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Past Council Events

Great Decisions

Horn of Africa

Peter Bechtold

Since the early 1990s, the U.S. has monitored the Horn of Africa due to security concerns. Internal instability, weak governments in some countries, regional rivalries and a lack of development have resulted in an environment conducive to terrorism. Read More ››

International Speaker Series (2011)

Afghanistan and Beyond: The Future of American Security

General Stanley McChrystal

Afghanistan and Beyond: The Future of American SecurityCalled “one of America’s greatest warriors” by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, General McChrystal headed the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). Architect of the “surge” in Afghanistan, McChrystal speaks with rare candor about challenges to American security overseas and at home. Read More ››

Great Decisions

Sanctions and Nonproliferation

Alexander Montgomery-Amo

Sanctions have been created to curb nations in violation of international law, especially agreements concerning nuclear nonproliferation. How successfully have sanctions been applied against past violators? Read More ››

Great Decisions

Rebuilding Haiti

Phil Oldham

The January 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti struck a country already suffering from widespread poverty and underdevelopment. Did this natural disaster inadvertently provide an opportunity for reassessment and planning a new Haiti? Will the results of the 2010 presidential elections provide the leadership bring to restore the country? Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

Embedded in Afghanistan — Photojournalists Report the War

Dan Morrison
Cali Bagby

Embedded in Afghanistan — Photojournalists Report the WarUniversity of Oregon journalism Professor Dan Morrison and freelance journalist (and UO Journalism alumna) Cali Bagby recently spent a number of months embedded with the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment in Marjah, located in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan, just north of the Pakistani border. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

Travels in Siberia

Ian Frazier

Travels in SiberiaIan Frazier brings us an astonishingly thorough exploration of Siberia that articulates its enduring appeal in the popular imagination. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

Global I.Q. with The Economist: International Business Hotspots

Global I.Q. with The Economist: International Business HotspotsJoin Robert Ward, director of Global Forecasting for the Economist Intelligence Unit, and Jim Falk, president and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, as they discuss the many emerging countries that are—despite the global recession—experiencing unprecedented growth and attracting foreign investment. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

Brazil: Two Perspectives

For this special lunchtime presentation, we explore two distinct visions of Brazil, a country in transition. Read More ››



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