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A list of international relations events in the DC area.

Calendar for the Week of February 14, 2011

Week February 14

21st Century Issues in Strategic Arms Control and Nuclear Nonproliferation
Feb 14-Feb 18: 9:00am-4:30pm
United States Institute of Peace, 2nd Floor Academy Room, 1200 17th St, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
Nuclear issues, including strategic arms control and nuclear nonproliferation, permeate many facets of contemporary international relations, U.S. foreign policy, and regional studies.

"Truth, Errors and Lies: The Political Economy of 21st Century Globalization"
Feb 14: 3:00pm-4:30pm
Rome Building Auditorium, The Rome Building
Grzegorz Kolodko, director of Transformation, Integration and Globalization Economic Research at Kozminski University in Poland and former deputy premier of Poland, will discuss his book, Truth, Errors and Lies: The Political Economy of 21st Century Globalization. For more information and to RSVP, contact or 202.663.5883.

U.S. Policy on the Georgia Conflicts
Feb 15: 10:00am-11:30pm
Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20005
Two and a half years after the Russia-Georgia war, Georgia remains the locus of three unresolved, interrelated conflicts: two secessionist and one inter-state.
This event will mark the release of a Center for American Progress report titled "A More Proactive U.S. Approach to the Georgia Conflicts."

Deadly Embrace: Pakistan, America, and the Future of Global Jihad
Feb 15: 10:30am-11:30am
Lehrman Auditorium
Pakistan and the United States have been locked in a deadly embrace for decades. The relationship is a fascinating yet muddled story, meandering through periods of friendship and enmity, symbiosis and distrust. Successive American Presidents from both parties have pursued narrow short-term interests in the South Asian nation.

Breaking the Silence on HIV/AIDS in the Middle East and North Africa
Feb 15: 11am
Black Auditorium, 600 19th St
A comprehensive scientific analysis characterizing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Middle East and North Africa.

The Turkish-Iranian Relationship: Too Close for Comfort?
Feb 15: 12:00pm-13:30pm
Lehrman Auditorium
Turkey is a key ally of the United States and an important member of the NATO alliance. Ankara is also a strategic gateway to the Middle East and an influential regional player. In recent years though, Ankara’s foreign policy as set by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), has increasingly diverged from U.S. interests on a broad set of issues.

U.S.-Cuba Relations: Moving Policy Forward in 2011 and Beyond
Feb 15: 12:00pm-1:30pm
Saul/Zilkha Rooms, The Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC
Last month, the Obama administration announced much anticipated new rules liberalizing people-to-people exchanges with Cuba. Policymakers, stakeholders and observers are anxious to see what impact renewed contacts between the two countries will have on the overall U.S.-Cuba relationship.

Justice and Journalism: Islam and Journalistic Values in Indonesia and Malaysia
Feb 15: 12:30pm-13:45pm
Room 505, 1957 E Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
Janet Steele received her Ph.D. in history from the Johns Hopkins University and is interested in how culture is communicated through the mass media. Her most recent book, Wars Within: The Story of Tempo, an Independent Magazine in Soeharto's Indonesia, focuses on Tempo magazine and its relationship to the politics and culture of New Order Indonesia.

The Palestine Papers: Fallout
Feb 15: 12:30pm-2:00pm
The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave, NW, Washington D.C.
Leaked documents pertaining to Israeli-Palestinian negotiations which include the proceedings and discussions from behind closed door meetings at the highest levels caused an uproar across the Arab world. Panelists will discuss the contents of these leaks, the coverage by Al Jazeera and the Guardian and what effect they may have on the Palestinian Authority and the future of negotiations.

Access During Humanitarian Crises: Barriers to Protection and Assistance
Feb 15: 2:00pm-3:30pm
Falk Auditorium, The Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC
In many situations of armed conflict, humanitarian aid organizations are prevented from providing assistance and protection to civilians in need. Sometimes the aid groups are blocked by authorities, sometimes by non-state actors.

Russia and the Arab Uprisings of 2011
Feb 15: 3:30pm-5:00pm
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602, 1957 E Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
The popular uprisings against long-standing authoritarian regimes in Tunisia and Egypt are seen by Moscow as the re-emergence of the "color revolution" nemesis. Moscow would have preferred that Mubarak remain in power, is unhappy about the Obama administration's promotion of change, but has limited options for dealing with this situation.

"Crisis in the North Caucasus: Any Way Out?"
Feb 15: 5:30pm-7:00pm
Rome Building Auditorium, The Rome Building
Ilyas Akhmadov, former foreign minister of Chechnya; Glen Howard, president of the Jamestown Foundation; and Andrei Illarionov, senior fellow at the Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity at the CATO Institute, will discuss this topic. A reception will precede the forum at 5 p.m. For more information and to RSVP, contact or 202.663.7723.

