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Member of ACFR, Washington, D.C.

SPEAKER:    Dr. Ken Conca, Professor of International Relations, School of International. Service, American University and winner of the 2021 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order
PLACE:    The safety of your own home 
DATE:        Tuesday April 13, 2021
TIME:        10:00am-11:30am Zoom Meeting

Thanks to the Wilson Center's Kennan Institute, we are pleased to invite you to another timely Kennan Conversation, hosted by the Des Moines Committee on Tuesday, April 20th at 10:00 Pacific Time. Please RSVP to the event below. 

Topic: Russia and NATO: Past, Present, and Future


In March 2014 Russia formally annexed the Republic of Crimea and incorporated it as a subject state, an act of aggression that ended official civilian and military cooperation between Russia and NATO. Hostility from the Russians has increased again in recent weeks in the Donbass region of Ukraine, as Russia has massed troops along the disputed border. Ukraine’s president has stated that he views Ukrainian membership in NATO as the only way to ameliorate the crisis in the region, a development strongly opposed by Russian authorities. Is Russia seeking to once again flout international norms and add to its territory and influence? What are the historical roots of this conflict and of NATO's involvement? What does the current situation look like on the ground, and what are the prospects for peace in the region?

To answer these questions and many more, we will be joined by two experts from the Kennan Institute. 

William H. Hill is a retired foreign service officer who served two terms as Head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova, where he was charged with negotiation of a political settlement to the Transdniestrian conflict and facilitation of the withdrawal of Russian forces, arms, and ammunition from Moldova. Dr. Hill is an expert on Russia and east-west relations, having authored several books on the subject, and will provide us with the historical context that surrounds the current conflict. 


Colonel Jason P. Gresh is a U.S. Army Foreign Area Officer (FAO) fellow with the Kennan Institute.  He was previously a military fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and has been serving as a FAO specializing in Eastern Europe and Eurasia for most of his Army career. Colonel Gresh holds a M.A. in Russian and East European Studies from Georgetown University and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is currently in Moscow serving as an attache to the US embassy. 
This event is made possible by the Kennan Conversation series from the Wilson Center's Kennan Institute, which serves as a forum for the Institute's experts on Russia to engage with local audiences who are fascinated by what they read in the news, but often do not have the opportunity to hear directly from leading experts. 

GDMCFR Events is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: GDMCFR April Webinar with William H. Hill and Jason P. Gresh

Time: Apr 20, 2021 10:00 PM Pacific

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
6pm Pacific
Speaker: Jason Tower

"Myanmar’s Coup:
International Shockwaves and Prospects for
Peace and Democracy"

A Message from Jason Tower: On February 1, 2021, just hours before the newly elected members of Parliament were set to convene, Myanmar’s military staged a coup, arresting the country’s political leadership and establishing a new administrative council. In the weeks since the coup, strong popular resistance has emerged, with millions of people from all walks of life launching a civilian disobedience movement to prevent the army from consolidating control. The army has responded with brutal violence, security forces killing dozens of protestors, injuring hundreds and arresting thousands more. While elected members of Parliament have gone into hiding and are working to establish an interim government, the coup has sparked new challenges for relations between Myanmar’s numerous ethnic armed organizations. With the international community divided on how to respond, continued violence against the public, instability in the border lands and a major regional security crisis are likely.
Jason Tower, Country Director for Burma (Myanmar) at the United States Institute of Peace will discuss the reasons for the coup, the implications for violent conflict and ongoing efforts to end 70 years of civil war in the country, and the response of the international community. Mr. Tower will also discuss possible avenues for supporting the restoration of democracy and preventing a regional security crisis.

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During this time when we are unable to hold our luncheon programs and other in-person events,
we have had the benefit of timely Webinars/Zoom programs presented by experts at eminent policy institutes through American Committees on Foreign Relations.

“How Will the Coronavirus Pandemic Impact Great Power Competition?” (Hudson Institute; March 31, 2020)

“Disinformation Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic”  (Wilson Center; April 7, 2020)

"The Food Supply During the Pandemic:  Facts from the Front Line" (Heritage Foundation; April 13, 2020)

“COVID-19 and the U.S.-China Relationship: Collision or Collaboration?”  (National Committee on U.S.- China Relations; April 14, 2020)

“U.S. Global Leadership Amid Contested Globalism: The Next 25 Years.” (Hudson Institute; April 20, 2020) This was followed by ACFR’s annual meeting.

