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September 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Combating Human Trafficking in South America: A Multi-Sectoral Approach


Journalists, law enforcement, NGO, and government representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Panama will discuss their efforts to combat trafficking in their respective countries, with an emphasis on trafficking of children for sexual exploitation.  
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Moderated by:<br/>
<b>Andrea Bertone</b>, Professorial Lecturer, GW; Director, Center for Gender Equity, FHI 360

Light refreshments will be available beginning at 6:00pm; panel to begin at 6:30pm.

Please RSVP here: http://bit.ly/oYoeZM

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

Sponsored by the Global Gender Initiative, International Development Studies program, the Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program, Institute for Global and International Studies, and World Learning

Friday, September 9, 2011
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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

PONARS Eurasia Policy Conference


The PONARS Eurasia fourth annual policy conference will consist of panel sessions based on policy memos written by international scholars and specialists (PONARS Eurasia members). For a full list of the panels and panelists, visit: <a href="http://ponarseurasia.org/blog/2011-conference/">http://ponarseurasia.org/blog/2011-conference/</a>
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Panels will include:
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The Arab Spring and Post-Soviet Eurasia; A New Cycle in Russian Politics; Taking Stock of Democracy in Ukraine; Foreign Policy in Turkey and the Caucasus; The Future of the Reset; Rethinking Arms Control; New Directions in Energy and Trade
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PONARS Eurasia is a global network of social scientists that seeks to promote scholarly work and policy engagement on transnational and comparative topics within the Eurasian space. PONARS Eurasia is based at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. The program is generously supported by the International Program of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Please RSVP here: http://tinyurl.com/ponarseurasiaconference

Sponsored by PONARS, Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, and the International Program of the Carnegie Corporation of New York

Friday, September 9, 2011
2:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Harry Harding Auditorium, Room 213
1957 E Street, NW

Reconstruction and Beyond: The Great East Japan Earthquake and Its Implications


Atsushi Seike, President, Keio University

Commentators:
Naoyuki Agawa, Keio University

Edward J. Lincoln, GW

Atsushi Seike is a member of the Prime Minister's Reconstruction Design Council in Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake.  After serving as faculty member and dean of Keio's Faculty of Business and Commerce, Professor Seike became President of Keio University in 2009. He is a labor economist, and his books include <i>Labor Market in the Aging Society</i>, <i>Employment System Reform for the Aging People</i>, and <i>The Economics of Older Workers</i> received prestigious awards including the Keio Gijuku Academic Prize and the Kagami Memorial Award.

Reception to follow.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at: tinyurl.com/SeikeSept9

For photos from this event, please visit:http://flic.kr/s/aHsjwEDT7g

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Friday, September 9, 2011
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

The Missing Martyrs: Why There Are So Few Muslim Terrorists


Charles Kurzman, Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Professor Kurzman will be presenting remarks on his latest book, <i>The Missing Martyrs</i>. A limited number of books will be available for GW students.

Book signing and reception to follow.

Please RSVP at: http://tiny.cc/qpvde

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

Monday, September 12, 2011
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Emerging Africa: How 17 Countries Are Leading the Way


Steven Radelet, Chief Economist, USAID

Since 1995, 17 African countries have defied expectations and launched a remarkable, if little-noticed, turnaround. These countries are leaving the conflict, stagnation, and dictatorships of the past and replacing them with steady economic growth, deepening democracy, improved governance, and decreased poverty. Five fundamental changes are at work: (1) more democratic and accountable governments; (2) more sensible economic policies; (3) the end of the debt crisis and changing relationships with donors; (4) the spread of new technologies; and (5) the emergence of a new generation of policymakers, activists, and business leaders.
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<i>Emerging Africa: How 17 Countries Are Leading the Way</i> takes a fresh approach by recognizing the important differences between Africa's emerging countries, the oil-exporters (where progress has been uneven and volatile), and the others (where there has been little progress) instead of treating sub-Saharan Africa as a monolithic entity. This important book describes the revitalization underway in the emerging countries and why it is likely to continue.

