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February 2020

FVCC Honors Symposium Lecture Series

February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Large Community Room, Arts & Technology Building, Room 139, 777 Grandview Drive
Kalispell, MT 59901 United States

China Under Xi Jinping: The New Mao Dr. Weidner will assess where China is today, noting the nation’s escalating power but also the serious national challenges that are eroding some of the domestic adulation and obedience accorded Xi Jinping, who has assiduously positioned himself as the “new Mao.” Dr. Weidner will touch on topics such as the impact of Chinese abuses in Xinjiang and protests in Hong Kong, as well as how the Trump trade war has influenced broader bilateral…

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FVCC Honors Symposium Lecture Series

February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Large Community Room, Arts & Technology Building, Room 139, 777 Grandview Drive
Kalispell, MT 59901 United States

Twenty Years in 2020: Reflections on Putin in Power When Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin was named acting president of Russia in 1999, he was relatively unknown both within and outside of Russia. The carefully orchestrated campaign to shape and sculpt Putin’s image began almost immediately with the publication of an authorized biography called “From the First Person: Conversations with Vladimir Putin,” a book that was distributed free-of-charge throughout Russia in early 2000. Since then Putin has been named Time Magazine’s Person…

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March 2020

FVCC Honors Symposium Lecture Series

March 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Large Community Room, Arts & Technology Building, Room 139, 777 Grandview Drive
Kalispell, MT 59901 United States

U.S. Foreign Policy Toward Africa: Why Africa Matters U.S. foreign policy toward Africa has been shaped in the name of national security by a series of interventionist historical events: colonialism, World Wars I and II, the Cold War, 911 and the spread of Islamic fundamentalism. U.S. foreign policy toward Africa is treated as a back-burner issue, driven by the Department of State, the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Agency Community, and threatened by a tradition of reduced levels of…

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FVCC Honors Symposium Lecture Series

March 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Large Community Room, Arts & Technology Building, Room 139, 777 Grandview Drive
Kalispell, MT 59901 United States

Forever Enemies? U.S. Relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran The United States and Iran have experienced deep mutual hostility since the Iranian revolution of 1978-1979, despite many common interests and close relations during the previous era. This presentation will give an overview of U.S.-Iran relations, focusing especially on the main issues currently in dispute between the two countries. It will begin with a brief overview of the history of U.S.-Iran relations, sketching the various ups and downs that have…

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FVCC Honors Symposium Lecture Series

March 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Large Community Room, Arts & Technology Building, Room 139, 777 Grandview Drive
Kalispell, MT 59901 United States

Brexit, Borders and Markets in a Globalizing World The politics of Brexit, the British attempt to leave the European Union, have drawn attention around the world. Much of it has been mockery, since Brexit has involved some very messy, often misleading debates and seems unlikely to do much good for UK citizens. It may well lead to the breakup of the United Kingdom. For all of its cartoonish characters and circus-like politics, though, the Brexit fight is also a manifestation…

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