Providence Committee

on Foreign Relations

Upcoming events

    • 11 Sep 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Hope Club, 6 Benevolent Street,
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    A retired Marine Corps colonel and combat veteran of the Vietnam War, Mackubin Thomas Owens is the editor of Orbis, the journal of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, of which he is a senior fellow, and is a former dean of academics for the Institute of World Politics, in Washington.

    Dr. Owens is also a former editor-in-chief of the defense journal Strategic Review.

    He has served as the associate dean of academics for electives and directed research, and professor of strategy and force planning, at the U.S. Naval War College, as an adjunct professor of international relations at Boston University and as a contributing editor to National Review, among his many other academic and journalistic activities.

    Guests are welcome.

    Schedule:

    6:00 - 6:30 PM: Cocktails

    6:30 - 7:30: Dinner (salad, entree, dessert/coffee)

    7:30 - 8:30: Speaker Presentation

    8:30 - 9:00: Q&A with Speaker.

    Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

    Men: Jackets required.

    • 2 Oct 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Hope Club, 6 Benevolent Street,
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    Jonathan Gage, who will talk about how coverage of such international economic stories as trade wars has changed over the years, in part because of new technology, and how that coverage itself changes events.

    Mr. Gage has had a very distinguished career in publishing and international journalism. He has served as publisher and CEO of Institutional Investor magazine, as publisher of strategy+business magazine, as a director at Booz Allen Hamilton and Booz & Company, as enterprise editor for Bloomberg News and finance editor of the Paris-based International Herald Tribune (of sainted memory) and as a senior writer for the Boston Consulting Group.

    He is a trustee, and former vice chairman, of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.

    He has written or edited for such publications as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek and Psychology Today magazine.


    Guests are welcome.

    Schedule:

    6:00 - 6:30 PM: Cocktails

    6:30 - 7:30: Dinner (salad, entree, dessert/coffee)

    7:30 - 8:30: Speaker Presentation

    8:30 - 9:00: Q&A with Speaker.

    Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

    Men: Jackets required.

    • 23 Oct 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Hope Club, 6 Benevolent Street,
    Register

    Patrick Duddy, formerly the U.S. ambassador to Venezuela, who will talk about Venezuelan internal political and economic conditions and relations with the U.S., Cuba, Russia and other nations. Mr. Duddy, currently director of Duke University’s center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, served as American ambassador to Venezuela in 2007-2008, during the George W. Bush administration. The late President Hugo Chavez expelled him but eight months later he returned as ambassador in the Obama administration. He finished that assignment in 2010.

    Before his ambassadorships, Mr. Duddy served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (DAS) for the Western Hemisphere, responsible for the Office of Economic Policy and Summit Coordination, which included the hemispheric energy portfolio, as well for the Offices of Brazil/ Southern Cone Affairs and of Caribbean Affairs. During his tenure as DAS, he played a lead role in coordinating U.S. support for the restoration of democracy in Haiti.

    Guests are welcome.

    Schedule:

    6:00 - 6:30 PM: Cocktails

    6:30 - 7:30: Dinner (salad, entree, dessert/coffee)

    7:30 - 8:30: Speaker Presentation

    8:30 - 9:00: Q&A with Speaker.

    Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

    Men: Jackets required.


    • 6 Nov 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Hope Club, 6 Benevolent Street,
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    Tweed Roosevelt, president of the Theodore Roosevelt Association and great-grandson of that president. He’ll talk about how TR’s foreign policy, which was developed as the U.S. became truly a world power, affected subsequent presidents’ foreign policies. Mr., Roosevelt is also chairman of Roosevelt China Investments, a Boston firm.

    In 1992, Mr. Roosevelt rafted down the 1,000-mile Rio Roosevelt in Brazil—a river previously explored by his great-grandfather in 1914 in the Roosevelt-Rondon Scientific Expedition and then called the Rio da Duvida, the River of Doubt. The former president almost died on that legendary and dangerous trip.

    After graduation from Harvard, Mr. Roosevelt served for two years as a VISTA volunteer in Harlem, Bedford Stuyvesant, and the Lower East Side of New York City and went on to NYC’s Human Resources Administration. He subsequently earned his MBA and then taught for two years at Columbia University. A long career in management consulting and finance culminated in his becoming Chairman of Roosevelt China Investments, which, among other businesses, owns and operates the House of Roosevelt on Shanghai’s Bund.

    Over the years, Mr. Roosevelt has done much to further the memory and ideals of Theodore Roosevelt. He has lectured and taught about TR at numerous institutions and schools around the world, including Harvard, Marshall, and Santa Clara Universities, ranging from single lectures to a 20-hour course that involved as guest speakers most of the well-known historians of TR. He has also lectured on a wide range of other subjects, including conservation and the environment, hunting, politics, literature, history, mathematics, Japanese-American relations, and exploration, and has retraced many of TR’s adventures in the American West, Africa, and the Amazon. He has appeared on numerous television documentaries and radio programs and was awarded the prestigious Telly Award for his public service announcement on Presidential log cabins.