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

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

Sponsored by the Institute for International Economic Policy

Tuesday, September 13, 2011
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Tracking North Korea's Ballistic Missiles Sales: Implications for the Missile Technology Control Regime


Joshua Pollack, Senior Policy Analyst, Science Applications International Corporation

Dennis Gormley, Senior Lecturer, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh

North Korea has been one of the world's most active suppliers of ballistic missile systems since the mid-1980s, but the nature of its missile export business has changed significantly during this period, moving from sales of complete missiles to sales of production equipment and components, and, finally, to collaborative missile development.
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Speakers will review the evolution of this important transition and its disturbing implications for international efforts to control missile proliferation.

RSVP to: NonproliferationReview@gmail.com

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

Tuesday, September 13, 2011
12:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

The Birth of the First Republic In Asia & Ju Zheng and the Xinhai Revolution


Judy Lu, Author, The Birth of the First Republic in Asia

Mi Chu, Author, Chu Cheng and XinHai Revolution

Judy Lu's book <i>The Birth of the First Republic in Asia</i> is based on the Library of Congress' original presidential manuscripts, foreign relations documents and rare materials in the Chinese Collection of the Library of Congress that cover the period from 1840 to 1913. These documents depict a weak and powerless China under the Qing Dynasty, and describe the country's long journey to establish the first democratic Republic of China.
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Mi Chu's book <i>Chu Cheng and XinHai Revolution</i> is based on the rich manuscript collection of her Grandfather Ju Zheng - the revolutionary who was responsible for the "Wuchang Victory" on October 10 - and details the 1911 Revolution.

Please RSVP by Friday, September 9, 2011 at: http://tinyurl.com/FirstRepublicSept13

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

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, and Organization of Chinese Americans, DC Chapter

Tuesday, September 13, 2011
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street, NW

The Socioeconomic Mobility and Political Participation of the Kurds of Lebanon: Does Naturalization Matter?


Guita Hourani, Director, Lebanese Emigration Research Center, Notre Dame University, Beirut

The Kurds of Lebanon are composed of economic migrants from today's Turkey arriving in Lebanon in 1930s and political refugees from Syria arriving in Lebanon in 1960s. For various reasons, many members of the Kurdish community were until 1994 "citizenless." Presidential decree No. 5247 from June 1994 naturalized over 10,000 members of this community. Using Subjective Social Status (SSS), the lecture will discuss preliminary findings of a survey addressing the socioeconomic mobility and political participation of the naturalized at the time of naturalization (i.e. 1994) and 15 years after (i.e. 2010).
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Ms. Guita G. Hourani (M.A., MURP, Ph.D. Candidate) is the director of the Lebanese Emigration Research Center (LERC) at Notre Dame University-Louaizé, Lebanon. Ms. Hourani is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. Her most recent publication is <i>Naturalized Citizens: Political Participation, Voting Behavior, and Impact on Elections in Lebanon</i> (1996-2007), co-authored with Eugene Sensenig-Dabbous, from the <i>The Journal of International Migration and Integration</i> (August, 2011).

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

Sponsored by the Institute for Middle East Studies and GW Diaspora Research Program

Tuesday, September 13, 2011
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street NW

Distinguished Women in International Affairs: A Conversation with Michaelle Jean


Michaelle Jean, Special Envoy to Haiti for UNESCO

Introduction by Robert Maguire, Professor of Practice of International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

Moderated by Robert Perito, Director, Haiti Program, U.S. Institute of Peace

Madame Jean will present the findings of her just completed travel to Haiti to visit projects funded by UNESCO, discuss the importance of education-for-all to Haitis development and challenges toward meeting that goal, and reflect on her visit to Jacmel, Léogâne and Cap Haïtien where numerous patrimonial sites can be found and need to be protected.

The Distinguished Women in International Affairs series is presented with the generous support of Jack and Pam Cumming.

