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March 2010

Monday, March 1, 2010
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Kendrick Conference Room, Room 321
2115 G Street, NW

Workers Without Borders? Culture, Migration and the Political Limits to Globalization


Sanjay Jain, University Lecturer, University of Cambridge

Sumon Majumdar, Associate Professor of Economics, Queen's University

Sharun W. Mukand, Associate Professor of Economics, Tufts University

RSVP: iiep@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the Institute for International Economic Policy

Monday, March 1, 2010
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Security Policy Forum: The Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan: The Journalistic Challenges


Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Senior Correspondent and Associate Editor, The Washington Post; author, Imperial Life in the Emerald City

Michael R. Gordon, Chief Military Correspondent, The New York Times; co-author, Cobra II and The Generals' War

Ann Scott Tyson, Staff Writer, The Washington Post

Moderator:
Marc Lynch, Director, Institute for Middle East Studies, GW

RSVP: Security Policy Forum: Journalistic Challenges or spf@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies, the Security Policy Forum, the Institute for Middle East Studies, and the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication

Monday, March 1, 2010
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street, NW

Film: God Grew Tired of Us


Please join the Conflict Resolution Forum in the viewing of <em>God Grew Tired of Us</em>. This 2006 documentary film chronicles the experiences of three young Sudanese men as they make a life for themselves in the United States.

Popcorn provided.

No RSVP required.

Sponsored by the Conflict Resolution Forum

Tuesday, March 2, 2010
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Harry Harding Auditorium, Room 213
1957 E Street, NW

Invisible Children: Film and Discussion of the Conflict in Northern Uganda


A screening of the film Together We're Free and a discussion of the conflict in Northern Uganda with the East Coast Team of Invisible Children.

No RSVP is needed to attend this event.

Sponsored by Delta Phi Epsilon, Professional Foreign Service Fraternity

Wednesday, March 3, 2010
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street, NW

Forecasting and Tracking Precursors to Violence in Abkhazia, South Ossetia and the North Caucasus: What We Knew, When We Knew It and Why It Matters


Kevin D. Jones, Assistant Professor; Emerging Threats Research Project, Division of Integrated Biodefense, Georgetown University

Greg Zalasky, Senior Analyst, Emerging Threats Research Project, Georgetown University

Kevin Jones and Greg Zalasky demonstrate the power of a new technology of open source event analysis to track and trend instances of political instability and civil violence through a case study of the Republic of Georgia and its environs during the eight months preceding the South Ossetian War (January 1, 2008 - August 8, 2008).  They also apply this method to current data from the North Caucasus to consider the potential for higher levels of violence there.

RSVP: ieresgwu@gwu.edu by March 12

Sponsored by the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

Wednesday, March 3, 2010
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Ambassadors Forum: A Talk with Iraqi Ambassador Sumaida'ie


Ambassador Samir Sumaida'ie, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to the United States

Join Ambassador Sumaida'ie for a talk on building democracy after conflict and Iraq's third democratic election.

RSVP: ids@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the International Development Studies program and the Ambassadors Forum

Thursday, March 4, 2010
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Room 505
1957 E Street, NW

A Discussion with Norma Cruz, Guatemalan Human Rights Activist


Norma Cruz, Co-founder and Director, Survivor's Foundation, Guatemala City, Guatemala; reicipient of a 2009 "Women of Courage" award from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

<i>This event is part of GW's celebration of International Women's Day and Women's History Month. </i>

Please RSVP at: Norma Cruz Event

Sponsored by the Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program

Thursday, March 4, 2010
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Harry Harding Auditorium, Room 213
1957 E Street, NW

Middle East Policy Forum: A Focus on Yemen


Ambassador Edward W. "Skip" Gnehm, Jr., Kuwait Professor of Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Affairs, GW

This event is GW's 2010 Annual Kuwait Chair Lecture.<br /><br />
A reception will be held from 5:30 - 6:15pm in the 2nd floor atrium.  The lecture will be held from 6:15 - 7:30pm in the Harry Harding Auditorium, Room 213.

RSVP: 2010 Annual Kuwait Lecture or http://tinyurl.com/elliott-march4

Sponsored by the Middle East Policy Forum, which is presented with the generous support of ExxonMobil.

Thursday, March 4, 2010
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

State Room, 7th Floor
1957 E Street, NW

14th Annual Gaston Sigur Memorial Lecture: Revisiting Japan's Asia Policy


Takashi Shiraishi, President, Institute of Developing Economics, Japan External Trade Organization

Reception: 5:30 - 6:00pm<br />
Lecture: 6:00 - 7:00pm<br />
<i>Please note that the time has been revised slightly from the initial event announcement.  Times listed on this site are correct.</i>

RSVP: gsigur@gwu.edu by March 2

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Thursday, March 4, 2010
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Is Fairer Trade Compatible with Freer Markets?


Conference Keynote:
"Fairer Trade and Freer Trade: The Evolution of Strategies That Work for the Poor"
Michael Conroy, Chairman of the Board, TransFair

Please note that this is Day 1 of a 2-day conference. Full conference is March 4 & 5.

