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April 2010

Thursday, April 1, 2010
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street, NW

Cutting Losses in Wars of Choice: Obstacles and Strategies


Stephen Walt, Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs, Harvard University

RSVP: igis@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the Institute for Global and International Studies

Thursday, April 1, 2010
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street, NW

The Power of Girls' Education in International Development


Moderator:
Andrea Bertone, Professorial Lecturer, Elliott School for International Affairs, GW

Panelists:
May Rihani, Senior Vice President and Director, Center for Gender Equity, Academy for Educational Development

Kate Phillips-Barrasso, Senior Policy Advocate, CARE

Emma Bluck, Girls Education Initiatives, Cisco Systems

Development practitioners, researchers, and donors are increasingly accepting the importance and power of girls' education to the economic, political, and social development of a country. However, a great deal more needs to be done to improve the enrollment, retention, and success of girls in primary and secondary school in developing countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The panelists will discuss the successes gained over the last two decades in light of the Education for All goals, and the many challenges that girls still face getting to school, staying in school, and succeeding.

Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP: ids@gwu.edu by March 31

Sponsored by the International Development Studies Program

Thursday, April 1, 2010
6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Love on the Great Wall: America and China in the Affair of the Century


Jay Taylor, Research Associate, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University; Winner of the 2010 Lionel Gelber Prize for The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China

Moisés Naím, Editor-in-Chief, Foreign Policy magazine

Now in its 20th year, the Lionel Gelber Prize has sought to further public debate on significant global issues by recognizing the year's best book on international affairs.  This year's winner is Jay Taylor for his book, <i>The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China</i>.  
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This event will feature a conversation with 2010 Gelber Prize winner, Jay Taylor, and <i>Foreign Policy</i> Editor-in-Chief, Moisés Naím.  Guests will be invited to ask questions during the discussion.
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A reception will follow this event.  Copies of <i>The Generalissimo</i> will be available for purchase during the reception.

Please RSVP at: 2010 Gelber Prize Event

Sponsored by the Lionel Gelber Foundation, the Munk Center for International Studies at the University of Toronto, Foreign Policy, and the Elliott School of International Affairs

Friday, April 2, 2010
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Kendrick Conference Room, Suite 321
2115 G Street, NW

From Cases to Probabilities: Learning from Data Sets with the Best and Worst in Mind


Ani Guerdjikova, Assistant Professor, Cornell University

RSVP: iiep@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the Institute for International Economic Policy

Monday, April 5, 2010
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Ukraine's 2010 Presidential Election: What We Learned


The Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies' Petrach Program on Ukraine will bring together many of the leading academics conducting research on Ukraine's momentous 2010 presidential election to present and discuss first draft papers on what this important event means for democratization, international relations, civil society development, gender politics, and governance in Ukraine and the greater post-communist region. Please see the program below for a list of participants and paper titles.
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<b>I. WHAT DRIVES UKRAINIAN VOTING (9:00 AM - 10:30 AM)</b>
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Chair:<br/>
<b>Valerie Bunce</b>, Aaron Binenkorb Professor of International Studies and Professor of Government, Cornell
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<b>Keith Darden</b>, Associate Professor of Political Science, Yale University<br />
"The Influence of Imperial Legacies on Contemporary Electoral Outcomes: The Case of Ukraine"<br /><br />
<b>Erik Herron</b>, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Kansas<br />
"A View from the Trenches: Assessing Ukraine's 2010 Presidential Election with Polling Station Results"
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<b>Alexandra Hrycak</b>, Associate Professor of Sociology, Reed College<br />
"Gender Bias and Julia Tymoshenko's Loss: The Dynamics of Women's Political Participation in Hybrid Democracies"
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Discussant: <br /><b>Jessica Allina-Pisano</b>, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Ottawa
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<b>COFFEE BREAK (10:30 AM to 11:00 AM)</b>
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<b>II. CIVIL AND UNCIVIL SOCIETY (11:00 AM - 12:30 PM)</b>
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Chair: <br /><b>Anders Aslund</b>, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute
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<b>Marta Dyczok</b>, Associate Professor of History and Political Science, University of Western Ontario
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"Media and the Struggle for Power in Ukraine"
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<b>Serhiy Kudelia</b>, Lecturer of Politics, Kyiv Mohyla Academy
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"Clients' Revolt? Explaining the Failure of Ukrainian Government's Patronage in 2010 Election"
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<b>Taras Kuzio</b>, Resident Fellow, Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Toronto
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"Political Culture and Ukrainian Democracy"
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Discussant: <br /><b>Oxana Shevel</b>, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Tufts University
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<b>LUNCH (12:30 PM - 1:30 PM)</b>
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<b>III. UKRAINE'S POLITICAL REGIME (1:30 PM - 3:00 PM)
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Chair:<br/>
<b>Cory Welt</b>, Associate Director, Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, GW
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<b>Paul D'Anieri</b>, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Florida
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"Ukrainian Presidential Elections: The Long View"
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<b>Dominique Arel</b>, Chair, Ukrainian Studies, University of Ottawa
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"What the 2010 Elections Mean for the Political Regime in Ukraine"
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<b>Henry Hale</b>, Director, Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, GW
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"Democratic Breakthrough, Eurasian Style"
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Discussant: <br /><b>Maria Popova</b>, Assistant Professor of Political Science, McGill University
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<b>COFFEE BREAK (3:00 PM to 3:30 PM)</b>
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<b>IV. INTERNATIONAL DIMENSIONS (3:30 PM-5:00 PM)</b>
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Chair:<br/>
<b>Samuel Charap</b>, Associate Director for Russia and Eurasia, Center for American Progress
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<b>Mark Kramer</b>, Director, Cold War Studies Program, Harvard University
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"Implications of Ukraine's 2010 Presidential Elections for Russia"
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<b>Mitchell Orenstein</b>, Associate Professor of European Studies, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University
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"Russia's Influence on Democratization in the Post-Communist Countries"
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<b>Timothy Colton</b>, Director, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard  University
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"Subnational and Transnational Influences on the 2010 Election"
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Discussant: <br /><b>Stephen Shulman</b>, Associate Porfessor of Political Science, Southern Illinois University

RSVP: ieresgwu@gwu.edu. Please indicate if you will be attending the conference and/or lunch.

