Presenter: Jeannie Sowers, Associate Professor of Political Science
The tragic, escalating conflict in Syria, which has already impacted the whole Middle East and dominates international diplomacy efforts, presents no easy solutions. In the lecture, we will ask why the uprising started and examine the human costs of the conflict for those inside the country and for the 1.5 million refugees who have fled to neighboring states. We will also discuss scenarios for the future based on prior conflicts, such as those in Lebanon and Iraq, where the conflicting interests of domestic, regional, and international actors similarly complicated attempts to end the bloodshed, rebuild a functioning central government, and provide human security to ordinary people.
During this seminar, two sides of the issue of legalization of marijuana will be presented. Legalization of marijuana was long considered unthinkable by serious policymakers, but polls show that public attitudes have dramatically changed in recent years, and in 2012 two states voted to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana. How will these policies work in Colorado and Washington, why were they approved by voters, and are any New England states likely to follow suit? Matt Simon, a New Hampshire-based legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, will explore these questions and more.
Presenter: Professor Lawrence Reardon
Every so often, North Korea emerges from its isolated corner in Northeast Asia to threat nuclear Armageddon. Its missiles and technology is found in the hands of many of the world’s pariah nations, contributing to an overall insecurity felt from Jakarta to Berlin, and Washington. How did North Korea become one of the strangest yet most dangerous countries in the world? Is North Korea really dangerous, or is it using threats as a bargaining chip to achieve its national goals.
Republican participant: James Foley, NHGOP Finance Chairman
Democrat participant: Raymond Buckley. President of the Association of State Democratic Chairs
Roundtable discussion recorded at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. As James Fabiano noted, the students in the group were around 7 years old when the war in Afghanistan began and we're still in the same situation. The panel represents different aspects of this very complex issue and where it's headed.
The four panelists of the Afghanistan seminar were Lt. Col Brian Ruhm, Professor Alynna Lyon, Rachel Williams, and James Schmill.
Presenter: Andrew Ian Dodge
Tea Party activist Andrew Ian Dodge just announced his candidacy against Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) in the 2012 primary. Dodge leads the Maine Tea Party Patriots and has been waging a campaign in recent months. At a small press conference at CPAC, he said he feels called to run.