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October 2012

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Main Auditorium, U.S. Institute of Peace
2301 Constitution Avenue, NW

Groundtruth: New Media, Technology, and the Syrian Crisis


Rami Nakhla, The Day After Project
Ahed Al Hendi, CyberDissidents.org
Hadeel Kouki, Syrian activist
Rafif Jouejati, Free Syria Foundation
Schadi Semnani, Syria Conflict Monitor
Marc Lynch, George Washington University (Moderator)

Deborah Amos, National Public Radio
Robert Mackey, New York Times
Lara Setrakian, ABC News
Fadl al Tarzi, SocialEyez, Dubai News Group (via Skype)
Sean Aday, George Washington University (Moderator)

Mohammad Al Abdallah, Syria Justice and Accountability Center
Susan Wolfinbarger, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Steve Heydemann, USIP
Mounir Ibrahim, U.S. Department of State
Aaron Zelin, Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Joe Holliday, Institute for the Study of War
Sheldon Himelfarb, USIP (Moderator)

User-generated images, videos and stories stream in every day from Homs, Aleppo and all around Syria documenting the country's descent into violence and instability. As part of the U.S. Institute of Peace's Blogs & Bullets initiative, this event provides analysis and insight into the influence of new media in the crisis, specifically on three types of actors: activists on the ground, journalists and media-makers who are reporting on the crisis, and policymakers around the world. The event brings these experts together to discuss not only social media's role in ongoing events, but how it can be used to promote peace in a post-Assad future.

RSVP: http://syriablogsandbullets.eventbrite.com/

Sponsored by the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communications and the US Institute for Peace

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

The Future of This Hemisphere and Its Evolving Political Landscape: A New Mandate for the Organization of American States


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

Ambassador Ramdin will speak about the changing environment of the western hemisphere, the importance of the Americas on the world stage, and the role of OAS in this time.  The Ambassadors lecture inaugurates a series of events honoring the fifteen year existence of the MIPP Program.

A reception will precede the event beginning at 5pm on the 6th floor lounge. Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP: mippgw@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the Master of International Policy and Practice (MIPP) program

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street, NW

Book Launch: Shut up and Give?


Chad Jordan, Author

As a previous student at the Elliott School his book questions many of the issues that we come across during our studies:
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Empty your wallet. Don't ask questions. Look straight ahead. Don't get smart. Sounds more like an alleyway mugging than international development, right? But that's what we've been told, and up until now, we've been obedient. Not anymore.
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We can no longer just shut up and give. If we want to see poverty wiped out, we have to start questioning our approach. We can no longer keep supporting the same projects year in and year out without examining the results. They're not creating sustained change.
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This is a journey around the world to discover sustainable solutions to global poverty. Its about a fundamental shift learned through doing that has led to the discovery of a whole new way of relating to the underserved world.
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It's about empowering the underserved to be responsible for their own futures while simultaneously extinguishing dependency.

RSVP: OID@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the Organization for International Development

Thursday, October 4, 2012
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Georgia's Parliamentary Elections: Democracy, Security and International Implications


Thomas de Waal, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Niklas Nilsson, PhD Candidate, Uppsala and Sodertorn Universities

Cory Welt, Associate Director, IERES

Georgia's October 1st parliamentary elections will be a strong indicator of the countrys future development, both in its politics and the quality of its governance. In this panel, just three days after the voting, three prominent Georgia experts will examine the implications of the results for Georgia's domestic and international development.

A light lunch will be served.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/georgia2012

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

Thursday, October 4, 2012
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street NW

Canadian Speaker Series: Economic Development and Trade


Donald Mackay, Economic Counselor at the Embassy of Canada

This is the second session of our four-part speaker series on Canadian perspectives on hemispheric issues.

Open to the public, light refreshments will be served.

RSVP: lasp@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the LAHSP and the Embassy of Canada

Friday, October 5, 2012
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Book Launch: Tangled Titans: The United States and China


David Shambaugh, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, Director of the China Policy Program, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

Bonnie Glaser, Senior Fellow, Freeman Chair in China Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies, (CSIS)

Terry Lautz, Visiting Professor, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University

Charles Freeman, III, Vice President for Asia, Middle East and Africa, PepsiCo

<i>Tangled Titans</i>, edited by David Shambaugh, GW, offers a current and comprehensive assessment of the most important relationship in international affairs  that between the United States and China. How the relationship evolves will have a defining impact on the future of world politics, the Asian region, and the citizens of many nations. In this definitive book, leading experts provide an in-depth exploration of the historical, domestic, bilateral, regional, global, and future contexts of this complex relationship.

Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/Shambaugh

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Monday, October 8, 2012
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Nuclear Policy Talks: Shared Responsibility for Nuclear Disarmament and Nuclear Non-Proliferation


Scott Sagan, Caroline S.G. Munro Professor of Political Science, Stanford University; Senior Fellow, Center for International Security and Cooperation; Senior Fellow, the Freeman Spogli Institute, Stanford University

Dr. Sagan will present on shared responsibility for nuclear disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/sagan

Sponsored by the Nuclear Policy Talks series

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street, NW

Abducted Children, Japanese Law and Domestic and International Politics


Carl F. Goodman, Adjunct Professor of Japanese Law, GW School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center

A discussion on how Japanese law impacts custody, visitation and return and considers complications, both domestic and international, that may arise under pending domestic legislation that could pave the way for Japan's accession to The Hague Convention Concerning the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

RSVP: go.gwu.edu/JapanLaw

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Distinguished Women in International Affairs: Foreign Policy and Science: An Essential Partnership


Kerri-Ann Jones, Assistant Secretary for Oceans, Environment, and Science, U.S. Department of State

A lecture and discussion with Assistant Secretary Kerri-Ann Jones on the intersection of foreign policy and science.

Reception to follow.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/dwiajones

Sponsored by the Center for International Science and Technology Policy, the Global Gender Program, and the Distinguished Women in International Affairs series

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Arab Transitions to What?


Eva Bellin, Myra and Robert Kraft Professor of Arab Politics, Department of Politics and the Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University

Tamara Wittes, Director and Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy; Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution

Daniel Brumberg, Senior Adviser, Center for Conflict Analysis, U.S. Institute of Peace; Professor of Government, Georgetown University

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

Three leading political scientists will discuss the political transitions in the Arab World since the region's uprisings.

A light lunch will be served.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/ckbvbdf

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

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street NW

Nuclear Policy Talks: Antineutrino Detection: An Interdisciplinary Experiment at the Boundaries of Physics, Astrophysics, Geology, and National Security


Bill McDonough, Professor of Geology, University of Maryland

The KamLAND (1-kton) experiment in Japan successfully measured the antineutrino flux from an encircling array of nuclear power plants, as well as detecting the geoneutrino flux from the earth.  This and the Borexino (0.6-kton) experiments are placing limits on the potential existence of a natural georeactor (nuclear) deep inside the earth, as well as providing insights in the solar burning model of the sun.  I will present an update on results from these two detectors as well as insights from cubic meter-sized detectors placed in the vicinity of reactors and a proposed mobile, 10-kton device that is deploy-able in ocean.  All of these detectors provide important data and insights into physics, astrophysics, geology and national security.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/mcdonough

Sponsored by the Nuclear Policy Talks series and the Institute for Nuclear Studies

Thursday, October 11, 2012
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

City View Room, 7th Floor
1957 E Street NW

Global Gender Forum: Women and Girls: Forces for Creating Disaster-Resilient Societies


Opening Remarks by:
Carla Koppell, Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment, USAID

Anita Malley, Acting Senior Displacement and Policy Protection Advisor, USAID

Leora Ward, Women's Protection and Empowerment Technical Advisor, International Rescue Committee

Sarah Williamson, Humanitarian Consultant

Jane Henrici, Study Director, The Institute for Women's Policy Research

Margaret Arnold, Senior Social Development Specialist, World Bank

Andrea Burniske, Director of the GIRL Project, Save the Children

On October 13th, the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) commemorates the millions of women and girls who make their communities more resilient to disasters and climate risks. This event engages academics and practitioners to share stories of  initiatives in disaster risk reduction and recovery by women and girls across the world.

RSVP: http://lnweb90.worldbank.org/EURVP/survey.nsf/Contact?OpenForm&Conf=WomenandGirls

Sponsored by the Global Gender Program and the World Bank's Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery

Thursday, October 11, 2012
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Graduate Student Open House


Jeff Miles, Director, Graduate Admissions, GW

Angella Griffin, Director, Graduate Student Career Development, GW

Lisa Stephenson, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs, GW

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 <a href="mailto:esiagrad@gwu.edu">esiagrad@gwu.edu</a> or call 202-994-7050.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/openhouse

Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Admissions and the Elliott School of International Affairs

Friday, October 12, 2012
9:00 AM - 3:15 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

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


Barry Naughton, Professor of Chinese Economy; Sokwanlok Chair of Chinese International Affairs, UCSD