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

Tuesday, April 6, 2010
12:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

China's Rise in Latin America: Implications for the Hemisphere


Evan Ellis, Assistant Professor, Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, National Defense University

Gonzalo Paz, Ph.D. candidate in political science; Adjunct Professor, GW

Albert R. Ramdin, Assistant General Secretary, Organization of American States

Riordan Roett, Director of Western Hemisphere Studies and the Latin American Studies Program, Johns Hopkins University

Guoping Wang, Chinese Embassy Representation to the Organization of American States

Please RSVP at: China-Latin America Relations.

Sponsored by the Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program

Tuesday, April 6, 2010
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street, NW

South Korea's Interest in Spent Nuclear Fuel Pyroprocessing: A Technical, Nonproliferation, and Economic Assessment


Yongsoo Hwang, Principal Researcher and Project Manager, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute

Frank von Hippel, Professor of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University; Co-chair of the International Panel on Fissile Materials

Moderator:
Lawrence Scheinman, Distinguished Professor, Washington, D.C., office of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

Domestic political opposition has prevented South Korea from developing an offsite interim storage facility for the spent fuel generated by its twenty nuclear reactors, and storage space at its reactor sites is filling up.  Consequently, South Korea is eager to pursue a type of spent fuel recycling known as "pyroprocessing," to reduce the volume of spent fuel or high level waste that it must store.  The panel will provide a technical and economic analysis of pyroprocessing, and its implications for nuclear weapons proliferation.

A light lunch will be served.

RSVP: monterey.cns.rsvp@gmail.com. Space is limited.

Sponsored by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies

Tuesday, April 6, 2010
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Monroe Hall, Room 321
2115 G Street, NW

Responding to Threats of Climate Change Mega-Catastrophes


Michael Toman, Research Manager, Energy and Environment Team, World Bank

RSVP: iiep@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the Institute for International Economic Policy

Tuesday, April 6, 2010
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

State Room, 7th Floor
1957 E Street, NW

3rd Annual James Millar Lecture: What Makes Russian Workers Happy?


Susan Linz, Professor of Economics, Michigan State University

How important are anticipated rewards in explaining job satisfaction among Russian workers? Is the influence greater when the reward is especially desired? Survey data collected from employees in multiple regions in Russia are used to investigate these questions. The results indicate a positive link between expected rewards and job satisfaction. In some instances, this link is evident even if the reward is not highly desired by the individual - that is, sometimes, it is the thought that counts. The data reveal significant gender differences, not only in terms of the level of "happiness," but also in terms of the influence of expected rewards and peers' earnings. For comparison purposes, job satisfaction results from employee survey data collected in Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Serbia are provided.
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Policy implications? Finding out what workers want, and understanding that some rewards have beneficial effects even if they are not desired by particular individuals, will help companies craft reward structures that maintain or enhance job satisfaction. The results also contribute to developing a more global perspective of factors influencing worker performance.

Introductory reflections on James Millar will be given by Peter Rollberg, Professor of Slavic Languages, Film Studies, and International Affairs, GW

Reception to follow

RSVP: ieresgwu@gwu.edu by 3pm on April 5

Sponsored by the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies and the Elliott School of International Affairs

Wednesday, April 7, 2010
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Room 505
1957 E Street, NW

The New START: Provisions and Prospects for Ratification of the new U.S.-Russian Strategic Arms Treaty


Nikolai Sokov, Senior Research Associate and former START negotiator, Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey

Miles Pomper, Senior Research Associate, Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Washington, D.C., and former lead foreign policy reporter, CQ Weekly

Moderator:
Lawrence Scheinman, Distinguished Professor, Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Washington, D.C.

Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev will meet in Prague on April 8 to sign the successor to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.  The new treaty will limit the number of nuclear weapons and delivery vehicles that Russia and the United States may deploy, will provide verification measures and rules for counting warheads, and marks a successful phase of the 'reset' with Russia.  However, it must still be approved by the United States Senate and the Russian Duma before it can enter into force.  CNS experts will discuss the treaty, its provisions, and its prospects for ratification in each country at this event on April 7.

RSVP: monterey.cns.rsvp@gmail.com.

Sponsored by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and the Elliott School of International Affairs

Wednesday, April 7, 2010
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street, NW

Uzbekistan: Domestic Politics


Ibrat Usmanov, former Professor, Tashkent State University, Uzbekistan

This event is a brown bag lunch. Please feel free to bring your lunch to this discussion.

This event is open to Elliott School students only.

RSVP: peers@gwu.edu by April 6

Sponsored by Professionals in European, Eurasian, and Russian Studies (PEERS)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Middle East Policy Forum: Iraq: The Road Ahead


Safa Rasul al-Husseini, Director, National Security Council, Ministry of Defense, Iraq

Ali Marzah al-Yasery, Director General, National Security Planning Center, The Cabinet Office, Iraq

Safia al-Souhail, Former Member of Parliament, Iraq

Bakhtiyar Amin, Former Minister of Human Rights, Iraq

Jabbar Hussein Mohammed, Former Member of Parliament, Iraq

Dr. Hunain al-Qaddo, Former Member of Parliament, Chair of Iraqi Minorities Council, Iraq

Dr. Jaafar Khidr, Member Kurdistan Regional Government, Professor at the University of Salahaddin, Iraq

Several members of the delegation will openly discuss recent parliamentary elections and their implications for the future of Iraq.

