Fateful Decisions: China’s Domestic Challenges and their Implications for US/China Relations

A free webinar with Professors Thomas Fingar and Jean Oi

The current narrative depicting China as an unstoppable juggernaut determined to displace the United States atop the international system underestimates the magnitude of looming domestic challenges and overestimates the likelihood that political leaders will make effective policy choices. Jean Oi and Thomas Fingar will describe key challenges, constraints, and choices facing Chinese leaders and examine their implications for US-China relations.

"US and NATO: End of an Era?” with Ambassador (ret) Lawrence E. Butler

Ambassador Butler spent 40 years with the U.S. Foreign Service, usually as far from Washington as he could get. Currently he supports U.S. military exercises, including replicating NATO’s role in European scenarios, and playing the role of U.S. Ambassador – scenario dependent, as well as POLAD (Foreign Policy Advisor) to Corps and Division HQs and US Special Forces teams. His final official assignments included: Civilian Deputy to the Commander and POLAD, United States European Command in Stuttgart; Foreign Policy Advisor to the Commander, U.S. Forces in Iraq for Operation New Dawn; and Foreign Policy Advisor for the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) at SHAPE/Allied Command Operations in Belgium.

While in Iraq 2010-2011, Ambassador Butler guided the US military command in transitioning operational lead to the U.S. Embassy. He engaged directly in mediating tensions between Kurdish and Iraqi forces in the sensitive, oil-rich Kirkuk region, initiated the process that removed the Iranian MEK from Camp Ashraf while negotiating with the Iraqi Government to minimize violence, provided guidance to the U.S. Commander on engaging with Gulf Allies during this period, including developing a work around on finalizing the seminal F-16 sale to Iraq, and engaged Turkish authorities to moderate rising tensions with the Kurdistan Regional Government.

Will the recently passed Caesar Bill w/ US sanctions end Assad’s tyranny and the violence in Syria?

A Free Webinar with panelists Congressman Eliot L. Engel and Saed Moujtahed

Congressman Eliot Engel represents New York’s 16th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives, which includes the northern Bronx and parts of southern Westchester County.

Congressman Engel is currently in his 31st year as a member of Congress. In 2019 he became the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, having previously served as the Committee’s Ranking Member since 2013. He also serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee including the Subcommittee on Health, and the Subcommittee on Energy and Power. The Congressman was also the founder of the Oil and National Security Caucus, which seeks to reduce American reliance on foreign oil so that we can achieve true energy independence.

Saed Moujtahed is an electrical engineer, and founder of Apex Consulting, an engineering consulting firm.

He is also an activist who has put the Arab-American community on the American political map by volunteering his time to empower Arab-Americans to exercise and protect their rights in the U.S. and to have a strong political voice.

"Becoming Kim Jong Un: Insights into North Korea's Dangerous and Enigmatic Young Dictator"

A Free Webinar with Dr. Jung H. Pak SK-Korea Foundation Chair, Korea Studies, Brookings Institution; Sr. fellow Foreign Policy, Center for East Asia Policy Studies; Office of the CIA & DNI; South Korea Fulbright Scholar.

Moderator:  Dr. Stephan Haggard, Professor of Korea-Pacific Studies; Director, Korea-Pacific Program School of Global Policy & Strategy, UCSD

Dr. Jung H. Pak is a senior fellow and the SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies at the Brookings Institution. She focuses on the national security challenges facing the United States and East Asia, including North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction capabilities, the regime’s domestic and foreign policy calculus, and internal stability. She also has expertise in US-South Korea relations and northeast Asia geopolitical dynamics.

Prior to Brookings, Pak held senior positions at the Central Intelligence Agency and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence where she led the U.S. intelligence community’s strategic analysis on Korea issues as the Deputy National Intelligence Officer. Prior to her work in national security, she taught history at Hunter College in New York City and studied in South Korea as a Fulbright Scholar. A graduate and former trustee of Colgate University, Pak received her PhD in U.S. history from Columbia University.

"Navigating the New Normal: A Port Perspective"

A free webinar with Dr. Noel Hacegaba, Deputy Executive Director Port of Long Beach

Moderated by Guy Fox

Dr. Noel Hacegaba is responsible for managing the day-to-day administrative and operating functions of the Port, including finance, human resources, real estate, commercial operations and security. More recently, he served as the Port’s Managing Director of Commercial Operations and was responsible for developing and executing business development strategies to drive volume and revenue growth during a period of significant industry realignment. Dr. Hacegaba’s career at the Port began in 2010 as the Executive Officer to the Board of Harbor Commissioners.

Prior to joining the Port, Dr. Hacegaba managed $200 million in contracts for a Fortune 500 company. He has also served as a chief of staff for an elected official, a business executive for a global trade company, a research analyst for a policy research group and as a management consultant.

