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A list of international relations events in the DC area.

Calendar for the Week of February 21st, 2011


A Talk With Wendy Navarro

Feb 21: 7:00pm-9:00pm

Busboys & Poets, 5th & K Street NW, Washington, DC

Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) and Foreign Policy In Focus are excited to announce a public talk with Wendy Navarro, an independent art critic and curator currently based in Barcelona, Spain. Since the mid 1990s, Navarro has been an active curator at the Visual Art Development Center (CDAV) in Havana, Cuba, while working as an editor of the magazine ArteCubano, and lecturing about Cuban contemporary art at the Higher Institute of Art (ISA) and Havana University.

A Reflection on the May 2010 Brazil-Turkey Nuclear Initiative Toward Iran

Feb 22: 9:00am-1:00pm

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

Director, International Relations Institute, Catholic University, Rio de Janeiro, Craig Kelly, Vice President, The Cohen Group. Mustafa Kibaroglu, Associate Professor of International Affairs, Bilkent University, Ankara. Nizar Messari, Associate Professor of International Relations, Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco

Albanian Crossroads: Making Democracy Work

Feb 22: 9:30am-10:30am

B1B Conference Level, CSIS 1800 K. St. NW, Washington, DC 20006

CSIS is pleased to invite you to an informal roundtable discussion on Albania's ongoing political turmoil and what this portends for the country's bid for EU accession and its relations with the United States.

Global Cooperation and the Least Developed Countries

Feb 22: 9:30am-11:00am

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

According to the United Nations, the least developed countries (LDC) group is comprised of 48 countries characterized by widespread poverty, broad structural weaknesses and geographical handicaps. These problems are particularly difficult for Africa given that 33 of the 49 countries are located there. Between 2005 and 2015, Africa’s share of global poverty is expected to more than double from 28 to 60 percent.

Can Nigeria Hold Credible Elections?

Feb 22: 10:00am-11:30pm

United States Institute of Peace, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 1200 17th St, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

Critical elections in Nigeria at national and state levels are scheduled for April 9, 2011. These elections will not only determine the new leadership but will indicate whether democratic processes can gain traction. Past elections have been seriously flawed, but the current Nigerian administration has pledged to hold credible, transparent elections.

Known and Unknown: A Memoir featuring The Honorable Donald Rumsfeld

Feb 22: 10:30am-11:30pm

Allison Auditorium

With the same directness that defined his career in public service, Secretary Rumsfeld offers unique and often surprising observations on eight decades of history. He addresses the challenges and controversies of his illustrious career, from the unseating of the entrenched House Republican leader in 1965, to helping the Ford Administration steer the country away from Watergate and Vietnam, to bruising battles over transforming the military for the 21st Century, to the war in Iraq, to confronting abuse at Abu Ghraib and allegations of torture at Guantanamo Bay.

Outsourcing War and Peace

Feb 22: 12:00pm-1:00pm

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

Over the past decade, states and international organizations have shifted a surprising range of foreign policy functions to private contractors. But who is accountable when the employees of foreign private firms do violence or create harm?

Violence and Reconciliation at the Community Level

Feb 22: 2pm

USIP Conference Room A, 1200 17th St NW

It has been said that policy can end conflict but only people can make peace.  A culture of violence cannot be annulled by a ceasefire or a policy of reconciliation.  People—and the way they relate—must also change.  Relationships defined around norms of violence deform and atrophy the quality of life in families and communities.  Such norms reproduce across generations in the home and find echo in the difficulty of concerting among members of a community to address shared problems.   

Book Discussion: The Politics of Protest in Post-Communist Russia

Feb 22: 3:00pm-4:30pm

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602, 1957 E Street, NW, washington, D.C.

This new study builds on previously unpublished data and extensive fieldwork to show how mass politics operate in 21st century hybrid regimes, countries like Russia that combine elements of democracy and autocracy. Exposing as a myth the notion that Russians are generally passive in the face of hardship.