Please RSVP at: Iraq: The Road Ahead

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

Thursday, April 8, 2010
12:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st Street NW

The Business Response to Climate Change Conference


12:15pm: Registration Opens

12:30pm: Introductions

1:00pm: Keynote Address
Gregory H. Kats, Senior Director, Good Energies

2:00 - 3:30pm: The Energy Revolution: Innovations for a Sustainable Planet
A green economy will provide countless opportunities for entrepreneurs to come up with fascinating and innovative ways to address climate change and create opportunities from its challenges. Panelists will speak directly about their visions for their companies as well as their major challenges to growth.
Timothy Richards, Managing Director International Energy Policy, GE Energy

Alex Laskey, President, OPOWER

Josh Green, CEO, Verdeo Group

Claire Tomkins, Director of Research, Carbon War Room

Jeff Curry, Director of Global Marketing, Better Place

3:45 - 5:15pm: Navigating a Carbon Conscious Economy: Strategic Responses to Climate Change
All industries will be affected by global warming. Panelists will speak to ways in which their businesses, or the businesses of their client's, have both launched initiatives that reduce environmental impact as well as new business lines created from growing cleantech, efficiency, or environmental markets.
Matt Ferguson, Principal and Renewable Energy Practice Leader, Reznick Group, P.C.

Melissa Adams, Division Head for Sustainability and Business Development, Washington Gas

Jeff Erikson, Senior Vice President, SustainAbility

Bjorn Frogner, Entrepreneur in Residence, Maryland Clean Energy Technology Incubator, University of Maryland

Colin Dunn, Associate, Cadmus Group, Inc.

5:15pm: Closing Remarks

5:30 - 6:30pm: Networking Reception Sponsored by the GW Sustainability Institute

For additional information and to register, please visit http://www.thebusinessresponse.com.

Sponsored by the Institute for International Economic Policy, the GWU Energy Group, GW-Net Impact, The GWU School of Business MBA Association, the GWU Office of Sustainability and the GWU Sustainability Institute.

Thursday, April 8, 2010
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street, NW

New Color Revolution in Kyrgyzstan?


Zakir Chotaev, Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University; Visiting Scholar, Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, GW

Henry Hale, Director, Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, GW

Erica Marat, Voice of America, Russian Service

Eric McGlinchey, Assistant Professor of Government and Politics, George Mason University

Sean Roberts, Director, International Development Program, GW

Just weeks after the five-year anniversary of Kyrgyzstan's Tulip Revolution, a new uprising has broken out in the country, this time with much more bloodshed. Some reports now indicate that President Kurmanbek Bakiev has been overthrown. What is actually happening, and what does it mean? Are we witnessing a country's implosion into civil war, or a democratically inspired mass rejection of corrupt rule and media closures or both? What does this mean for Kyrgyzstan and the broader region? Leading experts on Kyrgyz politics will discuss these and other questions related to the fast-breaking developments in Kyrgyzstan.

The views expressed by the speakers will be their own and not those of any institution or organization, including VOA.

RSVP: ieresgwu@gwu.edu

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

Thursday, April 8, 2010
4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street, NW

Japanese Love Statues and Chinese Prisons: Early Cold War Sino-Japanese Relations and WWII War Crimes


Barak Kushner, Lecturer, Modern Japanese History, University of Cambridge

This event is part of the Sigur Center's Transnational Asia Lecture Series.

RSVP: gsigur@gwu.edu with your name, affiliation, and email by April 7

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Thursday, April 8, 2010
6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Global Women's Forum: Global Women 2020: Challenges and Priorities over the Next Decade


Katherine Blakeslee, Director, Office of Women in Development, U.S. Agency for International Development

Mayra Buvinic, Senior Director, Gender and Development, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, The World Bank

Kathleen Kuehnast, Gender Advisor, Gender and Peacebuilding Initiative, U.S. Institute of Peace

Alyse Nelson, President and CEO, Vital Voices Global Partnership

Moderator:
Barbara Miller, Chair, GW Global Women's Initiative; Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

This event will also be available as a webcast.

A link to watch this event is available on the Elliott School's homepage.

This event is currently full. You may RSVP to be added to the wait list.
Please RSVP at: Global Women 2020 or http://tinyurl.com/elliott-april8

Sponsored by the Elliott School of International Affairs and the Global Womens Forum

Friday, April 9, 2010
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street, NW

The Politics of Citizenship in Europe


Marc Morje Howard, Associate Professor of Government, Georgetown University; author of The Politics of Citizenship in Europe

RSVP: ieresgwu@gwu.edu by April 8

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

Monday, April 12, 2010
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st Street, NW

Iran's Blogosphere and Grassroots Voices: Risks and Rewards of Engagement


9:00 am: Registration

9:30 am: Welcome
Sean Aday, Director, Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication, GW

Jeffrey Hirschberg, Board member, Broadcasting Board of Governors

Introduction:
Frank Sesno, Director, School of Media and Public Affairs, GW

Keynote Address:
Azar Nafisi, Author, Reading Lolita in Tehran

Panel 1: The New Media Landscape in Iran
Hida Fouladvand, Voice of America Persian News Network

Mohammad Tabaar, Lecturer in International Affairs, GW

Mohamed Abdel Dayem, Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator, Committee to Protect Journalists

Moderator:
Ivan Sigal, Executive Director, Global Voices

Break

Panel 2: Prospects for a Grassroots Dialogue
Sonya Reines-Djivanides, Director, Track II Mediation Unit, Search for Common Ground

Geneive Abdo, Fellow, Iran Analyst, The Century Foundation

Nikahang Kowsar, Cartoonist, Journalist, and Blogger

Moderator:
Sean Aday, Director, Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication, GW

12:30 pm: End

The conference will examine the powerful effect of the new media and social networks in today's Iran. It will also explore what opportunities may exist, even in the face of growing political tensions, for citizen diplomacy and people-to-people connections to grow and develop.

Please contribute your thoughts, before and during the conference, to the global online discussion via Facebook and Twitter at http://www.gwu.edu/~ipdgc/events/iran-blog/index.cfm.

Please RSVP to ipdgcbbgiran@gmail.com, or by phone to the BBG Office of Public Affairs at 202-203-4400.

Sponsored by the Broadcasting Board of Governors and the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication

Monday, April 12, 2010
2:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Cloyd Heck Marvin Center
800 21st Street, NW

A Day for Haiti: Solutions for the Future


On A Day for Haiti, held three months after the country's devastating earthquake, Washington, D.C.-area universities and non-governmental organizations will gather to share their insight and knowledge about rebuilding efforts in the region.

