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A list of international relations events in the DC area.

Calendar for the Week of September 27, 2010

Women as a Barometer of Success and Stability? Sharing “Lessons Learned” from Iraq to Afghanistan

Sept 27: 11:00 am
US Institute for Peace

How do we know we are on track when it comes to post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction? How do we know that our military, diplomatic and development efforts are working? These experts believe that one key indicator when gauging success is women’s participation and access to the political, economic and social arenas. This moderated discussion will feature Isobel Coleman, senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Coleman will discuss her recent book, "Paradise Beneath Her Feet", which paints a vivid picture of the status of women’s rights in the Middle East and highlights the transformative role women are playing in the region.

The Struggle for a Democratic Future in Afghanistan

Sept 27: 12:00 pm
Middle East Institute

The Middle East Institute is proud to host Marvin Weinbaum, scholar at the Middle East Institute, and Caroline Wadhams, Director for South Asia Security Studies at the Center for American Progress for a discussion on the outcomes and impact of the recent parliamentary elections in Afghanistan. Recently returned from Afghanistan, where he was an election monitor, Dr. Weinbaum will share his recent experience on the ground and assess the ramifications of the elections for Afghanistan's prospects for democracy. Wadhams, who has served as a US election observer in Pakistan, will contribute insight into the Afghan election process and the outlook for a democratic future for Afghanistan.

Iraqi Kurdistan Today: Between Autonomy and Dependency

Sept 27: 12:15pm
Since the American occupation of Iraq, the Kurdistan Regional Government has enjoyed an unprecedented degree of autonomy. But what is Iraqi Kurdistan today? Is it a region of Iraq enjoying an unusual degree of autonomy? Or is it a state in the making, the result of nation-building process different from what the United States put in place In Iraq?

Survivors Speak: Essential Leadership in Combating Demand for Sex Trafficking and Commercial Sex

Sept 27: 3:00 pm
Woodrow Wilson Center

The third event of the Demand Dynamics of Sex Trafficking Speaker Series will feature survivors of commercial sexual exploitation who have overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to become leaders in the movement to abolish the demand for commercial sex and sex trafficking. Panelists will share their personal stories, highlight gaps and opportunities in policies and programs combating demand, and will explore the strategic importance of survivor leadership in eradicating the sex industry.

Turkey’s Neighborhood Policy: Implications for Turkey-U.S. Relations

Sept 27: 3:30 pm
Woodrow Wilson Center

An Evening with Professor Leon Fuerth, Former National Security Advisor to Vice President Al Gore

Sept 27: 7:30
Elliott School for International Affairs, Room 505, 1957 E St. NW

Professor Fuerth will discuss the national security implications facing the United States today by applying the Forward Engagement Theory. After his remarks Professor Fuerth will address questions from the audience.

Crossing Borders: From Myth to Sound Immigration Policy

Sept 28: 9:00 am
Grand Ballroom, Washington Court Hotel

On September 28, The Hamilton Project will host a forum focused on the economics of immigration. A panel of economic experts will help distinguish economic reality from myth in the current debate -- with particular regard to the impact of immigration on the wages of middle-class and lower-income workers; the living standards of Americans; and the demand for, and availability of, visas for highly skilled workers.

The 2010 DOD China Report: Defining the Challenge to Taiwan

Sept 28: 10:00 am
Heritage Foundation, Lehrman Auditorium

The recently released annual Department of Defense Report to Congress provides the official US assessment of China’s military capabilities. What does it say explicitly – and implicitly – about the threat posed to Taiwan? How should the report findings influence pending arms sales and America’s obligations under the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA)? Taiwan’s long-standing request for F-16s remains unfilled. Undue delays have surfaced over seemingly minor arms sales notifications to Congress. Is U.S. policy toward Taiwan taking the threat it faces into full account? Or having made the $6.4 billion second installment on the Bush-era sale to Taiwan, is the Administration tacking back to a more China-sensitive orientation? We hope to address these questions and others with top experts on the PLA and the cross-straits military balance.

Rebuilding Security in the Persian Gulf

Sept 28: 12:00 pm
Middle East Institute Boardman Room

The Middle East Institute is proud to host Ambassador Robert E. Hunter, Senior Adviser at the RAND Corporation. to present a new study that lays out the criteria and parameters for a new security structure for the Persian Gulf region. His recent study, Building Security in the Persian Gulf, makes recommendations for a new security structure for the region in order to promote long-term stability while also reducing burdens on the United States. The study's analysis and conclusions derive from two premises: With the collapse of existing security arrangements in the Persian Gulf in recent years, the United States now has no choice but to help create a new security structure for the region that will meet our long-term interests and those of our allies and partners. Secondly, if effective, that structure can reduce burdens on the United States in terms of direct costs and risks as well as opportunity costs imposed on other important US security objectives and domestic needs.

