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A list of international relations events in the DC area.

Calendar for the Week of March 14th, 2011

Event: Islam and Western Society. April 5, 2011 6:30pm West Presbyterian Church



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:

Week of March 14

eSeminar on Business and Peace

Mar 14: 9:00am- Mar 25: 5:00pm

Online USIP International Network for Economics and Conflict (INEC).

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Center for Sustainable Economies is co-hosting a task force on business and peace with the George Washington University’s Institute for Corporate Responsibility in order to develop clear and effective strategies that align business activity in fragile/conflict-affected regions with sustained efforts to promote lasting peace.

International Organizations and Taiwan

March 14: 10:00am-11:45am

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

In recent years, Taiwan has expressed a strong desire to increase its international participation and to make active contributions to key international organizations. In a December 2010 address, President Ma Ying-jeou reiterated this desire and described Taiwan’s international participation as being "essential to the well-being of Taiwan’s people."

The Rise of India: What It Means for the United States

Mar 14: 10:30am-12:00pm

Wohlstetter Conference Center, Twelfth Floor, AEI, 1150 Seventeenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036

Twenty years after India embarked on economic reforms, the world's second most populous country is transforming itself from a bit player to a major power in world affairs. Will India fulfill its economic potential and become an engine of world growth, or will its often-chaotic politics thwart its ambitions? Will it be a reliable, democratic partner for the United States in Asia and beyond or an unpredictable wildcard in the international system?

Challenges of Contemporary Portuguese Foreign Policy"

Mar 14: 11:30am-12:45pm

Room 500, The Bernstein-Offit Building

João Cravinho, deputy foreign affairs minister of Portugal, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, or 202.663.5880.

Familiar Strangers: The Georgian Diaspora in the Multiethnic Soviet Empire

Mar 14: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Washington D.C.

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.

Book Launch: The Future Faces of War: Population and National Security

Mar 14: 12:00pm-2:00pm

Woodrow Wilson Center, 5th Floor Conference Room , Washington D.C.

In The Future Faces of War: Population and National Security, Jennifer Dabbs Sciubba argues the future of warfare will be shaped by demographic trends in fertility, mortality, and migration. Her new book explores both the direct and indirect links between demography and national security through historical examples and contemporary case studies.

"The Wall Street of China: Filmmaking in the Middle Kingdom"

Mar 14: 12:00pm-2:00pm

Room 806, The Rome Building

The film, "Empire of Silver," will be screened followed by a discussion with the film's director, Christina Yao. For more information and to RSVP, contact or 202.663.5816.

Answering the Iranian People's Call for Human Rights

Mar 15: 8:30am-1:00pm

Dirksen Senate Building 106

Establishing a UN human Rights Monitor for Iran

The Honorable Ambassador Jonas Hafstrom, Ambassador of Sweden to the United States.

Kazakhstan: Political Developments and the Upcoming Presidential Elections

Mar 15: 9:00am-10:30am

B1B Conference Room, Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1800 K Street, NW, Washington DC, 20006

New European Democracies Project will host a breakfast roundtable with Nurlan Ermekbayev, Advisor to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Mr. Ermekbayev will discuss recent political developments in Kazakhstan, including the April 3rd presidential elections, as well the country’s foreign policy priorities.

Global Energy Agenda for the 21st Century

Mar 15: 10:30am-11:30pm

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

As current events in the Middle East again make clear, over-dependence on fossil fuels presents a real threat to the energy security and stability of the world’s economies. More than ever, an urgent need exists to find and exploit sustainable, clean energy options. Just last month, the government of Denmark released its "Energy Strategy 2050," which is one of the first national road maps charting a course for a fossil-free economy.

"Europe 2020: Competitive or Complacent? Challenges and Opportunities for U.S. Business and Policy"

Mar 15: 11:00am-2:00pm

Kenney Auditorium, The Nitze Building (main building)

João Vale de Almeida, EU ambassador to the United States, will deliver the keynote event address at 1 p.m. at the launch of CTR Executive Director Daniel Hamilton's new book, Europe 2020: Competitive or Complacent? For more information and to RSVP, visit


Mar 15: 12:00pm-1:00pm

John A. Burns Hall, Room 3012

This seminar, which is based on a paper that has just been accepted for publication by the journal Asian Population Studies, attempts to explain both the long-term downward trend in coresidence of newly married Japanese couples with parents and the surprisingly large and sustained upturn in coresidence precipitated by the 1998 economic crisis.