Session One: Education and Child Welfare (2:00 - 3:15 pm, room 310)

Welcome:
Steven Knapp, President, The George Washington University

Introduction:
John "Skip" Williams, Provost and Vice-President of Health Affairs, GW

Panelists:
Janet Robb, Senior Vice President and Director, International Development, American Institutes of Research

Peter Holland, Team Leader, Education for All - Haiti, World Bank

Kathleen Strottman, Executive Director, Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute

Kathia Flemens, Research Associate, National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition, GW

Moderator:
Joel Gomez, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, GW

Session Two: Short- and Long-term Health Needs in Haiti (3:30 - 4:30 pm, Continental Ballroom)

Panelists:
Dr. Arthur J. Fournier, Associate Dean for Community Health Affairs, Project Medishare

Ellen Dawson, Chair, Department of Nursing, GW Medical Center

Paul Maniscalco, Senior Research Scientist and Principal Investigator, GW Medical Center

Dr. Patrick Richard, Assistant Research Professor, GW Medical Center

Ron Sconyers, President and CEO, Physicians for Peace

Moderator:
Dr. Brian McGrath, Associate Vice President for Faculty and Educational Resources, GW Medical Center

Session Three: Rebuilding Haiti (4:45 - 5:45 pm, Continental Ballroom)

Panelists:
Sam Worthington, CEO, InterAction

Keren Dongo, Community Engagement Manager, ONE

Stefan Pryor, Deputy Mayor of Newark, New Jersey

Jack D. Smith, Professorial Lecturer in Law, GW Law School

Andrea Bartoli, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University

Moderator:
Stephen C. Smith, Director, Institute for International Economic Policy, GW

Session Four: Reception (6:00 - 7:30 pm, Great Hall)
Join President Knapp, panelists, moderators, and other guests to discuss thoughts and ideas generated from the day's sessions.

For more information, and to register, please visit:http://adayforhaiti.eventbrite.com.

Sponsored by the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area and the George Washington University

Monday, April 12, 2010
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, Auditorium A-5
901 G Street, NW

Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East: Regional Politics and External Policies


Nathan J. Brown, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, GW

Nathan Brown will discuss his recent book <i>Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East: Regional Politics and External Policies</i>.

No RSVP is required to attend this event.

Sponsored by the D.C. Public Library.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

The Future of Nuclear Energy to 2030 and the Implications for Global Governance


Trevor Findlay, Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation

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

Sponsored by the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies

Tuesday, April 13, 2010
12:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street, NW

Byzantine Strategy: Myths Versus Documents


Edward Luttwak, Senior Associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Edward Luttwak will be speaking about his newest book, <i>The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire</i>, which seeks to explain how the Byzantine Empire outlasted every other empire in history.  He will discuss his views on the diplomacy, art of war, and overall strategic conception of the Empire, which achieved much more than mere survival during eight centuries of almost uninterrupted warfare.

RSVP: ieresgwu@gwu.edu by 3pm on April 12

Sponsored by the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies and the Hellenic Society of Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street, NW

Adapting to Climate Change in Developing Countries: What We Know and What We Don't Know


Robert Mendelsohn, Edwin Weyerhaeuser Davis Professor of Forest Policy, Professor of Economics, Yale University

RSVP: iiep@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the Institute for International Economics Policy

Tuesday, April 13, 2010
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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

Reflections on Identity, Security, and the U.S. Role in Asia


Peter Katzenstein, Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies, Cornell University

This event is the public launch of the Sigur Center's new Rising Powers Initiative.  The Sigur Center gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation and the MacArthur Foundation for this initiative.

RSVP: gsigur@gwu.edu with your name, affilitation, and cotact information by April 12

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Wednesday, April 14, 2010
9:00 AM - 10:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

L'imagination au pouvoir: Seeing a Future for Biological Weapon Disarmament


Jean-Pascal Zanders, Research Fellow, European Union Institute for Security Studies

Moderator:
Amy E. Smithson, Senior Fellow, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

Bagels and beverages served.

RSVP: Kirk Bansak at kirk.bansak@miis.edu.

Sponsored by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and the Elliott School of International Affairs

Thursday, April 15, 2010
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

A Regional Approach to Global Governance: Economic and Political Development in Southeast Europe and the Black Sea


Giorgio Dominese, Professor of Economics and Policy of Transitions, LUISS University Rome; Chair of Economics and Finance of Transporatation, Udine University

RSVP: ieresgwu@gwu.edu by 3pm on April 14

Sponsored by the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies and the Institute for International Economic Policy

Thursday, April 15, 2010
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Middle East Policy Forum: Law and Order Under Hamas: Construction of an Islamic Security Sector?


Yezid Sayigh, Professor of Middle East Studies, Department of War Studies, School of Social Science and Public Policy, King's College, London

Please RSVP at: RSVP Sayigh

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

Thursday, April 15, 2010
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Conference Room, Suite 403
1957 E Street, NW

A Tour of the Solar System


Colleen N. Hartman, Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs, GW

Colleen Hartman will provide a virtual tour of NASA space science across the solar system. An engineering model of the Sojourner rover will be on hand.

Please RSVP at: http://gwspacesociety.org/wordpress/?page_id=30

Sponsored by the George Washington Space Society (GWSS) and the Center for International Science and Technology Policy

Sunday, April 18, 2010
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Room 113
1957 E Street, NW

Enlightened Citizen, Righteous Citizen


Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India

No RSVP is needed to attend this event.

Sponsored by South Asian Society, the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, and the GW Student Association

Monday, April 19, 2010
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Elliott School Undergraduate Scholars Research Presentations


The undergraduate scholars will participate in the following panel discussions, which will be moderated by the scholars' graduate student mentors:

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Vodou, Smoking and Beaded Bracelets: The Intersections of Culture, Development, and Health
Amanda Eller, Elizabeth Orlan, Shaina Shealy

1:50 PM - 2:35 PM
Intractable Civil Wars: Insurgency, Peace, and Reconciliation
Caitlin Dimino, Patricia Puttmann, Ashley Roberts

2:40 PM - 3:10 PM
Immigration and Policy
Mackenzie Drutowski, Harald Olsen

3:15 PM - 4:10 PM
Ramifications of Emerging Market Growth: Health, Energy, Finance, and Resources
Richard Bloomfield, Evan Doran, Jung Joo Oh, Jazzy Zhu

4:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Mind the Gap: The Ethnic Divide and Conflict in the Middle East
Aaron Karako, Daniel Magalotti, Katrina Timlin

The Elliott School Undergraduate Scholars program is an enhanced independent research opportunity for promising Elliott School undergraduates.  The program provides Scholars with support and resources to produce polished and meaningful work that can be submitted for publication, conference participation, or as part of grant, fellowship or graduate school applications.  Students meet weekly to learn how to conduct research and how to use that work to help advance their academic and professional plans.  They work closely with faculty advisors and Elliott School graduate student mentors and also benefit from peer feedback and support

No RSVP is needed to attend this event.
If you have questions about this event, please contact avinik@gwu.edu.

