A third-generation Marylander, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin is Ranking Member of Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. He has worked across party lines to further America’s national security and to ensure that good governance, transparency and respect for human rights are integrated into our foreign policy efforts. Senator Cardin has earned a reputation as a defender of universal human rights and refugees worldwide. He is the author of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, which has changed the human rights abusers and corrupt officials around the world are sanctioned by the United States. A member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission since 1993, he currently serves as the Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the 57-nation Organization Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly.
Entertainment, legal intrigue, bruised egos and real life drama. A dispute over rights to the suave British spy started in 1959. The conflict is finally resolved. William Kane, a Partner at a Chicago-based law firm Baker Hostetler LLP, gives a witty presentation of how the decades-long James Bond copyright dispute was settled. This terrific multimedia discussion will take place just days after the release of the new Bond movie, SPECTRE (“Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion”). Students planning a career in law, politics or film will find this event fascinating along with anyone else appreciating a good Bond film.
The CSD co-sponsors the event with WGSX and other SMCM programs and departments. The speaker is the legendary counterculture activist who has gained much respect for her ongoing work to combat many forms of oppression around the world. Her recent work as an educator focuses on social problems associated with incarceration and the links between criminalization, poverty, and racial discrimination. She draws on her own activist experiences in the early 1970s, when she spent 18 months in jail and on trial after being placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List. Today, as Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz she still keeps the conversation going. Her interests include feminism, racial justice, and philosophy.
What are the diplomatic and military responses by the NATO and Nordic countries to changing security environment in Northern Europe? What is behind Russia’s assertiveness in the Nordic-Baltic region? This event is part of the Patuxent Policy Group symposia series that convenes once a year and publishes a White Paper on each symposium. Invited specialists discuss issues of importance relating to US foreign policy and national security. This invitation-only event is moderated by Ian Brzezinski from the Atlantic Council and it is hosted by The Patuxent Partnership (TPP) and the CSD. Limited space is available for a handful of observers. Please contact CSD firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are the United States and Russia set for further confrontation? Please join the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) and The Patuxent Partnership to explore reasons for Russia’s expansionist foreign policy. Professor Angela Stent, one of the world’s foremost authorities on U.S.-Russian relations and author of The Limits of Partnership, discusses why Obama’s approach to Russia, the reset, has not worked.
Dr. Angela Stent, Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a Russia expert who leads the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies at GU has served as an adviser on Russia under Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. She is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and co-chairs its Hewett Forum on Post-Soviet Affairs. Dr. Stent has been a member of the advisory panel for NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Democracy and The Patuxent Partnership.
The CSD co-sponsors the event with the Environmental Citizenship Speakers Series and the Department of History. Dr. Paul Hirt, Professor of Environmental History at Arizona State University, delivers this year’s Constitution Day Lecture. Dr. Hirt is a National Endowment for the Humanities grant recipient, a Fulbright Scholar, and the author of The Wired Northwest: The History of Electric Power and Northwest Lands, Northwest Peoples: Readings in Environmental History
Recent developments around the world underscore the importance of addressing religious diversity and developing policies that support civil society. Whether it is discord between Sunni and Shia in the Middle East, Christians and Muslims in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, or Palestinian, Jewish and other religious extremists in more secular Western states, this forum will help us better understand the history of these tensions, the impact of U.S. foreign policy approaches to religious diversity and the ethics of taking action when these tensions flare. Discussion of these issues is particularly fitting at St. Mary’s City, the site of Maryland’s first capital, settled by Catholics. Considering this legacy, the forum will contemplate precedents and current policies.
The Center for the Study of Democracy and The Patuxent Partnership jointly present this forum, which includes a mix of international representatives, policymakers, academics, government officials, and other interested parties, providing a unique environment for discussing critical issues related to international affairs.