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Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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April 2018

Audry Winter and Maximilian Mayer, ‘The United States and the Rise of China: Economic, Trade and Geopolitical Implications: Is a Trade War Inevitable?’

April 9, 2018 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, 200 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

Audrey Winter will talk about U.S. policy on China trade and investment issues, cooperation with the European Union and its member states and will provide an update on U.S. trade policy on China. Maximilian Mayer will talk about China's 'new silk road' - the Belt and Road initiative - and its economic, cultural and particular geopolitical aspects.

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September 2018

The China Challenge – The Response from Europe and the US

September 20, 2018 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, 200 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

Join us for a talk on "The China Challenge - The Response from Europe and the U.S.: the View from the German Embassies in Washington and Beijing, presented by Joerg Beissert and Klaus Larres. This event is part of the Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professorship series at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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The Peacemakers: Leadership Lessons from 20th Century Statesmanship

September 27, 2018 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, 200 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

Bruce Jentleson, professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University, presents a public lecture and book talk on The Peacemakers: Leadership Lessons from 20th Century Statesmanship. Professor Jentleson is a leading scholar of American foreign policy and has served in a number of U.S. policy and political positions. This lecture is part of the Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professorship Event Series at UNC-Chapel Hill. Klaus W. Larres is Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professor.

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October 2018

Donald Trump and North Korea: An Assessment

October 2, 2018 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, 200 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

Ambassador Christopher Hill presents a public talk on "Donald Trump and North Korea: An Assessment." This event is part of the Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professorship event series at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Ireland and Brexit: What to do Now?

October 4, 2018 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, 200 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

Dan Muhall, ambassador of the Republic of Ireland to the U.S., presents a public talk on "Ireland and Brexit: What to do Now?"  This event is part of the Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professorship Fall 2018 event series at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Vugar Gurbanov, ‘Great Power Competition in Eurasia: The View from Azerbaijan’

October 25, 2018 at 5:30 pm
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, 200 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

Vugar Gurbanov is a political counselor and acting deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of Azerbaijan in the United States. He is a career diplomat who joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan in 2005. Prior to his current position, Gurbanov worked at the Political-Military, Security Affairs and International Security departments of the Foreign Ministry. He also worked for the Mission of Azerbaijan to NATO. For more than 10 years at the Foreign Ministry, Gurbanov…

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November 2018

Foreign Affairs Award Info Session and Workshop

November 7, 2018 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, 200 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

Learn about awards available for students interested in foreign affairs, ask questions about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and hear from one of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's 2018 Gilman Scholarship recipients about her study abroad experience!  Lunch will be provided. RSVP today.

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Victoria Moy, ‘Fighting for the Dream: Voices of Chinese American Veterans from WWII to Afghanistan’

November 8, 2018 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, 200 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

When people think of American veterans, individuals of Asian descent rarely come to mind. It’s been all but forgotten that up to 20,000 Chinese Americans (about a quarter of the Chinese American population at the time) served in World War II–the highest ratio of any national grouping. Asian Americans continue to contribute to the U.S. military and to the fabric of American society today. Through historical pictures and firsthand oral histories from U.S. veterans of Chinese descent, ages 24-104 from…

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Sitao Xu, ‘Trade War: The US-China Rivalry and What to Do About It’

November 19, 2018 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, 200 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

This is a lecture and discussion with Sitao Xu, a chief economist and partner with Deloitte China. Panelists include Christian Lundblad, a professor of finance and associate dean at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Klaus Larres, a professor of history and international affairs at UNC-Chapel Hill. This event is part of the Krasno Event Series.

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February 2019

Tze Loo, ‘Okinawa’s ‘Shrine Problem’: Reconfigurations of Okinawa’s Religious Landscape, 1879-1945′

February 22, 2019 at 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, 200 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

Mainland shrine Shinto and its practices of kami worship spread in prewar Okinawa as part of the imposition of Japanese colonial rule in the prefecture. This spread was visible not only in the establishment of new Shinto shrines but also in the conversion of utaki sacred groves and other spaces of Okinawa’s indigenous ritual practices into jinja. Despite these developments, shrine Shinto’s presence in prewar Okinawa cannot be left only as a story of the successful top-down imposition of practices…

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April 2019

‘Hacks, Trolls and Fake News: What’s Russia Got to Do With It?’ Panel Discussion

April 11, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, 200 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

This panel discussion will examine media disinformation and manipulation strategies that have been attributed to and orchestrated by Russia vis-á-vis the U.S. and Ukraine. The panelists will address Russian Twitter bots, the state of media and journalism in contemporary Russia and the mediated participation of non-state actors in the Russia–Ukraine conflict. Deen Freelon is an associate professor in the School of Media and Journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill. His research interests lie in the changing relationships between technology and politics, and encompass the…

