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Past Council Events

Great Decisions

Responding to the Financial Crisis

Eric Tymoigne

As an immediate response to the financial crisis of 2007–08, governments around the world stepped in to bail out troubled private banks deemed “too big to fail,” underscoring the interdependence between private and public finances. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

Facing 21st Century Threats: Why America Needs the United Nations

Susan Rice

United Nations BuildingThe World Affairs Council of Oregon is honored to present Ambassador Susan E. Rice in a major public address. As U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and as a member of President Obama’s Cabinet and the National Security Council, Ambassador Rice is one of the President’s key foreign policy advisors. Read More ››

Great Decisions

U.S. National Security

Ronald Tammen

U.S. national security priorities were expanded after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, to include waging war in Iraq and Afghanistan, tightening border security, pursuing cyberthreats, halting nuclear proliferation and attempting to snuff out homegrown terrorism. Read More ››

Great Decisions

Global Governance

David Kinsella

International cooperation subjects political leaders to an ongoing test: balancing national needs with a commitment to building a durable international order. How has an increasingly interconnected and shrinking world affected the viability of existing agreements and institutions? Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

The Role of Law in China’s Strained “Harmonious Society”

Margaret Lewis

As China gears up for its leadership transition in 2012, it is easy to marvel at the more than six decades of uninterrupted rule by the Chinese Communist Party. This talk will draw on recent developments in China to explore the tension between China’s journey toward the rule of law and the persistence of single-party rule. Read More ››

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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 ››

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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 ››

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