PCFR Meeting Laura Freid on the Silk Road Project
Jun
14
6:00 pm18:00

PCFR Meeting Laura Freid on the Silk Road Project

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Joining us on Wednesday, June 14, will be Laura Freid, who has been serving as CEO of the Silk Road Project,  founded and chaired by famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 1998, promoting collaboration among artists and institutions and studying the ebb and flow of ideas across nations and time. The project was first inspired by the cultural traditions of the historical Silk Road. Ms. Freid was recently named president of the Maine College of Art. There will be visuals!

PCFR Meeting: Dr. Terence Roehrig on North Korea
Jun
1
6:00 pm18:00

PCFR Meeting: Dr. Terence Roehrig on North Korea

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Dr. Terence Roehrig is a Professor of National Security Affairs, the Director of the Asia-Pacific Studies Group and teaches in the Security Strategies sub-course at the U.S. Naval War College.  He has been a Research Fellow at the Kennedy School at Harvard University in the International Security Program and the Project on Managing the Atom and a past President of the Association of Korean Political Studies. 

He has published several books, including most recently South Korea's Rise: Economic Development, Power, and Foreign Policy, with Cambridge University Press, a work co-authored with Uk Heo.  In addition, he is a co-author of South Korea since 1980, the sole author of two books, From Deterrence to Engagement: The U.S. Defense Commitment to South Korea and The Prosecution of Former Military Leaders in Newly Democratic Nations: The Cases of Argentina, Greece, and South Korea, and a monograph, "Korean Dispute Over the Northern Limit Line: Security, Economics, or International Law,'' and is the co-editor of Korean Security in a Changing East Asia.  He is the author of the forthcoming book entitled Japan, South Korea, and the U.S. Nuclear Umbrella: Extended Deterrence and Nuclear Weapons in the Post-Cold War World, with Columbia University.  He has published numerous articles and book chapters on Korean and other East Asian security issues, North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, the Northern Limit Line dispute, the South Korean Navy, deterrence, the U.S.-South Korea alliance, human rights and transitional justice. 

His work appears in the journals Asian Affairs, Asian Politics and Policy, Human Rights Quarterly, International Journal of Korean Studies, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Korea Observer, North Korean Review, Pacific Focus, and World Affairs, and he has given presentations to groups at U.S. Forces Korea and the U.S. Embassy in Seoul along with JCS J-5 in South Korea.  Dr. Roehrig received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MA from Marquette University, both in political science.

PCFR Meeting: James Griffin on global food issues
May
17
6:00 pm18:00

PCFR Meeting: James Griffin on global food issues

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James E. Griffin, a professor of culinary studies at Johnson and Wales University, and an international business consultant,  will look at the  present and future of the food sector. He is an internationally known expert on food sourcing and sustainability.

 

PCFR Meeting: Facing Zika, Ebola and influenza
Apr
19
6:00 pm18:00

PCFR Meeting: Facing Zika, Ebola and influenza

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Rand Stoneburner, M.D., is trained in internal medicine and as a Centers for Disease Control epidemiologist with experience in disease surveillance, outbreak investigations and the interpretation of epidemiological, demographic, and sociological data as they relate to evaluation of disease dynamics, intervention impacts and health policy. 

On April 19, he will talk about such relatively new global disease threats as Zika and Ebola but particularly about the greatest threat -- an influenza pandemic.

His internationally  known work on the HIV pandemic extended over 30 years in association with: the U.S. Centers for Disease Control; the Department of Health, City of New York; the World Health Organizations’ Global Program on AIDS; the Institute for Global Health at the University of California, San Francisco: the United States Agency for International Development; The Global Fund, and UNAIDS. Most recently, as senior adviser to the unit of Strategic Intelligence and Analysis, UNAIDS Geneva, he developed and led country-level investigations in collaboration (with WHO and The Global Fund) of empirical data to assess the effect of HIV and TB intervention investments. 

He has led initial investigations linking the HIV and TB epidemics and the larger spectrum of HIV disease in  drug users in the United States and has   documented the impact of HIV behavioral dynamics.

His work in developing countries as a WHO/Global Program on AIDS medical officer helped extend  analytical approaches to better understand HIV dynamics and behavioral change impacts in  East Africa,  including development of novel HIV modeling methods in the early 1990's.

