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A list of international relations events in the DC area.

Calendar for August 1st 2010

Week of August 1, 2010

A.C.T.O.R

Aug 1: 4 pm -6pm
Bus Boys and Poets, 14th and V, Washington DC


This discussion series provides the opportunity for people to come together and speak openly and honestly about issues of race. The intent is that each person walks away from the discussion feeling something: challenged, educated, uncomfortable, enlightened, refreshed, reassured and hopefully inspired and moved to action!

Briefing: Rwandan Elections and Implications for The Great Lakes Region

Aug 3: 9am- 11am
National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, 13th Floor, Lisagor Room, Washington, DC


In his 2009 speech in Accra, Ghana, President Obama said that America should support strong institutions and not strongmen. But in the case of Rwanda, this has been no more than rhetoric. Rwandans, like most Africans, cheered Obama's election, hoping that it might signal a new, more peaceful and cooperative relationship between the U.S. and Africa. But Obama has expanded AFRICOM and now remains silent as Rwanda's strongman, President Paul Kagame, prepares a sham presidential election to retain his brutal grip on power.

Military Strategy Forum: Robert O. Work, Undersecretary of the Navy

Aug 3: 12- 2pm
CSIS, 1800 K street, Washington DC


CSIS is hosting a Military Strategy Forum with The Honorable Robert O. Work, Undersecretary of the Navy, on "The Post-Afghanistan Marine Corps."

Rules of War: The Impact of Civilian Casualties on Violence in Afghanistan

Aug 3: 12:15- 1:45
NAF- 1899 L Street NW Suite 400, Washington DC


Using recently declassified data from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), Jacob Shapiro and a team of academic researchers have produced the first detailed analysis of the link between civilian casualties and violence directed against ISAF troops.

After ECFA: The Present and Future of Cross-Strait Relations

Aug 4: 10am -11am
Wohlstetter Conference Center, Twelfth Floor, AEI, 1150 Seventeenth Street, N.W., DC


On June 29, Taipei and Beijing signed the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA). While the ECFA is indicative of warmer cross-Strait ties, many aspects of the China-Taiwan dispute are not resolved. Beijing has continued its buildup of missiles opposite Taiwan and has not abandoned its threat to use force against the island. How does the Ma administration assess cross-Strait ties in the wake of the ECFA's signing?

Kosovo: What’s Next?

Aug 4: 10am-11:30am
USIP, 1200 17th Street N.W., 2nd Floor, Washington, D.C. 20036


On July 22, 2010, the International Court of Justice gave its advisory opinion on Kosovo’s 2008 declaration of independence, ruling that it did not violate any applicable rule of international law. Kosovo is already recognized by 69 sovereign states but continues to host NATO, EU, OSCE and U.N. missions left over from the period of interim administration. What is next for Kosovo?

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

Aug 4: 12-1pm
MEI-1761 N st NW, Washington DC


The Middle East Institute is proud to host Geoffrey Kemp, an expert in U.S. policy in the greater Middle East, for a discussion of 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.

Voices of Palestine: Corner Store

Aug 4: 6:30pm
The Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia Avenue NW, DC


Corner Store is the true story of Yousef Elhaj: beloved shop owner, Palestinian immigrant and long-distance father. Yousef left his wife and three small children in Palestine ten years ago to start a new life for them all in San Francisco. The film profiles Yousef’s life in San Francisco and the challenges of the immigration process for his family.

Smart Aid and Limoncello

Aug 4: 7pm- 10pm
Potenza, 15th and H Street NW, DC


An opportunity to put names and faces with twitter handles, and meet Saundra Schimmelpfennig, author of the blog www.goodintentionsarenotenough.com, and director of The Charity Rater, LLC. Expect conversation, cocktails, and a great opportunity to meet up with others interested in development and disaster relief.

Mexico’s Oil Production in the Wake of the Gulf Oil Spill

Aug 5: 9am -11am
CSIS, 1800 K street, Washington DC


The current spill raises a number of questions that could affect these development plans including: changes to the U.S. approach on deepwater drilling activities, Mexico's regulatory and safety regime, PEMEX's ability to operate in deepwater, impact of the current spill in Mexican territory and on perceptions of deepwater drilling, Mexico's ability to deal with a similar deepwater disaster, the future of U.S. cooperation/relations on exploration activity in border regions, and alternative production strategies and options in the absence of progress on deepwater drilling.

Kaiser/CSIS Forum on the 2010 International AIDS Conference

Aug 5: 9:30am
1330 G St NW, Washington DC


The discussion will examine the implications of a leveling of donor nation support for global AIDS relief efforts during last year’s economic crises and the scientific progress reported on HIV treatment and prevention, including promising results from a microbicide clinical trial, potentially providing an important new HIV prevention tool for women.

The View from the Middle East: The 2010 Arab Public Opinion Poll

Aug 5: 10am
Falk Auditorium, Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave NW, DC


The Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings will unveil the results of a new 2010 University of Maryland/Zogby International public opinion poll. This annual poll, conducted during July, assesses attitudes toward the United States and the Obama administration; the prospects for Arab-Israeli peace; the impact of the Israeli attack on the Gaza flotilla; attitudes toward Iran and its nuclear program; the Afghanistan war; the most admired leaders and states; and the changing media environment, particularly the rising influence of the Internet.

RESOLVED: That the United States should slow the growth of its bilateral AIDS treatment commitments

Aug 6: 10am- 11:30am
B1 Conference Center, CSIS, 1800 K Street, NW,


Over the last decade, global health has risen dramatically in its significance to U.S. foreign policy. With that rise have come several contested and sensitive issues that are under-discussed and overshadowed by controversy. Unresolved disputes are obstacles to greater, faster, and more efficient progress in improving health conditions. Divergent views on money, strategy, and values offer to take global health policy in very different directions.

Week of August 8


Liberian Diaspora Exchange Forum: A Dialogue on Transitioning to Liberia

Aug 10: 6pm - 8pm
Center for Global Development, 1800 Massachusetts Ave, NW, 3 fl, DC


A Dialogue on Transitioning to Liberia” is a dialogue and information exchange forum for Liberians and friends of Liberia in the Diaspora who have questions about transitioning to Liberia, finding a job, investment opportunities, supporting a cause, working with the government, and other topics.

Voices of Palestine: Laila's Birthday (Eid Milad Laila)

Aug 11: 6:30pm
The Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia Avenue NW, DC


"At eight o'clock, it's Laila's birthday, okay?" Palestinian judge turned cab driver Abu Laila's wife reminds her husband. But on his young daughter's birthday, like any day, Abu Laila faces a nerve-wracking shift in a Ramallah yellow cab armed only with an ex-jurist's misplaced pride, a father's loyalty and a sticker reminding passengers that smoking and carrying AK-47's are prohibited.

Other Events


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 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.