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Calendar for the Week of January 24

Week of Jan 24

Dragon in the Tropics: Hugo Chávez and the Political Economy of Revolution in Venezuela
Jan 24:  9:30 am - 11:00 am
The Brookings Institution
On January 24, the Latin America Initiative at Brookings will host the launch of Dragon in the Tropics featuring Javier Corrales, co-author of the book and professor of political science at Amherst College. Jorge Castañeda, Global Distinguished Professor at New York University, will provide a keynote address putting Venezuela into the larger context of Latin American politics.

Is Status Quo Destiny? China’s Interests in Post-Kim Dynasty Korea
Jan 24: 11:00am-12:15pm
Woodrow Wilson Building, 5th Floor Conference Room, Washington DC
Developments in North Korea (DPRK) over the past two years—notably, DPRK leader Kim Jong-il’s stroke in August 2008, currency reforms in 2009 that triggered unprecedented protests by North Korean citizens, and attempts by Kim to set the stage for the transfer of power to his offspring—make it possible to believe that significant long-term changes are in store for North Korea. Admittedly, short of a looming crisis in North Korea, such as an imminent war or regime collapse, China at this point will not overtly support any U.S.-led plans to accelerate the political or economic decline of the Pyongyang regime or actively engage Washington in discussions on rebuilding a Korea reunified under Seoul’s initiative. But Sung Yoon Lee believes that Beijing has at least shown it is ready to break taboos by acknowledging to outsiders even the theoretical possibility of a contingency on the peninsula.

Kazan's New Spirit: Lasting Social Effects of Tatarstan's Sovereignty Movement
Jan 24: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Woodrow Wilson Building
In 1990, Tatarstan followed Boris Yeltsin’s advice to take all the sovereignty it could swallow. Over the next 10 years, until Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Tatarstan’s capital, Kazan, for a 24-hour closed door meeting with President Mintimir Shaimiev, Tatar nation-builders worked hard to create the political authority to make their declaration a reality. Though Tatarstan sovereignty lost its fundamental political thrust after June 2000, it continues to have significant enduring social effects that have imbued Kazan with a new spirit. Helen Faller’s talk will address two of these effects – increased religiosity among Kazan Tatars and the creation of a new generation of urban Tatar-speakers.

A Statesman’s Forum with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh
Jan 24:  12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
The Brookings Institution
The list of challenges facing the United States in the Middle East is daunting. In addition to the efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, attempts to reassemble the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and engagement to ensure Iraq’s fractious political landscape does not slide backwards into chaos, many other issues in the region jostle for the United States’ attention. From his efforts to restart the peace process to his recent calls to avoid escalation in Lebanon, Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh stands as one of the most active voices in the region working to address these difficult issues.

Haiti Today, Haiti Tomorrow
Jan 24:  12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Paulo Lyra, communications adviser for the Pan American Health Organization; Tamara Kreinin, executive director of women and population at the United Nations Foundation; Amy Coughenour, deputy director of the Pan American Development Foundation; David Meltzer, senior vice president of international services at the American Red Cross; Mark Feierstein, assistant administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean at USAID; and Andrea Koppel (moderator), director of international communication at the American Red Cross and member of the board for the Henry L. Stimson Center, will discuss this topic.

The North Korean Shelling of Yeonpyong Island: How Can We Prevent a Second Korean War
Jan 24: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Song Young Gil, mayor of Incheon, Korea, will discuss this topic.

International Cooperation in Disaster Relief
Jan 24:  5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Center for Strategic and International Studies
The CSIS Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program and LSU’s Stephenson Disaster Management Institute (SDMI) invite you to the next session of the CSIS-LSU Series on Disaster Management and Emergency Response on “International Cooperation in Disaster Relief”, featuring a panel discussion with Mark Ward, Acting Director of the Office of Disaster Assistance, United States Agency for International Development, David Meltzer, Senior Vice President of the International Services, the American National Red Cross, and Joel Charny, Vice President of the Humanitarian Policy and Practice InterAction.

