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A list of international relations events in the DC area.

Calendar for the Week of August 29, 2010

Week of Aug 29

There is No Alternative: Why Margaret Thatcher Matters

Aug 31: 12pm
Lehrman Auditorium, Heritage Foundation

Great Britain in the 1970s appeared to a nation be in terminal decline – ungovernable and rapidly headed for global economic irrelevance. Three decades later, it is one of the richest and most influential countries in Europe and Margaret Thatcher deserves all the credit. There Is No Alternative provides a valuable account of Margaret Thatcher’s visionary triumphs in the fight for free enterprise.

Debate on Globalization: Threat or Opportunity?

Aug 31: 12:30pm
IPS Conference Room, 1112 16th Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC, USA

The IMF’s stated mission is to "foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world." However, there are those who assert that the IMF is actually a destabilizing force within the global economy, while others believe that the countries themselves are to blame for poor economic choices.

Security after the Quake: Addressing Violence and Rape in Haiti

Aug 31: 2pm
United States Institute of Peace, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 1200 17th St, NW. DC

Eight months after the earthquake, more than one million Haitians are still living in some 1,300 makeshift camps. Inhabitants of these camps have become targets of violent crime, particularly rape. Despite efforts by the Haitian government, the international community and local activists, women and girls are being raped in the camps, often by armed attackers. What steps are being taken to address crime and protect against rape in Haiti? What lessons can be learned for future post-disaster humanitarian responses?

Meeting the Needs of Latinos and English Language Learners

Sept 1: 9am
Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20005

Charter schools are quickly becoming a major force in public education, supported in part by the Obama administration’s education agenda. At the same time, Latinos and English language learners, or ELLs, make up an increasing share of the nation’s school-aged children. They are also disproportionately concentrated in the schools targeted by the administration’s school turnaround efforts. Charter schools that take on this challenge of turning around schools will therefore inevitably have to consider how they are going to improve the educational outcomes of Latino and ELL students in these schools.

Responding to the Historic Floods in Pakistan: Political and Security Considerations

Sept 1: 10am
Falk Auditorium, The Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW

Monsoon rains have helped create the worst humanitarian crisis in Pakistan’s modern history. Massive flooding throughout the Khyber-Paktunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh provinces have killed nearly 2,000 people and harmed some 20 million. The disaster has also created security concerns in what is already an unstable political climate. How the Pakistani government and the international community respond to this emergency will have far-reaching political consequences for the country and the region.

Transitional Justice in Balance

Sept 1: 2pm
United States Institute of Peace, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 1200 17th St, NW. DC

Transitional justice is a topic that has gained an increasing amount of attention in recent years. Countries emerging from the traumas of violent conflict are employing a variety of different transitional justice mechanisms to address human rights violations and promote reconciliation. Despite important steps toward understanding the myriad transitional justice mechanisms available, a dearth of studies analyzing the efficacy of these mechanisms, their contribution to theory building, and their policy implications remains.

Author Robert R. M. Verchick | "Facing Catastrophe: Environmental Action for a Post-Katrina World"

Sept 2: 6:30pm
Bus Boys and Poets, 14th and V St NW, Washington DC

Author Robert R. M. Verchick discusses and signs his new book, "Facing Catastrophe: Environmental Action for a Post-Katrina World." In this bold contribution to environmental law, Robert Verchick argues for a new perspective on disaster law that is based on the principles of environmental protection.

The East Moves West: India, China, and Asia's Growing Presence in the Middle East

Sept 4: 12pm
MEI Boardman Room 1761 N Street NW, Washington, DC

Geoffrey Kemp, an expert in U.S. policy in the greater Middle East, will discuss his new book The East Moves West: India, China, and Asia's Growing Presence in the Middle East. Professor Kemp will be discussing the manner in which the Asian presence in the Middle East is growing because of the economic outreach of India, China, Japan, South Korea and other Asian countries. He will also address the place of American military power in this new regional alignment.

Week of Sept 5

Islamaphobia: An ACTOR Discussion

Sept 5: 4pm
Bus Boys and Poets, 14th and V St, NW DC

A.C.T.O.R. A Continuing Talk on Race - Open discussion. The A.C.T.O.R series is hosted by Busboys and Poets as a community service. This discussion series provides the opportunity for people to come together and speak openly and honestly about issues of race.

Making the Most of the MDG Summit: Advancing the Interests of Women and Girls

Sept 7: 10am- 11:30
CSIS, B1 Conference Center, 1800 K street NW, DC

Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues at the Department of State will “Making the Most of the MDG Summit: Advancing the Interests of Women and Girls”

Discussion on “Ground Zero” Controversy with Imam Johari

Sept 7: 6pm
Bus Boys and Poets, 14th and V St, NW DC

Join us for a meaningful, engaging discussion and film screening that will address the “Ground Zero” controversy. Explore why this has sparked a divisive reaction that requires a constructive conversation about remaining a united America – across cultures and faiths. Hear from Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, a respected advocate for civil rights, liberties and interfaith dialogue. Watch the award-winning film, Talking Through Walls. Learn about the latest initiative, Ground Zero Dialogue, and how Muslims are teaming up with other faiths to work collectively.

