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A list of international relations events in the DC area.

Calendar for the Week of April 11, 2011

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Week of April 11

Myanmar and the Two Koreas: Dangers and Opportunities

April 11: 8:30am-5:30pm

SAIS Kenney Auditorium, 1740 Massachusetts Ave NW

Open to the Washington policy community, scholars and experts from other U.S. academic institutions and research centers, and the Georgetown University and SAIS community.The conference will illuminate important relationships between North and South Korea and Myanmar, analyze regional implications of such relationships, and seek to inform U.S. policy.Panel discussions include:

Politics and Economics in Myanmar under a New Administration; Myanmar-South Korean Economic and Trade Relations; Strategic Interests in Myanmar: China, India and ASEAN; Security Cooperation between Myanmar and North Korea; and What It All Means—Implications of North and South Korean Relations with Myanmar

Protracted Displacement Challenges Facing Sudan: What Scope for EU-US Cooperation?

April 11: 9:00am-12:30pm

SEIU Building, 1st Floor , 1800 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC

The Middle East Institute, in partnership with the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique, is proud to host two panel discussions on the refugee situation in Sudan.   Funded by the European Commission, this event is part of a two year research project which aims to generate policy recommendations that will strengthen transatlantic cooperation to respond to the refugee and internally displaced persons crises in Sudan.  

Who Watches the Watchdog? The Pakistani Media's Impact on Politics and Society

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

Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC

Pakistan's independent electronic media is increasingly the focus, rather than the source, of news coverage about the country. Liberalized in 2002, the free media is celebrated as proof of Pakistan's democratic credentials. But it is also viewed as a destabilizing force -- spurring political instability, hijacking foreign relations, and promoting extremism. Huma Yusuf, the Wilson Center's Pakistan Scholar and a journalist and columnist with Pakistan's Dawn newspaper, will examine which interests Pakistan's independent media better serves: public or vested.

Joseph Prabhu: ' Religious Identity in Second Axial Age'

April 11: 12:00pm

Mortara Building, 3600 N St., N.W., Washington, DC 20057

It has become almost a cliché to say that we live in a time of globalization, but the spiritual dimensions of contemporary globalization are less well understood. We are living in a time where religions and religious practitioners are meeting one another and being transformed in the process.

The Political Situation in Lebanon with an Eye on What is Happening in Syria

April 11: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Moynihan Boardroom, Washington DC

Chidiac will address the current political situation in Lebanon and the challenges facing the freedom and democracy movement 6 years following the Cedar Revolution highlighting the parallels with the current freedom movements in the Arab world in general and Syria in particular. Ms. Chidiac was the victim of a car bomb in September 2005 when she was working as a journalist.

Stanislavsky vs. Vakhtangov: Reconciling the Russian Theatrical Avant-Garde With Russian Orthodoxy

April 11: 12:00pm-1:00pm

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

Please note that seating for this event is available on a first come, first served basis-no reservations required. Please call on the day of the event to confirm. Please bring an identification card with a photograph (e.g. driver's license, work ID, or university ID) as part of the building's security procedures.

"China's New Talent Policy: Implications and Impact for China's Development"

April 11: 12:30pm-2:00pm

Room 200, The Rome Building

Wang Huiyao, director general at the Center for China and Globalization, will discuss this topic. For more information, contact or 202.6663.5816.

"What Should Ireland and Europe Do Now? Prospects for the Euro and the European Union"

April 11: 12:30pm-2:00pm

Room 500, The Bernstein-Offit Building

John Bruton, distinguished fellow at CTR and former prime minister of Ireland, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, or 202.663.5880.

The Politics of Protection

April 11: 2:00pm-3:00pm

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

From Libya to Japan to the Ivory Coast, the protection of people from oppressive governments, disasters and conflict has moved to the top of the international agenda. Humanitarian actors are devoting more energy and effort to incorporate protection into their relief efforts. Protection of civilians has become central to United Nations peacekeeping operations and the UN General Assembly has endorsed the principle that the international community has the "responsibility to protect" people when states cannot or will not do so, yet the international system remains unable to protect millions of people in Somalia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti and many other places.

A Conversation with Libyan National Council Representative Ali Aujali

April 11: 2:15pm-3:15pm

Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th Floor, AEI, 1150 17th Street, NW, Washington DC

The US military involvement in Libya, hailed by some as a victory for human rights and democracy, raises difficult questions about American interests and Arab popular uprisings. Many policymakers and private citizens are uncertain about the mission and hesitate to support an opposition movement whose nature and aims are unclear. Who exactly is the Libyan opposition, and what are its goals?

