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October 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Why Cooperate Over Water? Share the Water, Build the Peace


Avidan Meyerstein, Founder, Alliance for Middle East Peace

Najeeba Syeed-Miller, Founder and Assistant Professor of Interreligious Education, Claremont School of Theology

Gabe Ross, Associate Director, Partners for a New Beginning, The Aspen Institute

Jim Doumas, Executive Vice-President, Sister Cities International

To RSVP, fill out our form at: www.worldaffairsdc.org or (202) 293-1051

Sponsored by the Institute for International Economic Policy, the World Affairs Council, and Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME)

Monday, October 3, 2011
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st Street, NW

Iraqi Reconstruction: A Conversation with the Ambassador from Iraq, His Excellency Samir Sumaida'ie


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

His Excellency Ambassador Sumaida'ie from the Republic of Iraq will discuss reconstruction in Iraq and how the Arab Spring has effected both reconstruction and the current government.

There will be a reception after the event on the second floor of Jack Morton Auditorium.

RSVP at: http://tinyurl.com/6zu2zls

Sponsored by the International Affairs Society and the Institute for Middle East Studies

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Linder Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street

What Should the Palestinians Do Now?


Panelists:
Wendy Pearlman, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University

Mouin Rabbani, Institute for Palestine Studies

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

Moderator:
Marc Lynch, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs; Director, Institute for Middle East Studies; Director, Middle East Studies Program, GW

Three leading political scientists discuss prospects for Palestinians after the United Nations statehood bid.

A light lunch will be served.

RSVP at: http://bit.ly/nHgi07

For photos from this event, please visit: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjwgJmri

Sponsored by the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS) and the Institute for Middle East Studies

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street, NW

The Power of Conscience: The Danish Resistance and the Rescue of the Jews


Robert Rinehart, Former Director, Northern European Studies, Foreign Service Institute; Former Lecturer of Nordic-Baltic Studies, GW

The Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies is proud to host a screening of <i>The Power of Conscience: The Danish Resistance and the Rescue of the Jews</i>, a documentary film produced by Danmarks Radio (DR) that tells the story of the German occupation of Denmark during World War II and the successful effort by the Danish people in October 1943 to the thwart the deportation of the Jewish community. Robert Rinehart will introduce the film and discuss the background of the Danish Jewish community.
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Robert Rinehart is the retired director of Northern European studies at the Foreign Service Institute. He was a lecturer in Nordic-Baltic studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs from 2006 to 2010.

RSVP at: http://tinyurl.com/RinehartGWU

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

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Linder Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Open House for Prospective Graduate Students


You are cordially invited to join us at the Elliott School of International Affairs for an evening open house information session followed by a reception with faculty, staff, and current students.
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Learn about our graduate degree programs, admissions process, financial aid, career development, and study abroad opportunities.

If you have questions, please e-mail esiagrad@gwu.edu or call 202-994-7050.

RSVP for one of the open house events online at elliott.gwu.edu/visit

Sponsored by the Elliott School of International Affairs

Wednesday, October 5, 2011
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

From the Haiti Earthquake to Our Failing High Schools: Perspective from an Elliott School Alumnus


Skyler Badenoch, Director of Development, buildOn

Remarks:
Bob Maguire, Professor of International Development Studies Program, GW

Please join us for a dynamic discussion about education in Haiti in the earthquake's aftermath. Mr. Skyler Badenoch, a 2006 graduate of the International Development Studies program, will share his insight on living in Haiti during the earthquake, and the steps taken since then to build and rebuild the country's education system. Through his work with buildOn, Mr. Badenoch will also discuss the problems confronting education in the US, and how youth here can be empowered to build schools and bring literacy to children and adults in developing countries around the world. For more information, visit <a href="www.buildOn.org"> www.buildOn.org.</a>
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During the presentation, Mr. Badenoch will present his photography from his book, <i>Haiti: Ti Moun Se Riches</i>. All proceeds from the book go directly to improve the quality of education and health in the rural community of Nan Sab, Haiti. Please visit <a href="www.haitiphotobook.com">www.haitiphotobook.com</a>

Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP: oidgwu@gmail.com

Sponsored by the Organization for International Development and the Elliott School of International Affairs

Thursday, October 6, 2011
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Sigur Center, Suite 503
1957 E Street, NW

Asian Film Series: Let the Bullets Fly (China)


<i>Let the Bullets Fly</i> (2010) is the highest grossing domestic film in Chinese cinematic history. The film has received popular and critical acclaim for its story, dialogue, and satirical take on Chinese society. It was nominated for several Asian Film Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actor. A reception with Chinese food will be held before the screening.
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The film is set in China during the warring 1920s, when notorious bandit chief Zhang descends upon a remote provincial town posing as its new mayor. Hell-bent on making a fast buck, Zhang meets his match in the tyrannical local gentry as a deadly battle of wit and brutality ensues. Mandarin with English subtitles.

Space is limited to the first 35 people who RSVP. RSVP at: tinyurl.com/letthebulletsfly

Reception: 6:00 - 6:30 PM
Film: 6:30 - 8:40 PM

Sponsored by the Sigur Center, Organization of Asian Studies, and the Global China Connection

Friday, October 7, 2011
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Linder Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Taking Stock of Iran's Nuclear Program: What Does it Mean, and What are the Implications?


David Albright, Founder and President, Institute for Science and International Security

David Albright, a physicist, is founder and president of the non-profit, Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) in Washington, D.C. He directs the project work of ISIS, heads its fundraising efforts, and chairs its board of directors. In addition, he regularly publishes and conducts scientific research. He has written numerous assessments on secret nuclear weapons programs throughout the world.  Albright has published assessments in numerous technical and policy journals, including the <i>Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists</i>, <i>Science</i>, <i>Scientific American</i>, <i>Science and Global Security</i>, <i>Washington Quarterly</i>, and <i>Arms Control Today</i>. Research reports by Albright have been published by the Environmental Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. and Princeton University's Center for Energy and Environmental Studies.

RSVP at: http://bit.ly/odf93s

Sponsored by the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies and the Nuclear Policy Talks

Monday, October 10, 2011
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Monroe Hall, Kendrick Conference Room
2115 G Street, NW

Tariff Binding Overhang: Theory and Evidence


Mostafa Beshkar, Assistant Professor of Economics and Peter T. Paul Research Fellow, University of New Hampshire

RSVP at: http://go.gwu.edu/tradeanddev20112012

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

Monday, October 10, 2011
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street, NW

Russia in the 2000s: Prelude to High Putinism?


Henry E. Hale, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs; Director, Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, GW

Ivan I. Kurilla, Professor of History; Chair, Department of International Relations and Area Studies, Volvegrad State University, Russia

Please join us for a discussion of <i>Russia in the 2000s: A Stereoscopic View</i> (published only in Russian) with authors and co-editors Henry E. Hale and Ivan I. Kurilla.
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What were the 2000s in Russia? Some see the culmination of a KGB conspiracy to restore a Soviet-style system across one seventh of the world's land mass, while others portray a heroic feat of state-building that will lay the groundwork for future economic progress and ultimately democratization. This volume challenges both perspectives, applying social science approaches to reveal a Russia pregnant with possibilities and multiple contingent paths of development. What Russia has become is an elaborate hybrid regime with its own multivector dynamism that reflects some progress and some serious problems. These are explored by a team of leading scholars from universities in both Russia and the United States in chapters on polity, economy and society at both the national and regional levels.
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Henry E. Hale is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Director of the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at the Elliott School of International Affairs. He is the author and editor of numerous books and the winner of the American Political Science Association's Leon D. Epstein Outstanding Book Award for 2006 and 2007.
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Ivan I. Kurilla is Head of the Department of International Relations and Area Studies and Director of the Center for American Studies at Volgograd State University. His books include <i>Partners Across the Ocean: America and Russia in 1830-1850</i> (in Russian) (Volgograd, 2005) and <i>Russia and the United States: Mutual Representations in the Textbooks</i> (co-ed., Volgograd, Kennan Institute, 2009). He has also published articles in the <i>Journal of American History</i>, <i>Problems of Post-Communism</i>, and <i>Demokratizatsiya</i>, as well as many Russian academic journals.