Divided Attitudes? Preliminary Analysis of Simultaneous 2010 Public Opinion Surveys in Moldova and Trasnistria

Sept 28: 12:30 pm
Elliott School of International Affairs, Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412, 1957 E St. NW

The Settlement Freeze and the Peace Process Freeze

Sept 28: 12:30pm-2pm
The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave, NW DC

Michelle Dunne and Daniel Levy discuss the peace process.

The Anglosphere and the Advance of Freedom

Sept 28: 4:00 pm
Heritage Foundation, Allison Auditorium

The Honorable John Howard was Prime Minister of Australia from 1996 to 2007 and won four consecutive general elections. In this, the seventh Margaret Thatcher Freedom Lecture, Howard will speak on the convictions that have guided him throughout his political life. As a proud defender of economic freedom and the traditional values of the English-speaking nations, he believes that the continued threats to Western society require the nations of the Anglosphere not only to retain but also to reassert their cultural self-belief.

Author Series: Edward Steinfeld- Playing Our Game

Sept 28: 6:30
UCDC Washington Center

Edward Steinfeld joins the World Affairs Council- Washington DC to discuss his book, Playing Our Game: Why China’s Rise Doesn’t Threaten the West. The book challenges the popular belief that the upsurge in China’s economy is detrimental to the United States. He attributes China’s growth to its internal acceptance of the rules and practices of other industrialized nations. This view has opened doors to new ways of approaching economic relations with China. Steinfeld is a professor of political economy in the MIT Department of Political Science. His research studies China’s energy use and how it affects different facets of the globe, particularly the environment. He has published numerous books on China and has been featured in the Washington Post, Business Week and more. Steinfeld has served as a consultant to the World Bank and other public and private organizations.

Author Event: Zapatista Resistance and Revolutionary Public Relations: The Relevance for Climate Justice

Sept 28: 6:30 pm
Bus Boys and Poets

Combining narrative history, media analysis, and ethnography A Poetics of Resistance: The Revolutionary Public Relations of the Zapatista Insurgency, by Jeff Conant provides a refreshingly new take on the Zapatistas. Conant's book focuses on the Zapatistas' communication strategies, but opens out to show how their words serve up a vision of 'development' and 'modernity' entirely contrary to the dominant notions. In subsequent writings the author has linked the book to the current work of climate justice movement. IPS' Global Economy project and Sustainable Energy and Economy Network (SEEN) join with Teaching for Change bookstore to invite you to an interactive discussion with Jeff Conant, to see how broadly applicable his work can be. Jeff will also be signing copies of this book.

Author Series: Edward Steinfeld - Playing Our Game

Sept 28: 6:30 pm
Charles Sumner School

Strategic Asia 2010-2011

Sept 29: 9:00 am
SAIS, Kennedy Auditorium

Richard Ellings, president of NBR; Ashley Tellis, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and general editor of "Strategic Asia: 2010-11: Asia’s Rising Power and America’s Continued Purpose"; and David M. Lampton, director of the SAIS China Studies Program, will discuss this topic.

Envisioning a Two-State Solution

Sept 29: 9:00 am
Woodrow Wilson Center

Ahmad Omeir Youth Leader, OneVoice Palestine and Acting Director, Young Entrepreneurs Palestine Danny Shaket Youth Leader, OneVoice Israel and Head, OneVoice Israel’s Tel Aviv University Chapter Omeir and Shaket will discuss the work they are doing within their respective communities to prepare for a peace agreement and articulate the important role that Americans have to play in being part of a solution. From offices in Tel Aviv and Ramallah, OneVoice Israel and OneVoice Palestine work to amplify the voice of Israeli and Palestinian moderates, empowering them to propel their elected representatives toward a two-state solution that ends the occupation, ensures security and peace for Israel and Palestine, and solves all final-status issues in accordance with international resolutions.

Small Modular Nuclear Reactors

Sept 29: 9:00 am
CSIS 1800 K St. NW

At the dawn of neo-Nuclear Renaissance, Small Modular Nuclear Reactors have been at the center of much talk inside and outside Washington. While the reactors are only at the pre-license application discussion stage, the federal government is demonstrating both the readiness and support for their market entry in the near future. What are the economic benefits of small modular reactors? What space would the reactors occupy in the market place? What are some of the concerns associated with their commercialization? This event will present a recent report on SMRs’ economic and employment impacts that was authored by a group of university experts, with the support of the American Council on Global Nuclear Competitiveness. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion about the future of small modular reactors in the United States—both challenges and opportunities.

