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A list of international relations events in the DC area.

Calendar for the Week of April 24th, 2011

orldviews of Rising Powers: Domestic Foreign Policy Debates

April 25: 9:00am-6:00pm

City View Room, Seventh Floor, 1957 E Street, NW, Washington DC

Henry R. Nau, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, GW; Director, U.S.-Japan-South Korea Legislative Exchange Program. Deepa Ollapally, Associate Director, Sigur Center for Asian Studies, GW; Director, India Initiative

 

The Aga Khan Development Network

April 25: 10:00am-11:30am

B1 Conference Center Room C, Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1800 K Street, NW, Washington DC, 20006

Working in over 25 countries around the world, The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) strives to improve health, education, rural development, institution-building and promote economic development in fragile states.  AKDN serves people regardless of religion, gender, ethnicity and is a non-denominational organization.  Most grants are made to grassroots organizations with a holistic view of development.

Promoting Dialogue on Iraq’s Disputed Territories

April 25: 10:00am-12:00pm

U.S. Institute of Peace Headquarters, 2301 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037

The status of Kirkuk and other disputed territories is one of the greatest conundrums in Iraqi politics.  With a December deadline looming for the U.S. military drawdown to be completed, no universally accepted political or constitutional framework exists among Iraqis for addressing what some have called the greatest threat to the country’s stability.

The Russian Orthodox Church in the Post-Soviet Period: Challenges and Responses

April 25: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th floor Flom Auditorium.

In discussing the Russian Orthodox Church's (ROC) responses to modern challenges, we may distinguish three different periods: the early to mid–1990s, the late 1990s to mid–2000s, and the mid–2000s to the present (2010). Each of these three periods may be characterized with reference to various factors or criteria: the official positions of the ROC on a variety of issues, the state’s attitude to religion, the conceptual dynamics underlying religious legislation, the shifts in collective cultural identities and the place of religious identity in their hierarchy.

"The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution"

April 25: 12:30pm-2:00pm

Kenney Auditorium, The Nitze Building (main building)

Francis Fukuyama, senior fellow at the SAIS Foreign Policy Institute and Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University; Adam Garfinkle, editor of American Interest; Michael Woolcock, lead social development specialist for the World Bank's Development Research Group; and Cinnamon Dornsife (moderator), acting director of the SAIS International Development Program, will discuss Fukuyama's new book, The Origins of Political Order:

Petty Corruption

April 25: 12:30pm-2:00pm

Monroe Hall, Kendrick Conference Room, Room 321, 2115 G Street, NW

Mukul Majumdar, H.T. Warshow and Robert Irving Warshow Professor of Economics, Cornell University. This event is part of the Institute for International Economic Policy's Trade and Development Workshop Series. Please send RSVP to: iiep@gwu.edu

Sponsored by Department of Economics and the Institute for International Economic Policy

The Left: Does It Have a Future? Global Perspectives

April 25: 1:30pm-3:30pm

Woodrow Wilson Center, Fifth Floor Conference Room

Christopher Barrett, Australia Scholar, Wilson Center; Michael Kazin, Professor of History, Georgetown University; Steven Kramer, Public Policy Scholar, Wilson Center, Professor of Grand Strategy, National Defense University; Roberto Toscano, Public Policy Scholar, Wilson Center, and Former Ambassador From Italy to India and Iran

"Foreign Aid, Child Health and Health Systems Development in Tanzania and Uganda: 1996 to 2009"

April 25: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Room 806, The Rome Building

Kevin Croke, a SAIS Ph.D. candidate, will defend his dissertation entitled, "Foreign Aid, Child Health and Health Systems Development in Tanzania and Uganda: 1996 to 2009." For more information, contact rbwashington@jhu.edu.

Tackling Malaria through Private Sector Partnerships

April 25: 3:00pm-4:30pm

Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1800 K Street, NW, Washington DC, 20006

In Equatorial Guinea, malaria is the leading cause of death for children under the age of five and impacts the lives of all citizens. In 2003, Marathon Oil Corporation and partners initiated a public-private partnership with the government of Equatorial Guinea to tackle the country’s serious malaria problem.

