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A list of international relations events in the DC area.

Calendar for the Week of April 4, 2011

Conflict Solutions International presents: Islam and Western Society

April 5: 6:30pm

2401 Virginia Ave

Conflict Solutions International is presenting “Islam and Western Society.” With the growing influx of immigrants to Europe and America, some people feel uncomfortable with the new cultures that are taking hold, which may question their established traditions. Since 9/11 this phenomenon seems to be more evident among growing Muslim communities. CSI will explore the issue of compatibility between some forms of Islam and western society. This program will feature speakers who consider radical Islam a threat to western society, as well as others who will counter that such thoughts are only part of a larger phenomenon of Islamophobia. A non-alcohol reception will follow the program.  RSVP: (Photo ID required to entry)

Week of April 03

Palestinian Youth Call for Democracy, Unity & Creative Non-Violence

Apr 3, 7:30pm @ Busboys & Poets Restaurant, 14th and V Streets, NW

Apr 4, 6:30pm @ Ward Circle Building, Room 1 (lower level) 4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW

Come hear two young Palestinian peace activists who are on a national tour of the U.S. sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace.  They will tell us about the Palestinian youth-organized and led demonstrations held in the West Bank and Gaza throughout the past month of March, and the activities on the part of a growing number of non-party-affiliated young Palestinian activists striving for democracy and unity, through the use of creative non-violent approaches

Role of Civic Organizations in International Reconciliation

April 4: 9:00am-4:30pm

Copley Hall, 37th and O St., N.W., Washington, DC 20007

Poland has historically had complex and often antagonistic relations with both Germany and Russia. In the 1960s the German and Polish Catholic Churches began a process of dialogue that was the precursor to the state-to-state reconciliation between West Germany and Poland culminating in the 1971 Warsaw treaty.

"What's Going on in Bosnia? The Challenge of Forming a Government Six Months After an Election?"

April 4: 10:00am-11:00am

Room 500, The Bernstein-Offit Building

Zlatko Lagumdžija, president of the Social Democratic Party of Bosnia and Herzegovina, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, contact or 202.663.5880.


April 4: 12:00pm-1:00pm

East-West Center, Burns Hall, Rm. 3015

Concerns about energy security affect economic performance and political stability all over the world.  Yet nowhere is this issue more critical than in Asia and the Pacific. The United States and Asia have much in common in terms of their basic energy situation. Both must import large quantities of oil and natural gas, creating a worrying level of dependency on the volatile Middle East. Dr. Fesharaki will address the implications of the current state of global turmoil for the energy markets in the U.S. mainland and here in Hawai'i.

A Hard Country to Love": Patriotism and National Identity in Russia's Great War, 1914-1918

April 4: 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.

Iran: From Civil Society Protest to Political Alternative?

April 4: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Moynihan Board Room, Washington DC

The Egyptian events are having an impact throughout the Middle East region, including Iran. The “Green Movement,” in spite of the repression, has found a new occasion for raising again the unsolved “democratic question” in Iran. Beyond the protest, what are the political issues (leadership, programs, and strategies) that will have to be addressed by Iranian reformers and democrats?

Who is the Libyan Opposition?

April 4: 12:00pm-1:00pm

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

The conflict in Libya has raised several questions about the Libyan opposition - Who is leading the movement? What are their goals? What are the opportunities and risks for U.S. policy in engaging the opposition leaders? Please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion with Ali Aujali, the official representative to the United States of the Transitional National Council of the Libyan Republic. The Transitional National Council was formed and announced on March 5th in the eastern city of Benghazi.

Right Wing Israeli Polity: Implications for the Arab Minority

April 4: 12:30pm-2:00pm

The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave, NW, Washington DC

In the past week alone, the Israeli government has taken several steps to further target the Palestinian minority in Israel. You can read more about discriminatory legislation that bans the commemoration of the Nakba, allows communities to forbid Arabs from living among them and targets political activists here. Also, new polling indicates that the Israeli polity is moving only further to the right, which means Palestinian citizens of Israel will be increasingly under pressure.