Xingwang Qian, Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance, SUNY Buffalo State

Vikram Nehru, Senior Associate Asia Program, Bakrie Chair in Southeast Asian Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Marinos Tsigas, International Economist, United States International Trade Commission

Steve Suranovic, Associate Professor of Economics and International Affairs, Director, International Trade and Investment Policy Program, GW

Hong Ma, Tsinghua University, Department of Economics, Beijing China

Maggie Chen, Associate Professor of Economics and International Affairs, GW

Yaohui Zhao, Professor, China Center for Economic Research, Peking University

Jing Cai, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkely

The U.S.-China relationship is now second to none in importance for international economic relations and policy and accordingly is a major focus of IIEP. The centerpiece of this initiative is our annual Conference on China's Economic Development and U.S.-China Economic Relations (or the G2 at GW), which has become one of the premier events of its type. For the last three conferences in 2009, 2010, and 2011 we created a follow-up online "virtual conference volume" at <a href="http://www.gwu.edu/~iiep/G2">http://www.gwu.edu/~iiep/G2</a>.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/gtwoatgw12

Sponsored by the Institute for International Economic Policy (IIEP)

Friday, October 12, 2012
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

Of What Cloth Are the Ties That Bind?: National Identity and Support for the Welfare State Across Twenty-nine European Countries


Matthew Wright, Assistant Professor of Government, American University

Professor Wright is a student of political behavior in the United States and Europe.  He has studied the causes and implications of political identity, immigration, assimilation, and citizenship policies as well as the politics of ethnic diversity, national identity and patriotism, religion and politics, political culture, social capital, civic engagement and trust, and U.S. voting behavior. Before joining American University's Department of Government in 2011, Mr. Wright spent one year as a post-doctoral researcher at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. His Ph.D was awarded by the University of California, Berkeley in 2010.  Mr. Wright has published articles in journals such as Political Psychology, Perspectives on Politics, Comparative Political Studies, and American Politics Research.

A copy of Professor Wrights paper will be made available to those who RSVP.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/wright

Sponsored by the IERES European Politics Series

Saturday, October 13, 2012
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Harry Harding Auditorium, Room 213
1957 E Street, NW

The 20th Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium in the Korean Humanities Generations: A Century of Modern Korean Literature


Hye-kyung Lee, Korean Author

Jung-hee Oh, Korean Author

Sae-young Oh, Korean Author

Kyeong-Hee Choi, University of Chicago

Theodore Hughes, Columbia University

Yung-Hee Kim, University of Hawaii

Ji-Eun Lee, Washington University in St. Louis

Youngju Ryu, University of Michigan

The 20th annual HMS Colloquium celebrates a century of Modern Korean Literature. Distinguished scholars and prize-winning authors will discuss Korean literature that has flourished through the tumultuous history of modern Korea. The highlight of this year's event is a dialogue between literary scholars, prominent authors, and the Washington audience. On the eve of the Colloquium, the Korean authors will speak at a special event provided at the Korean Cultural Center of the Korean Embassy.

RSVP: kimrenau@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, the Institute for Ethnographic Research, and the Korean Cultural Center at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea

Monday, October 15, 2012
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street, NW

Outer Space Activities of the United Nations


Mazlan Othman, Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

Mrs. Mazlan Othman will discuss the latest developments of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), the use of outer space by developing nations, and improving the sustainability of space activities.

This event is full. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, email: spi@gwu.edu

A light lunch will be provided.

Sponsored by the Space Policy Institute

Monday, October 15, 2012
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Adapting to Global Climate Change: The Role and Potential of Indonesia's Marine Resources


Indroyono Soesilo, Executive Secretary, Coordinating Ministry for Peoples Welfare; Research Professor, the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT)

Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA) The United States-Indonesia Society (USINDO) are pleased to welcome Dr. Indroyono Soesilo to speak about the challenges in coping with global climate change issues in Indonesia, particularly as it relates to its marine resources potentials. Dr. Soesilo will also discuss Indonesias government, the establishment of a Master Plan to accelerate the economic development in Indonesia (MP3EI), and how it will speed up the development of fishing and offshore mining industries in the selected economic corridors, as well as other tasks to strengthen institutional capacity to deal with natural disasters in the coastal areas.

Light refreshments will be provided.

