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A list of international relations events in the DC area.

Calendar for the Week of January 31st, 2011

Week of January 31

Iraq: The Challenging Transition to a Civilian Mission 
Jan 31:  10:00 am - 11:00 am
Dirksen Senate Office Building. 
The Honorable James F. Jeffrey Ambassador to Iraq Department of State Baghdad, Iraq General Lloyd James Austin III Commanding General United States Forces -- Iraq Baghdad, Iraq

The Future of Pakistan
Jan 31:  12:00 pm - 5:15 pm
United States Institute of Peace
At the outset of 2011, Pakistan's future looks more uncertain than ever. The country is facing myriad challenges, including a deep-rooted political crisis, a weakening economy buoyed by immense foreign aid, and a hardening of divisions between extremists and moderates. Events during the past month only underscore some these trends. Examining Pakistan's possible future is subsequently a daunting task. Yet, the country is certain to remain central to U.S. interests and thus such an exercise is necessary for informed U.S. policy making. The Brookings Institution, supported by the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) and Norwegian Peace Foundation (NOREF), attempted to do so in 2010. 

An Alien in Moscow/An Alien in New York: The Cinema of Slava Tsukerman 
Jan 31:  12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
The Woodrow Wilson Center
Slava Tsukerman was trained as a documentary filmmaker at the famous VGIK in Moscow. He emigrated to Israel in the early 1970s and, after moving to New York, created a sensation with the feature Liquid Sky (1983) whose influence on both mainstream and independent cinema has been profound. Tsukerman's most recent film, Perestroika (2009), approaches the global changes that began to unfold in the 1990s in a disturbing, paradoxical manner. Rollberg interprets Tsukerman's films through his status as a life-long "independent" - in his case, the term defines more than a mode of film production: it is a worldview, cleverly developed and tenaciously guarded.

The Kyrgyz Republic: Stabilization Through Civilian Expertise
Jan 31: 12:30pm-2:00pm
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Robert Loftis, acting coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization at the U.S. Department of State, will discuss this topic. Note: SAIS will host a live webcast of the event accessible at For more information and to RSVP, contact

Reforming the International Financial System for Development, edited by Jomo Kwame Sundaram 
Jan 31: 2-4pm
Black Auditorium, enter at 600 19th Street NW
The Bretton Woods institutions and economic system established in 1944 contributed to a golden age of postwar reconstruction and decades of economic growth. However, the 1970s financial liberalization and Bretton Woods' failure to provide a reserve currency instead of the dollar destabilized the global economic system. The Editor argues that it is paramount to urgently reform the international financial system in order to foster sustainable global economic development.

Offsite Film Screening: Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today
Jan 31:  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The George Washington University Law School
Introductory remarks will be given by Sandra Schulberg, Co-Creator/Producer, Nuremberg: Its Lessons for Today. Following the film screening there will be a panel discussion.

Peace Flotillas and all the Rest: The Case of the Mavi Marmara - A Discussion With Dr. Jonathan Fine
Jan 31:  7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Elliott School of International Affairs
Join us for a discussion featuring Jonathan Fine.  Dr. Fine holds has a wide background in history, comparative religion, political science and international relations, and specializes in the transition from secular agenda political violence to religious agenda political violence.

Transforming Defense: A British Perspective on Defense in a Time of Financial Challenge
Feb 1:  10:00 am - 11:00 am
The Heritage Foundation
Ursula Brennan was recently appointed as the Permanent Secretary at the UK Ministry of Defence (the senior civilian and top policy and financial adviser to the British Defence Secretary). On her first visit to Washington in her new role, Ms. Brennan will talk about the implementation of Britain's recent Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR). As well as setting out the continuing importance of the UK-U.S. Defense relationship to both Britain and the United States, she will talk about addressing the challenges of maintaining global war-fighting capabilities at the same time as the British Government undertakes a major program to significantly reduce their budget deficit.

American Interests and an ASEAN-Centered East Asian Order
Feb 1:  10:30 am - 12:00 pm
The Heritage Foundation
In a speech in Hawaii last October, Secretary of State Clinton called ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) “a fulcrum for the region’s emerging regional architecture.” ASEAN has long sought precisely this role, and has sometimes actually served as a useful venue for consultations on political and security issues. But with China’s rise, the stakes are also rising. Join us for a discussion of this issue and others associated with Asia’s evolving organizational architecture and America’s interest in it.

