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A list of international relations events in the DC area.

Calendar for the Week of February 7, 2011


Week of February 7

Military Strategy Forum with General Duncan McNabb, Commander of U.S. Transportation Command

Feb 7: 8:30am-10:00am

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

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is pleased to invite you to a Military Strategy Forum on Monday, February 7. Our distinguished speaker, General Duncan McNabb, will provide remarks on the key issues for U.S. Transportation Command.

Immigration Policy: Highly Skilled Workers and U.S. Competitiveness and Innovation

Feb 7: 9:00am-12:00pm

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

Foreign-born residents—students, skilled workers, professionals, and entrepreneurs, whether visiting temporarily or staying permanently—make important contributions to the U.S. economy, particularly in science and high-tech innovation.

When Pro-Democracy Organizations Take Power: What Poland and South Africa Should Have Told Us About Georgia

Feb 7: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th floor Flom Auditorium,  NW, Washington, D.C.

The United States spends hundreds of millions of dollars on the development of civil society organizations that can challenge illiberal regimes and strengthen subsequent democratic ones. But what happens to those ‘principled’ organizations that participate in a pro-democracy movement when their members are subsequently drawn into the new, democratic government?

Tourism, Heritage, and Sacred Space in China

Feb 7: 12:30pm-1:45pm

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

Although the Chinese government has become one of the most prominent supporters of the UNESCO-led World Heritage movement, the economic, political, and bureaucratic reasons for this are often at cross-purposes with the preservationist goals of UNESCO.

"The African Diaspora's Role in Development"

Feb 7: 5:00pm-6:30pm

Kenney Auditorium, The Nitze Building (main building)

Richard Cambridge, head of the African Diaspora Program at the World Bank and a SAIS graduate, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, contact

Creating Opportunity: From the Local to the National to the Global

Feb 8: 8:45am-12:45pm

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

As he announced in his State of the Union address, President Obama will be laying out a budget proposal for 2012 intended to put the nation back on a competitive track and people back to work. He will face opposition from members of Congress who have promised to slash spending.

Report Release: A Threat Transformed: al Qaeda and Associated Movements in 2011

Feb 8: 9:00am-10:30am

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

Al Qaeda today poses a far different threat from that on September 11, 2001. What was once a hierarchical organization composed of Osama bin Laden and his close associates has evolved to include an array of regional terrorist groups, small cells, and a growing number of individuals.

Building Peace Across Borders: Conflict does not stop at borders. Why should peace?

Feb 8: 9:30am-11:00am

Johns Hopkins SAIS, Kenny Auditorium, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington D.C.,

Many conflicts form part of wider, regional conflict systems. They can have significant cross-border dynamics such as refugee flows, ‘nomadic’ armed groups like the Lord’s Resistance Army, terrorist networks or illicit trade in blood diamonds or small arms; as well as cross-border political, economic and social ties.But policy responses still rely on nation states as central units of analysis and intervention.

"From 20 Years Ago to 2020: EU-U.S. Relations Through the Eyes of 20-Year-Old Slovenia"

Feb 8: 10:00am-11:00am

Kenney Auditorium, The Nitze Building (main building)

Borut Pahor, prime minister of Slovenia, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, visit

A Blow to Democracy: Election Fraud, Corruption and Political Violence in Albania

Feb 8: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Woodrow Wilson Center, 5th floor Conference Room,  NW, Washington, D.C.

Since the contested elections in 2009, Albania's opposition has mounted a series of protests against the government, particularly after revelations of corruption by top cabinet members and the assassinations of an opposition MP and a mayor.

What's New in Online Sources of Information on International Relations

Feb 8: 12:00pm-1:30pm

National Endowment for Democracy Multi-Media Conference Room, 1025 F Street, NW, Suite 800, Washington, D.C.

Join the SID-Washington Development Infromation Workgroup and the Washington International Librarian's Group (WILG) for a presentation and discussion of online information resources on international relations.

"Recent International Developments in Human Trafficking"

Feb 8: 12:00pm-2:00pm

Kenney Auditorium, The Nitze Building (main building)

Anne Gallagher, former adviser on human trafficking at the United Nations, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, click here.


