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    • 01 Dec 2020
    • 5:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • Online via Zoom
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    Our partners at U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) have invited us to tune in to their 2020 Tribute Celebration on December 1st at 8 PM ET | 6 PM MST.

    The event takes place on World AIDS Day and USGLC is honoring Dr. Tony Fauci, WFP’s David Beasley, and UNICEF’s Henrietta Fore. There will also be cameos from Elton John, Tea Leoni, Jose Andres, and 7 former Cabinet Secretaries.

    Join fellow PCFR members for a pre-party virtual reception at 5 PM MST to toast our collective contributions to Arizona's global leadership!

    Be sure to RSVP for the PCFR Pre-Party Event as well as for the USGLC Main Stage Event here. 

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    • 02 Dec 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM (MST)
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    Virtual Discussion

    The Global Democratic Recession: How We Can Reverse It

    with

    Larry Diamond, MA, PhD

    Stanford University

    This presentation will review the more than decade-long trend of declining freedom and democracy in the world, and how we can work to reverse the authoritarian trend and renew democratic progress and hope.

    Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and a Bass University Fellow in Undergraduate Education at Stanford University. His is also professor by courtesy of Political Science and Sociology at Stanford. He leads the Hoover Institution’s programs on China’s Global Sharp Power and on Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific Region.

    At FSI, he leads the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy, based at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, which he directed for more than six years. He also co-leads with (Eileen Donahoe) the Global Digital Policy Incubator, based at FSI’s Cyber Policy Center. He is the founding coeditor of the Journal of Democracy and also serves as senior consultant at the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment for Democracy.

    Read Larry Diamond's Full Bio


    Registration

    FREE for PCFR Members

    $10 for Non-Members


    Schedule

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020

    12:00 pm-1:15 pm MT

    Venue

    Zoom Meeting

    Meeting link and instructions will be emailed prior to the event.

    • 04 Dec 2020
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM (MST)
    • Online Zoom Meeting
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    December Reading Group


    Angrynomics

    By Mark Blyth and Eric Lonergan

    Schedule


    Friday, December 4, 2020

    7:30 - 9:00 am MST

    Venue

    Online Zoom Meeting

    About the Book

    Why are measures of stress and anxiety on the rise when economists and politicians tell us we have never had it so good? While statistics tell us that the vast majority of people are getting steadily richer, the world most of us experience day in and day out feels increasingly uncertain, unfair, and ever more expensive. In Angrynomics, Mark Blyth and Eric Lonergan explore the rising tide of anger, sometimes righteous and useful, sometimes destructive and ill-targeted, and propose radical new solutions for an increasingly polarized and confusing world. Angrynomics is for anyone wondering, where the hell do we go from here?

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    • 10 Dec 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM (MST)
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    Virtual Discussion

    Angrynomics


    with

    Mark Blyth

    Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs,

    Brown University

    Mark Blyth is the William R. Rhodes ’57 Professor of International Economics, at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, at Brown University. Before becoming an academic Blyth has been variously, a stand-up comedian, a chef, and a funk bass player. Realizing that such pursuits where long shots at best, he finished his PhD in political science at Columbia University in 1999. He then joined the Johns Hopkins University before moving to Brown University in 2009.

    His research focuses upon the causes of stability and change in the economy and why people continue to believe stupid economic ideas despite buckets of evidence to the contrary. The power of economic ideas is a common theme in Blyth’s work, as seen in his recent award winning Book, Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea (New York: Oxford University Press 2015); The Future of the Euro (New York: Oxford University Press 2015), and in his most recent book Angrynomics (New York: Columbia University Press 2020).

    Blyth contributes to several Podcasts, and his lectures and talks on YouTube have been viewed by millions. Literally. When not writing, he still likes to cook, and he recently has become a serious cocktail mixologist, which eases the pain of the stuff he writes about.


    Registration

    FREE for PCFR Members

    $10 for Non-Members


    Schedule

    Thursday, December 10, 2020

    12:00 pm-1:15 pm MT

    Venue

    Zoom Meeting

    Meeting link and instructions will be emailed prior to the event.

    • 15 Dec 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM (MST)
    • Online
    • 16
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    Great Decisions Virtual Discussion: 

    Red Sea Security

    Moderated by Charles Blum

    Event Details

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm MST

    Virtual Zoom Meeting 

    Meeting login details will be shared in the registration confirmation email.

    Cost: Free to Members. Participants need to purchase the Great Decisions Briefing Book.

    Each session is limited to 20 participants.


