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An Inside Look at Guantanamo: A Muslim Chaplain’s Struggle for Justice

March 20, 2008 | 6:00:00 | University of Texas Law School Auditorium

James Yee spoke passionately about his experience of being a Muslim Chaplain at Guantanamo Bay detention camp where he worked to address the religious needs of the U.S. military staff and over 600 prisoners. He…

The Danger of Weaponizing Outer Space

March 19, 2008 | 5:00:00 | LBJ Library Brown Room, 10th Floor

Mike Moore, a research fellow with the Independent Institute, discussed the current state of space weapon technology and warned that the U.S. is drifting toward a policy of space control that will lead to a…

Four Policy Planning Stories in Search of a Theory

March 5, 2008 | 5:00:00 | Etter-Harbin Alumni Center - Schmidt Room

Stephen Krasner, former State Department Director of Policy Planning, discussed what he characterized as the haphazard way in which particular policy ideas are chosen and implemented in organizations. Krasner asserted that policy planning does not…

China & Global Institutions: Explaining Economic Competitiveness

February 26, 2008 | 5:00:00 | LBJ Library Brown Room, 10th Floor

Ed Steinfeld, an associate professor of political science at MIT, discussed how China cooperates with international institutions that set the “rules” for global governance. He argued that frequent allegations about China not abiding by the…

Asian Economic Integration and U.S. Policy Options

February 22, 2008 | 12:30:00 | Sid Richardson Hall, Room 3.109

Michael Plummer discussed accelerating Asian economic integration and its consequences for U.S. foreign policy. Initially the result of market forces, integration now is directed by states through special economic agreements, including free-trade areas. Dr. Plummer…

Mass Consumerism and the Cold War as Global History

February 20, 2008 | 5:00:00 | Garrison Hall, Room 1.102

Emily Rosenberg discussed the transnational spread of consumer societies during the 20th century.  She argued that mass consumerism, which at the beginning of the century was closely associated with the notion of “Americanization,” gradually adapted…

Act Local – Think Global: A Global Leadership Program

February 13, 2008 | 6:30:00 | Texas Union Ballroom

Act Local – Think Global is a global leadership program for UT students to hone their leadership skills for the global arena.  Learn important leadership skills and discuss important international issues, such as: Humanitarian Issues…

The War Tapes Screening with Sergeant Stephen Pink

February 11, 2008 | 7:00:00 | Welch Hall, Room 1.316

The War Tapes, a documentary filmed from the perspective of three National Guardsmen on their tour of duty in Iraq, was screened in front of an audience of UT students, faculty and members of the…

The Militarization of Diplomacy

February 7, 2008 | 5:00:00 | Sid Richardson Hall, Room 3.108

John Naland, President of the American Foreign Service Association, discussed current logistical and managerial problems facing the Foreign Service and its employees.  Addressing the recent controversy concerning mandatory assignments to hardship posts, including Iraq, Naland…

A Vision for Peace in the Middle East

February 7, 2008 | 6:00:00 | LBJ Library Atrium, 10th Floor

Dr. Salam Fayyad, Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority, spoke to UT faculty and students and members of the local community, sharing his hopes and vision for peace in the Middle East. Prime Minister…