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05/04/2017 - Americas Role in the Asia-Pacific Region: A View From Singapore
Singapore is an important partner of the United States in promoting peace and prosperity in Southeast Asia. Though not formal allies, the two countries have enjoyed a broad and deep partnership for decades. What will this relationship be like in an era of global change and tumult?

The Consul General of Singapore in San Francisco, Christopher Cheang, will offer the San Diego World Affairs Council his perspectives on U.S. relations with Singapore and the broader Asia-Pacific region.

Located on the strategically vital Strait of Malacca and near the contested zone of the South China Sea, Singapore allows the U.S. Navy use of modern port facilities. In 1990, after closure of U.S. bases in the Philippines, Singapore and the U.S. signed a Memorandum of Understanding allowing the U.S. military use of Singapore
03/03/2020 -  Talk About Series: Venezuela - What Does It Mean To Live in a Failed State?
The San Diego Diplomacy Council and the Worldview Project cordially invites you to a Talk-About Event featuring Dr. Patricia Márquez, Dean of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at University of San Diego, on Tuesday, March 3 at the Coronado Public Library at 6:30 PM.

The oil-rich Venezuela is a country in crisis with high levels of chaos, anarchy, poverty and violence. Not that long ago it was hard to imagine a Venezuela defined by extreme corruption, the collapse of all basic services and institutions, massive migration, hyperinflation, and significant political repression.

Dr. Márquez will discuss how Venezuela moved so rapidly from being a budding economy with tremendous oil wealth to a bankrupt society in desperate need of humanitarian aid. Through stories of everyday life, listeners will gain a vibrant picture of economic, political and social aspects essential for understanding the complex dimensions of the Venezuelan crisis. This event is co-hosted with The Worldview Project.

Dr. Márquez joined the USD School of Business in 2007 and has since developed the Center for Peace and Commerce (CPC), the Social Innovation Challenge and the USD Changemaker Hub. Her research has focused on the intersection of business and social value creation, with an emphasis on poverty alleviation through market mechanisms. Previous to joining USD, Dr. Márquez was a professor and dean at IESA, a School of Business in Caracas, Venezuela. In 2016, Dr. Márquez received the San Diego Business Journal Women Who Mean Business Award. In 2017 she received the San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club Peacemaker of the Year Award and in 2018 the Rotary, District 5340 Pathways to Peace Award and Paul Harris Fellowship.

Admission/Cost: FREE Click HERE to RSVP

Location:
Coronado Library
640 Orange Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118
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Tuesday, March 3 - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
02/20/2020 - Talk: State Formation in China and Taiwan
Julia Strauss, professor at the University of London, argues in her new book that accounting for the two variants of the Chinese state in the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of China solely in terms of their divergent ideology and institutions fails to recognize their similarities and their relative successes. This discussion will be moderated by UC San Diego Professor of Modern Chinese History Micah Muscolino.

Admission/Cost: FREE but Registration is required.

Location:
School of Global Policy and Strategy
Classroom 3201
U.C. San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093
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Thursday, February 20 - 4:00 PM
02/01/2020 - Talk: The Future of the U.S.- China Relationship
The 21st Century China Center at the School of Global Policy and Strategy invites the public to attend a talk for the UC San Diego Forum on U.S.-China Relations titled "Between Competition and Cooperation: The Future of the U.S.- China Relationship."

As the bilateral relationship between the U.S. and China enters uncharted waters, the path to a new relationship is highly dependent on whether or not we can forge cooperation between two competitive giants of a nation.

A panel of experts, including Stephen Hadley, former national security advisor to President Bush, James Steinberg, former deputy national security advisor to President Clinton, and Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai will offer insights into how the U.S. and China can restrain competitive excesses, sustain cooperative energy and work out a modus vivendi given their increasingly divergent interests.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Location:
J.R. Beyster Auditorium
Rady School of Management
U.C. San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093
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Saturday, February 1 - 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
01/29/2020 - Is Populism Reshaping Social Protection in Latin America?
Pacific Leadership Fellows Tiago Falcao, who currently serves as the national secretary of Income of Citizenship of the Ministry of Social Development in Brasil, will offer insights on how the emergence of charismatic leaders, coupled with increases in social expenditures and the launch of conditional cash transfer programs (CCTs), have changed social protection in Latin America.

In the context of low economic growth and great social polarization in Latin America, questions arise about the sustainability of the current social spending and behavioral effects of CCTs. Falcao will discuss the emergence of new movements connected to the middle class and religious groups, and how these may affect social protection programs and policies geared toward helping the poor and vulnerable in Latin America.

The event will start with a talk at 5:00 PM Light refreshments will be served throughout the program.

Location: Malamud Room at the Institute of the Americas (map). Closest parking is at the Pangea Parking Structure (Pangea Drive at N. Torrey Pines Rd.). A parking permit is required and can be purchased at the pay stations. There will also be signage to direct attendees from the structure to the event venue.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Location:
Malamud Room
Institute of the Americas
UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093
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Wednesday, January 29 - 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
01/15/2020 - Talk: From Dictatorship to Democracy? Myanmar's Uneasy Transition
San Diego World Affairs Council warmly welcomes Dr. Richard A. Nuccio's talk: "From Dictatorship to Democracy? Myanmar’s Uneasy Transition".