RSVP: iiep@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the Institute for International Economic Policy, the Government of the Netherlands, the Heinrich Boell Foundation, and the Financial Times

Friday, March 5, 2010
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Is Fairer Trade Compatible with Freer Markets?


8:00 - 8:30am: Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 9:00am: Introductory Remarks: Defining Fairness in Trade
A description of the conference and an overview of what we mean by fairness as applied in international trade discussions. Do we mean fairness of outcome? Do we mean fairness of process, or both?
Steve Suranovic, Director, International Trade and Investment Policy Program, GW

9:00 - 10:40am: Fairness in the Real World
There is a lot of talk about fair trade, but we really know little about what policymakers, academics, and consumers are concerned about when they think about fair trade. This panel will focus on perceptions of fair trade among these groups and how these perceptions play out in global and national markets.
Michael Hiscox, Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs, Department of Government, Harvard University

Shareen Hertel, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Connecticut

Doug Nelson, Professor of Economics, Tulane University; Professorial Research Fellow, Globalization and Economic Policy Centre, University of Nottingham

Sean Ehrlich, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Florida State University

10:40 - 11:00am: Coffee Break

11:00am - 12:30pm: Consumers and Fair Trade
Is there sufficient consumer demand for products carrying social/eco labels signaling they are fairly produced? Are fair trade strategies workable and sustainable? How do public policies channel or distort fairer trade?
Daniel Stokes, Senior Manager of Resource Development, TransFair

Kelly Johnston, Vice President, Government Affairs, Campbells Soup

Kim Elliott, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

12:30 - 2:00pm: Lunch and Address: How Does the U.S. Government Attempt to Make Trade Fairer for the World's Poor?
Moderated by:
James Politi, Special Reporter, Financial Times

2:00 - 3:30pm: Producers and Fair Trade
How can market actors work to achieve fairer outcomes for workers? Do such strategies yield more productive workers? How do they affect market share and profits?
David Berdish, Manager of Sustainable Business Development, Ford Motor Company

Rene Van Hall, Deputy Director for Trade Politics and Globalization, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Holland

Bama Athreya, Executive Director, International Labor Rights Forum

Charita Castro, Division Chief for Operations, Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking, Bureau of International Labor Affairs

3:30 - 3:45pm: Coffee Break

3:45 - 4:30pm: So, what do you think? Are Freer Markets Compatible with Fairer Outcomes for the Poor?
Susan Ariel Aaronson, Associate Research Professor of International Affairs, GW, will ask audience questions focused on the conference objective, "Are Free Markets Compatible with Fairer Outcomes for the poor?" Will fair trade strategies yield fairer outcomes? Will they distort trade? Will consumers respond? If so, what are the best strategies to achieve fairer trade?

4:30 - 4:45pm: Conclusions
Steve Suranovic, Director, International Trade and Investment Policy Program, GW, will summarize the conference findings: What do we think about these options? What is the future of fairer trade strategies?

Please note that this is Day 2 of a 2-day conference. Full conference is March 4 & 5.

RSVP: iiep@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the Institute for International Economic Policy, the Government of the Netherlands, the Heinrich Boell Foundation, and the Financial Times

Monday, March 8, 2010
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Harry Harding Auditorium, Room 213
1957 E Street, NW

Film: Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy


This event is a film screening of the documentary Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy (50 min.) followed by a discussion with:

Mark Schuller, Co-producer and Co-director of Poto Mitan; Assistant Professor, City University of New York

Julie Meyer, Director, Lambi Fund

Leigh Carter, Executive Director, Fonkoze USA

For more information about the film, visit <a href="http://www.potomitan.net/">www.potomitan.net</a>.
<br/><br/>
<i>This event is part of GW's celebration of International Women's Day and Women's History Month</i>.

Reception to follow.

Please register at: RSVP: Poto Mitan

Sponsored by the Global Women's Forum of the Elliott School of International Affairs

Monday, March 8, 2010
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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

Reception with Dalia Ziada, Egyptian Blogger and Human Rights Activist


Dalia Ziada, Egyptian Blogger and Human Rights Activist

Ziada, a young activist for civil rights reform and director of AIC's Cairo office, speaks out against discrimination impacting Muslim women. She has been profiled by a number of media outlets, including Time Magazine and the BBC. In June 2009, she attended President Obama's speech in Cairo and met privately afterwards with White House Senior Advisor Valeria Jarrett.

Please RSVP at: Reception with Dalia Ziada

Sponsored by the Institute for Middle East Studies and Project Nur

Monday, March 8, 2010
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Room 113
1957 E Street, NW

One Year Later, What is the State of Russia's Resurgence?


Two individuals from the Central Intelligence Agency will present their analysis of Russia's political and economic prospects in the 21st Century. Additionally, these individuals will be available to answer questions about careers and internships with the CIA.

No RSVP required.
For question, please contact: ias@gwu.edu.

Sponsored by the International Affairs Society

Tuesday, March 9, 2010
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street, NW

U.S.-Japan-China Relations and East Asian Regional Security


A Student Forum Featuring:
A student delegation from Kyoto University's "International Relations Seminar Class."

