Fall 2021 Programming
In-person and Virtual

The Chancellor : The Remarkable Odyssey

of Angela Merkel

with Kati Marton, author and former NPR and ABC news correspondent

Monday, December 6, 2021

7:00  -  8:00 PM (Eastern)

Virtual event hosted on Zoom. Co-presented by the Santa Fe Council on International Relations & the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations, in cooperation with WAC Jacksonville and WAC Connecticut.

Free and open to the public.

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This Fall, Chancellor Merkel, a pillar on the international stage, is expected to step down after a remarkable 16 years in office. This is sure to be a consequential change for Germany, Europe, and the world at large, and whoever takes her place will have very large (modest, practical) shoes to fill. With this event on the horizon, bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and connected political insider Kati Marton’s biography couldn’t be better timed.

The Chancellor is at once a riveting political biography and an intimate human story of a complete outsider—a research chemist and pastor’s daughter raised in Soviet-controlled East Germany—who rose to become the unofficial leader of the West. Marton set out to pierce the mystery of how Angela Merkel achieved all this. And she found the answer in Merkel’s political genius: in her willingness to talk with adversaries rather than over them, her skill at negotiating without ever compromising on what’s most important to her, her canniness in appointing political rivals to her cabinet and exacting their policies so they have no platform to run against her, the humility to allow others to take credit for things done in tandem, the wisdom to stay out of the papers and off Twitter, and the vision to take advantage of crises to enact bold change.

Famously private, the Angela Merkel who emerges in The Chancellor is a role model for anyone interested in gaining and keeping power while holding onto one’s moral convictions—and for anyone looking to understand how to successfully bridge huge divisions within society. No modern leader has so ably confronted Russian aggression, provided sanctuary to over a million refugees, and calmly unified Europe at a time when other countries are becoming more divided. But Marton also describes Merkel’s many challenges, such as her complicated relationships with President Obama and Trump.

This captivating portrait shows a woman who has survived extraordinary challenges to transform her own country and return it to the global stage. Timely and revelatory, this great morality tale shows the difference an exceptional leader can make for the greater good of a country and the world.

About Kati Marton

 

Past Programming

China and the U.S.: Where Do We Go From Here?

with Dr. Yawei Liu, Senior Advisor for China, The Carter Center

Thursday, September 23, 2021

7:00  -  8:15 PM (Eastern)

In-person with option to attend livestream virtually. Public invited.

L.V. Eberhard Center, GVSU

Parking at Fulton Lot 

Directions

Free admission. Donations appreciated as we push to make our programs more accessible than ever. Online pre-registration requested to help us assess in-person attendance numbers. Registrants will also be sent a link to participate virtually via YouTube livestream.

COVID Statement: To attend in-person, masks required regardless of vaccination status. Restrictions for in-person programming may be subject to rapid change. Any updates to program schedule/event facilitation will be posted here as well as announced on our social media/email channels. Registered attendees will also receive email notification.

A business luncheon with Dr. Liu is also scheduled for Friday, September 24, from 12:30 - 2:00 pm (Eastern) at the University Club. Cost is $35 and open to our corporate members and their guests.

 

NOTE:  Luncheon has been sold out. We are not accepting more reservations at this time. 

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While many believe the bilateral relationship between the U.S. and China is “too big to fail," it has been in a free downward spiral from President Donald Trump to President Joe Biden. The challenges facing the world, including ongoing pandemic mitigation and its economic fallout, climate change, nuclear proliferation, global security, and much more demand the world’s two largest economies to work together. Neither side has found a way to coexist peacefully and competitively.

 

What does this mean to the business communities on both sides of the ocean? How will it impact global peace and prosperity? Join us for a conversation with Dr. Yawei Liu, Senior Advisor on China at the Carter Center. He’ll discuss this consequential relationship from both the U.S. and Chinese perspective and what can be done to stabilize and improve it.

Dr. Yawei Liu (刘亚伟) is the senior advisor for China at The Carter Center and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also the associate director of the China Research Center in Atlanta and an adjunct professor of Political Science at Emory University.