This event is part of PONARS Eurasia's Eurasia Policy Book Forum.

RSVP: novikova@gwu.edu

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

Monday, October 10, 2011
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Room 403
Marvin Center
800 21st Street Northwest

A Conversation with David Keyes, Co-Found of Advancing Human Rights


David Keyes, Executive Director, Advancing Human Rights

Executive Director of Advancing Human Rights David Keyes will speak about the recent developments for women in Saudi Arabia with the recent decree allowing women the right to vote as well as the driving restrictions on women.
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Advancing Human Rights is an organization dedicated to the promotion of individual liberty and good governance. The organization focuses on utilizing the internet as a means to support freedom advocates and to give them a platform to exchange ideas.

Light refreshments will be provided.

RSVP at: http://bit.ly/pjX90k

Sponsored by International Affairs Society

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
12:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Implications of Emerging Space Cooperation Dynamics in Asia


Dinesh Kumar Yadavendra, Visiting Scholar, Space Policy Institute, GW

In today's world, space technology has become a crucial tool to achieve economic and national security objectives. Consequently, growing economic aspirations and national security concerns are driving greater interest in space. The three emerging Asian space powers - China, Japan and India - are entering into space cooperation agreements with more established space powers to further enhance their space capabilities, while at the same time leading their own regional space cooperation organisations to promote space technology and its application in the Asia-Pacific Region. An environment of conflict, competition, and cooperation in space in Asia has resulted in the steady increase in use of space in the recent years. Space cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region is leading to significant changes, having wide-ranging strategic, economic and space sustainability implications.
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Dinesh Kumar Yadavendra was an advisor at the Headquarters Integrated Defense Staff (HQIDS), New Delhi under the Indian Ministry of Defense, before joining the Space Policy Institute in June 2011. As an advisor, he was involved with policy, planning and force development issues including those related to space activities. Prior to HQIDS he worked in various responsible capacities with the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) where he gained wide multi-disciplinary experience. In between he also served as a deputy director in the Indian Ministry of Commerce, New Delhi. Mr Yadavendra holds a Master of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and a Master of Business Administration in International Business.

Luncheon: 12:00PM-12:30PM
Lecture: 12:30PM-1:45PM

RSVP at: http://bit.ly/qsvSuF by Friday, October 7, 2011

For photos from this event, please visit:http://flic.kr/s/aHsjwzDQcX

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, the Space Policy Institute, and the Secure World Foundation

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Linder Family Commons, 602
1957 E Street, NW

Crowdsourcing and Social Computation in International Development


David Alan Grier, Associate Professor of International Science and Technology Policy and International Affairs, GW

Crowdsourcing, a form of social computation, has created global labor markets that have particular promise to developing economies.  These markets have been able to engage workers who reside at great distances from centers of production, strengthen national infrastructure, and provide services to governments.  This talk will discuss the basic structure of crowdsourcing, its applications to problems of development, and its potential benefits and drawbacks.  The talk will take a detailed look at the use of crowdsourcing to provide emergency communications services in Haiti following the the 2008 earthquake.  One of the leaders of that project, Vaughn Hester of Crowdflower will comment on the seminar via Skype.
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Professor Grier is the author of three books on computation and society: <i>When Computers Were Human</i> (2005), <i>Too Soon To Tell</i> (2009) and <i>The Company We Keep</i> (2012).  He also writes a biweekly column for <i>The Daily Crowdsource</i>.

Light refreshments will be served.

For additional information on this or any other CISTP event, visit http://www.gwu.edu/~cistp

RSVP at http://go.gwu.edu/griercrowdsourcing or cistp@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the Center for International Science and Technology Policy

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

A Soldier's Dream and the end of an insurgency in Iraq


William Doyle, Author, A Soldier's Dream; Alumnus (B.A. '85), GW School of Business

The International Affairs Society will host a conversation with author William Doyle about his recent publication, <i>A Soldier's Dream</i>. The book is tells the story of how Capt. Patriquin and a Sunni sheik helped thwart the insurgency in Iraq's Anbar province. There will be a question and answer session following with members of the military with whom he is affiliated.

