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2021 Events

Water Rights and their Local Impact

Thursday, January 21, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
April Summitt, PhD
Summitt is currently the Provost of La Sierra University, having moved into this leadership role July 1, 2020. She has had a distinguished academic career serving as the Dean for General Education, and as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2016. She holds a PhD in History from Western Michigan University earned in 2002.

Summitt grew up near the Tennessee River and has always felt a strong connection to water. She researched U.S.-Middle East relations during the Kennedy administration for her PhD dissertation and examined the conflict over dividing the waters of the Jordan River in Palestine. Later, after moving to a position at Arizona State University, Summitt shifted her research focus to water in the American southwest, where she studied the environmental history of the Colorado River and American Indian history of the West in connection to water and environment.  

2020 Events

Foreign Policy Changes After January

Thursday, December 10, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Ambassador Ronald Neumann
Formerly a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Ronald E. Neumann served three times as Ambassador to: Algeria, Bahrain and Afghanistan. Before Afghanistan, Neumann, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, served in Baghdad with the Coalition Provisional Authority and then as Embassy Baghdad’s  political/military liaison with the Multinational Command. In earlier positions he was Director of the Office for Iran and Iraq, Deputy Chief of Mission in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and in Sanaa in Yemen, and Principal Officer in Tabriz, Iran. Ambassador Neumann is the author of a memoir, Three Embassies, Four Wars  (2017) and  The Other War: Winning and Losing in Afghanistan  (Potomac Press, 2009).
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CHINA TOWN HALL: US-China Relations after the Election: The Specter of Decoupling

Tuesday, November 10, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Barry Naughton, PhD 
Naughton is the So Kwanlok Professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California, San Diego. Naughton’s work on the Chinese economy focuses on market transition; industry and technology; foreign trade; and political economy. His first book, Growing Out of the Plan, won the Ohira Prize in 1996, and a new edition of his popular survey and textbook, The Chinese Economy: Adaptation and Growth, appeared in 2018. Naughton did his dissertation research in China in 1982, and received his PhD in Economics from Yale University in 1986.

National Committee on U.S. China Relations

Tuesday, November 10, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Ray Dalio
Join renowned investor, philanthropist and New York Times best-selling author Ray Dalio for the CHINA Town Hall keynote on the forces that underpin the most important global issues of our time, and the critical roles of the United States and China in an era of monumental worldwide change.
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North Korea in the Next Administration’s Foreign Policy

Tuesday, October 20, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Graeme Auton, PhD
Auton is a professor of Political Science at the University of Redlands and adjunct professor in the Graduate Program in National Security Studies at California State University.

Will the Sino-US Cold War Go Hot?

Wednesday, September 30, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Michael Austin, PhD
How Asia's Geopolitical Clash Will Dominate the Next Administration presented by Michael Austin, PhD, a historian by training, specializing in U.S. policy in Asia and geopolitical issues in the Indo-Pacific region.

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