Kosovo: Reaching for Europe
Feb 1:  11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Ahmet Shala, economic and finance minister of Kosovo, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, or 202.663.5883.

Feb 1:  12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
The Heritage Foundation
Join us for a special screening of this 60-minute movie with comments by the Honorable Richard Perle of the American Enterprise Institute and Alex Traiman, director of Iranium.

European Parliament in Washington: The EP and the U.S. after Lisbon
Feb 1:  12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Elliott School of International Affairs
This event will be a round table discussion of the expanded role of the European Parliament since the passage of the Lisbon Treaty and the important role of European Parliament Liaison Office here in Washington. 

Revitalizing the United Nations and Multilateral Cooperation: The Obama Administration’s Progress
Feb 1:  2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Brookings Institution
President Barack Obama came into office with a plan to reposition the United States internationally, to revitalize multilateral institutions for the 21st century and to deepen cooperation, including with new centers of influence. Over the last two years, the world has faced numerous international challenges from the global financial crisis to threats posed by the governments of Iran and North Korea and the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti. How has the administration sought to bring about a new era of cooperation? How have key emerging powers, such as Brazil, reacted and what is left to do?

Book Discussion: Truth, Errors, and Lies: Politics and Economics in a Volatile World 
Feb 1:  2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Woodrow Wilson Center
Join us for a discussion featuring Grzegorz W. Kolodko, Director of Transformation, Integration, and Globalization Economic Research (TIGER), and Moderator Kent Hughes, Director of the Program on America and the Global Economy at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Addressing Iran's Nuclear Program at the IAEA
Feb 1:  3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Elliott School of International Affairs
Join us for a discussion featuring Ambassador Glyn Davies, Permanent Representative of the United States to the International Atomic Energy Agency and the United Nations Office in Vienna.

Fighting for Darfur
Feb 1:  5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The New America Foundation
Please join us on Tuesday, February 1st for a spirited conversation with Rebecca Hamilton and Juan E Méndez, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishmentto be followed by a cocktail hour to celebrate the publication of Fighting for Darfur.

The Future of the Arctic - Reception
Feb 1: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
The reception for "The Future of the Arctic" will take place the evening before the symposium. For more information and to RSVP, or 202.663.5714.

The Future of the Arctic
Feb 2:  8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Various speakers will discuss this topic. For a full agenda of the symposium, visit For more information and to RSVP, or 202.663.5714.

Afghanistan - Where Things Stand: The Surge and Its Impacts
Feb 2:  9:00 am - 10:00 am 
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Langer will present detailed results of the sixth in a series of national public opinion polls in Afghanistan he’s directed for ABC News and its international media partners, conducted Oct. 29 to Nov. 13, 2010, via face-to-face interviews with a random national sample of 1,691 Afghan adults in all 34 of the country’s provinces. Findings include a sharply negative turn in Afghans’ assessments of the performance of U.S. and NATO forces, with dramatic improvements in Helmand, and spottier gains in Kandahar, more than offset by deterioration elsewhere. 

Perspectives on Sudan's Referendum
Feb 2:  10:00 am - 11:30 am 
United States Institute of Peace
The recently-completed referendum in Sudan was widely viewed as a peaceful and credible process (with the notable exception of violence in and around Abyei). Throughout the south, voters lined-up in droves to cast their ballots on the first few days of polling, surpassing the 60% turnout required for the referendum to be valid. Voters in northern Sudan and in eight countries around the world also had the opportunity to participate. Preliminary results are expected in early February, with final results coming soon thereafter.

Southeast Europe After the Crisis: Lessons and Prospects  
Feb 2:  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The Woodrow Wilson Center
The economies of South East Europe have suffered from the impact of the global economic crisis more than most other regions around the world. Nevertheless, there has been a large variation in macroeconomic outcomes, and some countries have managed the crisis rather well. Most significantly, the shock has not translated into a large-scale sovereign debt crisis – despite fears of contagion from the "Greek disease". But global economic recovery remains slow, and the region cannot expect to return to its former growth path, stimulated by foreign capital and external demand. New drivers of growth, and new sources of competitiveness, will be needed in the future to ensure a robust and sustainable recovery. 