Please RSVP at http://go.gwu.edu/michaellejeanevent

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

Sponsored by the Distinguished Women in International Affairs series, Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program, and the U.S. Institute of Peace

Tuesday, September 13, 2011
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Marvin Center, Room 223
800 21st St, NW

Future of U.S. Military Relations


Lawrence J. Korb, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

A talk on the future of U.S. military relations with expert Larry Korb, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and previous Assistant Secretary of Defense.

Food and Drink will be provided.

RSVP at: www.gwusir.org

Sponsored by Sigma Iota Rho International Affairs Honor Society

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM


Beyond Aid


Robert B. Zoellick, President, The World Bank

In the run-up to the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings, Mr. Zoellick will discuss recent developments and the changing world economy in a speech entitled "Beyond Aid."
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This event is full. You may watch a live webcast of this event at <a href="http://elliott.gwu.edu/world-bank.html" target="_blank">elliott.gwu.edu/world-bank.html</a>

Sponsored by Elliott School of International Affairs and the Institute for International Economic Policy

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Warriors after War: Conversations with Indian and Pakistani Military Brass


Tridivesh Singh Maini, Associate Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi

Warriors after War is a unique endeavor consisting of interviews with retired army officers from India and Pakistan. Book editor Tridivesh Singh Maini will convey some revelations that came out of conversations with these army officers, a number of whom were witness to the conflict of 1948 and the wars of 1965 and 1971. Maini will speak about the divergence in views on important issues which have fuelled conflict in the region. He will also point to issues on which there is some agreement between individuals interviewed for this book.

Tridivesh Singh Maini is an Associate Fellow with The Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. He graduated from the University of Sheffield in Great Britain in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics (Honours). He then received an MA in International Development from The School of International Service at American University. Maini has authored 'South Asian Cooperation and the Role of the Punjabs', and co-authored 'Humanity Amidst Insanity: Hope During and After the Indo-Pak Partition' with Tahir Malik and Ali Farooq Malik. He is also one of the editors of " Warriors after War: Indian and Pakistani Retired Military Leaders Reflect on Relations between the Two Countries, Past Present and Future", published by Peter Lang (2011). Maini regularly contributes opinion pieces to The Financial world, (New Delhi) The Diplomat, and Pakistani newspapers such as The Daily Times and Friday Times.

RSVP by Monday, September 12, 2011 at: http://tinyurl.com/WarriorsSept14

For photos from this event, please visit: "http://flic.kr/s/aHsjwBRdDc ">http://flic.kr/s/aHsjwBRdDc

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

State Room, 7th Floor
1957 E Street, NW

UNSCR 1540: Country Visits and Universal Implementation


This event will take place in conjunction with a visit to Washington, D.C. by the 1540 Committee. In addition to members of the 1540 Committee and its group of experts, panelists will also include representatives from the private sector and nongovernmental organizations to discuss their respective roles in implementing the Resolution.  
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Since its in 2004, there has been significant progress in implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540. Still, significant challenges remain in ensuring universal implementation of the Resolution.  One of these challenges is moving the international community beyond simple awareness-raising related to the Resolution, and toward country-specific dialogue related to a country's capabilities to fulfill the Resolution's mandate.

RSVP at: http://tiny.cc/0gpfk

Sponsored by the Elliott School of International Affairs, Stanley Foundation, the Stimson Center, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Thursday, September 15, 2011
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street, NW

"Tweeting the Arab Revolution": A Conversation with Sultan Al Qassemi


Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, Non-resident Fellow, Dubai School of Government

Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi is a non-resident fellow at the Dubai School of Government and a UAE based columnist. His columns have been published internationally including: <i>The Gulf News, The National Newspaper, The Financial Times, The Independent, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Foreign Policy</i>, and <i>Open Democracy</i>,  amongst others. He has been recognized in <i>Time Magazine</i> and is internationally renowned for his Twitter commentary. He will discuss his experience monitoring the events of the Arab Spring.

A light lunch will be provided.

