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  • Monday 16th October - \'The Continued Marginality & Uniqueness of North American Soccer\'\' Speaker: Professor Andrei Markovits, University of Mitchigan Venue: William Jefferson Clinton Auditorium Time: 5.30pm Andrei Markovits is the Karl W. Deutsch Co | ucdclinton.ie | UCD Clinton
    addresses the Institute Sept 2010 Seminars Autumn 2006 Monday 16th October The Continued Marginality Uniqueness of North American Soccer Speaker Professor Andrei Markovits University of Mitchigan Venue William Jefferson Clinton Auditorium Time 5 30pm Andrei Markovits is the Karl W Deutsch Collegiate Professor of Comparative Politics and German Studies at the University of Michigan He holds faculty positions in Michigan s Department of Political Science and its Department of German Dutch and Scandinavian Studies back to top Thursday 19th October How Ireland won the West Speaker Myles Dungan Venue William Jefferson Clinton Auditorium Time 5pm Myles Dungan is a broadcaster and writer he is the former presenter of Five Seven Live and Rattlebag and the author of a number of books including Irish Voices from the Great War and They Shall Grow Not Old both of which examined Irish involvement in the Great War He will be travelling to UC Berkeley in 2007 on a Fulbright Scholarship to work on the Irish American experience in the American west in the 19th century back to top Thursday 16th November Bringing Hope to Northern Ireland s Civil Society Bill Clinton s Northern Irish Visits In association with the Institute for British and

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  • Seminars Autumn 2005 | ucdclinton.ie | UCD Clinton
    and Young America The Flowering of Democracy in New York City 1999 back to top Tuesday 4th October The Quiet Man Returning Veterans and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Ethnic Revenge the Western Tropes of 20th Century Irish American Assimilation These seminars are part of an occasional series of lectures in association with Boston College Dublin Speakers Murphy Fox Carroll University Jim Byrne Trinity College Dublin Venue Boston College Dublin Centre for Irish Programmes 42 St Stephen s Green Dublin Time 4 30pm Tel 01 6147454 back to top Wednesday 12th October The 1963 Kennedy Visit to Ireland and the Problems of Recognition Speaker Professor Mike Cronin Boston College Venue The William Jefferson Clinton Auditorium Seminar Room Time 5pm This paper discusses the visit of President Kennedy to Ireland in 1963 The visit has traditionally been seen as Kennedy reaffirming his own Irish roots but this paper argues that any reading of the visit is far more complex Kennedy was positioning himself as the successful returned emigrant and to a degree the Irish did embrace that narrative However this was the Ireland of Lemass drive for modernisation and the beginnings of Ireland s closer ties with Europe The images and speeches associated with the visit actually demonstrate a series of problems relating to mutual recognition For all that was familiar about Kennedy and his story of success it was one that was increasingly alien to the mission of the Irish Republic in the 1960s For all the mutual embraces the paper argues that the visit symbolises more divergence in the national narrative than convergence Professor Mike Cronin is Academic Director of Boston College in Ireland He has published widely on cultural and social aspects of Irish history including Sport and Nationalism in Ireland Dublin 1999 and with Daryl Adair The Wearing

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  • Seminars Spring 2005 | ucdclinton.ie | UCD Clinton
    Thursday 3rd March What Rocky Meant Larry Holmes Gerry Cooney and Race Race Race Speaker Professor Carlo Rotella Boston College Venue J208 John Henry Newman Building The English Seminar Room Time 6pm Carlo Rotella Director of American Studies at Boston College is the author most recently of Cut Time An Education at the Fights which received the L L Winship PEN New England Award and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize His other books are Good With Their Hands Boxers Bluesmen and Other characters from the Rust Belt and October Cities The Redevelopment of Urban Literature He contributes regularly to the Washington Post Mazagine and his work has also appeared in The American Scholar Harper s the New York Times the Boston Globe Critical Inquiry American Quarterly and The Best American Essays back to top Tuesday 8th March The Fugitive Black and White Cinematic Narrative Rodney King and the Los Angeles Police Speaker Professor Alan Nadel Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Venue The Observatory Time 6pm Alan Nadel Professor of Literature and Film at Rensselaer Polytecynic Institute is the author of numerous works on American literature film and culture His most recent books are Containment Culture American Narratives Postmodernism and the Atomic Age and Flatlining on the Field of Dreams Cultural Narratives in the Films of President Reagan s America His talk examines how the film The Fugitive participates in re reading of the video taped beating