World

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From Arab Spring to Islamic State: A Regional Perspective

Fri, Oct 7 2016 - 12:00pm

Banafsheh Keynoush, Ph.D., Foreign Affairs Scholar; Author
Dina Ibrahim, Ph.D., Middle East Analyst, Educator
Robert Rosenthal, Executive Director, Center for Investigative Reporting—Moderator

Dr. Keynoush and Dr. Ibrahim will trace the demise of the Arab Spring and the violent rise and threat of Islamic State with Robert Rosenthal, a former managing editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. Read more »

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China’s Economic Slowdown: Will It Hurt the U.S. and the World?

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Thu, Oct 6 2016 - 6:30pm

Yingyi Qian, Dean and Professor, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, China
Nicholas Lardy, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics; Board Member, Asia Policy and The China Review
George Lewinski, Former Foreign Editor, "Marketplace"—Moderator Read more »

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544 Days in an Iranian Prison

Wed, Oct 5 2016 - 7:00pm

Jared Huffman, U.S. Representative
In conversation with Ali Rezaian

Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, a U.S. citizen, was held in an Iranian prison on undisclosed charges for 18 months. Why is Jason's story relevant today? Congressman Jared Huffman and Jason's brother, Ali, will give us the inside story of dogged diplomacy, and knowledge gained which may help other Americans detained overseas.

This program includes complimentary light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar from 7-7:45.

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Expanding the Voice of Ordinary Africans: The Afrobarometer Journey

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Fri, Sep 30 2016 - 12:00pm

E. Gyimah-Boadi, Executive Director, Afrobarometer and Ghana Center for Democratic Development; Political Scientist; Author

Until recently, almost nothing was known about the values and preferences of most Africans. Afrobarometer has changed this—by interviewing nearly a quarter of a million ordinary citizens across 36 countries in all regions of Africa since 1999. As a result, we can now make important, and often surprising, generalizations about what Africans think. Read more »

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Waterfront Walking Tour

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Thu, Sep 29 2016 - 1:45pm

Join Rick Evans for his new walking tour exploring the historic sites of the waterfront neighborhood that surrounds the location of the future Commonwealth Club headquarters. Hear the dynamic stories of the entrepreneurs, controversial artists and labor organizers who created this recently revitalized neighborhood. This tour will give you a lively overview of the historic significance of this neighborhood and a close look at the ongoing development.

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Middle East Forum Discussion

Mon, Sep 26 2016 - 5:00pm

The Middle East Forum discussion group—which primarily covers the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan—has been meeting monthly for more than eight years. We are not a debate group; we are a discussion group.

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The Way of Wanderlust

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Mon, Sep 19 2016 - 6:00pm

Don George, Travel Writer; Author, The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George Read more »

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North Beach Walking Tour

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Thu, Sep 15 2016 - 1:45pm

Join another Commonwealth Club neighborhood adventure! Explore vibrant North Beach with Rick Evans during a two-hour walk through this neighborhood with a colorful past, where food, culture, history and unexpected views all intersect in an Italian “urban village.” In addition to learning about Beat generation hangouts, you’ll discover authentic Italian cathedrals and coffee shops.

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Lessons from Afghanistan: 15 Years into the War on Terror

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Mon, Sep 12 2016 - 12:00pm

Nang Attal, Afghan Educator; Labor Activist
Robert Rosenthal, Executive Director, Center for Investigative Journalism

A decade and a half after the United States and NATO allies invaded Afghanistan and U.S. President George W. Bush declared a "War on Terror," the future of Afghanistan is still being written. Attal, a Fulbright scholar and a bright young activist-educator, will discuss the turbulent situation in Afghanistan, lessons from the War on Terror, and his hopes for the future. Read more »

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Chinatown Walking Tour

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Thu, Sep 8 2016 - 1:45pm

Enjoy a Commonwealth Club neighborhood adventure. Join Rick Evans for a memorable midday walk, and discover the history and mysteries of Chinatown. Explore colorful alleys and side streets. Visit a Taoist temple, an herbal store, the site of the first public school in the state, and the famous Fortune Cookie Factory.

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