World Disorder Lecture Series

World Disorder Lecture Series: Latin America: Walls or Bridges?

Jeffrey Davidow
Retired US Ambassador to Mexico, Venezuela, and Zambia; Cohen Group
March 1, 2017
Latin America’s move in recent decades to greater levels of democracy and economic development are undermined by weak institutions, corruption and the lure of populism. While it is a zone of peace with no international hostilities or significant internal insurrections at this time, the nations of the region must deal with complicated futures, which can impact the United States. Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela all face potential profound change.

Lawless Economy? Putin's Russia and the Imperfect Market

Bill Browder
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hermitage Capital Management
December 2, 2016
Bill Browder
World Disorder Lecture Series: Lawless Economy?
In this public lecture, Bill Browder, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hermitage Capital Management, will give a firsthand critical analysis of the Russian economy–—particularly the absence of the rule of law–—laden with insights derived from his personal experience.

Who Lost the Middle East?

Richard Murphy
Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria and Saudi Arabia
April 29, 2016
What brought about the current chaos in the Middle East? Did the machinations of the Cold War exhaust the region leaving it unable to develop new relationships between governor and governed? As Americans, how much should we criticize our role or even a particular Administration? In this public lecture, Richard Murphy will draw on his experiences as U.S. Ambassador to Syria and Saudi Arabia and Assistant Secretary of State for the region to attempt a reply.

The Coming Crisis between Germany and the United States: The Cultural Divergence of Advanced Nations

Emmanuel Todd
Institut National d’Etudes Démographiques
February 9, 2016
Globalization means ever narrowing distances between nations. But national value systems do not converge, especially those of advanced nations, although the world's elite labor under the false assumption that they do. The social anthropology of family systems explains the divergence of advanced nations; some are firmly rooted in liberal, individualistic values (the US, the UK, France), while others have retained more authoritarian value systems and a specific potential for collective integration and action (Germany, Japan, Russia).

And Now for the Hard Part: China's Economic Adjustment After Three Miracle Decades

Michael Pettis
Professor, Peking University; Guanghua School of Management
February 2, 2016
In this public lecture, Michael Pettis will explore China’s tumultuous stock market and its impact on the global economy. A Wall Street veteran at Bear Stearns and Credit Suisse First Boston, Pettis has the unique distinction of having been right ahead of time in predicting the Chinese economic crisis.