Stella Burch Elias, Thursday May 11, 2017

“Immigration and the Trump Administration’s First 100 Days” Watch this program During the 2016 presidential elections, candidate Trump made immigration law and policy a cornerstone of his campaign. Since assuming office on January 10, 2017, the Trump Administration has begun a far-reaching program of immigration reforms. The immigration policy choices that the new administration hasContinue reading “Stella Burch Elias, Thursday May 11, 2017”

Douglas Jones, Thursday March 9, 2017

“The Election 2016: Was It Hacked?” Watch this program In the lead-up top the presidential election of 2016, both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders were quoted saying “the system is rigged.”  They meant very different things, but the as the election grew closer it became evident that hackers, probably Russian, were actively attempting to breakContinue reading “Douglas Jones, Thursday March 9, 2017”

Jim Leach, Thursday December 15, 2016

“Post-Election Perspectives for International Relations” Watch this program James A. Leach joined the Iowa College of Law after serving most recently as the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Leach is best known for his 30 years of service as a representative in Congress where he chaired the Banking and Financial Services Committee,Continue reading “Jim Leach, Thursday December 15, 2016”

Janice Weiner, Wednesday November 16, 2016

“The Sad State of Turkish Democracy: Why We Should Care” Watch this program Just a few short years ago, Turkey was viewed as an anchor of stability in the Middle East, a situation that is now changing rapidly. Following coups in 1960, 1971, and 1980, a new constitution designed to bring democracy and stability wasContinue reading “Janice Weiner, Wednesday November 16, 2016”

Michael Zmolek, Thursday November 3, 2016

“Seven Myths About Immigration” Watch this program Immigration flows and their regional impacts are increasingly taking center stage in global politics. With mainstream journalism focusing more on the reaction to immigration than on its causes, the result is that immigrants are widely vilified as (potential) criminals or even ‘rapists’, or more specifically as people whoContinue reading “Michael Zmolek, Thursday November 3, 2016”

Valon Murtezaj, Friday October 14, 2016

“U.S.-Kosovo Relations” Valon Murtezaj was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo in March 2016. Dr. Murtezaj was appointed to this position after a long and successful, professional and academic, experience. Before being appointed to this position, Murtezaj was Principal Advisor for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Chief of Staff to theContinue reading “Valon Murtezaj, Friday October 14, 2016”

Marina Zaloznaya & Bill Reisinger, Wednesday September 14, 2016

“Everyday Corruption in Russia & Ukraine; Who, Why and With What Consequences?” Watch this program Zaloznaya and Reisinger have conducted first-of-their-kind surveys that reveal how Russian and Ukrainian citizens interact with a variety of officials and how often corruption plays a part. They will share their findings about which patterns emerge and why they matterContinue reading “Marina Zaloznaya & Bill Reisinger, Wednesday September 14, 2016”

Wenfang Tang, Tuesday August 23, 2016

“Chinese Political Culture and Authoritarian Regime Resiliency” Watch this program Traditionalism. Communism. Liberalism. All these values and more are evident in current Chinese political culture, but with the coming of China’s political modernization or lack thereof the cohesion of these ideologies will forever change the future of China and her global influence. ICFRC presents a master ofContinue reading “Wenfang Tang, Tuesday August 23, 2016”

Jeffrey Ding, Tuesday May 3, 2016

“An Interest Group with Chinese Characteristics—The Role of National Oil Companies in the South China Sea” Watch this program Jeffrey Ding was born in Shanghai, China and raised in Iowa City since age three. Jeffrey is a UI Senior majoring in Political Science, Economics and Chinese. Jeffrey is the recipient of several prestigious academic awardsContinue reading “Jeffrey Ding, Tuesday May 3, 2016”

Joan Kjaer, Tuesday April 26, 2016

“Preserving the Magic and Poetry of Havana: A Delicate Dance” Watch this program Joan Kjaer directs the Communications and Relations unit of the International Programs at the University of Iowa.  She exercises strategic oversight and daily management of all facets of internal and external communications for the International Programs, international alumni relations, event management, andContinue reading “Joan Kjaer, Tuesday April 26, 2016”