Managing the Planet's Freshwater

Feb 22: 3:00pm-5:00pm

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

The environmental challenges of climate change, ecosystem change, energy demands, and demographic trends continue to mount. The first decade of the 21st century was the warmest in 130 years of recorded global temperatures and 2010 may be close to the warmest year yet recorded. .

Armed Humanitarian: The Rise of the Nation Builders

Feb 22: 5:00pm-6:30pm

CSIS B1 Conference Center, 1800 K Street, NW, Washington DC, 20006

Senior Adviser and Director, CSIS Program on Crisis, Conflict, and Cooperation (C3)

A reception will begin at 5:00 p.m. with light refreshments and snacks.The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Books will be available for purchase.


Feb 22: 6:00pm-8:00pm

The Willard InterContinental Hotel's Grand Ballroom, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington., DC 20004

Today’s constrained economic environment demands that taxpayer dollars be prioritized to meet the demands of the 21st century.  On February 22, a week after the defense budget is submitted to Congress, Dr. Ashton B. Carter will deliver a keynote address on the Pentagon’s Defense Efficiency Initiative, which was launched to reduce the Department of Defense's overhead expenditures and improve efficiency.  

Ambassador Series: Ambassador of Finland Pekka Lintu

Feb 22: 6:30pm-8:00pm

Young Professionals In foreign Policy

What are the most important issues between Finland and the United States and what role does Finland seek on the global stage? Please join us for an evening with Ambassador of Finland to the United States Pekka Lintu as he discusses U.S.-Finland relations and Finland's key foreign policy goals.

Enhancing Euro-Atlantic Security Amid Uncertain Times: EU - U.S. Security Strategies and Recommendations

Feb 23: 8:45am-3:45pm

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

You are cordially invited to attend a concluding conference following a fourteen month collaborative research project led by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) of Rome, in partnership with the French Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS) the Swedish Institute for International Affair (UI) and CSIS.

Panel Discussion: Emerging Indonesia

Feb 23: 10am

IFC Auditorium, 2121 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Indonesia has made remarkable progress since the 1998 economic and political crises. As Southeast Asia's largest economy and the world's third largest democracy, the country has weathered the recent global financial crisis relatively unscathed. Major challenges remain: sustaining growth, strengthening poverty reduction, addressing environmental sustainability, creating jobs and upgrading skills, improving public services and infrastructure, and strengthening governance. This panel discussion will explore Indonesia’s progress and challenges in reaching its potential.

A New Counterterrorism Agenda for the New Congress

Feb 23: 10:30am-12:00pm

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

In the past two years, America has narrowly averted two terrorist attacks by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and it faces a growing threat from al Qaeda's affiliate in East Africa. Yet we still know little about these terror networks or their plans for the American homeland. The United States has increased the use of unmanned drones to target terrorist leaders, but the country lacks a coherent detention and interrogation policy.

Israel After Egypt:  Opportunities and Challenges for Peace

Feb 23: 12:00pm-1:15pm

The Equality Center at the Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC**, (four blocks south of Dupont Circle, two blocks from MEI)

The Middle East Institute is proud to host the Honorable Robert Wexler and Dr. Yoram Perifor a discussion about the challenges facing Israel and the Middle East peace process in the wake of the resignation of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.  Some in Israel, including former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, argue that current events in the region make it imperative that Israel move quickly to secure a peace treaty with the Palestinians.

Multidimensional Poverty

Feb 23: 12:00pm-1:30pm

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

Twenty-five years ago, James Foster's influential work with Joel Greer and Erick Thorbecke helped define the way the world measures poverty.  Foster will present his recent work on the theory of how to measure poverty when we care not only about income but also other dimensions of well-being such as health and education.

Turmoil in the Middle East: A Live Web Chat with Raj Desai

Feb 23: 12:30pm-1:00pm

Online Only, The Brookings Institution, Washington, DC

As the unrest in the Middle East and northern Africa spreads to countries beyond Tunisia and Egypt—including Bahrain, Yemen and Iran—Raj Desai explains the underlying causes of the expanding defiance, and the collapse of the "authoritarian bargain" in the region. On Wednesday, he’ll take questions on the origins of the turmoil and the challenge it poses to the United States in a live web chat with POLITICO.

