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Weiser Diplomacy Center Series

Why Nations Rise

Apr 12, 2021, 11:30 am-12:30 pm EDT
In Why Nations Rise, Manjari Miller argues that elites in some states actively reframe their image when their economic and military power increases, applies lessons from historical cases, and reshapes our understanding of rising power.
Career Development

Alumni in Residence conversation with Lesley Miller

Mar 25, 2021, 8:00-9:00 pm EDT
Join us for the Alumni in Residence conversation with Lesley Miller (MPP/MBA '93) Deputy Representative of UNICEF in Viet Nam, focusing on advancing the rights and well-being of the most disadvantaged children and adolescents.

Shared Sovereignty and Accountability in Fragile States

Mar 22, 2021, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT
John Ciorciari and Susanna Campbell will talk about findings from his new book Sovereignty Sharing in Fragile States outlining conditions under which shared sovereignty tends to fail or succeed in advancing accountability for human rights violation.
Weiser Diplomacy Center Series

Police reform in conflict-affected countries

Mar 2, 2021, 11:30 am-12:30 pm EST
Eric Beinhart of the U.S. Department of Justice will discuss approaches to police reform in societies affected by conflict and ways to bridge the divide between formal law enforcement and traditional community governance structures in areas where state institutions have lacked capacity and/or legitimacy.
Weiser Diplomacy Center Series

The Biden administration's policy options on North Korea

Mar 1, 2021, 11:30 am-12:45 pm EST
We invite Ford School students to join us for a conversation with Ambassador Joseph Yun on Biden administration's policy options with respect to North Korea. Yun is a senior advisor to the Asia Program at USIP and one of the nation’s leading experts on relations with North Korea.    

NASPAA-Batten student simulation competition 2021 - Pandemic 2.0

Feb 27, 2021, 12:00-6:00 pm EST
Graduate students from more than 80 universities around Americas, Middle East, Africa and Europe will address pandemic in virtual NASPAA-Batten student simulation competition developed by the Center for Leadership Simulation and Gaming. 

Alumni in Residence conversation with Nicole Shepardson

Feb 22, 2021, 12:00-12:50 pm EST
Join us for the Alumni in Residence conversation with Nicole Shepardson (MPP '01), policy team leader and senior protection policy officer in the Bureau of Population Refugees and Migration at the U.S. Department of State.  

Reclaiming and repatriating African heritage

Feb 17, 2021, 11:00 am-12:15 pm EST
Ambassador Susan D. Page will moderate a discussion with cultural heritage experts from U-M and Africa surrounding the reclamation and repatriation of African heritage from Northern cultural institutions back to Africa.

U.S. race relations and foreign policy

Jan 27, 2021, 4:00-5:30 pm EST
In this talk, Amb. Susan D. Page will explore the presence and impact of race relations on U.S. foreign policy and U.S. actions at home.
Weiser Diplomacy Center Series

Public diplomacy: A vision for 2021 and beyond

Dec 7, 2020, 11:30 am-12:50 pm EST
This event will feature Dr. Vivian S. Walker, Executive Director of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, in conversation with Professor John Ciorciari, Director of the Weiser Diplomacy Center at the University of Michigan, with a welcome address by Rejaul Karim Laskar, representing the Global Forum for Scholars & Practitioners of Diplomacy. 
Weiser Diplomacy Center Series

What’s next for U.S. foreign policy?

Dec 2, 2020, 4:00-5:00 pm EST
The Weiser Diplomacy Center is partnering with the American Academy of Diplomacy to bring seasoned U.S. diplomats to Ford School and discuss the future of U.S. foreign policy after presidential election 2020.
Weiser Diplomacy Center Series

The evolving role of the U.S. in the Gulf Region

Nov 16, 2020, 4:00-5:30 pm EST
Join us for a virtual conversation co-hosted by the Gulf International Forum featuring Dr. Dania Thafer, Executive Director of the Gulf International Forum (GIF), Abbas Khadim, Director of Iraq Initiative at the Atlantic Council and General Anthony C. Zinni, former United States Marine Corps general in conversation with Ambassador Patrick Theros. 
Weiser Diplomacy Center Series