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Susan Thornton, ‘Can We Live With China? US–Chinese Relations in Tumultuous Times’

April 24, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, 200 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

This is a discussion featuring Susan Thornton, the former acting assistant secretary and principal deputy assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific affairs in the U.S. Department of State from 2016 until 2018. She is now senior research scholar at Yale University’s Paul Tsai China Center and a fellow at the Brookings Institute. The event will be introduced and moderated by Klaus Larres, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This event is part of the…

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David Ambaras, ‘Japan’s Imperial Underworlds: Intimate Encounters at the Borders of Empire’

April 25, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, 200 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

In this presentation, David Ambaras will examine the histories of people who moved, the relationships they created and the anxieties they provoked, in the spatial and social borderlands between Japan and China from the 1860s to the 1940s. Japan’s imbrication in new geopolitical structures and spatial flows engendered forms of intimacy that were seen as problematic, or even horrific, because they transgressed notions of territory marked by stable, defensible borders and notions of place marked by distinct identities and social…

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September 2019

Germany in Global Politics: From the Cold War to 30 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall

September 12, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, 200 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

Krasno Global Affairs and Business Council kicks off the first event of their Fall 2019 season on Thursday, September 12. “Germany in Global Politics: From the Cold War to 30 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall” deals with Germany’s increasing role in international affairs. Eminent Harvard scholar Joshua Rubenstein talks about “Stalin and the German Question: From Failure to Tragedy,” and prominent professor and scholar Hope M. Harrison of George Washington University looks at “Memory and the Making of…

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The Peacemakers: Leadership Lessons from 20th Century Statesmanship

September 13, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, 200 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

Join us for a lecture and book talk by Professor Bruce Jentleson on "The Peacemakers: Leadership lessons from 20th Century Statesmanship," recently published by W.W. Norton. Bruce Jentleson is Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University, where he previously served as Director of the Terry Sanford Institute (now Stanford School) of Public Policy. He is a leading scholar of American foreign policy and has served in a number of U.S. policy and political positions.

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Jane Perlez, ​’Xi Jinping & Co: Tales of a New York Times Correspondent in China’

September 17, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, 200 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

​This talk by Jane Perlez, bureau chief for The New York Times in Beijing, China, is part of the Krasno Global Business Affairs Council Event Series. This event will be introduced and moderated by Klaus Larres, Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professor of History and adjunct professor of the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense. For more information about the Krasno Event Series, visit their website.

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TAM Friday Lecture Series: Hanna Kleider

September 27, 2019 at 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, 200 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

Hanna Kleider is a lecturer in the Department of Political Economy at King’s College London. Before moving to KCL, she was an assistant professor in the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia. She received her doctorate in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2014. Her research and teaching interest center on comparative political economy, with a particular focus on transformations of the welfare state and their impact on patterns of inequality.…

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Poetry Reading with Fernando Valverde

September 30, 2019 at 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, 200 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

Fernando Valverde (Granada) has been voted the most relevant Spanish-language poet born after 1970 by nearly two hundred critics and scholars. His work engages with both contemporary and traditional Spanish culture, particularly Flamenco, while also grappling with universal existential questions. He will give a reading and engage in a discussion of his work. This event will be in Spanish. Light refreshments will be provided. Please contact Sarah Booker with questions about this event.

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October 2019

Ross Delston, ‘Money Laundering and Corrupt Dictators: Why Criminals and Terrorists Love to Wash Their Money in the US’

October 24, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, 200 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

This talk by Ross Delston, attorney, expert witness and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) from Washington, D.C., is part of the Krasno Global Business Affairs Council Event Series. This event will be introduced and moderated by Klaus Larres, Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professor of History and adjunct professor of the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense. A reception will follow in the FedEx Global Education Center James and Florence Peacock Atrium. For more information about the Krasno Event Series, visit their website.

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November 2019

Persistence as Resistance: An Evening with Ana Castillo

November 4, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, 200 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

Distinguished author Ana Castillo will read from her poetry and prose collections tracing her writing as acts of resistance. Castillo penned the novels So Far From God and Sapogonia, both New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Her novel Give it to Me won a 2014 LAMBDA Literary Award. Castillo’s latest work, Black Dove: Mamá, Mi’jo, and Me, examines what it means to be a single, brown, feminist parent in a world of mass incarceration, racial profiling and police brutality. Black Dove won an International Latino…

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Michael D. Swaine, ‘Trump and China: The Delusions of Current US Policy Toward China and a Path Back to Reality’

November 7, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, 200 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

This talk from Michael D. Swaine, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and one of the most prominent American analysts in Chinese security studies, is part of the Krasno Global Business Affairs Council Event Series. This event will be introduced and moderated by Klaus Larres, Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professor of History and adjunct professor of the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense. For more information about the Krasno Event Series, visit their website.