of black motorist Rodney King by the Los Angeles police evoking the black and white era of American television the film erases the problematics of the King video by reconciling notions of white justice to the efficacy of a ubiquitous police state back to top Tuesday 5th April The Consuming of September 11 Tourism Kitsch and Mourning at Ground Zero in New York Speaker Professor Marita Sturken University of Southern California Venue The Humanities Institute Seminar Room Time 6pm Professor Sturken is Associate Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication and Program in American Studies Ethnicity University of Southern California She is the author of Tangled Memories The Vietnam War the AIDS Epidemic and the Politics of Remembering and co author of Practices of Looking An Introduction to Visual Culture This paper examines the conflicting meanings that have defined the space of Ground Zero with particular attention to the ways that mourning and loss have been transformed into consumerism and tourism back to top Thursday 7th April THIS SEMINAR HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE Speaker Sidney Blumenthal Sidney Blumenthal served as assistant and senior adviser to President Clinton from 1997 2001 He has worked for the New Yorker magazine The Washington Post New Republic and Vanity Fair His books include The Rise of the Counter Establishment From Conservative Ideology to Political Power 1986 Pledging Allegiance The Last Campaign of the Cold War 1990 and The Clinton Wars 2003 a provocative political memoir He is currently a columnist for Salon com and writes regularly for The Guardian back to top Friday

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  • Autumn Seminars 2004 | ucdclinton.ie | UCD Clinton
    University of Nottingham Seminar Paper back to top Wednesday 6th October To Get Quit of Negroes George Washington and Slavery Professor Philip Morgan Johns Hopkins University Seminar paper back to top Wednesday 13th October Presents his film Preventive Warriors followed by a discussion with Harvey O Brien UCD Film Studies Mr Michael Burns Independent Film Maker back to top Thursday 14th October The Question of the Public Sphere in 18th Century America Some Trans Atlantic Models Professor John Brooke Ohio State University Seminar Paper back to top Thursday 21st October Whitman the Mexican War and the Underside of the American Renaissance Professor Donald Pease Dartmouth University back to top Thursday 18th November Post US Election Forum Post US Election Forum Report available here This forum will bring together academics diplomats and journalists to examine and assess the outcome and impact of the 2004 US election results The war in Iraq and the diplomatic crisis surrounding it has left divisions between Europe and America and contributed to the polarization of the American electorate This forum will offer a medium to examine some of the salient challenges and questions facing America following one of the most divisive elections in the nation s history In particular we will address America s role on the world stage including its relationships with Europe and with the Middle East Speakers include Noel Dorr Former Irish Ambassador to the United Nations Professor Mark Lyttle Bard College USA Dr David Ryan Dept of History UCC Lara Marlowe Foreign Correspondent for the Irish Times Professor Liam Kennedy Director of the Clinton Institute for American Studies UCD At our 18th November 2004 Post US Election Forum pictured here from L R Mr Tom Rosenberger US Embassy Prof Liam Kennedy Clinton Institute Mr Michael McClellan US Embassy Dr David Doyle School

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  • Spring Seminars 2003 | ucdclinton.ie | UCD Clinton
    for using the new technologies They are large complex aggregative and synthesizing virtual spaces that both require and enable a new kind of collaborative culture for research teaching and learning They also suggest something about the kind of learning organizations that will be needed in the traditional academic disciplines as they attempt to adjust to new global realities Biography Alan B Howard grew up on a ranch in Colorado took his B A at Princeton in 1961 and his PhD at Stanford in 1967 He has taught in the English Department at the University of Virginia since 1967 specialising in Colonial American Literature Southern Literature and Non fictional Narrative and publishing on Colonial historians Edward Taylor and William Faulkner Since 1975 he has taught in the undergraduate American Studies Program and in 1990 became its Director He is currently the Daniels Family Teaching Professor at the University of Virginia In 1994 unhappy with the job prospects for graduate students in English he designed an innovative Masters program in American Studies that combined traditional education in the Humanities with training in the new technologies computers and the internet Conceived as a terminal degree that would prepare students for work in both academic and non academic environments some of the program s graduates have gone on to take the PhD at U Va or elsewhere and are now teaching But the majority