U.S. Counter Terrorism Strategy in Yemen

Sept 8: 11am
United States Institute of Peace, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 1200 17th St, NW. DC

In 2009, the failed Christmas airline attack brought Yemen to the forefront of many discussions about al-Qaeda and terrorism. Despite the newly-increased spotlight on Yemen and its troubles, the country has long been a core part of broader U.S. counterterrorism strategy.

Early Reading: Igniting Education for All

Sept 8: 2pm-4pm
Falk Auditorium, The Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW

Learning to read is a fundamental part of the first few years of primary education for early and sustained success in school. Yet, in many developing countries, a distressing number of students are not learning to read at all during these critical first years of schooling.

World Wildlife’s funds Science for Nature Seminar with Margaret Palmer

Sept 9: 4:30 with reception following
World Wildlife Fund, 1250 24th Street, NW DC

Waterways throughout the world are under immense pressure to meet the needs of people yet many streams and rivers are already seriously polluted or otherwise ecologically degraded. In many developed countries, recognition of this growing problem has resulted in major investments to restore or “renaturalize” rivers. In fact, restoration is now a booming business which may become even larger as regulatory frameworks and environmental markets continue to embrace restoration as a major environmental policy tool. Just five years ago Dr. Palmer was writing about the paucity of data on the outcome of stream and river restoration but today there is a rapidly expanding literature on river restoration outcome.

When is International Peacekeeping Illegal?

Sept 10: 2pm
USIP, 2nd Floor, 1200 17th street, NW

The recent Supreme Court decision in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project upheld the laws that make it a criminal act to provide “material support” to a proscribed organization as designated by the State Department or the Treasury Department, even when that support consists of advice or training aimed at promoting peace and non-violence. This ruling significantly restricts the activities of Americans and those organizations and individuals funded by American money from trying to bring proscribed organizations to the negotiating table.

Week of Sept 12

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.

Immigration Law and Policy After 9/11 and Prospects for Reform

Sept 16
Byrd Center for Legislative Studies, located at 213 N. King St in Shepherdstown, WV

Professor Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia will present the sixth annual Tom E. Moses Memorial Lecture on the Constitution: "Immigration Law and Policy After 9/11 and Prospects for Reform." Dr. Wadhia is a clinical professor of law at Penn State Law School where she is also the director of the Center for Immigrants' Rights.

Evaluating Peace building and Promoting Education

Sept 17: 9:15am-5pm
1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW

The peacebuilding community often struggles with measuring program effectiveness and how to promote learning from our work. How do we balance external reporting requirements with internal learning needs? How can we best promote learning within our organizations and across the wider peacebuilding community? How do we strengthen our capacities to undertake more effective Design, Monitoring and Evaluation and promote consistent, reflective practice? In this special session of the Conflict Prevention and Resolution Forum, we will take stock of efforts to undertake more effective evaluation and promote more systematic learning.

Week of Sept 19

2010 PONI Fall Conference

Sept 21-22: 9am- 4pm
Atomic Weapons Establishment in Aldermaston, United Kingdom

The Fall Conference will feature panel presentations addressing topics such as Nuclear Strategy, Policy, and Posture; Nuclear Nonproliferation; Scientific and Operational Supports for Nuclear Policy; and Nuclear Disarmament and Material Security.

Symposium : The New Media and the Palestine Question: Blogging Out of Conflict

Sept 23: 11am-2:15
The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave, NW DC

How has blogging/new media affected the public debate on Israel and Palestine? How has blogging/new media responded to the Main Stream Media and vice versa? What results has this interaction had on the public discussion of I/P? Does blogging/new media matter to the policy making elite? What about Congress, lobby groups? How has the increase in participants in the discussion changed policy calculations if any? Does the openness created by blogging/new media, which was not present in the past, make elected officials think twice about their actions.

Ladder to the Top

Sept 23: 6pm

A full evening of programming, starting with an inspiring reception at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and ending with intimate dinners across our nation's capital. Together we will draw attention to the crisis of women's under-representation in leadership.

Week of Sept 26

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.

Other Events

The Great Game: Afghanistan

Sept 15-26
Sidney Harman Hall

The Shakespeare Theatre Company presents the The Great Game: Afghanistan, a unique theatrical event exploring, in three separate thrilling and provocative plays, the culture and history of Afghanistan since Western involvement in 1842 to the present day. All three parts can be experienced together as one event or as separate productions and do not need to be seen in chronological order.

The Way We See It: Young Photographers Examine, Define, and Change Their World

June 18 to September 3, 2010, 2pm – 7pm
Corner of Connecticut Ave & T St, 1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20009

The Way We See It: Young Photographers Examine, Define, and Change Their World is an exhibit about a participatory educational process that fosters individual and community awareness, empowerment, and social change. The participatory photography exhibited highlights the intellectual, aesthetic, and political potential of youth-adult partnerships, in which youth take the lead in framing the inquiry and determining how to represent their concerns most effectively to diverse audiences.

Common Ground Awards

Nov 11: 7:30pm
National Geographic Museum

The 2010 Honorees include: Descendants of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: David Works, Shay Banks-Young and Julia Jefferson Westerinen; Jim Leach: Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities; Just Vision: Ronit Avni, Executive Director and Julia Bacha, Senior Producer & Media Director; Mathare Youth Sports Association, Kenya.