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Jammu and Kashmir: History and Geography determine Geopolitics
June 25, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm The Remington Club II Inspector General Manish S Sharma of Indian National Police and SDWAC Board Member will explain whether in “Jammu and Kashmir: History and Geography determine Geopolitics” and describe how, even as the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, ruled by Maharaja Hari Singh joined the Union of India in 1948, it almost immediately lost a third of its area to Pakistani attackers. He will also cover why ever since then, it has been a bone of contention. Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir are the two main parts and the UN labels them as Indian administered Kashmir and Pakistan administered Kashmir. The region has seen India and Pakistan go to war, the last time in 1999. The discussion will trace the origins of the state, the role of the British and the insurgency problem, besides the current situation in both the parts.
Elections Rule or Election Rules: Butterfly Effects and European Security
June 11, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm The Remington Club II Professor Randy Willoughby from USD will discuss “Elections Rule or Election Rules: Butterfly Effects and European Security“, examining the specific way elections are organized in a few European countries and see that they might be one of the most important and certainly the most underestimated driver of European security, ranging from Charlie Hebdo to Energiewiede and a possible disunited kingdom.
International Law in the South China Sea
June 18, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm The Remington Club II Professor John Noyes from the California Western School of Law will present his perspective of “International Law in the South China Sea”, the focal point of political tensions between China and other countries relating to disputed sovereignty over islands, China’s island-building efforts, fisheries, navigation rights, and mechanisms for settling disputes. The talk will provide an overview of recent developments in the region, highlighting some of the international legal dimensions.
Cartel Land, screening and discussion
July 10, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Ken Cinemas, Landmark Theatres With unprecedented access, CARTEL LAND is a riveting, on-the-ground look at the journeys of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy – the murderous Mexican drug cartels. In the Mexican state of Michoacán, Dr. Jose Mireles, a small-town physician known as “El Doctor,” leads the Autodefensas, a citizen uprising against the violent Knights Templar drug cartel that has wreaked havoc on the region for years. Meanwhile, in Arizona’s Altar Valley – a narrow, 52-mile-long desert corridor known as Cocaine Alley – Tim “Nailer” Foley, an American veteran, heads a small paramilitary group called Arizona Border Recon, whose goal is to stop Mexico’s drug wars from seeping across our border. Filmmaker Matthew Heineman embeds himself in the heart of darkness as Nailer, El Doctor, and the cartel each vie to bring their own brand of justice to a society where institutions have failed. CARTEL LAND is a chilling, visceral meditation on the breakdown of order and the blurry line between good and evil. At the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Heineman received both the Directing Award and Special Jury Award for Cinematography in the U.S. Documentary competition.

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