Reception will follow.

RSVP at: http://tiny.cc/ihsh3

For any questions please contact Christina Beasley at cbeasley@gwmail.gwu.edu.

Sponsored by the International Affairs Society

Thursday, October 13, 2011
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

What to do with America's Nuclear Waste?


Allison Macfarlane, Member, Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future; Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University

<a href="http://esp.gmu.edu/people/facultybios/macfarlane.html
">Professor Macfarlane</a> will speak on important and timely issues related to the back-end of the nuclear fuel cycle, specifically the Commission's work on resolving a number of pressing issues related to nuclear energy: management and disposal of wastes and the potential impact of new reactor and fuel cycle technologies. For more information on the work of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future, <a href="http://brc.gov/">click here</a>.

RSVP at: http://tiny.cc/wcydc

Sponsored by the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies and the Nuclear Policy Talks

Thursday, October 13, 2011
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street, NW

Remembering the Good: Social Memory and the Resistance to Violence in Le Chambon-Sur-Lignon, France


Margaret Paxson, Visiting Scholar, Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies; Senior Associate, The Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Social memory, as it is understood within a vast range of disciplines, can powerfully reinforce long-lasting enmities between groups. And yet, is it possible that memory practices can equally contribute to undermining the categories of violence that plague societies and contribute to amity and peace? To address this question, Margaret Paxson will discuss her research on a cluster of villages in rural France where members of a community have actively resisted the demands of the state and their national neighbors to rescue groups of endangered peoples during several periods--most dramatically during the Holocaust.
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Margaret Paxson is Senior Associate at the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She is an anthropologist and author of <i>Solovyovo: The Story of Memory in a Russian Village</i>. She has conducted long fieldwork projects in the Russian north and the North Caucasus, and in rural France. Her essays have appeared in the <i>Washington Post</i>, <i> Washington Post Magazine</i>, <i>The Wilson Quarterly</i>, and <i>Die Zeit</i>, as well as in scholarly books and journals.

RSVP at: http://tinyurl.com/PaxsonGWU

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

Friday, October 14, 2011
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Community Mobilizing in Ukraine: On the Streets and Online


Alyona Getmanchuk, Director, Institute of World Policy (IWP)

Svitlana Zalishchuk, Project Director, United Actions Center (Center UA); Secretary, National Commission on the Development of Information and Freedom of Speech

Viktoriya Cherevko, Head of the Kharkiv branch, All-Ukrainian Youth Organization Democratic Alliance (DemAlliance)

Victoria Gumeniuk, Head of European Program, Center UA

Moderator:
Sean Roberts, Director, International Development Studies Program, GW

A discussion of the present state of civic activism in Ukraine under the government of Victor Yanukovych with the participation of leading civic activists from the country.

RSVP at: http://communityukraine.eventbrite.com

Sponsored by the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, International Development Studies program, and PACT

Monday, October 17, 2011
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Revolutionary vs. Reformist Islam: The Iran-Turkey Rivalry in the Middle East


Ömer Ta_p1nar, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Hadi Semati, Iranian Political Scientist

Mohammad Tabaar, Adjunct Lecturer, GW

The Arab Spring has brought Iran and Turkey into a regional rivalry to sell their different brands of Islam. While Tehran is hoping to inspire an "Islamic awakening", Ankara is calling for a "secular state that respects all religions." The panelists will discuss this trend and its influences on domestic politics in Iran and Turkey.

The Middle East Policy Forum is presented with the generous support of ExxonMobil.

This program will be off the record out of respect for its presenters.

RSVP at: http://tinyurl.com/3ntfx9o

Sponsored by the Institute for Middle Eastern Stuides

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street, NW

Migration and Development in Russia's Northern and Arctic Regions


Timothy Heleniak,Research Associate, University of Maryland

During the past two decades, development practices in Russia's northern and Arctic regions have undergone considerable change. Much of Russia's recent economic resurgence is based on the natural resources extracted from its Northern periphery. This talk will examine changes in development policy towards these crucial regions including labor supply and migration. This research is based on a research project funded by the National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs called Moved by the State: Perspectives on Relocation and Resettlement in the Circumpolar North" (MOVE).
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Timothy Heleniak is a research associate in the Department of Geography at the University of Maryland. He has researched and written extensively on demographic trends, migration, and regional development in Russia and the other states of the former Soviet Union. He is the editor of the journal, <i>Polar Geography</i>.