Kyrgyzstan at the Crossroads: Understanding April 2010

April 4: 1:00pm-2:30pm

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

Shortly after the violent riots that brought down the dictatorial regime of President Kurmanbek Bakiev in April 2010, Saltanat Berdikeeva (SSP'04) traveled to her home country to document the causes of the violent power transition in Kyrgyzstan and prospects for positive change, based on interviews and insights of local scholars. The film is 30 minutes in Kyrgyz with subtitles in English and English narration. It will be followed by a discussion with Berdikeeva and Miriam Lanskoy, Director for Russia and Eurasia at the National Endowment for Democracy.

Strengthening Hemispheric Relations: A View from the Caribbean

April 4: 4:00pm-5:00pm

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

On April 4, the Latin America Initiative at Brookings will host the Honorable Kamla Persad-Bissessar, prime minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, for a discussion of the current and future role of the Caribbean in enhancing hemispheric relations. Persad-Bissessar will specifically address issues such as the importance of securing both traditional and alternative sources of renewable energy in her country; the impact of the economic downturn on tourism and remittances for Trinidad and Tobago; and Caribbean coordination in response to the economic crisis and the exacerbated levels of violence in the region.

"The Last Time We Were at Zero"

April 4: 5:00pm-6:30pm

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

George Quester, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Visiting Professor of International Affairs, GW. George Quester will give a lecture on his book project titled "The Last Time We Were at Global-Zero". George H. Quester is the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Visiting Professor of International Affairs at The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. He is one of the most distinguished scholars in the field of international security studies, having published a dozen single-authored books and ten edited books and textbooks over the course of his career. He is especially noted for his work on nuclear weapons and arms control.

Int'l Mine Awarness Day Reception, Hosted by the Halo Trust

April 4: 6:00pm-7:30pm

Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Intercultural Center, 37th and O St., N.W., Washington, DC 20057-1047

Members of Halo Trust and UNICEF will host a reception to discuss their work in landmine clearance for International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance.

The Future of Yemen

April 5: 9:30am-11:30am

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

Washington, D.C. 20037

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Yemen Working Group and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) invite you to join us for a live video-conference with leaders of the Yemeni opposition. This event provides a rare, on-the-record opportunity to hear directly from key opposition figures and engage in a dialogue on the current situation in Yemen.

Author Event: Living in the Crossfire

April 5: 10:30am-12:00pm

Washington Office on Latin America, 1666 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC, USA

Living in the Crossfire: Favela Residents, Drug Dealers, and Police Violence in Rio De Janeiro is an exhaustive study of the violence that touches the daily lives of Rio de Janeiro’s favela residents caught in the crossfire bewteen police officers and the drug traffickers that control the favelas.  This book provides vivid accounts from favela residents, human rights activists and policy makers and offers an analysis of public policies to address this grave problem while pointing out the underlying social and economic problems that exacerbate the situation.

Oil Spike: Back to the Future?

April 5: 12:00pm-1:30pm

Lehrman Auditorium

Political risks, such as social upheavals in the Persian Gulf, terrorism, and future wars have the potential to significantly affect the global supply of oil and drive prices up. Ongoing events in the Middle East; rising demand for oil in developing countries, especially India and China; commodity speculation in oil; and potential terrorist attacks on key transportation nodes, refineries, and oil fields have a major economic impact on the oil market. However, the global oil market can adjust to supply disruptions.

What We Know About Health and Health Services in North Korea

April 5: 12:00pm-1:30pm

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

Little is known about health status and health services in North Korea. The reports that are published are often based on a small number of interviews about events from some years past (Amnesty International), or based on manipulated data (World Health Organization). The reports of defectors and increasing information from inside North Korea paints a picture of continued malnutrition, though less than the 1990s.

Skill Biased Heterogeneous Firms: Trade Liberalization and the Skill Premium Redux

April 5: 12:30pm-2:00-pm

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

Ariell Reshef, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Virginia

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

Warsaw Pact: Wartime Statutes—Instruments of Soviet Control

April 5: 1:00pm-4:30pm

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

Since the establishment of the Warsaw Pact in 1955, the anticipated reliability of Non-Soviet Warsaw Pact (NSWP) forces in the event of a crisis was a topic of intense interest for the United States and its NATO allies as well as for the Soviet Union. As the Soviet Union engaged in successive efforts from the late 1960s onwards to codify its command and control arrangements over the armed forces of its East European allies--first through a peacetime and later a wartime statute--the U.S. Intelligence Community's collection and analytic efforts on the subject were ongoing.