A two-time graduate of USC, he holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics, business administration and urban planning. He also earned his doctorate degree in public administration from the University of La Verne.

As part of his service to the industry, Dr. Hacegaba serves on the Boards of Directors of the Intermodal Association of North America and the Marine Exchange of Southern California and he also Chairs the Professional Development Board for the American Association of Port Authorities.

“Making Sense of a World in Crisis — Through the Eyes of a Foreign Policy Expert” with Richard Haass

The World: A Conversation with Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations “Making Sense of a World in Crisis — Through the Eyes of a Foreign Policy Expert”

Moderated by Dr. Richard Downie

A wide-ranging conversation with Dr. Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Haass is one of the most articulate, thoughtful analysts in the United States regarding global affairs and U.S. foreign policy. He will discuss how we can become more informed, discerning citizens by understanding how the world works, how international acts impact us domestically, and how we can help shape US responses. Haass will also explain how he studies world events, global politics, financial shifts, cultural uprisings and ancient and modern history to make sound, independent judgments regarding events around the globe. Finally, Dr. Haass will engage with the audience in a frank, lively Q and A regarding international challenges. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to interact with one of the foremost experts of our day on global affairs!

You can purchase Richard Haass’s book The World: A Brief Introduction from Chevalier’s Bookstore here – https://bookshop.org/books/the-world-…

-Haass : The New York Times Review: The Challenges of a Threatening World : In “The World,” Richard Haass urges Americans to educate themselves about an increasingly dangerous planet. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/12/bo…

Technology, Geo-Political Espionage, and the New Russian Threat

A Free Webinar with Dr. Eric Haseltine

Moderated by Rick Putnam

Based on his experiences both in the private sector and in US Government intelligence, author and TED speaker Eric Haseltine provides a unique perspective on the inner workings of technology within geopolitical espionage, and calls our attention to the risks imbedded within. With reference to both organizational and technological shortfalls, Eric will describe how the US can reduce threats to, and increase the effectiveness of US intelligence gathering.

Venezuela- America's Greatest Challenge In the Western Hemisphere

A Free Webinar with Ambassador William Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for Drugs and Law Enforcement (2011-17) Ambassador to Colombia (2007-10), Venezuela (2004-07), and Chile (2002-04)

Moderated by Richard Downie

Bill Brownfield, now a Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), was promoted to the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service, in 2012. For the last seven years of his career, he was Assistant Secretary for Drugs and Law Enforcement (INL), running a portfolio of more than $4 billion in 80 countries administered by 5000 employees and contractors. His responsibilities ranged from police training and assistance in Afghanistan and Iraq, massive anti-drug efforts in Colombia and Mexico, crisis management in Central America, and police development in the Palestinian West Bank to maritime law enforcement in the South China Sea and stopping the flow of heroin/fentanyl into the United States.

As Ambassador to Colombia, Brownfield ran an embassy of 4000 employees and $1 billion budget supporting an enormous range of military, security, law enforcement, economic and humanitarian programs with the Colombian government. In Venezuela, he led an embassy in constant crisis with the most adversarial government of any country in the Hemisphere, if not the world. As Ambassador to Chile, he managed a sophisticated relationship with a mature and stable government leading to the first U.S. free trade agreement in Latin America since NAFTA in 1993.

Brownfield has United Nations experience in Geneva (humanitarian) and Vienna (drugs and crime). He was temporary Political Adviser to the U.S. Southern Command. He received the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award and the Presidential Performance Award three times each. He is a graduate of Cornell University and the National War College. He attended the University of Texas School of Law. He speaks Spanish and French. Brownfield is a native of the State of Texas. His wife, Kristie Kenney, is also a Career Ambassador and previous ambassador to Thailand, The Philippines, and Ecuador.

Free Webinar: From the Tiananmen Protests of 1989 to the Hong Kong Crisis of 2019–And Beyond

A Free Webinar with Professor Jeffrey Wasserstrom and Dr. Yangyang Cheng

Moderated by William Edwards

June 4 marks the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen massacre in Beijing and elsewhere in China. The anniversary is marked by large gatherings each year is Hong Kong, where a June 4th vigil attended by well over 100,000 people in 2019 launched a series of protests that captured the attention of the world. Both our panelists have written extensively on this subject, which is the focus of a new book by one of them. This webinar will reflect on the meaning of the current state of political life in different parts of the PRC. It will begin with a dialog moderated by William Edwards, who have 38 years of living and working experience with China. Then we will segue into a broader conversation involving the audience.

A Free Webinar with Congressman Harley Rouda on a Washington Update During This Pandemic

A Free Webinar with Congressman Harley Rouda, The United States House of Representatives For California’s 48th Congressional District speaking on a Washington Update: Global, National and Local Impacts of the CoronaVirus, and Policy Responses.