Updating the China Model: New Challenges for a New Decade

Feb 23: 12:30pm-1:45pm

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602, 1957 E Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

Dramatic changes are underway in China's approach to development and governance. A growing middle class is replacing the low-skill, low-wage labor that drove China's export-oriented economy. "National champions" receive more government support to create internationally recognized brands.

What if Islamists Win?

Feb 23: 1pm

Capital Auditorium, Tenley Campus, AU

The uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa may bring Islamists to power in Egypt and other countries. Islamists in Sudan led a coup in 1989, but soon they split; one faction led the North in the conflict with the South, but now the government in the North has agreed to the peaceful split of the country. The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has popularized “Islam is the solution” slogan for two decades. When the Egyptian masses revolted against their government, the Egyptian Islamists joined in chanting “Change, freedom and social justice!”  What explains these seemingly unexpected changes? What regional ramifications are there from the sweeping unrest in the whole region? What should the U.S. do to prepare for the challenges ahead?

Drug Abuse in Russia: Scope, Trends, Implications, and Policy Responses

Feb 23: 3:00pm-4:30pm

5CR Conference Room, Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1800 K Street, NW, Washington DC, 20006

John M. Kramer is Distinguished Professor, Department of Political Science and International Affairs, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Va. He also has served as a Visiting Professor of Strategy and Policy at the United States Naval War College,

Nuclear Security in Pakistan: Issues and Implications

Feb 23: 3:00pm-5:00pm

Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C. Headquarters

Over the past several years, nuclear and regional experts have become increasingly concerned about the security of nuclear weapons and fissile material in Pakistan.  While few, if any, people outside of the classified world can say for certain how secure Pakistan's nuclear facilities are, most observers agree that there are ample reasons for concern.  

Careers in Think Tanks/Research Alumni Panel

Feb 23: 3:30pm-5:00pm

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602, 1957 E Street, NW, Washington D.C.

The panel will feature four panelists who currently work in various think tanks or research organizations. They will discuss their experiences getting into the field and while they were at the Elliott School, along with any advice they think will help interested students and alumni succeed.

Drugs, Organized Crime, and Politics in Kyrgyzstan: Findings from the Field

Feb 23: 4:00pm-5:30pm

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412, 1957 E Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

The transit of Afghan drugs was a main factor defining the nature of organized crime in Kyrgyzstan. The period of chaotic trading with no high level involvement in the early 1990s has been replaced by organized trading by sophisticated criminal groups with political connections in the early 2000s.


Feb 23: 5:00pm-6:00pm

EWC Gallery, Burns Hall

Noted economist Marcus Noland, an East-West Center Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Peterson Institute of International Economics, will present insights from his recent book, which provides a portrait of North Korea based on the experiences and views of the growing number of defectors who have fled the country.

Foreign Policy Series: America's Dilemma - Balancing Democratic Ideals with Realpolitik Realities

Feb 23: 6:30pm-8:00pm

UCDC Washington Center, 1608 Rhode Island Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20038

Following the popular uprising across the Arab World, including the removal of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak from power, please join the World Affairs Council - Washington, D.C.  for an informative and engaging discussion about "America's Dilemma: Balancing Democratic Ideals with Realpolitik Realities" with

Organization of Asian Studies Film Series: Trading Women (Burma, China, Laos, and Thailand)

Feb 23: 6:30pm-8:00pm

The Chung-wen Shih Conference Room, Room 503, 1957 E Street, NW, Washington D.C.

Trading Women enters the worlds of brothel owners, trafficked girls, voluntary sex workers, corrupt police and anxious politicians. Filmed in Burma, China, Laos, and Thailand, this is the first film to follow the trade in women in all its complexity and to consider the impact of this "far away" problem on the global community.