U.S. Policy Toward Africa 2011: Implications of Current Events

April 5: 2:00pm-4:00pm

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

The Wilson Center’s Africa Program with cosponsorship from Africare and the Constituency for Africa invites you to attend an event entitled, “U.S. Policy Toward Africa 2011: Implications of Current Events,” which will feature the Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, Johnnie Carson. Ambassador Carson has been serving as the Assistant Secretary of State for Africa since May 2009.

The Japan "Peace for Vietnam" Committee (Beheiren), American Deserters, and the U.S. Response, 1967-1968

April 5: 3:00pm-4:00pm

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

Major historians who study the American anti-Vietnam war movements agree that peace advocates raised the social costs of U.S. intervention in Vietnam and were the catalyst and driving force for U.S. withdrawal. In contrast to these positive interpretations of the U.S. peace movements, the impact of the movements in Japan is underestimated. Although recently there has been academic research on anti-war activities by the Japan Peace for Vietnam Committee (Beheiren), they focus on discussing this group's ideological and philosophical character in the context of the history of leftwing activism in Japan.

Eastern European Energy Policy

April 5: 4:00pm-5:30pm

Room 505, 1957 E Street, NW, Washington DC

The speakers will discuss Russia's role as a major energy supplier to Eastern and Central Europe, providing their perspectives on how to resolve issues related to energy security in the region. Ambassador Keith C. Smith is currently a senior associate at the CSIS New European Democracies Project. He retired from the US Department of State in 2000, where his career focused primarily on European affairs. He was US ambassador to Lithuania from 1997 to 2000, with additional posts in Europe including Hungary (twice), Norway, and Estonia.

Catholic Peacebuilding in East Africa

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

Berkley Center 3rd Floor Conference Room

Can religiously-inspired peacebuilding make a difference in Congo and East Africa? This question will be addressed by John Katunga, Catholic Relief Services'(CRS) regional technical advisor for peacebuilding and justice in east Africa.

"Scorecard on European Foreign Policy"

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

Room 806, The Rome Building

Justin Vaïsse, director of research and senior fellow at the Center for the Study of the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution and SAIS professorial lecturer of European Studies, will discuss this topic. A reception will follow. For more information, contact or 202.663.5796.

Empire of Humanity: A History of Humanitarianism

April 5: 6:30pm-8:00pm

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

Professor Michael Barnett will discuss his forthcoming book, Empire of Humanity, which explores humanitarianism's remarkable growth from its humble origins in the early nineteenth century to its current prominence in global life. 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Lecture

7:30 PM - 8:00 PM Reception and Book Signing

"Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami: Dimensions of the Disaster and Future Prospects"

April 5: 6:30pm-8:00pm

Kenney Auditorium, The Nitze Building (main building)

This forum will feature Ichiro Fujisaki, Japanese ambassador to the United States; Jessica P. Einhorn (welcome remarks), dean of SAIS; David Barlow, captain of the Virginia Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department; Hironori Kawauchi, senior economist of the East Asia and Pacific Region at the World Bank; Ryo Tsuzukihashi, Japanese SAIS graduate student; and Kent Calder (moderator), director of the Reischauer Center and SAIS Japan Studies Program. For more information and to RSVP, or 202.663.5812.

"American Foreign Policy: A View From the Senate"

April 6: 9:30am-10:30am

Kenney Auditorium, The Nitze Building (main building)

Lindsey Graham, Republican senator from South Carolina and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, will discuss this topic. Note: This event’s venue has changed from Rome Building Auditorium to Kenney Auditorium in the Nitze Building. For more information and to RSVP, or 202.974.6341.

Talk with Father Ivo Markovic, a Bosnian Friar

April 6: 10:00am-12:00pm

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

Washington, D.C. 20037

Father Ivo Markovic, a Bosnian Friar, is a founder of Pontanima, an interreligious choir based in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is widely acclaimed as an innovative peacemaking project, a shining representation ofBosnia-Herzegovina, and a major contributor to the country's cultural life. The choir and its founder received Search for Common Ground Reconciliation Through the Arts Award (2004) and the Tanenbaum Peacemakers in Action Award (1998), among others.