RSVP at: http://tinyurl.com/heleniakOct18

This event is part of the Institute of European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies' Arctic Working Group Series

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

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Room 113
1957 E Street, NW

Social Entrepreneurship and Transitional Justice in Sub-Saharan Africa


Zachary Kaufman, Professorial Lecturer of International Affairs, GW

Professor Kaufman will speak about his experiences in sub-Saharan Africa dealing with the perpetrators of war crime and terrorism. He will also speak about social entrepreneurship in the region, including his work with the Kigali Public Library, the first public library in Rwanda.
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    Zachary Daniel Kaufman is an attorney, professor, writer, speaker, and social entrepreneur. A graduate of Yale University, the University of Oxford, and Yale Law School, Mr. Kaufman is currently a Professorial Lecturer at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs and completing his D.Phil (Ph.D.) degree in International Relations at the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar from 2002-05.
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    Mr. Kaufman's research focuses on international relations history and theory; United States foreign policy; transitional justice (particularly the prevention and cessation of and recovery from genocide and other atrocities, and the history and operation of domestic, hybrid, and international war crimes tribunals); international law (especially international humanitarian and criminal law); the international relations of Africa; Rwandan history, politics, and culture; and social entrepreneurship.

A reception will follow the event.

RSVP: dpe.gwu.publicity@gmail.com

Sponsored by the Delta Phi Epsilon, Foreign Service Sorority

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

A Poet's Journey to the Yellow Mountains


Jonathan Chaves, Professor of Chinese, GW

Professor Chaves will discuss his experience lecturing on classical Chinese poetry and painting at Shanghai University, as well as his research at the libraries and museums of Anhui Province, where he discovered previously unknown poems and other writings about the famed Yellow Mountains. His trip to the Yellow Mountains will be illustrated with personal pictures, and he will introduce the work of photographer Wang Wusheng, his traveling companion at the time.
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Jonathan Chaves obtained his Ph.D. in Chinese Literature from Columbia University. He is best known today for his translations of classical Chinese poetry, which have been nominated for the National Book Award, and have won the 1998 Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize (for work on Chinese-language poetry by Japanese authors). He has also studied the relationship between poetry and painting in China, and was invited to guest-curate the show, The Chinese Painter as Poet at The China Instituted in America (New York) in 2000.

Please RSVP at http://go.gwu.edu/ChavesOct19 by Tuesday, October 18, 2011.

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

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Fighting for a Voice


Zurab Kharatishvili, Chairman, Central Election Commission of Georgia

Eugene Kinlow, Public Affairs Director, DC Vote

Anthony Bowyer, Program Manager of Caucasus and Central Asia, International Foundation for Electoral Systems

Karen Volker, Chief of Staff, Office of Middle East Transitions, US Department of State

The International Affairs Society will host a panel on global and national perspectives on contemporary political representation. The panel will discuss international voting rights, as well as current movements toward the development of democratic processes abroad. A special introduction will be provided by the United Nations Association.

A reception will follow the event.

Please RSVP at: http://tiny.cc/veqrx or email ias@gwu.edu

Sponsored by International Affairs Society

Monday, October 24, 2011
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

The 1911 Revolution Remembered in 2011


<b>Keith Schoppa</b>, Professor and Doehler Chair in Asian History, Loyola College of Maryland, "Changing emphases in the Study of the 1911 Revolution Among American Historians of China"
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<b>Edward McCord</b>, Associate Professor of History and International Affairs; Director, Sigur Center for Asian Studies; Director, Taiwan Education and Research Program, GW, "Narratives of Commemoration: The PRC Looks Back on the 1911 Revolution"
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<b>Steven Phillips</b>, Professor of History, Towson University, "The Legacy of 1911 and Democracy on Taiwan"

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Luncheon
12:30 PM-2:00 PM Discussion

RSVP at: http://go.gwu.edu/1911RevOct24

For photos from this event, please visit: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjwz2YHe

Sponsored by Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Monday, October 24, 2011
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

The Struggle For Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square: A Conversation with Steven A. Cook


Steven A. Cook, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, The Council on Foreign Relations

Steven Cook will present remarks on his latest book, <i>The Struggle For Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square</i>.