PCFR Meeting: Jean Lesieur, Journalist, Broadcaster, Novelist
Apr
5
6:00 pm18:00

PCFR Meeting: Jean Lesieur, Journalist, Broadcaster, Novelist

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Jean Lesieur was a correspondent and editor for the French news magazines Le Point and L'Express, among other publications. He also served as an editor and editorial consultant for the Hachette-Filipacchi publishing group in New York and in Paris. In 2006, he joined the team that created and developed the French international news channel, France 24, broadcast in French,  English, and  Arabic. He now does media consulting work in Paris and in Boston while continuing to report and write for various publications. He is the author of two novels.

PCFR Meeting: Evodio Kaltenecker on Brazil
Mar
16
6:00 pm18:00

PCFR Meeting: Evodio Kaltenecker on Brazil

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Evodio Kaltenecker is responsible for management research and education in several international MBA programs. Currently is focused on strategy, latin american countries, emerging market multinationals and inovation. Expert in strategic planning, innovation and the energy sector. He is frequentlty interviewed by specialized media to provide insights about business matters: Financial Times, Valor Econômico, O Globo, IstoÉDinheiro, O Estado de São Paulo, Brasil Econômico. Thought leadership with participation with several think-tanks and organizations such as FNDCAEB and Galeazzi Associates. Contributor to Innovation Excellence, an organization focused on improvement of innovation practices. Board Member of  Corr Analystics. Author of the book “Quality According to Garvin”. B.S. in Metallurgy by Military Institute of Technology (IME), M.Sc in Industrial Engineering by Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ/Coppe) and MBA (Harvard Business School). Doctorate student in internationalization strategy of multinational companies from emerging market countries and innovation by Polytechnic School at University of São Paulo (POLI/USP).

His blog: https://estrategiaparatodos.wordpress.com/

PCFR Meeting: Dr. Stephen Coan, CEO, Sea Research Foundation
Mar
8
6:00 pm18:00

PCFR Meeting: Dr. Stephen Coan, CEO, Sea Research Foundation

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r. Stephen M. Coan is president and chief executive officer of Sea Research Foundation, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization which operates Mystic Aquarium, Institute for Exploration and Immersion Learning. He is also chief executive officer of The JASON Project, an internationally acclaimed science program for classroom students, also managed by Sea Research Foundation in partnership with the National Geographic Societ

Dr. Coan has been an officer of Sea Research Foundation since 2001. He was appointed chief operating officer in 2004, launching an organizational turnaround. He became president and CEO in 2006 and has since raised more than $20 million in private and public funds to bring Mystic Aquarium to the forefront of American aquariums. His reorganization, refinancing and rebranding programs under the Sea Research umbrella have enabled the organization to advance its mission nationally and internationally.

Prior to joining Sea Research Foundation, Dr. Coan was the chief education officer of the JASON Foundation for Education, now known as The JASON Project. He has served as executive director of two educational organizations and held faculty appointments at Tufts University, Bentley College and Cambridge College. He is chairman of the Greater Mystic Visitors Bureau, a director of the Chamber of Commerce of Southeastern Connecticut, a trustee of the Pine Point School, police commissioner in the town of Stonington, Conn., a trustee of the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation in Baltimore, Md., and a founding trustee of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association.

PCFR Meeting: Carl Maccario on International Transportation Security
Feb
23
6:00 pm18:00

PCFR Meeting: Carl Maccario on International Transportation Security

Carl Maccario is the founder of The Center of Nonverbal Communication, a specialized educational center. Carl served the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Secretary of State’s office as an investigator/auditor for the Securities Division where he was the coordinator for in-service training. After leaving his employment with the state, Carl began a career with Virgin Atlantic Airlines Security as a behavior analyst. Carl developed and implemented the Department of Homeland Security’s first Behavior Screening Program for a major international airport, now in use at airports around the U.S; in addition he designed and deployed the DHS/TSA Behavior and Assessor Program.

Carl's work has been recognized by TIME Magazine, Washington PostNew York TimesUSA Today and many other media outlets. He was a contributing author to Protecting Airline Passengers in the Age of Terrorism (ABC-CLIO) and the textbook, Nonverbal Communication: Science and Applications.

PCFR Meeting: German General Consul Ralf Horlemann on Germany in an E.U. without the U.K
Jan
11
6:00 pm18:00

PCFR Meeting: German General Consul Ralf Horlemann on Germany in an E.U. without the U.K

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German General Consul Ralf Horlemann on the role of Germany in an E.U. without the U.Kand with an aggressive Russia pressing in from the east, Dec. 14.