This is a course in which a small number of students do intensive research, analysis, presentations and discussion on many hot-button issues taking place in the world.<br/><br/>

The students will hold a forum with other students, faculty, scholars, and interested individuals at the George Washington University to discuss U.S.-Japan-China relations and East Asian regional security as the final project for their course. This is an open forum for discussion between the delegation and the audience.<br/><br/>

The group is led by Kyoto University Professor of European and American Economic History, Takeshi Sakade, and includes students Kazushi Minami, Kiyohiko Atsuji, Yuka Nishiwaki, and He Xuanye.

RSVP: gsigur@gwu.edu with your name, affiliation, and contact information by Monday, March 8, 2010.

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Tuesday, March 9, 2010
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Lidia Schaefer: Ethiopia's Rural Education Hero


Lidia Schaefer, 2009 CNN Hero

Lidia Schaefer speaks about her crusade to bring education to the rural Ethiopian village of Feres Mai.

Refreshments will be available following the event for a small donation to Ms. Schaefer's charity, Lidia's School. Donations for Lidia's School will also be accepted at the door. For more information about Lidia's School, please visit www.lidiaschool.org.

This event is part of GW's celebration of International Women's Day and Women's History Month.

Please send RSVP to: Lidia Schaefer Event or http://tinyurl/elliott-mar9

Sponsored by the International Affairs Society

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street, NW

The Economic and Policy Outlook


Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former Director, Congressional Budget Office

RSVP: iiep@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the Institute for International Economic Policy

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street, NW

The Ukrainian Economy Before and After the 2010 Presidential Elections


Nazar Kholod, political economist; author, Income Distribution and Poverty in Transitional Countries

Instead of solving the economic problems that emerged as the result of the global economic crisis, Ukrainian politicians spent 2009 fighting for the presidential office. On February 25, 2010, Viktor Yanukovych became the President of Ukraine. Will Yanukovych be able to fulfill his presidential campaign promises? How will the new president deal with economic challenges? What are the main results of President Yanukovych's visits to Brussels and Moscow? Should one expect changes in Ukrainian foreign policy?

This event is part of the Institute of European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies' Petrach Program on Ukraine.

Soft drinks will be provided.

RSVP: ieresgwu@gwu.edu by March 9

Sponsored by the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Middle East Policy Forum: Happy Birthday from Hizbollah: The Case for Change in the Middle East


Neil MacFarquhar, United Nations correspondent, The New York Times

Neil MacFarquhar will present remarks on his most recent book, <i>The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes you a Happy Birthday: Unexpected Encounters in the Changing Middle East</i>, named a "Best Book of 2009" by <i>The Washington Post</i> and Barnes & Noble.

Doors open at 5:30pm. The first 50 students to arrive at the event will receive a free signed copy of The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday courtesy of the Middle East Policy Forum.

RSVP: rsvpimes@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the Middle East Policy Forum, which is presented with the generous support of ExxonMobil.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Funger Hall, Room 103
2201 G Street, NW

Haiti: Problems and Prospects in the Eye of the Catastrophe


Leigh Carter, Executive Director, Fonkoze USA

Raymond Joseph, Ambassador of Haiti to the United States

Julissa Reynoso, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs

Moderator:
Marie-Marcelle Racine, local activist for Haitian affairs; Professor, University of the District of Columbia

No RSVP required.
For questions, please contact: ias@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the International Affairs Society

Thursday, March 11, 2010
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

An Unprecedented Social Experiment: The Impact of the One Child Policy on China's Society and Economy


Introductions:
Barbara Miller, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

Harry Wu, Executive Director, Laogai Research Foundation

Panelists:
Tencho Gyatso, Special Assistant for Advocacy, International Campaign for Tibet

Nicole Kempton, Washington Director, Laogai Research Foundation

Reggie Littlejohn, President, Women's Rights Without Frontiers

Toy Reid, Senior Research Associate, Congressional Executive Commission on China

Personal testimony from:
Xiaoping Zhou, and her daughter, Lijun Hu, Bangkok, Thailand

This event is part of GW's celebration of International Women's Day and Women's History Month.

RSVP: lindsey@laogai.org

Sponsored by the International Development Studies program and the Laogai Research Foundation

Thursday, March 11, 2010
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street, NW

U.S. Foreign Policy and Regional Conflict in the Caucasus


Paul Wohlers, Deputy Executive Secretary, U.S. Department of State

Mr. Wohlers will discuss his experience as a Foreign Service Officer in Eurasia, specifically the Caucasus.

This is a brown bag lecture, please feel free to bring a lunch.

This event is open to GW students only.

RSVP: peers@gwu.edu by March 10

Sponsored by Professionals in European, Eurasian, and Russian Studies

Thursday, March 11, 2010
6:45 PM - 8:45 PM

Harry Harding Auditorium, Room 213
1957 E Street, NW

Kungfu Secrets, A Documentary Film


The story of kungfu in Taiwan is a fascinating chronicle of a glorious tradition stuggling to survive in a changing world. This film follows three contemporary kungfu masters as they stuggle to adapt their martial arts to modern Taiwan. Tracing the story of kungfu in Taiwan, this film follows Master Wang Jin Fa, head of the last secret chapter of the Hong Men society in Taiwan, as he reveals their heretofore secret kungfu to cameras for the very first time. Also two young women pave the way for future Taiwanese Olympic glory as they travel to China in search of the most difficult gold medal of their careers.