Social Franchising and Health

April 11: 2:30pm-4:00pm

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Room B1B, 1800 K Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20006

Please join the CSIS Global Health Policy Center for a discussion on the use of the social franchise model to strengthen the private sector’s delivery of health care services, with a particular focus on the role of private sector social franchising in the prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in developing countries.

Taiwan's Future in the Asian Economic Order

April 11: 3:30pm-5:00pm

Lehrman Auditorium

For more than a decade, the countries of the Asia-Pacific region have been stitching their economies together through a multitude of free trade agreements. Taiwan has largely been left out. It has agreements with a few of the small countries that still recognize its sovereignty; it has an Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) with China; and over the last year, three countries, Singapore, India, and the Philippines have expressed various degrees of interest in reaching their own trade agreements with Taiwan.

"Mining and Violence in Guatemala: Indigenous Women Resist"

April 11: 4:30pm-5:30pm

Room 812, The Rome Building

Victoria Cumes, member of the Indigenous Women's Movement in Guatemala, and Crisanta Perez, member of the Marlin Mine community of San Miguel Ixtahuacan in Guatemala, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP,


April 11: 5:00pm-6:00pm

Washington, DC: East-West Center in Washington, Sixth Floor Conference Room

Pakistani society is increasingly becoming radicalized. The determinants of the growing extremism and violence are both internal and external, including the controversial blasphemy law, conflict in Afghanistan, drone attacks in the border areas, and low capacity of the civilian government to provide services and maintain internal security. Three Pakistani journalists, Mr. Muhammad Ejaz Khan, Ms. Mehmal Sarfraz, and Mr. Kamal Siddiqi, will discuss how the growing radicalization of society is affecting media and freedom of expression.

The Sixth Annual Richard H. Sabot Lecture: Policies and Politics: Can Evidence Play a Role in the Fight against Poverty?

April 11: 5:00pm-6:30pm

Center for Global Development, First Floor Conference Room, 1800 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Esther Duflo is a leading development economist known for her work applying impact evaluation, randomized controlled trials and other field experiments to identify which development interventions actually work. Duflo is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and co-founder of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). Her lecture will draw upon a new book by Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee, a J-PAL co-founder, titled Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty.

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

April 11: 5:30pm-7:00pm

Rome Building Auditorium, The Rome Building

Anthony Bowyer, program manager for the Caucasus and Central Asia at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems; John E. Herbst, director of the Center for Complex Operations at the National Defense University, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine and a SAIS graduate; Halil Karaveli, senior fellow at CACI's Silk Road Studies Program Joint Center and managing editor of Turkey Analyst; and Ross L. Wilson, director of the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council and former U.S. ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan, will discuss this topic. A reception will precede the forum at 5 p.m. For more information and to RSVP, or 202.663.7721.

OAS Film Series: The 10 Conditions of Love

April 11: 6:30pm-7:30pm

Sigur Center The Chung-wen Shih Conference Room, Suite 503, 1957 E Street, NW

The 10 Conditions of Love is the story of Rebiya Kadeer, China's nightmare, the woman it accuses of inciting terrorism. It is also the story of the other Tibet, the Muslim Tibet, the country its people call East Turkestan, but which the Chinese call Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

'A Common Word: Responding to the Challenges of Religious Pluralism & Conflict Resolution'

April 12: 9:00am-3:00pm

Leavey Center GU Hotel & Conference Center, Salons CH

As the official representative of A Common Word in North America, the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University will host a follow-up meeting to its successful conference A Common Word: A Global Agenda for Change, held in October of 2009.

Two Steps Forward One Step Back Democracy and Governance in Western Africa

April 12: 9:30am-11:00am

Johns Hopkins SAIS, Kenny Auditorium, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington D.C., 20036

Guinea held its first democratic elections in late 2010. Next door, Cote D'Ivoire is descending into a possible civil war as a result of a post- elections standoff. It seems that the region is taking steps forward, only to take a step back. What can be done to ensure successful elections in Liberia this year and Sierra Leone next year and what can be done in the short term in Cote d'Ivoire? What are the roles of election commissions and civil society in ensuring successful transition from one administration to another? The Conflict Prevention Forum will explore the current situation in West Africa and make policy suggestions for this region in transition.

How Pakistan Negotiates with the United States

April 12: 9:30am-11:30am

United States Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room B24, Washington, DC 20037

Over the past 60 years, Pakistan-U.S. relations have been marked by highs of close cooperation and lows of deep bilateral estrangement.  Recent events and negotiations underscore the remarkable resilience  but also the vulnerability and volatility of the relationship.


