UPCOMING EVENTS

    • 28 May 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • Online
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    Virtual Discussion

    A Diplomat's Perspective on America’s Preparedness and Global Health Security in the Face of COVID-19

    with

    Retired Ambassador Jimmy Kolker


    Schedule

    Thursday, May 28, 2020 | 12:00 pm-1:15 pm

    Venue

    Zoom Meeting

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    Registration

    FREE for PCFR Members

    $10 for Non-Members

    Talking Points

    Retired Ambassador Jimmy Kolker, who as head of the Global Affairs Division of the US Department of Health and Human Services 2014-2017 helped lead the U.S. government's work on Ebola and Zika, will analyze where we are and what Coronavirus means for U.S. global health and diplomatic engagement.

    • President Trump says that "No one saw this coming" 
    • But even though there were many lessons from experts and past epidemics, the COVID-19 outbreak caught us unprepared. 
    • What role did information, or lack of it, from China and the World Health Organization play in the U.S. response? 

    About Ambassador Jimmy Kolker

    Ambassador Jimmy Kolker served as Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 2014-17. In this role, Ambassador Kolker was the Department’s chief health diplomat, representing the United States at World Health Organization and Global Fund meetings.

    Ambassador Kolker had a 30-year diplomatic career with the US Department of State where he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Burkina Faso (1999-2002) and to Uganda (2002-2005). From 2005-2007, he was Deputy U. S. Global AIDS Coordinator, leading the implementation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Ambassador Kolker was Deputy Chief of Mission at US embassies in Denmark and Botswana and won awards for political reporting at earlier posts in the UK, Sweden, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique.

    From 2007-2011, Ambassador Kolker was Chief of the AIDS Section at UNICEF’s New York headquarters. .

    Now retired, Amb. Kolker is a non-resident senior associate with the CSIS Global Health Policy Center. and co-teaches a graduate course on global health security at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service. He serves on the boards of several NGOs involved in global health, Africa and diplomacy.

    • 04 Jun 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • Online
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    Virtual Discussion

    The Global Economic Implications Of The Pandemic


    with

    Dr. Danny Leipziger


    Schedule

    Thursday, June 4, 2020 | 12:00 pm-1:15 pm

    Venue

    Zoom Meeting

    Meeting link and instructions will be included in your registration confirmation email.


    Many of you may be new to virtual calls.

    If that is the case, please plan to join the call 10 minutes early to account for any technical troubleshooting. We use a tool called Zoom – you can take a look at how you join a meeting here: 

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    Registration

    FREE for PCFR Members

    $10 for Non-Members

    Talking Points

    This virtual discussion will cover:

    • The policy responses of major countries to the pandemic
    • How these actions exacerbate pre-existing trends that were affecting the global economy
    • The nature of the recovery and the nature of the post-COVID-19 economics challenges, focusing on Emerging Market Economies, in particular.

    About Dr. Danny Leipziger

    Danny Leipziger is Professor of International Business and International Affairs at George Washington University, and Managing Director of the Growth Dialogue, an institute focused on policy research and advisory work in emerging market economies. He is former Vice President for Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (2004–09) at the World Bank. Over the course of his 28-year career at the World Bank, he held management positions in the East Asia and the Latin America and Caribbean Regions as well as in the World Bank Institute. Prior to joining the Bank, Dr. Leipziger served in senior positions at the USAID and on the Policy Planning Staff of the U.S. Department of State. He also has been the Vice Chair of the Spence Commission on Growth and Development (2005-2009) and a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Council on Inclusive Economic Growth.

    He has published widely in the areas of development economics and finance, industrial policy, and banking, including books on Korea, Chile, and East Asia; on financial crises and development strategies; and recent volumes Globalization and Growth (with M. Spence), on rising inequality, Stuck in the Middle (with A. Estache), and on mega-trends and scenario analyses, Economic Challenges for Korea (with C. Dahlman and S. Yusuf). Recently published work is on the future of globalization, gender-based growth diagnostics, and development strategies. A frequent contributor to the Financial Times, he has also written for Project Syndicate and VoxEU, and organized Bellagio conferences for the Rockefeller Foundation. He is an expert commentator on issues of global macroeconomics and finance, inequality and development, urbanization and innovation.

    Dr. Leipziger is an advisor to multilateral development banks, think-tanks, the G24 and numerous governments. The Growth Dialogue that he founded and manages has been active in promoting new thinking on economic growth. He received his B. A. in economics (magna cum laude) from the City College of New York and his Ph. D. in Economics from Brown University.

    • 16 Jun 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • Online


    Great Decisions Virtual Discussion: 

    India and Pakistan

    Moderated by Ambassador (ret) Douglas A. Hartwick

    Event Details

    June 16, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

    Virtual Zoom Meeting 

    Meeting login details will be shared in the registration confirmation email.

    Cost: Free to Members. Participants need to purchase the Great Decisions Briefing Book.