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

For photos from this event, please visit:http://flic.kr/s/aHsjw6T4Je

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

Thursday, September 15, 2011
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Regime Change and the Proliferation of Ethnic Democracies


Oded Haklai, Visiting Scholar, Institute for Security and Conflict Studies, GW

Ethnic democracies - characterized by democratic forms of government where a dominant group maintains formal and deeply institutionalized ownership of the state - can be found in many regions of the world that experienced democratic transition in the previous century, including post-Communist Europe. This presentation analyzes how and why ethnic democracies emerge following transition, what influences the varying treatment of minorities in such regimes, and what lessons can be drawn from these experiences for the question of democratization and ethnic group relations more generally.
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Oded Haklai is an associate professor of political studies at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. He is the author of <i>Palestinian Ethnonationalism in Israel</i> (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011). Currently, he is completing three co-edited volumes, including <i>Democratization and Ethnic Minorities</i> (with Jacques Bertrand), <i>Democracy, Religion, and Conflict: The Dilemmas of Israel's Peacemaking </i>(with Elman and Spruyt); and <i>Settlers in Contested Lands </i>(with Neophytos Loizides). He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals, including <i>Comparative Political Studies, International Studies Review, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Nations and Nationalism, Israel Studies, the Canadian Journal of Political Science</i>, and <i>Nationalism and Ethnic Politics</i>.

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

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

Friday, September 16, 2011
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

U.S.-Russia Relations in Post-Soviet Eurasia: Transcending the Zero-Sum Game


Chair:
Cory Welt, Associate Director, Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, GW

Introductory remarks and moderation:
Timothy Colton, Chair, Department of Government, Harvard University; Co-Chair, Working Group on the Future of U.S.-Russia Relations

Samuel Charap, Director for Russia and Eurasia, Center for American Progress

Mikhail Troitskiy, Adjunct Professor, Moscow State Institute of International Relations

Despite the successes of the reset in U.S.-Russia ties, this key bilateral relationship remains fraught. This event will mark the publication of the first report of a newly formed Track II initiative dedicated to the future of U.S.-Russia relations.
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The report, U.S.-Russia Relations in Post-Soviet Eurasia: Transcending the Zero-Sum Game, was coauthored by Samuel Charap (Center for American Progress, Washington, D.C.) and Mikhail Troitskiy (Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Russia), both members of the Working Group on the Future of U.S.-Russia Relations. It is the first study to examine in detail how the United States' and Russia's ties with the countries of post-Soviet Eurasia affect the bilateral relationship. The study identifies key sources of U.S.-Russia tensions in the region and recommends specific measures to facilitate improvement.

RSVP at: http://tinyurl.com/PONARS91611

Sponsored by PONARS Eurasia and the Working Group on the Future of U.S.-Russia Relations

Monday, September 19, 2011
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

State Room, 7th Floor
1957 E Street NW

The Okinawa Question: Regional Security, the US-Japan Alliance, and Futenma


9:30 - 10:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast

10:00 - 10:10 AM Welcoming Remarks
Mike Mochizuki, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs; Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Elliott School of International Affairs
Akikazu Hashimoto, J.F. Oberlin University

10:10 - 11:50 AM Panel 1: The U.S.-Japan-China Strategic Triangle and Okinawa
Michael Swaine, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Akio Takahara, Tokyo University
Llewelyn Hughes, GWU
Chair: Robert Sutter, Professor of Practice of International Affairs, GW

12:00 - 2:00 PM Keynote Luncheon
Governor Hirokazu Nakaima, Okinawa Prefecture
Location: City View Room, 7th Floor

2:15 - 4:00 PM Panel 2: How Can the Futenma Marine Corps Air Station Issue Be Resolved?
Akikazu Hashimoto, J.F. Oberlin University
Kazuhisa Ogawa, International Politics and Military Analyst
Michael O'Hanlon, Brookings Institution
Kurayoshi Takara, University of the Ryukyus
Chair: Mike Mochizuki, GWU

RSVP at: http://tinyurl.com/OkinawaSept19

For photos from this event, please visit: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjwE1VKZ

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and The Nansei Shoto Industrial Advancement Center

Monday, September 19, 2011
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Security Policy Forum: Honoring Morton H. Halperin and Thomas C. Schelling Upon the 50-Year Anniversary of: Strategy and Arms Control