Sponsored by the Elliott School Office of Academic Advising and Student Services

Monday, April 19, 2010
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Bourbon Coffee
2101 L Street, NW

From Crop to Cup: Economic Sustainability in the Developing World


Join GW's Conflict Resolution Forum at Bourbon Coffee to listen and discuss Rwanda's successful entrance into the global market and the importance of sustainable development.
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Learn about Bourbon's history, mission and plans for the future; network with fellow students and professionals; discuss programs and activities with representatives and alumni from Global Youth Connect's Rwanda program.
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Take a break from studying or writing that final paper and enjoy a complimentary cup of Rwandan coffee!

RSVP: crf@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the Conflict Resolution Forum

Tuesday, April 20, 2010
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program: Capstone Presentations


This is the first year that all Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program graduating students traveled to Latin America in partnership with a client organization for their capstone projects.  One project was completed in Argentina in partnership with Opinion Sur and analyzes the financial crisis in Argentina.  A second was carried out in Peru with the Peru-American Chamber of Commerce; students acted as consultants for a Peruvian company in its effort to expand and increase exports to the U.S.  In a third project with Solimar International Inc., research and support were provided for a conservation-based eco-tourism strategy with the community of La Caleta in the Dominican Republic.  Join us to learn about all three of these interesting, diverse projects!

Lunch will be provided.

Please RSVP at: Capstone Presentations

Sponsored by the Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program

Tuesday, April 20, 2010
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street, NW

Film: Absence of Will


Mamuka Kuparadze, Filmmaker, Studio Re (Tbilisi, Georgia)

<i>Absence of Will</i> is a documentary film on the Georgia-Abkhazia conflict and the South Ossetian war.
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In the summer of 2008, Vakho and Teo, twenty-something university graduates from Tbilisi, set out to try to understand for themselves what caused the war in Abkhazia, and why after fifteen years of peace talks the sides are still no nearer to resolving their differences. Halfway through filming, fighting broke out again over South Ossetia. For a few brief days in August, war suddenly became a reality for Vakho and Teo. This film is the story of their journey into Georgia's recent past, and of the tough questions and painful truths they faced in their search for the way to a better future. The film features interviews with several key figures associated with the 1993-1994 war in Abkhazia, including former Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze, people affected by the violence in 1993-94 and 2008, and those engaged in conflict resolution activities.

Absence of Will was supported by the London-based NGO Conciliation Resources (CR) and the Heinrich Boell Foundation.

RSVP: ieresgwu@gwu.edu

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

Tuesday, April 20, 2010
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street, NW

CANCELLED: Reassessing 1941: Stalin's War Plans, Hitler's Attack, and the Collapse of the Soviet Army


Mark Solonin, independent Russian historian

Why did Stalin's empire, with the largest army in the world and after years of preparations to invade Europe, suffer a crushing defeat in the summer of 1941? Solonin argues that the main cause of the military catastrophe was neither Germany's numerical and technical superiority (it was on the Soviet side) nor Stalin's gullibility (he trusted nobody, and his Red Army was poised to invade Europe in the summer of 1941). The reason is simple and embarrassing for the Soviets: Stalin's military machine lacked the proper spirit and organization for a serious war. After the first shots were fired, the Red Army became an ungovernable mob of armed people, which swiftly abandoned their weapons and turned into endless columns of unarmed prisoners-of-war.

RSVP: ieresgwu@gwu.edu by 3pm on April 19

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

Tuesday, April 20, 2010
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street, NW

Astronaut Training Overview of the International Space Station


Esther Dyson, Chairman, EDVenture Holdings

Esther Dyson, space flight participant alternate for Charles Simonyi who flew to the International Space Station in 2009, will talk about her experiences in training to become a private citizen astronaut.

Please RSVP at: http://www.gwu.edu/%7Espi/rsvp.cfm

Sponsored by the George Washington Space Society (GWSS) and the Center for International Science and Technology Policy

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Navigating Cross-Strait Relations: Taiwan's Domestic and International Imperatives


10:00 - 10:30 am: Welcome and Opening Remarks

Shawn McHale, Director, Sigur Center for Asian Studies, GW

Jason Yuan, Representative, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office

10:30 am - 12:00 pm: Panel I: Taiwan's External Environment: Implications for Cross-Strait Ties

Shirley Kan, Specialist, Congressional Research Service

Phillip Saunders, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University

Teng Chung-Chian, Professor and Dean, College of International Affairs, National Chengchi University, Taiwan

Moderator:
Bruce Dickson, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, GW

12:15 - 2:00 pm: Luncheon and Keynote Lecture (City View Room, 7th Floor)

Douglas Paal, Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

2:00 - 3:30 pm - Panel II: Domestic Sources of Taiwan's Cross-Strait Policies

Sara Friedman, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies, Indiana University

Megan Greene, Associate Professor of History, University of Kansas

Shelley Rigger, Brown Professor of East Asian Politics, Davidson College

Moderator:
Edward McCord, Associate Professor of History and International Affairs, GW

RSVP: gsigur@gwu.edu with your name, affiliation, and contact information by Monday, April 19, 2010. **Please also include which session(s) you plan to attend (Panel I, Luncheon, Panel II).**

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Middle East Policy Forum: The Gaza Incursion and the Israeli Media: A Cultural Study


Rebecca Stein, Assistant Professor, Cultural Anthropology and Women's Studies, Duke University

RSVP: RSVP Israeli Media

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

Thursday, April 22, 2010
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

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

CANCELED: A New Start? Changing Russian Views of America and the U.S.-Russian Relationship


Vladimir Pozner, Journalist and Host of Pozner, a Russian television program; former President of the Russian Academy of Television

Moderator:
Henry Hale, Director, Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, GW

RSVP: ieresgwu@gwu.edu

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

Thursday, April 22, 2010
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Little Men Between Big Empires: Muslim Transnationalism in the 19th Century


Seema Alavi, William Bentinck-Smith Fellow, Radcliffe Institution for Advanced Studies, Harvard University

This event is part of the Sigur Center's Transnational Asia Lecture Series.

