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Calendar for the Week of March 21st, 2011

 

Islam and Western Society

Islam and Western Society

April 5: 6:30pm

2401 Virginia Ave

Conflict Solutions International is presenting “Islam and Western Society.” With the growing influx of immigrants to Europe and America, some people feel uncomfortable with the new cultures that are taking hold, which may question their established traditions. Since 9/11 this phenomenon seems to be more evident among growing Muslim communities. CSI will explore the issue of compatibility between some forms of Islam and western society. This program will feature speakers who consider radical Islam a threat to western society, as well as others who will counter that such thoughts are only part of a larger phenomenon of Islamophobia. A non-alcohol reception will follow the program.  RSVP: CSIeventsDC@gmail.com (Photo ID required to entry)

Week of March 20

World Water Day "Making Progress" Learning Forum

Mar 21: 8:30am-5:00pm

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

Knowledge and innovations have been increasingly mobilized to address the global safe drinking water and sanitation crisis.  New approaches are achieving success and conventional approaches are becoming more refined and widely applied. On the occassion of World Water Day, CSIS and the WASH Advocacy Initiative invite you to join us for a series of interactive sessions designed to share success and failures in water, sanitation, and hygiene programming in developing countries.

Reassessing Russia’s Decision Making Community: Intra-elite Conflicts, Political and Business Networks, and Ideological Constructions

Mar 21: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Washington DC

Marlene Laruelle, Senior Research Fellow, Russian and Eurasian Studies Program, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, and former Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center

Hungary's New Constitution: Prospects for the Rule of Law & Liberty in New Europe

Mar 21: 2:00pm-3:00pm

Lehrman Auditorium

Hungary is now drafting and debating a new constitution and lovers of liberty should take note of this attempt to, in the words of The Federalist, “establish good government from reflection and choice.” The proposed constitution would replace the one adopted in 1949 and significantly revised during the regime change of 1989. At this critical juncture, Hungary has the chance to provide a model for proper constitutionalism in Europe.

DC Environmental Film Festival Screening of Films on Global Water Crisis

Mar 21: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Carnegie Institution for Science, Elihu Root Auditorium, 1530 P St., NW, Washington, DC 20005

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting presents films on water and population to mark World Water Day, March 22. Discussion with Katherine Bliss, Director of the Global Water Policy Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and filmmakers Stephen Sapienza, Rhett Turner, Jonathan Wickham and Fred de Sam Lazaro follows screening.  Moderated by Pulitzer Center Executive Director Jon Sawyer.

The Creation of an ASEAN Economic Community

Mar 22: 9:00am-10:30am

Crown Agents, 1129 20th Street, NW, Suite 500, Washington, D.C.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was formed in 1967 as an international forum and community to maintain cooperation that results in economic growth, social progress, cultural development, peace and stability, and mutual assistance among Southeast Asian nations and their international partners.  ASEAN member states are: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. As part of the Initiative for ASEAN Integration, a Work Plan for 2009-2015 was drafted with the objective to focus on the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community.

High-Impact Energy Efficiency

Mar 22: 9:00am-11:00am

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

Using energy more efficiently through improved technologies and processes has long been the clear winner when it comes to cost-effective ways to promote energy and emissions savings.  Despite the enormous potential of energy efficiency, progress is often hard to incent and underappreciated.  In the current environment of economic uncertainty, however, efficiency is once again an important near-term component of any strategy to save money while striving to meet energy security and climate change goals.

The World Island: Eurasian Geopolitics and the Fate of the West

Mar 22: 11:00am-12:00pm

Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Boardroom, Washington DC

Alexandros Petersen, Advisor, European Energy Security Initiative, Woodrow Wilson Center and Senior Fellow, Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council

Book details: Both a historical analysis and a call to arms, this is the comprehensive policy guide to understanding and engaging the geopolitics of Eurasia.