"The Political Economy of International Sporting Events: Brazil's Olympic and World Cup Hopes"

April 25: 5:30pm-7:00pm

Rome Building Auditorium, The Rome Building

Ernesto Henrique Fraga Araujo, senior economic counselor at the Brazilian Embassy in Washington, D.C., will discuss this topic. For more information, contact devalier@gmail.com or 202.531.9727. To RSVP, contact saisreview@jhu.edu.

"Island of Stability? The Obama White House and Europe"

April 26: 8:00am-9:30am

Room 806, The Rome Building

Klaus Larres, professorial lecturer in the European Studies Program, will discuss this topic.Note: Seating is extremely limited, and guests must RSVP in advance to saisevents@jhu.edu or 202.663.5636.

Designing Health and Population Programs to Improve Equity: Moving Beyond the Rhetoric

April 26: 8:30am-10:30am

Woodrow Wilson center, 5th Floor Conference Room

Although global health outcomes have improved over the last decade, significant disparities in family planning and maternal and child health services remain between rich and poor populations living in developing countries. This event will challenge listeners to move beyond the poverty and equity rhetoric to concrete actions. Panelists will discuss practical and realistic strategies that can be scaled up to improve access to family planning and maternal and child health services.

Bahrain on the Edge

April 26: 9:30am-11:30am

U.S. Institute of Peace, Frank C. Carlucci Auditorium  #150, 2301 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) invite you to join us for a live video-conference with senior representatives of the Bahraini opposition.

This event will provide a rare opportunity to hear directly from key opposition figures and engage in a dialogue on the current situation in Bahrain and the trajectory of the movement.

TRANSNATIONAL ADOPTION AND INEQUALITY

April 26: 12:00pm-1:00pm

John A. Burns Hall, 3012

Transnational adoption, called "quiet migration" by some, has been on the rise in recent years. While adoption is often viewed as a private--individual--decision, this process is also influenced by social and economic inequalities and by the role that governments play in shaping adoption in particular and families in general. This seminar will examine the trends in this practice and assess such adoptions in light of other practices, including domestic adoption, changing international relations, changes in family practices in countries

"Rainfall, Human Capital and Democracy"

April 26: 12:30pm-2:00pm

Room 806, The Rome Building

Stephen Haber, director of the Social Science History Program Stanford University and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, will discuss this topic. For more information, contactrbwashington@jhu.edu or 202.663.5650.

Companies, the Congo, Gold and the 3Ts

April 26: 2:30pm-4:00pm

B1 Conference Center, Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1800 K Street, NW, Washington DC, 20006

The Scholl Chair in International Business at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, in partnership with the Global Business Dialogue, will present a panel discussion on the "Companies, the Congo, Gold and the 3Ts" at CSIS on April 26th from 2:30 to 4:00 pm

Book Discussion: "Swimming in the Daylight: An American Student, a Soviet-Jewish Dissident, and the Gift of Hope"

April 26: 3:30pm-5:30pm

Woodrow Wilson Center, Fifth Floor Conference Room.

Swimming in the Daylight is the remarkable story of a Russian teacher who reveals an indomitable spirit to her American student and imparts an unforgettable lesson: it is possible to swim in the daylight of hope even amid an ocean of darkness and despair.

"Political Economy of the Financial Crisis in Central and Eastern Europe"

April 26: 5:00pm-6:15pm

Room 806, The Rome Building

Mitchell Orenstein, S. Richard Hirsch Associate Professor of European Studies at SAIS, will discuss this topic. A reception will follow. For more information, contact atobin1@jhu.edu or 202.663.5796.

