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Calendar of Events 2003

Jan 1 2003 12:00 am
Dec 31 2003 12:00 am

December 4, 2003 – TERRORISM’S AFTERMATH: AMERICA’S WAR ON IMMIGRANTS

Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the Bush administration has obtained and used new powers to detain immigrants without pressing charges or allowing access to lawyers. Michele Wucker moderates a panel discussion with Cyrus Mehta and Daniel Tichenor on how post-9/11 policies fit in with a sensible immigration policy agenda.

 

 

November 20, 2003- CAN THE PENTAGON BUDGET BE CONTAINED?

The Bush administration has increased military spending by more than one-third since it took office in January 2001, with current projections calling for a $500 billion Pentagon budget before the end of this decade. This panel moderated by William Hartung with Cindy Williams and David Gold will take a critical look at the new military buildup.

 

November 13, 2003 -RELIGION AND U.S. FOREIGN POLICY

nchorMira Kamdar moderates a panel discussion on what extent the president’s faith and that of other core members of his administration contribute to the formulation of current U.S. foreign policy, and to what extent religion, as a force to be managed or neutralized, motivates current U.S. conduct of international affairs with Randall Balmer and Graham E. Fuller.

 

November 6, 2003 - IS THE WAR ON TERRORISM A WAR ON SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY?

One aspect of the current war on terrorism is the degree to which it is impacting on the culture of American science. Beyond the fact that restrictive immigration rules are making university and laboratory staffings more difficult, the editors of a major professional journal have also agreed to pre-censor articles for sensitive information, science websites are being purged or abridge of data, the President's science advisor has been given the authority to classify information, and Homeland Security has become the hot contender for research dollars, draining funding away from basic research. Claudia Dreifus moderates a panel discussion with Adam Bly, Barry Steinhardt and Victor W. Sidel to review all the questions raised by the post 9/11 changes.

 

October 23, 2003 –HOMELAND SECURITY: THE FACTS BEHIND THE FICTION

nchorEric Alterman moderates a panel discussion with Lawrence Korb and Richard Betts to evaluate the usefulness of the administration’s efforts so far to safeguard American society against outside threats and to ask questions about the direction in which these Bush policies are taking the USA.

 

October 16, 2003- THE SCHISM IN THE WESTERN ALLIANCE: CAN IT BE REPAIRED?

Martin Walker moderates a panel discussion with Marc Ellenbogen and Charles Kupchan on whether the EU will be able to overcome its current crisis of confidence after the Swedes decisively rejected the Euro, and if so, whether the emergence of a European superpower would be beneficial for the United States.

 

October 2, 2003 – CAN THE UNITED NATIONS SURVIVE?

Mustapha Tlili moderates a panel discussion with Michael Glennon, Ambassador Kishore Mahbubani, Ambassador Pierre Schori and Edward Mortimer on what hopes there are for the international community to come together to stem the threats looming on our common horizon as well as what future there is for a collective system of peace and security based on sovereign equality of states, as opposed to one purely based on geopolitical realities.

 

September 25, 2003 - THE BUSH DOCTRINE AND THE 2004 PRESIDENTIAL RACE

As the 2004 presidential election nears, the doctrine of preventative war promulgated by President Bush after the terrorist attacks of September 11th has become one of the central issues in dispute among the Democratic candidates for the White House. Stephen Schlesinger moderates a discussion with Sidney Blumenthal and Lewis Lapham on the likely impact of the Bush doctrine on the Democratic Party race and the presidential election.

 

 

April 25, 2003 – ON THE BRINK: JAPAN, KOREA AND THE FUTURE OF REGIONAL SECURITY IN ASIA

This conference brings together senior foreign policy, security and economic experts, including Christopher J. LaFleur, Special Envoy for Northeast Asia Security Consultations, to discuss the challenges facing Japan, South Korea and the U.S. in this increasingly complex global landscape.