Robert Scher, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense For South & Southeast Asia

Feb 8: 12:30pm-1:30pm

East-West Center, Burns Hall, Rm. 2118

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Scher will give a broad overview of his area of interest including insights from his recent trip to India. His responsibilities include bilateral security relations with India and all other South Asian countries (except Afghanistan and Pakistan); the nations of Southeast Asia, plus Australia, East Timor, New Zealand, and the Pacific island states.

Did the Americans Buy Out the French Resistance? The Revelations of the

Feb 8: 1:30pm-3:00pm

Room 328, Phillips Hall, 801 22nd Street, NW Washington DC

In the spring of 1943, the Office of Strategic Services (the forerunner of the CIA) was prepared to send millions of dollars via Switzerland to the French Resistance in return for intelligence information from Occupied France. The offer touched off a bitter high-level conflict within the Resistance.

Zero-Sum Future: American Power in an Age of Anxiety

Feb 8: 3:00pm-4:30pm

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

In his new book, Zero-Sum Future: American Power in an Age of Anxiety (Simon & Schuster, 2011),Financial Times foreign affairs columnist Gideon Rachman argues that from a growing rivalry between America and China to the current breakdown of the European Union, a zero-sum logic of political and economic conflict is overcoming the win-win logic of globalization.

Anthologies as a Literary Ontology: the Modern Project of Ukrainian Literature

Feb 8: 3:30pm-5:30pm

Woodrow Wilson Center, 5th floor Conference Room,  NW, Washington, D.C.

Olena Haleta, Associate Professor and Director, Literary Theory and Comparative Studies, Ivan Franko Lviv University, Lviv, Ukraine, and Fulbright-Kennan Scholar, Kennan Institute. In the Ukrainian literary tradition anthologies have played an important defining role.

Expeditionary Economics: The Rebirth and Renaissance of Post-Conflict Economies

Feb 8: 7:00pm-8:30pm

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, Washington DC

YPFP's Global & Human Development Series is excited to host one of the most pre-eminent practitioners of expeditionary economics, Robert Mosbacher Jr., former CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation,  to discuss expeditionary economics.

House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Feb 9: 10:00am-12:00pm

2172 Rayburn House Office Bldg

Recent developments in Egypt and Lebanon: Implications for U.S. Policy and Allies in the broader Middle East, Part 1

Reforming Pakistan's Police and Law Enforcement Infrastructure: Is It Too Flawed to Fix?

Feb 9: 10:30am-12:00pm

United States Institute of Peace, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 1200 17th St, NW

Pakistan faces terrorist threats from various militant outfits operating within its territory. The state's counterterrorism strategy is largely focused on a military response despite widespread understanding that a broader and more holistic approach is needed. One major constraining factor, especially in the country's heartland, is the weakness of civilian law enforcement agencies, particularly the police.

Estimating Bequest : A Case Study on Taiwan

Feb 9: 12:00pm-1:00pm

John A. Burns Hall, Room 3012 (3rd floor)

Bequests are the transfer of assets from one generation to another. It is also a means of intergenerational wealth transmission besides inter-vivo transfers. Understanding how much these transfers flow from one generation to another is essential for designing and developing old-age public policy. However, direct data on bequest are not widely available and the estimating methods are not yet fully developed.

"Hungary: A Second Change of the System?"

Feb 9: 12:30pm-2:00pm

Rome Building Auditorium, The Rome Building

Pamela Quanrud, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of State for Europe; Gyorgy Szapary, Hungarian ambassador to the United States; Charles Gati, interim director of the SAIS Russian and Eurasian Studies Program; and Kurt Volker (moderator), managing director of CTR, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, or 202.663.5795.

"Elections, Society and State in Guinea After 2011"

Feb 9: 12:30pm-2:00pm

Room 736, The Bernstein-Offit Building

Siba N'Zatioula Grovogui, director of the Department of Political Science's International Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University, will discuss this topic. For more information, contact or 202.663.5676.

"Mexico's Political and Economic Challenges in a Context of High Uncertainty"

Feb 9: 12:45pm-1:45pm

Room 517, The Nitze Building (main building)

Roberta Lajous, Mexican ambassador to Austria, Cuba and Bolivia, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, contact jzurek1@jhu.eduor 202.663.5734.