"The Impacts of Events in the Arab World on Central Asia and the Caucasus"

April 26: 5:30pm-7:00pm

Rome Building Auditorium, The Rome Building

CACI's Spring 2011 Rumsfeld Fellows Azis Abakirov (Kyrgyz Republic); Levan Dolidze (Georgia); Fidan Huseynli (Azerbaijan); Kairat Karmanov (Kazakhstan); Gaukhar Kassymzhanova (Kazakhstan); Mashbat Otgonbayar (Mongolia); Makhbub Radzhabboev (Tajikistan); and Elyor Rakhmanov (Uzbekistan), will discuss this topic. A reception will precede the forum at 5 p.m. For more information and to RSVP, contact saiscaciforums@jhu.edu or 202.663.7721.

A Rift in Time: Travels with My Ottoman Uncle

April 26: 6:30pm

The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave, NW

Raja Shehadeh is the author of the highly praised Strangers in the House and When the Birds Stopped Singing. A Palestinian lawyer and writer who lives in Ramallah, he is a founder of the pioneering human rights organization Al-Haq, an affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists. He is the author of several books about international law, human rights and the Middle East. His most recent book before this one, Palestinian Walks, won the Orwell Prize in 2008.

"A National Security Reshaped: Focus on Croatia"

April 27: 9:00am-10:00am

Room 806, The Rome Building

Pjer Šimunovic, state secretary of the Croatian Ministry of Defense, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, contacttransatlanticrsvp@jhu.edu or 202.663.5880.


Exchange 2.0

April 27: 9:00am-1:00pm

U.S. Institute of Peace Headquarters, 2301 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20037

The orientation of U.S. public diplomacy is changing from telling America’s story to direct dialogue in an interconnected world. With this shift has come a need to revitalize a core pillar of public diplomacy strategy: international exchanges.

U.S.-Mexico Security Cooperation Pillar IV: Building Strong and Resilient Border Communities

April 27: 9:00am-1:00pm

Woodrow Wilson Center, 5th Floor Conference Room

The conference will examine a key pillar in the U.S.-Mexico security cooperation agenda: the building of strong and resilient communities, also known as Pillar IV. Complementing other elements of the Beyond Mérida strategy—dismantling transnational cartels, reforming Mexican police and courts, and modernizing border infrastructure— Pillar IV seeks to make vulnerable border communities resistant to organized crime by tackling the underlying socioeconomic drivers that have made many bi-national cities susceptible to criminal infiltration.

Africa’s Education Financing Challenge

April 27: 10:30am-12:00pm

Saul/Zilkha Rooms,  The Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC

Student enrollment and expenditures per student have been on the rise in sub-Saharan Africa over the past decade. Yet, financing gaps still exist for achieving universal quality education throughout the region, especially in countries with strong demographic pressures. Many African countries are facing a dilemma of how best to balance scarce resources and the growing demands to improve education quality for their children and youth.

Democracy Promotion in the Middle East

April 27: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602, 1957 E Street, NW

As the Arab World undergoes a wave of revolutionary demonstrations which have spread from North Africa to the Gulf, three leading political scientists discuss the future of United States democracy promotion and democratic reform prospects in the Middle East.

Iran Primer V: U.S. Policy Considerations

April 27: 12:00pm-1:15pm

Woodrow Wilson center, 6th Floor Board Room

This meeting is the fifth in a meeting series on subjects covered in a recently published book, The Iran Primer, edited by USIP-Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar Robin Wright. The two panelists will provide an overview of U.S. policy considerations regarding Iran as well as offer context and analysis for what lies ahead. Speakers will also discuss recent developments in the region since The Iran Primer was published in December 2010.

What Does "American Exceptionalism" Actually Mean for US Foreign Policy?

April 27: 12:00pm-1:30pm

Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20005

Foreign policy analysts in think tanks and academics in universities have long debated "American exceptionalism," but the term is now emerging in America’s political debates, most recently among some conservative critics of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. What does the phrase “American exceptionalism” actually mean? How do ideas about America’s special role in the world shape foreign policy decisions on a range of current issues including the Middle East uprisings, relationships with emerging powers, climate change, and global economic policy? And how might the American exceptionalism debate play out in the 2012 presidential elections?

The U.S. Role in Libya: A Live Web Chat with Michael O'Hanlon

April 27: 12:30pm-1:00pm

The Brookings Institution, Washington, DC

With Muammar Qaddafi holding onto power in the east and the rebels fighting for ground in the west, observers fear the conflict in Libya is at a stalemate. While some argue for greater military involvement on the side of the rebels to oust a dictator, others warn against "mission creep" in what could be a long and bloody struggle with an uncertain outcome for the people of Libya.

Is America Meeting Taiwan's Self-Defense Needs?

April 27: 2:00pm-3:30pm

Lehrman Auditorium

Congress is bracing for a fight over Taiwan policy. The number of academics and former officials calling for a reconsideration of America’s commitment to Taiwan’s defense are growing bolder. Meanwhile, continued delay on delivery of a full DIA assessment of Taiwan's airpower and five years of inaction on Taiwan’s repeated requests for F-16s raise fundamental questions about whether that commitment is currently being met.

North Korea: Hungering for Human Rights

April 27: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Wohlstetter Conference Center, Twelfth Floor, AEI, 1150 17th Street, NW, Washington DC

North Korea remains the world's worst human-rights abuser. Hundreds of thousands of North Koreans perished in the 1990s from the regime's man-made famine. Today, Pyongyang has appealed for emergency humanitarian relief as another great hunger looms. Yet as North Korean authorities prepare for a political transition and attempt to re-engage the United States and its allies after two years of escalating provocations and attacks, the plight of ordinary North Koreans is as low on the regime

The Costs of Justice: How New Leaders Respond to Previous Rights Abuses

April 27: 3:30pm-5:00pm

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412,  1957 E Street, NW

In The Costs of Justice, Brian K. Grodsky provides qualitative analyses of how transitional justice processes have evolved in diverse ways in postcommunist Poland, Croatia, Serbia, and Uzbekistan, by examining the decision-making processes and goals of those actors who contributed to key transitional justice policy decisions.

Open Nationalism for Asia and Future Paths for Japan  Nobuo Fukuda Woodrow Wilson Center Japan Scholar and Asahi Shimbun Staff Writer

April 27: 4:00pm-5:15pm

Woodrow Wilson Center, 5th floor conference room

Nationalism is often viewed as harmful to democratization and democracy in general. Liberal scholars often insist that nationalism is a major irritant in international conflicts and even a cause of war. Is this perception accurate? In postwar Asia, nationalism has also played a positive role in democratic transitions, helping to bring about social and economic reforms.

The Bush Administration's Decision for War in Iraq, 2003

April 27: 4:00pm-5:30pm

Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Moynihan Boardroom

Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Melvyn P. Lefflerwill review prevailing interpretations and suggest how his current research may refine our understanding of the decision to intervene militarily in Iraq in 2003.

Eastern Sudan:   Threats to the Beja People and Global Security  

April 27: 4:00pm-5:30pm

Besty and Walter Stern Conference Center, Hudson Institute, 1015 15th Street, NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, DC 20005

Eastern Sudan possesses gold, oil, and natural gas, and is the site of Sudan's main port city, Port Sudan, a strategic Red Sea harbor. Successive Sudanese governments have attempted to suppress Beja culture and identity, and barred humanitarian relief organizations from the area. As a result, the Beja suffer severe rates of poverty, illiteracy, malnutrition, illness, and high infancy and maternal mortality.

Emerging India and Its Extended Neighborhood: 15th Annual Gaston Sigur Memorial Lecture with Mani Shankar Aiyar

April 27: 5:30pm-7:00pm

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602, 1957 E Street, NW

Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar is a current Member of the Indian Parliament in the Rajya Sabha (Council of States). He was thrice elected to the Lok Sabha (1991-96; 1999-2004; 2004-2009) and served as Minister of Panchayat Raj (2004-09) and Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas (2004-06), Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports (2006-08) and Minister for Development of North-Eastern Region (2006-09).

"Confronting Intolerance Around the World"

April 27: 6:30pm-8:30pm

Rome Building Auditorium, The Rome Building

Tad Stahnke, director of policy and programs at Human Rights First, and Becky Monroe, acting director of community relations service at the U.S. Department of Justice, will discuss "New Tools and New Tactics in the Fight Against Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and Bigotry." Note: Members of the SAIS community who would like to attend should contactitlong@jhu.edu. Members of the public should RSVP tohttps://secure2.convio.net/adl/site/Ticketing?view=Tickets&id=3681.


"The Peace Corps at 50: How Far Will You Go?"

April 27: 6:30pm-10:00pm

Kenney Auditorium, The Nitze Building (main building)

Kevin Quigley, president of the National Peace Corps Association and former professorial lecturer in the SAIS International Development Program; and SAIS graduates Jill Miller, deputy director of the Civil Society Development Division at IREX; Matthew Breman, director of the Africa Program at Chemonics; and Eric Melby, founding member of the Scowcroft Group, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, contact sais.rpcv@gmail.com.

Options for Building a New Haiti

April 28: 8:30am-3:30pm

B-1 Conference Center, CSISCSIS, 1800 K. St. NW, Washington, DC 20006

Other key players from Haitian civil society, the international donor community, as well as the Haitian and international private sectors.

"Piety, Poetry and Politics: Sufi Muslims in South Asia"

April 28: 9:30am-5:00pm

Kenney Auditorium, The Nitze Building (main building)

This three-day interdisciplinary conference, co-hosted by the Smithsonian Freer-Sackler Gallery of Art, will explore the religious, political and cultural manifestations of Sufism in South Asia. SAIS is serving as the host for Day 1 of the conference. For a complete agenda, go to

Book Launch: Pakistan: Beyond the "Crisis State"

April 28: 10:00am-11:30am

Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC

Pakistan: Beyond the “Crisis State” seeks to contribute a deeper understanding of Pakistan’s dynamics that can help explain why the country has confounded the doomsday scenarios that so often surround it. The book examines how Pakistanis see themselves and their country’s faultlines; assesses the country’s political, economic, social, foreign policy, and governance challenges; and probes the interplay between domestic developments and external factors.

Behind the Scenes of Sudan's Referendum

April 28: 10:00am-11:30am

U.S. Institute of Peace Headquarters, 2301 Constitution Avenue NW, Carlucci Auditorium

Washington, D.C. 20037

Four months before Southern Sudan’s referendum on whether Southern Sudan would secede was scheduled to take place, U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton called the situation “a ticking time bomb of enormous consequence.”  Yet despite the international community’s fears that the referendum would lead to renewed conflict, the process was notable for its relatively smooth and peaceful nature.

The Saudi Monarchy: The Elephant in the Room

April 28: 10:00am-12:00pm

Lehrman Auditorium

Because of it centrality to Islam and large repository of petroleum, Saudi Arabia plays major religious and economic roles worldwide. This makes the vast Saudi Kingdom and its stability of major concern to the international community, especially the United States, Saudi Arabia’s close ally. Is Saudi Arabia immune to the unprecedented Arab uprising?

Understanding Identity and Combating the Politics of Fear

April 28: 10:00am-12:00pm

Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20005

The growth of Islamophobia and rising hate-rhetoric aimed at ethnic minorities and immigrant communities has become a significant feature of right-wing politics in both Europe and North America. This new politics of hate and fear represents a concerted political strategy on the part of a new right, one which presents a significant challenge to those wishing to create prosperous, tolerant and diverse societies. It cannot remain unchecked.

"Kosovo's Future in Europe: A Perspective From European Parliament"

April 28: 10:30am-11:30am

Rome Building Auditorium, The Rome Building

Ulrike Lunacek, member of European Parliament for Austria and the Greens/EFA party, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, contact transatlanticrsvp@jhu.edu or 202.663.5880.

Europe as a Great Power? A Scorecard for European Foreign Policy

April 28: 11:00am-12:30pm

Saul/Zilkha Rooms, The Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW

Washington, DC

Europe is often derided as an economic giant but political dwarf, divided and unable to defend its interests and values in the world. But a closer examination of European foreign policy leads to a more nuanced, less negative conclusion. On a number of issues, Europeans have common objectives and achieve operational levels of coordination—whether through European Union (EU) institutions or outside of them. Most significantly, they obtain results.

Joining the Global Oil Sector: Challenges and Opportunities for Iraq

April 28: 12:00pm-1:00pm

MEI Boardman Room, 1761 N St., NW, Washington, DC  

The Middle East Institute is proud to host Ben Lando, Iraq Bureau Chief of the Iraq Oil Report,which provides business, political and security analysis on Iraq.  Lando will  discuss Iraq's potential within the global oil sector, as well as the political and security concerns that could affect oil supply, growth, security and policy in Iraq now and in the future. Lando will also touch upon relations between Iraq and its neighbors, as well key domestic issues such as the Arab-Kurdish conflict.

Syria: A Turning Point?

April 28: 12:00pm-2:00pm

Betsy and Walter Stern Conference Center, Hudson Institute, 1015 15th Street, NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, DC 20005

More than a month after protests erupted in the small southern city of Deraa, the Syrian Revolution is gathering steam. Friday after Friday, the opposition movement has taken to the streets of every major Syrian city to demonstrate against one of the more ruthless regimes in the Middle East. A long-time sponsor of terror and ally of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Damascus facilitated the flow of foreign fighters into Iraq to attack U.S. troops and Iraqi allies, while it also targeted U.S. allies in Lebanon, Israel, and the Palestinian territories. Presumably, the fall of the Assad regime would constitute a net gain for American interests in the Middle East.

"The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy"

April 28: 12:30pm-2:00pm

Rome Building Auditorium, The Rome Building

Dani Rodrik, Rafiq Hariri Professor of International Political Economy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, contactrbwashington@jhu.edu or 202.663.5650.

The Challenges to the World Trade Organization: It’s All About Legitimacy

April 28: 2:30pm-4:00pm

Saul/Zilkha Rooms, The Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has delivered significant global economic benefits through the liberalization of world trade. As the key institution for global governance of international trade, the WTO has also stabilized the rules on trade and provided an effective dispute settlement mechanism to manage trade conflicts.

"Who Governs, How and Why?"

April 28: 2:30pm-4:00pm

Room 812, The Rome Building

Andrea Jackson, a SAIS Ph.D. candidate, will defend her dissertation entitled, "Who Governs, How and Why? A Study of the Causes of Government and Insurgent Control Over the Behavior of Local Populations." For more information and to RSVP, contacttwmckell@jhu.edu.

Reporting on Global Health: A Conversation With the International Reporting Project Fellows

April 28: 3:00pm-5:00pm

Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC

Global health problems--such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and maternal mortality--that plague developing countries rarely make headlines in the United States, even as they threaten hundreds of millions of people with death and illness, as well as contribute to poverty and instability in many countries. So why are global health stories under-represented in the U.S. media? What are the challenges to better coverage of global health, and what are strategies for overcoming them?

"Reporting on Global Health"

April 28: 3:00pm-5:00pm

Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.

pring 2011 IRP Fellows Jenny Asarnow, Jill Braden Balderas, Ann S. Kim, Annie Murphy and David Taylor will discuss the challenges and rewards of reporting on global health. Note: This event will take place at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. For more information and to RSVP, contactecsp@wilsoncenter.org.

Borderland Identity and Politics: Ukraine and Moldova After 20 Years of Independence

April 28: 4:00pm-5:30pm

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412, 1957 E Street, NW

Twenty years after the breakup of the Soviet Union, Moldova and Ukraine - the borderlands in perpetual transition - are still building their geopolitical identities and foreign policy. During two decades of independence these countries have oscillated between a closer partnership with Russia and a pro-Western orientation, while neighboring Romania's accession to the European Union has brought the EU eastern frontier to this long contested region, marked in particular by a frozen conflict in Transnistria.

"The Crisis of Authoritarian Rule in North Africa"

April 28: 4:30pm-7:00pm

Rome Building Auditorium, The Rome Building

Lahouari Addi, professor of political science at the Institute of Political Studies at the University of Lyon, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, contact itlong@jhu.edu.

Evolving Nationalism: Homeland, Identity, and Religion in Israel  

April 28: 5:00pm-6:30pm

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602, 1957 E Street, NW

Nadav Shelef, will present remarks on his latest book, Evolving Nationalism: Homeland, Identity, and Religion in Israel 1925-2005. A limited number of copies of the book will be available for GW students to get signed by the author following the event.

"Is the State Dead? A New History of the State"

April 28: 5:00pm-6:30pm

Room 812, The Rome Building

Charles Maier, Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History at Harvard University, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, contactslee255@jhu.edu or 202.663.5714.

Africa and the Diaspora:The Role and Potential of Region 6

April 28: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Ralph J. Bunche Int'l Affairs Center, Howard University, 2218 Sixth Street, NW

Washington, DC, USA

The African Union established “Region 6”, in addition to the 5 geographic regions of the continent to encompass African descendants living outside the continent in the Diaspora. The goal of “Region 6´ is to create a mutually beneficial link that will bridge the Diaspora and the African continent.

DoD Contract Spending and the Supporting Contractor Base

April 29: 9:00am-11:00am

CSIS B1 Conference Center, 1800 K Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

CSIS has updated our annotated brief on the structure and trends of DOD contracting, including both products and services. The briefing has new 2010 data on the types of contracts, the extent of competition, and the top contractors. DOD contract spending has begun to decline, and the new data and analysis in this briefing will show how this reversal has already begun to affect contracting.

Debts and Deficits: Warnings and Lessons from Europe for the Next U.S. President

April 29: 10:00am-11:30am

Lehrman Auditorium

As the debate over America’s debt burden intensifies, Europe’s social and economic problems provide a warning to the United States. For over a decade, continental Europe has witnessed political and economic decline, culminating in a sovereign debt crisis which has brought the single European currency to its knees.

What’s next for Côte d’Ivoire?

April 29: 10:00am-12:00pm

U.S. Institute of Peace, Room B241, 2301 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037

Laurent Gbagbo’s refusal to acknowledge his loss to Alassane Ouattara in Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential elections last November resulted in nearly five months of postelection violence that  left 1,500 people dead, more than one million displaced, and an economic crisis generated by the international financial and cocoa export sanctions placed on Gbagbo’s government. With the arrest of Gbagbo on April 11, the Ouattara administration is turning its focus to rebuilding and reconciling the country.

Making Germany's Space Sector Fit for the Future

April 29: 10:30am-12:00pm

Room 505, 1957 E Street, NW

Mr. Schneider will provide a brief overview of the recently-approved German Federal Government space strategy and discuss its implications, with particular emphasis on opportunities for future U.S.-German space cooperation.

An Incoherent Policy: Rule of Law Reform in Central Europe and Beyond

April 29: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Woodrow Wilson Center, 5th Floor Conference Room

Stephen Humphreys holds a PhD in law from the University of Cambridge and a Masters in comparative and international law from SOAS, University of London. Prior to joining the LSE in 2009, he was Research Director at the International Council on Human Rights Policy in Geneva, where his research focused on environmental law and on privacy and surveillance.

"Current Economic Priorities in U.S. Foreign Policy"

April 29: 12:30pm-2:00pm

Kenney Auditorium, The Nitze Building (main building)

Deborah McCarthy, U.S. principal deputy assistant secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, contactsais.diplomacy@gmail.com.


"Anticipatory Governance: Uniting Foresight and Policy"

April 29: 1:00pm-2:00pm

Rome Building Auditorium, The Rome Building

Leon Fuerth, research professor of international affairs at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs and former national security adviser to former Vice President Al Gore, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, contact eregloballeadersforum@jhu.edu.

Shaping the Future of Kosova

April 29: 2:00pm-3:30pm

B1 Conference Center, Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1800 K Street, NW, Washington DC, 20006

The New European Democracies Program together with the National Albanian American Council will host a presentation on Kosova's image-building, minority integration, and international recognition process. The speakers are part of the USAID-funded Hope Fellowship Program representing government, civil society, and academia.