Can Trade Drive Development?

Mar 15: 12:00pm-1:15pm

B-340 Rayburn House Office Building

Ambassador Peter Allgeier, President, C&M International and former Ambassador, World Trade Organization; William Krist, Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and former Assistant U.S. Trade Representative; Kent Hughes, Director, Program on America and the Global Economy, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Iran Primer IV: Iran and its Neighbors

Mar 15: 12:00pm-1:30pm

Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington D.C.
This meeting is the fourth in a meeting series on subjects covered in a recently published book, The Iran Primer, edited by USIP-Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar Robin Wright. The three panelists will provide an overview of Iran's relations with its neighbors as well as offer context and analysis for what lies ahead. Speakers will also discuss recent developments since The Iran Primer was published in December 2010.

Collaborating, Learning and Adapting in Uganda: How One USAID Mission is Using Knowledge Management to Enhance Impact
Mar 15: 12:30pm-2:00pm
International Resources Group, 1211 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 7th Floor, Washington, D.C.
Please join the SID-Washington Knowledge Management Workgroup for a live presentation and webinar on “Collaborating, Learning and Adapting in Uganda: How one USAID mission is using Knowledge Managment to enhance impact." This event will feature special guest Dave Eckerson, Mission Director of USAID/Uganda, who will describe the challenges USAID missions face in grounding their country programs in strategy and evidence, coordinating internally and with their external partners, learning as they implement, and adapting to new knowledge and changing conditions.  

Shifting Balance of Power: Has the U.S. Become the Largest Minority Shareholder in the Global Order?
Mar 15: 2:00pm-3:30pm
Falk Auditorium, The Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
While the future impact of rising powers such as Brazil, Russia, India and China is uncertain and the shifting political landscape in the Arab world is still playing out, the influence of these emerging nations is a central fact of geopolitics.

Book Event: Dead Reckoning: Memories of the 1971 Bangladesh War
Mar 15: 4:00pm-5:30pm
Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington D.C
In 1971, civil war convulsed Pakistan, eventually leading to the secession of East Pakistan and the establishment of Bangladesh. Dead Reckoning reconstructs this conflict through interviews (conducted in Bangladesh and Pakistan); published and unpublished reminiscences in Bengali and English of participants on both sides; official documents; foreign media reports; and other sources.

"Canadian Views on Asia: Public Opinion, Mental Maps and Relations Across the Pacific"
Mar 15: 4:30pm-6:00pm
Room 500, The Bernstein-Offit Building
Yuen Pau Woo, president and CEO of the Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, or 202.663.5812.

"Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin"
Mar 15: 5:00pm-6:15pm
Room 806, The Rome Building
Timothy Snyder, professor of history at Yale University, will discuss his new book entitled, Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin. A reception will follow. For more information, or 202.663.5796.

Defense Challenges and Future Opportunities
Mar 16: 9:30am-4:00pm
Falk Auditorium, The Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC
On March 16, the 21st Century Defense Initiative at Brookings will host its second annual Military and Federal Fellow Research Symposium, featuring the independent research produced by the members of each military service, and key federal agencies, who have spent the last year serving at think tanks and universities across the nation.

A New Approach to Citizen Security in Brazil; Rio's Pacifying Police Units

Mar 16: 10:00am-12:00pm

Woodrow Wilson Center, 5th Floor Conference Room, Washington D.C.

On Wednesday March 16, from 10 am to 12 pm, two senior public security officials from Rio de Janeiro, Roberto Alzir das Chaves and Antônio Roberto Cesário de Sá, will discuss a new policy being implemented by the state to enhance citizen's security in one of Brazil's most dangerous cities. Alzir and Sá are directly responsible for the program's which was developed under the leadership of Governor Sérgio Cabral and State Public Security Secretary Mariano Belatrame.