The Future of U.S.-EU Energy Cooperation

Feb 9: 1:00pm-3:00pm

The Woodroow Wilson Center

Ulrich Eckle, Principal Administrator, European External Action Service (EEAS), Americas Directorate, European Commission; Vincent J. O'Brien, Chief of Staff, Office of the Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy U.S. Department of State; Jeffery Piper, Desk officer USA and Ukraine, International Relations Unit, DG Energy, European Commission; and Alexandros Petersen, Adviser, European Energy Security Initiative, Woodrow Wilson Center

Iran's Nuclear Capability: Moving Beyond Breakout

Feb 9: 2:00pm-3:30pm

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

Assessment of the capability of Iran's ostensibly civilian nuclear program can set bounds on its military potential. As Iran's nuclear program grows, the character of the latent military threat changes.

Law of Detention

Feb 9: 3pm

ASIL Headquarters, Tillar House, 2223 Massachusetts Ave NW

With the President about to issue an Executive Order on the subject, and relevant legislation pending in Congress, ASIL's Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict is sponsoring a panel discussion on "Law of War Detention."  Topics discussed will include who should be detained, for how long, and under what standard of treatment.

Practicing Public Interest Law in Russia Today

Feb 9: 3:30pm-5:30pm

The Woodroow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Auditorium, NW, Washington DC

Anton Burkov, Reagan Fascell Democracy Fellow, National Endowment for Democracy

Improvements in rule of law in Russia are often come thanks to the work of NGOs working on strategic litigation of human rights cases.

"The Economic Situation of Tunisia: Moving Forward"

Feb 9: 4:30pm-6:00pm

Room 500, The Bernstein-Offit Building

William Lawrence, adviser for global engagement at the U.S. Department of State; Mondher Ben Ayed, president of the Tunisian American Chamber of Commerce; Moncef Barouni, president of the Tunisian American Friendship Association; Nacef Belkhiria, executive vice president of BSB Group Tunisia; Moncef Mahroug, freelance journalist in Tunisia; and Nejib Ayachi (moderator), president of the Maghreb Center, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, contact

"Prospects for U.S.-China Relations After the Hu-Obama Summit: Can the Partnership be Restored?"

Feb 9: 5:00pm-7:00pm

Kenney Auditorium, The Nitze Building (main building)

David Shambaugh, director of the China Policy Program at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at George Washington University, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, contact zji1@jhu.eduor 202.663.5816.

The Political Power of Bad Ideas: Insights into Russia's Alcohol-Control Legislation

Feb 9: 3:00pm-4:30pm

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

January's Russia Health Working Group meeting features Dr. Mark Shrad, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science av Villanova University. In his most recent book,The Political Power of Bad Ideas: Networks, Institutions, and the Global Prohibition Wave, Dr. Mark Schrad uses the diffusion of alcohol-control legislation in the early twentieth century to make an argument about how bad policy ideas achieve international success.

Harnessing Liberty: Championing Democracy and Countering Islamist Extremism in Egypt and Beyond

Feb 9: 3:30pm-5:00pm

Lehrman Auditorium

Mounting protests against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule have led him to announce that he will not run in the upcoming elections scheduled for September. The cataclysmic developments in Egypt over the last week could create a ripple effect against authoritarian regimes across the region.

Rethinking Missile Defense

Feb 10: 8:30am-1:30pm

Lehrman Auditorium

The United States government has been researching and developing missile defense systems for more than 60 years. Since the 2002 withdrawal from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, the U.S. has been vigorously developing, testing and deploying missile defense technology to catch up with the threat of the proliferation of ballistic missiles and the means to deliver them.

"Stuck: Youth in Rwanda"

Feb 10: 9:30am-11:30am

Kenney Auditorium, The Nitze Building (main building)

Marc Sommers, adjunct associate professor of human security at the Fletcher School at Tufts University and research fellow at the African Studies Center at Boston University, and Saji Prelis (moderator), director of Children and Youth Programs at Search for Common Ground, will discuss this topic.Note:

House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Feb 10: 10:30am-12:30pm

2172 Rayburn House Office Bldg

Recent developments in Egypt and Lebanon: Implications for U.S. Policy and Allies in the broader Middle East, Part 2

"US-Libya Relations:  Surviving the Wikileaks Controversy?"