Fusion Centers: Function and Future

Feb 24: 8:30am-1:45pm

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

The CSIS Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program, in conjunction with the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute (HSI) and the Homeland Security Systems Engineering and Development Institute (HS SEDI), cordially invites you to an event: Fusion Centers: Function and Future

Greening China’s Investments: New Initiatives Engaging Chinese Banks and Businesses

Feb 24: 9:00am-11:00am

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

According to a recent Financial Times report, China’s policy banks—China Exim Bank and China Development Bank—have lent more money to developing countries in the past two years than the World Bank. The polluting and extractive practices supported by some of this investment have come under fire from the news media and environmental groups.  

Economic Dimensions of Peace Negotiation

Feb 24: 9:30am-5:00pm

U.S. Institute of Peace, 2nd floor conference room, 1200 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036

Relatively few peace agreements signed since the mid-1970s explicitly address economic issues like revenuesharing, job creation or the establishment of a robust economic climate.   Available evidence suggests that countries with specificeconomic language in their peace agreements are less likely to relapse into conflict.

Russia and US-Russian Relations after the Khodorkovsky Verdict

Feb 24: 10:00am-12:00pm

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

On December 27, 2010, businessmen and entrepreneurs Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev received the maximum sentence, fourteen years, on patently fabricated charges. This watershed event has exposed the hollowness of President Dmitri Medvedev's "liberal modernization" and "rule of law" rhetoric.


Feb 24: 10:00am-4:00pm

John A. Burns Hall, Room 3015

Professor Seiji Naya was a pioneer of the study of Asian economic cooperation and an indefatigable advocate of ASEAN cooperation for almost a half-century.  In recognition of his many accomplishments, the Thai National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) will bestow upon Professor Naya the prestigious Honorary Doctorate Award, the first foreigner to receive one.  

Uprisings in the Middle East: A New Arab World Order  

Feb 24: 12:30pm-2:00pm

The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave, NW, Washington,  D.C.

From self-immolation to a region on fire, the past two months have brought forward transformational change in the region. What are the implications of these uprisings on other Arab states? How does this change relations between the Arab states and between them and the United States? How does this change relations between the Arab states and the United States?

Book Launch: Food Prices and Rural Povery

Feb 24: 12:30pm

World Bank, J Building, 18th and Pennsylavania Ave NW

This volume examines the trends in food commodities and the effects on rural poverty.

Governance, Corruption & Rule of Law and Africa Workgroups Event

Feb 24: 12:30pm-2:00pm

IFES, 1850 K Street, NW, 5th Floor, Washington, D.C.

The post-secession long-term stability of Sudan requires a viable, stable and democratic north and south enjoying a positive social, economic and political relationship.  International efforts have largely focused on the stability and development of the south and the relationship between the north and south, but far less attention has been given to the future of the north following southern Sudan secession.

Referendum in Southern Sudan and the Road to Independence

Feb 24: 2:00pm-3:30pm

Lehrman Auditorium

Earlier this month the results of southern Sudan’s long-awaited referendum became official with ninety-nine percent of voters casting their ballot for independence. The referendum was one of the final steps in the fulfillment of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended the civil war between north and south.

Pursuing New International Politics: An Unfinished Global Revolution

Feb 24: 2:00pm-3:30pm

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

In an ever-shrinking world, national problems, such as unemployment and environmental degradation, are rooted in international trends and are increasingly difficult for national governments to solve on their own. Former United Nations Deputy Secretary General Mark Malloch-Brown addresses this global predicament in his new book, The Unfinished Global Revolution: The Pursuit of a New International Politics (Penguin Press, 2011).

U.S. Extended Deterrence in East Asia

Feb 24: 3:00pm-4:30pm

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

The United States has long extended its “nuclear umbrella” to protect its allies in East Asia, including Japan, South Korea and Australia. In doing so, Washington has sought both to deter potential aggressors and to provide reassurance to allies, in part to keep them from developing nuclear arms of their own. The U.S.