Harnessing Corporate Philanthropy to Educate the World's Poor

April 6: 10:30am-12:00pm

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

The crisis of global education financing has prompted many to ask whether the international community can harness corporate money and resources to support education in developing countries. However, little data exists about how multinational companies currently engage in funding global education and the rationale behind these investments. A new report by the Center on Universal Education at Brookings examines these issues based on research, surveys and interviews of U.S. companies and their corporate philanthropy leaders. The report highlights the amount, themes and geographic focus areas of corporate contributions and the underlying motivations driving contributions to education in developing countries.

Eastern Europe Past and Present w/ Slavenka Drakulic

April 6: 12:00

Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Intercultural Center, 37th and O St., N.W., Washington, DC 20057-1047

'Orwell taught us in Animal Farm that a satirical fable could introduce us to Stalinism. For our own postcommunist age, Slavenka Drakulic summons her own group of animals, each with its own literary genre, and each with a story to tell about life in a communist country. The mouse and the mole, the pig and the parrot, the raven and the bear, the cat and the dog, all seek and find ways to remind us of a time and place, and so teach us the difference between stale commemoration of the graying past and the warmth and wetness and dread and darkness of life truly and bravely recalled.

This Burning Land:  Lessons from the  Front Lines of the Transformed  Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

April 6: 12:00pm-1:15pm

MEI Boardman Room, 1761 N St., NW, Washington, DC

The Middle East Institute is proud to host Greg Myre and Jennifer Griffin for a discussion about the ongoing challenges in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on their knowledge and experiences recounted in their new book, This Burning Land: Lessons from the Front Lines of the Transformed Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Myre and Griffin, journalists who are husband and wife, traveled to Jerusalem in 1999 in hopes of finally seeing Middle East peace. Instead, the pair watched as violence in the area escalated and the peace process disintegrated. They will discuss their experiences in the region as well as their insights into the motivation behind various actors in the  conflict ranging from Israeli settlers to Palestinian suicide bombers.

The U.S. Government's Response to Disasters: Myth, Mistakes, and Recovery

April 6: 12:00pm-1:15pm

B-338 Rayburn House Office Building

Frederick Burkle, Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative; Leonard Doyle, Country Spokesperson, Haiti, International Organization for Migration; Arif Hasan, Adviser, Orangi Pilot Project, and Founder and Chairman, Urban Resource Centre, Pakistan; Eliane Ubalijoro, Adjunct Professor of Practice for Public-Private Sector Partnerships, Centre for Developing-Area Studies, McGill University, and Member of the Presidential Advisory Council for Rwandan President Paul Kagame

'Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction' launch - Dr. Brown

April 6: 12:30pm

Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Intercultural Center, 37th and O St., N.W., Washington, DC 20057-1047

As the founder of Islam, Muhammad is one of the most influential figures in history. Our knowledge of his life has come mainly from the biography written by his followers, but Western historians have questioned the reliability of this story in the quest to uncover the 'historical Muhammad'. As modern controversies such as the Satanic Verses and the Danish cartoon crisis have shown, whatever the truth about Muhammad's life, his persona has taken on numerous shapes and played a crucial role in Muslim life and civilization. Providing both the Muslim and Western historical perspectives, Jonathan A.C. Brown explores Muhammad's role in both the medieval world and the world today.

International Justice Cooperation

April 6: 12:30pm-1:45pm

Mortara Building Mortara Conference Room (Located at 3600 N Street)

Angelino Alfano has been Italy's Minister of Justice since May 2008. He has led a significant career in the Italian Parliament, representing western Sicily. By profession, a freelance journalist, he is a graduate of the Catholic University of Sacro Cuore di Milano, and earned a PhD in Business Law from the University of Palermo.

Sino-Russian Relations in the Northeast Asian Regional Context

April 6: 12:30pm-1:45pm

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

Gilbert Rozman will assess Sino-Russian relations in triangular contexts. He will consider the Korean peninsula, Japan, and regionalism in Asia as well as examine Central Asia and South and Southeast Asia. Stress will be placed on Chinese reasoning and how Russia is responding.

