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February 15, 2018

"U.S.-China Trade: The Economics Behind the Politics"

James Levinsohn, Professor of Economics, Yale University

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“Rohingya Refugees: A Crisis Long in the Making”

Sara R. Curran, Professor of International Studies and Sociology, University of Washington

March 15, 2018

– A Conversation with NPR's ombudsman, Elizabeth Jensen

“Ethics and Transparency in Today's Media”

April 5, 2018

Special Academic WorldQuest Fundraiser!

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“America and Iran: Confrontation or Coexistence?”

Reza Marashi, Research Director, National Iranian-American Council

April 19, 2018

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“On Stage Together: Ajmal Khan and Rajmohan Gandhi”

Two leading scholars look at the legacy of their families’ search for peace

May 17, 2018

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June 21, 2017


Alfredo Corchado and Angela Kocherga, Two award-winning journalists who call the border “home”

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Retired diplomats bring the world, and a dose of civility, to Traverse City

IAF Co-Chair Karen Puschel talked with local business leader Verne Powell to get his views on what’s happening in Turkey. Verne and his brother George started Great Lakes International Trading (GLIT) in 1983. During the past 34 years, Verne has traveled to Turkey frequently to oversee the export of Turkish dried fruits and vegetables to northern Michigan, developing long-time business partners and friends there. His views on what’s happening now in Turkey are borne of experience and perspective that come from his “deep dive” into the culture of that country. 

GLIT is IAF’s Event Sponsor for the event on April 20 featuring Lawrence Mandel, recently retired senior diplomat in Ankara. Thanks to Verne, you’ll be able to sample some of the delicious imports that GLIT brings from Turkey including the sweet dried apricots that are described in our interview. We are deeply thankful to Verne for taking the time to share his expertise with the IAF community.


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