Featuring commentary from the directors:
Mei-Juin Chen
Martha Burr

This film is part of the "Taiwan to the World" mini-series. On March 18th and 25th, the remaining 4 films will be shown, including "The Butterfly Code," "The Pigeon Game," "Spirit Talk," and "Super Pigs."

GW students, faculty, and staff -
Please RSVP to gsigur@gwu.edu for free admission, with ID.

Non-GW individuals -
Please RSVP via Asia Society's website. Tickets are $10 for Asia Society Members, and $15 for Non-Asia Society Members.

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, the Asia Society, and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office

Thursday, March 11, 2010
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Room 113
1957 E Street, NW

U.S. Foreign Policy Under Barack Obama


Henry Nau, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, GW

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, U.S. Army (Ret.); Professional Lecturer, University Honors Program, GW

Peter Beinart, Schwartz Senior Fellow, New American Foundation

Panelists will discuss the current state of U.S. Foreign Policy.

No RSVP is needed to attend this event.

Sponsored by GW University Honors Program

Friday, March 12, 2010
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street, NW

Political Development in Kyrgyzstan since 2005


Zakir Chotaev, Visiting Scholar, Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, GW

This presentation will focus on the development of the Kyrgyz Republic's internal political system and the main priorities of its foreign policy in recent years. Zakir Chotaev will briefly explain the evolution of the state system since independence.  He will focus on the constitutional reforms that took place after the events of March 2005 (known as the Tulip Revolution) and on the recent administrative reforms initiated by President Bakiev. Chotaev will also discuss the importance of the constitutional reforms for the new state leadership, the main goals of the president's "Renovation of The Country" program, and the development and priorities of Kyrgyzstani foreign policy since 2005.

Soft drinks will be provided.

RSVP: ieresgwu@gwu.edu by March 11

Sponsored by the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

Friday, March 12, 2010
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

The Pianist and the Diplomat: The Remarkable Life and Legacy of Jan Ignacy Paderewski


Featuring:
John Robilette, concert pianist and cultural ambassador

Lt. Gen. Edward Rowny, (U.S. Army, Ret.), former arms control adviser and negotiator to five presidents - Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and Bush

An evening of music, history, and food exploring the life of Jan Ignacy Paderewski, the Polish diplomat, prime minister and composer, who fiercely advocated for a free and independent Poland. Joining us will be two of the foremost experts on Paderewski: Lt. Gen.  Edward Rowny and world-renowned concert pianist and cultural ambassador John Robilette.
<br /><br />We invite you to join us for a reception following the presentation.

RSVP: klubpolonia@gmail.com

Sponsored by the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies and the GW Klub Polonia

Thursday, March 18, 2010
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Room 212
1957 E Street, NW

8th OxMetrics User Conference


Presenters include:
David F. Hendry, University of Oxford, "Empirical Model Discovery"
Jurgen A. Doornik, University of Oxford, "Flu Forecasting: Can Web Search Data Really Help?"
Siem Jan Koopman, Tinbergen Institute, "Signal Extraction and Forecasting based on Unobserved Components: Univariate and Multivariate Approaches"
Sébastien Laurent, Maastricht University, "Robust Estimation of DCC-GARCH Models"
Neil R. Ericsson, Federal Reserve Board and George Washington University, "Empirical Model Selection: Friedman and Schwartz Revisited"
Frederick L. Joutz, George Washington University, "Modeling and Forecasting Electricity Consumption in Norway"
Genaro Sucarrat, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, "Automated Model Selection in Finance: General-to-Specific Modelling of the Mean, Variance and Density"
Frank Nickel, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, "Allocation Between Active and Passive Investments"
Janelle Mann, Queen's University, "The Role of Long Memory in Hedging Strategies for Canadian Commodity Futures"
Jaime Marquez, Federal Reserve Board, "U.S. Treasury Yields and Foreign Holdings of U.S. Securities"
John B. Guerard, Jr., McKinley Capital Management, LLC, "The Corporate Sector as a Net Exporter of Funds: Additional Econometric Evidence"
Hildegart A. Ahumada, Di Tella University, "Selecting the Monetary Deflator by an Encompassing Approach: The Case of Argentina"
Christopher J. Nekarda, Federal Reserve Board, "Understanding Unemployment Dynamics: The Role of Time Aggregation"
Shaghil Ahmed, Federal Reserve Board, "Are Chinese Exports Sensitive to Changes in the Exchange Rate?"
Mohammed H.I. Dore and Rajiv G. Singh, Brock University, "The Role of Credit in the 2007-09 Great Recession"
Xiaoshan Chen, University of Glasgow, "Measuring the Euro Area Output Gap using Multivariate Unobserved Components Models Containing Phase Shifts"
Yu-Cheng Ku, North Carolina State University, "Generating Random Wishart Matrices with Fractional Degrees of Freedom in OX"
Imran Shah, University of Leicester, "High Inflation Periods and Real Effects in Developing Countries: Some Empirical Evidence"
Giovanni Urga, Cass Business School, "Monetary Disorder and Financial Regimes. The Demand for Money in Argentina, 1900-2006"

The conference will provide a forum for the exchange of research results and practical experiences within the fields of computational and financial econometrics, empirical economics, time-series and cross-section statistics, and applied mathematics. The conference is open to all those interested -not just to OxMetrics users- from academic, governmental, and commercial organizations.

