Fall 2020

Poster showing headshots of Matt Kupfer and Volodymyr Zelensky

November 2, 2020

Please join the Center for German and European Studies for an event featuring IGS alum Matt Kupfer.

In 2019, Ukraine elected a new president, actor and political newcomer Volodymyr Zelensky. Months later, voters gave his new Servant of the People party a single-faction majority in parliament. It was a rare moment when a Ukrainian president had the unequivocal mandate to lead. Almost immediately, Zelensky's administration forced a series of crises that not only challenged the new president, but threatened Ukraine's international ties, turned it into shorthand for corruption and undermined its economy.

In this talk, Brandeis alum Matthew Kupfer, news editor of the Kyiv Post and a former staff writer at the Moscow Times, will talk about how Ukraine has weathered the UkraineGate scandal and the coronavirus pandemic, the effects of these crises on its struggle for political and economic reform and how the 2020 U.S. presidential election may affect the country.

For more information on the speaker, and to RSVP for the talk, click here.

Spring 2020

Poster for event publicity

March 11, 2020

3-5 PM,  Online Only

Join IGS for an upcoming panel on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join panelists Prof. Utretsky (Brandeis University), Katherine A. Mason (Brown University), and Jennifer Bouey (Tang Chair in Chinese Policy at the RAND Corp) as they discuss the COVID-19 virus and its global impact.

Co-sponsored by: IGS, East Asian Studies, HSSP, MS in Global Health Policy and Management, and the Asia Pacific Center

Spring 2019

April 11, 2019

1 p.m.
Mandel Reading Room

During December 2018-January 2019, Brandeis students Emilia Feldman ’19 and Alejandra Bonilla ’21 joined volunteers at the San Diego/Tijuana border to provide humanitarian and legal aid to the caraveñeros there. Hear from them and Brandeis student Ellie Kleiman ’21 about their experiences at the border and the organizing they've continued since.

April 4, 2019

3:30 p.m.
Mandel G03

What is China doing in its western, and predominantly Muslim, province of Xinjiang? To learn more please join us for:

“China, the War on Terror, and the Mass Internment of Turkic Minorities”

A talk by Sean Roberts, Associate Professor of International Affairs, George Washington University

There is evidence that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has detained as many as 800,000 to 2 million of its Uyghur, Kazakh, and Kyrgyz citizens in mass internment camps. China claims that it is addressing legitimate security concerns and hopes to better integrate the region’s population into China’s society and economy. Coupled with the establishment of a surveillance state throughout the Uyghur region of China, however, these camps may be part of a concerted state-led effort to transform the identity and culture of Uyghurs and other Turkic minorities.

Please join us to discuss the growing crisis in western China and the neighboring states.

April 1, 2019

6 p.m.
Mandel G03

Beijing and New York-based photographer Taca Sui creates work inspired by the history and landscape of China. His art challenges our preconceptions about nation and nature as well as our expectations for photography itself.

March 28, 2019

Faculty Club

If the British voted to leave the European Union three years ago, why haven’t they left yet? Why is “Brexit” so complicated? Why can’t Britain come to an agreement with the EU that the British parliament will approve?

And what happens to the world’s largest market if the world’s fifth-largest economy crashes out of it? Will “Brexit” be followed by a worldwide “Brecession?”

Panelists: Lucy Goodhart (Brandeis), Mark Crowley (Harvard), Robert Savage (Boston College)

March 26, 2019

2 p.m.
Skyline Commons

On February 21, 2012, the feminist rock band Pussy Riot jumped on the altar in Moscow’s biggest cathedral and tried to play a protest song:

Virgin Mary, Mother of God
Put Putin Away!

The band members were arrested within minutes and sentenced to prison terms of two years each for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.” And yet they play on. Russian President Vladimir Putin can break up protests on the streets, but he can’t stop rock bands from rallying the opposition.

This Tuesday, come hear Russian rock critic Artemy Troitsky speak on the state of protest music under Putin’s regime.

March 18, 2019

Speaker Karsten D. Voigt is a former member of the German Bundestag and served as the Coordinator of German-North American Cooperation at the Foreign Office of Germany from 1999 to 2010. He also served as Vice-President (1992-1994) and then President (1994-1996) of the Parliamentary Assembly of NATO.

From 1976 to 1998, he was a member of the German Bundestag, where he served as Foreign Policy Speaker of the Social Democratic faction from 1983 to 1998. For many years he was Chairman of the German-Soviet, and later the German-Russian parliamentary group.

Voigt is a board member of Aspen Germany and a Senior Associate fellow and member of the presidium of the German Council on Foreign Policy.

March 11, 2019

5:30 p.m.
Mandel Reading Room

While geographically separated to a significant degree, Ireland and Israel do share certain similarities in their respective histories. Having emerged from British control, Ireland and Israel both struggled to achieve national liberation. Today, they maintain diplomatic relations and have strong economic ties; according to its Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel imported $1.179 billion worth of Irish goods and exported $105.6 million worth of its own goods to Ireland in 2018.

Indeed, the relationship between Ireland and Israel is profoundly interesting. It is multi-dimensional, involving similar historical paths as well as traditional socio-economic relations. It is also incredibly important to consider, given the rapidly shifting international environment both small states find themselves in.

The discussion will touch on aspects of Ireland’s and Israel’s national liberation movements and how the relationship has changed from the beginning to the present, as well as implications for that relationship going forward. Panelists will include a former Ambassador of Israel to Ireland, Alexander Kaye (the Karl, Harry, and Helen Stoll Assistant Professor of Israel Studies and Assistant Professor in the Department of Near East and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University), and Frances Malio (the Sophia Moses Robison Professor Emerita of Jewish Studies and History at Wellesley University.

The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Lisa Lynch, Provost and the Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy at Brandeis University.

March 8, 2019

5 p.m.
SCC Multipurpose Room

Join the IGS UDR's for a showing of "Argo" with pizza, snacks, and your fellow IGS majors.

February 27, 2019

12:30 p.m.
Skyline Commons

“Countering & Preventing Violent Extremism: A panel discussion on counter-extremism and Islamophobia”

Violent extremism is a perpetual alarming issue for a globalizing world. While much has changed in the years since the 9/11 attacks brought the issue to the forefront of global conversation, violent extremism remains salient in today’s world. Extremist groups rise from the ashes of other fallen extremist groups, leading to what appears to be an unending cycle of attacks, conflict, and carnage. Meanwhile, as globalization continues, movement of people, information, and ideas becomes easier, a development which, if employed maliciously, can be taken advantage of by opportunistic extremist groups.

Indeed, as time has shown, the issue of violent extremism has been both complicated and pervasive. The ideologies behind such extremism have been able to stick, even in the face of a massive international response. As the world deals with the innovations globalization continues to provide, so too may violent extremists adapt and propagate their ideologies through new methods that can perpetuate their staying power.

It is clear that the solutions that the international community has implemented throughout the post-9/11 Global War on Terrorism have been ineffective at comprehensively dealing with violent extremism. There are, though, other solutions.

On Feb. 27, 2019, please join the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, the IGS Brandeis Program, the Brandeis University Politics Department, and the Bahalim Fund for a panel discussion on Countering & Preventing Violent Extremism, which will discuss recognizing the signs of radicalization and recruitment early in the process and how to address the issue of violent extremism at its roots.

The panel will feature Farah Pandith, a former State Department official who has spearheaded Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) both inside and outside government settings. It will also feature Paul Turner, a leader in global conflict resolution, and Saidi Abdi, a leader in refugee support and the Associate Director for Community Relations at the Boston Children’s Hospital Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center.