Is the American system of government broken? David W. Brady, the Bowen H. & Janice Arthur McCoy Professor of Political Science and Leadership Values at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, doesn’t believe it is. Rather, as he will argue at the Foreign Policy Forum lecture on June 4, the US government is merely experiencing a period of instability caused by the great transformation of the world economy over the last 30 years. Still, those uncertainties have had an outsized effect on US politics. In his talk, Brady will examine the upcoming 2016 campaign in the context of the uncertainty facing the global economy.
In cooperation with the Georg Kolbe Museum in Berlin, Stiftung Arp e.V. is hosting a two-day conference at the American Academy in Berlin, on June 22 and June 23, examining the works of the artist Hans Arp. Following World War II, Arp's work found widespread resonance in museums and galleries in the United States. Nevertheless, art historians have not yet fully analyzed Arp's influence on postwar American art. The conference aims to advance new scholarly approaches to the work of Hans Arp and promote exchange between academics, curators, and art market experts.
Should you be interested in registering for this event, please visit the Stiftung Arp website.
You can download a PDF version of the event program here.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, says Padma Desai, a professor of economics at Columbia University, is convinced that the breakup of the Soviet Union was the greatest political tragedy of the twentieth century. Indeed, as she will argue in her June 22 Richard von Weizsäcker Lecture, entitled “Russia and Putin in Historical Perspective,” much of Putin’s geopolitical maneuvering has been aimed at re-establishing the influence Russia lost in the wake of Mikhail Gorbachev’s perestroika and glasnost, and following the subsequent 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union under the unsteady leadership of Boris Yeltsin. In conversation with Stefan Meister of the German Council on Foreign Relations, Desai will take a look at Putin’s maneuverings in the Caucasus and Crimea in light of Russia’s recent past.
The conversation will take place at the Heinrich-Böll Stiftung (Schumannstrasse 8 / 10117 Berlin) and be moderated by Walter Kaufmann, Head of the Eastern- and Southeastern-European Department at the Heinrich Böll Stiftung.
In recent years, the Occupy Movement has focused our attention on the richest one percent. That, though, hasn’t helped the poor, argues Jagdish Bhagwati, the renowned professor of economics and law at Columbia University. On June 23, Bhagwati will deliver the Richard von Weizsäcker Lecture, entitled Poverty, the Pope, and Mr. Piketty, in which he will welcome Pope Francis’ recent efforts to return the poor to the center of the debate. But he questions whether the Pope’s recipes for poverty reduction are appropriate, drawing as they do on unsuccessful lessons from Peronist Argentina rather on decades of successful poverty reduction policies. Bhagwati will also call into question Thomas Piketty’s arguments pertaining to growing wealth inequality.
The lecture will take place at the John-F.-Kennedy-Institut für Nordamerikastudien (Lansstraße 7-9 / 14195 Berlin).