Towards a Palestinian State- Is Institution-Building Succeeding?

Sept 29: 9:00 am
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

This panel will discuss what is still needed for Palestinian state-building to succeed, and whether it can be accomplished in the upcoming year. This event, co-sponsored with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, marks the launch of a new U.S. Institute of Peace series on The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Internal Challenges on the Road to Peace. Speakers * Howard Sumka U.S. Agency for International Development * Nathan Brown Carnegie Endowment for International Peace * Neil Kritz U.S. Institute of Peace * Ghaith Al-Omari American Task Force on Palestine * Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen, Moderator

Promoting Political Reform in Lebanon

Sept 29: 10:30 am
Beacon Hotel

In this event, co-sponsored with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), Lebanese Interior Minister Ziad Baroud will discuss the pursuit of political reform in Lebanon. Tamara Wittes, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern affairs, will offer a U.S. policy perspective on the opportunities and challenges of democracy promotion in Lebanon. Richard Chambers, Chief of Party in Lebanon for IFES, will provide remarks from the perspective of an on-the-ground democracy promotion organization. Please contact Leslie Thompson at 202-429-3896 or with any general questions about this event.

American Power After 9/11

Sept 29: 12:00 pm
Center for American Progress

With the passage of two key political milestones—the August 31 withdrawal of American combat forces from Iraq and Afghanistan’s September 18 parliamentary elections—please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion about U.S. leadership, the reliability of partners, and the role and utility of multilateral institutions. Our panelists will address how the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have impacted the legitimacy and effectiveness of the United Nations and other multilateral institutions, whether multilateral institutions are becoming more or less relevant in the promotion of U.S. national security, and how President Obama's aspirational references to international engagement and partnering play out in practice.

Latvian Civil Society: A Student Perspective

Sept 29: 12:30 pm
Elliott School of International Affairs, Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412, 1957 E St. NW

This brown bag lunch discussion will focus on Dozler's research findings while he was in Riga, Latvia on a Fulbright grant assessing the openness of the Latvian and Estonian governments to civil society groups.

Developments in Russian Legal Reform from the Standpoint of a Major Russian Law Firm Sept 29: 12:30 pm

SAIS, Room 535
Sergey Spasennov, partner of the Pepeliaev Group, LLC, will discuss this topic.

Between Religion and Politics

Sept 29: 12:30
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

As Islamist movements in the Arab world become more politically active, they are struggling to pursue their moral and religious agenda while navigating daily political tussles. In the face of repressive regimes, they have achieved some popular support, but enjoyed few—if any—concrete successes, write Nathan J. Brown and Amr Hamzawy. In their new book Between Religion and Politics, Brown and Hamzawy analyze Islamist movements in Egypt, Morocco, Yemen, Jordan, Palestine, and Kuwait and how they have failed to satisfy their political and religious constituencies. As a result of these failures, are Islamist movements likely to scale back their political engagement or press forward with participation? Nathan Brown and Amr Hamzawy will discuss their new book.

Covering Corruption: The Difficulties of Trying to Make a Difference

Sept 29: 12:00 pm
1025 F St. NW, Suite 800

It is often taken for granted that a free press shining a light on wrongdoing is the way to control corruption. Brave journalists around the world have endured threats and attacks and have even died reporting about corruption. Yet only recently have news organizations begun asking whether what they are doing is making any difference, particularly in states where democracy is weak or non-existent. How can journalists operate in environments where they cannot access government documents or question officials, and where they are subjected to jail for sedition or libel if they write anything perceived as unfavorable? A new CIMA report by Rosemary Armao, Covering Corruption: The Difficulties of Trying to Make a Difference, examines the impact of reporting about the topic on the incidence of corruption, asking whether and how media have an effect in bringing about reform and better governance. It also explores reporting methods that lead to civil action and reform while keeping journalists safe, and suggests training approaches for media development organizations and educational institutions.

The U.S.-China Economic Relationship and the National Export Initiative

Sept 29: 12:30 pm
East-West Center, Washington Conference Room

Earlier this month, President Obama announced the National Export Initiative (NEI), which was established to help the United States to achieve its goal of doubling exports in five years. Because China is the fastest growing market for American exports and is a top trade partner, third only to Canada and Mexico, the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (AmCham Shanghai) recognizes the importance of engaging the Chinese market and promoting U.S. export competitiveness, which will, in turn, help drive economic growth. Ms. Brenda Lei Foster, Mr. Robert Roche and Mr. Benjamin H. Kinnas will present the findings of AmCham Shanghai's latest report, "U.S. Export Competitiveness in China: Winning in the World's Fastest-Growing Market," and discuss how the NEI may impact the future of U.S.-China economic relations.

Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe

Sept 29: 12:30pm
Lindner Family Commons, The Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E Street, NW

Frank Dikotter, Chair Professor of Humanities, University of Hong Kong and Professor of Modern History of China, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Prosperity Unbound: Building Property Markets with Trust

Sept 29: 6:00 pm
Elliott School of International Affairs, Lindner Family Commons, Room 602, 1957 E St.

Elena Panaritis is an institutional economist, action leader and social entrepreneur. In more than a decade as an economist at the World Bank, she spearheaded property rights reforms around the world. She is the recipient of the International Best Practice and Innovation Award for her ground-breaking work in Peru, where 9 million people became part of the middle class and the formal market in only 3 years. Her book Prosperity Unbound: Building Property Markets with Trust expounds on her methodology and offers practical guidance for policy makers, government officials, private investors and entrepreneurs who want to create or strengthen property markets and transform "unreal estate" to real estate. Ms. Panaritis is one of the pioneers of 'triple-bottom-line' social entrepreneurship. Her ideas are particularly timely, given the context of the economic crisis in Greece, the global financial crisis, and the ongoing efforts to restore growth by addressing informality and illiquid property markets.

The New Brazil

Sept 29: 6:00 pm
SAIS, Kennedy Auditorium

Riordan Roett, director of and the SAIS Latin American Studies Program; Francisco Gonzalez, Riordan Roett Associate Professor of Latin American Studies; Margaret Daly Hayes, principal of EBR Associates; Kellie Meiman, managing director of McLarty Associates; and Michael Mandelbaum (moderator), director of the SAIS American Foreign Policy Program, will discuss Roett’s new book, The New Brazil. A wine and cheese reception will follow

A Modern Narrative for Muslim Women

Sept 30: 10:00 am
Woodrow Wilson Center

The Woodrow Wilson Center along with the American Islamic Congress will be hosting this discussion with several prominent women from the Middle East who profiled their home countries as part of the publication “A Modern Narrative for Muslim Women in the Middle East.” Their testimonies and recommendations will reflect on the social, economic, political, legal, and religious conditions unique to the women’s movements in these nations. The event will take place at the Woodrow Wilson Center at One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW. For more information or to RSVP please go here.

Russia and the Rule of Law

Sept 30: 12:00 pm
Hudson Institute

Hudson Institute invites you to attend a discussion of the state of the rule of law in Russia. Joining this panel discussion will be lead defense attorney for Khodorkovsky, Vadim Klyuvgant; Hudson Institute Senior Fellow David Satter; and Andrei Piontkovsky, author of Russian Identity. The event will be moderated by S. Enders Wimbush, Senior Vice President, Hudson Institute.

Corruption in Yemen

Sept 30: 12:00 pm
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Corruption is the root cause of Yemen’s stagnated growth, wasting vital resources, time, and human capabilities. Combating corruption should be a central part of any strategy to reduce instability and improve the lives of Yemeni citizens. The Center for International Private Enterprise’s new documentary, “Destructive Beast,” is a groundbreaking film exposing the economic and social costs of corruption in Yemen. The 40-minute film captures the scale of the abuse of power, neglect, bribery, wasted public resources, and favoritism that have so ravaged that country’s development and stability. Abdulwahab Alkebsi will discuss the issues the film highlights. Christopher Boucek will moderate. This film was produced with the support from the National Endowment for Democracy.

Hezbollah’s Impact on Security and Political Dynamics

Sept 30: 12:00 pm
Center for American Progress

Please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion on Hezbollah’s role in the Middle East, the challenge it poses to U.S. policy goals in the region, and the likelihood and potential fallout of another war with Israel. Elliott Abrams, deputy national security advisor handling Middle East affairs in the George W. Bush administration, will comment on the book and on Hezbollah's evolving regional role and its impact on U.S. national security.

Presidential Succession in Egypt: Who follow Hosni Mubarak?

Sept 30: 12:30 pm

Amidst the resumption of direct Israeli-Palestinian talks, the drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq, the ever present concerns over Iran’s nuclear program, and rising tensions between Israel & Turkey, the Obama administration must now add another pressing issue to its Middle Eastern docket: who will replace aging Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak?

Senior Policy Group Public Seminar with AIPS Delegation

Sept 30: 1:00 pm
CSIS B1B Conference Room

Please join us for a special public Senior Policy Group seminar with a distinguished delegation from the ASAN Institute for Policy Studies (AIPS), led by Director Chaibong Hahm. The ASAN Institute was founded in February 2008 in commemoration of the late Chung Ju-Yung, the Founder of Hyundai Group. As an independent, non-profit organization, AIPS is dedicated to promoting peace, unification, and the prosperity of the Korean peninsula, as well as global human security by addressing important issues pertaining to the environment, human rights, energy, disease, hunger, and terrorism. The delegation will discuss the following topics with the Korea Chair's Senior Policy Group: the U.S.-ROK Alliance, the KORUS FTA, and Post-Cheonan: North Korea and China. RSVP for this event and join the discussion!

Education in Russia; Regional Perceptions of the Federal Education Reform and modern Identity of Russian Universities

Sept 30: 3:30 pm
Woodrow Wilson Center

Sept 30: 3:30
Falk Auditorium, Brookings

On September 30, the Managing Global Insecurity Project at Brookings will host senior U.N. officials Nicholas Haysom and Robert Orr for a discussion of the outcomes and implications of these high-level meetings. Haysom and Orr will address what these meetings mean for the world’s most pressing challenges, for the future of the United Nations and for further international cooperation on vital global issues. Senior Fellow Bruce Jones, director of the Managing Global Insecurity project, will join the panel.

Merchants of Modernity: Businesses, Development and Democracy in Developing Countries

Sept 30: 3:00 pm
1025 F St. NW, Suite 800

In her new book, The Case for Business in Developing Economies, former Reagan-Fascell Fellow Ann Bernstein argues that “just doing business” can have unintended positive consequences for society. These include potentially transforming the trajectory of national economies; boosting the forces for modernization; strengthening civil society; expanding human rights and the rule of law; and unleashing pressures for democratization. In this sense business, far from being a conservative force supporting the status quo or an essentially malign power that needs to pay a social penalty to offset the negative consequences of its pursuit of profit, is a constant agent of social change. Please join us as Ms. Bernstein explains her argument that economic rationality inadvertently leads to individuals with modern attitudes and to the creation of civil society, which in turn facilitate human rights, pluralism, and democracy.

Endogenous Kill Acquisition and Export Manufacturing in Mexico

Sept 30: 4:30 pm
SAIS, Room 714, The Bernstein-Offit Building

David Atkin, assistant professor of economics at Yale University, will discuss this topic.

Crime Wars: Gang, Cartels and U.S. National Security

Sept 30: 4:30
Willard Intercontinental Hotel's Crystal Room

On September 30, 2010, from 5:00-6:30 p.m., the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) will host an event to launch Crime Wars: Gangs, Cartels, and U.S. National Security, a groundbreaking CNAS report that surveys organized crime throughout the Western Hemisphere, analyzes the challenges it poses for the region and recommends the United States replace the "war on drugs" paradigm with comprehensive domestic and foreign policies to confront the interrelated challenges of drug trafficking and violence ranging from the Andean Ridge to American streets.

Borderline or Borderlands?

Sept 30: 6:00 pm
AFL-CIO, 815 16th St. NW

Join us for a conversation featuring Tyche Hendricks and Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan about the dynamics at play in the borderlands today and their implications for immigration policy and the future of U.S.-Mexico relations.

Book Discussion: The Secret History of MI6

Oct 1: 12:00 pm
Woodrow Wilson Center

The Political Economy of African Responses to the U.S. African Command

Oct 1: 12:00 pm
IPS Conference Room

What accounts for African responses to the creation of the U.S. Africa Command? Rather than attributing negative reactions to Pentagon “public relations” errors, a content analysis of over 500 African news reports shows that countries sustaining high levels of growth with lower overall levels of foreign aid were more critical of AFRICOM – even if they are traditional American allies The findings, to be published in Africa Today, suggest that recent economic progress among African countries is contributing to their policy latitude. IPS' Foreign Policy In Focus will host a panel for an in depth discussion that examines all the related issues, featuring Carl LeVan and Jillian Emerson, co-authors of a new paper on the politics of African responses to Africom. Please join us.

Imagining a Two-State Solution

Oct 1: 6:30
Embassy of Finland

Danny Shaket, from the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, and Ahmad Omeir, from the city of Ramallah in the West Bank, will describe the direct impact of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on their daily lives, their efforts within their own communities to build peace, and their vision of how the two sides can constructively work together. Before and after hearing from the speakers, attendees will have ample opportunity to meet and network with each other while enjoying complimentary drinks and hors d'œuvres.