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Dr. Günther Jikeli


Contemporary Antisemitism in Europe

Antisemitism, often considered one of history’s oldest hatreds, is making headlines across the globe. A 2018 study by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights found that 39 percent of Jews in Europe indicated they have personally experienced antisemitic harassment. In the United States, the number of antisemitic incidents and level of violence has also risen sharply in recent years. Furthermore, antisemitism seems to have entered the mainstream, crossing all political affiliations, nationalities, and religions. Antisemitic ideas are drifting into the mainstream from the extremes of the political right and political left, as well as from Islamists.
Where is this coming from and how can it be stopped?
jikeli-guntherDr. Günther Jikeli, is Erna B. Rosenfeld Professor at the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism/Borns Jewish Studies and is an Associate Professor of Germanic Studies at Indiana University. He is an historian and sociologist of modern Europe, with particular interests in the history of antisemitism. He received his Diploma (M.A.) at Technical University, Berlin and received his doctorate from the Center for Research on Antisemitism at Technical University Berlin in 2011. Before coming to the U.S., Dr. Jikeli held positions in academia and diplomacy in France, Germany, Israel, and Poland. In 2019, Dr. Jikeli was listed on The Algemeiner’s list of “The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life.” His latest book (with Olaf Glockner), The New Unease. Antisemitism in Germany Today [in German], was published in 2019.  He published European Muslim Antisemitism with IU Press in 2015, and Perceptions of the Holocaust in Europe and Muslim Communities (with Joelle AlloucheBenayoun) in 2013. 
In 2013, Dr. Jikeli was awarded the Raoul Wallenberg Prise in Human Rights and Holocaust Studies by the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation and Tel Aviv University.


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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Dr. Matthew Kroenig

The Return of Great Power Rivalry: Democracy versus Autocracy

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The US has been the most powerful country in the world for over seventy years, but recently the U.S. National Security Strategy declared that the return of great power competition with Russia and China is the greatest threat to U.S. national security. Further, many analysts predict that America’s autocratic rivals will have at least some success in disrupting-and, in the longer term, possibly even displacing-U.S. global leadership.  Do democracies tend to excel in great power rivalries; do they actually have unique economic, diplomatic, and military advantages in long-run geopolitical competitions?  Dr. Kroenig presents an innovative way of thinking about power in international politics and an optimistic assessment of the future of American global leadership.
Mat KroenigDr. Matthew Kroenig is a Professor in the Department of Government and the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. A 2019 study in Perspectives on Politics ranked him as one of the top 25 most-cited political scientists of his generation.
Dr. Kroenig is the author or editor of seven books, including The Return of Great Power Rivalry: Democracy versus Autocracy from the Ancient World to the US and China (Oxford University Press, 2020), an Amazon Best Seller. The Logic of American Nuclear Strategy: Why Strategic Superiority Matters (Oxford University Press, 2018) was selected by the US Air Force for its professional reading list and was translated into Chinese and Korean.
His articles have appeared in many publications, including: American Political Science Review, Annual Review of Political Science, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, International Organization, International Security, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Strategic Studies, Politico, Security Studies, Strategic Studies Quarterly, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, among others.
Dr. Kroenig is the Director of the Global Strategy Initiative and Deputy Director of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He writes a bi-weekly column, “It’s Debatable”, for Foreign Policy. Dr. Kroenig has served as a national security adviser on the presidential campaigns of Mitt Romney (2012), Scott Walker (2016), and Marco Rubio (2016). He has served in several positions in the U.S. Department of Defense and the intelligence community in the Bush and Obama administrations, including in the Strategy office in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the CIA’s Strategic Assessments Group. He regularly consults with a wide range of U.S. government entities. In 2005, he was the principal author of the first-ever, US-government-wide strategy for deterring terrorist networks. For this work, he received the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Award for Outstanding Achievement. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in history summa cum laude from the University of Missouri in 2000, as well as a master of arts degree in 2003 and Ph.D. in political science in 2007 from the University of California, Berkeley.


Dr. Kroenig’s latest book The Return of Great Power Rivalry: Democracy versus Autocracy from the Ancient World to the U.S. and China, Oxford University Press, March 27, 2020
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COUNCIL Featured Events