Who Governs Britain?

Feb 24: 3:30pm-5:00pm

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412, 1957 E Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

The political system in London's Parliament has experienced dramatic changes in recent years, culminating in the general election of May 2010, when none of the major parties secured enough support to form a government.

Winter Class of 2011 New Member Orientation

Feb 24: 7:00pm-9:00pm

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.

Congratulations to the newest winter class of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, the premier organization connecting future foreign policy leaders! We will hold a new member orientation (NMO) and happy hour for members admitted to YPFP since December 2010 Thursday, February 24.

Tax Reform Lessons: An International Perspective on US Tax Policy

Feb 25: 9:30am-11:00am

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

A recent analysis by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) concluded that in a ranking of the most harmful types of taxes for economic growth, corporate income taxes topped the list, followed by personal income taxes and then consumption taxes. Data from around the world suggest that countries are undertaking reforms of their tax systems in the face of global competition.

Conference Examines the Lives of Political Prisoners
Feb 25: 10am-4pm

Embassy of the Czech Republic

The conference will explore the life stories of political prisoners in the communist Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia, examine the psychological effects of political imprisonment, and strive to inform the public about the current debate on the role of political prisoners in society and its memory.

Egypt and the Middle East: A Turkish Model of Democracy?

Feb 25: 10:00am-11:30pm

Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th floor boardroom, Washington D.C.

Henri J. Barkey, Bernard L. And Bertha F. Cohen Professor in International Relations, Lehigh University; Non-Resident Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Steven A. Cook, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Securing Transition: Assessing the Future of the Afghan National Security Forces

Feb 25: 12:00pm-1:30pm

United States Institute of Peace, 1200 17th St, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

Over the past year, nearly 80,000 Afghans committed to serve their country by joining the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), representing an increase of more than 42 percent from the previous year. Despite this tremendous growth, many challenges lay ahead for the transfer of security from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to the ANSF, currently scheduled for 2014.

The Fruit of Our Labor': Afghan Perspectives in Film

Feb 25: 3:00pm-4:30pm

U.S. Institute of Peace, 2nd floor conference room, 1200 17th St, NW, Washington, DC 20036

The "Fruit of Our Labor" is a collection of short films that bring to life ordinary Afghans' efforts to address their challenging social and economic conditions, providing a fresh perspective on the needs and issues of Afghans beyond the battlefront coverage in the western media.  The films, made by Afghans, were produced during a recent filmmaking training provided by Community Supported Film.

Network with PEERS

Feb 25: 7:00pm-9:00pm

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602, 1957 E Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

Please join Professionals in European, Eurasian, and Russian Studies (PEERS) as we host a networking event focused on career possibilities in Europe, Eurasia, and Russia. Explore the current job market in government positions, think tanks, and the private sector.

Innovations in Student Leadership Conference

Feb 26: 9:30am-4:30pm

School of International Service, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.

Supported by GW's Conflict Resolution Forum, the 2011 ISL Conference will be hosted by American University at the School of International Service and will focus on the topic of media and conflict resolution.

Week of Feb 27:

J Street Conference
Feb 26-29, All day
Be a part of a bold vision of diversity and tolerance, peace and compromise, compassion and justice for Israel and for the Jewish community. This year, our conference will be even bigger and will build on the stunning growth of our movement, bringing together activists, students, leaders, and thinkers from around the country and the Middle East.

Arab Voices
Feb 28: 6:30pm
Bus Boys and Poets, 5th and K St.
Author and President of the Arab American Institute, Dr. James Zogby to discuss and sign his new book, "Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us, and Why it Matters." The Arab World is a region that has been vastly misunderstood in the West. Arab Voices asks the questions, collects the answers, and shares the results that will help us see Arabs clearly. The book will bring into stark relief the myths, assumptions, and biases that hold us back from understanding this important people. Here, James Zogby debuts a brand new, comprehensive poll, bringing numbers to life so that we can base policy and perception on the real world, rather than on a conjured reality.