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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

Wednesday 10/14  
World Affairs (Northern California) and World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth host John Brennan, Distinguished Fellow at the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School, for “A Look Inside the CIA With Former Director John Brennan.” 
World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts The Honorable James Clapper, 4th U.S. Director of Intelligence, for “Securing the U.S. Election.” 
World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Ambassador (ret.) Richard Olson, former U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan and Afghanistan, for “Afghanistan: U.S.’s Longest War, Peace Talks & Realities on the Ground.” 
World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Ambassador Charles Shapiro, President of World Affairs Council of Atlanta, for “Tea in the Garden with Ambassador Shapiro.” 
WorldBoston hosts Ambassador (ret.) Jorge Heine, Professor at Boston University, for “China’s Road into Latin America.” 
World Affairs Council of Jacksonville and World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth host General (ret.) Martin Dempsey, Rubenstein Fellow at Duke University, and Colonel (ret.) John Ward, former Vice President of Lockheed Martin, for “No Time for Spectators: The Lessons That Mattered Most from West Point.”  
World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts Jessica Brandt, Head of Research and Policy at the Alliance for Securing Democracy, for “Foreign Interference in Democracies.” 
Foreign Policy Association hosts Professor John Taylor, Stanford University, for “National Security and Fiscal Policy.” 
World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts Associate Professor Benjamin Nathans, University of Pennsylvania, for “Defying Putin: The Dangers and Opportunities in Opposing Russia’s President.”  
Montana World Affairs Council hosts Dr. Jonathan Westrup, Professor at Warwick Business School and the Irish Management Institute, for “Europe and Post-Pandemic Economy.” 
International Relations Council hosts author Professor Wendy Pearlman, Northwestern University, to discuss her book “We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria.”
World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts a panel of experts for “Climate Change Risks and the U.S. Military.” 
Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall hosts a panel of experts for “The Future of U.S. Policy on Iran.” 
World Affairs Council of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky hosts a panel of experts for “The Future of U.S. Policy on Iran.” 
Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts a panel of experts for “Global News Review.” 
World Affairs Council of New Orleans hosts a panel of experts for “America in the World.” 
Thursday 10/15  
World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Sunny Zhang, Founder and President of Z LAB, for “Local to Global: The New Era Favoring Entrepreneurial Spirit.” 
World Affairs Council of Orange County, San Diego World Affairs Council, and World Affairs Council of Connecticut host John Brennan, Distinguished Fellow at the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School, Professor Janet Napolitano, University of California, Berkeley, for “Webinar with John Brennan and Janet Napolitano.” 
Montana World Affairs Council hosts Joanna Shelton, former Deputy Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, for “COVID-19 and the Global Economy: What Lies Ahead?” 
Tennessee World Affairs Council and World Affairs Council of Harrisburg hosts General (ret.) John Allen, President of Brookings, and Jessica Matthews, Distinguished Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, for “Election 2020: America’s Place in the World.” 
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts author Susan Eisenhower to discuss her book “How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower’s Biggest Decisions.”  
World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Peter Baker, Chief White House Correspondent for The New York Times, for “The Man Who Ran Washington.” 
World Affairs Council of Central Illinois hosts Ambassador (ret.) Jeffrey DeLaurentis, Distinguished Resident Fellow in Latin American Studies at Georgetown University, for “Diplomatic Challenges and Opportunities for U.S. Cuban Relations.” 
International Affairs Forum (Traverse City) hosts Ambassador (ret.) Robert Blake, Executive Director at McLarty Associates, for “Global Business and Climate Goals: An Indonesia Case Study.” 
Peoria Area World Affairs Council hosts author Nina Jankowicz, Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, for “How to Lose the Information War.” 
Olympia World Affairs Council hosts Professor David Bachman, University of Washington, for “China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Much Ado about What?” 
Savannah Council on World Affairs hosts Professor Matthew Kroenig, Georgetown University, for “The Return of Great Power Rivalry: Democracy Versus Autocracy.” 
Richmond World Affairs Council hosts Assistant Professor Christopher Burdett, Virginia Commonwealth University, for “Britain and EU: The ‘New Normal’ After Brexit.”  
World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay hosts Assistant Professor Bradley Strawser, Naval Postgraduate School, for “Reflections on the Ethics of Warfare and Changing Technology.”  
Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council hosts Assistant Professor Dean Accardi, Connecticut College, for “India, Pakistan, and the War over Kashmir.”  
Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall hosts Professor Dan Schnur, University of California, Berkeley, for “Politics in the Time of Coronavirus.” 
Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts a panel of experts for “The Supreme Court Crisis and the 2020 Election Cycle: The Most Critical in Our History?”  
World Affairs Council of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky and WorldOregon host a panel of experts for “Trade and Election 2020.”  
Colorado Springs World Affairs Council hosts a panel of experts for “Planning for Tokyo 2020 Olympic & Paralympic Games in 2021.” 
World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts a panel of experts for “International Graduate School Workshop.” 
Friday 10/16 
International Relations Council hosts Anne Erickson, Office Broker at JLL, for “Living and Working Abroad: Asia.” 
World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts Alyssa Wilen, Owner of Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen, for “Thai Cooking with Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen.”  


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