China’s Xi Jinping: The Next Mao Zedong? Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
When China's President Xi Jinping was reelected in 2017, Western media called him the “chairman of everything” or the “next Mao Zedong” because of his expanded control over the party apparatus. It is, however, unclear whether he is doing this to fight corruption and poor policy implementation, or to merely to consolidate his own power and rule as a dictator similar to Mao. This talk will attempt to discern between these intentions, and to help us understand how Xi can be expected to respond to changing domestic politics, as well as challenges to China's hegemony from without.
Money Laundering Made Simple: What It Is and Why It’s Easy Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
This session would try to make sense of the wide variety of money laundering beneficiaries (e.g. terrorists, tax evaders, and drug dealers), the range of techniques they employ to hide both the origins of their funds and the ultimate uses, and the vast global network of enablers who facilitate the process, such as bankers, attorneys, accountants and even governments. The detailed revelations contained in the so-called “Panama Papers” and “Paradise Papers” (Bahamas) would serve to graphically illustrate how the porous and opaque nature of the global financial system makes money laundering easy to pull off and extremely challenging for governments to combat.