He is the founding editor of  www.chinaelections.org which went online in 2002. He launched the US-China Perception Monitor websites [www.uscnpm.org (English) and cn3.uscnpm.org (Chinese)] in 2014.

Dr. Liu earned his B.A in English literature from Xian Foreign Languages Institute (1982), M.A. in recent Chinese history from the University of Hawaii (1989) and Ph. D. in American History from Emory University (1996). 

Link to Dr. Liu's bio at the Carter Center

 

The Afghanistan Withdrawal

with Adam Weinstein, Research Fellow, Quincy Institute

Monday, September 27, 2021

7:00  -  8:15 PM (Eastern)

In-person with option to attend livestream virtually. Public invited.

Upper Donnelly Center, Aquinas College

Parking in Woodward Lot (Just off Woodward)

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Free admission. Donations appreciated as we push to make our programs more accessible than ever. Online pre-registration requested to help us assess in-person attendance numbers. Registrants will also be sent a link to participate virtually via YouTube livestream.

COVID Statement: To attend in-person, masks required regardless of vaccination status. Restrictions for in-person programming may be subject to rapid change. Any updates to program schedule/event facilitation will be posted here as well as announced on our social media/email channels. Registered attendees will also receive email notification.

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The complexity of foreign affairs is on display as President Biden withdraws troops from Afghanistan after twenty years of war. What is the context for the rapid takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban? What next steps can our military and diplomatic corps take to protect U.S. interests and global human rights? What lessons can we learn from the two decades in the country to make our foreign policy more effective in the future?

 

Taking us on a deep dive into the region will be Adam Weinstein, a research fellow at the Quincy Institute and former Marine deployed to Afghanistan in 2012. He will provide a non-partisan assessment of the current situation as well as offer his perspective on the future of American foreign policy. 

Join us for this important conversation.

Link to Adam Weinstein's bio at  Quincy Institute

 

Saudi - U.S. Economic Collaborations

with Dr. Sara Althari, KSA Ministry of Investment

Thursday, October 7, 2021

10:00  -  11:00 AM (Eastern)

Virtual event. Public invited.

*The program is off-the-record and will not be recorded for replay after the event concludes.*

This event is free but requires registration. 

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Navigating the global economy during a worldwide pandemic has been challenging, but the future holds tremendous opportunity for new initiatives to unfold.  Join us for a conversation with Dr. Sara Althari, with the Kingdom's Ministry of Investment, where she discusses Saudi - U.S. economic collaboration, particularly in the field of medical technology. This event is virtual and off-the record (will not be recorded).

Dr. Sara Althari is an Advisor for Biotechnology & Healthcare at the Saudi Ministry of Investment where she is leading the development and activation of a value chain-based investment strategy for medical biotechnology in the Kingdom.

 

In her current capacity, Dr. Althari has launched a series of policy reform initiatives around intellectual property, clinical trials, and data governance to enhance the healthcare ecosystem in KSA. She has also established comprehensive private-public partnerships with leading multinational biopharmaceutical corporations around pillars such as localization of biologics manufacturing, capacity building, and value-based healthcare solutions.

 

Prior to this role, Dr. Althari was Research Lead at the Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Foundation (Misk) where she established a policy research arm and designed youth-centric policy solutions with leading knowledge partners and think tanks around youth employment, education, identity and well-being.

 

She holds a PhD in Genetics and Genomics from the University of Oxford where she was a Radcliffe Department of Medicine Scholar.

 

Dr. Althari trained in molecular genomics as a research assistant and visiting scholar in institutions such as Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women’s Hospital and at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Dr. Althari earned her BA from Wellesley College in Biology and Anthropology where she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

 

India and the U.S.: Political, Business, and Academic Connections

with Mr. Amit Kumar, Consul General of India, Chicago

Monday, October 11, 2021

12:00  -  1:30 PM (Eastern)

University Club 

111 Lyon St NW # 1025, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Directions

Cost to attend: $35. Open to our business and educational members.

