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The world's top leaders and thinkers come to CSIS to discuss pressing global challenges. Each week, “Curated Conversations” culls the most critical of these discussions. For more on CSIS events, visit csis.org/events.

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The world's top leaders and thinkers come to CSIS to discuss pressing global challenges. Each week, “Curated Conversations” culls the most critical of these discussions. For more on CSIS events, visit csis.org/events.

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The world's top leaders and thinkers come to CSIS to discuss pressing global challenges. Each week, “Curated Conversations” culls the most critical of these discussions. For more on CSIS events, visit csis.org/events.

Rank #1: Report Launch: Risk and Resilience: Advancing Food and Nutrition Security in Nigeria

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Listen as CSIS Global Food Security Project for the launch of our newest report, Risk and Resilience: Advancing Food and Nutrition Security in Nigeria through Feed the Future , by Julie Howard and Emmy Simmons. The report examines what the new Feed the Future strategy's emphasis on resilience means in Nigeria, one of the newly-designated target countries.

Feb 13 2019

1hr 53mins

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Rank #2: Multilateral Institutions and an Illegitimate Regime in Venezuela

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On January 10, Nicolas Maduro’s first term ended and with it any remnants of legitimacy. He was sworn in by an illegitimate supreme court in defiance of the democratically-elected National Assembly and the legitimate Supreme Court in exile. Maduro’s action is a direct rejection of the conclusions and recommendations of the Lima Group of Western Hemisphere nations, which called on him not to assume the Office of President and to recognize the powers of the National Assembly.

Jan 15 2019

1hr 22mins

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Rank #3: Civil-Military Relations in the United States: A Conversation with the Hon. Leon E. Panetta

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As Americans grapple with the legacies of the post-9/11 conflicts, the relationship between the country and its armed forces is at a critical inflection point. What role do Americans want their military to play in civic life? How much does, and should, the military influence policy? From the reintegration of veterans into civilian society, to the dangers of politicization of the armed forces, to the inevitable - and often, healthy - tensions between civilian and uniformed decision-makers in Washington, this event will examine what makes civil-military relations break down and promote what a healthy civil-military relationship can do to reinvigorate our democracy. 

Apr 25 2019

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Rank #4: Responding to Armed Groups in Venezuela

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The presence of armed groups in Venezuela significantly affects how policymakers consider addressing the Venezuelan political and humanitarian crisis. The Maduro regime seeks to benefit from Venezuela's status as a hub for transnational crime and illicit activities, causing policymakers to doubt what the best approach to address the crisis would be. Illegal armed groups finding haven in Venezuela not only adds new threats to Venezuela’s internal security, but also threatens Colombia’s security and the region writ-large. Illegal armed groups in Venezuela include the National Liberation Army (ELN), remnants of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), colectivos, garimpeiros, and other residual organized armed groups (GAO) and criminal gangs.

Nov 18 2019

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Rank #5: Are Sanctions Working?

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The CSIS Energy & National Security Program invites you to listen to Are Sanctions Working?, a conference examining the state of U.S. sanctions―what is different, what is and is not working, and implications for U.S. foreign policy, the global economy, and the energy sector. The United States has employed sanctions as a foreign policy mechanism for decades. In recent years, the United States has developed a new generation of more targeted, more agile economic sanctions. This conference will review the efficacy of the new style of U.S. sanctions, understand what is contributing to their success or failure, and gauge their future. Speakers will also explore how sustained use of sanctions is impacting one universally important sector: the energy sector.

Jul 31 2019

2hr 47mins

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Rank #6: Refugees and Migrants: A Test of Civilization

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While millions of people are displaced around the globe and thousands more contemplate dangerous journeys in search of a better life, "We’re in Danger! Who Will Help Us?" draws on lessons from the “refugee decade” to inform responses to today’s crises. Please join us for a conversation with James Purcell, author of "We’re in Danger! Who Will Help Us?" and Chairman of USA for IOM followed by a reception. Mr. Purcell is the Former Director General of the IOM and Former Director of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau for Refugee Programs.

