Diplomacy and International Relations
Diplomats, heads of state, and foreign policy analysts discuss the changing international relations landscape, including US foreign policy, emerging world powers, and international conflict and cooperation.
Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir -- Featuring H.E. Dr. Fareed Yasseen, Ambassador of Iraq to the United States
Monday, February 26, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Join Professor Alon Ben-Meir and H.E. Dr. Fareed Yasseen, Ambassador of Iraq to the United States for a discussion on the situation in Iraq, including the regional conflicts that have impacted directly and indirectly on its internal and international politics, including the Sunni-Shiite conflict and the potential fallout of ISIS’ defeat.
Ambassador Fareed Yasseen is Iraq’s ambassador to the United States of America. He previously served as the Iraqi Ambassador to France for six-and-a-half years, from May 2010 until he stepped down in October 2016. Prior to the end of his tenure in Paris, the experienced diplomat was awarded the Republican Medal of Honor – an award rarely given to outgoing ambassadors – by Mr. Christian Masset, Secretary General of France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on behalf of the French Presidency.
Before serving as Iraq’s representative in France, Ambassador Yasseen held a number of posts within the Government of Iraq, including as the Head of Policy Planning of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Diplomatic Adviser to former Deputy President Mr Adil Abd al-Mahdi. He has also worked and consulted for numerous UN agencies and leading think tanks.
Ambassador Yasseen was educated in Iraq, Switzerland and the United States. Prior to joining the diplomatic service, he trained as a physicist and worked as a researcher in Europe and the United States, and later developed a strong interest in political activism and human rights advocacy. His experience and achievements will prove vital in contributing towards a closer relationship between the US and Iraq, both economically and politically.
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION: A ONE-YEAR ASSESSMENT
Tuesday, February 13, 6:30–7:45 p.m.
US President Donald J. Trump’s ascendancy to the most powerful office in the world was polarizing for domestic and foreign policy practitioners. Elected for his economic nationalist promise to “Make America Great Again,” the policies Mr. Trump championed as a candidate were predicted to disrupt traditional domestic and international politics: ending NAFTA, a tougher stance toward China, a withdrawal from the TPP and the Paris Agreement, a hardline immigration and asylum policy, a rollback of women’s and LGBTQ rights, and a reduction in regulatory oversight to boost domestic fossil fuel production. Deep cutbacks in the State Department’s budget, recalibrated development assistance, a confrontational stance toward North Korea and Iran, reengagement in the Middle East, and the discarding of the promotion of democracy as a foreign policy objective were meant to shake up long-standing alliances and reinfuse international relations with American strength.
Join CGA Clinical Associate Professor Sylvia Maier and a panel of CGA faculty in a critical assessment of the Trump administration’s first year in office in five key areas: foreign and security policy, energy, environment, women’s rights, and international economy and trade.
SPECIAL EVENT—THE TRANSATLANTIC PARTNERSHIP: EUROPE AND THE US IN A NEW ERA
COSPONSORED BY THE OFFICE OF MEMBER OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT TAMÀS MESZERICS, THE NYU REMARQUE INSTITUTE, AND NYU CENTER FOR EUROPEAN AND MEDITERRANEAN STUDIES
SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, April 5
Are Europe and the United States destined to grow apart after over 70 years of partnership? Join academics, policymakers, and other members of the international community in an examination of the transatlantic ties that have generally united Europe and the US; the current status of that relationship, including the issues that divide us; and areas in which a strengthened partnership would be most effective, such as transnational security, trade, and the current refugee crisis.
AFGHANISTAN AND ITS FUTURES—FEATURING AMBASSADOR HAMDULLAH MOHIB
Thursday, April 26, 6:30–7:45 p.m.
With district elections scheduled for July 2018, and the recent decision by the United States to increase its military presence and tempo of operations there, it is worth asking what lies ahead for Afghanistan. Covering a range of perspectives—political, economic, development, security, and gender— this conversation, featuring H.E. Dr. Hamdullah Mohib, ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States, will provide a glimpse at those possible futures.
Panel to include:
H.E. Dr. Hamdullah Mohib, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States Angiza Nasiri, Political Counsellor at the Embassy of Afghanistan to the United States Shakib Noori, Partner, SKS Global, Washington, DC