Ralf Horlemann has served Germany’s Foreign Service for more than two decades and has a rich experience in international security policy, transatlantic relations and Asian affairs. He took up his position as Consul General of Germany to New England in July 2015 and has come to Boston with his wife, Bianca, and their son Philip.

During various assignments at headquarters and abroad, Ralf has made major contributions to formulating and developing Germany’s policy in conflict prevention and management. Between 1998 and 2002 he was instrumental in founding the Berlin Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF) and most recently played an important role in further developing ZIF to a fully-fledged deployment organization for civilian experts in international peace operations. Ralf has also worked on Asian affairs on several occasions over the past 20 years, including as Consul in Hong Kong and Head of the German Interest Section to Pyongyang, North Korea, as well as during various postings to the Federal Foreign Office, where he covered East and South Asian Affairs. From 2002 to 2005 he was responsible for Transatlantic Relations and Asian Affairs as Counsellor to the German Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Ralf’s academic record includes an MA and a doctoral degree (Dr. rer. pol.) in political science and international relations from Munich University (Geschwister-Scholl-Institut). In his dissertation he covered the legal and political implications of the transition of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty in 1997. He has also published a number of academic papers on Asian affairs and international security policy.

PCFR Meeting: James Holmes, Ph.D. Professor of Strategy, Naval War College
Nov
15
6:30 pm18:30

PCFR Meeting: James Holmes, Ph.D. Professor of Strategy, Naval War College

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James Holmes is professor of strategy at the Naval War College and senior fellow at the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs, where he served as Van Beuren Distinguished Visiting Fellow in 2016.

His most recent books (with long-time coauthor Toshi Yoshihara) are Strategy in the Second Nuclear Age and Red Star over the Pacific. Designated an Atlantic Monthly Best Book of 2010, Red Star over the Pacific has been named to the Navy Professional Reading List as Essential Reading.

 

PCFR Meeting: Theodore Sedgwick, Former U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia
Oct
5
6:30 pm18:30

PCFR Meeting: Theodore Sedgwick, Former U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia

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Ambassador Sedgwick is a business executive with experience in the publishing and timber industries. He founded Pasha Publications, a specialty publisher focused on energy, defense and environment markets, and served as its chief executive for 20 years. More recently, he founded Io Energy, an online energy information company covering the natural gas, coal, and electricity industries. He was president of Red Hills Lumber Co., a producer of pine flooring. Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Sedgwick served on a number of private company boards, including Inside Higher Ed, Atlantic Information Services, and Washington Business Information Inc. He has served on the boards of a number of cultural institutions, including the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Shakespeare Theater Co. and the Gennadius Library in Athens, Greece. Ambassador Sedgwick has also served on the boards of a number of land preservation organizations, including the Civil War Preservation Trust, which he chaired in 2006-2009, and Wetlands America Trust, an affiliate of Ducks Unlimited. He was on the National Council of the Land Trust Alliance. Ambassador Sedgwick is a member of the Chief Executives Organization, an organization of global business leaders. He graduated with honors from Harvard College, cum laude, where he majored in Ottoman History.

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PCFR Meeting: Prof. Morris Rossabi on Central Asia and Mongolia
Sep
21
6:30 pm18:30

PCFR Meeting: Prof. Morris Rossabi on Central Asia and Mongolia

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Professor Rossabi is a historian of China and Central Asia who teaches courses in Inner Asian and East Asian history at Columbia. His most recent publications include From Yuan to Modern China and Mongolia (Brill, 2014); The Mongols: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2012); Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire (with W. Fitzhugh, University of Washington Press, 2009); Modern Mongolia: From Khans to Commissars to Capitalists (University of California Press, 2005); The Mongols and Global History (Norton, 2010); Herdsman to Statesman (with Mary Rossabi, Rowman Littlefield, 2010); Socialist Devotees and Dissenters (with Mary Rossabi, National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, 2010), and Eurasian Influences on the Yuan (editor, National University of Singapore, 2011). Khubilai Khan: His Life and Times (University of California Press, 1988) was chosen as a main selection by the History Book Club; and contributor to several volumes of the Cambridge History of China. He has helped organize exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. He was on the advisory board of the Project on Central Eurasia of the Soros Foundation. He is author of numerous articles and speeches and travels repeatedly to Central Asia and Mongolia. Professor Rossabi received his PhD from Columbia in 1970.