RSVP: gsigur@gwu.edu with your name, affiliation, and email by April 21

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Thursday, April 22, 2010
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street, NW

Latvia's European Vacation


Juris Poikans, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Latvia

Latvia's major goals after the restoration of its independence in 1991 and the establishment of a democratic government were to gain admission to NATO and the European Union. These were achieved in 1994, confirming Latvia's "European vocation" and the country's alignment within the Atlantic Alliance. Mr. Poikans will discuss Latvia's role in NATO and the EU and the responsibilities assumed with membership as well as questions of national identity and relations with Russia.

RSVP: ieresgwu@gwu.edu

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

Thursday, April 22, 2010
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

State Room, 7th Floor
1957 E Street, NW

Pax Atomica? Omniviolence, Arms Control, and Limited Government


Daniel Deudney, Associate Professor of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University

Daniel H. Deudney is currently associate professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University. He holds a BA in political science and philosophy from Yale University, an MPA in science, technology, and public policy from the George Washington University, and an MA and PhD in political science from Princeton University. During the late 1970s he served as senior legislative assistant for energy and environment and legislative director to Senator John Durkin (D-NH). During the early 1980s he was a senior researcher at the Worldwatch Institute in Washington D.C. His areas of research are general international relations theory, international political theory, and contemporary global issues (nuclear, environment, and outer space). He is co-author of <i>Renewable Energy</i> (Norton, 1983) and co-editor of <i>Contested Grounds: Conflict and Security in the New Global Environmental Politics</i> (SUNY, 1998). His most recent book is <i>Bounding Power: Republican Security Theory from the Polis to the Global Village</i> (Princeton University Press, 2007), which was awarded the Jervis-Schroeder Prize for the best book in international politics and history by the American Political Science Association, and the Book of the Decade award from the International Studies Association. His current book projects are entitled <i>Atomica: Omniviolence, Arms Control, and Limited Government</i>, and <i>Toward Earthcraft: Planetary Technological Closure and the Problem of Rule</i>. In 2005 he was awarded the Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award at Johns Hopkins University, his third major teaching award.

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

This event is part of the Elliott School's Nuclear Policy Talks.

Sponsored by the Elliott School of International Affairs

Thursday, April 22, 2010
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Conference Room, Suite 403
1957 E Street, NW

The International Space Station: Perspectives on Early U.S.-Russian Negotiations


Leon Fuerth, Professor of International Affairs, GW; former national security advisor to Vice President Al Gore

The George Washington Space Society (GWSS) hosts an evening with Leon Fuerth, the former national security advisor to Vice President Al Gore, and director of the Project on Forward Engagement.  Professor Fuerth will discuss the origins of U.S.-Russian cooperation in civilian space during the Clinton Administration, his prior activities as then-Senator Gore's staff link to the Senate Committee on Science and Technology (Space sub-committee), and the role he played in helping to bring about the International Space Station.

Please RSVP at: http://gwspacesociety.org/wordpress/?page_id=30

Sponsored by the George Washington Space Society (GWSS) and the Center for International Science and Technology Policy

Thursday, April 22, 2010
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street, NW

Global Women's Forum: Working the Night Shift: Women in India's Call Center Industry


Reena Patel, author, Working the Night Shift: Women in India's Call Center Industry

Drawing from her newly released book, <i>Working the Night Shift</i>, Reena Patel will talk about how call center employment affects the lives of women workers, mainly as it relates to the anxiety that Indian families and Indian society have towards women going out at night, earning a good salary, and being exposed to western culture. From remarks such as Call center job equals call girl job! to concern about how night shift employment will affect a woman's worth on the arranged marriage market, Patel explores the ironic and, at times, unsettling experiences of women who enter the spaces and places made accessible through call center work.

Please RSVP at Night Shift or at http://tinyurl.com/ciga-april22.

Sponsored by the Culture in Global Affairs Program and the Global Women's Forum

Friday, April 23, 2010
7:30 AM - 2:30 PM

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

Policy Comparisons and Business Perspectives: The Coal and Solar Sectors in China, U.S.A. and Germany


7:30 AM - Registration and Breakfast

8:30 AM - Welcome Remarks (bilingual)
Maggie Xiaoyang Chen, Assistant Professor of Economics and International Affairs, GW

8:40 AM - Introduction of Roundtable Topics and Participants
Framing of the discussion topics, and Overview of the Forum
Stephen Smith, Director, Institute for International Economic Policy, GW

9:00 AM - Introduction of the First Panel
The Public Sector Role in Setting the Rules of the Game for Economic and Environmental Balance
Moderator:
Arun Malik, Professor of Economics, GW

China Reps:
Chen Huan, Deputy Director General, CDM Fund

Wen Gang, Policy and Program Department, CDM Fund Management Center, Ministry of Finance

U.S. Rep:
Phyllis Yoshida, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Energy Cooperation, Department of Energy

German Rep:
Matthias Sonn, Minister for Economic Affairs, German Embassy (Washington, D.C.); Board Director, U.S.-German Business Council

10:00 AM - Audience Participation Questions

10:30 AM - Coffee Break

11:00 AM - Introduction of Second Panel
The Private Sector Role in Promoting Viable Balanced Markets to Achieve Low Carbon Intensity Sustainable Development
Moderator:
Fred Joutz, Director, Research Program on Forecasting, GW

China Reps:
Chen Huan, Deputy Director General, CDM Fund

Wen Gang, Policy and Program Department, CDM Fund Management Center, Ministry of Finance

