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A list of international relations events in the DC area.

Calendar for the Week of August 22, 2010

Week of August 22

"Pakistan: Inside the Tinderbox" (Special FOCUS-IN! Film)
Aug 22: 8:00pm
Bus Boys and Poets, 14th and V street, NW DC

Special FOCUS-IN! screening of "Pakistan: Inside the Tinderbox". Nuclear-armed Pakistan is a tinderbox; Al Qaeda's sanctuary in the midst of an economically challenged, ethnically diverse, and politically volatile Muslim country. This documentary highlights hope in the middle of despair. The story of smiles and tears of ordinary folks ---students, teachers, slum dwellers and musicians--- struggling with terrorism.

Introducing the MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies at the Monterey Institute for International Studies

Aug 23: 12pm-1pm
CSIS, 1800 K St, NW, Washington DC

The Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) is hosting a lunch and informational session to learn more about a one of a kind nuclear weapons-focused graduate degree program at the Monterey Institute for International Studies.

Homeland Security 2020: The Future of Defending the Homeland

Aug 23-26th
The Heritage Foundation, Lerhman Auditorium
Live Webcasts

Four day series looking at maritime security, science/Technology, working with the private sector and cyber security.

Progress in Afghanistan: Will the U.S. Strategy Succeed?

Aug 24: 10am-11:30am
Falk auditorium, Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW DC

Foreign Policy at Brookings will host a discussion assessing the state of the U.S. mission and the future of international involvement in the military and civilian effort in Afghanistan.

JICC Film Series: Kabei-Our Mother

Aug 25: 6:30pm
Lafayette Centre III (lower level) 1155 21st Street NW, Washington D.C. 20036

When Professor Shigeru Nogami is accused of being a communist and imprisoned for speaking out against the government in 1940s Tokyo, his devoted wife Kayo, affectionately called "Kabei" by her family, is left to care for her children alone. Thankfully the neighbors are more concerned with the well‐being of the Nogami family than with their patriarch’s political views.

Beyond Arab Poll Results

Aug 26: 12:15pm
NAF, 1899 L Street NW Suite 400, DC

In a striking shift from last year, a majority of Arabs polled also believe that a nuclear-armed Iran could be good for the region. How will President Obama address these seemingly contradictory viewpoints in a Middle East that is ever-more discouraged by U.S. policy? Can the White House win the confidence of both Arabs and Israelis?

Week of Aug 29

Iraq: A Teach-in on the Legacy of the 7 year US Occupation

Aug 29: 5-9pm
Bus Boys and Poets, 5th and K st NW, Washington DC

Thousands of US troops are leaving Iraq -- but more than 50,000 troops and tens of thousands of U.S.-paid mercenaries remain. U.S. "combat operations" are ending, but Iraq remains mired in war. We will examine whether the U.S. is really leaving Iraq or just rebranding. We’ll look at life in Iraq today, the human toll on both Iraqis and returning U.S. soldiers, the status of Iraqi refugees around the world and the cost of war in light of our financial crisis.


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.

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”

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.

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.

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.

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 the Israel-Palestine conflict? 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.

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.