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The RAI was honoured to host a visit from Ambassador R. James Woolsey, formerly Director of Central Intelligence and Under Secretary of the Navy, on Friday 7 March. Ambassador Woolsey held senior positions during the presidencies of Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, which also included service as Delegate at Large to the US-Soviet Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) and Nuclear and Space Arms Talks (NST) and as Ambassador to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe.
In a question and answer seminar with the RAI community, Ambassador Woolsey discussed topics ranging from current events in the Crimea and Ukraine, to the United States’s approach to intervention in Syria, major strategic threats to the US, and the prospects of Scottish independence for intelligence co-operation between Britain and the US. A video of his remarks will be made available via the RAI website shortly.
8th Week Events (10-14 March)
Former U.S. Representatives Bob Clement (D-Tennessee, 5th District) (top) and James K. Coyne III (R-Pennsylvania, 8th District) (below) will visit the RAI on Thursday 6 March for the Institute’s annual Congress to Campus event.
The day-long visit – organised in association with the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress and the Eccles Centre at the British Library – each year brings bipartisan pairs of former Members of Congress to the Institute and is at the centre of the RAI’s programme to bring its research and the study of the United States to wider public audiences.
7th Week Events (3-8 March)
Bruce Kuniholm, Professor of Public Policy, Professor of History and Dean Emeritus at the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, and Duke-Harmsworth Visiting Fellow at the RAI, will deliver the 2014 Duke-Harmsworth Fellow’s Lecture at the RAI at 5pm on Thursday 27 February on ‘The Uses of History and Public Policy’.
Professor Lawrence Jacobs, Walter F. and Joan Mondale Chair for Political Studies at the University of Minnesota, has been elected by acclamation to a Distinguished Fellowship of the Rothermere American Institute. The status is awarded in recognition of exceptional contribution to the intellectual life of the RAI, and the achievement of distinction in academic, professional or public life.
6th Week Events (24th-28th February)
On Sunday 23 March 2014, the RAI will host a special Oxford Literary Festival masterclass: ‘Poetry in the Making: The Shared Stories of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes’. This three-hour event will explore the relationship between poetry and the moving image in the work of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes.
Dr Mara Keire has been elected to a Supernumerary Teaching and Research Fellowship of the RAI by the Institute’s Executive Committee, reflecting her great contribution to research and teaching at the Institute.
Dr Keire’s research interests encompass the cultural, intellectual, and legal history of late nineteenth and early twentieth century America. Her scholarship has focused on red-light districts, vice reform, and the development of the new commercial popular culture in the early twentieth century. Her latest research examines how America has imagined the end of the world since the dropping of the Atomic bomb.
The RAI was honoured to host a visit from General Michael V. Hayden, formerly Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and of the National Security Agency, on Thursday 13 February. General Hayden, a four-star general of the US Air Force, is Humanitas Visiting Professor of Intelligence Studies at Oxford for 2013-14.
In a question and answer seminar with the RAI community, General Hayden discussed the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan and the potential implications of Afghanistan’s presidential election in April 2014, American relations with Pakistan, intelligence estimates in the run-up to the Iraq War in 2003, and the current signs of rapprochement between China and Taiwan. A video of his remarks will be made available via the RAI website shortly.