have gone to public or corporate information providers like PBS Microsoft Educorp Maryland Public Television The Kennedy Center The University of Alabama the University of Maryland Teach for America Sacred Places and NetBeans back to top Friday 21st February American Musicology and The Archives of Eden Speaker Professor Harry White Venue ISSC Seminar Room Arts Annexe Time 4pm The seminar takes as its starting point George Steiner s famous essay The Archives of Eden 1981 which is a startling indictment of American cultural studies including American musicology The seminar will examine this indictment and examines the plural condition of American musical scholarship in an attempt to offer a reading which differs sharply from that of Steiner Biography Harry White is Professor of Music at UCD His prinicpal research interests are music in Austria and Germany 1700 1750 the cultural history of music in Ireland and Anglo American musical historiography He is general editor of Irish Musical Studies Dublin and corresponding editor of Current Musicology New York In 2000 he was appointed to the editorial board of the International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music Zagreb and in 2002 he was nominated as convenor of the steering committee of the newly established Society for Musicology in Ireland His principal publications include Johann Joseph Fux and the Music of the Austro Italian Baroque 1992 The Keeper s Recital Music and Cultural History in Ireland 1770 1970 1998 and Musical Constructions of Nationalism 2001 with Michael Murphy back to top Tuesday 25th March Seminar on American Literature Speaker Professor Sharon O Brien PLEASE NOTE THIS SEMINAR HAS BEEN POSTPONED WE WILL

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  • the situation has deteriorated even further with an announcement by NATO Foreign Minister s that they plan to cut off ties with Moscow over the incident For their part the Americans appear to have overreacted too Defense Secretary Robert Gates said there is a real concern that Russia has turned the corner here and is headed back toward its past Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has even questioned whether Russia could now become a responsible state ready to integrate into international institutions This strong language will do nothing to help reduce the current tension and has probably only inflamed the situation The reality is both Russia and Georgia have been at each other for years and are both to blame for the current debacle In addition the current situation is more complex then the media rhetoric suggests First American policymakers should take their fair share of responsibility too especially against the background of attempts at least since the 1970s to secure direct access to Caspian Sea oil without having to build a pipeline through Russian territory In 1997 Washington deployed 500 paratroopers from the Eighty second Airborne Division to Kazakhstan to train Kazakh and other Central Asian troops This military activity was followed by more U S troop deployments to Uzbekistan in 1998 and further Joint military training exercises with Kyrgyzstan The idea behind these troop deployments was to support the Baku Ceyhan oil pipeline project of which Clinton was an enthusiastic supporter and was a strategy designed to cut the Russians out completely Of course Moscow was seriously irritated by the American military presence in the area they regard as their traditional sphere of influence Second European Union efforts to build a new pipeline in the region which would parallel the current Baku Tbilisi Ceyhan pipeline to further free itself from its over dependence on Russian energy sources undoubtedly provoked Moscow to overreact militarily in the region and show the West it objects to the on going effort and if necessary can do something about it Thus it appears that the only party to benefit from the current conflict is the oil companies profits which due the conflict have once again increased BP who control the BTC pipeline stopped the oil flowing ostensibly because of the crisis which had the positive effect of increasing the price of oil on world markets Finally the West needs Russian assistance in a number of sensitive foreign policy and geopolitical areas including Iran Afghanistan and on energy security issues and should perhaps adopt a more diplomatic line with Moscow and recognize legitimate Russian security interests Georgian Crisis Brings Attitude Change to a Flush Poland Nicolas Kulish On August 20 2008 the United States and Poland signed a Declaration on Strategic Cooperation between the United States of America and the Republic of Poland This agreement allows important elements of an American missile defense shield to be located in Poland With this agreement America and Poland intend to expand air and missile defense cooperation and have agreed on and important new area of such cooperation involving the deployment of a U S Army Patriot air and missile defense battery in Poland The agreement also allows for information and military technology transfers and joint military training exercises The latter has been