Register at: OxMetrics Confernce.
Registration is closed.

Please note that this is day 1 of a 2-day conference. Full confernce is March 18 & 19.

Sponsored by the Institute of International Economic Policy and the GW Department of Economics

Thursday, March 18, 2010
6:45 PM - 8:45 PM

Harry Harding Auditorium, Room 213
1957 E Street, NW

Taiwan to the World: The Pigeon Game and The Butterfly Code


The Pigeon Game, directed by Ko-shang Shen

Professional pigeon racer Tsai Fong Chi has what it takes to make it big in the next pigeon games. He has the right birds and the right skills. His family is depending on him and much is at stake. With little success since his last big winning streak, his cash reserves have dwindled and he needs to win and win big. Taiwanese pigeon breeders believe that a bird's wings, tail, and eyes provide clues to its future performance. For Tsai, pigeon #13 is his number one pick this season. The descendent of a prized former champion bird, #13 shows promise with the right eyes and body shape. Can Tsai's favorite pigeon make it to the final races and bring home the grand prize?

The Butterfly Code, directed by Deng Wen-bing

The Parantica sita, or chestnut tiger, is a milkweed butterfly that flourishes in East Asia. From an egg to a caterpillar and finally emerging as an adult butterfly, it's genetically wired for one last mission - to reproduce and ensure another generation of its kind before it dies. The clock is ticking. It has only a few weeks to mate and lay eggs. One such creature may have carried its mission to the extreme, traveling nearly 1200km from the island of Taiwan to Japan, and sending shockwaves throughout Asia's scientific community.

These films are part of the "Taiwan to the World" mini-series.  On March 25, the remaining two films will be shown, <i>Spirit Talk</i> and <i>Super Pigs</i>.

GW students, faculty, and staff -
Please RSVP to gsigur@gwu.edu

Non-GW individuals -
Please RSVP via Asia Society's website.

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, the Asia Society, and in part by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office.

Friday, March 19, 2010
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Room 212
1957 E Street, NW

8th OxMetrics User Conference


Presenters include:
David F. Hendry, University of Oxford, "Empirical Model Discovery"
Jurgen A. Doornik, University of Oxford, "Flu Forecasting: Can Web Search Data Really Help?"
Siem Jan Koopman, Tinbergen Institute, "Signal Extraction and Forecasting based on Unobserved Components: Univariate and Multivariate Approaches"
Sébastien Laurent, Maastricht University, "Robust Estimation of DCC-GARCH Models"
Neil R. Ericsson, Federal Reserve Board and George Washington University, "Empirical Model Selection: Friedman and Schwartz Revisited"
Frederick L. Joutz, George Washington University, "Modeling and Forecasting Electricity Consumption in Norway"
Genaro Sucarrat, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, "Automated Model Selection in Finance: General-to-Specific Modelling of the Mean, Variance and Density"
Frank Nickel, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, "Allocation Between Active and Passive Investments"
Janelle Mann, Queen's University, "The Role of Long Memory in Hedging Strategies for Canadian Commodity Futures"
Jaime Marquez, Federal Reserve Board, "U.S. Treasury Yields and Foreign Holdings of U.S. Securities"
John B. Guerard, Jr., McKinley Capital Management, LLC, "The Corporate Sector as a Net Exporter of Funds: Additional Econometric Evidence"
Hildegart A. Ahumada, Di Tella University, "Selecting the Monetary Deflator by an Encompassing Approach: The Case of Argentina"
Christopher J. Nekarda, Federal Reserve Board, "Understanding Unemployment Dynamics: The Role of Time Aggregation"
Shaghil Ahmed, Federal Reserve Board, "Are Chinese Exports Sensitive to Changes in the Exchange Rate?"
Mohammed H.I. Dore and Rajiv G. Singh, Brock University, "The Role of Credit in the 2007-09 Great Recession"
Xiaoshan Chen, University of Glasgow, "Measuring the Euro Area Output Gap using Multivariate Unobserved Components Models Containing Phase Shifts"
Yu-Cheng Ku, North Carolina State University, "Generating Random Wishart Matrices with Fractional Degrees of Freedom in OX"
Imran Shah, University of Leicester, "High Inflation Periods and Real Effects in Developing Countries: Some Empirical Evidence"
Giovanni Urga, Cass Business School, "Monetary Disorder and Financial Regimes. The Demand for Money in Argentina, 1900-2006"

The conference will provide a forum for the exchange of research results and practical experiences within the fields of computational and financial econometrics, empirical economics, time-series and cross-section statistics, and applied mathematics. The conference is open to all those interested -not just to OxMetrics users- from academic, governmental, and commercial organizations.

Register at: OxMetrics Confernce.
Registration is closed.

Please note that this is day 2 of a 2-day conference. Full confernce is March 18 & 19.