May 03 2019

1hr 17mins

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Rank #7: Network Futures: 5G, SDN and the Internet

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Telecom technology is changing again, and it's more than the move to 5G.  How and when it changes will have a  major effect on key issues like Huawei's efforts to dominate the telecom market, supply chain diversity, and how your phone, car or factory connects to the internet.  New technologies will reshape the security debate and markets. Listen for an interactive discussion of  the policy and business implication of the future of 5G.

Jul 10 2019

1hr 28mins

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Rank #8: A Discussion with Millennium Challenge Corporation’s CEO Sean Cairncross

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Since its creation in 2004, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) has acted as a key U.S. foreign assistance instrument focused on economic growth, country partnerships, and cost-effective projects. Its impact spans nearly 50 countries around the world in the agriculture, education, energy, health, and infrastructure sectors. MCC's three different grant systems—compacts, concurrent compacts for regional investments, and threshold programs—address the underlying causes of poverty and promote economic growth by working with the private sector and supporting regulatory reforms.

Aug 20 2019

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Rank #9: Presidential Countdown in Venezuela and the International Response

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Please listen to CSIS Americas for a public discussion about the uncertain future of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's legitimacy. Nearly 50 countries chose not to recognize the results of the Venezuelan presidential elections held earlier this year, as the elections were widely considered to be unfree and unfair as well as being considered non-existent by the National Assembly. This leaves open the possibility that Nicolas Maduro will not be recognized as president of Venezuela by these countries beginning on January 10, 2019 -- the date the new presidential period begins.

Nov 28 2018

1hr 25mins

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Rank #10: A Conversation with Senators Murkowski and Manchin

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The CSIS Energy & National Security Program is pleased to welcome The Hon. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and The Hon. Joe Manchin (D-WV) for a conversation on energy policy priorities in the United States. This discussion will center on the opportunities and challenges of harnessing U.S. energy resources to foster economic opportunities and innovation for U.S. businesses, workers, and communities. As Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Senators Murkowski and Manchin are at the forefront of developing future energy policies across a wide range of crucial areas, including innovation, energy efficiency, and worker training.

Oct 30 2019

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Rank #11: Schieffer Series: The Kremlin Playbook 2: The Enablers

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It builds on the first Kremlin Playbook, which described the patterns of Russian economic influence in five Central and Eastern European countries. This new report, with six new case studies, exposes how countries can either be targets or enablers of Russian malign economic influence by allowing their financial systems to shelter profits for Russian companies and facilitate tax avoidance or illicit financial activity in Europe. The Kremlin Playbook 2 highlights the nexus between illicit finance and national security, describes the adaption of Russian tactics, and underscores the democratic imperative of greater institutional transparency against complex illicit schemes.

Mar 11 2019

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Rank #12: China's New Era in Techno-Governance

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Technology was once viewed as a liberating tool for individuals living under authoritarian regimes, yet today, illiberal governments around the world are developing, acquiring, and utilizing technologies to strengthen political control over their population. Perhaps more than any other authoritarian country, China is experimenting with new methods of integrating technology into its system of governance, with its near-total surveillance state in the western region of Xinjiang being the most extreme example.

Nov 06 2019

1hr 24mins

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Rank #13: Dry Hills, Full Ponds: Climate Change, Resilience, and Agriculture in Nepal

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Climate change is upon us. In places like Nepal, where two-thirds of the labor force rely on agriculture to earn a living, the impacts of rising temperatures, shifting rainfall patterns, and protracted droughts are becoming especially severe. The U.S. government is expanding its investment in programs that build climate resilience, but how can we ensure these investments are inclusive and beneficial to the most vulnerable populations?

Oct 09 2019

1hr 24mins

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Rank #14: Out of the Shadows: Shining a Light on Irregular Migration

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Recognizing the critical, understudied, and often misunderstood nature of this global phenomenon, CSIS produced a research study on irregular migration involving field research in Mexico, Eritrea, and Ghana.

Aug 29 2019

1hr 31mins

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Rank #15: Prospects for the Trump-Kim Vietnam Summit

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A timely discussion with scholars, experts, and opinion leaders on the potential impact of the February 27 and 28, 2019 Vietnam Summit between the United States and North Korea, the possibilities for denuclearization, and regional implications of summit diplomacy for Northeast Asia. 