"Stagnation, Modernization or Westernization in Russia's Future?"

April 6: 12:30pm-2:00pm

Room 812, The Rome Building

Fiona Hill, director of the Brookings Institution Center on the United States and Europe and a former intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia at the National Intelligence Council, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, or 202.663.5795.

"The Uribe Legacy and New Challenges for the Santos Administration"

April 6: 12:45pm-1:45pm

Room 517, The Nitze Building (main building)

Gabriel Silva, Colombian ambassador to the United States and a SAIS graduate, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, or 202.663.5734.

Civil Rights in Israel: Challenges Facing the Arab Minority

April 6: 12:45pm-2:15pm

Intercultural Center CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241

CCAS welcomes a delegation from the Mossawa Center, an advocacy organization for the Arab citizens of Israel. Mr. Jafar Farah, director of the Mossawa Center, will make brief remarks followed by a discussion with the audience and other members of the delegation, who represent leaders from various Arab and Jewish constituencies. Please see below for biographical information about the other members of the delegation.

Youth Activism, the January 25 Revolution, and Egypt’s Transition

April 6: 3:00pm-4:30pm

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

On January 25, Egypt's youth activists, using new media technology, succeeded in launching a protest movement that eventually forced Hosni Mubarak to resign the presidency. Since that time, these activists have retained an important role during the transition period and continue to pressure the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to undertake reforms. Many key questions remain, however, surrounding Egypt's ongoing transition to a civilian government.

Responding to Disasters: Myths, Mistakes, and Recovery

April 6: 3:00pm-5:00pm

Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC

More than ever, we are overwhelmed by images of devastating disasters unfolding around the world. Whether the result of natural systems, conflict and war, or technological and human failures, these disasters prompt large-scale responses by international NGOs and foreign governments. Millions of dollars are poured into affected regions, and yet death rates continue to rise and whole populations lack adequate shelter, sanitation, or access to health services, in some cases many years after the disaster.

USA: A Second World Country?

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

Lehrman Auditorium

The inability of America to develop its vast natural resources due to the manipulation of environmental laws, which have helped clean up America, are restraining global competitiveness and driving the United States toward becoming a Second World Country. John Shively, former Alaska State Commissioner of Natural Resources under Governor Tony Knowles (D), advocates for common sense and the need for regulatory balance. The instability of the current regulatory process impacts the nation’s global investment climate ultimately resulting in job loss.

"Kyrgyzstan a Year Later: How Will It End?"

April 6: 5:30pm-7:00pm

Rome Building Auditorium, The Rome Building

Anvar Bugazov, professor of philosophy at Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University and Fulbright Fellow at CACI; Alisher Khamidov, SAIS Ph.D. candidate and journalist; and Zamira Sydykova, former Kyrgyz ambassador to the United States, will discuss this topic. A reception will precede the forum at 5 p.m. Note: This event was originally scheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 5. For more information and to RSVP, contact or 202.663.7721.

The New Faces of VOA

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

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

Join the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication and the Walter Roberts Endowment Board as the director of Voice of America (VOA), Dan Austin, relates his perspective on the changing face of public diplomacy.

DC Screening: Will The Real Terrorist Please Stand Up

April 6: 7:00pm-11:00pm

West End Cinema, 2301 M Street NW, Washington, DC, USA

For half a century, small groups of Cuban exiles have waged a terrorist campaign against Cuba's revolutionary government, with active or passive support from the U.S. government. In the 1990s, Florida-based exiles began bombing tourist sites, the backbone of Cuba's economy. An Italian tourist died in one of the bomb attacks.

Crime and Violence in Central America

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

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

Jeannette Aguilar, University Public Opinion Institute (IUDOP); José Simeón Cañas, Central American University (El Salvador); Felipe Jaramillo, World Bank;Francisco Dall’Anese Ruiz, Comisión Internacional Contra la Impunidad en Guatemala; Rodrigo Serrano, World Bank


April 7-11: 12:00pm-1:15pm

East-West Center in Washington, 1819 L Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC, Sixth Floor Conference Room*

International aid has been critical in supporting non-state actors in Southeast Asia, specifically non-governmental organizations (NGOs) active in development and related issue areas, such as public health, food security, the environment, and human rights. Along with growing concern regarding the volume of aid flows, accountability, and implementation of aid dollars, there has also been heightened interest in the complicated relationship between national and local NGOs, who are typically aid recipients in many developing countries, and aid donors.