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PCFR Meeting: Mark Blyth on Brexit
Sep
14
6:30 pm18:30

PCFR Meeting: Mark Blyth on Brexit

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He is an internationally celebrated political economist whose research focuses upon how uncertainty and randomness affect complex systems, particularly economic systems, and why people continue to believe stupid economic ideas despite buckets of evidence to the contrary. He is the author of several books, including Great Transformations: Economic Ideas and Institutional Change in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2002, Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea (Oxford University Press 2013, and The Future of the Euro (with Matthias Matthijs) (Oxford University Press 2015).

PCFR Meeting: Evan Matthews
Jun
22
6:00 pm18:00

PCFR Meeting: Evan Matthews

Evan Matthews, a key thought leader at the North Atlantic Ports Association and director of the Port of Davisville, has very kindly offered to talk to us on Wednesday, June 22, on changes in world shipping, including the widening of the Panama Canal and other changes of huge interest to New England ports, especially Quonset/Davisville.

PCFR Meeting: Michael Soussan
Jun
7
6:00 pm18:00

PCFR Meeting: Michael Soussan

Michael Soussan, former UN whistleblower; acclaimed author; widely published journalist; NYU writing professor, and women's rights advocate, will speak. His satirical memoir about global corruption,  Backstabbing for Beginners: My Crash Course In International Diplomacy (Nation Books / Perseus) is being adapted  for a feature film, starring Ben Kingsley and Josh Hutcherson

He will speak about the subject of his next book TRUTH TO POWER: how great minds changed the world. A brief history of thought leadership.

PCFR Meeting: Greg Lindsay
May
11
6:00 pm18:00

PCFR Meeting: Greg Lindsay

Our next meeting comes on Wednesday May 11, with the internationally known expert on cities,  transportation and workplaces around the world,  journalist, urbanist and futurist Greg Lindsay. He’s also a former Jeopardy champion.
 
Look at:
 
http://www.amazon.com/Aerotropolis-Way-Well-Live-Next/dp/0374100195/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1279805811&sr=8-1
 
As this Amazon summary of that book, co-written by Mr. Lindsay and John D. Kasarda, put it:

 “This brilliant and eye-opening look at the new phenomenon called the aerotropolis gives us a glimpse of the way we will live in the near future―and the way we will do business too.

“Not so long ago, airports were built near cities, and roads connected one to the other. This pattern―the city in the center, the airport on the periphery―shaped life in the twentieth century, from the central city to exurban sprawl. Today, the ubiquity of jet travel, round-the-clock workdays, overnight shipping, and global business networks has turned the pattern inside out. Soon the airport will be at the center and the city will be built around it, the better to keep workers, suppliers, executives, and goods in touch with the global market. This is the aerotropolis: a combination of giant airport, planned city, shipping facility, and business hub.’’

Mr. Lindsay is also a contributing writer for Fast Company, author of the forthcoming book Engineering Serendipity,  a senior fellow of the New Cities Foundation — where he leads the Connected Mobility Initiative — a non-resident senior fellow of The Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative, a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, and a senior fellow of the World Policy Institute.
 
Heprovocatively notes, on a topic of particular interest to coastal New Englanders: “Rising sea levels is no longer the twenty-second century’s problem; it’s ours. Will we be forced to abandon coastal megacities? Will we manage to wall them off, or float them? The answer is probably ‘all of the above,’with the wealthiest districts of the wealthiest cities deploying some mix of technological and infrastructural fixes while the rest are submerged. 
 
As usual, the dinner will be at the Hope Club, 6 Benevolent St., Providence. Drinks start at about 6, dinner by 7, then the talk and a Q&A and the evening ends by 9.