Foreign Policy and National  Security Challendes for the  Obama Administration
Jan 24: 6:00 pm
Cosmos Club
Karen DeYoung is Senior Diplomatic Correspondent and an Associate Editor of  The Washington Post. In addition to coverage of national security policy throughout the Bush and Obama Administrations, she has served as assistant managing editor for national news, and both national and foreign editor, as well as in numerous overseas ass ignments. DeYoung was a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and in 2006 published  SOLDIER: The Life of Colin Powell. She is recipient of numerous journalism awards, including the 2009 Overseas Press Club award for best coverage of international affairs, the 2003 Edward Weintal Prize for diplomatic reporting, and the 2002 Pulitzer Prize awarded The Washington Post for national reporting.

Turning Economic Doldrums into Opportunities
Jan 24: 6:00pm-7:15pm
Room 505, 1957 E Street, NW, Washington DC
Donald Tong, JP, Hong Kong Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs, USA
Mr. Tong will discuss job opportunities in Asia, U.S.-Hong Kong economic and trade ties, and government and policy-making in Hong Kong.
Please RSVP to:
Sponsored by the GW Hong Kong International Society, the Organization of Asian Studies, and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Tunisian and Algerian Veterans of the World Wars: Contested Histories and Legacies
Jan 24:  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Thomas DeGeorges, director of the Center for Maghreb Studies in Tunis, will discuss this topic.

Children and Transitional Justice
Jan 25:  10:30 am - 12:00 pm
The United States Institute of Peace
This session will review what has been achieved by transitional justice mechanisms over the last few years in terms of promoting and protecting the rights of children affected by armed conflict and widespread violence, and discuss what else could be done.

Afghanistan: Looking Ahead to the Next Fighting Season
Jan 25: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Middle East Institute, 1761 N St. NW, Washington DC 20036  
The Middle East Institute is pleased to invite you to a lecture and discussion with Andrew Exum,Fellow at the Center for A New American Security, assessing the possibility of a new Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan and its ramifications for U.S. strategy there.   The past six months have seen some remarkable successes in southern Afghanistan. But if hard-won security gains collapse in the face of a renewed Taliban offensive in 2011, the NATO strategy to secure Afghanistan will be in grave danger. Andrew Exum will discuss the situation in southern Afghanistan as well as how the American public can know whether the strategy is succeeding or failing this summer.

Tunisia:  Protests and Prospects for Change
Jan 25:  12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Elliott School of International Affairs
Protests broke out in Tunisia on December 17 and have only continued to escalate. The demonstrations have captured the attention of the entire Arab world, and raised both fears of and hopes for political change. Why did the demonstrations erupt, and where will they lead? How will they affect the rest of the Arab world? What should the Obama administration do?   Featuring Christopher Alexander, Associate Professor of Political Science at Davidson College and John P. Entelis, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Middle East Studies Program at Fordham University.

Tunisia: Protests and Prospects for Change
Jan 25: 12:00pm-1:30pm
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602, 1957 E Street, NW, Washington DC
Protests broke out in Tunisia on December 17 and have only continued to escalate. The demonstrations have captured the attention of the entire Arab world, and raised both fears of and hopes for political change. Why did the demonstrations erupt, and where will they lead? How will they affect the rest of the Arab world? What should the Obama administration do?

Tunisia and the Arab Malaise
Jan 25: 4:00pm-5:00pm
Woodrow Wilson Building, 5th Floor Conference Room
The popular uprising in Tunisia has raised expectations for regime change taking place elsewhere in the Arab world. What are the realistic prospects for the Tunisian example spreading?

Tunisia and the Arab Malaise
Jan 25:  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Woodrow Wilson Center
The popular uprising in Tunisia has raised expectations for regime change taking place elsewhere in the Arab world. What are the realistic prospects for the Tunisian example spreading?  Featuring Alan Goulty Senior Scholar at theWoodrow Wilson Center and former British Ambassador to the Republic of Tunisia, and David Ottaway, Senior Scholar at the Wilson Center and former Bureau Chief of The Washington Post, Cairo.

Beyong the Jasmine Revolution:  Post-Revolt Tunisia in Flux
Jan 25:  6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Georgetown University Cultural Center
This panel discussion will consider the events that have unfolded in Tunisia thus far and begin to examine the issues that the series will highlight throughout the semester.

Edward Said:  A Legacy of Emancipation and Representation
Jan 25:  6:30 pm
The Palestine Center
The Palestine Center invites you to a book reading celebrating the life and work of prominent Palestinian scholar Edward Said featuring speaker Adel Iskandar, scholar of Arab media and communication.

