoman Martha McSally represents Arizona’s Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she serves on the Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees and as the Chairwoman of the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee. She is a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and earned two Masters degrees, including one from Harvard. McSally was the first woman in our nation’s history to fly a fighter jet in combat and command a fighter squadron. During her 26-year military career, she deployed six times to the Middle East and Afghanistan--flying 325 combat hours in the A-10 and earning a Bronze Star and 6 air medals. McSally led oversight of combat search and rescue and time sensitive targeting operations in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as counter-terrorism operations in Africa. She retired in 2010 as a full Colonel.
    • 17 May 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • PURE Insurance - 6263 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250


    Currency Wars The making of the next global crisis
    by James Rickards

    May 17, 2018, 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
    PURE Insurance - 6263 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250

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    In this age of President Trump's new trade policy, what could be more timely then a discussion of international trade and currency manipulation? "A currency war, fought by one country through competitive devaluations of its currency against others, is one of the most destructive and feared out comes in international economics. It revives the ghosts of the Great Depression, when nations engaged in beggar-thy-neighbor devaluations and imposed tariffs that collapsed world trade". This quote is the beginning of James Ricard's chapter III of Currency Wars, which sets the tone for his gloomy forecast of the global crisis ahead. The book was published in 2012 and while he has a more recently published book, The Road to Ruin, with a similar theme, I chose this book because it has a deeper discussion of currency analysis and the currency wars, 1921-1936 (chapter IV), 1967-1987 (chapter V) and 2011 to 2012 (chapter VI). A fuller study of this topic would bring us back to antiquity and earlier but the session is only one and one half hours, so this period is more than adequate to understand potential trade wars in the current future.

    A critical way of studying trade relations is to examine the interaction of trade and its effect on currencies and vice versa. Devaluation is a direct government policy, but just a evaluation is a direct government policy, but just as important is an indirect government and private sector policy of appreciating and depreciating currencies as countries manipulate the price of their products and services through tariffs and sanctions. The term 'free trade' is often based solely on the 18th century British economist David Ricardo's theory of comparative advantage. It is important to understand that building a case for free trade based on the theory of comparative advantage can be misleading because simply making an import export trade policy based on differing prices of goods or services between counties without knowing if those prices were derived fairly and without knowing the distributive effects on companies and their employees, may be quite unjust.

    Rickard has strong opinions on the advantages and disadvantages of globalization (pp. 146-149) and 'state capitalism' (pp. 149-151). State capitalism, he claims, is the modern term for the old term 'mercantilism" (pp. 149-151). He calls Dubai the modern equivalent of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman's Casablanca, where "enemies can mingle” (p. 152) comments on Russia aim is to dethrone the dollar" (p. 158) and claims that Beijing is "sitting on a powder keg" of problems (pp. 159-163).

    If this is not enough to whet your appetite for the book, I promise that you will acquire knowledge of new economic theories of fragility, complexity and chaos theory, externalities and distributive justice analysis. If still alive, these new economic theories might bring shivers to the famous monetarist Milton Friedman (pp. 177-183) and the Keynesian Paul Samuelson (PP. 183-188), although in my opinion, these old timers probably would agree with much of this new theory. You be the judge.

    Rickard's gloomy forecast (you may not agree) can be summarized by his statement that "The path of the dollar is unsustainable and therefore the dollar will not be sustained” (p. 255). The book is filled with tons of international economics and finance theory, far too big for one session, but I believe you will discover that Rickard's lively writing style allows you to dip into topics of interest if time does not allow for a thorough reading. Armed with the information in this book, you will be well equipped to judge our President's current foreign trade policies and the policies of our trade partners.

    Please join us on Thursday May 17th at 7:30 AM for a lively book discussion.

Past events

21 Mar 2018 Ethics in the Age of Cyber
15 Mar 2018 March Reading Group
01 Mar 2018 Topical Discussion Lunch Featuring Access Justice Report Impact On Arizona's Business Community
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
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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