Democracy and its impediments in Southeast Asia

Oct 27, 2020, 6:30-8:00 pm EDT
Please join us for a virtual seminar with Bui Hai Thiem, a research manager at the Institute for Legislative Studies, National Assembly Standing Committee of Vietnam, Pavin Chachavalpongpun, an associate professor at Kyoto University's Center for Southeast Asian Studies and Wai Wai Nu, a former political prisoner and the founder and Executive Director of the Women Peace Network in Myanmar.
Weiser Diplomacy Center Series

Responding to the “Democratic Backslide” in Central and Eastern Europe

Oct 26, 2020, 11:30 am-12:50 pm EDT
Please join us for a virtual seminar with Kinga Brudzinska, Program Director of Future of Europe for GLOBSEC Policy Institute in conversation with John Ciorciari, director of Weiser Diplomacy Center. They will discuss major trends, challenges and opportunities for supporting democracy in central and eastern Europe—particularly the “V4” countries of Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia. This event is open to all University of Michigan students.    
Weiser Diplomacy Center Series

Framing and debating climate change and the environment in key African states

Oct 22, 2020, 11:30 am-12:50 pm EDT
Please join us for a virtual seminar with Dr. Babajide Ololajulo, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria and Dr. Patrick Cobbinah, Urban Planning Academic in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne, in conversation with Justine M. Davis, LSA Collegiate Fellow in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS) at the University of Michigan.
Policy Talks @ the Ford School, Weiser Diplomacy Center Series

U.S.-China relations during COVID-19: Finding a path forward

Oct 20, 2020, 10:00-11:00 am EDT
Join us for a conversation on current relations between the United States and China and possible paths forward given COVID and the upcoming U.S. elections. Panelists will include Kenneth Lieberthal, senior fellow emeritus at Brookings, Mary Gallagher, professor of political science, and Ann Lin, associate professor of public policy. Ford School Dean Michael Barr will moderate the discussion. 
Weiser Diplomacy Center Series

Observing elections in a complex political environment. A case of Guyana 2020.

Oct 12, 2020, 11:30 am-12:50 pm EDT
Please join us for a virtual seminar with Jason Carter, Chairman of the Carter Center Board of Trustees, Ms. Narcis Scope, Chief Elections Officer, Elections and Boundaries Commission of Trinidad and Tobago representing CARICOM, and Ms. Pauline Chase from Guyana Bar Association in conversation with Ambassador Susan Page, Professor of Practice in International Diplomacy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy discussing about the Guyana Electoral Observation Mission (EOM).
Weiser Diplomacy Center Series

Promoting Digital Democracy

Oct 5, 2020, 11:30 am-12:50 pm EDT
Please join us for a virtual seminar with Amy Studdart, senior advisor at the International Republican Institute, where she leads the organization's digital democracy programming, in conversation with Associate Professor John Ciorciari, director of the Weiser Diplomacy Center and International Policy Center about two case examples of combating misinformation while promoting open online spaces, in Taiwan and Venezuela.   
Weiser Diplomacy Center Series

Funding Democracy Programs

Sep 28, 2020, 11:30 am-12:50 pm EDT
Please join us for a virtual seminar with Fabiola Cordova,  Associate Director, Latin America and Caribbean, National Endowment for Democracy (NED), in conversation with Associate Professor John Ciorciari, director of the Weiser Diplomacy Center and International Policy Center. 
Weiser Diplomacy Center Series

Official Levers for Supporting Democracy

Sep 21, 2020, 11:30 am-12:50 pm EDT
Please join us for a virtual seminar with Kara McDonald, Deputy Assistant Secretary at Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor in conversation with Associate Professor John Ciorciari, director of the Weiser Diplomacy Center and International Policy Center.
Weiser Diplomacy Center Series

Democracy Support 101

Sep 14, 2020, 11:30 am-12:50 pm EDT
Please join us for a virtual seminar with Matt Dippell, Deputy Director for Latin America and the Caribbean Programs at the National Democratic Institute in conversation with Associate Professor John Ciorciari, director of the Weiser Diplomacy Center and International Policy Center.
Weiser Diplomacy Center Series

Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan

Apr 2, 2020, 11:30 am-12:50 pm EDT
Webinar
WDC Director professor John Ciorciari will lead this virtual session with our Ford School colleagues Mohammad Akbar Zadran and Matt Rigdon in a discussion about the U.S. and Taliban Peace Deal signed after nearly two decades of war in Afghanistan.
Ford School