Charles Glaser, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs; Director, Institute for Security and Conflict Studies, GW

Jeffrey Lewis, Director, East Asia Nonproliferation Program, Monterey Institute of International Studies

George Quester, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Visiting Professor of International Affairs, GW

John Steinbruner, Director, Center for International and Security Studies, University of Maryland

RSVP at: http://tiny.cc/f742p

Sponsored by the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies and the Security Policy Forum

Tuesday, September 20, 2011
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

OneVoice


Eyal Shapira, OneVoice

Obada Shtaya, OneVoice

Israeli and Palestinian youth leaders will discuss the United Nations vote on Palestinian statehood, the regional unrest, and the potential impact on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. These two representatives will provide an insider's perspective on the political atmosphere and the daily lives of their fellow citizens in the midst of rising tensions. OneVoice activists Eyal Shapira and Obada Shtaya will share their stories, seeking to open Washington's ears to a new constituency: the silent majority of Israelis and Palestinians who call for a two-state solution. Eyal, 25, was born and raised in Jerusalem, a place defined by its position as a key final status issue in the conflict. Refusing to shy away from difficult conversations, Eyal constantly mobilizes his fellow activists to take to the streets of Jerusalem, educating people and getting them interested in OneVoice and its mission. Obada, 20, considers freedom of movement to be a fundamental right of all Palestinians. His father, accused of being a member of Hamas, was restricted in his travels for nearly two decades and arrested several times. These experiences sealed Obada's passion for travel and politics.
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OneVoice is an international grassroots movement which aims to amplify the voice of the majority of Israelis and Palestinians who wish for peace and prosperity.  Through youth leadership training, town hall meetings, and grassroots mobilization across Palestine and Israel, OneVoice works to build popular consensus for the two-state solution and demand accountability from elected representatives - guaranteeing a negotiated, comprehensive and permanent agreement between Israel and Palestine (based on the 1967 borders) that ends the occupation, ensures security and peace for both sides, and solves all final-status issues in accordance with international law and previous bilateral agreements.

RSVP at: http://tiny.cc/061lg

Sponsored by the Institute for Middle East Studies

Tuesday, September 20, 2011
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Harry Harding Auditorium, Room 213
1957 E Street, NW

Film Screening and Panel Discussion: Women in War Zones: Sexual Violence in the Congo


Scott Blanding, Director, Women in War Zones: Sexual Violence in the Congo

Dr. Roger Luhiriri, Physician, Panzi Hospital, Democratic Republic of Congo

Moderated by:
Nemata Blyden, Associate Professor of History and International Affairs, GW

<i>Women in War Zones</i> is a documentary about the day to day lives of the women in Bukavu, Congo. The documentary highlights the impact that the climate of rape has on life among women in the Congo. The NGO that created this documentary, Women in War Zones, works with women in the Congo who have been affected by sexual violence, offering counseling, education, and micro-financing programs.

RSVP at: http://bit.ly/nf2sPK

Sponsored by the Global Gender Initiative (GGI) and the Institute for Global and International Studies

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

State of the Egyptian Revolution


Rabab El Mahdi, Assistant Professor of Political Science, American University of Cairo

Joshua Stacher, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Kent State University

Mona El-Ghobashy, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Barnard College

Moderated by:
Marc Lynch, Director, Institute for Middle East Studies, GW

A panel of three leading political scientists discuss the state of the revolution in Egypt and offer perspectives looking forward.

