America in the World: Anticipating the New Biden Administration’s Foreign Policy

January 8, 2021 – with Professor Todd Greentree, National Security Program, UNM; Oxford University Research Associate

To Be or Not to Be: Vaccinations throughout History & Now

February 5, 2021 – with Terry McNearny, MD, Senior Consultant, Skipper BioMed

The Gigaton Challenge: The Urgency of Addressing Climate Change

February 19, 2021 – with Melanie Kenderdine, Senior Fellow, the Atlantic Council

US – Iran

March 5, 2021 – with Alex Vatanka, Senior Fellow, Middle East Institute

US – Mexico

March 19, 2021 – with Jerry Pacheko, Executive Director, International Business Accelerator

Barcelona and Madrid: Roaring Under Spain’s Trial Run Dictatorship of the 1920s

Unlike most of the nations of Western Europe in the 1920s, Spain was not shepherded through the decade by a liberal democratic polity but rather by the dictatorship of Miguel Primo de Rivera, 1923-1930. Although Spain grappled with the effects of the 1918-1919 pandemic, labor unrest after the Russian Revolution, and an embarrassing and tragic colonial defeat in 1921, the Primo de Rivera dictatorship actually brought some political and economic stability that allowed Spain to “roar”—at least to some measure—with the rest of Western Europe during the 1920s.

Afghanistan: Peace is at Hand or Alibi for Exit?

Todd Greentree, Ph.D., UNM
March 20, 2020 (Fri), 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Albuquerque Journal Auditorium
7777 Jefferson St. NE

Update as of 3/17: All AIA lectures are on hold until further notice.

This talk will focus on the United States and Afghanistan — What went wrong? What is the significance of the negotiations between the US and the Taliban? Are there parallels with the way the Vietnam War ended? What is the prognosis for peace? Why does Afghanistan matter? +More Info

Melissa Bokovoy

Unknown Belgrade

Melissa Bokovoy, Ph.D., UNM
December 8, 2019

Belgrade sits above the confluence of two great rivers, the Sava and the Danube. It has been home to many civilizations: Celts, Romans, Byzantines, Bulgars, Magyars, Ottomans, and Serbs. Frequently attacked and destroyed, it has been rebuilt many times, on each occasion adding a new layer to the cultural and urban landscapes of the city. This talk will take the audience through these different landscapes and reveal Belgrade’s unique cultural identity and contrasting sides.

Budapest: The Jewel on the Danube

Budapest: The Jewel on the Danube

Steve Borbas and Anna Powless, UNM
November 10, 2019

Join us as Anna Powells and Steve Borbas regale with the many fascinating facts and stories to tell about the city of Budapest and Hungarian music, poetry, food, art, ruin pubs, the uniqueness of the Hungarian language, architecture and sparkling nightlife, even a bit of history – all the reasons why the rest of Europe calls Budapest THE WONDERFUL.

China: Environmental Crises, History and Lessons for an Anxious World

China: Environmental Crises, History and Lessons for an Anxious World

Robert B. Marks, Ph.D., Whittier College
November 1, 2019

Dr. Marks will highlight the urgent environmental challenges facing China and explore these issues – and others too – within the context of China’s very long-term history of relationships between people and nature. He will then present some lessons for how other nations can think about their own environmental challenges, in order to prepare for the way for the best possible policy responses.

Warsaw: Phoenix of the East

Warsaw: Phoenix of the East

Diana McDonald, Ph.D.
October 13, 2019

Warsaw, the capital of Poland, is in the very heart of Europe, and was the crossroads and battleground for the tug of power on the continent. The city itself, was lauded as one of the most beautiful in the past. Beautiful castles, lakes and notable architecture constituted the city when the Nazis invaded the country in 1939. By 1944, after a lengthy siege and the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the city had been utterly destroyed – over 85% of its buildings were ruined. Despite this devastation, the city was rebuilt, and the castles and Old Town area completely reconstructed in an extraordinary feat. Dr. McDonald will take us on a virtual tour of Warsaw’s past and present.

Britain Before, During and After Brexit

Britain Before, During and After Brexit

Jason Karaian, Global Finance Editor, Quartz
October 4, 2019

A business journalist’s view of the run-up to the Brexit referendum, the uncertain aftermath following the vote, the convoluted divorce negotiations before the UK’s official exit, and the uncertain transition period to a new relationship with the bloc it belonged to for more than 40 years. Has the promise of the “Leavers” been fulfilled? Have the warnings of the “Remainers” been realized? What lies ahead for the British economy, its trade relationships, geopolitical status, and much else besides?

The Global Counterterrorism Fight Since 2017

The Global Counterterrorism Fight Since 2017

Col. Christopher Costa, International Spy Museum
September 27, 2019

The Trump administration quietly undertook a range of counterterrorism efforts during its first year, allowing President Trump to rightfully claim at the State of the Union address in January 2018 that, under his administration, ISIS suffered substantial territorial loss to its physical caliphate. But, that’s not enough. Christopher Costa will update the terrorism challenge in light of policy choices, a new National Counterterrorism Strategy and international pressure on terrorist actors.

Golden Prague: From the Middle Ages to Today

Golden Prague: From the Middle Ages to Today

Pavlina Peskova Kalm, UNM
September 8, 2019

Prague is a historical jewel that offers a rich architectural heritage with many centuries of historic buildings, bridges, and parks. Not only is it a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but it is also the cultural and economic heart of the Czech Republic and, because of its geographic location, of Europe as well.  Dr. Peskova will discuss some of the key historical moments that have made Prague such a fascinating city, both culturally and historically. She will also share some fun facts about Prague.

Africa Rising: Diversity, Development and Diplomacy

Africa Rising: Diversity, Development and Diplomacy

Dr. Robert Hitchcock, UNM
August 23, 2019

Africa, a continent of 54 countries, 3,600 ethnic groups, and over 7,700 languages, is ‘the cradle of humankind,’ the place where humans originated. It is the continent with the highest rates of urbanization and population growth and is a world leader in strategies for dealing with climate change. Sometimes seen as a continent in decline, Africa today is experiencing a significant renaissance – in diplomacy, the use of digital technologies and sustainable development. Dr. Hitchcock will address lessons from African including the unique ways that are being used to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development goals (SDGs).