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

Washington, DC: East-West Center in Washington, Sixth Floor Conference Room *

For more than thirty years, China's development model has relied on the extensive use of production factors which have been relatively abundant in China, especially labor, land, certain natural resources, and in the 2000s, increasing amounts of capital. However, this strategy, which created an export and investment-driven pattern of development and a consequential pattern of industrialization, must inevitably come to end. Dr. Christopher A.

Engaging North Korea on Mutual Interests in TB Control

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

McCarthy Hall McShain Lounge Large

In the next installment of the Public Health in Asia Series, guest speaker Sharon Perry will discuss her groundbreaking work with the DPRK Tuberculosis Project.

Sharon Perry is a senior research scientist from the Division of Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine, Stanford University, and science fellow with the Stanford Freeman-Spogli Institute, Center for International Security & Cooperation.

Choosing Our Words Carefully The Consequences of Heated Rhetoric

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

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

Too often, immigrants, Muslim Americans, gays and lesbians, African Americans, Arab Americans, and others are portrayed as alien and dangerous to our democracy and society. Such bombasts inflame a toxic political environment and thwart pragmatic policy solutions. The assassination attempt against Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords jarred the country, forcing public officials to commit to more comity across political party lines.

"What's the Matter with Mexico: Drugs, Dinosaurs, and Dithering"  A Discussion by Denise Dresser with commentary by Michael Shifter, President Inter-American Dialogue

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

Woodrow Wilson Center, Fifth-floor conference room,

Dr. Denise Dresser is a professor of political science at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), where she has taught comparative politics, political economy, and Mexican politics since 1991. She writes a regular political column for the Mexican newspaper Reforma and the news weekly Proceso. In May 2010 she was awarded the prestigious National Journalism Award for an article published in Proceso entitled, “An Open Letter to Carlos Slim.” She has published numerous opinion pieces in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and The Globe and Mail, and is a frequent commentator on Mexican politics in the U.S. and Canadian media. Dr. Dresser earned her Ph.D. in Politics at Princeton University, after completing her undergraduate work at El Colegio de México.

Michael Yahuda Book Release: The International Politics of the Asia Pacific

April 12: 12:30pm-1:45pm

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

Michael Yahuda is Professor Emeritus at the London School of Economics (LSE) and Visiting Scholar at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. Having taught at the LSE for thirty years, Michael Yahuda retired in 2003. He has been a visiting professor at universities in Australia, the U.S., Singapore, and most recently in China, where he taught a course on Chinese foreign policy.

A Control Function Approach to Estimating Dynamic Probit Models with Endogenous Regressors, with an Application to the Study of Poverty Persistence in China

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

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

Irina Murtazashvili, Professor of Economics, University of Pittsburgh

This event is part of the Institute for International Economic Policy's Trade and Development Workshop Series.Please send RSVP to: Sponsored by the Department of Economics and the Institute for International Economic Policy

"Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Smart Grid"

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

Rome Building Auditorium, The Rome Building

Peter Fox-Penner, principal and chairman emeritus of the Brattle Group and author of the paper, "Smart Power: Climate Change, the Smart Grid and the Future of Electric Utilities," will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP,

The NATO-EU-Russia Triangle: Different Perceptions and Approaches to International Security

April 12: 3:30pm-5:30pm

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

Dr. Cede, a retired Austrian diplomat who served as Austrian Ambassador to Russia (1999-2003) and to NATO (2003-2007), will present his recollections of Russian perceptions of Russia’s difficult relationship with NATO, the US and the EU. After a brief introduction presenting the broader picture of Russian attitudes towards the triangle US-NATO-EU the speaker will address EU-Russia relations in somewhat more detail. In his conclusion, Dr. Cede will sum up the permanent features of EU- Russia relations, as he views them, and put them in the general context of current Russian foreign policy.

"Much Ado About Nothing? British Foreign Policy After the Blair/Brown Era"

April 12: 5:00pm-6:15pm

Rome Building Auditorium, The Rome Building

Klaus Larres, senior research fellow at the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations, professor of history and international affairs at the University of Ulster in Ireland and distinguished visiting scholar at the Library of Congress, will discuss this topic. A reception will follow. Note: This event’s venue has changed from Room 806 in the Rome Building to Rome Building Auditorium. For more information, or 202.663.5796

Schieffer Series: The Federal Budget Negotiations

April 12: 5:30pm-6:30pm

B1 Conference Center, CSIS, 1800 K Street, NW, Washington DC

Part of The CSIS-Schieffer Series Dialogues. Made possible by United Technologies Corporation (UTC). Moderated by:Bob Schieffer. Chief Washington Correspondent, CBS News; Anchor, CBS News’ “Face the Nation”

China Rises

April 12: 6:45pm-8:00pm

Marvin Center Ballroom, 3rd Floor, 1957 E Street, NW

Please join us for a discussion of China's increasing international influence and its political, economic, and cultural impacts on East Asia. We will be hosting four esteemed experts in different areas of China studies. Please RSVP at: Sponsored by the Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, the Global China Connection, and the Organization of Asian Studies.