Morris Rossabi, One of the world’s greatest experts on Central Asia
Mar
15
7:00 pm19:00

Morris Rossabi, One of the world’s greatest experts on Central Asia

On Tuesday March 15, We’ll Have Morris Rossabi, One Of The World’s Greatest Experts On Central Asia. He’s A Professor At Columbia University
Among His Many Other Honors And Posts, He Became Chairman Of The Arts And Culture Board Of The Open Society Institute.
We Have Asked Him To Focus On Mongolia, Whose Ability To Become A Real Democracy Stuck Between The Great Expansionist Police States Of China And Russia, Has Long Fascinated Us.
International cyber-security expert Allan M. Cytryn
Jan
12
Jan 13

International cyber-security expert Allan M. Cytryn

Eric Brenner, a Hapag-Lloyd official skedded to talk to us Jan. 12 about world shipping, called me today to say that he had to postpone because he’s been called by a major customer (you’d know the name)  to be in Paris Jan. 11-13. He’ll be rescheduling; there’s a lot of interest in world shipping here, especially with the widening of the Panama Canal.

So the very interesting international cyber-security expert Allan M. Cytryn will speak to us instead on Jan. 12. I originally had him in mind to speak later this year or next fall.

But first look at this amazing  on hacking attacks around the world:

 http://hp.ipviking.com/

Mr. Cytryn is a principal of Risk Masters International Inc., a consulting firm that advises international clients on risk mitigation and management, including business continuity planning, disaster recovery, and recovery from cyber attacks. He has been a senior Information-technology executive for more than 30 years.

As you’ll see by googling him, Mr. Cytryn has a formidable background in IT security. I note his role in helping large organizations recover from terrorist acts.

He will talk about such things as hacking threats from around the world, Europe’s ideas on Internet privacy,  the European Union’s battle with Google and, most importantly, preparing for the next big cyber attack. (Could terrorists or foreign power take down our electric grid, as Ted Koppel speculates in a new book, Lights Out: A Cyberattack, a Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath.)

As usual, the dinner will be at the Hope Club, 6 Benevolent St., Providence. Drinks start at about 6, dinner by 7, then the talk and a Q&A and the evening ends by 9.

If you have not already done so, please let us know whether you will join us Jan. 12 by replying to this email or calling (401) 523-3957. Thank you very much.

Rima Salah, former deputy executive director of Unicef
Dec
16
7:00 pm19:00

Rima Salah, former deputy executive director of Unicef

On Wednesday, Dec. 16, Rima Salah, former deputy executive director of Unicef, for which she still undertakes many projects in world trouble spots, will speak about refugees and other crises. She now is professor atthe Yale Medical School’s Child Study Center, among many other affiliations.

She has been a powerful advocate for the protection of children and women in wars and post-conflict situations in many nations.

We very rarely have two speakers in a month, but given the interest in the refugee and related issues and Professor Salah’s very busy schedule, I thought it was worth it.

 Award-Winning Journalist Paul Glader,  An Expert On Europe
Dec
1
7:00 pm19:00

Award-Winning Journalist Paul Glader, An Expert On Europe

For Tuesday, Dec. 1, We Will Have Award-Winning Journalist Paul Glader,  An Expert On Europe Who Spent 10 Years As A Staff Writer For The Wall Street Journal But Has Written For, And Continues To Write For, Many Other Publications, American And Foreign.
He’s A Former Resident Of Germany, Where He Was A Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow And Then A European Journalism Fellow At Freie Universitat, In Berlin.
 
Irina Chindea of Harvard’s Belfer Center and of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts.
Nov
19
7:00 pm19:00

Irina Chindea of Harvard’s Belfer Center and of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts.

Our next dinner meeting will be on Thursday, Nov. 19 with Irina Chindea of Harvard’s Belfer Center and of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts.

Reminder that we are rescheduling the visit of Unicef official Rima Salah. See below.

Ms. Chindea will be speaking on the dynamics of international criminal organizations, with a focus on Latin America. (Her piece in the National Interest headlined “El Chapo’s {drug kingpin} Escape From Prison: Good for Mexico?’’ got my attention! She has done very extensive (and brave) field work in various nations on this rather scary subject.

 Rima Salah, Former Deputy Executive Director Of Unicef
Nov
4
7:00 pm19:00

Rima Salah, Former Deputy Executive Director Of Unicef

For Wednesday, Nov. 4, Rima Salah, Former Deputy Executive Director Of Unicef, For Which She Still Undertakes Many Projects In World Trouble Spots, Will Speak About Refugees And Other Crises. She Now Is Professor At The Yale Medical School’s Child Study Center, Among Many Other Affiliations.
She Has Been A Powerful Advocate For The Protection Of Children And Women In Wars And Post-Conflict Situations In Many Nations.