sanctioned by Congress and allows U S and other foreign troops train and share tactics together In the past this policy has opened up new markets for the American arms industry and is likely to prove profitable once again The decision to sign this declaration did not receive a warm welcome in Moscow Indeed Moscow objected vociferously to this missile defense initiative and has viewed it as a threat Furthermore it is important to note that until Russia s invasion of Georgia the decision to locate a missile defense system on Polish soil was opposed by the majority of Polish citizens It appears only the government of Poland was in favour of the deal The Russian military activity in Georgia it seems brought back a flood of bad memories for the majority of Polish citizens and the Polish government has lost no time since the Georgian crisis erupted to cement its relationship to America more formally Of course public support for the missile defense is by no means universal and might even be a temporary blip which the government in Warsaw has used to secure the agreement According to Nicholas Kulish some residents said the threat was being hyped by leaders for political gain and others maintained that any steps that might provoke Russia were a mistake Nicholas Kulish Georgian Crisis Brings Attitude Change to a Flush Poland The New York Times August 21 2008 The United States and International Affairs A Strategic Economic Engagement Strengthening U S Chinese Ties Henry M Paulson Jr According to U S Secretary of the Treasury Henry M Paulson the economic prosperity of the United States and China rests on China s further integration into the global economic system There are many limited debates in Washington on how America should respond to China s new economic power Some commentators have called for containment others confrontation but the Secretary of the Treasury argues for a policy of engagement a strategy that President Bush has pursued The concept of adjustment to China s new rising power fails to get a mention in these debates in Washington This is strange considering the fact that China although undertaking economic reforms has never tried to become an American style free market economy but has rather exploited other market economies to become a great economic power of its own design According to Secretary Paulson the overriding importance of economic growth to China s leaders presents the best means of influencing China s emergence as a global power Thus to adopt an effective strategy to control China s integration into the international economic system in a way that is beneficial to American interests Washington must appeal to China s fundamental economic interest and avoid inflaming differences

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  • cons in Washington have had other similar set backs in advancing their market military policies across the world In November 2007 the Joint Intelligent Estimate stated that there existed no evidence to support the contention Iran was developing nuclear weapons thus removing the neo cons favored casus belli for military aggression against Iran Of course the administration having learnt nothing from these set backs reality checks still remained defiant In fact shortly after the release of the Joint Intelligent Estimate the President declared Iran remained a grave threat to American interests contrary to evidence because he said so According to Neil Clark there have been some recent successes for the neoconservatives in Europe The election of the right leaning Nicolas Sarkozy in France last May was a real boon for American market military interests the world over After all it has finally reached home to the highest levels in Washington that America needs European assistance in Iraq Afghanistan and elsewhere The election of Donald Tusk in Poland has also proved useful for American interests After intense diplomatic economic and political pressure at the beginning of February the new President announced he had agreed to plans to install part of the controversial American missile defence system on Polish territory For Clark the recent and emerging support for Tony Blair to become President of the European Council if the Lisbon Treaty is passed would be the culmination of the neocon dream to fully neuter Europe as alternative source of global power Of course this last point is still speculation the Lisbon Treaty in its current form may yet be rejected and even if its does pass the neo conservatives in Washington may not be around after November 2008 to feel the benefit of it Neil Clark Europe Divorce the US Military AntiWar com February 14 2008 Available on the Internet at http www antiwar com The United States and International Affairs The Costs of Containing Iran Washington s Misguided New Middle East Policy Vali Nasr and Ray Takeyh The Bush administration has shifted its emphasis in recent months toward containing Iran in the Middle East Indeed according to Vali Nasr Professor of International Politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Ray Takeyh Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations the Bush administration