A limited number of copies of the book will be available for GW students to have signed by the author following the event.

A wine reception will follow the event.

RSVP at: http://bit.ly/p9K7kU

Sponsored by The Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS)

Monday, October 24, 2011
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Marvin Center, 309
800 21st Street, NW

World Food Day and UN Day


Florence Rolle, North American Liaison, Food and Agriculture Organization, United Nations.

Dave Andrews, Senior Representative, Food and Water Watch.

The International Affairs Society will honor World Food Day and UN Day by promoting awareness of international initiatives to encourage sustainability in development and access to clean food and water sources for all regions. The speakers will discuss their roles in working with issues of food security and their personal experiences in the international community. Following there will be a question and answer session and refreshments.

Please RSVP at: http://tiny.cc/veqrx or email ias@gwu.edu

Sponsored by International Affairs Society

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street, NW

Film: This Prison Where I Live (Burma)


Rex Bloomstein, Director, This Prison Where I Live

<i>This Prison Where I Live</i> (2010) is a documentary film about two comedians. MaungThura, better known as Zarganar, is Burma's greatest living comic and a fearless critic of the regime. He was jailed in 2008 for 59 years after speaking out against the government's response to Cyclone Nargis. Michael Mittermeier, one of Germany's leading stand-up comedians, travels with the film crew to Burma to find out more about Zarganar and the repressive state in which Zarganar lives. The film includes unique footage from an interview the film-maker conducted with Zarganar in 2007.
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Rex Bloomstein is an award-winning British documentary director who has made numerous films exploring human rights, the Holocaust, and the prison system in England

12:30 PM -1:30 PM Film
1:30 PM - 2:00PM Discussion with director

RSVP at: go.gwu.edu/BloomsteinOct25

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street, NW

Go Abroad to Grad School - FU Berlin


Dr. Klaus Segbers, Chair of Political Science Department, professor of International Relations, Free University of Berlin.

Free University-Berlin is a leading research university in Europe that draws first-rate students from around the globe.
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Dr. Klaus Segbers will  provide an overview of the curriculum and admissions for the prestigious M.A. programs.  

FU-Berlin's innovative two on-line M.A. programs are taught entirely in English, with 90% of coursework on-line and 10% in-house in Berlin.
Its M.A. program in International Relations is offered as a joint-degree between FU, the University of Potsdam and Humboldt University.  
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FU Berlin is international partner of the Elliott School of International Affairs, with whom it has a dual degree program. This program is offered by the Elliott School International Programs & Education office and the Office of Academic Advising and Student Services.

RSVP at: http://tinyurl.com/goabroadberlin

Sponsored by International Education and Programs

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street, NW

Corruption and Conflict


Mark Pyman, Head of the Defence & Security Programme, Transparency International UK

Sir Stewart Eldon, Senior Adviser to TI-DSP and former UK Permanent Representative to NATO

Corruption threatens the success of the international mission in Afghanistan and has been a major factor in other recent conflicts. Corrupt actors undermine the principles on which settlements are based, reduce the effectiveness of capacity and institution building and increase the costs to the international community. Moreover, international intervention can have the unintended effect of stimulating corruption flowing from the money and resources deployed.
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Effective counter-corruption measures are an important part of creating clean and effective state institutions, and the security and defense sectors are often pivotal at times of conflict. Transparency International UK's Defence & Security Programme, based in London, has been working on how counter-corruption activities should be factored into work on conflict to allow negotiators to think more systematically about ways to reach sustainable long-term outcomes. TI is working with other interested organizations to develop tools and strategies to reduce corruption. Pyman and Eldon will discuss the Programme's emerging findings and address questions.

