December 7, 2017
The US presidency is the most powerful office in the world but it no longer works as it was intended by the Founding Fathers, according to Jeremi Suri. 'The office is an institution that has produced great leaders, but it has not been updated: we are driving the greatest Model T when we don’t need a Model T anymore,' Suri, a professor of history at the University of Texas, told a LAWAC Global Café Breakfast on December 6.
November 29, 2017
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency – DARPA for short – is an innocuous name for a US government agency that has produced the precursor to the Internet, stealth aircraft, drones and the first self-driving cars. It has a three billion dollar budget (at least to public knowledge), 140 employees and is, according to Sharon Weinberger, 'the most successful military research agency ever.'
November 16, 2017
Even after 20 years at Human Rights Watch (HRW), Peter Bouckaert says that the ongoing persecution of the Rohingya minority in northern Myanmar (Burma) represents some of the worst human rights abuses he has ever seen. Bouckaert, who is the Emergency Director for the New York based HRW, had just returned from the Bangladesh-Myanmar border when he addressed a LAWAC Global Café Breakfast meeting on November 14.
November 10, 2017
The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad bin Salman, has recently begun to assert his power dramatically on two stages at the same time - domestically and in a new foreign policy - but is risking overreach in both areas, according to James Gelvin. Speaking to a LAWAC Global Cafe breakfast on Nov 10th, Gelvin, who is Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History at UCLA, said that 'there is an incredible potential for overreach' in the actions of the 32 year-old Crown Prince, whose father King Salman only appointed him as his successor in June of this year.
November 1, 2017
Artificial intelligence is on the brink of permeating every major industry, from healthcare to transportation. AI is also becoming a larger part of everyday life, with virtual assistants such as Apple's Siri already in the hands of millions around the world and the use of self-driving cars on the rise. In a panel discussion hosted by the LAWAC Young Professionals on November 1, four experts in machine learning debated the ethics of AI and what these rapid developments mean for humanity.
October 25, 2017
The Iranian nuclear deal, which former President Obama regarded as his signature foreign policy achievement, has been pushed into limbo by President Trump who refused on October 13th to recertify the agreement while stopping short of scrapping the pact. 'We don't know where it will end,' said Ambassador Thomas Pickering. 'Conflict is not to be ruled out.'
October 20, 2017
Ireland has transformed itself in the past 20 years, both economically and socially, from one of the more socially conservative countries in Europe to one of the most prosperous and open-minded states, according to Dan Mulhall, the new Irish Ambassador in Washington.
October 6, 2017
When Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was chased out of power by the Tahrir Square demonstrations in January-February 2011, a wave of hope swept across the Middle East and around the world that finally democracy would overtake the region’s hitherto authoritarian regimes. Six years later it is clear that hope was a 'false dawn'...
September 27, 2017
Vicente Fox, former President of Mexico from 2000-06, delivered a spirited defense of free trade and the benefits of US-Mexican economic cooperation, saying 'we have to work together because we have a dream together – that we can do much better.'
September 26, 2017
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who just won a fourth term as Germany’s leader in the September 24th elections, did not originally want to run again, and had to be talked into putting her name forward by President Obama, among others, according to William Drozdiak.

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