Feb 10: 12:00pm-1:15pm

Middle East Institute, 1761 N St. NW, Washington DC 20036   

US-Libya Business Association Honorary Chairman Amb. David Mack and Executive DirectorCharles Dittrich traveled to Libya for five days in mid-December.  They met with Libyan government officials, Libyan private business leaders and representatives of American companies working in the country.  

Justice and Journalism: Islam and Journalistic Values in Indonesia and Malaysia  

Feb 10: 12:30pm-1:45pm

Room 505, 1957 E Street, NW, Washington DC

Janet Steele received her Ph.D. in history from the Johns Hopkins University and is interested in how culture is communicated through the mass media. Her most recent book, Wars Within: The Story of Tempo, an Independent Magazine in Soeharto's Indonesia, focuses on Tempo magazine and its relationship to the politics and culture of New Order Indonesia.

Emerging Issues in Ending Violence Against Immigrant Women

Feb 10: 2:00pm-3:00pm

Longworth Building, 15 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC

Ad-Hoc Congressional Hearing: Hear the testimonies of survivors of violence and advocates who will share their stories demonstrating the need for legislation protecting women from violence, and on the dangerous impacts of ICE Access programs on immigrant women and their families. Moderated by: Honorary Chair, Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ)

Politics of Memory in the Baltic Countries: Ethnicity, Class, and Power 20 Years after Independence

Feb 10: 2:30pm-4:00pm

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

In 1989, over 2 million Balts joined hands in the Baltic Way to protest Soviet occupation and the communist regime. Images and narratives of this signal opposition event have, in the 20 years that followed, become components of a deeply fragmented politics of memory in the Baltic countries of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.

Brinkmanship on the Korean Peninsula:  How Close Are We to War?

Feb 10: 6:30pm

Johns Hopkins University - SAIS, Bernstein Office Building, 1717 Massachusetts Avenue
In recent months tensions on the Korean Peninsula have reached unprecedented highs not seen since the outbreak of the Korean War.  With the Korean War breaking out 60 years ago, the recent tensions on the peninsula are a sobering reminder that the two Koreas are still technically at war.  Given this tenuous "peace," one must ask: how close are we to war?

Amnesty International Happy Hour Fundraiser

Feb 10: 6pm

Madam’s Organ, 2461 18th St NW

Get on the Bus for Human Rights (GOTB) is an annual day of human rights education and activism organized by Amnesty International USA Group 133 of Somerville, MA now the DC local group has joined them in this effort

Sri Lanka: The Road Ahead

Feb 11: 9:30am-11:30am

AEI, Twelfth Floor 1150 Seventeenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036

Since the end of Sri Lanka's brutal twenty-six-year-old civil war in 2009, the country has largely been under the radar for Washington's policy community. But with its strategic location, economic potential, and deep ties with Asia's two rising giants--China and India--Sri Lanka is too important to ignore.

Immigration and Border Security: Outlook for the 112th Congress

Feb 11: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Lehrman Auditorium

Senator Hatch has long been a conservative voice for immigration policy and border security enforcement. His remarks will focus on his legislation entitled “Strengthening Our Commitment to Legal Immigration and America’s Security Act,” a bill that tackles the multiple problems we face today with America’s immigration and border security policies.

Kwacha Gonna Do? Examining labor supply decisions in Malawi

Feb 11: 12:00pm-1:00pm

1800 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036

Developing countries often seek to create day-labor jobs to reduce poverty and help develop infrastructure. This strategy assumes that the labor supply is flexible. Jessica Goldberg tests that assumption through a unique field experiment in Malawi to quantify how much the labor supply responds to changes in wages. Her results show that in poor rural markets, labor supply is highly inflexible and limits the success this type of government employment scheme.

Peace and Security Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations  

Feb 11: 12:00pm-1:30pm

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

Dr. Katherine Magraw and Carah Ong of the Peace and Security Funders Group will be presenting the findings from their report on Peace and Security Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations, 2008-2009. This report presents a detailed view of peace and security grantmaking in 2008 and 2009, examining the sources, recipients and purposes of foundation support.

"Japan's Demographic Crisis: A Tsunami of Aging Baby Boomers Challenge the Economy"

Feb 11: 3:00pm-4:30pm

Room 812, The Rome Building

Kosuke Motani, senior vice president of the Department of Regional Planning at the Development Bank of Japan Inc., will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, contact reischauer@jhu.eduor 202.663.5812