Connected Capitalism and Opportunities for the United States

Mar 16: 10:45am-11:45am

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

Mr. Isdell and Ambassador Eizenstat will discuss the rise of Connected Capitalism and opportunities for deeper engagement between the U.S. government and private sector.

The Middle East on Fire: What Happens Next?

Mar 16: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Moynihan Board Room, Washington D.C.

Ziada, the director of AIC’s office in Cairo, will provide a firsthand report on the uprising that has shaken Egypt. Having just launched a public debate series on civic challenges facing the new Egypt, Ziada will offer insight on popular attitudes and identify new opportunities for strengthening liberal democratic culture in the Middle East.

US-Syrian Relations:  Changing Priorities After Egypt

Mar 16: 12:00pm-1:15pm

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

The Middle East Institute is proud to host Joshua Landis and Andrew Tabler for a discussion about the current state of US-Syrian relations and the impact the changing regional dynamic will have on the relationship's priorities.  How might the revolutionary wave crossing the Middle East effect Washington's discussions with Damascus?  Should there be a greater emphasis on reform? Where does the Syrian-Israeli peace track stand and is it more urgent than ever?     

Film Screening: When China Met Africa

Mar 16: 12:00pm-2:00pm

Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Flom Audirtorium, Washington, D.C.

A historic gathering of over 50 African heads of state in Beijing reverberates in Zambia where the lives of three characters unfold. Mr. Liu is about to buy his fourth farm; Manager Li is upgrading one of Zambia’s longest roads and the Zambian Trade Minister is en route to China to secure millions of dollars in investment. Through the intimate portrayal of these characters, the expanding footprint of a global power is laid bare.

"New Approaches to Mining and Development"

Mar 16: 12:30pm-2:00pm

Room 736, The Bernstein-Offit Building

Michael D. Jarvis, corporate responsibility specialist for the Business Competitiveness and Development Program at the World Bank Institute; Heinz Pley, expert principal at McKinsey & Company; and Pepukaye Bardouille, global product specialist in the Sustainable Business Advisory Department at the International Finance Corporation, will discuss this topic. For more information, contact or 202.663.5676.

Senator John Kerry on U.S. Policy towards the Middle East

Mar 16: 1:00pm-2:15pm

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

With revolutionary change sweeping through the Middle East and North Africa and violence erupting in Libya, U.S. policy toward the region is quickly evolving. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry will discuss the challenges for the United States and his policy recommendations. Marwan Muasher will moderate.

Democratization the Middle East

Mar 16: 1-4pm

National Press Club

In recent months, the world has witnessed the beginning of a dramatic revolution in the Middle East. What began as a 26-year old Tunisian market vendor lighting himself on fire has triggered widespread popular uprisings that have already overthrown two dictatorships. Many of America’s authoritarian allies now fear for their regime’s security. This event will analyze the aftermath of the downfalls of Ben Ali and Mubarak, and assess the prospects for democratization in the region. Leading experts will also examine the Obama administration’s response to these events, and debate what America’s role in this crisis should be moving forward.

"Is the Mafia Done or On Its Way Back?"

Mar 16: 2:00pm-3:30pm

Room 500, The Bernstein-Offit Building

John Buretta, senior counsel to the U.S. assistant attorney general and assistant U.S. attorney of the Eastern District of New York; David Cardona, deputy assistant director of the Criminal Investigative Division at the FBI; Giannicola Sinisi, attaché for justice affairs at the Embassy of Italy; Luca Scognamillo, Italian National Police liaison at the Embassy of Italy; and Kurt Volker (moderator), managing director of CTR, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, contact or 202.663.5880.

Reconsidering America's China Policy: Engaging Party and People

Mar 17: 9:00am-12:15pm

Wohlstetter Conference Center, Twelfth Floor, AEI , 1150 Seventeenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036

Dramatic changes in Sino-American relations have left the longstanding US policy of "engagement" with China outmoded and ineffective. China's economic, political, and military ascension has led to a more assertive and muscular Beijing, complicating American attempts at diplomatic engagement on key issues. Too often, "engaging" China has meant engagement only with the Chinese Communist Party, with modest results on human rights issues to show for the effort.