Sponsored by the Institute for International Economic Policy and the GW Department of Economics

Monday, March 22, 2010
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street, NW

Human Rights in Colombia: As Seen Through the Eyes of Women Human Rights Defenders


Jomary Ortegon Osorio, attorney, Colectivo de Abogados Jose Alvear Restrepo (Bogota)

Liliana Mariauribe Triado, attorney and Co-Founder, Corporacion Juridicain Medellin (Medellin)

Maria Victoria Fallon, attorney, Grupo Interdisciplinario de Derechos Humanos (Medellin)

Luz Marina Monzon, attorney, consultant, university professor (Bogota)

The discussion will include what the Law on Justice and Peace (Law 975 of 2005) has meant for justice and impunity, the systematic practice of extrajudicial executions and impunity in Colombia, judicial independence and the rule of law in Colombia, and present research on sexual violence against women.

Please note that this event will be held in Spanish with English translation available.

RSVP: lahsp@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program

Monday, March 22, 2010
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Rebuilding Haiti


Lindsay Lincoln, Program Officer, Red Cross

Leonardo Perez Lima, Political Officer, Embassy of Brazil

Fr. Joseph Constant, President, Haiti-Micah Project

Elizabeth Bellardo, Senior Manager for Disaster Response, InterAction

Col. Warren Berry, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Department of Defense

Mary Beth Brennan, South Asia Regional Coordinator, Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, USAID

Jean-Lyonel Desmarattes, journalist, Voice of America, Creole Division

Moderated by:
Eric Walcott, Executive Director, National Association for the Advancement of Haitians (NOAH)

This event features a panel discussion focusing on the emergency response to the earthquake in Haiti and efforts to achieve long-term sustainable development in the aftermath of this tragedy.

Light refreshments will be served.

No RSVP is required to attend this event.

Sponsored by the Organization for International Development

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

The James P. Grant Lecture: An Unfinished Agenda for Children


Keynote Address:
Dr. Jon E Rohde, Professor, James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University (Bangladesh)

Discussants:
Kerri-Ann Jones, Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

Dr. Roger I. Glass, Director, Forarty International Center Staff, National Institutes of Health

Sandra Thurman, Director, Interfaith Program, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

2010 marks the 15th year since the passing of James P.Grant, the man who New York Times journalist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof described in 2008 as "a little-known American aid worker," who had "probably saved more lives than were destroyed by Hitler, Mao and Stalin combined".

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The historic World Summit for Children, one of Jim Grant's most audacious accomplishments, was convened in 1990 and ultimately provided the roots for the Millennium Development Goals. This September's high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly to review progress on the "world biggest promise" will serve as backdrop to the presentation and discussion of the challenges and opportunities ahead for the world's children.  Join us on Tuesday, March 23rd as we introduce the annual James P. Grant Lecture to discuss the challenges that remain as we begin the countdown to achieving the MDGs and the unfinished global agenda for children.

Coffee and pastries will be available beginning at 10am.

Sponsored by GW's Collaborating Centers for Global Health and Development, The Journal for Health Communications, and The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation. Sponsored in collaboration with the International Development Studies Program, the Culture in Global Affairs Program, the Pan American Health Organization, The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, the United Nations Foundation, the Institute for Health Policy Analysis, PSI, the Sabin Vaccine Institute, RESULTS and members of the Washington D.C. international child health, nutrition and development community.

RSVP: James P. Grant Lecture. Space is limited.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Kendrick Conference Room, Suite 321
2115 G Street, NW

The Effects of Microfinance in Bangladesh


Liz Schroeder, Assistant Professor, Oregon State

RSVP: iiep@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the Institute for International Economic Policy

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Marvin Center, Room 101
800 21st Street, NW

Democracy and Human Rights in Venezuela: Discussing the New Report by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights


Carlos Correa, Executive Director, Espacio Publico

Liliana Ortega, Executive Director, Committee for families of the victims of the events in February and March 1989 (COFAVIC)

Alfredo Ruiz, Coordinator General, Red de Apoyo por la Justicia y la Paz

Last month the Organization of American States' Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) published a 300-page report concluding that a "weakening of the rule of law and democracy" in Venezuela had led to "serious restrictions to the full enjoyment of the human rights recognized in the American Convention."  Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez blasted the report as the work of a "mafia" biased against his government and threatened to remove Venezuela from the inter-American human rights system.  By contrast, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Arturo Valenzuela characterized the report as a "complete and dispassionate review of the current state of affairs" in Venezuela.  Please join us for a discussion with representatives of prominent Venezuelan human rights NGOs on the IACHR report and the reactions it has provoked.

Please note that this event will be in Spanish with English translation available.

RSVP: adest@wola.org or 202-797-2171 by March 22

Sponsored by the Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), and the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street, NW

Whither Moldova: Democratic Breakthrough or Permanent Crisis?