Harvey Fineberg Speaks at CSIS Nascent Epidemic: What We Know about Global Non-Communicable Disease
Feb 2:  12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Center for Strategic and International Studies
On February 2, Dr. Harvey Fineberg, President of the Institute of Medicine, will present evidence of the non communicable disease transformation underway in low and middle-income countries. As all eyes turn toward the September summit, Dr. Fineberg will discuss the health and policy implications of the shifting disease burden and how the United States’ special assets can assist in dealing with this new reality.

Asia-Pacific Security Seminar
Feb 2:  12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
The East-West Center
There is growing concern that Southeast Asia is in the midst of a regional arms race. Certainly many countries in the region have increased defense spending and been on a veritable shopping spree for advanced conventional weaponry. These acquisitions may not fit prevailing theories about the pattern of an "arms race," however, the regional re-arming process is significant in that the types of arms being acquired go beyond the mere modernization of regional armed forces, and could greatly change the nature and character of potential regional conflicts. Mr. Richard A. Bitzinger and Mr. Bronson Percival will discuss the resulting arms competition or "arms dynamic" and its potential for undermining the security and stability of the region. 

Looking Beyond Gbagbo: Can the Ivory Coast Recover Its Political and Economic Status?
Feb 2:  12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
The Bernstein-Offit Building
Dwayne Woods, associate professor of political science at Purdue University, and Paul Melly, associate fellow for the Africa Programme at Chatham House, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, contact or 202.663.5676.

Technology, Innovation, and Deficit Reduction
Feb 2:  1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The St. Regis Hotel
As mounting public deficits dominate discourse in Washington and in state capitals throughout the country, the technology industry is eager to help address the problem. As industry leaders, Michael Dell and Samuel J. Palmisano will discuss ways in which the federal government can save $1 trillion over the next decade by applying homegrown expertise, technology, and organizational innovation to its information networks and management practices.

The Road to Presidential Elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Feb 2:  3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Vital Kamerhe, leader of the Union pour la Nation Congolaise (UNC) and former president of the National Assembly of the Democratic Republic of the Congo will discuss the forthcoming presidential elections, his candidacy, and the outlook for democratic progress in the DRC. Mvemba Dizolele, Duignan distinguished fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, will offer his thoughts on the main challenges ahead and make suggestions for effective U.S. engagement in the DRC during the run-up to the polls and beyond.

Belarus: Assessing the Aftermath
Feb 2:  4:30 pm - 5:45 pm
The Brookings Institution
In recent years, the United States and Europe have achieved a degree of success in engaging Belarus through conditional diplomacy, bilateral cooperation on nuclear nonproliferation and the European Union’s Eastern Partnership framework. When the regime in Minsk, led by President Alexander Lukashenko, promised to open the December 2010 presidential election to international monitoring and to offer space for candidates from the democratic opposition to campaign, the U.S. and Europe hoped the election might create conditions that would allow a “reset” in future relations with the West. However, the election was marred by rampant fraud and followed by a violent government crackdown, quashing any hope for a continued thaw between Belarus and the West.

Turkmenistan: A New Identity?
Feb 2:  5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Frederick Starr, chairman of CACI, will discuss this topic. A reception will precede the forum at 5 p.m. For more information and to RSVP, or 202.663.7723.

Film Screening: Climate Refugees
Feb 2: 6:00 pm
The George Washington University
This is an exclusive screening by the USGBC-NCR Emerging Professionals of a documentary called Climate Refugees, directed by Michael Nash (also directed Fuel). The film is a multi-award winning documentary and has been featured at the Sundance Film Festival as well as the Copenhagen Climate Summit. The focus of the film highlights the environmental changes due to global warming as a national security problem the world will face in the future if we continue down our current path. 

Afghanistan: The Nexus between Disarming and Rebuilding Armed Forces
Feb 3:  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
United States Institute of Peace
In November 2005, the United Nations announced the completion of its program to disarm and demobilize more than 60,000 members of the Afghanistan Military Forces. Coincidentally, the U.S. was building a new Afghanistan National Army to face the threat from a resurgent Taliban. What was the relationship between these seemingly incongruous actions? How did the simultaneous Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) and Security Sector Reform (SSR) impact the Afghan government’s ability to assist Coalition Forces to create a safe and secure environment? These questions will be addresses by a panel of distinguished experts.

Media Freedom in Egypt
Feb 3: 12:15pm
The Carnegie Endowment
Although independent media has thrived in Egypt over the last decade, the government imposed unusual restrictions on traditional and new media in the run up to November 2010 parliamentary elections. 