RSVP at: http://tiny.cc/6qbii

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

Thursday, September 22, 2011
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Volatility in Commodity Markets: Causes and Impacts on the Poor


Joachim von Braun, Director, Center for Development Research, ZEF Bonn; Professor of Economics and Technological Change, University of Bonn; Former Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

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

Sponsored by the Institute for International Economic Policy

Friday, September 23, 2011
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

G2 at GW: Fourth Annual Conference on China's Economic Development and U.S.-China Economic Relations


Program Theme: China, the U.S., and Global Economic Governance

Welcome and Overview:
Stephen C. Smith, Director, Institute for International Economic Policy, GW

Session 1 - 9:15 - 10:30 AM: Economic transformation in China

Hongbin Li, Professor of Economics, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University; "China's evolving labor market

Lu Ming, Professor of Economics, Fudan University, and Harvard University; "Geography and Politics: Why Is Economic Transformation Hard"

Xiaobo Zhang, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI; "Local industrial policy and cluster development in China"

Session 2 - 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM: Climate Change, Multilateral Trade, and International Financial Rules

Zhang ZhongXiang, Senior Fellow, East-West Center; "Assessing China's carbon intensity pledge for 2020: Stringency and Credibility Issues"

Michael Moore, Professor of Economics and International Affairs, GW; "U.S.-China Trade Rules: What Happens After the Doha Collapse?"

Bruce Reynolds, Professor of Economics, University of Virginia; "Rule-making in the International Financial System - China's Growing Participation in Global Governance"

Timothy Punke, Partner, Monument Policy Group; "The U.S.-China Relationship: Redefining the Terms"

Lunch break

Session 3 - 1:15 - 2:30 PM: U.S. and Chinese Policies towards Intellectual Property Rights

Peter Yu, Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law and Director, Intellectual Property Law Center, Drake University; "Toward a New U.S.-China Intellectual Property Enforcement Strategy"

Susan Sell, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, GW; "Intellectual Property Rights in China"

Li Xuan, Programme Officer, International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resource for Food and Agriculture, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); "TRIPS Flexibilities on IP Enforcement"

Session 4 - 2:45 - 4:00 PM: Macro topics: exchange rates, economic growth, and imbalances

Shang-Jin Wei, N T Wang Professor of Chinese Business and Economy, and Director of the Jerome A. Chazen Institute of International Business, Columbia University; "Trade Reforms and Current Account Imbalances: When Can the Common Sense be Wrong?"

Tara Sinclair, Associate Professor of Economics and International Affairs, GW; "What Can We Learn from the Chinese Macroeconomic Data?"

Jiawen Yang, Professor of International Business and International Affairs, GW; "U.S. and China Policy Responses to the 2008 Financial Crisis"

RSVP at: http://tiny.cc/G2atGW

Sponsored by the Institute for International Economic Policy

Friday, September 23, 2011
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street, NW

All Girls Allowed: Gender Advocacy in China


Chai Ling, Chinese Activist; Founder, All Girls Allowed

Activist Chai Ling will discuss her efforts towards fixing the gender gap and infanticide problems in China. At the center of her work is All Girls Allowed, a humanitarian organization that works to restore life, value, and dignity to girls and mothers and to reveal the injustice of China's One-Child Policy.

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

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, All Girls Allowed, the Global China Connection, the Organization of Asian Studies

Monday, September 26, 2011
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Film Screening and Panel Discussion: Cargo


Andrea Powell, Founder and CEO, FAIR Fund

Yan Vizinberg, Writer/Director, Persona Films

Abigail Honor, Editor/Producer, Persona Films

Winner of the Golden Palm award at the Mexico International Film Festival, <i>Cargo</i> is an anti-sex trafficking drama produced by Yan Vizinberg. A young Russian woman, smuggled into America by human traffickers, and a notorious Egyptian transporter, hired to drive her from the Mexican border to New York City, form an unlikely bond that transforms them and threatens to derail the traffickers' plans.

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

Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the Global Gender Initiative (GGI) and the Institute for Global and International Studies

Monday, September 26, 2011
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st Street, NW

Working Towards a Democratic Zimbabwe: A Discussion of Human Rights and Economic Development


Elton Mangoma, Minister of Energy, Republic of Zimbabwe; Deputy Treasurer General, Movement for Democratic Change

Roy Bennett, Deputy Minister-designate of Agriculture, Republic of Zimbabwe; Treasurer General, Movement for Democratic Change

This event will consist of a forum-type discussion, followed by a Q&A with the audience. As Minister of Energy of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Elton Mangoma will discuss the current economic climate in his country while also addressing the next steps for the rebuilding nation. While in exile, Roy Bennett has been building a groundswell of support to create the Global Alliance for Zimbabwe, an international advocacy program of global thought leaders, opinion leaders, political leaders and members of the Zimbabwean diaspora.