Ceslav Ciobanu, University Professor of Economics, Virginia State University

William Hill, Professor of National Security Strategy, National War College

Elizabeth Anderson Worden, Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, American University

Through two heated elections in 2009, Moldovans ousted Europe's last Communist Party president despite backing from Moscow and the regime's forceful crackdown on protesters in April. But while the opposition had enough strength to force the Communists out, they did not have the parliamentary supermajority needed to elect a new president, possibly setting the scene for constitutional changes, yet another round of elections, and/or ongoing crisis. Caught between the European Union and Russia, in need of economic reforms, and long stuck somewhere between authoritarianism and democracy, Moldova's fate hangs in the balance, as does the relative influence of the United States, European Union, and Russia in the region. Our three outstanding panelists, each with deep on-the-ground knowledge of Moldova and the issues it faces, will shed light on the political, economic, and cultural drivers of Moldova's crisis and speculate on where this country is headed.

Soft drinks will be provided.

RSVP: ieresgwu@gwu.edu by March 22

Sponsored by the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Harry Harding Auditorium, Room 213
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Nuclear Weapon-Free Zones - Affirmative Action by Non-Nuclear Weapon States in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty


Ambassador Jayantha Dhanapala, Jennings Randolph Senior Visiting Scholar, United States Institute of Peace; President, Pugwash Conferences; former Under-Secretary General for Disarmament, United Nations

Moderator:
Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, Associate Vice President, United States Institute of Peace

This event is the Elliott School's 2010 Banville Forum event.  <br />The Banville Forum is presented in memory of Robert Banville.

Please RSVP at: http://bit.ly/Dhanapala

Sponsored by the Elliott School of International Affairs and the United States Institute of Peace

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street, NW

Global Women's Forum: Female-Selective Abortion as Genocide: The Situation in India


Sabu George, Independent Researcher, New Delhi

This event is part of GW's celebration of International Women's Day and Women's History Month.

RSVP: RSVP for March 24 or at http://tinyurl.com/elliott-mar24

Sponsored by the Global Women's Forum of the Elliott School of International Affairs

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Room 214
1957 E Street, NW

Why There is No "European Islam:" Contrasting Contours of Islam in England and France


John Bowen, Dunbar-Van Cleve Professor in Arts and Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis

Please RSVP at: Why is There No "European Islam"?

Sponsored by the Institute for Middle East Studies

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Security Policy Forum: Afghanistan: War of Necessity or Quagmire?


Ambassador Peter W. Galbraith, Senior Diplomatic Fellow, The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

RSVP: SPF: Amb. Galbraith or spf@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies, the Security Policy Forum, and the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Short Cuts to Finding a Job in the Federal Government


Emily Troutman, freelance writer and editor; co-author of The Student's Federal Career Guide: 10 Steps to Find and Win Top Government Jobs and Internships

Join fellow alumni for a discussion with Emily Troutman, as she discusses the best steps to find and win top government jobs and internships.  The discussion will be followed by light refreshments.

RSVP: www.alumniconnections.com

Sponsored by the Elliott School of International Affairs and the GW Alumni Association

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Harry Harding Auditorium, Room 213
1957 E Street, NW

When Awareness is not Enough: Careers Combating Maternal Morality


Mary Ellen Stanton, Senior Reproductive Health Advisor, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

How can students translate a passion for maternal health issues
into a career? Through the personal experiences of Mary Ellen Stanton,
this event will emphasize professional development in the field of
public health.

No RSVP is needed to attend this event.

Sponsored by Delta Phi Epsilon, Professional Foreign Service Sorority

Thursday, March 25, 2010
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Room 113
1957 E Street, NW

Middle East Policy Forum: The Green Movement in Iran


Asef Bayat, Professor of Sociology and Middle East Studies, Chair in Society and Culture of the Modern Middle East, Leiden University

Asef Bayat will discuss the green movement in Iran and offer insights on the origins of the movement, its current state, and thoughts on its future.

Please RSVP at: The Green Movement in Iran

Sponsored by the Middle East Policy Forum, which is presented with the generous support of ExxonMobil.

Thursday, March 25, 2010
6:45 PM - 8:45 PM

Harry Harding Auditorium, Room 213
1957 E Street, NW

Taiwan to the World: Super Pigs and Spirit Talk


Super Pigs, directed by Charlene Shih

They are cute, smart, have sharp memories and a keen sense of smell. Some might add that they have incredible figures and wear high heels all the time. Not only are they destined for the dinner table, but in Taiwan, they also contribute much to mankind, simply by glowing red and green! These are no alien mutants, they are today's Super Pigs with powers to advance science and keep us looking beautiful and young. From glow pig to stud pig, this is the story about them, the fascinating world of today's super pig and the science behind them.

Spirit Talk, directed by Charlene Shih

Death is a subject that has produced fear and obsession in every human being throughout history, transcending all cultural and social boundaries. Director Charlene Shih's best friend, Georgia, lost her 30-year-old husband a year ago from a brain aneurism. Left alone with her 10-month-old baby, she is determined to find a way to communicate with her husband Jerry one last time. Charlene documents this extraordinary search on film and meets Paul, a terminally-ill cancer patient who is facing his own death. Join director Shih in a search for what lies beyond life and discover if spirit talk is truly possible.

These films are part of the "Taiwan to the World" mini-series.

GW students, faculty, and staff -
Please RSVP to gsigur@gwu.edu

Non-GW individuals -
Please RSVP via Asia Society's website.