Reform and Development in Egypt: U.S. Goals and Priorities    

April 7: 12:00pm-1:15pm

Middle East Institute, 1761 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

The Middle East Institute is proud to host Hady Amr of USAID and Les Campbell of NDI for a discussion about shifting U.S. funding goals and priorities in Egypt in the wake of the January 25 revolution. Egyptian NGOs and nascent political parties face multiple challenges as Egypt transitions toward democracy, including a lack of resources and a democratic system. Egypt is also facing new economic challenges and calls from some quarters for a Western-backed Marshall Plan. Amr and Campbell will explore the role the U.S. can realistically play in supporting change and democracy in Egypt while also promoting economic stability and growth.

The Pseudo-Democrat's Dilemma with Susan Hyde

April 7: 12:00pm-1:30pm

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

Why has the decision to invite foreign election observers become an international norm? More generally, how do international norms develop in the absence of incentives for cooperation or activism by norm entrepreneurs? Motivated by the case of election observation, Dr. Susan Hyde argues that international norms can be generated through a diffusely motivated signaling process. She will address these and other questions in her lecture titled 'The Pseudo-Democrat's Dilemma: Why Election Observation Became an International Norm.'

Albania’s Political Future: Overcoming Electoral Problems and Political Instability

April 7: 12:00pm-1:30pm

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

SIS will hold an informal lunch roundtable discussion on  the upcoming  May 8  local elections in Albania and the possibilities of resolving the ongoing political crisis. The event is co-sponsored by the Lavrentis Lavrentiadis Chair in Southeast European Studies and the Albanian Council on Foreign Relations (ACFR). Panelists include ACFR President Agim Nesho, and Albanian Members of Parliament from the opposition Socialist Party Arben Malaj and Andis Harasani.

Using Performance-Based Incentives to Enhance the Quality of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Interventions in Developing Countries: Theory and Practice

April 7: 12:30pm-2:00pm

Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Service. Rome Building, Room 200, 1619 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC

CGD Director of Global Health Policy Amanda Glassman will moderate a panel discussion on the use of performance-based incentives to improve maternal, newborn and child health care in developing countries. The event will challenge listeners and stimulate their thinking about how to move beyond lip-service and rhetoric to effective and concrete measures with regards to performance-based incentives in developing countries. The panelists will focus on how performance incentives have been used to improve the quality of services, on how behaviors have changed in response to the incentives and on how this has contributed to a stronger health system.

Human Rights, Development, and Growth: Metrics, New Strategies, and New Ways of Thinking

April 7: 12:30pm-7:30pm

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

Albert Einstein once noted that not everything that counts can be counted. Yet to evaluate the effects of policies and strategies, activists, policymakers, and scholars need to be able to measure change in human rights and development over time. This two-day conference is organized by the Institute for International Economic Policy of the Elliott School of International Affairs, GW.

Rebuilding Financial Management in Post-conflict Environments: Liberia's Governance and Economic Management Assistance Program (GEMAP) 2005-2010

April 7: 1:00pm-2:30pm

Ronald Reagan Building, USAID Conference Room M-18, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Mezzanine Level, Washington, DC

In response to the conflicts that raged in Liberia from 1989 through 2003, government officials and donors together decided on a Governance and Economic Management Assistance Program to stop the financial hemorrhaging and rebuild government institutions. USAID, the World Bank, the IMF, the UNDP, and the EC all agreed to provide embedded advisors. Within four years, Liberia was able to rebuild its financial management sufficiently to qualify for debt relief under the IMF/WB Highly Indebted Poor Countries program. One of the conditions was the successful completion of the GEMAP reform program.

