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New Europe vs. Old Europe: What Can the EU Do in the Ukraine Crisis?

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New Europe vs. Old Europe: What Can the EU Do in the Ukraine Crisis?

+ DAAD Opportunities for Study and Research in Germany

Stefan Biedermann, deputy consul at the German Consulate in Los Angeles, will share his perspective on the Ukraine Crisis.

Hanni Geist from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in San Francisco will present the portion on student opportunities for study and research in Germany.

Their joint presentation will take place on Thursday, 30 October at 2:00 p.m. in 238 HRCB.

Stefan Biedermann was appointed deputy consul at the German Consulate in Los Angeles in 2012. Since joining the German Foreign Service in 1993, Biedermann has served in Berlin, Japan, and Cameroon in consulates and in embassies.

Previously, he worked as a journalist and covered the fall of the wall and German reunification for Japanese TV in Berlin.

Born in the Bavarian countryside, Biedermann received MAs in history and Japanese studies from universities in Berlin, Kyoto, and Tokyo.

He and his wife are the parents of two children. His hobbies include reading, guitars, music, and pursuing an interest in the history of art.

ISIS, Ebola, and Bodies that Fell from the Sky: A View of Global Crises from the UN

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ISIS, Ebola, and Bodies that Fell from the Sky: A View of Global Crises from the UN

Somini Sengupta is the New York Times bureau chief for the United Nations and will present a lecture on Thursday, 30 October at noon in 238 HRCB.

In her current position, she covers stories on diplomats, warlords, and assorted mayhem. Sengupta’s previous assignments for the NYT include technology correspondent and bureau chief in both New Delhi and West Africa.

Her most recent article, “Venezuela Gets U.N. Seat; Turkey Is Denied,” Read More…

India’s Global Future

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India’s Global Future

Richard Fontaine, president of the Center for a New American Security, will address India’s future at a lecture on  Wednesday, 29 October at noon in 238 HRCB.

Fontaine also is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He previously served as a senior advisor and senior fellow at CNAS (2009–12), was foreign policy advisor to the McCain 2008 presidential campaign and, following the election, the minority deputy staff director on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Prior to this, he served as associate director for Near Eastern Affairs Read More…

Pakistan–U.S. Relations: A Perspective on Regional Security Issues

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Pakistan–U.S. Relations: A Perspective on Regional Security Issues

On Tuesday, 28 October at 2:00 p.m. in 238 HRCB, His Excellency Jalil Abbas Jilani, Pakistani ambassador to the U.S., will speak to students and faculty.

Jilani is a career diplomat and assumed his current responsibilities January 2014. Previous to his appointment, he served as foreign secretary of Pakistan (2012–13).

His earlier assignments include ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg, and the European Union (2009–12) and as Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Canberra, Australia (2007–09), Read More…

Career Reflections: Research and Analysis

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Career Reflections: Research and Analysis

Mike Maughan, head of employee insight marketing at Qualtrics, will be on campus Thursday, 23 October at 4:00 p.m. in 238 HRCB.

Maughan specializes in helping organizations understand the value of employee development and engagement strategies.

Prior to his role with Qualtrics, he was chairman of the Board of Directors of the Evergreen Development Foundation and worked as a law clerk on the 2012 Romney for president campaign. Read More…