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

Arms Control

January 22, 2021 – with Jill Hruby

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

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

Barlow Der Mugrdechian

Conflicts Around the World Artsakh/Karabagh: History and Politics

by Professor Barlow DerMugrdechian, Armenian Studies Program at Fresno State University.
Dec. 11, 3 pm – by Professor Barlow DerMugrdechian, Armenian Studies Program at Fresno State University.
The talk will discuss some of the historical aspects of Artsakh but will focus mainly on the 20th c. In particular the status of Artsakh will be discussed, as well as the political events 1988-2020.

The Gigaton Challenge: The Urgency of Addressing Climate Change

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

Marina Oboratova

Crown Jewels of Russian Literature

by Marina Oborotova, Ph.D. – Plunge into the universe of Russian classical literature with Marina Oborotova. Listen to the stories of life & death, sacrifice & betrayal, passion & obsession, crime and punishment. Read and discuss the masterpieces. Take another step towards understanding “the mysterious Russian soul.”
Dr. Oborotova taught Russian literature as part of her course “Russia’s Legacy” for UNM Honors Program.
This mini seminar on maxi topics is part of AIA’s 2021 fund-raising campaign. All the proceeds will go to support AIA’s programs.

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.