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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 10/26 
Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts Ambassador (ret.) Nicholas Burns, former U.S. Ambassador to the NATO, for “Foreign Policy and the 2020 Election.” 
Sarasota World Affairs Council hosts Professor Angela Stent, Georgetown University, for “U.S.-Russian Relations in the Countdown to November 3.” 
Tuesday 10/27 
World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts The Honorable Jonatan Vseviov, Estonian Ambassador to the U.S., for “Estonia and the World: How the First Digital Nation Handles Security and Economy in a Turbulent Era.”
International Relations Council and World Affairs Council of St. Louis host H.E. Ambassador Javlon Vakhabov, Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the U.S. and Canada, for “Uzbekistan Ambassador Virtual Visit.”
Montana World Affairs Council hosts Hiroko Miyamura, United Nations Electoral Assistance Division, for “United Nations Electoral Assistance.”
World Affairs Council of Albuquerque hosts Andrew Bacevich, Co-Founder of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, for “After the Apocalypse: Implications for U.S. Policy.”  
WorldOregon hosts Brandon Lee, Canadian Consul General, and Bart Eberwein, Oregon’s new Honorary Consul for Canada, for “Canadian-U.S. Relations Through an Oregon Lens.” 
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts author Lindsay Chervinsky to discuss her book “The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution.”  
World Affairs Council of San Antonio hosts a panel of experts for “Biodiversity Without Borders: A Natural Pathway for Cooperation.” 
Alabama World Affairs Council hosts Jonathan Hillman, Director of the Reconnecting Asia Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, for “The Emperor’s Road: China and the Project of the Century.” 
Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall hosts Professor Lynn Vavreck, University of California, Los Angeles, and Professor Dan Schnur, University of California Berkeley, for “How Media Will Influence the Election: From Broadcast to Cable to Digital Organizing.” 
World Affairs Council of Palm Beach, Inc. hosts Hamlet Yousef, Managing Partner at IronGate Capital Advisors, for “Disruptive Technologies & Geopolitical Trends Shaping the 21st Century.” 
World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana and World Affairs Council of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky host author Susan Sloan to discuss her book “A Seat at the Table: Women, Diplomacy, and Lessons for the World.” 
World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts hosts author and journalist Andrew Harding, BBC Africa Correspondent, for “The US-China Rivalry for Influence in Africa.” 
World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosts Patrick Skinner, Savannah Georgia Police Department Officer, for “Policing in a Global Context.” 
International Relations Council hosts Professor Oona Hathaway, Yale University, and Brian Ellison, Talk Show Host at KCUR, for “American Leadership & Multilateralism.” 
World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley hosts Professor Ian Buruma, Bard College, for “The Future of Pax Americana.”
Wednesday 10/28 
World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Ambassador (ret.) Kurt Volker, U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations, for “Ukraine, NATO, and the U.S.” 
Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall hosts John Hope Bryant, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Operation HOPE, and Carol Bradford, Senior Counsel at the California Community Foundation, for “A Conversation with John Hope Bryant, Founder of Operation Hope.”  
World Affairs (Northern California) hosts a panel of experts for “Film Screening: Hunger Ward.” 
Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council hosts Professor Michael Kimmage, Catholic University of America, for “The Abandonment of the West.” 
World Affairs Council of Maine hosts Trita Parsi, Executive Vice President of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, for “The Middle East – Ending Endless Wars.” 
Global Minnesota hosts Jill Dougherty, Former CNN Foreign Affairs Correspondent, for “Russia Relations with Jill Dougherty.” 
Montana World Affairs Council hosts Justin Snyder, Independent Consultant at International Foundation for Electoral Systems, for “The What, How and Why of International Election Support.” 
Thursday 10/29 
World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts H.E. Ambassador Martha Coqui, Ambassador of Mexico to the U.S., for “The Future of the U.S. – Mexican Relationship.”
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts author Fareed Zakaria and columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin to discuss Zakaria’s book “Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World.”
Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts Dave Lowe, 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient, for “Our Climate Emergency.” 
World Affairs Council of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky hosts a panel of experts for “Building Strategic Power Through Exchanges.” 
International Relations Council hosts Marc Chandler, Chief Market Strategist at Bannockburn Global Forex, for “The Global Economy: Weathering the Storm.” 
Montana World Affairs Council hosts Andrew Griffin, Deputy Director in the Office of Global Change at the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, for “Focus on Chile.” 
Montana World Affairs Council hosts Sean Dunne, Country Representative for The Carter Center in Burma, for “The Carter Center.” 
WorldOregon hosts a panel of experts for “What is Moral Leadership?
World Affairs Council Upstate hosts a panel of experts for “Why It Matters: The Belarus Protests.”
Friday 10/30 
World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Galen Cobb, Vice President of Industry Relations for Halliburton, for “Global Connections.”
International Relations Council hosts Sharon Valášek, Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic for Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska, for “Honorary Diplomats.”
Peoria Area World Affairs Council hosts Beatriz Ramirez, Free Trade Agreement Specialist in the International Trade Center, for “NAFTA 2.0: How the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement Will Impact Illinois.”
World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Eswar Prasad, Tolani Senior Professor of Trade Policy at Cornell University, and Catherine Mann, Global Chief Economist at Citibank, for “Dethroning the Dollar.”  
Alaska World Affairs Council and Juneau World Affairs Council host Professor Peter Chilson, Washington State University, and El Hadj Djitteye, Program Manager for the Conflict Stability and Security Fund of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Mali, for “Alaska To Timbuktu: Myth and Reality From Far Away Places.” 
World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay hosts Professor Anna Grzymala-Busse, Stanford University, for “The Erosion of Democracy in Hungary and Poland.” 


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