Feb 22 2019

1hr 54mins

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Rank #16: A Conversation with Afghanistan First Lady Rula Ghani

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Women have made great economic and social strides in the past 15 years. More than 3.6 million girls are in school and women are now allowed to work, both of which are essential to peace and stability in Afghanistan. However, the work is not over. It is vital that the progress continues and that women are not forgotten in the search for peace. We are pleased to host the First Lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani, who has been a champion on these issues. Mrs. Ghani plays an active role as first lady, supporting efforts to fully integrate women and girls into Afghan society and into the workforce. In May 2016, she brought together prominent Afghan women from Kabul and gave them a platform to discuss women’s roles in contributing to peace. She held another symposium in 2017 to discuss the role of Afghan women as messengers of peace.

Nov 15 2019

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Rank #17: Maritime Security Dialogue: A Conversation with ADM William Moran, USN, Vice Chief of Naval Operations

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A Maritime Security Dialogue event featuring a discussion with ADM William Moran, USN, Vice Chief of Naval Operations.

Apr 16 2019

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Rank #18: Yemen’s Crisis

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Many observers describe the situation in Yemen as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Nearly 80 percent of the country’s 28 million residents require assistance, and more than 7 million people are at risk of famine. Providing humanitarian assistance presents many challenges, as fighting and blockades frequently impede humanitarian access, and combatants divert aid supplies for political and financial gain. This discussion will examine how the dynamics of Yemen’s conflict help shape the country’s humanitarian situation, and participants will explore potential avenues to address issues of aid access.

Sep 19 2019

1hr 23mins

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Rank #19: Japan’s Infrastructure Development Strategy: Supporting a Free and Open Indo-Pacific

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Welcoming remarks by John J. Hamre, President and CEO, CSIS and remarks by Tadashi Maeda, Governor, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). Followed by a discussion moderated by Michael J. Green, Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair, CSIS; Director of Asian Studies, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.

Oct 17 2019

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Rank #20: US-China Innovation Forum: Setting the Agenda

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Rapid technological advancements offer a wealth of potential opportunities for business and consumers, but also present a set of serious public policy challenges for the United States, China and others.

Apr 10 2019

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The Prospects for U.S.-Russia Arms Control

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With the demise of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) and an unclear future for New START, U.S.-Russian arms control is in dire condition. Some experts in both capitals question the feasibility or necessity of further bilateral arms control. However, any U.S. and Russian administration will face the task of managing its own arsenal and relations with a nuclear armed competitor, which requires some level of arms control—formal or informal. How do Moscow and Washington approach this task? What are most immediate concerns and what could be on the table in the future negotiations? How possible is trilateral arms control with China? What are the arms control mechanisms short of formal treaties? Andrey Baklitskiy, visiting fellow with the Russia and Eurasia Program, will present his analysis of the different options for U.S.-Russian arms control.

Jan 15 2020

1hr 28mins

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Strategic Japan: Shaping the Rules Based Order in the Reiwa Era

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Strategic Japan draws on the newest research from Japanese scholars to inform the policy debate in Washington. This year, the CSIS Japan Chair has invited four scholars to examine Japan’s leadership role in international and regional institutions and avenues for U.S.-Japan cooperation in the future.

Jan 08 2020

1hr 51mins

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Electric Vehicles: The Future of Development and Deployment

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More than two million electric vehicles (EVs) were sold globally in 2018, a trend expected to grow over the coming decades. The smart deployment of EVs and EV infrastructure will be an important part of broader mobility planning and offers opportunities to connect markets and supply chains. The CSIS Energy & National Security Program is pleased to convene this panel to discuss strategies and policies to develop and deploy EVs.