COVID Statement: To attend in-person, masks required regardless of vaccination status (except while eating). Restrictions for in-person programming may be subject to rapid change. Any updates to program schedule/event facilitation will be posted here as well as announced on our social media/email channels. Registered attendees will also receive email notification.

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Join us for a conversation with the Consul General of India, where he discusses opportunities for collaboration between India and the U.S.

Amit Kumar is a career diplomat and joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1995. He has wide ranging experience having served in Headquarters and in several Indian Missions abroad. He has dealt with both bilateral and multilateral work in diverse areas such as political, strategic and
economic spheres. Prior to taking up his current assignment as the Consul General of India in Chicago, he was the Deputy Chief of Mission in the Embassy of India, Washington DC with Ambassador-rank.


His recent assignments included stints as Joint Secretary for Development Partnership Administration and as Joint Secretary for Human Resources Management in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi. He was also Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of India in Tokyo. He has previously served as Under Secretary (China) and Director in the Foreign Secretary’s Office in New Delhi.


His overseas assignments include stints in a number of key capitals as Third Secretary in the Embassy of India, Beijing; First Secretary dealing with political work in the Embassy of India, Berlin; First Secretary / Counsellor dealing with political, information, cultural and education work at the Embassy of India, Ankara; Counsellor and Head of the Economic & Commercial Wing in the Embassy of India, Beijing; and Counsellor / Minister dealing with Third Committee and UNSC matters in the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, New York.


Ambassador Kumar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He is married to Ms. Surabhi Kumar and has two children.
 

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CHINA Town Hall

from the National Committee on U.S. China Relations

National Keynote with Fareed Zakaria

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

6:15 PM - Social Hour and Networking

7:00  -  Broadcast with Fareed Zakaria

8:00 - Moderated Conversation

All times EDT

University Club 

111 Lyon St NW # 1025, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Directions

Cost to attend: $35. Includes two drink tickets and appetizers. Open to our business and educational members.

COVID Statement: To attend in-person, masks required regardless of vaccination status (except while eating). Restrictions for in-person programming may be subject to rapid change. Any updates to program schedule/event facilitation will be posted here as well as announced on our social media/email channels. Registered attendees will also receive email notification.

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Registration/cancellation deadline:

Monday, October 18, at noon.

CNN host and best-selling author Fareed Zakaria will be the featured speaker for CHINA Town Hall 2021, a national conversation on how the U.S.-China relationship affects our cities, towns, and communities. From supply chains to national security, new technologies to climate change, the future of both countries will be determined by their relations with one another and the global community.

Join the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations on Tuesday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. EDT for a virtual event and Q&A with one of America's leading foreign policy commentators, as he examines the challenges and opportunities for both countries as they confront the most critical issues of the 21st century.

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Wolf Warrior Diplomacy

with Peter Martin, defense policy and intelligence reporter, Bloomberg

author of China's Civilian Army: The Making of Wolf Warrior Diplomacy

Rescheduled: Monday, November 29, 2021

12:00  -  1:00 PM (Eastern)

Due to a technical issue, this program was postponed. Registered attendees have been sent a new link to join the program and there is still time to register for this event.

 

Virtual event. Attend live or watch the archive.

Free and open to the public.

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In 2019, China overtook the U.S. in numbers of global diplomatic posts. Moreso, over the last few years, China's diplomatic policy has become more assertive, leading to the coining of the term "wolf warrior diplomacy." It's clear that China sees significant value in expanding and adapting their diplomatic presence abroad. Yet, the questions of how China chose this diplomatic route and the possible global responses remain.

 

Peter Martin is Bloomberg's defense policy and intelligence reporter in Washington, DC and author of China's Civilian Army: The Making of Wolf Warrior Diplomacy

 

He was previously based in Beijing where he wrote extensively on escalating tensions in the US-China relationship and reported from China's border with North Korea and its far-western region of Xinjiang.

 

His writing has been published by outlets including Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, the National Interest, and the Guardian. He holds degrees from the University of Oxford, Peking University and the London School of Economics.

Join us for a discussion of his new book and all things China.

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