Referendum in Southern Sudan
Jan 25:  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Elliott School of International Affairs
Please join us for a lecture featuring Jendayi Frazer, Distinguished Service Professor,Department of Social and Decision Sciences and the H. John Heinz III College's School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.

What is in Haiti's Future?
Jan 26:  9:30 am - 11:30 am
The United States Institute of Peace
The return of former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier to Haiti has complicated the country’s political crisis and negatively impacted the ability of the international community to respond to the country’s mix of acute and chronic problems. Unless the dispute over the results of the November 28 presidential election is resolved, Haiti will not be able to hold credible runoff elections, and continued international support for earthquake recovery will be jeopardized.  The United States will play a crucial role in resolving these issues. Thomas Adams, the U.S. State Department’s Special Coordinator for Haiti, and a panel of distinguished experts will look ahead to the multiple challenges facing Haiti.

The Future of Sudan: A View from Khartoum
Jan 26: 10:30am-11:30am
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC 20004
Steve McDonald, Director, Africa Program, and the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

America's Misadventures in the Middle East
Jan 26:  12:15 pm - 2:00 pm
The New America Foundation
The New America Foundation’s American Strategy Program and Middle East Task Force invite you to join a very timely conversation with Ambassador Chas Freeman, building on themes explored in his new book, America's Misadventures in the Middle East.

Yemen:  Why it Matters to the U.S. and How We Get it Right
Jan 26:  12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Georgetown University Intercultural Center
The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy invite you to: Yemen: Why it Matters to the U.S. and How We Get it Right featuring Ambassador Stephen Seche, Former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen.

After the Referendum: The Future of Sudan and South Sudan
Jan 26:  12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Andrew Natsios, distinguished professor of international development at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and former U.S. special envoy to Sudan, and Omar Ismail, adviser for the Enough Project, will discuss this topic.

U.S. Department of Defense Contract Spending and the Supporting Contractor Base
Jan 26:  1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Center for Strategic and International Studies
The Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group invites you to a presentation of its annotated brief on Department of Defense contract spending.  Building on our series on the U.S. Federal Professional Services Contracts, this brief documents the structure and trends of DOD contracting, including both products and services from 1999-2009.  The briefing describes the types of contracts, the extent of competition, top contractors, and other supply-side information.

The Political Power of Bad Ideas: Insights into Russia's Alcohol-Control Legislation
Jan 26:  3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Center for Strategic and International Studies
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.  Schrad describes this situation through an institutionalist approach focusing on case studies from the United States, Sweden, and Russia/the USSR. These case studies expose the dynamic interaction of ideas and political institutions and explains how institutions permit ideas to gain influence.

Demographic Trends and Policy Implications in Northeast Asia
Jan 26: 3:30pm-5:30pm
The Woodrow Wilson Center, 5th Floor NW Washington DC
Japan, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, and Korea are all aging societies. What will be the effect of aging on economic output in Northeast Asia? Can welfare states established for much younger populations in developed economies survive the stress of demographic change, or will governments in Northeast Asia need to radically rethink the provision of care to the elderly? Can migration alleviate many of the problems associated with more elderly populations in Northeast Asia? And will current demographic shifts entail more benign or more belligerent interstate relations in the region?

His Excellency Angelino Garzón, Vice-President of the Republic of Colombia
Jan 26:  4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
The Woodrow Wilson Center
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Brookings Institution, the Inter-American Dialogue, the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Council of the Americas are pleased to invite you for a discussion about current developments in Colombia with His Excellency Angelino Garzón, Vice President of the Republic of Colombia.

Cyber Warfare: Stuxnet and Beyond
Jan 26:  5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Center for Strategic and International Studies
The TCU Schieffer School of Journalism and CSIS are cosponsoring a monthly series of dialogues hosted by award-winning journalist Bob Schieffer to discuss the most pressing foreign and domestic issues of the day.

Passing the Torch of the OSCE Chairmanship
Jan 27:  9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Center for Strategic and International Studies
We are pleased to invite you to our upcoming conference “Passing the Torch of the OSCE Chairmanship” organized by CSIS and IND. The conference will facilitate an exchange of views on the performance of the Kazakh Chair and the challenges for the Lithuanian Chairmanship. The event is co-hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Institute for New Democracies in cooperation with the Embassies of Kazakhstan and Lithuania. Please find a preliminary agenda below and further details will follow in the coming days as the agenda is finalized.

Choosing Our Words Carefully
Jan 27: 9:30am-11:00am
Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20005
On Thursday, January 27, 2011, the Center for American Progress will host a discussion that explores politicians’ recent promises to restore civility to policy debates, and delves into the harm caused by heated rhetoric on Capitol Hill and across the United States.

Elections and Peace Consolidation: Prospects and Challenges in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Jan 27: 11:30am-12:30pm
The Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Auditorium, NW Washington DC
After almost five years since the first democratic elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) officially ended a period of transition from war to peace, the country is expected to hold its second national election by the end of 2011. But will this event mark the further strengthening of peace, stability and democracy in the DRC? With dire poverty still an everyday reality for many Congolese, as well as weak governance, and the continued presence of domestic and foreign armed groups in the war-ravaged eastern part of the country, the Woodrow Wilson Center looks at whether the coming elections will signify another step along the road toward lasting peace. To this end, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for the United Nations Organizations Stabilization Mission in the DRC, Mr. Roger Meece, will share his views about progress toward peace consolidation at this critical juncture in the nation's history.

Leading Through Civilian Power:  The First Quadrennial Diplomacy and Devel
Jan 27:  12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Anne-Marie Slaughter, director of Policy Planning at the U.S. Department of State, will discuss the first QDDR.

Jan 27: 12:00pm-1:00pm
John A. Burns Hall, Room 3012 (3rd floor)
Dr. Kim presents initial findings of research about how ordinary North Koreans have been coping with the country’s economic stagnation with increased intra-country mobility, officially sanctioned visits to China, and small-scale entrepreneurship. The findings call into question several of the discourses framed in the popular press about North Korea. These include the regular population flow out of and back into North Korea, the continued strong identity attachment and legitimacy of the state amongst some civilians, and the economic role of ethnic Chinese who have been residing in the DPRK for generations.

Development Policy: Is the World Bank Sacrificing Economic Growth and Higher Living Standards on the Altar of Radical Environmentalism?
Jan 27: 2:00pm-3:00pm
Lehrman Auditorium
The World Bank’s mission is to alleviate poverty and encourage economic growth by providing low-cost loans for worthy development projects. But the Bank has come under fire recently from some developing country critics for placing environmental policy concerns ahead of poverty reduction goals. For example, according to one critic writing recently in the New York Times, “the bank’s loans for plantation agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa and other developing regions – some $132 million of which have gone to palm oil cultivation – have been humanitarian and economic triumphs. Yet now, under misguided pressure from environmental groups, the Bank is turning its back on the program.”

Ensuring Compliance: Strategies for Popular Cooptation by the Party and State Security in Communist Europe and in Ba'thist Iraq
Jan 27: 4:00pm-5:30pm
The Woodrow Wilson Center
The classic conception of dictatorships is that individuals comply with regime policies out of fear. This seminar will revisit these arguments by offering insights produced through unprecedented research in the archives of two single-party dictatorships: Bulgaria under communism (1944-1989) and Iraq under the Ba’th party (1968-2003). Wilson Center Fellow, Martin Dimitrov and Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar, Joseph Sassoon will focus on the strategies that these two regimes employed to penetrate society by recruiting citizens to become members of the Party and to serve as informers of State Security. Joining the panel will be Professor Sheila Fitzpatrick from the University of Chicago.

Breaking Ground: Media Innovation in Africa
Jan 27: 6:30pm
National Press Club, 529 14th St nW, 13th Fl, Washington D.C.
New technologies are transforming African news media and their prospects for financial survival. Mobile phones now reach the remotest regions, providing a range of services from news and entertainment to banking. With fiber optic cables spreading throughout the continent, Internet access is likely to explode. A panel of African media experts will discuss how innovative media can usher in change and prosperity.

Haiti Fundraiser Happy Hour
Jan 27: 6:30 pm
Busboys and Poets: 14th and V Streets NW Washington, DC
One year after the devestating earthquake in Haiti, on January 27th, 2011, the Harvard Black Alumni Society of DC is hosting a fundraiser/awareness event in support of Haiti relief and recovery efforts at the Flagship Busboys and Poets location on 14th and V St in NW DC. Our goal is to help our brothers and sisters in Haiti through this event and a silent auction during the anniversary month of this tragedy, especially as the national media and others turn their attention to other issues. HBAS Suggested Haiti Recovery Donation = $10. We are still in the initial planning phase, so if you are interested in getting involved, or have questions, please send an email to with HAITI HAPPY HOUR in the subject line.

Mexico Today and Tomorrow
Jan 28: 9:00am-2:00pm
The Woodrow Wilson Center, 5th Floor Conference Room, NW Washington DC
Luis Rubio, President, CIDAC; Andrew Selee, Director, Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center; Jesús Silva-Herzog Márquez, Professor, ITAM; Alejandro Moreno, Professor, ITAM & Scholar, Wilson Center/Comexi; Pedro Noyola, President, Aklara/Regional Market Makers Inc.; Jaime Zabludovsky, Vice President, IQOM Inteligencia Comerical; Ana Laura Magaloni, Professor, CIDE; Arturo Alvarado, Professor, Colegio de México & Fellow, NED; Carlos Heredia, Director of International Relations, CIDE; León Krauze, Author & Host, W Radio/Televisa.

Exploiting Externalities to Estimate the Long-Term Effects of Early Childhood Deworming
Jan 28: 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
Center for Global Development, 1800 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Third Floor, Washington, DC
I investigate whether a large-scale deworming intervention aimed at primary school pupils in western Kenya had long-term effects on young children in the region, exploiting positive externalities from the program to estimate the impact on younger children who did not receive treatment directly. I find large cognitive effects—equivalent to half a year of schooling—for children who were less than one year old when their communities received mass deworming treatment. I also find modest positive effects on stature. Because mass deworming was administered through schools, I also estimate effects among children who were likely to have older siblings in school to receive the treatment directly; in this subpopulation, effects are twice as large.

Haiti: One Year Later: A View from the Ground
Jan 28:  12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
IMPAQ International, LLC
One year since the massive earthquake and the challenges continue to plague Haiti's revival. The cholera epidemic has taken the lives of at least 3,000 and the death toll continues to rise. Tent cities are a constant reminder of anemic redevelopment efforts and the Haitian government is gripped by political paralysis as a result of the botched Presidential elections in November. The Crisis, Conflict & Transition Workgroup in collaboration with the Security and Development Workgroup will bring together a panel of distinguished experts that have recently returned from Haiti to share their experiences and offer commentary and analysis on the way forward.

Beyond Ideology: Changing Public Opinion and the 2012 South Korean Presidential Elections
Jan 28:  3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Please join the CSIS Korea Chair for a special Platform Session with a prominent delegation from the ASAN Institute for Policy Studies (AIPS) in Seoul. Victor Cha, Scott Snyder, L. Gordon Flake, and Bruce Klingner will join the delegation in discussing the 2010 AIPS Korean Public Opinion Survey, new South Korean polling data and research including South Korean views of the United States.

Because When God is too Busy: Haiti, Me, and the World
Jan 28: 5:00pm-6:00pm
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602, 1957 E Street, NW
How did Haiti--the enfant terrible of the Americas--become the bête noire of the region? This dramatic monologue considers the ways the past occupies the present. Professor Ulysse weaves history, personal narrative, theory and statistics in spoken word with Vodou chants to reflect and deconstruct childhood memories, social (in)justice, spirituality, and the incessant dehumanization of Haitians. She also offers critical musings on geopolitics along with dispatches from individuals in post-quake Haiti.

Conflict Resolution Forum - Meet and Greet
Jan 28: 530pm-7:00pm
West End Bistro, 1190 22nd Street, NW, Washington DC
Come to Westend Bistro and meet current members of GWU's Conflict Resolution Forum. Learn about past initiatives and plans for the future. Put those social networking skills to work and maybe YOU could be selected to help lead the organization in 2011.

A CITIZENS' HEARING: On The Violation of Muslim Rights
Jan 29: 1:30pm-4:30pm
9th & G Streets NW Washington, DC, DC
To the Families of Muslim Prisoners: Each one of these initiatives carries enormous strategic value. Please mark your calendars, help spread the word, and plan to be in attendance for these very important events! Brought to you by The National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms

Week of January 30

Film Screening: Climate Refugees
Feb 2: 6pm
GWU, Marvin Center
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.