    How to Participate

    1. Register to attend virtually

    2. Purchase the Briefing Book if you have not already

    3. Watch the topic video

    4. Join us for the Virtual Discussion


    Purchasing the Briefing Book


    Participants in the Great Decisions Virtual Discussion Series will need to order the Briefing Book that covers all 8 topics. Order the book as soon as possible as it could take up to a week to receive it after purchase. The cost is $32 for the entire Briefing Book.  


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    About the Topic: Red Sea Security

    The Red Sea has remained vital for global trade since the time of ancient Egypt. Once home to the spice trade, the Red Sea now sees millions of barrels of oil a day transported across its waters. With major nations like China, France, Italy, and the U.S. building large ports and bases in the region, what does the future of the region look like? How important is Red Sea security for global security? Can the region be a place of global cooperation? Learn more about the topic by watching this video

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    The Great Decisions Series


    Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the video and meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. 

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    • 22 Jan 2021
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM (MST)
    • Online Zoom Meeting
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    January Reading Group


    Hell and Other Destinations: A 21st-Century Memoir

    By Madeleine Albright

    Schedule


    Friday, January 22, 2021

    7:30 - 9:00 am MST

    Venue

    Online Zoom Meeting

    About the Book

    In this revealing, funny, and inspiring memoir, seven-time New York Times bestselling author and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright—among the world’s most admired and tireless public servants—reflects on the challenge of continuing one’s career far beyond the normal age of retirement.

    In 2001, when Madeleine Albright was leaving office as America’s first female secretary of state, interviewers asked her how she wished to be remembered. “I don’t want to be remembered,” she answered. “I am still here and have much more I intend to do. As difficult as it might seem, I want every stage of my life to be more exciting than the last.”

    In that time of transition, the former Secretary considered the possibilities: she could write, teach, travel, give speeches, start a business, fight for democracy, help to empower women, campaign for favored political candidates, spend more time with her grandchildren. Instead of choosing one or two, she decided to do it all. For nearly twenty years, Albright has been in constant motion, navigating half a dozen professions, clashing with presidents and prime ministers, learning every day. Since leaving the State Department, she has blazed her own trail—and given voice to millions who yearn for respect, regardless of gender, background, or age.

    Hell and Other Destinations reveals this remarkable figure at her bluntest, funniest, most intimate, and most serious. It is the tale of our times anchored in lessons for all time, narrated by an extraordinary woman with a matchless zest for life.

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      • 19 Feb 2021
      • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM (MST)
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      February Reading Group


      Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of The American Century

      by George Packer

      Schedule


      Friday, February 19, 2021

      7:30 - 9:00 am MST

      Venue

      Online Zoom Meeting

      About the Book

      Brilliant and driven. Self-absorbed and idealistic. A man of enormous appetites and ambitions to match. Richard Holbrooke, an American diplomat and author, played substantial roles in conflicts ranging from Vietnam to Afghanistan. He was admired by some as a peacemaker and detested by others as a troublemaker at a time when the US instinctually acted on the impulse to take the lead on the global stage.

      Based on Holbrooke's diaries and papers, award-winning author George Packer's has created an intimate portrait of this complex diplomat. The author argues that America's confidence and energy, its reach and grasp, its excess and blindness "were not so different from Holbrooke's."

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    18 Aug 2020 Foreign Relations Summer Series: International Career Paths for Young Professionals
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    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
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    07 Apr 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic and West Africa Ebola Crisis: Similarities, Differences and Opportunities Missed
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    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
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    25 Sep 2019 Status of Arizona’s National Guard’s Global Presence: An Extended Service
    19 Sep 2019 The Next Decade of PCFR
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    23 Jul 2019 Update on the US-Mexico Relationship
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    03 Jun 2019 New Times for the Transatlantic Relations
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    14 May 2019 The Challenges and Rewards of Global Engagement—from Russia to the Poorest Countries on Earth
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    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
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    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?
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    12 Feb 2019 Southeast Asia and the US Strategy for a Free and Open Indo-Pacific
    29 Jan 2019 The Democratic Transition in Tunisia
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    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
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    25 Oct 2018 How China’s Exponential Technological Disruption and Infrastructure Investment is Driving a Radical Transformation of the Future
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    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
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    07 Jul 2018 Young Professionals World Cup Watch Party
    26 Jun 2018 Mexico’s Presidential Election Cycle
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    20 Feb 2018 SOLD OUT- 13th Annual International State of the State
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    01 Nov 2017 Russian Machinations, Political Gridlock and other Challenges to US Democratic Systems
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