Former U.S. Ambassador John W. McDonald presents a new long-term plan for solving the heated conflict between Russia and NATO, through the establishment of "Peace Zones" in the Republic of Georgia. Responses offered by a panel comprised of Dr. Susan Allen Nan, professor of conflict resolution at George Mason University; Mr. Mamuka Tsereteli, president of the Georgian Association in the U.S.; and Cornell professors Valerie Bunce and Matthew Evangelista. Introduction by Georgian writer, poet and political activist Irakli Kakabadze.
Barack Obama opposed the invasion of Iraq and campaigned on the need for an American withdrawal. What difficult issues now confront President-Elect Obama in Iraq?
Taking part in the Nov. 10 debate in Kennedy Hall were:
City and regional planning professor and adjunct professor of economics at the Johnson Graduate School of Management Iwan J. Azis has addressed and published on topics of financial economics, economic modeling, and the linkages between macro-financial policy and social issues. Azis is the director of Cornell University's graduate program in regional science.
Azis spoke on Jan. 23, 2009 in Goldwin Smith. The event lecture was cosponsored by the Department of City and Regional Planning and the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.
The desert of Gaza is nearly half a world away, but in Goldwin Smith Hall's crowded Lewis Auditorium Feb. 18, the conflict that began in the Middle East a century ago—and intensified in Gaza in December—felt very close to home. Dialogue at the panel discussion reflected the difficulty in isolating the current crisis, in which 1,300 Palestinians and 13 Israelis have died, from its broader context.
Prince Turki Al-Faisal, ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the United States from 2005 to 2007, spoke about U.S.-Saudi relations on April 23, 2009 in Cornell's Statler Auditorium.
Thomas Carothers, vice president and director of the Democracy and Rule of Law Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, visited campus March 5, 2009 to discuss the future of U.S. democracy promotion under President Barack Obama. Carothers has worked on democracy assistance projects for many public and private organizations and carried out extensive field research on democracy-building programs in Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
Obama's new administration brings a revival to transatlantic relations, said Martin Palouš, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United Nations, during his Mar. 11 visit to Cornell.
Introduction by Valerie Bunce, Aaron Binenkorb Professor of International Studies and Professor of Government.
The event was part of the Einaudi Center's Foreign Policy Distinguished Speaker Series.
Steve Coll, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author, discussed the childhood and background of Osama bin Laden and how his background contributed to the rise of al Qaeda, March 5, 2010.
Coll, a New Yorker magazine staff writer, delivered the talk as the part of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies' Foreign Policy Distinguished Speaker Series.
Mo Ibrahim, founder of Celtel, one of Africa's most successful businesses, gave the Henry E. and Nancy Horton Bartels 2009 World Affairs Fellowship Lecture, April 27, 2009.
Africa has its problems, but there's a huge gap between perceptions and reality," said Ibrahim. Contrary to popular belief, he argued, it is possible -- and profitable -- to run a business in Africa without succumbing to corruption. And while people around the world hear about human rights abuses and autocratic leaders, he said, responsible, honest governance exists as well.
Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former president of Brazil (1995-2003) visited campus April 7, 2010 as the 2010 Henry E. and Nancy Horton Bartels World Affairs Fellow. His talk focused on the economic crisis and change, emphasizing the roots of the crisis as well as the importance of human rights and technological development.
A sociologist trained at the University of São Paulo, Cardoso is the author of numerous works including, most recently, "The Accidental President of Brazil." His visit was organized by the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.