believes containing Iran is the solution to the Middle East s various problems This new policy trajectory announced by Vice President Dick Cheney last May is designed to contain Iran by rallying the support of Sunni Arab states in the region However this strategy is considered unsound it cannot be implemented effectively and it will probably make matters worse In May 2007 Dick Cheney declared the administrations intention to contain Iran We ll stand with out friends in opposing extremism and strategic threats We ll continue bringing relief to those who suffer and delivering justice to the enemies of freedom And we ll stand with others to prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weapons and dominating this region More recently Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has supported this sentiment Iran constitutes the single most important single country strategic challenge to the United States and to the kind of Middle East that we want to see Of course Washington has already been taking steps to isolate Iran including building up its Navy presence in the Persian Gulf and using harsh and war like rhetoric At the same time Washington funds a 75 million democracy promotion program supporting regime change in Tehran And over the last year the US has mobilised diplomatic support in the UN to pass a series of UN resolutions designed to intimidate and compel Iran into ending its nuclear ambitions In addition the administration has officially designated the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and the al Quds Army as supporters of terrorism This decision has enabled the US Treasury Department to target financial assets of these groups and the US military to detain their personnel in Iraq The Bush administration is trying to build a coalition of willing states in the region to balance Iran The administration has rallied support among Arab governments to oppose Iranian policies in Iraq Lebanon and the Palestinian territories and it has also provided a 20 billion arms package to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf emirates According to US officials this arms deal is deigned to enable these countries to strengthen their defenses and therefore to provide a deterrence against Iranian expansion and Iranian aggression in the future There are some interrelated important reasons why this policy is bound to fail First the Bush administration is blind to the possibility that Iran could become a constructive actor in stabilising the region In fact the administrations fundamental belief that Iran cannot be a constructive actor in a stable Middle East and that its unsavoury behavior cannot be changed through creative diplomacy will lead the United States into trouble in the region After all having removed Iraqi military power in the 2003 invasion the US is the only military power large enough to balance Iran in the region It inevitably follows that America will remain in the region for decades if it continues to pursue this line Second the Middle East region is divided against itself In the 1960s radical Arab regimes contested the legitimacy and power of traditional monarchical states In the 1970s Islamic fundamentalists rejected the prevailing secular order and sought to set the region on the path to God In the 1980s much of the Arab world supported the genocidal Saddam Hussein as he sought to displace Iran s theocratic regime Of course it is also important to note America s destabilising role in the region during this period especially during the Iran Iraq war However according to Nasr and Takeyh the region is fracturing once more this time along sectarian and confessional lines with Sunnis clamouring to curb Shiite ascendance In the context of previous lessons learnt from historical involvement in the region perhaps the question should be asked Will

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  • Internet at www cfr org Opportunities and Challenges for the Transatlantic Economic Council The German Marshall Fund On November 14 2007 the German Marshall Fund held a senior level meeting aimed at outlining the results of the first meeting of the Transatlantic Economic Council TEC In addition the meeting addressed forthcoming challenges and opportunities for the TEC The TEC was created in April 2007 by EU and US leaders to foster transatlantic economic cooperation The Transatlantic Economic Council is designed to strengthen joint EU American action on reducing regulatory barriers to trade protecting intellectual property rights ensuring secure trade integrating financial markets promoting innovation and technology and encouraging investment Together the European Union and the United States account for 60 percent of world Gross Domestic Product and 40 percent of global trade making it the largest and most important trading alliance in the world The first issue discussed was competitive regulatory standards It was noted that at the core of the alliance s economic competitiveness is the need for regulatory synchronisation According to Angelos Pangratis deputy head of the EU commission delegation to the US the two trading partners have