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Upcoming events

    • 18 Jul 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • 7729 E Greenway Rd, Suite 300, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
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    JULY READING GROUP

    New Americanism, Why a Nation Needs a National Story by Jill Lepore

    The Importance of Elsewhere, In Defense of Cosmopolitanism by Kwame A. Appiah

    Why Nationalism Works, And Why It Isn’t Going Away by Andreas Wimmer

    False Flags, The Myth of Nationalist Resurgence by Jan-Werner Muller


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    Venue

    7729 E Greenway Road, Suite 300
    Scottsdale, AZ 85260
    (one block south of Greenway Hayden off 73rd St)

    Thursday, July 18, 2019 | 7:30-9:00 am

    Reification is a fallacy of ambiguity, when an abstraction is treated as if it were a concrete real item or real event. An example is using the term ‘ghost’ as if everyone knows precisely what it means, Casper or the devil? In reality, as Plato and his students taught, all words are vague and ambiguous and in communication, we never fully know what is meant by terms used by others, or for that matter, our selves, because terms, even in the same time period have a multitude of meanings and because terms shift in meaning over time. Additional examples are socialism, communism, capitalism debated daily but mean different things to different people.

    A major debate today is value of the resurgence of ‘nationalism’ and the associated ‘populist ‘ appeal. As reified examples, what in your mind is nationalism and populism as we use the term today and as we used the terms in the past, how does the terms relate to internationalism and globalization and ultimately what are the strengths and weaknesses of these movements? How does nationalism and populism impact the elections in U.S., Europe ( BREXIT, Hungary, Italy Turkey, Germany, France etc.), Asia, the Middle East, South, the other Americas and Africa)?

    Even though “Among countries with populations above one million, democracies have risen from 11 in 1900 to 86 in 2006 …We have seen 12 consecutive years of erosion of political rights and civil liberties…over the past decade, one in six democracies have failed….Today, only a bare majority of the world’s larger states remain democracies.” (Larry Diamond, Hoover Institution, The Global Crisis of Democracy, Profit Freedom House) .Diamond never defines ‘democracy’, clearly a reified term, but regardless of the absolute accuracy of the stats, we can understand the gravity of this political situation.

    Please review the 4 commentaries from Foreign Affairs. The author’ thoughts will help us grapple with the benefits and costs the the new nationalism.

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    As an alert, possible topics for future sessions are foreign aid, Churchill vs. Orwell. Stay tuned!

Past events

16 May 2019 May Reading Group
23 Apr 2019 14th Annual International State of the State
14 Mar 2019 March Reading Group
05 Mar 2019 6th PCFR New and Prospective Member Breakfast
17 Jan 2019 January Reading Group
16 Jan 2019 NORAD at 60: Heritage, Vigilance, and Innovation
04 Dec 2018 Kazakhstan in a Changing Eurasia
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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