    Mr. Roosevelt has two children and lives in Boston and on Martha’s Vineyard.

    Guests are welcome.

    Schedule:

    6:00 - 6:30 PM: Cocktails

    6:30 - 7:30: Dinner (salad, entree, dessert/coffee)

    7:30 - 8:30: Speaker Presentation

    8:30 - 9:00: Q&A with Speaker.

    Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

    Men: Jackets required.


    • 5 Dec 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Hope Club, 6 Benevolent Street,
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    Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou, who directs the Initiative on Religion, Law, and Diplomacy, and is visiting associate professor of conflict resolution, at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She titles her talk "God, Soft Power, and Geopolitics: Religion as a Tool for Conflict Prevention/Generation".

    Dr. Prodromou is also a non-resident senior fellow and co-chair of the Working Group on Christians and Religious Pluralism, at the Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute, and is also non-resident fellow at The Hedayah International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism, based in Abu Dhabi.

    Prodromou is former vice chair and commissioner on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and was a member of the U.S. Secretary of State’s Religion & Foreign Policy Working Group. Her research focuses on geopolitics and religion, with particular focus on the intersection of religion, democracy, and security in the Middle East and Southeastern Europe. Her current research project focus on Orthodox Christianity and geopolitics, as well as on religion and migration in Greece.

    Guests are welcome.

    Schedule:

    6:00 - 6:30 PM: Cocktails

    6:30 - 7:30: Dinner (salad, entree, dessert/coffee)

    7:30 - 8:30: Speaker Presentation

    8:30 - 9:00: Q&A with Speaker.

    Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

    Men: Jackets required.


    • 8 Jan 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Hope Club, 6 Benevolent Street,
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    Michael Fine, M.D., will talk about his novel Abundance, set in West Africa, and the challenges of providing health care in the developing world.

    Michael Fine, MD has been an advocate for communities, healthcare reform and the care of under-served populations worldwide for 40 years.

    His career as a community organizer and family physician has led him to some of the poorest places in the United States, as well as dangerous, war-ravaged communities in third-world countries.

    ABUNDANCE

    Liberia, a nation of four to four and a half million people in West Africa, is about the same size as the US state of Tennessee. It is a place of many languages and many communities.

    In 1989, Liberia entered a long period of brutal civil wars, which lasted until 2003. The years between 1989 and 2003 were years of unimaginable cruelty in Liberia, years of murder, rape, dismemberment, and chaos.

    Two young Americans go to Liberia in 2003, looking to find something missing in themselves. They find one another, are separated by war, and then struggle to find one another again. Abundance is the story of that struggle, but also about what’s missing in America, about starvation in the midst of plenty and about our struggle to be one people despite the many temptations that pull us apart.

    • 5 Feb 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Hope Club, 6 Benevolent Street,
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    Cornelia Dean, book author, science writer and former science editor of The New York Times and internationally known expert on coastal conditions. She’ll talk how rising seas threaten coastal cities around the world and what they can do about it.

    Cornelia Dean is a science writer and former science editor of The New York Times and a distinguished visiting lecturer at Brown University.

    From January 1997 until June 2003, she was science editor of The Times, where she was responsible for coverage of science, engineering, health and medical news in the daily paper and in the weekly Science Times section. Previously she held other editing positions in the department. In her editing tenure of the science section members of its staff have won the Pulitzer Prize twice and were finalists three times. Previously, she was deputy Washington editor.

    She is the author of “Against the Tide: The Battle for America’s Beaches” (1999), a Times notable book of the year. A book about the misuse of scientific information in American public life is in press (Harvard University Press).

    Before her appointment by Brown, she taught undergraduate and graduate seminars on the public’s understanding of science, environmental policy and other issues at Harvard, where she was twice honored for distinction in teaching.

    She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and lives on Chappaquiddick Island, Mass.

    • 18 Mar 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Hope Club, 6 Benevolent Street,
    Register
    Stephen Wellmeier, managing director of Poseidon Expeditions. He’ll talk about the future of adventure travel and especially about Antarctica, and its strange legal status.
    • 6 May 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Hope Club, 6 Benevolent Street,
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    , a political scientist and co-director of the program on Italy at MIT’s Center for International Studies, who will talk about the rise of right-wing populism and other developments in her home of Italy.

    She has taught at several US and European universities, and published numerous articles on European politics. Serenella's an affiliate at the Harvard De Gunzburg Center for European Studies and holds the title of Cavaliere of the Ordine della Stella d'Italia conferred by decree of the President of the Republic for the preservation and promotion of national prestige abroad.

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