Monday 10/19 
Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall presented “A Fireside Chat With Guy Raz, hosted by Hon. Maria Contreras-Sweet.” 
Tuesday 10/20 
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Ambassador (ret.) Wendy Sherman, Director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, to discuss her book “Not for the Faint of Heart: Lessons in Courage, Power & Persistence.” 
Colorado Springs World Affairs Council hosts Ambassador (ret.) Kurt Volker, Senior International Advisor at BGR Group, for “Building the Post-Election, Post-COVID World.” 
World Affairs Council of Jacksonville hosts Henry Curr, Economics Editor at The Economist, for “An Update from The Economist.” 
Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall hosts Ron Brownstein, Senior Editor at The Atlantic and Senior Analyst at CNN, and Professor Dan Schnur, University of California, Berkeley, for “Who Will Decide the Presidential Election? The Key Voting Groups of 2020.” 
World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Professor Claire Potter, The New School for Social Research, and Rachael Myrow, Senior Editor of the Silicon Valley News Desk at KQED, for “Is Media Breaking Our Democracy?” 
World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Professor James Russell, Naval Postgraduate School, for “Strategic Fog: U.S. Military Operations in the 21st Century.” 
World Affairs Council Inland Southern California hosts Professor Graeme Auton, University of Redlands, for “North Korea in the Next Administration’s Foreign Policy.” 
World Affairs Council Orange County hosts a panel of experts for “Complying With U.S. Export Controls.” 
Colorado Foothills World Affairs Council hosts Dave Rank, Senior Advisor at the Cohen Group, for “U.S.-China Relations: Beyond the 2020 Elections.”  
World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Chris Carr, Attorney General of Georgia, for “The Push to End Human Trafficking.” 
International Relations Council hosts Suzanne DiMaggio, Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Professor Cooper Drury, University of Missouri, for “Iran, North Korea, & Nuclear Proliferation.” 
Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy hosts Scott Worden, Director of Afghanistan and Central Asia Programs at United States Institute of Peace, for “Pursuing Sustainable and Inclusive Peace in Afghanistan.” 
Wednesday 10/21 
World Affairs Council Connecticut hosts Ravi Kumar, President of Infosys, for “The Future of Work.” 
Global Minnesota hosts Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres, for “The UN Celebrates 75 – What Does the Future Hold?” 
Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall hosts Anja Manuel, Co-founder and Partner at Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel LLC, and Professor Alex Wang, University of California, Los Angeles, for “How to Win the Tech Race With China.” 
World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Ambassador of India to the U.S., for “Ambassador of India to the U.S.” 
WorldOregon hosts Amaryllis Fox, former CIA officer, to discuss her book “Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA.” 
Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts a panel of experts for “Global News Review.”  
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts author Laila Lalami, Pulitzer Prize finalist, to discuss her book “Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America.” 
World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts General H. R. McMaster, former U.S. National Security Advisor, to discuss his book “Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World.” 
Thursday 10/22 
World Affairs Council of Rhode Island hosts Ambassador Asad Khan, Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S., for “U.S. Relations With Pakistan and the South Asia Region.” 
Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts Ambassador (ret.) Vicki Huddleston, former U.S. Ambassador to multiple African nations, for “Terrorism: The Scourge of Africa?” 
Alaska World Affairs Council hosts Ambassador Reema bint Bandar Al-Saud, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United States, for “Virtual Lunch With Leaders.” 
World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, Vice Provost for Global Initiatives and Professor at University of Pennsylvania, and author and journalist Ray Suarez for “Does the Perfect Healthcare System Exist?” 
World Affairs Council of Sonoma County hosts Joanna Zdanys, Counsel in the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, and Hazel Millard, Senior Research and Program Associate in the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, for “Public Financing of Elections: A Political Empowerment Tool in the Age of Citizens United.” 
World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana hosts Mark Hogg, Founder and CEO of WaterStep, for “WaterStep: Innovative Clean Water Solutions for Disaster Relief.” 
Global Minnesota hosts a panel of experts for “Partnerships to End Human Trafficking.”  
World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts Sasha Lezhnev, Deputy Director of Policy at The Sentry, for “Inspired: Stories of Triumph and Tragedy from the Congo.” 
International Relations Council hosts Assistant Professor Phil Duncan, University of Kansas, for “Tlapanec.” 
World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts Dr. David Callaway, Medical Director of Emergency Management at Atrium Health CMC-Main, for “A 6-Month Update on Charlotte’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.”  
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts William Drozdiak, Senior Advisor at McLarty Associates, to discuss his book “The Last President of Europe.”  
World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads hosts author Michael Auslin to discuss his book “Asia’s New Geopolitics- Essays on Reshaping the Indo-Pacific.”  
World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Ambassador (ret.) Richard Olson, Senior Advisor at the U.S. Institute of Peace, for “The Future of Afghanistan.” 
Friday 10/23 
Peoria Area World Affairs Council hosts Ambassador (ret.) William Luers, Director of the Iran Project, for “The 40-Year Obsession With Iran.” 
World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts Matthew Kroenig, Deputy Director of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council, to discuss his book “The Return of Great Power Rivalry.” 
Saturday 10/24 
San Diego World Affairs Council hosts a panel of experts for “2020 Annual Meeting.” 
Sunday 10/25 
World Affairs Council of the Desert hosts journalist Robin Fields, Managing Editor at ProPublica, for “Surviving in an Age of Disinformation.” 
Peoria Area World Affairs Council hosts author Anthony DePalma to discuss his book “The Cubans: Ordinary Lives in Extraordinary Times.”  
Windham World Affairs Council hosts Ambassador (ret.) Peter Galbraith, former Assistant Secretary General to the United Nations in Afghanistan, for “U.S. National Security and the Election: What is at Stake?” 


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