Ron McMullen, Wednesday April 13, 2016

“Iowa, Heroin, and Afghanistan” Watch this program This presentation will focus on the connection between U.S counter-narcotics policy, the deteriorating rule of law situation in Afghanistan, and Iowa’s surge in opioid and heroin abuse. Ron McMullen, currently the University of Iowa’s Ambassador in Residence, served as U.S. Ambassador to the State of Eritrea.  Ron hasContinue reading “Ron McMullen, Wednesday April 13, 2016”

Nicholas Martini, Thursday March 10, 2016

“Foreign Policy and the Role of the Public” Watch this program Nicholas Martini is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Iowa in 2012. His research focuses on the intersection of international relations and political behavior. His current research explores theContinue reading “Nicholas Martini, Thursday March 10, 2016”

Maureen “Micki” McCue, Wednesday February 10, 2016

“The Global Humanitarian Movement to Abolish Nuclear Weapons: What, Why, Who and Where” Watch this program Dr. Maureen McCue has traveled, consulted, and worked extensively around the world as a physician, researcher, and peace maker. She served as physician to 500 US and Soviet Citizen Diplomats during the Cold War walking from Leningrad to MoscowContinue reading “Maureen “Micki” McCue, Wednesday February 10, 2016″

Janice Weiner, Wednesday December 9, 2015

“The Collapse of the Berlin Wall; The Reunification of East & West Germany” Watch this program Janice G. Weiner was a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service for nearly 26 years.  She then worked for two years as professional issues and policy adviser for the American Foreign Service Association.  Her first Foreign Service assignmentContinue reading “Janice Weiner, Wednesday December 9, 2015”

Ray McGovern & Coleen Rowley, Tuesday September 29, 2015

“Can We Wade Out of the Big Muddy and Get Back to Some Moral High Ground?” Watch this program Ray McGovern was an Army officer in the early 60s, then a CIA analyst from the administration of John Kennedy to that of George H.W. Bush. Ray prepared the President’s Daily Brief for Nixon, Ford, andContinue reading “Ray McGovern & Coleen Rowley, Tuesday September 29, 2015”

Andrey Sazonov, Wednesday September 16, 2015

 “Ramzan Kadyrov, Leader of Chechnya: Putin’s Frenemy?” Watch this program Ramzan Kadyrov is currently serving as a head of the Chechen Republic and is notorious for being the most prominent and controversial figure in the North Caucasus region of Russia and for having a very close relationship with Vladimir Putin. Over the years Chechen leaderContinue reading “Andrey Sazonov, Wednesday September 16, 2015”

Tibi Galis, Wednesday September 9, 2015

“Early Prevention of Mass Atrocities: Fulfilling Our Responsibility to Protect” Watch this program Many scholars argue that had the world known about the horrors of the holocaust, something would have been done to stop the systematic ethnic cleansing. Today, such genocides still exist throughout the world yet it seems nothing is done to alleviate them. Continue reading “Tibi Galis, Wednesday September 9, 2015”

Valerie Bunce, Thursday, April 23, 2015

“Putin’s Game in Ukraine” Watch this program Why did Russia invade and annex Crimea last year and then aid and abet popular rebellion in eastern Ukraine?  The answer is that political changes in Ukraine were a “perfect storm” for Russia, whether we look at the threats to Russian security posed by Ukraine’s desire to joinContinue reading “Valerie Bunce, Thursday, April 23, 2015”

Mariano Magalhaes, Wednesday, April 1, 2015

“How the Brazilian Worker’s Party Will Shape the Nation’s Future” Watch this program The 2014 presidential election in Brazil was the closest—and dirtiest—contest since the first elections in 1989, post-military-rule. At the election’s start, Brazilians were reeling from nationwide protests against government corruption, a failing economy, and the use of public funds for World Cup stadiums andContinue reading “Mariano Magalhaes, Wednesday, April 1, 2015”

James L. Watson, Tuesday, February 3, 2015

 “Does Hong Kong Have a Future? Postcolonial Developments Since 1997” Watch this program Will Hong Kong remain a distinctive, quasi-autonomous outpost on the southern tip of China, or will it become just another Chinese city?  This talk explores the history and cultural traditions of Hong Kong in an attempt to understand the recent pro-democracy demonstrations:Continue reading “James L. Watson, Tuesday, February 3, 2015”