How Did the Lebanese Shi`a Become Sectarian? Law, Institutions, and the Making of Modern Lebanon
Feb 15: 6:00pm-7:30pm
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602, 1957 E Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
Contrary to the conventional wisdom that sectarianism is intrinsically linked to violence, bloodshed, or social disharmony, this talk will consider some institutional and discursive transformations of Shi`a sectarianism in early twentieth-century Lebanon as a vehicle for discussing how sectarianism can be both productive and destructive at the same time.

Tackling the Global NCD Epidemic
Feb 16: 9:30am-11:00am
Kaiser Family Foundation, Barbara Jordan Conference Center, 1330 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
In the months leading up to the September 2011 UN High Level Meeting on Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs), CSIS is hosting a series of speakers on global chronic disease. Please join us for the event.

"Demystifying Nuclear Proliferation: Why States Do What They Do"
Feb 16: 10:00am-11:3am
Room 417, The Nitze Building (main building)
Suzanne Christine Buono, a SAIS Ph.D. candidate, will defend her dissertation. For more information and to RSVP, contact or 202.663.5714.

Female Soldiers and DDR: Sierra Leone, Nepal, and Colombia
Feb 16: 10:30am-12:00pm
U.S. Institute of Peace, 2nd floor conference room, 1200 17th St, NW, Washington, DC 20036
How are the roles of "soldier" and "victim" defined by post-conflict programs? Most disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) programs are limited in the ways in which issues specific to female combatants are addressed.

Ending Hunger with State Food Action Plans
Feb 16: 12:00pm-1:15pm
Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20005
State governments have a significant stake in reducing hunger, food insecurity, and obesity. Together, these interrelated problems significantly reduce the productivity of a state's workforce and increase states' share of health-related costs.

The Nagorno Karabakh Conflict: A Legal Analysis
Feb 16: 12:00pm-1:30pm
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602, 1957 E Street, NW, Washington D.C.
The analysis concentrates on two aspects of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. On the one hand the legitimacy or illegitimacy of the secession of Nagorno Karabakh will be scrutinized in accordance with Soviet law and international law.

"The Violent Persecution of Refugees"
Feb 16: 12:30pm-2:00pm
Room 736, The Bernstein-Offit Building
Ato Kwamena Onoma, assistant professor of political science at Yale University, will discuss this topic. For more information, contact or 202.663.5676.

"The Natural Gas Revolution: United States and Global Impacts"
Feb 16: 12:30pm-2:00pm
Room 500, The Bernstein-Offit Building
Melanie A. Kenderdine, executive director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Energy Initiative; Vello A. Kuuskraa, president of Advanced Resources International Inc.; and John Quigley, former secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, or 202.663.5786.

"Can the Euro Survive? Lessons From Latin America"
Feb 16: 12:45pm-1:45pm
Room 517, The Nitze Building (main building)
Desmond Lachman, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, contact jzurek1@jhu.eduor 202.663.5734.

Hill Briefing: How Would You Spend $1 Trillion?
Feb 16: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Capitol Visitors Center, Room SVC 210, First & East Capitol Streets, NE, Washington, DC, USA
At this congressional briefing and screening view two four-minutecompelling videos that chronicle how the filmmakers – and the people they interview – would spend the more than $1 trillion already spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The filmmakers will engage in a discussion.

After Mubarak: What do the Egyptian People Really Want?
Feb 16: 12:00pm-1:30pm
MEI Boardman Room 1761 N Street NW, Washington, DC
The Middle East Institute is proud to host Steven Kull and Shibley Telhami for an examination of Egyptian views and attitudes towards governance and their future. As Egyptian demonstrators celebrate the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, many wonder what kind of system the Egyptian people really want.

Asia/Pacific Workgroup Planning Meeting
Feb 16: 12:30pm-2:00pm
SNV Netherlands Development Organization, 1889 F Street, NW, 2nd Floor, Washington, D.C.
The Asia/Pacific Workgroup seeks to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, information, experiences and insights on issues relevant to the Asian region, focusing on current issues with historical viewpoints whenever appropriate.  
The Asia/Pacific Workgroup will hold a working meeting to continue developing themes, programs and future events for this season. This is your chance to impact the direction the group will take for the coming year. Come and share your ideas and suggestions.

Drugs, Organized Crime, and Politics in Kyrgyzstan: Findings from the Field
Feb 16: 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 16: 4:30pm-5:30 pm
East-West Center, Burns Hall, Rm. 2118, Washington D.C.
"The Japan-U.S. alliance is not only vital for Japan's defense, but also an asset for the peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific region."  Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan

"Carbon Footprints: The Politics of Producing Energy Emissions"
Feb 17: 9:00am-10:30am
Room 806, The Rome Building
Robert Shum, a SAIS Ph.D. candidate, will defend his dissertation. For more information and to RSVP, contact or 202.663.5714.

Toward Capable and Responsive States
Feb 17: 9:00am-11:00am
B1 Conference Center Room B, CSIS, 1800 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20006
The OECD DAC’s International Network on Conflict and Fragility has recently published timely guidance on how the international community can better prevent and strengthen fragile states. Please join us for a discussion on the practical implications for USAID.