Sigma Iota Rho International Affairs Honors Society Information Session

April 12: 7:00pm-8:00pm

Room 402-404,  Marvin Center, 800 21st Street

Come learn about Sigma Iota Rho, the Elliott School of International Affairs Honors Society. The information session will introduce our fall recruitment process and the academic, professional and social benefits of joining one of the nation's top honors societies. You will get a chance to meet the current chapter members and learn about some of the public events that are being planned for the spring and fall semesters.

Impunity:What Kind of War for Colombia?

April 12: 7:00pm-9:00pm

Georgetown University Law Center - Gewirtz, 12th Floor, 600 New Jersey Ave, Washington, DC 20003

Please RSVP to

In 2005, the Colombian Congress passed law 975, the Justice and Peace law, which created terms for the demobilization of the country's paramilitaries, and the construction of a reconciliation process. The process has been criticized by human rights organizations inside and outside of Colombia, who contend that the terms of the law are too favorable to perpetrators, offer too little to victims, and have allowed paramilitary structures to continue intact.

Urban World: Mapping the Economic Power of Cities

April 13: 9:00am-11:00am

New America Foundation, 1899 L Street NW Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036

New research from the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) finds that more than 60 percent of global growth to 2025 is likely to come from just 600 cities. And contrary to conventional wisdom, this is not a story about megacities. In fact, almost 40 percent of global growth is expected to come from just over 400 fast-growing middleweight cities–with populations under 10 million–in emerging market regions.

Statesmens Forum: Raila Odinga, Prime Minister of Kenya

April 13: 10:00am-11:30pm

1800 K Street, NW, CSIS B1 Conference Center

Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga. Prime Minister of Kenya On “Democracy and Good Governance in Africa. Moderated by Richard Downie Deputy Director and Fellow, CSIS Africa Program Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.1800 K Street, NW, CSIS B1 Conference Center

The Global Jobs Crisis: Sustaining the Recovery through Employment and Equitable Growth

April 13: 10:00am-11:45am

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

The 2008 global economic crisis hit working people around the world the hardest. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), as many as 30 million people lost their jobs as a result of the crisis. Youth unemployment is especially high, raising the specter of a "lost generation." At the same time, inequality between rich and poor has reached record levels in many countries, which bodes poorly for social cohesion. As recent events in the Middle East and North Africa demonstrate, joblessness and inequality can trigger political instability and unrest.

Saudi Arabia: The Kingdom Strikes Back

April 13: 12:00pm-1:00pm

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

With the sending of troops to Bahrain, Saudi Arabia has begun taking a far more active role to block Iran and its activities in the Arab world. This new Saudi determination was made clear during a two-week visit to the kingdom and Bahrain, as was the conflict with the Obama administration over how to resolve the Bahrain crisis.


April 13: 12:00pm-1:15pm

Washington, DC: East-West Center in Washington, Sixth Floor Conference Room

Recent events in Japan have understandably focused international attention on the importance 'non-traditional security' contingencies and planning in the Asian region. However, over the longer-term, peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific will be shaped primarily by the success of the great powers and other countries in that part of the world in identifying and negotiating mutually acceptable frameworks for regional security.

Pakistan: A Hard Country

April 13: 12:15pm-1:45pm

New America Foundation, 1899 L Street NW Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036

Please join the New America Foundation National Security Studies Program for a discussion with Anatol Lieven of his new book, Pakistan: A Hard Country, which the Daily Telegraph calls, “a wonderful book, full of learning, wisdom, humour and common sense.”

“Democracy Made in Egypt” with Sahar El-Nadi

April 13: 12:30pm

Intercultural Center, 37th and O St., N.W., Washington, DC 20057-1047

As a writer, photographer, and instructor on interpersonal skills, communication, and women's leadership, as well as an eyewitness to the Egyptian revolution, Sahar El-Nadi offers international audiences a deeper perspective on Egypt and its people. She uses exclusive photos and videos that she took from the heart of the action in Tahrir Square. She will cover a fresh perspective dealing with the human and social aspects of the revolution, the pivotal role of women, and creativity as a tool of change.