RSVP at: http://tiny.cc/AY11-12PolicyForums

Sponsored by the Institute for International Economic Policy, Institute for Security and Conflict Studies, International Development Studies program, and Transparency International (UK) Defence & Security Programme

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Turning Motion Picture into Emotion


Walid Al-Awadi, Producer, C Sky Pictures

Award-winning Kuwaiti filmmaker and producer Walid al-Awadi will present excerpts from his documentary films on 9/11, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He will also provide personal commentary and discuss his unique filmmaking approach, which narrates contemporary events through individual stories.
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Walid al-Awadi is the Executive Producer of the Kuwait-based C Sky Pictures and director of numerous acclaimed documentaries. His newest film, Tora Bora, relates the story of a Pakistani father and mother in search for their son, who is fighting for Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. This film was celebrated at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

RSVP at: http://tinyurl.com/mepf10-26

The Middle East Policy Forum is presented with the generous support of ExxonMobil.

Sponsored by the Institute for Middle Eastern Stuides

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Funger Hall, Room 103
2201 G Street, NW

Inspiration Lecture Series: Sparking Social Change


Justin Zorn, Public Service Fellow, Harvard University; Founder, Banaa.org

The Institute for Global and International Studies' <i>Inspiration Lecture Series</i> is proud to present an event with Justin Zorn, a recent GW alum and the founder of Banaa.org. He will speak about fundraising, education, and advocating for causes that matter.
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Justin Zorn is a Public Service Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He graduated from GW's Elliott School of International Affairs in 2008 and received a Master of Science in Global Governance and Diplomacy from Oxford University as the 2009 JB and Maurice Shapiro Scholar. He is also founder of Banaa.org, a student organization that provides scholarship opportunities to talented Sudanese refugees working to implement strategies for peace in their homeland. His work with Banaa has been featured in the <i>Washington Post</i>, the <i>Chronicle of Higher Education</i> and the <i>Orlando Sentinel</i>, where he was a regular opinion contributor on foreign affairs from 2005 to 2008.

RSVP at: igis@gwu.edu

For photos from this event, please visit:http://flic.kr/s/aHsjwFNQ3T

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Thursday, October 27, 2011
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street, NW

A Barrage of Grievances: Electoral Reform and Patterns of Ethnic Voting in Turkey


Evangelos Liaras, Visiting Scholar, Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

In the world of electoral studies, Turkey is widely known for its exceptionally high (10%) electoral threshold. Locally known by the French term baraj, the threshold was instituted after the 1980 coup, ostensibly to prevent extremist political parties from entering parliament. However, the threshold has become an object of significant public debate in recent year, as it is oft criticized for stifling political participation and alienating the Kurdish minority. Despite this criticism, abolishment of the threshold seems extremely unlikely. In his discussion, Evangelos Liaras will critically examine whether electoral reform can contribute to reducing ethnic tensions in Turkey, taking into consideration the country's historical experience with very different electoral systems in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.
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Evangelos Liaras is a Davis Post-Doctoral Fellow in European Studies at the IERES. He holds a B.A. in history from Harvard College and an M.S. and Ph.D. in political science from MIT. His dissertation titled "Ballot Box and Tinderbox: Can Electoral Engineering Save Multiethnic Democracy?" was awarded the Juan Linz Prize by the American Political Science Association in 2010. Before joining IERES, he taught classes in international relations and comparative politics at Koç University and Bogaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey.

RSVP at: http://tinyurl.com/LiarasGWU

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Friday, October 28, 2011
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street, NW

The Long Arm of the Law: Extraterritoriality and the National Implementation of Foreign Bribery Legislation


Abraham Newman, Associate Professor of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Professor Abe Newman is an associate professor at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service. His research focuses on international political economy, with a special interest in global regulatory issues. His work examines the intersection of comparative and international political economy, specifically how domestic institutions, through transgovernmental cooperation, shape international affairs.  
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Professor Newman is the author of <i>Protectors of Privacy: Regulating Personal Data in the Global Economy</i> (Cornell University Press: 2008) and co-editor of <i>How Revolutionary was the Digital Revolution: National Responses, Market Transitions, and Global Technologies</i> (Stanford University Press: 2006). His work has appeared in a range of journals.

RSVP at: http://tinyurl.com/NewmanGWU

This event is part of Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies' European Politics Series.

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