March 19, 2015. Dr. Weller's talk focused on four main, interrelated dimensions of the impact of the Crimean and Ukrainian Crises on the Central Eurasian Islamic World: (1) The response of the Crimean Tatar community and impact on Russo-Tatar relations within the Crimea religiously, socially, and politically; (2) Responses among related Turkic Muslim groups of Central Eurasia, particularly the Turks of Turkey, the Volga Tatars within the Russian Federation, and the Kazakh Muslims of Kazakhstan, with related reflections upon the impact of the crises upon Russo-Turkish relations politically, Russo-Volga Tatar relations socially and politically within Tatarstan, and Russo-Kazakh relations socially and politically within Kazakhstan; (3) the (potential) impact upon Russo-Chinese relations politically in connection with the Uighur independence movement; and (4) Responses from across the broader Muslim world, particularly the Middle Eastern and Western worlds. The presentation argued that the Crimean and Ukrainian crises have provoked and, if maintained, will continue to provoke a predominantly negative reaction against not only Russia and Russian expatriates living in Central Eurasian states which are significantly populated by Muslims, but will serve to reinforce Muslim views of ‘The (Christian) West’ as imperialist and exploitative world powers, in spite of condemnation of the action by a large number of Western powers internationally, since Western condemnation is concerned primarily with safeguarding Ukraine as a pro-Westernizing force (and not the Crimean Tatar cause). This study drew primarily from scholarly works on historical and historiographical issues pertaining to Ukraine and the Crimea as well as published newspaper, magazine, and journal articles in Turkish, Tatar, Kazakh, and English which have appeared in response/relation to the issue.
Author Richard Rashke speaks about the topic of his book Useful Enemies: America's Open Door Policy for Nazi War Criminals (Delphinium, 2015). This presentation was part of the Jan Karski Institute for Holocaust Education and occurred July 13, 2015.
Fr. Patrick Desbois is president of Yahad-In Unum and Adjunct Professor in the Program for Jewish Civilization at Georgetown University. This presentation on his organization's work was presented at the Jan Karski Institute for Holocaust Education on July 17, 2015.
In this public seminar, five Georgetown University professors who specialize in Asia discussed the future of U.S.-Asia relations, offering their insights on some of the most important issues in the region, ranging from politics and security to climate and energy.
May 27, 2015—DC Event: "In Conversation with Javed Ahmad Ghamidi". Co-sponsored with Al-Mawrid United States. A public talk by Islamic scholar and intellectual, Javed Ahmad Ghamidi on topics relating to religion, Muslims and the current state of affairs. The conversation was facilitated by Shehzad Saleem, Ph.D. (University of Wales) and audience members had the opportunity to present their own questions as well.
*Podcast in Urdu
May 27, 2015—Briefing: "Marriage, Identity, Religion & Marital Stability: Intermarriage of Turkish Citizens in the US" with Mehmet Ali Balkanlioglu. Today’s societies have become more and more multi-cultural and multi-religious than ever. As reflecting the harmonization of cultural and religious differences, today the intermarriage rate has reached its highest level throughout history, especially in the United States. More specifically, according to a Pew Research Center report, about 15% of all new marriages in the United States in 2010 were between spouses of a different race or ethnicity. Looking at all married couples in 2010, regardless of when they married, the share of intermarriages reached an all-time high of 8.4%. Many studies from different disciplines have focused on examining the different dimensions of intermarriage in the US since the twentieth century; however, the intermarriage of Turkish citizens in the US has been neglected as a research domain. Dr. Balkanlioglu’s research on the nature of intermarriage of Turkish citizens in the US is the first of its kind. According to the Turkish Embassy in Washington, 189,791 Turkish citizens live in the US. This talk broadly discussed the circumstances of intermarriage of Turkish citizens concerning family, identity, assimilation, culture, religion, conversion, marital stability and child raising throughout their marriages.
What are some of the most pressing issues in Chinese foreign policy today? In this presentation, Professor Reardon-Anderson will review Chinese foreign policy decisions in the last few decades and discuss many new challenges faced by the government in Beijing, including the issues of Xinjiang, Tibet, island disputes, and energy.
What sparked the protests in Hong Kong in 2014? Could these protests diminish the chances of Taiwan's unification with the mainland and dismantle the "one country, two systems" formula? In this panel discussion, a group of experts will exchange views on the ongoing protests in Hong Kong and their significance to the politics and security of East Asia.
The South China Sea appears to be on the verge of conflict. In the past two years, Chinese Coastguard ships have rammed their Vietnamese rivals, blockaded Philippine outposts, disrupted Malaysian oil surveys, and threatened Indonesian fisheries protection vessels. The Chinese government claims "indisputable sovereignty" over the vast majority of the Sea while its southern neighbors assert that all or some of the islands in the Sea rightfully belong to them. In this presentation, Bill Hayton, BBC News journalist and the author of South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in Asia (Yale University Press, 2014), locates the origins of the disputes in the nationalist anxiety that marked the confused transition from empire to republic in China and the processes of decolonization in Southeast Asia. He shows how the first territorial claims were provoked by the commercial exploitation of bird droppings and then how the lure of hydrocarbons combined with the adoption of a new UN Convention on the Law of the Sea led to the occupation of almost every feature in the Sea. Hayton tells the often bizarre stories of how the rival claims came about, examines the evidence for them, and discusses whether they can ever be reconciled.
Ambassador Ronald S. Lauder presented this year's Herman Allen "Hal" Israel (C'92) Endowed Lectureship in Jewish-Catholic Relations on "The Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism and the Persecution of Christians" (March 25, 2015).
Ambassador Lauder is the current President of the World Jewish Congress (WJC). As President of the WJC, Ambassador Lauder has met with countless heads of state, prime ministers, and government representatives in advancing those causes that are of most concern to Jews and Jewish communities internationally.