    How to Participate

    1. Register to attend virtually

    2. Purchase the Briefing Book

    3. Watch the topic video

    4. Join us for the Virtual Discussion


    Purchasing the Briefing Book

    Participants in the Great Decisions Virtual Discussion Series will need to order the Briefing Book that covers all 8 topics. Order the book as soon as possible as it could take up to a week to receive it after purchase. The cost is $32 for the entire Briefing Book.  


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    About the Topic: India and Pakistan

    India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi rode a wave of Hindu nationalism to a historic reelection in 2019. His first order of business was to revoke the special status granted to the Kashmir region, inflaming the rivalry between India and Pakistan. How will the Kashmir situation affect the region, both economically and politically?

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    About the Great Decisions Series


    Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the video and meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. 

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    • 30 Jun 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • Online

    Great Decisions Virtual Discussion: 

    Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

    Moderated by Claire Sechler Merkel

    Event Details

    June 30, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

    Virtual Zoom Meeting 

    Meeting login details will be shared in the registration confirmation email.

    Cost: Free to Members. Participants need to purchase the Great Decisions Briefing Book.


    How to Participate

    1. Register to attend virtually

    2. Purchase the Briefing Book if you have not already

    3. Watch the topic video

    4. Join us for the Virtual Discussion


    Purchasing the Briefing Book

    Participants in the Great Decisions Virtual Discussion Series will need to order the Briefing Book that covers all 8 topics. Order the book as soon as possible as it could take up to a week to receive it after purchase. The cost is $32 for the entire Briefing Book.  


    ORDER THE BRIEFING BOOK


    About the Topic: Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

    Almost every nation has enacted laws criminalizing human trafficking, and international organizations, governments, and NGOs sponsor a large variety of projects to curb trafficking and slavery. Billions of dollars have been allocated to these efforts. What is the international community doing to combat slavery and trafficking? What are the experiences like for those being trafficked?  

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    WATCH THE TOPIC VIDEO

    About the Great Decisions Series


    Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the video and meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. 