Dec 09 2019

1hr 29mins

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Global Partnerships to Combat Cybercrime & the Challenge of Going Dark

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Digital technologies are creating new challenges for law enforcement agencies around the world. Cybercrime is proliferating due to the growing sophistication of online criminal networks and the difficulties of trans-national enforcement. Investigations of traditional crimes are also becoming more difficult as encryption, ephemerality, and other technical measures create obstacles for accessing digital evidence. This event will examine how global cooperation can help to address these issues in a way that ensures a balance between the protection of civil liberties and the needs of the law enforcement community.

Dec 05 2019

1hr 23mins

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The Future of Work in Argentina

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With the fourth industrial revolution set to disrupt labor markets, global stability is contingent on developing countries' ability to transform their economies and create jobs to meet the economic aspirations of their people. Argentina, during its presidency of the G20 in 2018, has made the future of work one of the main priorities throughout the year and created a T20 Task Force to develop recommendations on the future of work and education for the digital age.

Nov 25 2019

1hr 12mins

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Responding to Armed Groups in Venezuela

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The presence of armed groups in Venezuela significantly affects how policymakers consider addressing the Venezuelan political and humanitarian crisis. The Maduro regime seeks to benefit from Venezuela's status as a hub for transnational crime and illicit activities, causing policymakers to doubt what the best approach to address the crisis would be. Illegal armed groups finding haven in Venezuela not only adds new threats to Venezuela’s internal security, but also threatens Colombia’s security and the region writ-large. Illegal armed groups in Venezuela include the National Liberation Army (ELN), remnants of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), colectivos, garimpeiros, and other residual organized armed groups (GAO) and criminal gangs.

Nov 18 2019

49mins

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A Conversation with Afghanistan First Lady Rula Ghani

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Women have made great economic and social strides in the past 15 years. More than 3.6 million girls are in school and women are now allowed to work, both of which are essential to peace and stability in Afghanistan. However, the work is not over. It is vital that the progress continues and that women are not forgotten in the search for peace. We are pleased to host the First Lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani, who has been a champion on these issues. Mrs. Ghani plays an active role as first lady, supporting efforts to fully integrate women and girls into Afghan society and into the workforce. In May 2016, she brought together prominent Afghan women from Kabul and gave them a platform to discuss women’s roles in contributing to peace. She held another symposium in 2017 to discuss the role of Afghan women as messengers of peace.

Nov 15 2019

55mins

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China's New Era in Techno-Governance

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Technology was once viewed as a liberating tool for individuals living under authoritarian regimes, yet today, illiberal governments around the world are developing, acquiring, and utilizing technologies to strengthen political control over their population. Perhaps more than any other authoritarian country, China is experimenting with new methods of integrating technology into its system of governance, with its near-total surveillance state in the western region of Xinjiang being the most extreme example.

Nov 06 2019

1hr 24mins

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A Conversation with Senators Murkowski and Manchin

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The CSIS Energy & National Security Program is pleased to welcome The Hon. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and The Hon. Joe Manchin (D-WV) for a conversation on energy policy priorities in the United States. This discussion will center on the opportunities and challenges of harnessing U.S. energy resources to foster economic opportunities and innovation for U.S. businesses, workers, and communities. As Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Senators Murkowski and Manchin are at the forefront of developing future energy policies across a wide range of crucial areas, including innovation, energy efficiency, and worker training.

Oct 30 2019

1hr 1min

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Japan’s Infrastructure Development Strategy: Supporting a Free and Open Indo-Pacific

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Welcoming remarks by John J. Hamre, President and CEO, CSIS and remarks by Tadashi Maeda, Governor, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). Followed by a discussion moderated by Michael J. Green, Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair, CSIS; Director of Asian Studies, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.

Oct 17 2019

56mins

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Dry Hills, Full Ponds: Climate Change, Resilience, and Agriculture in Nepal

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Climate change is upon us. In places like Nepal, where two-thirds of the labor force rely on agriculture to earn a living, the impacts of rising temperatures, shifting rainfall patterns, and protracted droughts are becoming especially severe. The U.S. government is expanding its investment in programs that build climate resilience, but how can we ensure these investments are inclusive and beneficial to the most vulnerable populations?

