San Diego World Affairs Council

warmly welcomes 

Professor Dipak Gupta 


Presentation: 

"Kashmir:

Where Identity Rises Above a Territory" 


Tuesday, 29 October 2019

6-8 p.m.

After presenting a brief history of Kashmir, Professor Gupta will examine the dynamics that keep the Kashmir conflict alive, from his personal perspective. He will examine how it is the outcome of Pakistan's priority to acquire the Muslim-majority state and, how the partition in the sub-continent resulted from Jinnah's "two-nation theory" -- that the Hindus and Muslims cannot live together and must have two separate countries. Jinnah's theory was rejected by Gandhi and Nehru, who made India a secular nation. The nation of Pakistan was created and Jinnah (QUAID-I-AZAM MOHAMMAD ALI JINNAH ) became its first President. Today, Hindu nationalists are reaffirming the "two-nation" theory, elevating it to prominence. On the basis of this thesis on the history of the region, Professor Gupta will attempt to look into the future of the seven-decades long conflict.



About our Speaker: Professor Dipak Gupta 

Dipak K. Gupta is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at San Diego State University (SDSU) and was also the Fred J. Hansen Professor of Peace Studies from 1998-2001 and 2004-2011. He was the former Director, and one of the founders of the SDSU

International Security and Conflict Resolution (ISCOR) innovative multidisciplinary undergraduate program. ISCOR is currently one of the fastest growing majors on campus with over 300 declared majors. Additionally, Gupta is an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego (USD). 


Gupta has been a visiting scholar at St. Anthony's College at Oxford University, El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City, Leiden University in the Netherlands, Fudan University in China, and the Terrorism Prevention Branch at the United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP) in Vienna, Austria. He was also awarded a summer fellowship in the International Studies Program at the Hoover Institute for International Politics and Economics in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. In 2010, Gupta received a Fulbright (Expert) Fellowship at Bilgi University in Istanbul, Turkey. 


Professor Gupta is also the author of ten books (one forthcoming) and has published over 150 articles in scholarly journals, research monographs, edited volumes and newspapers. He has also been invited by the Prime Minister's office of Norway, the Foreign Ministries of Sweden and the Netherlands, and the Interior Ministry of Turkey. He was among a select group of invitees of the Safe Democracy forum in Madrid, convened by the King of Spain in 2005. Gupta is also an award-winning artist, whose painting are regularly on display in local galleries (Instagram: dipakguptaart). He also recently completed his first work of fiction about the radicalization of a young man. 




Tuesday, 29 October 2019


Location:

National University, Sanford Center Auditorium

11355 N. Torrey Pines Rd.

La Jolla, CA 92037 

Complimentary parking on the National University campus

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Time:

Registration/Reception: 6:00-6:30 p.m.


Presentation, followed by a Q&A: 6:30-8:00 p.m.


Cost:

SDWAC Members: Free  

Non-Members: $10  

Student with student ID: $5  

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San Diego World Affairs Council

warmly welcomes 

Ambassador John Beyrle


Presentation: 

"Putin and Trump 2.0: The Perils of Presidential Diplomacy" 


Thursday, 21 November 2019

6-8 p.m.


Both the Kremlin and the White House have publicly declared that improving relations between the United States and Russia is an overarching priority. Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have met personally or spoken by phone more than twenty times over the past two years. So why has the political relationship reached a historical low point? And what will it take to reverse the destructive, dangerous course we are on? Join former US Ambassador to Moscow John Beyrle for an inside look at the Perils of Top-level Diplomacy with Russia. 



About our Speaker: Ambassador John Beyrle 

John Beyrle was elected Chairman of the U.S. Russia Foundation in October 2018. Prior to this role, he served as an American diplomat for three decades in a career focused on the Soviet Union and Russia, and Central and Eastern Europe. He was twice appointed ambassador: to Bulgaria (2005-08), and to Russia (2008-12). During the latter assignment, Beyrle helped foster improved U.S.-Russian relations, highlighted by the signing of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).


Ambassador Beyrle’s diplomatic service included two earlier tours at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, including as Deputy Chief of Mission. He served as counselor for political and economic affairs at the U.S. Embassy in the Czech Republic, and a member of the U.S. delegation to the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) arms control negotiations in Vienna. His Washington assignments included special adviser to Secretary of State Colin Powell for the New Independent States, and director responsible for Russian policy on the staff of the National Security Council under President Clinton.

Ambassador Beyrle received the Presidential Distinguished Service Award from President Obama, and the Presidential Meritorious Service Award during the administration of George W. Bush. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton personally presented him with the Distinguished Service Award, the State Department’s highest honor. He retired from the Foreign Service in 2012 as a Career Minister, a diplomatic rank equivalent to a three-star general.

Ambassador Beyrle received a B.A. with honors from Grand Valley State University (1975) and an M.S. as a Distinguished Graduate of the National War College (1996), where he later taught as a visiting professor of national security studies. He speaks Bulgarian, Czech, French, German and Russian.



Thursday, 21 November 2019


Location:

National University, Sanford Center Auditorium

11355 N. Torrey Pines Rd.

La Jolla, CA 92037 

Complimentary parking on the National University campus

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Help us grow - bring a friend(s)!

Time:

Registration/Reception: 6:00-6:30 p.m.


Presentation, followed by a Q&A: 6:30-8:00 p.m.


Cost:

SDWAC Members: Free  

Non-Members: $10  

Student with student ID: $5  


*Please note that the viewpoints expressed by speakers at SDWAC events are their own, and do not necessarily represent those of SDWAC. As a nonpartisan organization, SDWAC seeks to engage speakers who, together, represent a variety of viewpoints across the political spectrum in order to contribute to informed policy discussion and a meaningful exchange of ideas within the San Diego community. 

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