 

April 24, 2003 - EUROPE AND AMERICA:CAN THE SPLIT EVER BE HEALED?

America and four of the major states in Europe, are going through an extremely difficult patch in relations. The war in Iraq has torn asunder the traditional ties between the United States and its historic allies like France, Germany and Belgium, as well as its new found-friendship with Russia. Nina Khrushcheva moderates a panel discussion with David Fromkin and James Chace on the consequences likely to be for the Atlantic.

 

April 10, 2003 - THE TROUBLED WORLD ECONOMY: IS THERE ANY SOLUTION?
The world economy is still struggling to overcome the excesses of the 1990s that resulted in the biggest financial bubble in modern world economic history. Today overcapacity in many key industries, an over-leveraged American consumer, deflationary pressures in Europe and Japan, and austerity in much of the developing world--all these factors are restraining normal economic growth. Sherle Schwenninger moderates a panel discussion with Jeff Madrick and Christian Weller on the most appropriate strategies for promoting economic growth and prosperity in the near term and how these strategies differ from current policies being pursued in Washington.

 

 

April 3, 2003 - WHAT'S HAPPENED TO THE AXIS OF EVIL?

Eric Alterman moderates a discussion with Alan Brinkley and Nicholas Lemann taking the widest possible lens view of the notion of the "Axis of Evil" and its aftermath in the context of the U.S. Presidency, the media, our democracy and our foreign policy.

 

March 27, 2003 - NATION BUILDING: DOES IT WORK?

Belinda Cooper moderates a panel discussion with Julie Mertus and David Phillips on the idea of nation-building, it’s meaning and how realistic the prospect is.

 

March 19, 2003 - nchorDOCUMENTARY SHOWING OF "NUCLEAR ICEBERG"

The documentary maker, Tom Selinski, will introduce the film “Nuclear Iceberg”. The film depicts the perilous situation as regards "loose nukes" in our contemporary times, especially with respect to the fate of nuclear weaponry in the former Soviet Union. William Hartung and Ian Cuthbertson, will serve on a panel to discuss all the implications of "loose nukes".

 

March 13, 2003 - FRONTIERLAND: THE FATE OF THE NEW CENTRAL ASIAN STATES

Since September 11, the Caspian basin has gotten an extraordinary amount of attention. A confluence of the global energy politics and the war on terror has made "frontierland" a highest policy priority. Ian Bremmer moderates a panel discussion with Scott Horton and Ted Karasik on the impact of the war on terror on U.S. policy in Eurasia.

 

March 6, 2003 - AMERICA'S INTELLIGENCE BREAKDOWN

Sherle Schwenninger moderates a panel discusson with Maurice Sonnenberg and Richard Allen on the multiple failures and shortcomings of US intelligence in the area of counter-terrorism before 9/11 and. what concrete steps have actually been taken to fix the problems including what are likely to be the impact and effectiveness of such measures in combating a new generation of international terrorists, one that seeks to inflict large-scale physical damage and massive casualties on their opponents.

 

February 20, 2003- THE DEMOCRATIC DEFICIT IN LATIN AMERICA

Silvana Paternostro moderates a panel discussion with Peter Romero and Michael Shifter on whether democracy is viable in areas with great poverty and illiteracy. For the past decade or so, as almost all of Latin America has democratized, the governments of the region have enthusiastically adopted neo-liberal economics. But, given persistent and unresolved financial difficulties throughout the Hemisphere, many citizens are now beginning to doubt the virtues of such an approach. 

 

February 6, 2003 -THE 2004 PRESIDENTIAL RACE: WILL FOREIGN POLICY MATTER?

Historically, international affairs have not counted for very much in American presidential elections. The economy has proven to be the most important factor to voters. But September 11th, Iraq and homeland security appeared to have played decisive roles in recent Congressional elections. Stephen Schlesinger moderates a panel discussion with Professor Michael Klare and Humphrey Taylor on whether foreign policy will matter in the 2004 presidential race.

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