U.S. Rep:
Tom Mackey, Heavy Industries Clean Coal Project, Mitsubishi

German Rep:
TBA

12:00 PM - Audience Participation Questions

12:30 PM - Lunch

1:00 PM - Keynote Speaker and Questions
Klaus Scharioth, German Ambassador to the United States of America

2:00 PM - Wrap up

RSVP: iiep@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the Institute for International Economics Policy and the National Center for Sustainable Development

Monday, April 26, 2010
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

From Recovery to Sustained Growth: Policymakers Challenges


Welcome Remarks:
Stephen Smith, Director, Institute for International Economic Policy, GW

Panelists:
Sir Dwight Venner, Governor of the Central Bank of the Eastern Caribbean; Member, Commission on Growth and Development

Hon. Mahmoud Mohieldin, Minister of Investment, Arab Republic of Egypt; Member, Commission on Growth and Development

Jose De Gregorio, Governor of the Central Bank of Chile

Moderator:
Danny Leipziger, Professor of International Business, GW; Vice Chair, Commission on Growth and Development; former Vice President, World Bank

Light refreshments will be provided.

RSVP: iiep@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the Institute for International Economics Policy, the School of Business, and the Commission on Growth and Development

Monday, April 26, 2010
12:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street, NW

The American Interval: The U.S. and Greece 1950-1974


James Edward Miller, Professorial Lecturer, Georgetown University; Adjunct Professor, Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State

James Miller will be speaking about his latest book, <i>The United States and the Making of Modern Greece: History and Power, 1950-1974</i>, which examines the role that the United States played in Greece during this period.  Mr. Miller uses a variety of American and foreign archives, many newly released, to assess a series of controversies between the end of the Greek Civil War and the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.

RSVP: ieresgwu@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies and the Hellenic Society of Washington, D.C.

Monday, April 26, 2010
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

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


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

Monday, April 26, 2010
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street, NW

CANCELLED: Uncharted Territory: Land, Conflict, and Humanitarian Action


Speakers:
Sara Pantuliano, Humanitarian Policy Group, Overseas Development Institute

Samir Elhawary, Humanitarian Policy Group, Overseas Development Institute

Discussants:
John Bruce, Executive Director, Land and Development Solutions International

Liz Alden Wily, International Land Reform Expert (tbc)

Chair:
Jo Spear, Director, Security Policy Studies Program, GW

This event will launch the new book <i>Uncharted Territory: Land, Conflict and Humanitarian Action</i>. Through the expertise of longstanding academics and practitioners, this edited volume by the Humanitarian Policy Group attempts to bridge the humanitarian and land tenure divide. It highlights their mutually important relationship and instigates a process that seeks to understand how Housing, Land, and Property (HLP) issues can and should be practically incorporated into humanitarian responses.
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The book is divided into three parts: it explores the theoretical nexus between land, conflict, and humanitarianism; discusses the architectural challenges for a more integrated response; and finally it presents the findings from selected case studies undertaken during the research project. These include Angola, Colombia, the Great Lakes Region, Rwanda, and Sudan.
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Editor Sara Pantuliano will present the book's findings. She will be joined by contributors John Bruce, Liz Alden Wily and Samir Elhawary who will reflect on the findings and the broader challenges to better incorporate land issues in humanitarian response.

RSVP: security@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the Security Policy Studies Program

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Identity Shifts in Asia: Implications for Regional Cooperation


"Korea: National Identity, State Identity and Security"
Gregg Brazinsky, Associate Professor of History and International Affairs, GW

"China: National Identity in Flux?"
Allen Carlson, Associate Professor of Government, Cornell University

"Japan: Balancing Between the United States and Asia"
Mike Mochizuki, Associate Dean for Academic Programs; Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, GW

"India: The Ambiguous Rising Power"
Deepa Ollapally, Associate Director, Sigur Center for Asian Studies, GW

Moderator:
Henry R. Nau, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, GW

This event is part of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies' Rising Powers Initiative.  The Sigur Center gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the MacArthur Foundation for this policy briefing.

A buffet lunch will be available beginning at 12:00 PM.
The briefing will begin at 12:30 PM.

RSVP: gsigur@gwu.edu with your name, affiliation, and email by April 22

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street, NW

Science, Technology, and Innovation Capacity Building for Development: A World Bank Perspective


Alfred Watkins, Science and Technology Program Coordinator; head of the Science, Technology, and Innovation Global Expert Team, The World Bank

No RSVP is needed to attend this event.

Sponsored by the Center for International Science and Technology Policy

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Harry Harding Auditorium, Room 213
1957 E Street, NW

The Social Costs of China's Modernization: Implications for Chinese Politics and U.S.-China Relations


Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Professor of History, University of California at Irvine

Commentary from:
Warren Cohen, Distinguished University Professor of History and Presidential Research Professor, University of Maryland

Nancy Bernkopf Tucker, Professor of History, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Carla Freeman, Associate Director, China Studies Program, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Please RSVP at: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=b0808c

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and the Asia Society

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library
901 G Street, NW

Killing Neighbors: Webs of Violence in Rwanda


Lee Ann Fujii, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, GW

Lee Ann Fujii will be discussing her new book, <i>Killing Neighbors: Webs of Violence in Rwanda</i>.

No RSVP is needed to attend this event.

The library is accessible by metro. The closest stations are Gallery Place/ Chinatown and Metro Center.

Sponsored by Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Wednesday, April 28, 2010
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

The East Asian Order: Continuity and Change


Michael Yahuda, Visiting Scholar, Sigur Center for Asian Studies, GW

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

RSVP: gsigur@gwu.edu with your name, affiliation, and contact information by April 27

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Wednesday, April 28, 2010
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Indigenous Peoples, the Environment, and International Law


Raquel García, Outreach manager, Survival International

Alice Bayer, Survival International

The panel will discuss the work of Survival International, the effects of international law (ILO 169 and the UN Declaration), and the intersection between indigenous people's rights and environmental conservation.

This event will be followed by a Tea for Tribes reception and fundraiser. All profits from this fundraiser will go to Survival International, to aid their work protecting the human rights of indigenous peoples.

