Jan
27
Wed
The Man Who Ran Washington @ Zoom
Jan 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for our Quarter 1 Colloquium, an additional presentation for our 2020-2021 monthly speaker series.

Presenters: Journalists and Authors, Peter Baker & Susan Glasser

Topic: “The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III” after the book of the same name. The book will be available to order from RJ Julia in Madison, CT.

See a preview of our presentation from an October 2020 talk on C-Span: https://www.c-span.org/video/?476890-5/washington-journal-peter-baker-susan-glasser-discuss-book-james-baker

When: Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 6:00 p.m. – presentation followed by a Q&A with the speaker

Where: Virtually! Registration required. The link to join us will be emailed with your registration confirmation. We will be using Zoom meetings.

Cost: Free for members (renew or join today!). $20 per presentation for guests. Please register in advance to receive Zoom login information.

About Peter Baker:

Peter Baker is the chief White House correspondent for The New York Times, responsible for covering President Trump, the fourth president he has covered. He covered President Obama for The Times and Bill Clinton and George W. Bush for The Washington Post.

Mr. Baker joined The Times in 2008 after 20 years at The Post and has written about Mr. Trump since the inception of his administration, through the turmoil inside his White House and the many battles with adversaries outside it. He has written about the investigation into Russia’s election interference, legislative struggles over health care and tax cuts, decisions of war and peace in Afghanistan, Syria and North Korea and the impeachment of the president.

During his first tour at the White House, Mr. Baker co-authored the Post’s original story breaking the Ken Starr investigation of the Monica Lewinsky scandal and served as the paper’s lead writer on the subsequent impeachment and trial of Mr. Clinton. During his next White House assignment, he covered the travails of Mr. Bush’s second term, from the Iraq war and Hurricane Katrina to Supreme Court nomination fights and the economic crisis. During Mr. Obama’s presidency, he covered the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the reelection campaign and debates over health care, economics, terrorism and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In between stints at the White House, Mr. Baker and his wife, Susan Glasser, spent four years as Moscow bureau chiefs for The Post, chronicling the rise of Vladimir Putin, the rollback of Russian democracy, the second Chechen war and the terrorist attacks on a theater in Moscow and a school in Beslan. Mr. Baker also covered the early months of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was the first American newspaper journalist to report from rebel-held northern Afghanistan after Sept. 11, 2001, and he spent the next eight months covering the overthrow of the Taliban and the emergence of a new government. He later spent six months in the Middle East, reporting from inside Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and around the region before embedding with the United States Marines as they drove toward Baghdad. At The Times, he served briefly as Jerusalem bureau chief.

Mr. Baker is the author of six books, most recently “The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III,” co-authored with Ms. Glasser and published by Doubleday in September. He also wrote “Obama: The Call of History” (New York Times/Callaway, 2017), a finalist for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work; “Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House” (Doubleday, 2013), which was named one of the five Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013 by The New York Times Book Review; “The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton” (Scribner, 2000), a New York Times bestseller; “Impeachment: An American History” (Modern Library, 2018) with Jon Meacham, Timothy Naftali and Jeffrey A. Engel; and, with Ms. Glasser, “Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin’s Russia and the End of Revolution” (Scribner, 2005), named one of the Best Books of 2005 by The Washington Post Book World.

Mr. Baker has won all three major awards devoted to White House reporting: the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Coverage of the Presidency (twice), the Aldo Beckman Memorial Award (twice) and the Merriman Smith Memorial Award. Mr. Baker is also a political analyst for MSNBC and a regular panelist on PBS’s “Washington Week.”

A native of the Washington area, Mr. Baker attended Oberlin College and worked for The Washington Times for two years before joining The Post in 1988 as a Virginia reporter. Ms. Glasser is now a staff writer for The New Yorker and the two live in Washington with their son Theodore.

About Susan Glasser:

Susan B. Glasser is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where she has written a weekly column on life in Trump’s Washington.

Glasser has served as the top editor of several Washington publications; most recently, she founded the award-winning Politico Magazine and went on to become the editor of Politico throughout the 2016 election cycle. She previously served as the editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy, which won three National Magazine Awards, among other honors, during her tenure.

Before that, she worked for a decade at the Washington Post, where she was the editor of Outlook and national news. She also oversaw coverage of the impeachment of Bill Clinton, served as a reporter covering the intersection of money and politics, spent four years as the Post’s Moscow co-bureau chief, and covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She edited Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper, early in her career.

Her books include “Kremlin Rising” and “The Man Who Ran Washington,” both of which she co-wrote with her husband, Peter Baker.

Feb
10
Wed
America and the Middle East in 2021 @ Zoom
Feb 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for our February presentation, part of our 2020-2021 monthly speaker series.

Presenter: Trita Parsi, Executive Vice President, Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft

Topic: “America and the Middle East in 2021”

When: Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 6:00 p.m. – presentation followed by a Q&A with the speaker

Where: Virtually! Registration required. The link to join us will be emailed with your registration confirmation. We will be using Zoom meetings.

Cost: Free for members (renew or join today!). $20 per presentation for guests. Please register in advance to receive Zoom login information.

About Trita Parsi:

Trita Parsi is an award-winning author and the 2010 recipient of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. He is an expert on US-Iranian relations, Iranian foreign politics, and the geopolitics of the Middle East. He has authored three books on US foreign policy in the Middle East, with a particular focus on Iran and Israel.

His first book, Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States (Yale University Press 2007), won the silver medal winner of the 2008 Arthur Ross Book Award from the Council on Foreign Relations. His second book, A Single Roll of the Dice – Obama’s Diplomacy with Iran (Yale University Press) was released in early 2012 and was selected by Foreign Affairs journal as the Best Book of 2012 on the Middle East.

