Current Events and Politics

HOW WASHINGTON WORKS: A Swamp Creature Speaks!

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

02 - 06 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-02-06 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

High school civics textbooks tell you the way Washington is supposed to work; this course will tell you how it really works—or doesn’t. Each lecture will deal with a specific power center: (1) The White House; (2) the national security apparatus: the National Security Council staff, the State Department, the Pentagon, and the intelligence agencies; (3) the Congress; (4) the Supreme Court; (5) Lobbyists and pressure groups; and (6) the media. Ambassador Untermeyer spent over 15 years at the highest levels of national government: as assistant to Vice President and later President George H.W. Bush; as an appointee in the Defense Department; as director of the Voice of America; and as a U.S. ambassador in the Middle East. His lectures will be filled with personal experiences, historical anecdotes, and quotations both trenchant and humorous, such as this one from Will Rogers: “There’s no trick to being a humorist when you have the entire government working for you.” (*Please note, the scheduling of this course allows for Ambassador Untermeyer being called out of the country due to his current role as an international business consultant.)

THE CHANGING WORLD: Future Trends in International Affairs

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Price: 250.00 USD
12 Weeks

02 - 07 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-02-07 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This course will examine the impact of the shifting balance of power between nations with the ascendancy of China, the re-emergence of “Imperial” Russia, the collision of Saudi Arabia and Iran, and the potential dissolution of the European Union—all of which set the backdrop for a fundamental change in the power and influence of the United States. We will seek to understand the seeds of radicalization of large segments of the global population who are thrusting themselves onto the world stage. We will discuss the expanding conflict in cyberspace that gives groups of cyber criminals, marginalized nations, and hacktivists the ability to directly challenge established world powers and in many cases prevail. We will explore the challenges we face as a global community as we confront a rapidly changing world

THE CHANGING WORLD: Future Trends in International Affairs

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Price: 250.00 USD
12 Weeks

02 - 07 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-02-07 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

This course will examine the impact of the shifting balance of power between nations with the ascendancy of China, the re-emergence of “Imperial” Russia, the collision of Saudi Arabia and Iran, and the potential dissolution of the European Union—all of which set the backdrop for a fundamental change in the power and influence of the United States. We will seek to understand the seeds of radicalization of large segments of the global population who are thrusting themselves onto the world stage. We will discuss the expanding conflict in cyberspace that gives groups of cyber criminals, marginalized nations, and hacktivists the ability to directly challenge established world powers and in many cases prevail. We will explore the challenges we face as a global community as we confront a rapidly changing world

YEAR TWO IN THE TRUMP ERA

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Price: 250.00 USD
10 Weeks

02 - 07 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-02-07 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

As the Trump/Pence Administration heads into the second year of its term, we know a great deal more about the chief executive and his presidency than we did on January 20, 2017. We know that Trump is not going to change either his fundamental personality or modus operandi —And that is just fine with most of his base voters. As noted, despite struggles and setbacks in 2017, especially on the legislative front, the GOP core base remains solidly behind President Trump. Most base voters see setbacks as the fault of the GOP congressional leaders, not the President. That being the case, most elected Republicans, save those who are not running for any future office, are not going to join the “Never Trump” chorus because it would be political suicide to do so at this stage of his presidency. The biggest "winners" among the Trump supporters are the Christian values voters. With Justice Gorsuch and other conservative nominees in the pipeline, the President has delivered what he promised. The biggest "losers" in his 2016 coalition are the Independent and soft Democratic older working class voters who swung to Trump in 2016 but have gotten almost nothing that would address their concerns about jobs, wages, drug abuse, etc. in the first year of his presidency. Lacking a coherent policy perspective, especially in international affairs, Trump will continue to be extremely unpredictable in the area of foreign policy, but somewhat less so in defense policy because of his pattern of deferring to "his" generals in areas like Afghanistan and Iraq. These patterns suggest an interesting second year ahead!

2018 Sterling Lecture with Peter Zeihan

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Price: 150.00 USD
0 Weeks

03 - 23 - 2018, 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM 2018-03-23 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Join The Women's Institute for this exciting, new event featuring STRATEGIST, THINKER, FUTURIST, SPEAKER—Peter Zeihan! 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. at River Oaks Country Club Valet Parking and Lunch included. Geopolitical Strategist Peter Zeihan is a global energy, demographic and security expert. Zeihan’s worldview marries the realities of geography and populations to a deep understanding of how global politics impact markets and economic trends, helping industry leaders navigate today’s complex mix of geopolitical risks and opportunities. With a keen eye toward what will drive tomorrow’s headlines, his approach transforms topics that are normally dense and heavy into accessible, relevant takeaways for audiences of all types. In his career, Zeihan has ranged from working for the US State Department in Australia, to the DC think tank community, to helping develop the analytical models for Stratfor, one of the world’s premier private intelligence companies. Mr. Zeihan founded his own firm — Zeihan on Geopolitics — in 2012 in order to provide a select group of clients with direct, custom analytical products. Today those clients represent a vast array of sectors including energy majors, financial institutions, business associations, agricultural interests, universities and the U.S. military. His freshman book, "The Accidental Superpower", forecasts the coming collapse of the global order. It debuted in 2014. His newest project, "The Absent Superpower", published in December 2016, highlights what comes next. Underwritten by Cynthia and Stephen Brown and Mary Lee and Jim Wallace

2018 Sterling Lecture with Peter Zeihan—Patron Tables

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Price: 2,000.00 USD
0 Weeks

03 - 23 - 2018, 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM 2018-03-23 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Join The Women's Institute for this exciting, new event featuring STRATEGIST, THINKER, FUTURIST, SPEAKER—Peter Zeihan! 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. at River Oaks Country Club Patron Tables include a Reserved Table for 10, Valet Parking and Lunch. Geopolitical Strategist Peter Zeihan is a global energy, demographic and security expert. Zeihan’s worldview marries the realities of geography and populations to a deep understanding of how global politics impact markets and economic trends, helping industry leaders navigate today’s complex mix of geopolitical risks and opportunities. With a keen eye toward what will drive tomorrow’s headlines, his approach transforms topics that are normally dense and heavy into accessible, relevant takeaways for audiences of all types. In his career, Zeihan has ranged from working for the US State Department in Australia, to the DC think tank community, to helping develop the analytical models for Stratfor, one of the world’s premier private intelligence companies. Mr. Zeihan founded his own firm — Zeihan on Geopolitics — in 2012 in order to provide a select group of clients with direct, custom analytical products. Today those clients represent a vast array of sectors including energy majors, financial institutions, business associations, agricultural interests, universities and the U.S. military. His freshman book, "The Accidental Superpower", forecasts the coming collapse of the global order. It debuted in 2014. His newest project, "The Absent Superpower", published in December 2016, highlights what comes next. Underwritten by Cynthia and Stephen Brown and Mary Lee and Jim Wallace

U.S. FOREIGN POLICY IN THE NEWS

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Price: 150.00 USD
4 Weeks

05 - 02 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-05-02 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

This course will focus on an in-depth discussion of breaking stories and broader trends in U.S. foreign policy. Subjects could include the Trump Administration's approach to foreign affairs, the ongoing tragedy of Syria, U.S. and North Korean tensions, the Iran nuclear deal, Moscow's policies in Europe and the Middle East, and the short to medium term prospects for Chinese-American conflict. The object throughout is to have an open, thought-provoking discussion that will allow students to move beyond sound bites in order to better understand the international challenges we face as a nation.