Voices from Palestine: Women Leaders Speak on Peace and Security

April 7: 1:30pm-3:00pm

Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Moynihan Board Room, Washington DC

In recent weeks, across the Middle East women have been on the frontlines of protests, demanding democracy and accountability from their governments. Like their regional counterparts, Palestinian women have long been leaders in their society. However, like women in Egypt, Tunisia, and beyond, Palestinian women are seldom represented at the highest levels of foreign policy decision-making.

Integrating Development: A Livelihood Approach to Population, Health, and Environment Programs

April 7: 3:00pm-5:00pm

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

Recent development policy initiatives reflect renewed interest in understanding and responding to the connections among environment, health, food, energy, and poverty. Leaders at many levels are pushing for ways to integrate analysis and response. This interest is a window of opportunity for innovative policy and programmatic efforts to gain further traction, scale, and impact.

Union to Union: How are Europe and Africa Getting Along?

April 7: 4:00pm-5:30pm

Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th floor Moynihan Board Room, Washington DC

The Africa Program presents an event entitled, “Union to Union: How are Europe and Africa Getting Along?” which will feature Dr. Nick Westcott. Dr. Westcott was appointed Managing Director for Africa in the European External Action Service (EEAS) on February 1, 2011. Prior to that, he was British High Commissioner to Ghana and Ambassador to Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Togo and Niger from 2008 to 2011. He has had previous postings as Deputy High Commissioner in Dar es Salaam, as Minister-Counselor at the Embassy in Washington, and at the UK’s Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels..

Reluctant Accomplice: "Good Germans" in the War of Annihilation, 1939-1942

April 7: 4:00pm-5:30pm

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

Konrad H. Jarausch, Lurcy Professor of European Civilization, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill will discuss his latest book entitled Reluctant Accomplice: "Good Germans" in the War of Annihilation, 1939-1942. Comprised of wartime letters written by Jarausch's father, Konrad Jarausch, a German high-school teacher of religion and history who served in a reserve battalion of Hitler's army in Poland and Russia.

"Reflections on the Internationalization of the Yen: Implications for the Dollar, Yen and Yuan"

April 7: 4:30pm-5:30pm

Room 806, The Rome Building

William Grimes, chair of Department of International Relations at Boston University, will discuss how the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan will affect the economy. For more information and to RSVP, contact or 202.663.5812.

"SAIS Perspectives 2011 Launch"

April 7: 4:30pm-5:45pm

Kenney Auditorium, The Nitze Building (main building)

Thomas Carothers, vice president of studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, will speak at the launch of the 2011 issue of SAIS Perspectives. For more information and to RSVP, contact or 202.663.5929.

Happy Hour for Human Rights

April 7: 5:30pm-8:00pm

Banana Cafe, 500 8th St. SE, Washington, DC 20003

Get on the Bus for Human Rights (GOTB) is an annual day of human rights education and activism organized by Amnesty International USA Group 133 of Somerville, MA now the DC local group has joined them in this effort.

21st Annual Nava'i-Nalle Lecture w/ Adeeb Khalid

April 7: 6:00pm

Leavey Center Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center, Salon H

Central Asia underwent a massive, multifaceted transformation in the first decade of Soviet rule. Traumatic upheavals - war, economic collapse, famine - transformed local society, bringing new groups to positions of power and authority. The new revolutionary state began to create institutions of power that redefined the nature of power in the region and brought the promise of full citizenship to its inhabitants.

Untangling the Web:Why the Middle East Is a Mess, Ori Soltes

April 7: 6:00pm

Healy Hall Bioethics Research Library, Healy Hall,First Floor

The Middle East is a morass, a tangled web of diverse threads--religion, politics, ethnicity, nationalism and economics--each a commplex tangle of its own, and interwoven with the threads of confusing definitions, conflicting aspirations and constant interferences from beyond the edges of the region. This talk and the book that it introduces try to unravel these threads in a concise and clear manner.

The Edge of War: Kuwait's Underground Resistance Movement

April 7: 6:00pm-7:15pm

Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library, Second Floor, 2130 H Street, NW

Ambassador Salem al-Sabah, Kuwaiti Ambassador to the United States, and Dr. Farida al-Habib, a cardiologist and former resistance member, will introduce a new book soon to hit American and Kuwaiti shelves. The Edge of War: Kuwait's Underground Resistance is a history set during the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait in the early 1990s. The book explores the actions of the Khafji group, an unofficial but well-organized group of Kuwaitis who waged a campaign against Iraq during the seven months of Kuwait's occupation.