“Nuclear Deterrence for the 21st Century”  (Heritage Foundation & Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA); May 5, 2020)

“Putin and Russia: The Global Road Ahead” with Robert Donaldson, Ph.D. Director, Tulsa CFR & Erich Frankland, Director Casper CFR  (May 7, 2020) 

“In Russia’s Shadow:  China’s Rising Security Presence?”  (Kennan Institute, May 27, 2020)

“Making Sense of a World in Crisis —  Through the Eyes of a Foreign Policy Expert” with Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations (July 13, 2020)

"Explore the Peace Trail on the National Mall" (The United States Institute of Peace, August 13, 2020)

"U.S.-Africa Policy Before, During, & After Covid-19" featuring Judd Devermont, Director of the CSIS Africa Program.  
(Tuesday, August 25)

"US-China Relations: A New Cold War?"  Hosted by Dr. Mohsen Milani, Founding Executive Director of the Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies at the University of South Florida (September 10, 2020)

“U.S.-Russia Relations in the 21st Century: "Balancing Competition and Cooperation" Hosted by Denver Council on Foreign Relations featuring Ambassador John Beryle. (October 8, 2020)

Heritage Foundation Webinar:  "The Fight to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine The Inside Story of the Administration’s Operation Warp Speed" Moderated By: Thomas Spoehr, Director, Center for National Defense, The Heritage Foundation and Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, Ret. Gen. Spoehr spoke here last December, during our Christmas luncheon program. (October 27, 2020)

Zoom Meeting: “US National Interests and the World Health Organization” ACFR-exclusive presentation featuring Dr. Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President and Director of the Global Health Policy Center at CSIS) (November 10, 2020)

"Where is America Likely Headed in the Middle East?" ACFR Event featuring Ambassador Dennis Ross. (November 17, 2020)

"Looking Ahead at U.S.-Russian Relations in the Next Administration" American Committees on Foreign Relations event, hosted by the Kennan Institute. Speaker: Michael Kimmage Moderator: Jill Dougherty (December 1, 2020)

"Critical Minerals & US National Security" Organized by the Denver Council on Foreign Relations featuring Dr. Morgan Bazilian. (January 19, 2021)

"Will US-Russia Relations Ever Recover?" Organized by Denver Council on Foreign Relations featuring Dr. Fiona Hill (February 9, 2021)

"Biden and the U.S. Global Role: Restoring America’s Moral Voice"  Organized by Salt Lake Committee on Foreign Relations featuring Lawrence J. Haas (February 17, 2021)


​"Brexit: What's Next for Britain, the European Union, and the United States?" Organized by Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations featuring Ted Bromund, Michelle Egan, and Jim Hollifield (February 19, 2021)


"Women's Gains in Afghanistan: Healthcare’s Essential Role" Organized by the Atlantic Council, in partnership with the U.S. - Afghan Women’s Council and the American Council on Women, Peace and Security. Featuring Rear Admiral Shoshana Chatfield, President, U.S. Naval War College and former Provincial Reconstruction Team commander; Diwa Samad, Special Aide to the President of AFG and Former Deputy Minister for Policy and Planning, Afghan Ministry of Health; and Mariam Bayat, Director, Bayat Foundation. (February 26, 2021)


"Transatlantic Renewal? A New Era for German-American Relations" Featuring Ricklef Beutin. Hosted by the Denver Council on Foreign Relations in conjunction with the American Council on Germany. (March 11, 2021)


"The Importance of Getting US-Mexico Relations Right" Featuring Ambassador Earl Anthony (Tony) Wayne. Hosted by the Salt Lake City Committee on Foreign Relations. (March 17, 2021)

"Women's Gains in Afghanistan: Leadership & Peace" Hosted by the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center, the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council (USAWC), and the American Council on Women, Peace and Security (ACWPS). Featured speakers: Minister Hasina Safi, Fatima Gailani, and Lt. Colonel Natalie Trogus. (March 23, 2021)

"The Civilian - Military Relationship Today" Hosted by the Denver Council on Foreign Relations. Featuring General George W. Casey. (April 7, 2021)

"U.S. National Security Issues Today- Like Never Before!" Hosted by the Denver Council on Foreign Relations. Featuring Dr. Lewis Griffith. (April 14, 2021)


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