After nearly fifty years of military rule, Myanmar/Burma began a guided transition toward a more open economic and political system in the mid-2000s. Led by the country’s existing military leaders, the transition was based on a new constitution drafted by the military intended to maintain their influence and limit the power of the main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Daw Aung Sang Suu Kyi.

Early signs that the military’s plans would go awry were a sweep by the NLD of the 2012 by-elections that led in turn to a nationwide victory in largely fair elections in 2015.

As in many countries under authoritarian rule, deep regional, national, ethnic and religious divisions in Myanmar were unleashed by the easing of political repression. Myanmar’s new democratically elected leaders have found themselves confronted by a continuation of decades-old civil wars and new insurgencies based on Buddhist/Muslim divisions long simmering beneath the surface.

• How did international sanctions against Myanmar, some of the strictest in the world, encourage the 2010 guided transition in Myanmar?
• How will relatively poor countries like Myanmar fare in the coming disorder of the disintegration of the post-WWII international order?
• What is the future of liberal democratic systems in Asia?

About our Speaker: Dr. Richard A. Nuccio

Richard A. Nuccio is the Interim Program Manager of the UK’s Department of International Development (DfID) and European Union (EU)–funded Support Hluttaw Work for Effective Budget Oversight (SHWEBO) project to strengthen the oversight capacity of Myanmar’s legislative branch at the Union, state, and region levels. Previously, Dr. Nuccio served as the National Democratic Institute’s (NDI) resident senior country director for Myanmar from March 2013 until June 2016. In this capacity, he developed NDI’s technical support program to Myanmar’s parliament (Hluttaw) and oversaw all NDI programming in Myanmar, including its efforts to support independent observation of the 2015 national elections. Before arriving in Myanmar, Dr. Nuccio served as NDI’s resident senior country director in South Sudan from 2011 until 2012. As country director, he oversaw the implementation of civic engagement program activities under a five-year, $61 million US Agency for International Development (USAID) grant and provided leadership to a team of nine international and 39 national staff.

Admission/Cost: Free - $10

Location:
National University
Sanford Center Auditorium
1355 N. Torrey Pines Rd.
La Jolla, CA 92037
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Wednesday, January 15 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
01/25/2020 - Shen Yun Chinese Music and Dance
Shen Yun's vision expands theatrical experience into a multi-dimensional journey through the five millennia of traditional Chinese culture. Philosophers and poets alike seek harmony with the Dao, or "Way, " of the universe. Immerse yourself in the art of classical Chinese dance, hand-made costumes, a digital backdrop, and live orchestra.

Expatriate Chinese Falun Gong practitioners living in North America founded Shen Yun in 2006 in New York. The show features contemporary scenes of a political nature.

Admission/Cost: $80 - $210

Location:
San Diego Civic Theatre
1100 3rd Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
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Dates and times
Friday, January 24 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, January 25 - 2:00 PM
Saturday, January 25 - 7:30 PM
Sunday, January 26 - 2:00 PM
01/24/2020 - Shen Yun Chinese Music and Dance
Shen Yun's vision expands theatrical experience into a multi-dimensional journey through the five millennia of traditional Chinese culture. Philosophers and poets alike seek harmony with the Dao, or "Way, " of the universe. Immerse yourself in the art of classical Chinese dance, hand-made costumes, a digital backdrop, and live orchestra.

Expatriate Chinese Falun Gong practitioners living in North America founded Shen Yun in 2006 in New York. The show features contemporary scenes of a political nature.

Admission/Cost: $80 - $210

Location:
San Diego Civic Theatre
1100 3rd Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
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Dates and times
Friday, January 24 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, January 25 - 2:00 PM
Saturday, January 25 - 7:30 PM
Sunday, January 26 - 2:00 PM
11/14/2019 - Talk: The Politics of Legal Regimes in China
Is ruling in accordance with law a propaganda slogan or a real policy? In a comprehensive study of the workings of the Chinese legal system, William Hurst of Northwestern University offers a new way of understanding how cases are adjudicated in authoritarian settings in a conversation with Kwai Ng, UC San Diego expert on judicial decision-making in Mainland China and Hong Kong.

Admission/Cost: FREE but Registration is required.

Location:
Classroom 3201
School of Global Policy and Strategy
U.C. San Diego
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Thursday, November 14 - 5:00 PM

For more information, please contact: stsoi@ucsd.edu or phone:(858) 246-1950
10/29/2019 - Lecture: Kashmir: Where Identity Rises Above a Territory
In this lecture, after presenting a brief history of Kashmir, Professor Gupta will examine the dynamics that keep the Kashmir conflict alive: First, examining how it is the outcome of Pakistan's total obsession with acquiring the Muslim-majority state and, second, examining how the partition in the sub-continent resulted from Jinnah's "two-nation theory" -- that the Hindus and Muslims cannot live together and must have two separate countries. Jinnah's theory was rejected by Gandhi and Nehru, who made India a secular nation. The nation of Pakistan was created and Jinnah (QUAID-I-AZAM MOHAMMAD ALI JINNAH ) became its first President. However, currently, Hindu nationalists are reaffirming the "two-nation" theory, elevating it to prominence. On the basis of this thesis on the history of the region, Professor Gupta will attempt to look into the future of the seven-decades long conflict.

Admission/Cost: $5 - $10

Location:
National University
Sanford Center Auditorium
11355 N. Torrey Pines Rd
La Jolla, CA 92037
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Tuesday, October 29 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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