No RSVP required. Please contact iakarmanova@gmail.com with any questions.

Sponsored by Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Sorority

Thursday, April 29, 2010
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602 - and - Room 505
1957 E Street, NW

International Development Studies Capstone Presentations 2010


5:00 PM - Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
Welcoming Remarks:
Sean Roberts, Director, International Development Studies Program, GW

Presentation Schedule - Lindner Family Commons, Room 602

5:15 PM - 5:45 PM: Microfinance, Chronic Poverty and Civic Activism in Bolivia and Bangladesh
Chronic Poverty Research Centre

5:45 PM - 6:15 PM: Rural Water Systems in Honduras
New Forests Project and AHJASA

6:15 PM - 6:45 PM: A Baseline Assessment of Women's Empowerment in Mpika, Zambia
Nascent Solutions

6:45 PM - 7:15 PM: Defining CHF International's Youth Strategy
CHF International

7:15 PM - 7:45 PM: Conservation and Income Generation through Sustainable Tourism in Ethiopia's Central Rift Valley
Ethiopian Sustainable Tourism Alliance

Presentation Schedule - Room 505

5:15 PM - 5:45 PM: Economic Development in Mali: Evaluation of ADF Assistance to Small and Medium Enterprises
U.S. African Development Foundation

5:45 PM - 6:15 PM: Managing a Peaceful Transition: Evaluating Outreach and Communications Projects in Kosovo
The Academy for Educational Development

6:15 PM - 6:45 PM: Determining the Socioeconomic Impacts of Ecotourism in San Ramon
Finca Esperanza Verde

6:45 PM - 7:15 PM: Security, Development, and Gender-Based Violence: The Occurrence of Violence against Women and Girls in Ndélé, CAR
Danish Refugee Council

Reception to follow.

RSVP: ids@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the International Development Studies Program

Thursday, April 29, 2010
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Harry Harding Auditorium, Room 213
Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st Street, NW

Film Screening: Countdown to Zero


A free exclusive, prescreening of Countdown to Zero, a film designed to spread awareness about the very real and pressing world issue of eliminating nuclear weapons world wide and stopping nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism. The film recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and received very strong reviews. Come catch this film for free before it comes out in theaters July 9, 2010.

<i>Countdown to Zero</i> is co-produced by Global Zero (an international, non-partisan movement to eliminate nuclear weapons worldwide), Participant Media (<i>An Inconvenient Truth</i>, <i>Food Inc.</i>, <i>The Kite Runner</i>, <i>Charlie Wilson's War</i>), and Lawrence Bender (<i>Inglorious Basterds</i>, <i>Good Will Hunting</i>, <i>Pulp Fiction</i>).

More information can be found here:
-The Movie: www.takepart.com/zero
-The Movement: www.globalzero.org

Contact/questions: sibaraki@globalzero.org

Please RSVP here.

Sponsored by Global Zero and the Elliott School of International Affairs.

Friday, April 30, 2010
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Woodrow Wilson Center, 5th Floor Conference Room
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

They Also Serve: Military Families and the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan


Repeated and protracted deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan have placed exceptional strains upon members of the armed services and on their loved ones. Please join us for a discussion of the policies that aid soldiers and their families, the effects of soldiers' physical and psychological wounds, and the challenges that military families confront.

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast

Keynote Address:
Brigadier General Loree K. Sutton, M.D., Founding Director, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE)

Panel I: Provisions for the Welfare of Soldiers and their Families, Past and Present

Jennifer Mittelstadt, Associate Professor of Health and Women's Studies, Pennsylvania State University

Douglas Wilson, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense

John Allen Williams, President, Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society

Panel II: Treatment of Physical Wounds, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injuries

Moderator:
Walter Reich, M.D., Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Professor of International Affairs, Ethics and Human Behavior, and Professor of Psychiatry, GW; Senior Scholar, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Rene Bardorf, Executive Director, ReMIND

Lynda Davis, Former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy, U.S. Department of Defense

Lory Manning, Director, Women in the Military Project, Women's Research and Education Institute

Bill White, President, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund

Lunch and Keynote Address:
Nancy Sherman, Professor of Philosophy, Georgetown University; author of The Untold War: Inside the Hearts, Minds, and Souls of Our Soldiers

Panel III: Family Impact

Kathy Roth-Douquet, Chair, Blue Star Families

Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, Director, Military Families Research Center, Purdue University

Mary Keller, Executive Director, Military Child Education Coalition

Eliza G. Nesmith, Chief, Airman and Family Services, U.S. Air Force

Joyce Wessel Raezer, Executive Director, National Military Family Association

RSVP: usstudies@wilsoncenter.org

Sponsored by GW's Rabin Chair Forum and the U.S. Studies Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. This conference has been made possible by generous support from Charles Dubroff, a Member of the Wilson Council.

Friday, April 30, 2010
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street, NW

The Challenge of State Building in Historical Perspective: Coercion, Compromise, and Cooptation in the Making of Modern States


Sheri Berman, Associate Professor of Political Science, Barnard College

Professor Berman's paper "The Challenge of State Building in Historical Perspective: Coercion, Compromise and Cooptation in the Making of Modern States" is available online at <a href="http://www.gwu.edu/~ieresgwu/news">http://www.gwu.edu/~ieresgwu/news</a>.

RSVP: ieresgwu@gwu.edu

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

Friday, April 30, 2010
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street, NW

The Role of Civil Society Organizations in the Darfur Crisis: a Comparative Study


Amani El Taweel, Visiting Scholar, Institute for Middle East Studies, GW

Since the outbreak of the Darfur Crisis in Sudan, Western-and especially American-civil society organizations have been involved in advocacy for, and solidarity with, those affected by the crisis. These organizations have played an important role in influencing policy-making of the United Nations, the American administrations, and Congress.
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The extent to which these Western organizations are involved in Darfur solidarity brings to light the lack of involvement of their Arab and Islamic counterparts in the region.

Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP at: IMES Research Colloquium with Amani El Taweel.
A copy of the paper being discussed will be sent to everyone who RSVPs.

Sponsored by the Institute for Middle East Studies