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, the Asia Society, and in part by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office.

Friday, March 26, 2010
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Global Women's Forum: What Lies Ahead: The Iraqi Elections, A Gendered Perspective


Panelists include:
Ambassador Feisal Istrabadi, former Iraqi Deputy Permanent Representative of Iraq to the UN

Nesreen Al Barwari, former Iraqi Minister of Municipalities and Public Works

Mishkat Al Moumin, former Iraqi Minister of the Environment

Moderated by:
Mina Al-Oraibi, Washington, D.C., Bureau Chief, Asharq Alawsat

This event is part of GW's celebration of International Women's Day and Women's History Month.

RSVP: RSVP Iraqi Elections Event or at http://tinyurl.com/elliott-mar26

Sponsored by the Global Women's Forum of the Elliott School of International Affairs

Monday, March 29, 2010
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

City View Room, 7th floor
1957 E Street, NW

Distinguished Women in International Affairs: Facing the Crises of Our Time: The U.S. & the UN in the 21st Century


Gillian Sorensen, Senior Adviser and National Advocate, United Nations Foundation

Following a long and distinguished career at the United Nations, Gillian Sorensen seeks to elevate the debate over America's global role and the complexity of the U.S.-UN relationship: Why is the UN valuable to the U.S.? What's at stake? Why does it matter?
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This event is the Elliott School's 2010 lecture in <i>The U.S. and the UN: Working Together in the 21st Century</i> series.

Lunch will be provided beginning at 12:00pm. Mrs. Sorensen's lecture will begin at 12:30pm.

Please RSVP at: Facing the Crisis of Our Time

Sponsored by the Distinguished Women in International Affairs series, The U.S. and the UN: Working Together in the 21st Century series, and the Women in International Security (WIIS). The Distinguished Women in International Affairs series is presented with the generous support of Jack and Pam Cumming.

Monday, March 29, 2010
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street, NW

Never a Tiger: Thailand's Late-Colonial Economy and its Consequences


Michael J. Montesano, Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

Thailand's post-1945 economy demonstrated strong and generally overlooked continuities with the pattern of its economic growth during the heyday of Western colonial penetration of Southeast Asia between 1860 and 1940. Close consideration of migration, the evolution of the Thai state, and the role of ethnic Chinese in Thailand's economic life during the colonial and early post-war periods is indispensable to an understanding of Thailand's long and continuing deviation for the path of Asia's "tiger" economies. In addition to examining the deviation in Gerschenkronian perspective, this talk considers some of its implications for Thailand's current political crisis.

This is part of the Sigur Center's Subnational Asia Lecture Series

RSVP: gsigur@gwu.edu with your name, affiliation, and contact information by Friday, March 26.

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and the Institute for International Economic Policy

Monday, March 29, 2010
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Rescheduled: Iran, the Bomb, and What I Learned from Four Dinners with Ahmedinejad


This event has been rescheduled to Monday, April 26.

Jim Walsh, Research Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jim Walsh's research and writings focus on international security, and in particular, topics involving weapons of mass destruction and terrorism.

Please RSVP at: Four Dinners with Ahmedinejad

Sponsored by the Elliott School of International Affairs

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Rescheduled: The East Asian Order: Continuity and Change


This event has been resccheduled to Wednesday, April 28.

Michael Yahuda, Visiting Scholar, Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Part of the Sigur Center's Transnational Asia Lecture Series

RSVP: gsigur@gwu.edu with your name, affiliation, and contact information by Tuesday, March 30.

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

City View Room, 7th floor
1957 E Street, NW

Buying Homeland Security: Are We Getting Our Money's Worth?


Cindy Williams, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Visiting Professor of International Affairs, GW; Principal Research Scientist, Security Studies Program, MIT; author of Buying National Security: How America Plans and Pays for its Global Role and Safety at Home

Please RSVP at: Buying Homeland Security or http://tinyurl.com/elliott-march31

Sponsored by the Elliott School of International Affairs

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street, NW

Rescuing the Bottom Billion through Control of the Neglected Tropical Diseases


Dr. Peter J. Hotez, Distinguished Research Professor and the Walter G. Ross Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine, GW

The neglected tropical diseases or "NTDs" represent a group of chronic and debilitating parasitic and other infections, affecting almost all of the 1.4 billion people living below the World Bank poverty figure of $1.25 per day.  In addition to their health impact, the NTDs also promote poverty because of their ability to impair child education and development, pregnancy outcomes, and agricultural worker productivity.  Through a rapid impact package of low cost NTD drugs a Global Network is in place to provide mass drug administration treatments for the most common NTDs.  Some of these efforts are being financed through President Obama's Global Health Initiative.  However, because of concern regarding the possibility of emerging drug resistance and other factors there is an equally urgent need for innovation to develop new control tools, including new drugs, vaccines, and other diagnostics.  Through support of the Gates Foundation, the NIH, and other organizations, several non-profit product development partnerships are developing and testing a pipeline of such innovations.  Finally, a group of parasitic infections related to the NTDs are also endemic to the United States, especially in our nation's areas of greatest poverty.

No RSVP is needed to attend this event.

Sponsored by the Center for International Science and Technology Policy