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The United States: A New Relationship with the World?

The United States: A New Relationship with the World?


In the month of January alone, the United States has seen an insurrection, an impeachment, and the dawning of a new presidency. What does this mean for human rights around the world? What is the role of philanthropy in the U.S. and globally amidst this sea of changes? Where is power shifting — politically, economically, and amongst social movements?

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M Adams

Community organizer and co-executive director of Freedom Inc. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Adams has been in Madison since 2003. Adams’s dad has been incarcerated most of her life and she comes from a community that has been the extreme targets of police violence—and in March 2016 Adams’s mother transitioned after fighting cancer and many forms of violence. Adams is also a Dad and sees her family as a primary motivator for her work. As a queer Black person, Adams has developed and advocated for a strong intersectional approach in numerous important venues. Adams is a leading figure in the Movement 4 Black Lives and Take Back the Land Movement, she presented before the United Nations for the Convention on Eliminating Racial Discrimination, she is a co-author of Forward from Ferguson and a paper on Black community control over the police, and she author to intersectionality theory in Why Killing Unarmed Black folks is a Queer issue. Adams can regularly be seen in person, on TV or in the newspapers giving presentations, testifying at city council meetings, and energizing crowds at protests.

Steve del Rosso

Director of the International Peace and Security Program at the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Previously, he was Director of Programs at the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations and managed The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Global Security Program. Del Rosso served a decade in the U.S. Foreign Service with overseas assignments in Central America and the Caribbean, and in Washington in the Operations Center and as staff officer to Secretary of State George Shultz, among other assignments. He was also a Presidential Management Fellow at NASA, news producer at VOA, and staff assistant to British Member of Parliament, Julian Critchley. Del Rosso holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania; a M.A.L.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he was an Earhart Fellow; a diploma in international studies from the Bologna Center of Johns Hopkins SAIS; and a B.A. from Tufts University. He serves on the Europe and Central Asia advisory committee of the Human Rights Watch.

Neta C. Crawford

Professor and Chair of Political Science at Boston University. She is the author of more than two dozen peer reviewed articles on issues of war and peace and the author of three books, Soviet Military Aircraft (1987); Argument and Change in World Politics (2002), named Best Book in International History and Politics by the American Political Science Association, and Accountability for Killing: Moral Responsibility for America’s Post-9/11 Wars (2013).  Crawford has served on the governing boards of American Political Science Association and of the Academic Council of the United Nations System.  She is currently a co-director of the Costs of War Project based at Brown and Boston Universities and a member of the Committee on International Security Studies of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2018, the International Ethics Section of the International Studies Association gave her a Distinguished Scholar Award.

Robert Matthews

Consultant on US foreign policy. He holds a PhD in Latin American history from New York University and lives in Brooklyn and Madrid. A former professor of history and politics at New York University’s post-graduate Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, he has also been a researcher on United States foreign policy with several foreign policy centers in the USA, Spain, and Norway between 1985 and 2021. He has written and is author and co-author of several books, essays, and articles about US relations with Latin America and with the developing world in general, as well as US involvement in low-intensity conflicts during the cold war. In recent years, his research has focused on the US global war on terrorism, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan/Pakistan, the US conflict with Venezuela, and the rise of right-wing populism in the US and Europe. He current lives in Madrid, and Brooklyn, New York. He is frequent commentator in the international media.

Series Moderator:

Mariano Aguirre, Researcher and Political Analyst on International Politics
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Series Host:

Ana Maria Enriquez, Executive Director, HRFN
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