    LEARN MORE


Past events

21 May 2020 May Reading Group
15 May 2020 China, Coronavirus and the Coming Global Challenges
07 May 2020 The Ultimate Case for American International Leadership – Now What?
23 Apr 2020 April Reading Group
22 Apr 2020 Crisis Abroad! Every Diplomat Becomes a Consular Officer When American Citizens Need Our Help
07 Apr 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic and West Africa Ebola Crisis: Similarities, Differences and Opportunities Missed
24 Mar 2020 [POSTPONED] New and Prospective Member Breakfast
23 Mar 2020 [POSTPONED] Choosing Freedom: America’s Role in the World and Supporting Democracy and Human Rights Abroad
11 Mar 2020 15th Annual International State of the State
04 Mar 2020 The Challenges for U.S. Policy in a Turbulent Middle East
29 Feb 2020 PCFR Field Trip to the Commemorative Air Force Airbase Arizona Museum (Members Only)
25 Feb 2020 Australia’s Burning Bush, Earth’s Emerging Pyrocene?
20 Feb 2020 How America Can Make the World More Peaceful
11 Feb 2020 Vietnam and the United States: Recognizing 25 Years of Comprehensive Partnership, Highlighting Future Opportunities and Saluting Senator John McCain
28 Jan 2020 From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia
22 Jan 2020 US-Iran Conflict: Multi-level, Multi-player Game of Chess (and Other Games)
16 Jan 2020 January Reading Group (Members Only)
10 Dec 2019 An Update on Cross-Border Law Enforcement and Coordination: A Maricopa County Sheriff Perspective
03 Dec 2019 Global Leadership in 4IR
21 Nov 2019 November Reading Group
20 Nov 2019 Japan on the World Stage: Society, Influence, Education
07 Nov 2019 Roads to Revolution: Transformative Social Movements in Iran and their Discontents
23 Oct 2019 Taken Hostage: The Silent Victims of Kidnapping Abroad
22 Oct 2019 New and Prospective Member Breakfast
16 Oct 2019 National Insecurities: America and the World 2020-2050
25 Sep 2019 Status of Arizona’s National Guard’s Global Presence: An Extended Service
19 Sep 2019 The Next Decade of PCFR
19 Sep 2019 September Reading Group
17 Sep 2019 Priorities of Mexican Foreign Policy in the U.S.
12 Aug 2019 Venezuela Kleptocracy: The Ripple Effect of the Venezuelan Revolution
23 Jul 2019 Update on the US-Mexico Relationship
18 Jul 2019 July Reading Group
03 Jun 2019 New Times for the Transatlantic Relations
16 May 2019 May Reading Group
14 May 2019 The Challenges and Rewards of Global Engagement—from Russia to the Poorest Countries on Earth
07 May 2019 Extremism and Terrorism in Our Communities, Across the Nation and Around the World: Understanding Today’s Changing Threat Landscape
23 Apr 2019 14th Annual International State of the State
16 Apr 2019 The Evolution of Security and Privacy in a Shrinking World
03 Apr 2019 Vanishing Frontiers: Why Mexico is Even Closer to US Than We Realize
28 Mar 2019 The World as It Is
21 Mar 2019 Ukraine's Presidential Election - Democracy Being Tested by Russian Aggression
14 Mar 2019 March Reading Group
05 Mar 2019 6th PCFR New and Prospective Member Breakfast
25 Feb 2019 Iran’s and North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Programs: Problems Solved, or Continuing Threats?
21 Feb 2019 Can Sport Save Globalization?
12 Feb 2019 Southeast Asia and the US Strategy for a Free and Open Indo-Pacific
29 Jan 2019 The Democratic Transition in Tunisia
17 Jan 2019 January Reading Group
16 Jan 2019 NORAD at 60: Heritage, Vigilance, and Innovation
12 Dec 2018 The Rule of Law in Hong Kong and Human Rights
04 Dec 2018 Kazakhstan in a Changing Eurasia
28 Nov 2018 Nemtsov: Film Screening and Discussion
15 Nov 2018 November Reading Group
25 Oct 2018 How China’s Exponential Technological Disruption and Infrastructure Investment is Driving a Radical Transformation of the Future
02 Oct 2018 Calculated Risks: Safeguarding the World’s Largest Aerospace Company in a Globalized Business Environment
27 Sep 2018 Understanding International Trade in the Trump Era
20 Sep 2018 September Reading Group
13 Sep 2018 U.S. - Mexico Geopolitical Forecast for 2018 - 2019
19 Jul 2018 July Reading Group
12 Jul 2018 The Future of the Two Koreas and Donald Trump
07 Jul 2018 Young Professionals World Cup Watch Party
26 Jun 2018 Mexico’s Presidential Election Cycle
19 Jun 2018 Young Professionals Foreign Relations Summer Series
17 May 2018 May Reading Group
15 May 2018 US-China Relations in the Age of Trump and Xi
01 May 2018 Maintaining the US Competitive Edge in the Resurgence of Great Power Competition
10 Apr 2018 Inman’s View of the World: A look at overarching threats, challenges, and opportunities facing the U.S. followed by a geographic tour of hot spots.
05 Apr 2018 Recent Trends in African Infrastructure Development
27 Mar 2018 How to Lose Press Freedom in a Democracy: The Experience of an Exiled Journalist
21 Mar 2018 Ethics in the Age of Cyber
15 Mar 2018 March Reading Group
20 Feb 2018 SOLD OUT- 13th Annual International State of the State
18 Jan 2018 January Reading Group
17 Jan 2018 TIME & LOCATION CHANGE - NAFTA and the Future of the World Trading System under President Trump
14 Dec 2017 SOLD OUT - Censorship, Privacy, Retaliation and 'Fake News': The State of Freedom of The Press in the U.S. and Mexico
16 Nov 2017 November Reading Group
01 Nov 2017 Russian Machinations, Political Gridlock and other Challenges to US Democratic Systems
25 Oct 2017 The Impact of Foreign and Cyber Threats on the 2016 and Future Elections: A Discussion with Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan
24 Oct 2017 Challenges for Factual Reporting in the Age of Social Media
11 Oct 2017 A Conversation on the U.S.-Canada trade partnership, Arizona’s relationship with Canada, and the future of NAFTA
28 Sep 2017 September Reading Group
26 Sep 2017 In Commemoration of Finland’s 100th Anniversary of Independence from Russia
12 Sep 2017 China: The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom
23 Aug 2017 South China Sea: An update on Diplomacy and Developments
20 Jul 2017 Law of War in the Age of ISIS
12 Jul 2017 Arizona International Business Opportunities in a Changing Global Paradigm
21 Jun 2017 SOUTH AMERICA’S EXISTENTIAL CRISIS: PROSPECTS FOR POLITICAL CHANGE IN VENEZUELA
31 May 2017 Foreign Policy in a Time of Transition
04 May 2017 REGISTRATION CLOSED - 12th Annual International State of the State
27 Apr 2017 A Strategic Association for the XXI Century: Peru and the United States of America
21 Apr 2017 April Reading Group
05 Apr 2017 US-Mexico Relations Today: Arizona’s Positive Contribution
28 Mar 2017 Is the World Getting Better or Worse? Health, Human Rights, and Quality of Life Around the Globe
23 Feb 2017 U.S.-Russian Relations: From Rock Bottom to…What Next?
17 Feb 2017 February Reading Group
25 Jan 2017 Korea, What’s Next?
12 Jan 2017 President Obama’s Legal Legacy in War
13 Dec 2016 Quo Vadis? Latin America
30 Nov 2016 Mexico-U.S. Relations Today and Tomorrow: The Case of Arizona
17 Nov 2016 Fall Reading Group - The Unquiet Frontier: Rising Rivals, Vulnerable Allies, and the Crisis of American Power
09 Nov 2016 Freeport in Peru: Twenty Years and Going Strong
18 Oct 2016 SOLD OUT - National Security Challenges for the Incoming Administration
07 Oct 2016 The View From the State Department: Religion, Conflict and Diplomacy
29 Sep 2016 Russia’s War with Ukraine: What is at stake for the West?
19 Sep 2016 America as the World’s Policeman

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