Past & Upcoming Events

A Preview of the Biden Administration's Foreign Policy Objectives

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We'll preview the foreign policy objectives and challenges for the Biden Administration. We'll focus on the key areas of challenges and the Administration's purported priorities in addressing them. They include:

• The announcement for a withdrawal of the U.S forces in Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021.

• How the announcement to end the U.S. involvement in the War in Yemen is a mere shift in strategy, rather than a complete withdrawal aimed at a ceasefire.

• The Administration's attempts to renew its focus on our geopolitical rivals, namely the two Super Powers, China and Russia. Are the conventional "carrots and sticks" approach to foreign policy still effective?

• The Administration's attempts to undo or reverse the Trump Administration's actions (i.e., re-joining the Paris Accord and restarting talks with Iran over the JCPOA).

• In what ways, is this Administration's policies a continuation or overlap of the previous Administration(s)?

• The significance of this Administration's declaration and official recognition of the Armenian Genocide.

• The Administration's lack of response (or inaction) in massive humanitarian crisis for the Rohingya population in Myanmar and the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang Province.

Is COVID-19 pandemic a preview of our climate change future?

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We'll continue discussing the coronavirus pandemic. For the Eighth Session, we'll discuss whether this pandemic is a preview of what's to come if the current projections of climate change turns out to be true.

To that end, below is what we've discovered so far from the pandemic -- and these are the important questions that our society must rigorously examine:

• This pandemic has revealed the sobering reality of the true limits and vulnerabilities of human nature and our technology vs. the mightiness and dangers of the natural world.

• The potential reemergence of "prehistoric" plagues from rapid melting of the Arctic ice. This pandemic has revealed that our immune systems are highly vulnerable to any "novel" pathogens.

Book Club: "The Prince" by Niccolò Machiavelli

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For this meeting, we'll read and discuss Machiavelli's "The Prince" (https://en.wikipedia....).

Based on the reading, here are some questions and themes for our discussion:

▨ The emergence of the Italian renaissance, its reigning rulers of the period, and the governing system.

▨ A brief biography of Machiavelli.

▨ The intended audience and meaning of The Prince.

▨ The analysis and interpretation of The Prince.

▨ The applicability of political principles and theories stemming from The Prince.

▨ The wide-ranging influence of The Prince -- from the revolutionaries, controversial theorists, dictators, to modern politicians.

IMPORTANT: If you wish to attend, it is strongly recommended that you read the text, as the discussion will primarily be based from the reading assignment. Many copies are available on line, including at the following link: https://www.constitut...

More details to follow.

New York, NY 10001 - USA

The Suez Canal Crisis of 1956 (Law, History, and Politics)

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For this meeting, we'll discuss the Suez Canal Crisis of 1956.

To that end, we'll discuss and analyze each of its three distinct components: Law, History and Politics.

I. Law
- The Convention of Constantinople of 1888 (https://en.wikipedia....)

- The Anglo-Egyptian Treaty of 1936 (https://en.wikipedia....)

- A secret agreement reached between the governments of Britain, France and Israel, later to be known as the "Protocol of Sèvres" (https://en.wikipedia....)