2017-2018 DINNER SCHEDULE
"De-Radicalization in a US Context"
While most Americans associate terrorism with the mass casualty attack of 9/11, the fact is that the most likely source of terrorist attacks within the United States is home-grown radicals inspired by either domestic, international, or global ideologies/causes and radicalized by their own personal experiences. These lone-wolf or inspirational terrorists arise when their own circumstances merge with a violent ideology to create violence. One half of combatting this phenomenon is reducing the influence and access of groups propagating violence ideologies, but the other, less discussed and developed half, is actively seeking to prevent individual radicalization within our own communities. Denver is no exception and this panel will link the broad challenge of preventing domestic-based terrorism to efforts in our own community.
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"Turkey: A New Ottoman Empire?"
For decades, Turkey was a bright spot in the Middle East. A NATO member with a largely secular and open society, Turkey primarily made the news negatively for the dominance of the military in its domestic politics or its on-going struggle with its Kurdish minority or positively for its efforts to formally join the European community and stalwart support of the West during the Cold War. The 21st Century has seen the marginalization of the military in domestic politics but this has accrued in conjunction with the rise of a civilian regime with an aggressive, regionally focused foreign policy and authoritarian pretensios domestically. The result has been disruption of Turkey's traditional relationships and internal politics even as the importance of Turkey as a regional power has increased.
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"The Realities of Cuba Today"
with Dr. Juan Lindau
For those of a certain generation, Cuba is a Cold War benchmark and Cold War legacies still haunt both Cuba and Cuba-U.S. relations. But Cuba and its relations with the rest of the world have undergone enormous changes with the passing of Fidel Castro, the ending of its relationship with Russia and its new relationships with countries as diverse as Venezuela and the United States. In addition, Cuba is in the midst of a challenging domestic transition economically, socially, and of course politically as it tries to grow and evolve in the 21st Century. Dr. Lindau will help us understand how all these changes are playing out in a country well known but little understood in the United States.
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"The Future of the EU After Brexit: Implications for Transatlantic Relations from a German Perspective"
with Dr. Jana Puglierin
This presentation will cover the future of the European integration process after the German elections with a focus on the role of Germany, Franco-German relations, the implications of Brexit on the cohesion of the EU-27, the common security and defense policy, and the impact of this process on transatlantic relations from the German point of view.
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In the wake of the Cold War and the expansion of NATO and the EU, many viewed Europe as both a political exemplar and a security backwater -- they were wrong. Whether it be the rise of an assertive Russia or more local nationalist movements, the challenges of refugees and minority assimilation, Brexit and the political-economic crises of the EU/Euro, or Europe/s struggle to define its role and its collective identity in a multipolar world, Europe is increasingly resistant to any pivots in our attention away from it. This talk will provide us context and some insight into the state of European politics today.
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"Our Current National Security Dilemmas - The Competing Futures"
with Mr. Harvey Rishikof
It is unlikely that there is anyone who is not familiar with the term cyber security and aware that there are threats at the personal, corporate, and national level arising from our increasing dependence on cyber space. But few of us have a clear understanding of the realities and trade-offs associated with these threats and their mitigation. One of the best qualified people in the US national security establishment to frame these issues, Mr. Harvey Rishikof will put cyber threats in context and lay out the future implications for our security.
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"Germany and the EU's China Policy - Analysis, Assessment, and Areas for Competition and Cooperation with the United States"
with Dr. May-Britt Stumbaum
Dr. Stumbaum will provide an overview of the current state of play of Germany's and the EU's policy vis-a-vis China as a global actor and a rising military power, and analysis and assessments of China's foreign and security policy from a European/German perspective. She will discuss with the audience possible areas for cooperation and competition when dealing with China - on China and on cooperation and competition with China on regional and global challenges.
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