Parsi’s latest book – Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy (Yale University Press, 2017) – reveals the behind the scenes story to the historic nuclear deal with Iran.

Parsi was born in Iran but moved with his family at the age of four to Sweden in order to escape political repression in Iran. His father was an outspoken academic who was jailed by the Shah and then by the Ayatollah. He moved to the United States as an adult and studied foreign policy at Johns Hopkins’ School for Advanced International Studies where he received his Ph.D. under Francis Fukuyama and Zbigniew Brzezinski.

He is the co-founder and former President of the National Iranian American Council. Parsi has followed Middle East politics through work in the field and extensive experience on Capitol Hill and at the United Nations. He is frequently consulted by Western and Asian governments on foreign policy matters. Parsi has worked for the Swedish Permanent Mission to the UN, where he served in the Security Council, handling the affairs of Afghanistan, Iraq, Tajikistan, and Western Sahara, and in the General Assembly’s Third Committee, addressing human rights in Iran, Afghanistan, Myanmar, and Iraq.

In addition to his Ph.D., Parsi holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Uppsala University and a Master’s Degree in Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics. He has served as an adjunct professor of International Relations at Johns Hopkins University SAIS, New York University, and George Washington University, as well as an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute and as a Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC. He currently teaches at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

He is fluent in Persian/Farsi, English, and Swedish. Parsi’s articles on Middle East affairs have been published in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Financial Times, Jane’s Intelligence Review, the Nation, The American Conservative, the Jerusalem Post, The Forward, and others. He is a frequent guest on CNN, PBS’s Newshour, NPR, the BBC, and Al Jazeera.

Mar
9
Tue
US-China Relations @ Zoom
Mar 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for our March presentation, part of our 2020-2021 speaker series.

Presenter: Dorinda Elliot, SVP, Director of Programs and Center for Business, China Institute

Topic: “US-China Relations”

When: Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 6:00 p.m. – presentation followed by a Q&A with the speaker

Where: Virtually! Registration required. The link to join us will be emailed with your registration confirmation. We will be using Zoom meetings.

Cost: Free for members (renew or join today!). $20 per presentation for guests. Please register in advance to receive Zoom login information.

About Dorinda Elliot:

Dorinda (Dinda) Elliott is SVP, Director of the Center for Business, at the China Institute. She runs all the public and private business-related programming, including speakers programs, the Global Council, and the annual Executive Summit. Before joining China Institute in July, Elliott worked for three years as the editorial and communications director at the Paulson Institute, founded by Hank Paulson, which promotes U.S.-China relations and sustainable growth in both countries.

Mar
23
Tue
Peace Movement by Indigenous Women in India @ Zoom
Mar 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us in March for our Quarterly Colloquium presentation.

Presenter: Binalakshmi Nepram, Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard Kennedy School; Writer, Civil Rights Activist; Founder, Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network, Control Arms Foundation of India; & Convener, Northeast India Women Initiative for Peace

Topic: “The Extraordinary Non-violent Peace Movement by Indigenous Women in India”

When: Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 6:00 p.m. – presentation followed by a Q&A with the speaker

Where: Virtually! Registration required. The link to join us will be emailed with your registration confirmation. We will be using Zoom meetings.

Cost: Free for members (renew or join today!). $20 per presentation for guests. Please register in advance to receive Zoom login information.

About Binalakshmi Nepram:

Ms. Binalakshmi Nepram, born in the state of Manipur located in India’s Northeast region is a writer, humanitarian and civil rights activist spearheading work on making women-led peace, security and disarmament a movement and an issue that is meaningful to people’s lives. She is the author of five books namely Poetic Festoon (1992), South Asia’s Fractured Frontier: Armed Conflict, Narcotics & Small Arms Proliferation in India’s Northeast (2003), Meckley: A Historical Fiction on Manipur (2004), India and Arms Trade Treaty (2008) and Where are our Women in Decision Making on UNSCR 1325 (2016). Ms. Nepram also authored several research articles and papers published in major universities in India and around the world.

In 2004, Ms. Nepram co-founded India’s first civil society organization which is working on conventional disarmament issues, namely the Control Arms Foundation of India. And in 2007, in order to help thousands of women who are affected by gun violence in her home-state Manipur, Ms Nepram launched the Manipur Women Gun Survivor Network. She has represented Indian civil society in various women and disarmament meetings held at United Nations in New York, Geneva and also in various global fora in Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Kenya, UK, Norway, Brussels, and many other countries. She is the first woman from Manipur and Northeast India to address the United Nations General Assembly several times.

Ms. Nepram is the recipient of Dalai Lama Foundation’s WISCOMP Scholar of Peace Award,2008, the international Sean MacBride Peace Prize, 2010; CNN IBN Real Heroes Award, 2011 and her team Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network won “Indian of the Year “Award in Special Achievement category the same year. In 2013, London based organization Action on Armed Violence named Ms Nepram as “100 most influential people in world working on armed violence reduction”.

In Jan 2015 Forbes (India) listed Binalakshmi Nepram in 24 “Young Minds of India that Matter” and India’s largest circulated Femina Women’s Magazine honored her with Femina Women Awards 2015 on 23 March 2015 followed by Young Women Federation of Indian Commerce and Industries “Young Women Achievers Award 2014-15” for her work with 20,000 women survivors. She was also awarded with the “Women Have Wings” Award from the USA in 2016 and Jijabai Women Empowerment Award in 2017 given by Delhi University.

She regularly tweets at @BinaNepram having over 5,00,000 followers.

Learn more at http://binalakshminepram.com/index.html.

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