Budrus Film Screening

April 7: 6:30pm

Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Intercultural Center, 37th and O St., N.W., Washington, DC 20057-1047

Budrus is an award-winning feature documentary film about a Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar, who unites local Fatah and Hamas members along with Israeli supporters in an unarmed movement to save his village of Budrus from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier. Success eludes them until his 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a women’s contingent that quickly moves to the front lines. Struggling side by side, father and daughter unleash an inspiring, yet little-known, movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories that is still gaining ground today.

U.S. Relations with Major and Rising Powers: China, India, and Russia

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

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

David Shambaugh, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs; Director, China Policy Program, GW . Deepa Ollapally, Associate Director, Sigur Center for Asian Studies, GW; Director, India Initiative. Henry E. Hale, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs; Director, Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, GW. Please send RSVP to: Sponsored by the Elliott School of International Affairs

Human Rights, Development, and Growth: Metrics, New Strategies, and New Ways of Thinking

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

Media and Public Affairs building, Room B07, 805 21st Street, NW

Albert Einstein once noted that not everything that counts can be counted. Yet to evaluate the effects of policies and strategies, activists, policymakers, and scholars need to be able to measure change in human rights and development over time. This two-day conference is organized by the Institute for International Economic Policy of the Elliott School of International Affairs, GW. We will examine new human rights and development metrics from a wide range of sources including the UNDP.

The European Economic Crisis Seminar Series: The Case of Greece

April 8: 9:00am-12:00pm

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

It is a critical moment for Washington policymakers to focus on the political and economic ramifications of the European sovereign debt crisis.  With Europe’s ongoing debate on future mechanisms for ensuring economic stability, the IMF’s recent completion of its third mission to Athens, and the uncertainty surrounding the economic futures of other euro-zone members, it is a key moment to reflect on the case of Greece specifically, and to examine indicators and opportunities for economic stabilization in order to understand the long-term implications for the European Monetary Union.

The G20 and Prospects for International Cooperation on Economic and Security Challenges Featuring Paul Martin

April 8: 10:00am-11:30am

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

On April 8, the Managing Global Order project at Brookings will host former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin for the launch of its Global Order speaker series. As the “father of the G20,” Prime Minister Martin will provide his perspective on recent changes in the international system: what has been accomplished, the implications of those changes and what challenges remain. Following his remarks, Vice President Kemal Dervis, director of Global Economy and Development at Brookings, will offer commentary. Senior Fellow Bruce Jones, director of the Managing Global Order project, will provide introductory remarks and moderate the discussion.

Security in the Americas: What is New?

April 8: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Allison Auditorium

Since its creation in 1963, the U.S. Southern Command has helped to defend peace and security in the Americas. Through the Cold War and into the second decade of the 21st Century, Southern Command has remained an enduring cornerstone for regional defense and security cooperation. From its headquarters in Miami, Florida, it is responsible for all Department of Defense security cooperation in the 45 nations and territories of Central and South America and the Caribbean Sea, an area of 16 million square miles.

"Mindanao: Overcoming Conflict"

April 8: 12:15pm-2:00pm

Rome Building Auditorium, The Rome Building

Nineteen SAIS students will discuss their research trip to the Philippines during which they interviewed local leaders and members of international organizations. Terrence Hopmann, director of the SAIS Conflict Management Program, and William Zartman, professor emeritus at SAIS, will moderate this discussion. For more information and to RSVP, or 202.663.5745.

"Fighting Poverty Through Community Development"

April 8: 12:30pm-2:00pm

Room 200, The Rome Building

Peter O'Driscoll, executive director of ActionAid USA, will discuss "Connecting to National Advocacy and International Campaigns." For more information and to RSVP, or 201.739.7425.

"Charting a Course for America's Nuclear Fuel Cycle"

April 8: 1:00pm-2:00pm

Room 500, The Bernstein-Offit Building

Sekazi Mtingwa, senior lecturer of physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and senior physicist consultant to Brookhaven National Laboratory, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, contact