understood that competitive regulatory approaches may restrict rather than foster economic growth and that common standards are needed in order to stay competitive in the global economy Kathryn Hauser U S executive director of the Transatlantic Business Dialogue recognized a changed atmosphere in the attitude toward transatlantic economic cooperation in Europe and America According to Hauser the distinctive aspect differentiating the TEC from past efforts is the extensive process of consultation that not only included the private sector but has also raised the profile of consumer group interests and legislators during the discussions For Bernard Welschke president of the Representative of German Industry and Trade the harmonization of accounting standards secure trade and issues related to patent recognition and intellectual property rights are of the highest importance for the European private sector John Cobau of the U S National Security Council highlighted the Bush administration s improved commitment to transatlantic economic cooperation On trade security issues he announced that the American government and European commission had agreed to develop effective and mutually acceptable solutions to secure cargo trade Against this background both parties have undertaken a road map setting out the key performance based stages required to reach mutual recognition of U S and EU Customs Trade partnership programs in 2009 The German Marshall Fund Opportunities and Challenges for the Transatlantic Economic Council November 14 2007 Available on the Internet at www gmfus org The United States and International Affairs Candidates Unconditional Support Isn t Right for Jewish State John J Mearsheimer International affairs expert and co author of the Jewish Lobby John J Mearsheimer has produced an illuminating but worrisome editorial piece in The Oregonian last weekend January 13 2008 At its core the argument extrapolates the nuances of the U S Israeli diplomatic and economic relationship and contends that the pattern of traditional American unconditional support for Israel is bad for America and bad for Israel Mearsheimer uses the forthcoming presidential contest as the context for his argument Each candidate whether Democrat or Republican favours continuing the policy of providing Israel with more than 3 billion dollars in foreign aid each year while asking nothing in return Moreover none of the Presidential hopefuls has criticized Israeli conduct in any respect According to Mearsheimer this pandering is not a surprise American politics is infused with special interest groups that have both financial clout and access to media organization In other words these groups can be extremely useful or potentially hazardous to a candidate s prospect for election And the Israel Lobby is one of the strongest interests groups in American politics Thus p oliticians do not want to offend Jewish Americans or Christian Zionists two groups that are deeply engaged in the political process So what does all this mean for Israel Mearsheimer argues that in adopting a policy of unconditional support These candidates are no friends of Israel In fact t hey are facilitating its pursuit of self destructive policies that no true friend would favor The central issue facing Israel at the moment surrounds the future of Gaza and the West Bank both territories Israel conquered in 1967 Will Israel work toward a two state solution or will it opt for retaining a military control over these occupied regions The reality according to Mearsheimer is that if Israel chooses to retain military control of the Gaza and West Bank then this will lead to an apartheid state Indeed Prime Minister Ehud Olmert suggested this in a recent statement Israel will face a South African style struggle if it rejects the two state option Hence surely any friend of Israel would be vocally supporting the two state option as a way of obtaining peace in the region In sum the most recent presidential hopefuls are comparable to most American politicians They reflexively mouth pro Israel platitudes while continuing to endorse and subsidize policies that are in fact harmful to the Jewish state For Mearsheimer a real ally would tell Israel that it is pursuing bad polices and furthermore would undertake and support efforts to reshape those polices Mearsheimer John J Candidates Unconditional Support Isn t Right for Jewish State January 13 2008 The Oregonian Available on the Internet at www commondreams org The Rise of China and the Future of the West Can the Liberal System Survive G John Ikenberry One prominent school of thought in international affairs contends that the rise of China will herald the end of the United States unipolar moment The realist scholar John Mearsheimer has even argued that i f China continues its impressive economic growth over the next few decades the United States and China are likely to engage in an intense security competition with considerable potential for war While this view is perhaps a little provocative for some many believe that China s rise which is coming on fast will witness

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