Book Discussion: The New Muslim Brotherhood in the West

Mar 17: 12:00pm-1:30pm

Woodrow Wilson Center, 5th Floor Conference Room, Washington D.C

Event DetailsAuthor Lorenzo Vidino, Visiting Fellow, RAND Corporation

This event will take place in the 5th Floor Conference Room.

Rally to free Filep Karma

Mar 17: 12:30pm-1:30pm

Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, 2020 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20002

Join Amnesty International in a peaceful rally in front of the Indonesian Embassy to Urge the Indonesian authorities to bring about the immediate and unconditional release of Filep Karma and all prisoners of conscience!

"Violent Partnership and Transitional Justice in Zimbabwe"

Mar 17: 12:30pm-2:00pm

Room 500, The Bernstein-Offit Building

Michael Bratton, professor of political science and African studies at Michigan State University, will discuss this topic. Note: This event’s date has changed from Wednesday, March 23 to Thursday, March 17. The room has also changed from Bernstein-Offit 736 to Bernstein-Offit 500.For more information, contact or 202.663.5676.

Upheaval in the Middle East: A Discussion on the Current Situation and the Road to Reform

Mar 17: 12:30pm-2:00pm

PACT, 1828 L Street, NW, Suite 300, Washington, D.C.

The international community watches in suspense as the Arab world goes through a period of protests, calls for reform and new leadership.  SID Washington’s Middle East Workgroup in conjunction with the Crisis, Conflict and Transition Workgroup are pleased to bring together two individuals to help shed light on the situation and share their insights from both academic and practitioner perspectives.

From Popular Revolutions to Effective Reforms: The Georgian Experience

Mar 17: 2:00pm-3:00pm

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

Since the Rose Revolution in November 2003, Georgia has grappled with the many challenges of building a modern, Western-oriented state, including implementing political and economic reforms, fighting corruption, and throwing off the vestiges of the Soviet legacy.

"No Place Called Home" - A play to help Iraqi refugees

Mar 17: 8:30pm-10:30pm

Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th Street NW, Washington D.C., DC 20001

Written and Performed by Kim Schultz with Music by Amikaeyla Gaston Directed by Sarah Cameron Sunde.After a successful New York run, produced by Intersections International and Parlegreco Productions, No Place Called Home is ready to tour! Bring us to your theatre or school for a quality play that will help get the word on Iraqi refugees out to the public.

Turkey's EU Membership: A Win-Win Case"

Mar 18: 9:30am-10:30am

Room 500, The Bernstein-Offit Building

Egemen Bagis, Turkish minister for EU affairs and chief negotiator of Turkey, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, or 202.663.5880.

Creating a Place for the Future: Toward a New Development Approach for the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Mar 18: 12:00pm-1:30pm

1800 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036

Abstract: For six decades, Pakistan has faced, and intermittently overcome, conflict and calamity. Today Pakistan confronts a new round of immediate challenges and urgent demands. Yet, it is precisely at this moment of apparent crisis—in the aftermath of a devastating flood and with security concerns continuing to dominate the national agenda—that the need to change the discourse about the country’s development has become most apparent.

"Basic Principles for the Rehabilitation of Azerbaijan's Post-Conflict Territories"

Mar 18: 12:30pm-2:30pm

Kenney Auditorium, The Nitze Building (main building)

Frederick Starr, CACI chairman; Eldar Ismailov, founder and chairman of ISSC; and Nazim Muzaffarli, editor-in-chief of The Caucasus and Globalization Journal and former parliament member in Azerbaijan, will discuss this topic at the launch of a new study, Basic Principles for the Rehabilitation of Azerbaijan's Post-Conflict Territories. Jahangir Hajiyev, chairman of the International Bank of Azerbaijan and co-chair of the Britain-Azerbaijan Business Council, will provide commentary after the main presentation of the study. A reception will precede the forum at noon. For more information and to RSVP, or 202.663.7721.

Uprising in the Middle East: A social movement and comparative perspective

March 25: 2pm

East Quad Building Lounge, 1st Floor, American University

Panel Includes: Professor Cathy Schneider, CRS, SIS; Professor Diane Singerman, Govt., SPA

Professor Adrienne LeBas, Govt., SPA; Professor Jack Goldstone, Director, Center for Global Policy, George Mason University