Brigham Young University

Asian Studies

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…

WW I and the Making of the Modern Middle East

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WW I and the Making of the Modern Middle East

Kent F. Schull, an associate professor of Ottoman and modern Middle East history at SUNY Binghamton, will speak to a campus audience on Wednesday, 22 October at noon in 238 HRCB.

Schull is a twice Fulbright Scholar to Turkey. His research interests include crime, punishment, and criminal justice in the late Ottoman Empire, the history of World War I in the Middle East, socio-legal history, Islamic criminal law, and Muslims in North America and Europe. Read More…

Nuclear Policy for the 21st Century

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Nuclear Policy for the 21st Century

Rose Eilene Gottemoeller, under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security at the U.S. Department of State, will visit campus on Wednesday, 22 October at 11:00 a.m. in 238 HRCB, to discuss this timely topic.

Gottemoeller was appointed to her new position in March, where she advises the secretary on arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament, and she had been acting in this position since February 2012. She was also serving as assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance, Read More…