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Michael D. Swaine, ‘Trump and China: The Delusions of Current US Policy Toward China and a Path Back to Reality’

November 7, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, 200 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

This talk from Michael D. Swaine, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and one of the most prominent American analysts in Chinese security studies, is part of the Krasno Global Business Affairs Council Event Series. This event will be introduced and moderated by Klaus Larres, Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professor of History and adjunct professor of the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense. For more information about the Krasno Event Series, visit their website.

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Panel Discussion: ‘US-Taliban Negotiations: Background, Process and Potential Impact’

November 12, 2019 at 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, 200 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

The U.S. and the Taliban have been fighting for 18 years. White there have been a number of diplomatic attempts over the years to end the conflict, it was only in September 2019 that the Trump administration began public negotiations with the Taliban. What prompted the current U.S. administration to engage in dialogue with the Taliban and why would the Taliban agree to talk? How was the connection made between the parties and what specifics were discussed in these meetings?…

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Panel Discussion: ‘US-Taliban Negotiations: Background, Process and Potential Impact’

November 12, 2019 at 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, 200 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

The U.S. and the Taliban have been fighting for 18 years. White there have been a number of diplomatic attempts over the years to end the conflict, it was only in September 2019 that the Trump administration began public negotiations with the Taliban. What prompted the current U.S. administration to engage in dialogue with the Taliban and why would the Taliban agree to talk? How was the connection made between the parties and what specifics were discussed in these meetings?…

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Celeste A. Wallander, ‘Putin’s Gamble: US-Russian Relations in an Era of Global Change’

November 14, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, 200 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

Celeste A. Wallander is president and CEO of the U.S.-Russia Foundation; former special assistant to the president and senior director for Russia and Eurasia on the National Security Council (NSC); and former deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia. This event will be introduced and moderated by Klaus Larres, Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professor of History and adjunct professor of the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense. This event is part of the Krasno Global Business Affairs Council Event Series…

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Si Tao Xu, ‘What Does China Want? Global Implications of the US-China Rivalry and the Transformation of the Chinese Economy’

November 25, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, 200 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

This talk by Si Tao Xu, chief economist and partner, Deloite China, is part of the Krasno Global Business Affairs Council Event Series. The event will be introduced and moderated by Klaus Larres, Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professor of History and adjunct professor of the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense. For more information about the Krasno Event Series, visit their website.

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February 2020

‘New light on the Arabic writings of Omar ibn Said’ with Carl Ernst (UNC) and Mbaye Lo (Duke)

February 14, 2020 at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, 200 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

The enslaved African Muslim scholar Omar ibn Said, who wrote an autobiography in Arabic in 1831 while enslaved in Bladen County NC, has attracted attention as a striking example of the presence of Muslims in early America. Yet little has been done to identify the Arabic sources that Omar quotes in his writings or to explain his strategy and Implied audience. This presentation offers new discoveries of his use of half a dozen Arabic works on theology and Sufism, which…

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March 2020

Nowruz Celebration

March 19, 2020 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, 200 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

Enjoy traditional refreshments in recognition of the Persian New Year. Program will feature student presentations and a talk, "The Last Iranian Americans? Bans, Sanctions, and Immigrant Disintegration," by Neda Maghbouleh, University of Toronto. Co-sponsored with the UNC Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies.

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CANCELED: Ambassador Ram Aviram and Aaron Salzberg, ‘The Jordan and the Nile: Can We Avoid the Water Wars?’

March 19, 2020 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, 200 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

In 1985, then Secretary General of the United Nations Boutros Boutros Ghali said “The next war in the Middle East will be fought over water, not politics.” That future may be today. Increasing demands, pollution, climate change, and upstream development are now threatening key rivers across the Middle East and North Africa. Two rivers lay at the intersection of water, peace, and politics – the Jordan and the Nile. Hear from two experts, their personal stories and experiences to deescalate…

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April 2020

CANCELED: Killing Civilians in War: Why Did it Happen? Why Does it Happen? The View from History

April 7, 2020 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, 200 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

The notion that some types of people should not be targets for military operations, nor attacked violently by armed forces waging war, did not simply spring from our consciousness, or from any abstract sense of ethics or morality. It evolved historically, and not in any straight line either. Military history identifies the two extremes: times and places where no distinction of any kind between the ‘civilian’ and the warrior was either seen or respected; times and places where such distinctions…

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