Report From Cancun: The Future of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Feb 3: 1 2:30 pm - 2:00 pm 
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Jonathan Pershing, deputy special envoy for climate change at the U.S. Department of State, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, or 202.663.5786.

China's Development Cooperation in Africa
Feb 3:  12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Elliott School of International Affairs
Join us for a discussion featuring Dr. Yan Wang.  Dr. Wang has authored /coauthored a number of publications including "Corporate Governance among China's Stock-holding Companies", "The Quality of Growth: Fiscal Policy for Better Results" (2008), "Sources of China's Economic Growth 1952-2000" and "The Quality of Growth" (2000). She has received several awards including the SUN Yefang Award in Economics (the highest award in economics in China).

Silent Partners : Chinese Joint Ventures in North Korea
Feb 3:  2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Drew Thompson, director of China Studies at the Nixon Center, will discuss this new USKI report. For more information and to RSVP, visit

After the Domodedovo Attack:  The State of Russian Democracy
Feb 3:  2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Hudson Institute
Please join Hudson Institute Russia experts Andrei Piontkovsky and David Satter as they examine the current state of democracy in Russia, analyze the political ramifications of the latest terrorist attack, and look at the future of Putin’s regime. Hudson Institute Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer John Walters will introduce.

Writers Against War & Occupation In Afghanistan & Iraq
Feb 3: 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Lafayette Park, Pennsylvania Ave. (across from the White House)
Calling all poets and writers to speak out for an end to the wars and occupations in Afghanistan and Iraq at a peaceful, permitted event at the White House. A minute of silence will be observed for each year of each war (16 minutes total), followed by our simultaneous reading of lines of poetry (probably lines from Whitman). We will end this brief action by chanting Stop Funding War. Wear a poem or a piece of a poem. Some poem signs will be available for those who want them. On the following day, some people will go to Congressional offices to hand out letters and visit staff; anyone who wishes to can join in.

Foreign Policy Challenges in the 112th Congress: Development and Security  
Feb 4:  10:00 am - 11:00 am
Rayburn House Office Building
An examination of policy issues affecting the developing world, including U.S. development policy, U.S. nuclear policy, and climate and conflict resolution. 

Examining the Unrest in Tunisia and Egypt
Feb 4:  12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
The Middle East Institute
The Middle East Institute is proud to host Ambassador Alan Goulty and Ambassador Edward Walker for an examination of the unrest roiling Tunisia and Egypt and its implications for the region at large. Between them, Goulty and Walker have more than 60 years of experience serving in the Arab world. They will draw upon their unique experience and understanding of the region to examine the evolving crises in Tunisia and Egypt, the impact of the street protests on regional governments and the role that Western governments can play during this period of transition.

Foreign Assistance: Where the Rubber Hits the Road
Feb 4:  12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
David Holdridge, president of Bridging the Divide, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, contact or 201.739.7425.

The Regional Implications of China's Growing Presence in Gilgit-Baltistan
Feb 4:  12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Lisa Curtis, senior research fellow at the Asian Studies Center at the Heritage Foundation; Mumtaz Khan, executive director of the International Center for Peace and Democracy; Imtiaz Hussain, president of the Gilgit Baltistan National Congress; Selig Harrison, executive director of the Center for International Policy; Syed Iqbal Hasnain, distinguished visiting fellow of environmental security at the Stimson Center; Senge Hasnan Sering, president of the Institute for Gilgit Baltistan Studies; and Walter Andersen (moderator), associate director of the South Asia Studies Program, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, contact or 202.663.5722.

The Battle for Moscow's Billions: Power and Money in the Russian Capital under Mayor Sergei Sobyanin
Feb 4:  3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
The Woodrow Wilson Center
President Dmitry Medevedev ended weeks of anticipation on September 28 2010, when he fired the powerful Mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, on grounds that he had "lost trust" in the capital's boss. It was a humiliating departure for Luzhkov, a key and largely independent player in Russian politics who had run the city for 19 years and whose access to Moscow's immense economic wealth allegedly had made him and his wife among the richest people in Russia. He was replaced by Sergei Sobyanin, an experienced apparatchik with close ties to the Kremlin. This talk will address the political significance of Luzhkov's departure and assess Sobyanin's afforts to get control of the city and the impact of the mayoral transition on the future of Russia's political system.

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