Oct 09 2019

1hr 24mins

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Venezuela's Water Crisis and the Path Forward

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Venezuela’s water system is currently facing a number of critical issues and a clear path forward is needed to address the country’s water crisis in the short term and to identify a roadmap for longer term structural reforms addressing all aspects of the national water management system. The purpose of this conference is to analyze the current threats endangering the nation’s watersheds, the capacity of the water management system to protect the nation’s water resources, and the conditions of multiple entities responsible for assuring access to safe and clean water throughout the country.

Oct 03 2019

2hr 50mins

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Schieffer Series: The Iran Situation

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In the wake of the investigations into the bombings of Saudi Arabian oil facilities last week, tensions have heightened between the United States, Saudi Arabia, and Iran, culminating in Iran threatening an ‘all-out war’ should the U.S. retaliate. CSIS's Seth Jones and Jon Alterman and the New York Times’ David Sanger join Bob Schieffer for a discussion about what happened and what may come next, including potential options for the Trump administration.

Sep 24 2019

59mins

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Yemen’s Crisis

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Many observers describe the situation in Yemen as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Nearly 80 percent of the country’s 28 million residents require assistance, and more than 7 million people are at risk of famine. Providing humanitarian assistance presents many challenges, as fighting and blockades frequently impede humanitarian access, and combatants divert aid supplies for political and financial gain. This discussion will examine how the dynamics of Yemen’s conflict help shape the country’s humanitarian situation, and participants will explore potential avenues to address issues of aid access.

Sep 19 2019

1hr 23mins

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Dividing America: A Conversation with Senator Michael Bennet

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The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) invites you to a conversation with Senator Michael Bennet on his new book, Dividing America: How Russia Hacked Social Media and Democracy. In this new book, Senator Bennet highlights the various ways in which the Russian government has used social media to sow discord and chaos among the American public to undermine our democracy. Containing over 100 images of Russian-sponsored propaganda, this book serves as an important reminder of the threat landscape as we approach the 2020 presidential election.

Sep 10 2019

47mins

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Out of the Shadows: Shining a Light on Irregular Migration

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Recognizing the critical, understudied, and often misunderstood nature of this global phenomenon, CSIS produced a research study on irregular migration involving field research in Mexico, Eritrea, and Ghana.

Aug 29 2019

1hr 31mins

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A Discussion with Millennium Challenge Corporation’s CEO Sean Cairncross

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Since its creation in 2004, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) has acted as a key U.S. foreign assistance instrument focused on economic growth, country partnerships, and cost-effective projects. Its impact spans nearly 50 countries around the world in the agriculture, education, energy, health, and infrastructure sectors. MCC's three different grant systems—compacts, concurrent compacts for regional investments, and threshold programs—address the underlying causes of poverty and promote economic growth by working with the private sector and supporting regulatory reforms.

Aug 20 2019

55mins

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Building Bridges? Development and Infrastructure in U.S.-China Relations

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Amid escalating U.S.-China tensions, Washington and Beijing are focused on managing their differences on bilateral trade. At the same time, both countries have a major stake in the functioning of the global economic order—the institutions, rules, and norms that shape international economic affairs. Even as they address bilateral issues, it is also important for the two sides to confront strains in the global order.

Aug 08 2019

1hr 20mins

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Are Sanctions Working?

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The CSIS Energy & National Security Program invites you to listen to Are Sanctions Working?, a conference examining the state of U.S. sanctions―what is different, what is and is not working, and implications for U.S. foreign policy, the global economy, and the energy sector. The United States has employed sanctions as a foreign policy mechanism for decades. In recent years, the United States has developed a new generation of more targeted, more agile economic sanctions. This conference will review the efficacy of the new style of U.S. sanctions, understand what is contributing to their success or failure, and gauge their future. Speakers will also explore how sustained use of sanctions is impacting one universally important sector: the energy sector.

Jul 31 2019

2hr 47mins

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Homeland Defense and the Role of NORAD and USNORTHCOM: A Conversation with General Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy

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Listen as the International Security Program holds a conversation with General Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, where he discusses homeland defense and the role of NORAD and USNORTHCOM.

Jul 22 2019

58mins

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By HA Schwartz - Jun 22 2016
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