The Future of Ice on Earth

The Future of Ice on Earth

Dr. Richard Aster, New Mexico Tech
November 15, 2013

Ongoing changes in the oceans and atmosphere are driving remarkable changes in Earth’s permafrost, glaciers, and icecaps, referred to as the cryosphere. Of particular concern are Earth’s mountain glaciers and the vast ice sheets of West Antarctica and Greenland. This talk will summarize what is known about the past history of Earth’s ice, our present understanding of the cryosphere, and some scenarios for Earth’s future.

Richard Norton

Sunnis and Shi’is: Has the Arab Spring Deepened the Divide?

Dr. Richard Norton, Boston University
November 1, 2013

In the early years of the 21st Century, Iran enjoyed remarkable popularity in the Arab world and was on the geopolitical ascendancy. Two wars on its borders removed detested regimes from power. In 2001, the Taliban regime crumbled when the U.S. invaded Afghanistan. Two years later Saddam Hussein in Iraq was toppled by the Anglo-American invasion of 2003. Meanwhile, in Arab capitals, such as Cairo and Damascus, Hezbollah’s prowess was applauded and Hasan Nasrallah attained rock star popularity.

Penelope Boston

The Galactic Real Estate Market: Life Beyond Our Planet

Dr. Penny Boston, New Mexico Tech
October 23, 2013

The search for life beyond our planet has gone in two directions: looking for traces of microbial life on planetary bodies and icy moons in our own Solar System, and looking for life (perhaps including intelligent life) far beyond our Solar System. Dr. Boston will discuss what types of life we might find, and consequences for our species and civilization should we be successful in our searches.

Jonathan Laurence

Mosque and State in Europe: Muslim Minorities and Civic Citizenship

Dr. Jonathan Laurence, Boston College
October 11, 2013

This lecture investigates the possibilities and consequences of anchoring Islam in European domestic institutions. Can state-mosque relations nurture a pragmatic relationship between communities and public authorities? What is the role of foreign governments in the building of mosques, training of imams and other requirements of Muslim religious life in Europe? Dr. Laurence will discuss how recent political change in the countries of origin interacts with the evolution of European Muslims’ own engagement – political, religious, cultural and otherwise.

Mary Anne Saunders

New Trends in Global Education

Dr. Mary Anne Saunders, University of New Mexico
September 25, 2013

The world revolution of globalization is rapidly changing the face of American higher education. Everywhere universities are expanding their outreach by enhancing exchange and partnership programs and even establishing campuses abroad. Dr. Mary Anne Saunders will speak to AIA on the latest trends in global education and their implications for the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque and the state. She is currently the Special Assistant for Global Initiatives to UNM President Robert Frank who upon taking the helm at University of New Mexico last October, launched a comprehensive globalization program. In her talk, Dr. Saunders will bring us up to date on the exciting things that are happening at UNM as a result of the new Global Initiative, but she is also well-equipped to put these developments in the broadest perspectives.

Dr. Ali Riaz

Islamist Politics in Afghanistan and Pakistan: How Will It Function After US Withdrawal?

Dr. Ali Riaz, Illinois State University
September 15, 2013

The trajectory of Islamist groups in Pakistan and Afghanistan after the ‘withdrawal’ of the US forces in late 2014 is contingent upon domestic developments in Pakistan and Afghanistan on the one hand and regional events and trends on the other. Despite the ‘withdrawal’, a small number of US forces will remain in Afghanistan, and therefore the US ‘presence’, particularly the role the US forces play in supporting the Afghan government, will have a serious impact. This action will have an implication for the Islamists’ discourse both in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Emile Nakhleh

Beyond Al-Qa’ida: Different Faces of Political Islam and Why it Matters to Us

Dr. Emile Nakhleh, Consultant and Former Senior CIA Officer
August 25, 2013

The Arab Spring has resulted in the emergence of political Islam on the Arab political scene, especially in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya. We also see vestiges of political Islam in Yemen and Bahrain. After Assad, political Islam is expected to play a central role in Syrian politics. Political Islam refers to political organizations that pursue a political and social agenda in accordance with their interpretation of their faith. A key challenge for the US is whether Islamic parties would hijack the democratic process and marginalize the liberal secular segments of the population, which led the revolution in the first place.

Dr. Ali Banuazizi

Why Did the Protest Movements Fail in Iran and Succeed in the Arab Spring?

Lecture date: May 3, 2013

Dr. Ali Banuazizi, Boston College
The 2011 revolutions in the Arab world and the popular uprising in Iran following a hotly contested presidential election in June of 2009 had many common features, but dramatically different outcomes. While in the Arab world, the outcome was the collapse of the incumbent autocratic regimes followed by long, drawn-out struggles to create more democratic and accountable alternatives in their place, in Iran the so-called Green Movement failed to achieve any of its goals and was brutally suppressed.

Nivien Saleh

The Revolution Continues: Egypt’s Activists and their Struggle for Bread, Freedom and Social Justice

April 19, 2013 Dr. Nivien Saleh, Thunderbird School of Global Management When Egypt’s population rose up in January 2011, pundits and some academics quickly determined that Twitter and Facebook had liberated the people from dictatorship. With two years hindsight, how…

German Economic Model: Myths, Realities and Transferability

March 22, 2013 – Karl-Matthias Klause Embassy of Germany in U.S. The German economic model as developed since World War II has not only provided unparalleled prosperity and security for German and European Union citizens. It has also done so…

Adam Garfinkle

Public Anxiety, Protest and Political Violence in 21st Century America

March 8, 2013 Dr. Adam Garfinkle, The American Interest Magazine Three discrete sources of trouble–the shocks of globalization and automation, political institutional dysfunction and plutocratic parasitism–have combined to plunge the American future into doubt. Public reactions to accumulating signs of…

Penelope Boston

The Global Cave Wilderness: Our Underground World Heritage

Dr. Penelope Boston, New Mexico Tech The international community of cave explorers, scientists, and conservationists are working diligently to protect and understand the amazing hidden wildland treasures that are out of site underneath our feet. These amazing environments can be…

Marina Oborotova

New Protest Movement in Russia (2011-2013): A Tempest in a Teapot, a Light at the End of the Tunnel, or a Sleeping Volcano?

Dr. Marina Oborotova Center for International Studies – Albuquerque International Association 2012 Presidential and 2011 parliamentary elections in Russia were accompanied by unprecedented demonstrations and disturbances. They ushered the beginning of a new wave of political protest in Russia. Young…

Scott Palmer

Peru: A Land of Remarkable Diversity and a Spectacular History

Dr. David Scott Palmer, Boston University Peru is an extraordinary country in so many ways, from a geography with more climactic zones than most countries of the world, to indigenous traditions of multiple cultures culminating in the Inca Empire, to…

Dru Gladney

An Arab Spring in Beijing? Islam, the Middle East and China

Dr. Dru Gladney, Pomona College In this wide ranging talk Dr. Gladney will examine China’s complex and important relationship with the Middle East and the Muslim world following the “Arab Spring.” Will China ever experience such tumult? How will China’s…