Past & Upcoming Events

Kazakhstan: the past, present and future

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For this meeting, we'll have a multi-faceted discussion on Kazakhstan. Our resident Kazakh native, Gani, will lead the discussion and will discuss the following:

- A brief history.
- Its role during the Cold War.
- Its independence.
- The current economy and industry.
- The current geopolitical relations and tensions with its neighboring countries.
- The current challenges both internally and on the world stage.
- Finally, what changes or reforms are needed?

After the meeting, we'll go to a nearby Kazakh restaurant for further cultural experience!

*** The event will be announced about 8 to 10 days beforehand.

New York, NY 10001 - USA

Sunday, March 29 at 4:00 PM

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Super Tuesday! (watch party)

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Join us and watch, in real time, the outcome of the most anticipated electoral event of this primary season!

On Super Tuesday, primary contests will take place in the following fourteen states:

Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia.

One third of the delegates are up for grabs, as 1,357 of the 3,979 pledged delegates to be awarded to the candidates in the Democratic primaries will be allotted on Super Tuesday.

There's no fee to attend this event and you can purchase food and / or drinks on your own tab.

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IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The NYCPF is a nonpartisan organization. As such, we do not promote, endorse, or advocate on behalf of any particular candidates, parties, issues or causes. Rather, our aim is to foster independent, critical thinking by the exchange of views and ideas at the highest level of intellectual rigor.

New York, NY - USA

Tuesday, March 3 at 7:30 PM

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Coronavirus and Other Public Health Policies

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For this meeting, we'll take a deep dive into the public health and healthcare policies currently at play. These issues and policies are critical amid the election cycle in the U.S. and the possible global pandemic of the coronavirus.

The policy discussions will include:

▨ Medicare for All has emerged as the defining issue of the Democratic primary. We'll discuss the purported merits and objectives, the costs and feasibility, and the viability as a single-source solution for all Americans.

▨ Other alternatives proposed by the candidates in the current election cycle (i.e., a single-payer system, a "public option," and cost-control fixes to Obamacare).

▨ How NAFTA 2.0 (USMCA) will affect some patients and the cost of prescription.

▨ The outbreak of the coronavirus.
- Are quarantines effective in some instances, but not in others?
- How will this adversely affect the global economy?
- How concerned should we be on a personal level?
- Does this change your perception of risk assessment? (i.e., refraining
from crowded places, restaurants, hotels, or traveling in general.)
- Will the fallout from the outbreak ultimately undermine the
legitimacy of Pres. Xi's communist regime?

On "ideological absolutism" and "purity tests"

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For this meeting, we'll discuss the "non-compromising" postures often observed in partisan politics. What's more, as the primary season is underway and in the aftermath of the Impeachment, we've also observed growing ideological fissures within each major parties (a/k/a "the circular firing squad").

Let's further explore the following:

▨ Why has "compromise" in governance become equated with "betrayal" or "disingenuousness"?

▨ Are "political purity tests" productive or overly rigid?

▨ When are "political purity tests" justified in shifting the Overton Window of the public discourse?

▨ On what grounds can one justify an outright "ideological absolutism"?

▨ In a partisan dog fight, when is it acceptable to abandon party loyalty and caucus with the opposing party?

▨ FINALLY, we'll discuss the merits (and defenses) of the perennial debate in "pragmatism vs. ideological rigidity."

Using the principles set forth above, we'll apply them to the current issues at stake:

- climate change
- abortion
- healthcare
- Free Speech
- The Second Amendment
- foreign military intervention
- Gov't expenditures and fiscal policies

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....)