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

Sponsored by the International Affairs Society, Delta Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority, College Democrats, and Goddard Claussen Public Affairs

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

The Chung-wen Shih Conference Room, Suite 503
1957 E Street, NW

Conversations with Scholars: The United States, China, the Cold War & the Third World


Gregg Brazinsky, Associate Professor of History and International Affairs, GW

During the 1950s and 1960s, China and the United States were locked in a struggle for influence in the Third World. This struggle has been an often misunderstood and neglected part of the Cold War studies. Professor Brazinsky will discuss this competition and its relevance to today.
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Professor Brazinsky is an associate professor of history and international affairs, specializing in U.S.-East Asian relations during the Cold War. His work focuses on the social and cultural impact of the United States on East Asia.

This event is only open to current GW students. Space is limited to first 20 people who RSVP.

Lunch will be provided.

RSVP at: http://tinyurl.com/BrazinskySept27

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and the Organization of Asian Studies

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street, NW

Human Rights and the Impact of a U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement on Communities in Colombia


Carlos Olaya, Director of Research, SINALTRAINAL

Juan Cambindo, Afro-Colombian sugar cane worker; President, SINALTRAINAL Local, Pradera, Valle del Cauca

Adil Meléndez, Colombian human rights lawyer; Member of the National Movement of Victims of State Crimes (MOVICE)

The panelists will offer their informed perspectives on the impact of a U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement on the human and other rights in Colombian communities. They will analyze the recent history of forced displacement of four to five million people as a context for examining a U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement in rural Colombia. Alternative policies will also be considered by the panelists.

RSVP at: http://tiny.cc/cbbl0

Sponsored by the Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Argentina's 2011 Elections: Why is Cristina Fernández de Kirchner Likely to Win? Would Her Second Term Resemble Her First?


Paula Alonso, Professorial Lecturer, Department of History and Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

Lic. Manuel Alvarado Ledesma, Director, Consultoría Agroeconómica, Argentina

Ambassador Lino Gutierrez, Former Ambassador to Argentina; Professorial Lecturer, Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program, GW

Discussion of Argentina's upcoming presidential elections.

RSVP at: http://go.gwu.edu/argentina2011

Sponsored by the Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Implications of a Nuclear Empowered Iran for the United States and the Region


Bruce Riedel, Senior Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution

American politicians from both parties have said the United States can not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons.  Israeli leaders have suggested they are prepared to use force to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear arsenal. Yet Iran is likely to behave like other nuclear weapons states if and when it crosses the nuclear threshold. This lecture will examine how Iran is likely to behave as a nuclear weapons state based on analysis of its past behavior and the military balance of power in the Middle East.

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

Sponsored by the Middle East Policy Forum

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Room 451, Duques Hall
2201 G Street, NW

Global Challenges, Modern Solutions


General Brent Scowcroft, President, The Scowcroft Group

As one of the nation's preeminent authorities on international policy, General Scowcroft will discuss contemporary challenges in international affairs and policy formation and reflect on lessons learned from the end of the Cold War from the government's perspective. His unique perspective will draw from his extensive background that includes serving as a National Security Advisor to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush.

RSVP at: http://scowcroft928.eventbrite.com

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Sponsored by the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communications and the Walter Roberts Endowment

Thursday, September 29, 2011
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

The Unraveling: Pakistan in the Age of Jihad


John R. Schmidt, Professorial Lecturer, GW;

Discussant:
Deepa Ollapally, Associate Director, The Sigur Center for Asian Studies, GW

