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Middle East Forum Discussion

Mon, May 23 2016 - 5:30pm

The Midde East Forum discussion group, which primarily covers the Middle East, Afganistan and North Africa, has been meeting for about eight years. We do not debate; we exchange ideas and opinions. The discussion is considered a perk of membership, but those interested—especially students—are welcome.

Early registration is advisable.

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Explore the World from The Commonwealth Club

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Mon, May 16 2016 - 5:00pm

All interested Club members are welcome to attend our bimonthly, one-hour planning meetings of the International Relations Member-Led Forum. We focus on Europe, Latin America, Africa and worldwide topics. Join us to discuss current international issues and plan programs for the rest of 2016.

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Brexit: What Happens if the UK Leaves the European Union?

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Fri, May 13 2016 - 12:00pm

Barry Eichengreen, Professor of Economics and Political Science, University of California Berkeley
Doug Rivers, Professor of Political Science, Stanford; President and CEO, YouGov/Polimetrix
Richard Waters, West Coast Editor, Financial Times—Moderator

The outcome of the June 23 “Brexit” referendum will decide whether the United Kingdom leaves or stays in the European Union. What would their exit mean for the United Kingdom, the European Union, the United States and the world? Read more »

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The New Middle East

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Tue, May 3 2016 - 12:00pm

Alan Mendoza, Ph.D., Director, Henry Jackson Society
Douglas Murray, Associate Director, Henry Jackson Society
Lenny Kristal—Moderator

Mendoza, a British politician and frequent contributor to international broadcast and print media, including Al Jazeera, is the founder of the Henry Jackson Society, a cross-party British think tank named after Senator Henry Jackson. Marray, is a British author, journalist. commentator and columnist for The Wall Street Journal, and more. Read more »

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Middle East Forum Discussion

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Mon, Apr 25 2016 - 5:30pm

This month's topic: Jordan

The Midde East Forum discussion group, which primarily covers the Middle East, Afganistan and North Africa, has been meeting for about eight years. We do not debate; we exchange ideas and opinions. The discussion is considered a perk of membership, but those interested—especially students—are welcome. Early registration is advisable.

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Michael Puett: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life

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Wed, Apr 13 2016 - 7:00pm

Michael Puett, Professor of Chinese History and Chair of the Committee on the Study of Religion, Harvard University; Co-author, The Path: What Chinese Philosopher Can Teach Us About the Good Life 
Frank Wu, Chair, The Committee of 100; Former Chancellor and Dean, University of California Hastings—Moderator
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Joe Lurie: Perceptions and Misperceptions in a Globalized Polarized World

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Wed, Mar 30 2016 - 7:00pm

Joe Lurie, Executive Director Emeritus, International House, UC Berkeley; Author

The Commonwealth Club is offering an encore performance of Joe Lurie's recent sold-out program in San Francisco. Inspired by a West African proverb that says “The stranger sees only what he knows,” Joe Lurie shares a feast of cross-cultural stories and misadventures, exploring the deeper cultural messages that escape people who hear largely what they’re used to hearing and see mostly what they’re used to seeing. Read more »

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Middle East Discussion Group

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Mon, Mar 28 2016 - 5:30pm

Make your voice heard in an enriching, provocative and fun discussion with Club members as you weigh in on events shaping the face of the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan. Each month, the Middle East Member-Led Forum hosts an informal roundtable discussion on a topic frequently suggested by recent headlines. After a brief introduction, the floor will be open for discussion. All interested members are encouraged to attend. There will also be a brief planning session.

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Saudi Arabia and Iran: Friends or Foes

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Fri, Mar 25 2016 - 12:00pm

Banfsheh Keynoush, Ph.D., Foreign Affairs Scholar; Author; Educator 
Jonathan Curiel, Award-winning Journalist; Author; Former Reuters Foundation Scholar, Oxford University—Moderator Read more »

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Somini Sengupta: The New India

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Mon, Mar 21 2016 - 7:00pm

Somini Sengupta, Foreign Correspondent, The New York Times; Author, The End of Karma: Hope and Fury Among India’s Young; Twitter:
Alison van Diggelen, Host "Fresh Dialogues," BBC Contributor—Moderator

Sengupta explores the people of India and how the country is dealing with issues relating to economic opportunity, gender equality and civil liberties. Read more »

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