Past & Upcoming Events

The China-North Korea Relations (Asia Society Policy Institute Panel Discussion)

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This is a special invitation to attend a panel discussion on the status of the Sino-DPRK relationship entitled "Bitter Allies: China and North Korea" at the Asia Society (https://asiasociety.o.... Our friends at the Asia Society has once again invited us and offered our group limited FREE tickets. There are only ten (10) FREE tickets being offered, on a first-come basis:

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IMPORTANT: In order to redeem your FREE ticket, you must: 1) first RSVP on this page with a confirmed "YES" RSVP; and 2) contact Thomas (https://www.meetup.co...) with your full name and email address, by no later than Weds. January 17th -- otherwise, you forfeit your free ticket.

*** After the discussions we'll go to a nearby restaurant for drinks and dinner.

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Description from the event organizers:

2018 State of the Union Address (Watch Party)

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This is an invitation to attend and watch a live State of the Union address delivered by Pres. Trump.

Come attend to cheer or jeer this POTUS' first SOTU. Despite the #govtshutdown, we can expect that #sotu will be a doozy!

We'll have drinking games and our very own "political bingo" throughout the night.

New York, NY - USA

Tuesday, January 30 at 7:30 PM

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Foreign Policy Preview of 2018

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For this meeting, we'll preview some of the Foreign Policy challenges ahead for the U.S. in 2018. We'll evaluate and analyze the political tensions and risks in several important regions around the world. Further, we'll examine the international economic trends and the political climate.

To that end, we'll review and analyze the following Nations:

1) Iran -- the future of the Iran Deal, as well as the current internal protests and the potential impacts to the stability of this Islamic Republic.

2) China -- a further increase in its sphere of influence around the region and throughout the world, notwithstanding the ostensible economic slowdown and the growing internal strife.

3) North Korea -- a potential nuclear showdown and how this affects the U.S. relations relations with its East Asia nations vis-à-vis South Korea, Japan, and China.

4) Mexico -- the upcoming Presidential Elections in 2018 and how this may adversely affect the U.S.-Mexico relations. Additionally, how this can spill over into the domestic politics in the U.S. (e.g, the proposed border wall). Also how the NAFTA renegotiation talks will influence the political climate in both nations.

Political Thinkers: Milo Yiannopoulos, Ben Shapiro, Linda Sarsour, Cenk Uygur

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As the New Year begins, we'll be rolling out several new discussion series, including the "Political Thinkers" series -- it examines the political and ideological viewpoints of prominent public figures, considered to be tremendously influential in their respective ideological camps.

For this discussion, we'll compare and contrast the views of these contemporary individuals. We'll explore the following subtopics:

- Do their views represent the "mainstream" positions held in their respective ideological camps?
- What makes their appeal so controversial?
- Have their views and positions always remained intellectually consistent?
- What are their deep-rooted philosophical basis for their stated views and positions, if any?
- What do their rise to popularity indicate about the current cultural or political climate?

The Opiod Crisis and "War on Drugs" (Part II): Any Sensible Solutions ?

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This is a two-part discussion series, taking an in-depth look at the role of government and its public policies in addressing "controlled substances" (a.k.a. licit and illicit drugs, alcohol and other substances).

For Part One, (https://www.meetup.co...) we'll take a look at the historic evolution of the government policies from the 1800s until the 1990s.

For Part Two, we'll examine the root causes of the current "Opioid Crisis," as well as any sensible solutions to this epidemic.

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The topics of discussion for Part Two will include:

• The rise of Big Pharma's influence.

• The prevalence of Oxycontin and other similar substances.

• The difference between the "War on Drugs" and the "Opioid Crisis"

• FINALLY, we'll attempt to come up with some real sensible solutions, if any.

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The Opioid Crisis and "War on Drugs" (Part I): The Propaganda and "Just Say No"

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This is a two-part discussion series, taking an in-depth look at the role of government and its public policies in regulating "controlled substances" (a.k.a. licit and illicit drugs, alcohol and other substances).

For Part One, we'll take a look at the historic evolution of the government policies from the 1800s until the 1990s. We'll examine various programs and laws, and discuss which efforts were effective, if any, and as well as any failures.

For Part Two, (https://www.meetup.co...) we'll examine the root causes of the current "Opioid Crisis," as well as any sensible solutions to this epidemic.

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The topics of discussion for Part One will include:

• The origins of the introduction of "controlled substances" by different ethnic immigrant groups.

• The Prohibition Era and its subsequent Restoration.

• The "Counterculture" Movement of the 1960s and early 1970s.

• The Reagan Era -- "Just Say No"

• The recent "criminal reform" movement to decriminalize certain controlled substances.

Movement Politics (Part 3): Black Lives Matter

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The "Movement Politics" series explore the various social movements, political forces, and coalitions that aim to bring about certain political changes, reforms or outcomes in furtherance of advancing a particular ideology. The "Movement Politics" series are purely intended to be for discussion purposes only, as the NYCPF does not endorse or advocate on behalf of any groups or organizations.

Our aim is to explore these movements or groups, in depth, without the veneer of hyperpartisan rhetoric -- thus, the discussions will be based on factual evidence, coupled with sound, logical reasoning and persuasion with the highest level of intellectual rigor.

The past discussions included:

Part One -- "The "Alt-Right"­ and the "Regressive Left (http://www.meetup.com...)"

"Policy Night" with NYC Council Member Ben Kallos

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A discussion of various local public policies at Council Member Kallos' (http://council.nyc.go...) district office. Ask questions, express your concerns, or offer suggestions to improve the City life!

Official description: Policy Night is a chance for residents who have a policy idea they want to pitch and help implement; the goal is to empower residents and turn ideas into real solutions.

The date is tentative -- more details to follow.

New York, NY - USA

Tuesday, June 5 at 6:00 PM

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