John R. Schmidt will discuss his book, <i>The Unraveling: Pakistan in the Age of Jihad</i>. It is the story of how a nation founded as a homeland for South Asian Muslims, most of whom follow a tolerant nonthreatening form of Islam, become a haven for Al Qaeda and a rogue's gallery of domestic jihadist and sectarian groups. Professor Schmidt places the blame squarely on the rulers of the country, who thought they could use Islamic radicals to advance their foreign policy goals without having to pay a steep price for it and were proved wrong. Today the army generals and feudal politicians who run Pakistan are by turns fearful of the consequences of going after these groups and hopeful that they can still be used to advance the state's interests. Can they save their country or will we one day find ourselves confronting the first nuclear-armed jihadist state?
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During a 30-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, Schmidt served in senior positions at the Department of State and National Security Council, including as political counselor at the U.S. embassy in Islamabad in the three years leading up to 9/11. In addition to his expertise on Pakistan and South Asia, he is also one of the leading U.S. experts on NATO and the conflict in the Balkans. He has written extensively for leading foreign policy journals and online news magazines including <i>Survival</i>, <i>The National Interest, The Washington Quarterly, The American Interest</i>, <i>Orbis</i> and <i>The Daily Beast</i>.
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<i>The Unraveling: Pakistan in the Age of Jihad</i>, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, is his first book.

RSVP at:http://bit.ly/oahWM9

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Friday, September 30, 2011
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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

Food Price Increases: Causes, Impacts and Responses


Registration and Coffee - 8:30 - 9:00 AM

Opening Remarks - 9:00 AM:
Stephen Smith, Professor of Economics and International Affairs, and Director, Institute for International Economic Policy, GW

Panel 1 - Causes: Long and Short Term Forces Underlying Food Price Spikes and Trends

Nora Lustig, Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Economics, Tulane University; "Survey of Long and Short Run Factors," 9:15 - 9:45 AM

Keith O. Fuglie, Chief of the Resource, Environmental, and Science Policy Branch in the Resource and Rural Economics Division, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture; "Global and Regional Food Productivity and Output Trends," 9:45 - 10:15 AM

Patrick Webb, Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University; "Models of Determinants of Food Price Increases," 10:15 - 10:45 AM

Discussion: 10:45 - 11:15 AM

Panel 2 - Impacts: Poverty, Nutrition and Welfare Impacts of Food Price Increases

Francisco Ferreira, Lead Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank; "Rising Food Prices and Household Welfare: Evidence from Brazil," 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

James Foster, Professor of Economics and International Affairs, GW; "Measurement Issues in Assessing Poverty Impacts of Food Price Spikes," 12:00 - 12:30 PM

Discussion: 12:30 - 1:00 PM

Lunch Keynote Address:
Alain de Janvry, Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Berkeley; 1:15 - 2:00 PM

Panel 3 - Responses: Policy and Program Responses to Food Price Spikes

Carlos B Martins-Filho, Professor of Economics, University of Colorado at Boulder; Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI; "Excessive Food Price Volatility Early Warning System," 2:00 - 2:30 PM

Maximo Torero, Division Director, Markets, Trade, and Institutions Division; leader of the Global Research Program on Institutions and Infrastructure for Market Development; Director for Latin America, IFPRI; "Price Volatility in Food and Agricultural Markets: Policy Responses," 2:30 - 3:00 PM

Uma Lele, Author and Development Advisor; "Responses of the World Bank to Food Price Spikes," 3:00 - 3:30 PM

Discussion: 3:30 - 4:00 PM

The forum will feature current research and policy analysis on the causes, impacts, and responses to recent increases in food prices.  The forum will include a combination of presentation of research results, demonstration of policy tools, and discussion of policy implications, priority actions, and future research needs. The forum will focus on global trends as well as regions of interest, notably Africa.

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

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Sponsored by the Institute for International Economic Policy

Friday, September 30, 2011
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Sigur Center, The Chung-wen Shih Conference Room, Suite 503
1957 E Street, NW

Annual Sigur Center Fall Reception


Please join us in welcoming back Asian Studies students, faculty, staff, and friends, as well as a very special welcome to our new Sigur Center Director Ed McCord and Asian Studies Program Director Manny Teitelbaum.

Asian food and drinks will be provided.

RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/FallReception by Wednesday, September 28, 2011.

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

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies