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A list of international relations events in the DC area.

Calendar for the Week of September 13, 2010

"China's Economy: Boom or Bubble?"

Sept 13: 4;30 pm
SAIS, The Rome Building

Robert Chovanec, associate professor at Tsinghua University's School of Economics and Management, will discuss this topic. For more information, contact or 202.663.5816.

"Japan Economic Outlook: From Sweet Spot to Sweat Spot"

Sept 13: 5:00 pm
Room 500, The Bernstein-Offit Building

Robert Feldman, managing director of Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities Co., Ltd/Research, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, contact or 202.663.7787.

Is Turkey Becoming Less Democratic?

Sept 13: 12pm
SEIU Building, 1800 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036, 1st floor

The purpose of this event is to focus on Turkey’s political development. Do the government’s domestic moves represent efforts to further entrench rule of law or a new quest to undermine it? What is the state of civil and political liberties in the country today? And how would the proposed constitutional amendments impact Turkey’s political development?

Targeting China: Is Congress Serious this Time?

Sept 14: 9:30 am
The Heritage Foundation, Lehrman Auditorium

House Ways and Means will hold a hearing next week on the Chinese yuan, which may quickly lead to legislation being introduced. The chances of protectionist legislation aimed at the PRC are higher than they have been for years. But will the increased stress on the exchange rate be at all useful in creating American jobs or balancing U.S.-China economic ties?

Japan’s Next Prime Minister and the Impact on the Alliance

Sept 14: 2:00 pm
The Heritage Foundation, Lehrman Auditorium

Join us as our panelists discuss the wide-ranging implications of the DPJ election on Japan’s political landscape and policies. Will the winner survive as prime minister or be yet another short-term Japanese leader? Would a defeated Ozawa depart the DPJ to form another political party? How effective will the DPJ be in implementing policies? What do the results portend for Japan’s ability to make decisions and influence the region. Will the DPJ implement its agreement to redeploy U.S. military forces on Okinawa or seek a realignment of its alliance with Washington?

Turmoil in Pakistan and an Assessment of U.S. Policy

Sept 14: 2:00 pm
Online Only

The Obama administration has mapped out an enhanced partnership with Pakistan that addresses Pakistan’s greatest development challenges, supports Pakistan’s democratic institutions, and assists Pakistan in battling militants. Despite this renewed U.S. commitment to Pakistan, little progress is apparent thus far on the ground. The horrific floods have devastated the lives of millions of Pakistanis, militants continue to unleash horrific violence against Pakistanis, and the civilian government remains weak and unable to assert its leadership. Pakistan's military has taken the lead in both the relief efforts and in counterinsurgency operations in the northwest. Please join the Center for American Progress for an informative discussion on U.S. policy toward Pakistan, military-civilian dynamics in Pakistan, efforts underway by the Pakistani military and civilian government to root out militancy, and the disparities between the civilian and military responses to the floods. Panelists will discuss the Obama administration’s strategy toward Pakistan and what the United States can do to support Pakistan’s democracy and struggle against militancy.

"EU Foreign Policy-Making After Lisbon"

Sept 14: 5:00 pm
Rome Building Auditorium, The Rome Building

Sergio Fabbrini, professor of political science at the University of Trento in Italy and recurring visiting professor of comparative and international politics at the University of California, Berkeley, will discuss this topic. A reception will follow. For more information, contact or 202.663.5796.

"India's Israel Policy: From Non-Relations to Friendship"

Sept 14: 5:30
Room 500, The Bernstein-Offit Building

P.R. Kumaraswamy, professor of Middle East studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University; and Arun K. Singh, deputy chief of mission at the Indian Embassy in Washington, D.C., and former Indian ambassador to Israel, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, contact or 202.785.1141

In Aid We Trust: Winning "Hearts and Minds" in the Islamic World

Sept 14: 12:00 pm
Center for Global Development

Winning "hearts and minds" in the Islamic world is now an explicitly acknowledged goal of US foreign aid. Yet, evidence on whether aid works in achieving this goal is rather sparse. We study the effects of aid after the 2005 earthquake in northern Pakistan on the local population's attitudes towards foreigners. We undertook a census of 28,000 households in the earthquake zone. We use the fact that the distribution of population and socioeconomic characteristics are exogenous with respect to the fault line to isolate the effect of the earthquake shock on people's attitudes. Our main findings are: 1) Attitude towards foreigners, and towards Europeans/Americans in particular, improves dramatically as we move closer to the fault line. 2) This effect is due to foreign aid, because people's reports on the number of foreign organizations and people that came to help goes up closer to the fault line, and attitudes towards locals do not change with distance to the fault line. We also find that richer, more educated and males exhibit greater trust in foreigners and that the marginal impact of foreign aid is greater on households who express dissatisfaction with performance of local authorities. We conclude with policy implications. (Joint with Tahir Andrabi, Pomona College)

Negotiating with Evil: When to Talk to Terrorists

Sept 14: 5:00 pm

A book event with the Honorable Mitchell B. Reiss

The Millennium Development Goals and Human Rights: Bridging the Divide

Sept 14: 10:30 am
Falk Auditorium, Brookings

The United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals remain the most prominent global initiative to address poverty around the world. Drawn from the Millennium Declaration adopted 10 years ago by all United Nations member states, the goals set forth a comprehensive strategy for improving the social and economic conditions of the world’s most impoverished citizens. With only five years left to reach the targets, heads of state gathering in New York this month will find that progress has been uneven, and is leaving out some of the poorest and most marginalized. On September 14, the Managing Global Insecurity Project at Brookings will host a conversation on the Millennium Development Goals and their relationship with human rights, featuring remarks by Salil Shetty, secretary general of Amnesty International. He will be joined by Michael Posner, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, and Professor Lawrence Gostin of Georgetown University to discuss what role international human rights law can play in helping to address uneven progress toward meeting the goals for the world’s poor. The panelists will also consider how the United States and other governments can address this issue. Senior Fellow Ted Piccone, deputy director of Foreign Policy at Brookings, will provide introductory remarks and moderate the discussion. After the program, speakers will take audience questions.

Peacebuilding in Dangerous Places: The Work of Civil Society in Conflict Zones

Sept 14: 10:00 am
U.S. Institute for Peace 2nd Floor Conference Room

Please join us for a candid discussion about implementing peacebuilding projects in difficult and dangerous environments. This event presents a unique opportunity to close the gap between Washington planners and on-the-ground practitioners. It will also provide an excellent opportunity to discuss the current situation in each grantee’s country. Ambassador Richard Solomon, president of the United States Institute of Peace, will offer opening remarks.

Author Series: Amb. John Gunther Dean

Sept 14: 6:30
Charles Sumner School, 1201 17th St. NW

Ambassador Dean’s book, Danger Zones: A Diplomat’s Fight for America’s Interests, chronicles the experiences and shares the reflections of the renowned ambassador from 1959-1989. The book shares stories from the power struggles in Cambodia, brokering a peace deal in Laos, and surviving an assassination attempt in Lebanon. Amb. Dean provides provocative reflections on American and foreign leaders and events during his diplomatic career.

Energy Technologies: Comparative Innovative Strategies and Technology Transfer

Sept 14: 9:00 am

This session will explore how different countries approach technology innovation and some of the major obstacles and opportunities associated with technology transfer and widespread technology deployment.

RESOLVED: That the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria should be transformed

Sept 14: 2:30
CSIS; B1 Conference Center

This is the second debate in a year-long series, Fault Lines in Global Health, on the topic, Resolved: That the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria should be transformed to become the Global Fund for Health.

The Privacy Question- SWIFT-ly dealt with or a lasting issue for EU-US counterterrorism cooperation?

Sept 14: 7:00 pm
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

Following the February 2010 rejection of the draft SWIFT agreement on the transfer of information on international bank transfers to US counter-terrorism authorities, the European Parliament approved a new version of the agreement in July 2010. This came following a request by the US authorities with the objective of identifying suspected terrorist activities. The agreement is seen as the first real test of transatlantic cooperation in the post-Lisbon era. However, it seems to have failed to reconcile the divergent views that exist on either side of the Atlantic on the key issues of data protection and privacy. In balancing privacy and security concerns, there are likely to be significant challenges ahead. Following 9-11, the use of data for counter-terrorism investigations has become more acceptable to the public eye, particularly in the US. Under the SWIFT agreement, a large quantity of data (bank and passenger information) on EU citizens will be sent to the United States. Does this go to far in the eyes of the EU citizen? How will this affect transatlantic counter-terrorism cooperation in practice? Join us for a lively debate on these issues.

Moving Forward to a Healthy Future

Sept 14: 11:30
Women’s National Democratic Club

Join us for our outstanding opening program this fall. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear the former Governor of Kansas, who was recognized as one of the top governors by Time Magazine. She has had a remarkable career. After earning a master’s in public administration Ms. Sebelius first served as director of the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association and then was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives.

Foreign Policy Challenges Facing the Obama Administration

Sept 14: 7:00 pm
Japan Society, 333 East 47th St. (at First Ave.), New York

The Obama administration is confronting a host of formidable international policy obstacles, among them ongoing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the prospect of a nuclear Iran, tensions with Pakistan and an economically and militarily resurgent China. Bilateral relations that heretofore have provided the bedrock for U.S. regional policy are proving unexpectedly knotty. National security adviser to two former presidents, head of an internationally respected strategic consulting firm and one of the country's leading experts on foreign policy matters, Brent Scowcroft will offer his thoughts on America's current foreign policy hurdles and the road ahead. David Heleniak, senior adviser for Morgan Stanley will preside.


Sept 14: 10:00 am
Capitol Visitors Center; SVC 200/201 Senate Side

This year marks the 15th anniversary of U.S.-Vietnam diplomatic relations. Please join us for a
conference with senior policy makers and analysts who will discuss how bilateral relations have
strengthened in the past 15 years and explore what lies ahead. This conference will offer expert
insights on the challenges and opportunities facing U.S.-Vietnam political and economic relations. Keynote remarks will be given by Senator Jim Webb and former Vietnamese trade minister Truong Dinh Tuyen.

Favela: Four Decades of Living on the Edge of Rio de Jareiro

Sept 14: 12pm
MC 13 121, Main Complex 18th St South of Pennsylvania Ave

A billion people, almost half of all city dwellers in the developing world, live in squatter settlements. The most famous of these settlements are the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, which have existed for over a century and continue to outpace the rest of the city in growth. Janice Perlman's award-winning The Myth of Marginality was the first in-depth account of life in the favelas, and it is considered one of the most important books in global urban studies in the last 40 years. Now, in Favela , Perlman carries that story forward to the present.

Is Energy the Over-looked Middle Child of the Obama Policy Revolution

Sept 14: 4:30
House of Sweden

Last year, for the first time in more than a generation, it appeared as though a substantial overhaul of America's energy policy and priorities was on the horizon, and with it the promise of new green technologies and green jobs that would begin to pull the United States out of the economic crisis and recession and lead the way to economic growth and future prosperity. A year and billions of stimulus dollars later, the economy continues to struggle mightily, clean-tech growth and green jobs remain absent or at least negligible, and the moment for meaningful energy and climate legislation--even in the face of the the largest and most devastating oil spill in U.S. history--appears to have passed. Where does this leave the country and the economy, and what comes next for energy policy, energy innovation and the so-called green jobs. Please join us for a wide-ranging discussion about the current state of the economy with Joe Quinlan, Managing Director and Chief Market Strategist of Bank of America, followed by a panel discussion with Representative Bob Inglis (R-SC), Matt Rogers from the Department of Energy who is responsible for the Green Stimulus Funds, and Zachary Karabell of River Twice Research and the Business for Sustainable Responsibility.

The Battle for Afghanistan and Pakistan

Sept 14: 12:15 pm
The New America Foundation

Join the New America Foundation for a timely assessment of the threat from al-Qaeda and its allies in Afghanistan and Pakistan with three experts on the subject. Michael Waltz recently returned from a one year tour of duty in eastern Afghanistan with U.S. Special Operations Forces and has served as Special Advisor to the Vice President for South Asia and Counterterrorism at the White House. Shuja Nawaz, a Pakistani political and strategic analyst, is the director of the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council. Peter Bergen, author and leading al-Qaeda authority, has been researching terrorism for more than two decades. The New America Foundation will also be releasing several research papers in the “Battle for Pakistan” series, launching the “Battle for Afghanistan” series, and celebrating the one-year anniversary of the AfPak Channel, a unique partnership with Foreign Policy Magazine that has become a premier clearinghouse of news and analysis from and about Afghanistan, Pakistan, and issues of transnational terrorism.

Book Event: Just Give Money to the Poor

Sept 16: 4:00 pm
The New America Foundation

Ten years ago, world leaders convened at the United Nations to sign the Millennium Declaration - a commitment to end global poverty by 2015. This month's anniversary summit will reveal that not a single target they developed to track progress - known as the Millennium Development Goals - has been achieved. Beyond political will, the search to identify and deploy innovative and effective interventions is as vital and timely as ever. In a new and hotly-debated book, Just Give Money to the Poor, David Hulme and his co-authors present the case for a new aid paradigm. Research shows that cash transfers given to the poor transform their lives, so - the authors argue - why not cut out governments and NGOs, and let the poor decide how to use their money? Please join the Global Assets Project, author David Hulme, and a panel of experts for discussion, exploration, and debate of a set of new ideas to revolutionize development assistance.

Rediscovering Fire: Basic Economic Lessons from the Soviet Experiment

Sept 16: 12:00 pm
The Heritage Foundation, Lehrman Auditorium

In Rediscovering Fire, Guinevere Liberty Nell visits this historical social science laboratory to study the lessons in basic economics that it teaches. She examines not only the policies based on Soviet theory, but also the reforms planners then had to implement when their policies ran up against the unchangeable economic laws they sought so strongly to deny. The parallels between these examples and our current U.S. policy debates are striking.

Designing Work-Family Policies for Families, Employers and Gender Equity

Sept 16: 12:00 pm
The New American Foundation

During the last 30 years, family life in the US- and other industrialized nations- has changed dramatically. A majority of mothers are in the workforce. What do experiences from the US and around the globe tell us about the optimal design of policies to support working families? Join the New America Foundation and the Institute for Women's Policy Research as four experts examine the evidence from the US and across the world on work-family policies that support families, help employers succeed, and increase gender equity.

The Internet and Innovation

Sept 15: 3:30 pm
The New America Foundation

The Internet intersects life at work, home, and vacation through our interaction with email, the World Wide Web, or Google. But beneath these layers is network architecture that defines how data transfers from one point to another and this has a direct impact on the innovation of new applications. On September 15, Associate Professor at Stanford Law School, Dr. Barbara van Schewick will discuss key lessons from her book Internet Architecture and Innovation. Using her expertise in economics, management science, engineering, networking and law, van Schewick shows how alternative network architectures can create very different economic environments for innovation. The Internet’s original architecture was based on four design principles – modularity, layering, and two versions of the celebrated but often misunderstood end-to-end arguments. This design, van Schewick demonstrates, fostered innovation in applications and allowed applications and services like e-mail, the World Wide Web, E-Bay, Google, Skype, Flickr, Blogger and Facebook to emerge. Changes to the open Internet, such as introducing prioritization into the network architecture, can have profound impacts; even, threaten the future of Internet innovation.

Broadcasting to Boardroom

Sept 15: 12:15 pm
The New America Foundation

A proposed Order implementing open access to the vacant TV channels in every media market nationwide will be voted on at the Federal Communication Commission’s September 23 Open Meeting. Will reallocating the majority of TV frequencies from broadcasting to unlicensed broadband herald an era of “Wi-Fi on Steroids” – as Google co-founder Larry Page has proclaimed – or will it be of marginal utility? The debate over opening the vast wasteland of unused TV band spectrum capacity has stretched on since the FCC’s 2002 Spectrum Policy Task Force. In November 2008, the Commission provisionally approved unlicensed access to the White Space by a 5-0 vote. Now, after bitter debates between broadcasters, wireless microphone makers, high-tech companies and public interest advocates, a final vote to open the TV band for broadband is at hand. Join us to hear and engage with a variety of perspectives about why the FCC’s pending Order – and unlicensed access to channels in every market – is pivotal to the nation’s broadband future.

Pakistan’s Flood Emergency: A Live Web Chat With Elizabeth Ferris

Sept 15: 12:30 pm
Online Only

Brookings expert Elizabeth Ferris believes that the Pakistan floods will be one of the worst crises in history, as it has affected more than 20 million people and destroyed a significant portion of Pakistan’s agriculture. On September 15, Ferris will be on hand to discuss the disaster, specifically the short- and long-term challenges faced by the Pakistani government and the international community in responding to the floods. David Mark, senior editor at POLITICO, will moderate the discussion.

Reporting from China

Sept 15: 12:00 pm
SAIS, Rome Building Auditorium, The Rome Building

Rana Foroohar, deputy editor of Newsweek; Joseph F. Frolik, chief editorial writer for The Plain Dealer; Elizabeth Krist, senior photo editor of National Geographic; and Peter Thomson, environmental editor of BBC/PRI's "The World," will discuss this topic. Lunch will be served. For more information and to RSVP, contact or 202.663.7726.

"The United States at the United Nations and Beyond: A World of Transnational Challenges"

Sept 15: 12:30 pm
SAIS, Kenney Auditorium, The Nitze Building (main building)

Esther Brimmer, assistant secretary of State for International Organization Affairs and former SAIS faculty member, will discuss this topic. Note: SAIS will also host a live webcast of the event accessible at For more information and to RSVP, or 201.739.7425.

"The End of the Cold War: Reagan, Gorbachev and Lessons for Today"

Sept 15: 12:30
SAIS, Room 812, The Rome Building

David Hoffman, contributing editor for Foreign Policy and The Washington Post, will discuss this topic. For more information, or 202.663.5795.

"Update on the Caucasus Today and U.S. Policy There"

Sept 15: 5:30
SAIS, Rome Building Auditorium, The Rome Building

Stephen Blank, professor of Russian national security studies at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College; and Svante Cornell, research director and editor of CACI Analyst, will discuss this topic. Note: A reception will begin at 5 p.m. For more information and to RSVP, or 202.663.7723.

"Hamilton Society: Is New START Smart"

Sept 15: 5:30 pm
SAIS, Room 500, The Bernstein-Offit Building

Paula DeSutter, former U.S. assistant secretary of State for Verification, Compliance and Implementation; and Steven Pifer, director of the Arms Control Initiative at the Brookings Institution and former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP,

"Obama, the United States and a Changing Middle East"

Sept 15: 12:30 pm
SAIS, Room 507, The Nitze Building (main building)

Robert Malley, program director for the Middle East and North Africa Program at the International Crisis Group and former special assistant to President Bill Clinton for Arab-Israeli Affairs, will discuss this topic. To RSVP, contact katarina@jhu.eduor 202.663.5649.

Author Series: Amb. John Gunther Dean

Sept 15: 6:30pm
Charles Sumner School, 1201 17th St, NW, Washington DC

Former US Ambassador Dean will discuss his latest book, Danger Zones: A Diplomatic Fight for America’s Interests.

Fiesta Mexicana: Bicentennial of the Independence of Mexico

Sept 15: 6:30pm
Kennedy Center, South Plaza

The “Fiesta Mexicana” commemoration program includes the Civic Ceremony of El Grito, headed by Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan, and performances by the Ballet Folklórico de la Universidad Veracruzana; the Mariachi Los Amigos; Mexican tenors Jesús Hernández and José Ortega; and Ozomatli.

When Settlers Attack

Sept 15: 12:30 pm
The Palestine Center

The Palestine Center presents an analysis of settler violence in the West Bank. We ask what type of violence occurs, who is most vulnerable and most targeted, where the violence is concentrated and what motivates it. We will present the results of an analysis spanning over 1000 events of settler violence, as well as trends in the violence over time, to better understand how these attacks affect Palestinians.

Emerging Africa: How 17 Countries Are Leading the Way

Sept 16: 4:30 pm
The National Museum of African Art

There's good news out of Africa. Seventeen emerging countries are putting behind them the conflict, stagnation, and dictatorships of the past. Since the mid-1990s, these countries have achieved steady economic growth, deepened democracy, improved governance, and decreased poverty. Former CGD senior fellow Steve Radelet's new book Emerging Africa: How 17 Countries Are Leading the Way takes a fresh approach to development in Africa by recognizing the important differences between the emerging countries, the oil-exporters (where progress has been uneven and volatile), and the others (where there has been little progress) instead of treating sub-Saharan Africa as a monolithic entity. Please join us in launching this important addition to the ongoing conversation about a complex continent.

Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell on Next Steps in Engaging the Asia-Pacific Region

Sept 16: 2:00 pm
U.S. Institute for Peace

In July, senior Obama administration officials participated in a host of major meetings in Asia. From the historic 2+2 meetings in Seoul between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates with their South Korean counterparts to Secretary Clinton's speech at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum in Hanoi, the high level of U.S. commitment to the Asia-Pacific region is clear. Following these successful meetings, the attention of friends and allies in Asia has shifted to how the United States will maintain this momentum.
Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell will join us for a public event on the Obama administration's next steps in engaging the Asia-Pacific region.

"Burma and U.S.-China Relations"

Sept 16: 4:30 pm
SAIS, Room 806, The Rome Building

Quansheng Zhao, director of the Center for Asian Studies at American University; and Kent Calder (moderator), director of the Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, contact

"Closing the Gender Gap: Global Perspectives on Women in the Boardroom"

Sept 16: 9:00 am
SAIS, Kenney Auditorium, The Nitze Building (main building)

This conference will bring together participants from around the world, including government officials, academics, corporate executives, institutional investors and advisers, stock exchange representatives and associations of women directors, to discuss this topic. Registration and a continental breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. For more information and to RSVP, go to

What is up with Kim Jong Il?: The Precarious Political Situation in the Korean Peninsula

Sept 16: 12:30 pm
Marrakesh Palace, 2147 P Street NW

The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area invites you to attend its September Lunch & Learn on "What is up with Kim Jong Il?: The Precarious Political Situation in the Korean Peninsula" featuring special guest speaker Jae H. Ku, Ph.D, Director of the U.S.-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).