Conversations with Scholars: Xinjiang or East Turkestan? Thoughts on the Uyghur Homeland with Sean Roberts, Alim Seytoff, and Nury Turkel

April 13: 12:30pm-2:00pm

The Chung-wen Shih Conference Room, Room 503, 1957 E Street, NW

Professor Sean Roberts is a sociocultural anthropologist, the Director of the International Development Studies Program and Associate Professor of International Development and International Affairs at The George Washington University. Having conducted ethnographic fieldwork among the Uyghur people of Central Asia and China during the 1990s, he produced a documentary film on the community entitled Waiting for Uighurstan(1996).

"State Building in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Theory and Practice (Part 2)"

April 13: 12:30pm-2:00pm

Room 500, The Bernstein-Offit Building

Crawford Young, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Pascal Kambale, deputy director of AfriMAP, will discuss this topic. Note: The date of this event has moved from Wednesday, April 13 to Thursday, April 14. For more information and to RSVP, or 202.663.5676.

Rwandan Genocide Commemoration

April 13: 1:00pm-3:00pm

american university - SIS 300, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, washington, DC 20016

feature a screening of “Wounded Healers” followed by a panelist discussion with Edouard Kayihura (genocide survivor and a served prosecutor in the tribunal for genocide and war crimes), Eugenie Mukeshimana (genocide survivor and founder of the Genocide Survivor Network) and Elavie Ndura-Ouedraogo (a fellow at the Wilson Woodrow Center and Professor of Education at George Mason University).

The OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities: The Role in Conflict Prevention

April 13: 2:00pm-3:00pm

Woodrow Wilson Center, 4th Floor Conference Room, Washington DC

The fundamental changes after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the break-up of Yugoslavia required new approaches to international security, including the ability to prevent possible inter-ethnic tensions within and between states from developing into conflict. For almost two decades, the High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM) has been active in conflict prevention based on the mandate established by OSCE participating states to provide early warning

Weapons of the Wealthy: Predatory Regimes and Elite-Led Protests in Central Asia

April 13: 3:00pm-4:30pm

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

Please join us for a discussion of Weapons of the Wealthy: Predatory Regimes and Elite-Led Protests in Central Asia with presentation by author Scott Radnitz and commentary by David Abramson.

The U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue: Priorities and Next Steps

April 13: 3:00pm-4:30pm

4CR Conference Room , Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1800 K Street, NW, Washington DC 20006

The US-India Strategic Dialogue is scheduled to take place in mid-2011, and is a critical platform for strengthening the U.S.-India partnership, offering a strategic vision for future cooperation.  What are the realistic next steps in fostering deeper engagement on the part of both country’s government-to-government contacts, the private sector and people-to-people contacts?

Launch of the Asian Development Bank's Flagship Publication, Asian Development Outlook 2011

April 13: 3:00pm-5:00pm

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

The Asian Development Outlook is an annual economic report that provides a

comprehensive analysis of macroeconomic and development issues of the

developing member countries of the Asian Development Bank. Dr. Rhee will

focus on the report’s theme of South-South economic linkages. He will speak

on the changing economic center of gravity from the North to the South and

the opportunities this shift opens up for developing countries in Asia.

Political Systems and Political Identities in Post-Communist Eurasia, 1992-2010

April 13: 3:30pm-5:30pm

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

Christian W. Haerpfer, Full Professor, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Aberdeen, UK, and Former Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center; Alexander Chvorostov, Director, Center for Comparative Eurasia Studies and Surveys, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna and Visiting Professor, University of Vienna, Austria; Natalia Waechter, Senior Research Fellow, Center for Comparative Eurasia Studies and Surveys, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, Austria and Visiting Professor, University of Innsbruck, Austria

"Europe, Italy and the Libya Crises"

April 13: 4:30pm-6:00pm

Room 500, The Bernstein-Offit Building

Erik Jones, professor of European Studies at the SAIS Bologna Center; Federiga Bindi, senior fellow at CTR; Francesco Olivieri, CEO of Enel USA and former diplomatic adviser to the Italian Prime Minister; Roberto Toscano, public policy scholar at the Wilson Center for Democracy, former Italian ambassador to Iran and a SAIS graduate; and Marta Dassù (moderator), director of the Aspen Institute of Italy, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, contact or 202.663.5880.

America, Oil, and War in the Middle East

April 13: 6:00pm-7:30pm

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

Launched just a little over two years after the September 11th terrorist attacks, the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 seemed to be a response to then pressing strategic and security concerns. Proponents of the push to topple Saddam Hussein's regime offered a number of justifications for urgent action, citing Iraq's likely possession and imminent use of weapons of mass destruction, the regime's complicity in the events of 9/11,

Progressivism on Tap with Tom Malinowski and Brian Katulis

April 13: 6:30pm-7:30pm

Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

More than three months into the popular uprisings in the Middle East, the Obama administration faces a complicated balancing act in supporting human rights and democracy along with managing its strategic security interests. How well is the United States doing in responding to the popular uprisings and turmoil in the Middle East?

An Author Series Event

April 13: 6:30pm-8:00pm

UCDC Washington Center, 1608 Rhodes Island Ave NW, Washington DC

Please join the World Affairs Council - Washington, D.C.  for an informative and engaging discussion with Dr. Anatol Lieven: Nearest Metro Station: Dupont Circle (Red); Farragut North (Red); Farragut West (Orange/Blue).

An Evening with the Swiss Ambassador to the United States

April 13: 7:00pm-9:00pm

Room 213, 1957 E Street, NW

Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Sorority welcomes the Honorable Manuel Sager, the Swiss Ambassador to the United States, for a discussion on US-Swiss relations.

"Russia and Eurasia: 20 Years After the Soviet Union"

April 14: 8:30am-4:00pm

Rome Building Auditorium, The Rome Building

Thomas Graham, senior director at Kissinger Associates, will deliver the keynote address at 11:30 a.m. For a full agenda of the conference, visit For more information, contact To RSVP, visit

Is the Euro Saved for Good? An Overview of the Economic Situation in Europe and the World

April 14: 9:30am-11:00am

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

European leaders recently met at a summit in Brussels aimed at extinguishing the eurozone debt crisis. Although the leaders reached agreement on the so called "Grand Bargain,” setting up a permanent fund for the assistance of ailing countries and strengthening fiscal and economic coordination, the summit was overshadowed by the unfolding political crisis in Portugal and the military interventions in Libya. Moreover, markets are still questioning the future outcome of the sovereign debt crisis.

New Initiatives to Prevent Corruption and Fraud in Public Procurement in Russia

April 14: 9:30am-11:30am

Woodrow Wilson, 5th Floor Conference Room, Washington DC

Please note that seating for this event is available on a first come, first served basis-no reservations required. Please call on the day of the event to confirm. Please bring an identification card with a photograph (e.g. driver's license, work ID, or university ID) as part of the building's security procedures.

Southern Sudan: The New Regional Player

April 14: 9:30am-11:30am

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

Washington, D.C. 20037

The creation of the new state of Southern Sudan introduces a new player to Central Africa, shifting the regional dynamics in the Great Lakes region. Potential flash-points over water and oil rights, refugees, and the movements of the Lord's Resistance Army will be affected by the new government in Juba and the requisite changes in Khartoum. How will this new state impact its neighbors to the south and how should policy makers prepare for these changes?

Democracy in Asia

April 14: 10:00am-11:00am

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

Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim will share his views on democracy’s progress in Asia and the impact of recent developments in North Africa and West Asia on Southeast Asia’s political perspective, among other topics. Mr. Anwar is the de facto leader of the People’s Justice Party (Keadilan) of Malaysia and the recognized leader of Malaysia’s opposition coalition, Paktan Rakyat (PR).


April 14: 10:00am-11:30am

Washington, DC: East-West Center in Washington, Sixth Floor Conference Room

As Chair of ASEAN in 2011, Indonesia has set a rather ambitious agenda for the Association to accomplish. In addition to accelerating the implementation of ASEAN Community agendas, it also seeks to shape the emerging regional architecture in East Asia and lay the foundation for ASEAN to play a role in the global community of nations.

Political Transitions in Afghanistan

April 14: 10:00am-12:00pm

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

In mid-March, President Hamid Karzai announced those areas of Afghanistan that will be handed over to Afghan Security Forces in 2011 as part of the transition strategy which aims for the withdrawal of international forces by 2014.

Implementing the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review Recommendations on Gender in Development: A Roundtable Discussion

April 14: 10:00am-1:00pm

City View Room, 7th Floor, 1957 E Street, NW

This roundtable discussion (from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM) will look at examples of how a gender perspective has been implemented in different areas, such as infrastructure, education, health, fragile states, and economic empowerment. This discussion will include panelists from a range of governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Identity and Rising Asian Powers: Implications for Regional Cooperation

April 14: 12:00pm-2:00pm

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

Allen Carlson, Associate Professor of Government, Cornell University

Mike Mochizuki, Associate Dean for Academic Programs; Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, GW Deepa Ollapally, Associate Director, Sigur Center for Asian Studies, GW

"State Building in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Theory and Practice (Part 2)"

April 14: 12:30pm-2:00pm

Room 500, The Bernstein-Offit Building

Crawford Young, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Pascal Kambale, deputy director of AfriMAP, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, contact or 202.663.5676


April 14: 1:00pm

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

In this presentation, the striking continuities and discontinuities between two Thai films – the recent 2009 film Agrarian Utopia (Sawaan Baan Na) and the 1977 film Tongpan – will be considered. While made over 30 years apart, both films focus on the lives and livelihoods of rural farmers in the context of Thailand's economic and political development.

Foreign Policies of Emerging-Market Democracies: What Role for Democracy and Human Rights?

April 14-15: 2:00pm

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

The rapid growth of emerging powers in recent years has raised many questions about the future of global governance. A vital bloc within this group is that of the emerging-market democracies, the leading group of developing countries that are governed democratically. While much attention has been paid to how these powers influence the world economy, not enough consideration has been given to these powers’ foreign policies, including how they influence the advancement of human rights and democracy.

The Free-Market Path to Electric Cars

April 14: 2:00pm-3:30pm

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

He most recently wrote The Bottomless Well, coauthored with Mark Mills, which Bill Gates said "is the only book I've ever seen that really explains enThe State of Social Science Research and Free Inquiry in the Western Eurasia Borderlands

April 14: 3:00pm-5:00pm

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412, 1957 E Street, NWergy, its history and what it will be like going forward". Huber's previous book, Hard Green: Saving the Environment from the Environmentalists (Basic Books, 2000), which was called “the richest contribution ever made to the greening of the political mind” by William F. Buckley, Jr

Olga Breskaya, Assistant Professor, Brest State University, Belarus and European Humanities University, Lithuania. Milana Nikolko, Director, Institute for Social Anthropology, Ukraine. Alexandr Osipian, Associate Professor of History, Kramatorsk Institute of Economics and Humanities, Ukraine. Pavel Tereshkovich, Associate Professor of Sociology, European Humanities University; Director, Center for Advanced Study and Education for the Western Eurasia Borderlands

Germany Says "NO” again

April 14: 3:30pm-5:00pm

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

Germany's abstention on the UN Security Council's vote to establish a 'no-fly zone' over Libya and to authorize all necessary measures to protect civilians raises serious questions about the future direction of the country's foreign policy. Whereas Germany's 'No' to the war in Iraq appears to have been justified, the decision in the case of Libya is a de facto 'No' to the principle of the responsibility to protect.

The Future of Global Tobacco Control

April 14: 4:00pm-6:00pm

B1 Conference Center, 1800 K Street, NW, Washington, DC. 20006

Please join us on Thursday, April 14, to hear Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), offer his vision for the future of global tobacco control efforts. With only five months left until the September 2011 UN High Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), and just days prior to the Ministerial Meeting in Moscow on NCDs,

Conference: The Future of Internet Freedom

April 14: 4:00pm-7:00pm

Mortara Building, 3600 N St., N.W., Washington, DC 20057

Evgeny Morozov, former ISD Yahoo! Fellow, has just published The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom, called 'gleefully iconoclastic...provocative, enlightening' by The Economist. Please join Evgeny and a spirited panel to discuss the opportunities and contradictions of Internet freedom, at home and abroad.

Afghanistan: Defying Silence

April 14: 5:30pm-8:00pm

International Resources Group, 1211 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 8th Floor, Washington, D.C.

Please join SID-Washington for our April Chapter Event, a screening of the award-winning documentary, Afghanistan: Defying Silence, by Stacia Teele and Ed Robbins. Following the screening, Ms. Teele and the former Afghan Ambassador to the United States, Said Tayeb Jawad, will engage the audience in a discussion about the film and its importance to the development work that continues to be done in the country.

Young Scholars on Turkey (YSOT) Conference 2011

April 15: 8:30am-5:00pm

University Club of Washington

The Institute of Turkish Studies in association with The SETA Foundation of Washington DC.

Enabling Africa's Next Growth Decade: The G-20's Role in Supporting Infrastructure Development and Global Food Security

April 15: 9:00am-12:00pm

Center for Global Development , 1800 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, First Floor, Washington, DC

This November, France will host the sixth G-20 Summit in Cannes. Over the coming months, the G-20 will be exploring a range of coordinated actions to advance its agreed development roadmap – with a heavy focus on two central pillars: Africa Infrastructure and Global Food Security. In advance of the highly anticipated Cannes Summit, CGD will host a half-day conference focusing on these two important pillars. This CGD event will consist of two interactive panel discussions with leading policymakers from G-20 member governments and international financial institutions.

The Africa Growth and Opportunity Act: Opening Doors for U.S.-Africa Economic Relations

April 15: 9:30am-12:15pm

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

In 2000, President William J. Clinton signed the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), with the goal of opening trade markets and investment between the United States and Africa. Since its implementation, AGOA has increased investment and trade between the two continents, and led to job creation in Africa. The act has also played a critical role for economic growth in many African countries. However, AGOA’s potential expiration in 2015 has many concerned about the future of trade between the U.S. and Africa if the act is not renewed.

"Ensuring Equity in the Green Climate Fund"

April 15: 10:00am-11:30am

Kenney Auditorium, The Nitze Building (main building)

Aliioaiga Feturi Elisaia, permanent representative to the permanent mission of the independent state of Samoa to the U.N.; Farrukh Iqbal Khan, counsellor to the permanent mission of Pakistan to the U.N. (invited); Amar Bhattacharya, director of G24 Secretariat; Lidy Nacpil, coordinator of the Jubilee South Asia-Pacific Movement on Debt and Development; Ilana Soloman, policy analyst at ActionAid USA; and Janet Redman (moderator), co-director of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network at the Institute for Policy Studies, will discuss this topic. Note: SAIS will host a live webcast of the event accessible at For more information, contact or 202.787.5215. To RSVP, contact

Ensuring Equity in the Green Climate Fund

April 15: 10:00am-11:30pm

Kenney Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University SAIS, 1740 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC.

The creation of a global Green Climate Fund represents an important victory for developing countries and their civil society allies at the UN climate talks held in Cancun in 2010. However, the daunting task of designing almost all major elements of the new fund remains on the agenda for the coming year.  Please join us for a dynamic panel discussion with climate finance experts from developing country governments and global civil society.

Get On The Bus - DC

April 15: 10:00am-5:00pm

Embassies in DC, Embassy Row, Washington D.C., DC 20002

This year Amnesty International Group (Capitol Hill/Adams Morgan 536/211) is bringing this event to Washington, D.C for the first time! On Friday, April 15, activists from high school, college and local Amnesty groups in the 6-states of the Mid-Atlantic region will converge on Washington, DC to demonstrate in support of human rights in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar/Burma, Chad and Tibet. Please join us as we make history for human rights!

Admitted Graduate Student Open House  

April 15: 10:30am-7:00pm

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

A day-long program including academic program presentations, faculty lectures, panels, and reception. This event is open to admitted graduate students only. Please register at: Sponsored by Office of Graduate Admissions

Turmoil in Balochistan

April 15: 11:00am-12:30pm

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

Balochistan, Pakistan's largest province, faces a number of destabilizing transnational and domestic security challenges. The Afghan Taliban's leadership council, the Quetta Shura, is alleged to reside in the province. Meanwhile, a nationalist, armed insurgency has been waging guerilla warfare against the Pakistani state since 2005 due, in part, to grievances stemming from Balochistan's impoverished and underdeveloped conditions.

Conservative Political Parties and the Challenge of Democratization: Lessons from Europe's Historical Experience  

April 15: 12:00pm-1:30pm

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

Professor Ziblatt is the author of Structuring the State: The Formation of Italy, Germany, and the Puzzle of Federalism (Princeton University Press, 2006), which was awarded several prizes including the American Political Science Association's 2007 award for Best Book in European Politics.

"Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy"

April 15: 12:30pm-2:00pm

Kenney Auditorium, The Nitze Building (main building)

Raghuram Rajan, professor of finance at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago and author of Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy, will discuss his recent book.Note: SAIS will host a live webcast of the event accessible at For more information and to RSVP, contact or 202.663.5650.

What do the Popular Uprisings in the Middle East Mean for the Future of Political Islam?

April 15: 1:00pm-2:30pm

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

The popular uprisings in the Middle East have brought the question of political Islam to the center stage of America’s policy debate. How do Islamist thinkers view the political transitions underway in Egypt and Tunisia, and what are they saying about the turmoil in places such as Libya and Yemen? What role will Islamist political groups play in countries opening up to democratic reforms, and what are the implications for U.S. policy in the Middle East.

Meeting Needs of Developing Countries: The Role of Innovative Financing

April 15: 3:30pm-6:00pm

Center for Strategic & International Studies, 1800 K Street NW, B1 Conference Room, Washington, DC, USA

Around the world, entities ranging from governments to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to the private sector have been giving more serious consideration than ever before to alternative financing mechanisms for development, climate change, education and other needs. These alternatives range from for-profit initiatives undertaken by NGOs to those with more global implications such as the financial transaction tax. Innovative financing mechanisms will be on the agenda at the November 2011 G20 Summit in Cannes, France. Please join us for a discussion that will focus on the wealth of initiatives underway and what you should know about them.