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Brexit, Germany, and the Future of the European Union

When Jan 23, 2018
from 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
Where McCrum Theatre, Corpus Christi College
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A year after Prime Minister Theresa May announced her strategy for Britain's exit from the European Union, Britain and the European Union are committed to finalising their divorce on March of 2019. This has renewed scrutiny, and pressure, on German leadership both at home and in the European Union. The Forum on Geopolitics is pleased to welcome Prof. Hans-Werner Sinn, former President of the Ifo Institute, for a lecture made possible by the generous support of Sir Andrew Cook, CBE. Prof. Sinn will explore the challenges--and opportunities--facing Britain, Germany, and the European Union. 

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 About the Speaker:

Prof. Hans-Werner Sinn is former President of the Ifo Institute, Director of the Center for Economic Studies (CES) and Executive Director of CESifo GmbH. He was appointed Professor at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in 1984 and professor emeritus in April 2016. Sinn is known to the general public for his books on economic policy, which include: JumpstartCan Germany Be Saved?The Green ParadoxCasino Capitalism, and The Euro Trap. His main research interests are taxation, the environment, growth and exhaustible resources, risk theory, climate and energy, banking, demography and social security, macroeconomics and systemic competition.

Top of the Trouble Spots: Forecasting geopolitical trouble in 2018

When Jan 17, 2018
from 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
Where McCrum Theatre, Corpus Christi College
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The Forum on Geopolitics is pleased to present this panel-style event, chaired by Channel 4 News' Jonathan Rugman. Following the tumultous years of 2016 and 2017, this panel seeks to provide a geopolitical forecast for trouble in 2018. Together with speakers Tim Marshall, Robert Ward, Sean West, and Ayse Zarakol, Rugman will open the 2018 with an exploration of the panel's prediction for "Top of the Trouble Spots" for the year.


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About the Speakers:

Jonathan Rugman has been Foreign Affairs Correspondent at Channel 4 News for more than a decade, covering uprisings in Syria, Egypt, Libya, Tunisa and Bahrain, as well as the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. In 2016 he won a BAFTA for his reporting on the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Tim Marshall, formerly diplomatic editor and also foreign affairs editor for Sky News. Marshall is now a guest commentator on world events for the BBC, Sky News, and guest presenter on LBC. He has written four books, including NYT Bestseller Prisoners of Geography

Robert Ward leads the Economist Intelligence Unit's country, industry and data analysis and forecasting teams as Editorial Director. In this position he plays a key role in shaping the company's response to events, which includes developing the EIU's China strategy and spearheading the company's recent expansion of its China city analysis.

Sean West has been Eurasia Group's global deputy CEO since 2013 and is managing director for the EMEA region. In these roles he is responsible for key elements of the firm's strategy and management, especially related to developing innovative services and approaches to managing political risk.

Ayşe Zarakol is Reader in International Relations in the POLIS Department and a Fellow at Emmanuel College. Her articles have appeared in journals such as International Organization, International Theory, International Studies Quarterly, European Journal of International Relations, Review of International Studies, among many others.

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People Power: Polish Solidarity and the Ukrainian Revolution

When May 05, 2016
from 03:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where William Mong Hall, Sidney Sussex College
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As part of an ongoing commitment to the exploration of Polish-Ukrainian issues, Cambridge Polish StudiesCambridge Ukrainian Studies and the Forum on Geopolitics present a public symposium on the connections between two popular revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe: the Polish “Solidarity” revolution of the 1980s and the “Maidan” movement (or movements) of post-1991 independent Ukraine.

Speakers will include:

  • Krzysztof Bobiński (former co-chair of Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum)
  • Zbigniew Bujak (legendary leader of the Solidarity movement)
  • Paweł Kowal (former delegate to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee)
  • Andrii Portnov (historian at Humboldt University)
  • Marci Shore (intellectual historian at Yale University)
  • Oksana Zabuzhko (Ukraine’s most celebrated contemporary novelist)

In two sessions of presentations and discussion, we will examine the legacy of Poland’s Solidarity movement and the possible connections with Ukraine’s “Maidan” revolutions, especially the Euromaidan Revolution of 2014. In particular, we will ask whether there are lessons to be learned from Poland’s successful post-1989 transition, and whether Ukrainian activists can draw on the experience of Poland’s anti-communist civil society movement as they attempt to force lasting change to the institutions of a new democracy.

What are the major contextual similarities and differences between the two movements? How did Solidarity manage the transition from civic movement to political force shaping democratic institutions? What is the current significance of Polish support for Ukraine? How have Solidarity veterans – including Zbigniew Bujak – shared their experience with Ukrainian civil society groups? What is the present state of the Ukrainian Revolution and how can it continue to move forward?

The End of the Asian Century?: Trump, Europe, and the Race to Manage the Risks Threatening Asia's Future

When Jan 20, 2017
from 05:00 PM to 06:30 PM
Where Room S2, Alison Richard Building
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The Forum on Geopolitics and the Centre for Rising Powers invite you to a lecture by Michael Auslin

About this event

Since Marco Polo, the West has waited for the “Asian Century.” Today, the world believes that Century has arrived. Yet from China’s slumping economy to war clouds over the South China Sea, and from environmental devastation to demographic crisis, Asia’s future is increasingly uncertain. Far from being a cohesive powerhouse, the Indo-Pacific is a fractured region threatened by stagnation and instability, in need of greater economic reform, more security cooperation, and more responsive government. What role can the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States play in managing risk in Asia over the coming decade? Will President Trump pursue a policy of confrontation and economic mercantilism, while reducing America’s security commitments?

About Michael Auslin

Michael Auslin, a former associate professor of history at Yale, is currently a resident scholar and director of Japan studies at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., and author of the recently-published The End of the Asian Century. War, stagnation and the risks to the world’s most dynamic region (2017).

Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

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