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Global Governance: Where is it Headed and Can it Deliver?

Speaker: Joseph S. Nye Jr.
Introductory Speaker: Dan Caldwell

Joseph S. Nye Jr., Harvard University distinguished service professor at Harvard Kennedy School, and Stewart M. Patrick, senior fellow and director of the international institutions and global governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations, discuss the state of global governance at the International Studies Association 2015 Annual Convention, as part of CFR's Academic Outreach Initiative.

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Conveying War Through Fiction: The Insight of Veterans

Speakers: Elliot L. Ackerman, Matthew Gallagher, and Michael Pitre
Presider: Peter Godwin

Elliot L. Ackerman, author of Green on Blue: A Novel, Matthew Gallagher, author of Youngblood, and Michael Pitre, author of Fives and Twenty-Fives, join Peter Godwin, author and president of the PEN American Center, to discuss the authors’ military experiences during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and what led each of them to write war-related novels.

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The Role of Religious Environmentalism

Speaker: Mary Evelyn Tucker

Mary Evelyn Tucker, codirector of Yale University’s Forum on Religion and Ecology, discusses the role of faith-based organizations in global efforts to address climate change, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.

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The United States and India: Can a Bilateral Relationship Become a Strategic Partnership?

Speakers: Alyssa Ayres, Robert D. Blackwill, and Stephen P. Cohen
Presider: John D. Negroponte

Alyssa Ayres, senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations, Robert D. Blackwill, Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Stephen P. Cohen, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, join John D. Negroponte, vice chairman at McLarty Associates, to discuss U.S.-India relations.

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Xi Jinping's Economic Reforms and Consolidation of Power

Speakers: Madeleine K. Albright, Jin-Yong Cai, David M. Cote, and Jon Huntsman
Introductory Speaker: Henry M. Paulson
Presider: Elizabeth C. Economy

Madeleine K. Albright, chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group, Jin-Yong Cai, executive vice president and chief executive officer of the International Finance Corporation, David M. Cote, chairman and chief executive officer of Honeywell, and Jon Huntsman, chairman of the Atlantic Council, join CFR’s Elizabeth C. Economy, C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and director for Asia studies, to discuss the political, economic, and security aspects of the U.S.-China relationship and their policy implications.

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Janet Napolitano Looks Back on Border Control, Cyber Policy, and Leadership in Homeland Security

Speaker: Janet Napolitano
Presider: Mary McInnis Boies

Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California and former secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, joins Mary McInnis Boies, counsel at Boies, Schiller & Flexner and member of the board of directors at the Council on Foreign Relations, to discuss Napolitano’s time as secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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Media Call on President Obama's Trip to India

This weekend, President Barack Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit India twice and the first to be a guest for India's Republic Day. The upcoming meeting comes only four months after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to the White House. Alyssa Ayres, CFR senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, discussed what to expect from the president's visit.

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Dean and Norquist on the Successes and Failures of LBJ's Great Society

Speakers: Howard Dean and Grover Norquist
Presider: Michael P. Hirsh

Howard Dean, senior strategic advisor and independent consultant at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and former governor of Vermont, and Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, join Michael P. Hirsh, national editor at Politico, to discuss President Lyndon B. Johnson’s broad social agenda, the Great Society.

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Falling Oil Prices, Europe's Quantitative Easing, Nervous Markets: the Global Economy at the Start of 2015

Speakers: Lewis Alexander, Philippe Legrain, and Michael A. Levi
Presider: Sebastian Mallaby

Lewis Alexander, managing director and chief U.S. economist at Nomura Securities International, Philippe Legrain, senior fellow at the London School of Economics’ European Institute, and Michael A. Levi, David M. Rubenstein senior fellow for energy and the environment and director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, join Sebastian Mallaby, Paul A. Volcker senior fellow for international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations, to discuss the global economy in 2015.

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Protecting Retirement Security: the Future of Public Pensions

Speakers: Bradley D. Belt, Janet Cowell, and Scott Stringer
Presider: Glenn Hubbard

Bradley D. Belt, vice chairman of Orchard Global Asset Management, Janet Cowell, treasurer of the state of North Carolina, and Scott Stringer, comptroller of the City of New York, join Glenn Hubbard, dean and Russell L. Carson professor of finance and economics at Columbia University, to discuss the challenges of fulfilling pension obligations in the United States and how these liabilities will affect economic growth and stability.

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