Inside the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan

Mar 22: 12:00pm-1:00pm

The Middle East Institute, 1761 N Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036

The Middle East Institute is proud to host  Staffan De Mistura, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Afghanistan, for a lecture and discussion on the UN's mission in Afghanistan. De Mistura will speak at MEI following the UN Security Council debate on the mandate renewal of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).  The Security Council resolution with the new mandate is scheduled to be adopted on March 22, 2011, the day of this event.   

Assessing Transition Goals in Afghanistan

Mar 22: 12:00pm-1:30-pm

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

In a speech in Kabul on March 21, Afghan President Hamid Karzai will mark the official inauguration of the transition process endorsed by NATO allies in November 2010, a process set to culminate in 2014 with the full transfer of security responsibilities to Afghan lead. The conditions under which that transition will take place remain ill-defined, however, even as the United States carries on parallel strategic partnership talks with the Karzai administration for a commitment beyond 2014.

Can Argentina Free Itself from Chavismo?

Mar 22: 12:00pm-3:00pm

Besty and Walter Stern Conference Center, Hudson Institute, 1015 15th St, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC 20005

Once considered the "Jewel of South America," Argentina is now suffering from runaway inflation and declining regional influence. Argentina's foreign policy has taken an increasingly anti-American direction. President Cristina Kirchner has taken cues from Hugo Chávez by attacking and intimidating private companies, adopting statist anti-market policies. Moreover, Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timmerman speaks in increasingly anti-American rhetoric. Argentina, in short, is in step with Venezuela.

Is There Surplus Labor in Rural India?

Mar 22: 12:30pm-2:00pm

John W. Kendrick Seminar Room, Room 321, Monroe Hall, 2115 G Street, NW

Andrew Foster, Professor and Chair Department of Economics; Professor of Community Health, Brown University . Mark Rosenzweig, Frank Altschul Professor of International Economics; Director, Economic Growth Center, Yale University

Brazil's Truth Commission

Mar 22: 1:15pm-2:45pm

Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Washington DC

Speakers: Paulo Sergio Pinheiro Commissioner at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and former Secretary of State for Human Rights in the government of President Fernando Henrique Cardoso; Paulo de Tarso Vannuchi former Minister of Human Rights in the government of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, and a candidate to the Inter-American Human Rights Commission

KORUS FTA and the Trade Agenda

Mar 22: 2:30pm-4:00pm

B1 Conference Room, Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1800 K St., NW

Washington, DC, 20006

Co-hosted by the CSIS Korea Chair, Southeast Asia Program, and the Scholl Chair in International Business, this event will explore the challenges and opportunities in the administration’s trade agenda including a discussion of KORUS FTA, the remaining negotiated U.S. FTAs, Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and the potential ASEAN+3 investment agreement discussions.

Innovations From Development to Delivery: Working With the Private Sector to Improve Maternal, Newborn, Child Health and Nutrition

Mar 22: 3:00pm-5:00pm

Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC

We cannot simply seek to do more of the same…using currently available tools and technologies,” said USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah in his recent Barmes Global Health Lecture at the National Institutes of Health. In order to meet the challenges of improving maternal and child health, new tools and innovations must be developed that complement proven interventions and offer long-term solutions.

Why Do Governments (Really) Join the International Criminal Court?

Mar 22: 3:00pm-5:00pm

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

Why do governments join the International Criminal Court? Some argue that governments ratify the Rome Treaty to appear as members in good standing of the international community. Citing the risks associated with the ratification of the treaty, others have suggested that governments join the ICC to make their commitment to reduce civil disobedience credible by tying their own hands not only to prosecute fairly but also to be prosecuted.

Ivory Coast on the Brink

Mar 22: 4:30pm-6:00pm

Falk Auditorium, The Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC

While the eyes of the world have been focused on the political and humanitarian struggles in North Africa, Sudan, and Japan, a significant crisis has developed in the Ivory Coast. Since the disputed presidential elections in November, escalating conflict has forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes; while most remain displaced within the country’s borders, an estimated 80,000 have sought protection in neighboring Liberia.

Afghan Star: Singing, Voting and Defying the Taliban

March 22: 5:30pm

Mortara Building, Georgetown University

Can an American Idol spin off unite a country, promote women, and enable citizens to experience democracy? The award-winning documentary Afghan Star answers these questions as it follows contestants on the program as they compete, campaign, and even face death threats. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Daoud Sediqi, the former emcee of Afghan Star, who defected to the United States and now works for Voice of America, Rina Amiri from the State Department's Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Eva Weigold Schultz from the US-Afghan Women's Council and Georgetown Professors Katrin Sieg, who is writing a book on the impact of Eurovision, and Cynthia Schneider, cultural diplomacy expert who will attend the Afghan Star finals in Kabul on March 21st.

Thirst: Long Term Solutions to the Global Clean Water Crisis  

Mar 22: 6:10pm-7:30pm

Harry Harding Auditorium, Room 213, 1957 E Street, NW

Roberto Lenton, Former Co-Chair, UN Millennium Project Task Force on Water and Sanitation; Former Director, UNDP Sustainable Energy and Environment Division

David Winder, CEO, WaterAid America. Greg Allgood, Director, Children's Safe Drinking Water Program, Procter & Gamble A panel to celebrate World Water Day and discuss challenges to achieving clean water.

The Future of Northern Sudan: An SPLM-North Sudan View

Mar 23: 9:00am-11:00am

Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC

Steve McDonald, Consulting Director of the Africa Program and the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity; Alan Goulty, Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center; Malik Agar Eyre, Governor of Blue Nile State; Abdel Aziz Adam EI Hilu, Deputy Governor of Southern Kordofan; Yasir Said Arman, Secretary General of SPLM-North Sudan

THE OUTLOOK FOR US-VIETNAM RELATIONS

Mar 23: 10:00am-11:00am

1819 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, Second Floor Conference Room

In 2010, both the United States and Vietnam affirmed their commitment to improving bilateral relations. The two countries are strengthening their strategic partnership and economic ties through high-level visits and dialogues; all the while US trade and investment in Vietnam and student exchanges show steady growth.

Embracing Reform: A Message from King Mohammed VI of Morocco

Mar 23: 10:30am-12:00pm

Falk Auditorium, The Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC

As revolution and political change continue to unfold across the Arab world, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI is among the few Middle Eastern leaders proactively embracing substantive reform. In a recent address, King Mohammed announced sweeping changes, aimed at addressing the Moroccan people’s appeals for constitutional reform and representative government.

International Politics and Zombies with Daniel Drezner

Mar 23,12pm-1:30pm                    

Mortara Building Conference Room                                 

What would happen to international politics if the dead rose from the grave and started to eat the living? Daniel Drezner's groundbreaking book 'Theories of International Politics and Zombies' examines the most prominent international relations theories--including realism, liberalism, constructivism, neoconservatism, and bureaucratic politics--and decomposes their predictions.

Why There Is (Almost) No Post-Communist Christian Democracy

Mar 23: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Boardroom, Washington DC

Compared to their West European cousins, post-communist Christian Democratic parties are notable for their lack of success. Even in the most religious of post-communist democracies, no Christian Democratic (CD) party has claimed a plurality of the electorate. Nonetheless, there is a considerable range in electoral support from 1990-2010, from a low of .7% in Estonia to as high as 18.4% in Slovakia.

The Intersection of Health and Gender in a Transitional State: the Case of Russia

Mar 23: 3:00pm-4:30pm

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

This presentation examines the gender-related features of the health crisis in Russia which has produced the largest gender gap in life expectancy in the world. Stress and negative health lifestyles are the two most likely causes of the long-term adverse longevity pattern in. However, this development cannot be clarified by a simple cause and effect explanation.

What "Lost" Cultures Can Contribute to Management of Our Planet

Mar 23: 3:00pm-5:00pm

Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Washington DC

This discussion will explore the challenges to our planet’s “ethnosphere” and the implications of the loss of intimate place-based knowledge systems, which have been developed over millennia by people who have long inhabited, depended upon, and stewarded their local ecosystems.

The Problem of National Identity and Ethnic Tolerance in Ukraine

Mar 23: 3:30pm-5:00pm

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

Larysa Zasekina, Fulbright Scholar, University of Central Arkansas; Professor and Department Chair of General and Social Psychology, Lesya Ukrainka Volyn National University, Lutsk, Ukraine

A Thaw in U.S.-Cuba Relations?

Mar 23: 6:30pm-8:00pm

UC Washington Center, 1608 Rhode Island Ave, NW, Washington DC 20036

in the World Affairs Council for a timely discussion with H.E. Jorge A. Bolaños Suarez on US-Cuban relations and the various issues over which the two nations differ. Is a thaw on the horizon? What steps are needed for a policy shift to occur? The discussion will be moderated by former US Chief of Mission in Cuba Dr. Wayne Smith. Mr. Bolaños will field questions from the audience following the discussion. The WAC-DC Young Professionals Council will host a wine and cheese reception after the program.

"The World Island: Eurasian Geopolitics and the Fate of the West" with Alexandros Petersen

Mar 23: 7:00pm-8:30pm

Young Professionals  in Foreign Policy

The World Island analyzes the state of and potential for Western engagement with China, Afghanistan, Turkey, Russia and other Eurasian states and sets out what is at stake for the West in the Eurasian theater. Promoting a robust strategy to further and protect essential Western values, Petersen argues for the development of trade and energy links, coupled with the promotion of good governance and the facilitation of policy independence, integration and Western-orientation among the Eurasian nations.

"Human Security in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Seeking Solutions From the Ground Up"

Mar 24: 9:30am-11:30am

Kenney Auditorium, The Nitze Building (main building)

Susan Braden, senior policy adviser for the Office of Global Women's Issues at the U.S. Department of State; Nite Evele, executive board member at Congo Global Action; Judithe Registere, outreach and development director at Women for Women International; and Sandra Melone (moderator), executive vice president of Search for Common Ground, will discuss this topic. Note: The speakers' comments are not for attribution. For more information and to RSVP, contact rokun@sfcg.org.

A Conversation with Moshe Yaalon

Mar 24: 10:00am-11:30am

Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Washington DC

In the aftermath of the political change sweeping the Arab world, Minister Yaalon will share his perspective on how those events have shaped Israeli attitudes and policies on security, peacemaking, and relations with its Arab neighbors.

The Perspectives of Turkey in the Middle East

Mar 24: 10:00am-11:30pm

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

Turkey operates in a unique space between Europe and the Middle East and has dramatically expanded its reach in recent years throughout the Mediterranean and beyond. Understanding how Turkey is changing itself and its region is critical to U.S. foreign policy, particularly as political upheaval continues to unfold across the Middle East and North Africa.

Twenty-first Century Multilateralism: The OECD in a G-20 World

Mar 24: 10:00am-12:00pm

1800 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036

The 2008 global financial crisis and the rise of the G-20 as the world’s premier economic policy forum has created new challenges and opportunities for multilaterals. Since its creation as a global institution 50 years ago, the now 34-member Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has served as the key multilateral institution for market-based solutions to complex global problems, especially through its worldwide economic analysis, and its identification, promotion and monitoring of best practices on a global scale.

Film & Discussion: COINTELPRO 101

Mar 24: 12:00pm-2:00pm

IPS Conference Room, 1112 16th Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC, USA

COINTELPRO was a series of covert, and often illegal, projects conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting, and disrupting domestic political organizations. The tactics used included discrediting targets through psychological warfare, planting false reports in the media, smearing through forged letters, harassment, wrongful imprisonment, extralegal violence and assassination.

Tunisia Predicted: Demography and the Probability of Liberal Democracy in the Greater Middle East

Mar 24: 12:00pm-2:00pm

Woodrow Wilson Center, 5th Floor Conference Room, Washington DC

In 2008 and 2009, long before a series of non-violent demonstrations and violent clashes rocked North Africa and the Middle East, Richard Cincotta predicted, in a series of articles, that one or two liberal democracies would rise, during this decade, in two regional clusters: North Africa (Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Morocco, and Egypt), and the northwest corner of South America (Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela).

The Role of Civil Society in a New Egypt

Mar 24: 1:30pm-3:00pm

Falk Auditorium, The Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC

The recent historic events unfolding in Egypt have brought new life to political discourse in the country. Moving forward, Egypt’s civil society must create an inclusive and coherent dialogue in order to chart a course for the country’s immediate relief needs as well as long-term socio-economic and political development.

Report Release: "Organizations Working with Latina Immigrants: Resources and Strategies for Change"

Mar 25: 1:30pm-5:30pm

Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Washington DC

Sara Manzano-Díaz, Director of the Women’s Bureau, United States Department of Labor; Heidi Hartmann, President, Institute for Women’s Policy Research;Patricia Foxen, Associate Director for Research, National Council of La Raza;Jane Henrici, study director, Institute for Women’s Policy Research; Cynthia Hess, study director, Institute for Women’s Policy Research; Barbara Gault, executive director and vice president, Institute for Women's Policy Research; Maricela Garcia,

Book Discussion: No Precedent, No Plan: Inside Russia’s 1998 Default

Mar 24: 3:30pm-5:30pm

Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Washington DC

Martin Gilman, Director, Centre for Advanced Studies, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, and Former Senior Resident Representative, Moscow Office, International Monetary Fund (1996-2002)

Ruth Fischer: A Life For and Against Communism, 1895-1961

Mar 24: 4:00pm-5:30pm

Woodrow Wilson Center, 5th Floor Conference Room, Washington DC

Ruth Fischer (1895-1961), once ranking among Germany’s and Europe’s most prominent women, is today largely forgotten in the English-speaking world. Right after the end of WWI, she was the co-founder of the Communist Party of Austria, became famous as the chair of the Communist Party of Germany in the Weimar Republic and, after 1945,

Russia's Energy Strategy Abroad

Mar 24: 4:00pm-5:30pm

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

Adnan Vatansever, Senior Associate, Energy and Climate Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Adnan Vatansever will examine Russia's role as the world's leading fossil fuel exporter, focusing on Moscow's oil export strategy, highlighting the principal developments with regard to its export capacity, and examining the key challenges faced by Russia's gas industry amidst increasingly competitive global and regional gas markets.

Reporting a Revolution: A Conversation with Ayman Mohyeldine                 Mar 24,  5pm-6:30pm    

Intercultural Center CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241, Georgetown               

Cairo-based AJE correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin has been at the heart of the story as events in Egypt unfolded over the past months. Join him for a special screening and discussion on his experiences as a reporter in a region in turmoil and his thoughts on the future of the Middle East.

7th Annual Spring Public Lecture on Development: "Skeptics vs Autocrats - The Next Battle in Global Economic Development"

Mar 24: 5:30pm-7:00pm

Founder's Room, SIS, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

William Easterly is Professor of Economics at New York University, and Co-director of its Development Research Institute, which won the 2009 BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge in Development Cooperation Award. He is the author of two books: The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Harm and So Little Good (2006) and The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists’ Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics (2001).

Author Event: Narratives From Zimbabwe and Burma

Mar 24: 6:30pm-8:00pm

Busboys & Poets, 5th & K Street NW, Washington, DC, USA

Voice of Witness presents a talk and book signing with Maggie Lemere and Zoë West, editors of Nowhere to be Home: Narratives from Survivors of Burma’s Military Regime and Peter Orner, co-editor of Hope Deferred: Narratives of Zimbabwean Lives.

President’s Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues  The Ethics of Synthetic Biology

Mar 25: 9:00am-11:00am

Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC

In December of 2010 the Presidential Commission on Bioethics released a new report calling for enhanced oversight of synthetic biology. Join us at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars on March 25, 2011 to discuss this new report with representatives from the Presidential Commission as well as representatives from the European Commission.

Southern Sudan in Transition: Promoting and Protecting Human Rights

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

Falk Auditorium, The Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC

This past January, more than ninety-eight percent of Southern Sudanese voters confirmed their desire to secede from Sudan and declare an independent state. Although the government of Omar al-Bashir in Khartoum issued a decree recognizing the outcome of the referendum, many concerns persist regarding the promotion and protection of the human rights of the Southern Sudanese people, particularly during the turbulent transition to official statehood in July.

Macedonia's Foreign Policy Priorities

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

Room 500, The Bernstein-Offit Building

Abdulkadar Memedi, state secretary for the Macedonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, contacttransatlanticrsvp@jhu.edu or 202.663.5880.


DOMESTIC DRIVERS, REGIONAL DYNAMICS: ASEAN AND THE THAI-CAMBODIAN BORDER DISPUTE

Mar 25: 12:00pm-1:15pm

1819 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, Second Floor Conference Room

The border dispute between Thailand and Cambodia over the Preah Vihear temple complex recently turned violent when both sides engaged in military skirmishes that left several troops dead, scores of civilians injured, and many villagers displaced. Known as Preah Vihear to Cambodians and Phra Viharn to Thais, this ancient temple, perched on a cliff and accessed by a contested parcel of land, is a legacy of colonial history and an ongoing source of bilateral tension that has periodically flared up behind guns and tanks and in the corridors of international legal adjudication.

How Should the U.S. Respond  to the Prospect of Islamist Governments?  

Mar 25: 12:00pm-2:00pm

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

With the fall of governments in Egypt and Tunisia and unrest in Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, and Oman, policymakers are considering the future political landscape in these and other Middle Eastern countries. Recent press reports indicate that the Obama administration is preparing for the prospect of Islamist governments.

"An Evolving Climate Regime: Cancún and Beyond"

Mar 25: 1:30pm-3:00pm

Kenney Auditorium, The Nitze Building (main building)

Daniel Bodansky, professor of sustainability and Lincoln Professor of Law, Ethics and Sustainability at Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, and Eliot Diringer, vice president for international strategies at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change and former deputy press secretary for President Bill Clinton, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, contactyej@pewclimate.org.

Uprising in the Middle East: A social movement and comparative perspective

March 25: 2pm

East Quad Building Lounge, 1st Floor, American University

Panel Includes: Professor Cathy Schneider, CRS, SIS; Professor Diane Singerman, Govt., SPA

Professor Adrienne LeBas, Govt., SPA; Professor Jack Goldstone, Director, Center for Global Policy, George Mason University

Voices from the Other Side: An Oral History of Terrorism against Cuba

Mar 25: 5pm

Bolivarian Hall. 2443 Massachusetts Av. NW, DC

The book examines the history of violence against Cuban citizens since the earliest days of the Revolution through a series of emotional and personal testimonials. The book offers interviews with dozens of Cubans who have suffered directly from these acts or have had friends or relatives killed. The Cuban government has documented more than 700 incidents of terrorism, resulting in the deaths of 3,500, with thousands more injured. Most have been committed by anti-revolutionary groups originating from the United States.

Palestinian Youth Call for Democracy, Unity & Creative Non-Violence

Apr 3, 7:30pm @ Busboys & Poets Restaurant, 14th and V Streets, NW

Apr 4, 6:30pm @ Ward Circle Building, Room 1 (lower level) 4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW

Come hear two young Palestinian peace activists who are on a national tour of the U.S. sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace.  They will tell us about the Palestinian youth-organized and led demonstrations held in the West Bank and Gaza throughout the past month of March, and the activities on the part of a growing number of non-party-affiliated young Palestinian activists striving for democracy and unity, through the use of creative non-violent approaches.