Symposiums

Shifting Iran-US Relations

On September 29, 2017 the Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security (ACDIS) and the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES) hosted the symposium, “Shifting Iran-US Relations: Return to Status Quo Ante or New Alignments in the Middle East Region?” Speakers included Asef Bayat, Shireen Hunter, Kevan Harris, Frederick Lamb, Matthias Grosse Perdekamp, and Trita Parsi, Founder and President of the National Iranian American Council, who gave the the keynote speech.

For more information on the symposium, and to watch the keynote speech, click here.

The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II:
The Massacre of Nanjing

ACDIS hosted a symposium​ recalling the history of the Sino-Japanese war and honoring Vautrin on December 16, 2017. On the 80th anniversary of the fall of Nanjing (Nanking), the symposium recalled the mass atrocities committed in the then Chinese capital by the Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War, through the journal entries of Illinois alumna Minnie Vautrin and the book “The Rape of Nanking” by alumna Iris Chang (Illinois Class of 1989). The speakers include scholarly experts on the massacre as well as the parents of Iris Chang.

For more information about the symposium, as well as an interactive version of Minnie Vautrin’s Diary from the Yale University Library, click here

Transatlantic Security

Partnering with the European Union Center, ACDIS organizes half-day symposia about transatlantic security issues. The symposiums include research and presentations by scholars and policymakers from the university community. Previous topics have ranged from the status of national European armies to the role of Turkey to addressing challenges from weapons of mass destruction.

Previous symposiums:

2016, 20152012, 2011