The Goldilocks Solution: Getting Systemically Important Financial Institution Regulation Just Right
Feb 17: 10:00am-11:30am
Falk Auditorium, The Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC
One of the most important decisions regulators will make in the coming months is to define “systemically important financial institutions (SIFIs),” as required under the Dodd-Frank comprehensive financial reform law, named after its lead sponsors, Senator Chris Dodd and Rep. Barney Frank.

The Facebook Revolution: The Role of New Media in Egypt and the Middle East
Feb 17: 11:00am-12:00pm
On January 25, the people of Egypt took to the streets in a “day of rage,” protesting the rampant poverty, unemployment, and government corruption seen throughout the country. Social media served to mobilize the people.

Policy Concerns of Low Fertility for Military Planning and Care of the Elderly in South Korea
Feb 17: 12:00pm-1:30pm
4th floor Conference Room, The Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1800 K St., NW, Washington, DC, 20006.
The CSIS Korea Chair hosts a Korea Platform Session presenting Dr. Elizabeth Stephen's recent research on the forces shaping demographic trends in South Korea and their military and pension policy implications

Covering Egypt, Covering Islam: What the Media Get Wrong (and Occasionally Right)
Feb 17: 12:00pm-1:300pm
MEI Boardman Room 1761 N Street NW, Washington, DC
Drawing on over thirty years' experience covering Middle Eastern and Islamic issues, mostly for the BBC, Roger Hardy argues that the media have all too often shown a chronic lack of understanding of Islam and Muslim societies - and by distorting or sensationalizing Muslim issues have made it harder to combat extremism and win the 'war of ideas.

"Leadership in Diplomacy: A Woman’s Perspective"
Feb 17: 5:00pm-6:00pm
Room 806, The Rome Building
Audrey Marks, Jamaican ambassador to the United States, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, or 646.644.9673.

"Recognizing the New Sudan: Innovation, Investment and Capacity Building"
Feb 17: 6:00pm-8:30pm
Rome Building Auditorium, The Rome Building
Deng Deng Nhial, deputy head of mission for Administration and Finance for the government of South Sudan; Laura Nyangtoung Ahang Beny-Acuar, professor of law at the University of Michigan School of Law; Parek Maduot, managing director of BStar Sudan and member of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement; Jok Madut Jok, fellow of the Rift Valley Institute and professor of history at Loyola Marymount University (LMU); Mark Esi Ramu Bolden, private consultant for LMU; and Gaafar Kangram, advocate for the Nuba Mountains, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, contact or 202.663.5676.

Liberation of Kuwait: Reflections
Feb 17: 6:30pm-7:45pm
Harry Harding Auditorium, Room 213, 1957 E Street, NW, Washington D.C.
Ambassador Edward "Skip" Gnehm, Jr., Kuwait Professor of Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Affairs, GW; former U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait, Australia, and Jordan
This event is GW's 2011 Annual Kuwait Chair Lecture. Marking the 20th anniversary of Operation: Desert Storm and the U.S. campaign to liberate Kuwait, Ambassador Edward Gnehm will draw upon his personal experience as U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait to present his reflections at the event.

After the Vote: Challenges and Opportunities for a Two-State Sudan
Feb 17: 6:30pm-8:00pm
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602, 1957 E Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
The Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication (IPDGC), Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, and the School for Media and Public Affairs join together again for a night devoted to the question of Sudan: what happens now? what happens tomorrow? Experts from all angles will address the independence referendum and the steps South Sudan will take to become Africa's newest state.

Outlook for U.S. Strategy in the Southern Caucasus and the Caspian
Feb 18: 9:00am-2:00pm
B1 Conference Center, Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1800 K Street, NW, Washington DC, 20006
On February 18, 2011 the CSIS New European Democracies Project will host a half-day conference entitled “Outlook for U.S. Strategy in the Southern Caucasus and the Caspian”. The event will be held from 9:00am to 2:00pm in B1 Conference Floor at CSIS. Please refer to the preliminary agenda below for further details.

Making Peace in Afghanistan: the Missing Political Strategy
Feb 18: 10:00am-12:00pm
United States Institute of Peace, 1200 17th St, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
After nine years of rising violence and uneven progress, there is increasing acceptance that a political settlement is needed to end the war in Afghanistan. During 2010, the U.S. and NATO mlitary surge was accompanied by an effort to convince middle and lower-level fighters to abandon the insurgency.

Popular Uprisings in Southeast Asia: Is there an Egypt or Tunisia in the Region?
Feb 18: 12:30pm-1:45pm
Room 505, 1957 E Street, NW, Washington D.C.
Although there are striking differences between Southeast Asia and the Middle East/North Africa, the two regions also share some similarities: authoritarian and semi-authoritarian governments of long duration as well as the presence of some Islamist groups.

"The Past and Future of Hindu Nationalism"
Feb 18: 12:30pm-2:00pm
Room 806, The Rome Building
Rahul Sagar, assistant professor of politics at Princeton University, will discuss this topic. For more information and to RSVP, contact or 202.663.5722.