RSVP: https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=usindo&id=2

Sponsored by the Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA) and the United States-Indonesia Society (USINDO)

Monday, October 15, 2012
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

The European Union and International Organizations in a Time of Crisis


François Rivasseau, Minister Plenipotentiary, Deputy Head of Delegation of The European Union to the US, Member of the Advisory Board on Disarmament of the UN Secretary General, and Former French Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva

Introduction by:
Romuald Sciora, Director of the French American Global Forum and author of the book Planet UN

Moderated by:
Harvey Feigenbaum, IERES

Mr. Rivasseau will discuss the relationship between the EU and other international organizations, such as the UN, NATO, the World Bank, and the IMF, during this time of crisis. He will also assess the place of the EU in the new global order.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/rivasseau

Sponsored by the IERES, Le Monde Diplomatique, the French-American Global Forum, and the United Nations Association National Capital Area

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street, NW

The GW Crowdsourcing Seminar Series


Manuel Cebrian, Assistant Research Scientist of Computer Science and Engineering, University of California San Diego

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

The GW crowdsourcing seminar is a monthly event that will consider the ideas, methods and accomplishments of crowdsourcing in depth. The second meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 16 in Room 505 of the Elliott School (1957 E Street). Featuring Manuel Cebrian of UCSD, the event will cover self-organized crowds. Based on his experience with such events as the DARPA Red Balloon Challenge, the DARPA Shredder Challenge, and the 2012 Department of State Tag Challenge, Manuel will discuss the power of crowds for searching and his concerns for the limits of crowdsourcing.

Light refreshments will be served

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/crowdsem

Sponsored by The Center for International Science and Technology Policy

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Continental Ballroom, Third Floor
Marvin Center, 800 21st Street, NW

APSIA International Affairs Graduate School Fair


The Elliott School is hosting an APSIA graduate school fair in DC on Tuesday.  Prospective graduate students can meet admissions officers and alumni from 25 professional schools of international affairs at leading universities including American, Columbia, George Washington, Georgetown, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Princeton, Sciences Po, and Tufts .  Discuss admissions requirements, financial aid, joint degree programs, and career opportunities.

This event is free and open to the public.

RSVP: http://apsiadc.eventbrite.com

Sponsored by the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

City View Room, 7th Floor
1957 E Street NW

Distinguished Women in International Affairs and Security Policy Forum: U.S. National Security and Defense Priorities in a Time of Austerity


Michèle Flournoy, Former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy; Co-founder, Center for a New American Security

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/flournoy

Sponsored by the Distinguished Women in International Affairs series, Security Policy Forum, and the Global Gender Forum

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street NW

Nuclear Policy Talks: Energy Multiplier Module (EM^2) - Advancing the Nuclear Fuel Cycle through Technology Innovations


Robert Schleicher, Senior Physicist, General Atomics

In order to achieve long-term energy security in an environmentally acceptable manner, fission technology needs to make further advances in the areas of lower financial risk, better resource utilization, and reduced volumes of high-level waste. Without such progress, these concerns may be limiting factors in the exploitation of this vital resource. "Convert & burn" fast reactors offer the potential for advances in each of these areas without the specter of increased proliferation risk that accompanies breeder reactor concepts. An example is the Energy Multiplier Module (EM^2), a helium-cooled compact fast reactor that augments its fissile fuel load with either depleted uranium (DU) or used nuclear fuel (UNF). A novel physics design results in a convert and burn in-situ operating mode results in a core predicted to last 30 years without the need to add or shuffle fuel. The reactor design has been carefully optimized to achieve a safe, economically affordable and proliferation-resistant energy source.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/schleicher

Sponsored by the Nuclear Policy Talks series and the Institute for Nuclear Studies

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Insurgent Violence in the North Caucasus: Pathways and Trajectories Explaining Insurgent Participation


Jean-François Ratelle, University of Ottawa

This talk will analyze the recent upsurge of violence in the North Caucasus. By looking at the different pathways and processes leading to insurgent participation, the speaker will use the case of the Republic of Dagestan to identify the crucial micro-dynamics of violence in the region.
 
Jean-François Ratelle completed his Ph.D. at the University of Ottawa in 2012. His main research interests include the micro-dynamics of violence, civil wars, terrorism, Islamic radicalization, the North Caucasus, and the Balkans. He conducted 13 months of ethnographical research in Russia including 6 months in the North Caucasus (Dagestan, Chechnya, and Kabardino-Balkaria).

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/ratelle

Sponsored by the Institute of European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies and the United Nations Association National Capital Area

Thursday, October 18, 2012
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street, NW

Strategies of Multinational Negotiations and Policy Advocacy: Ukraine's Experience


Roman Moskalyk, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv

As Ukraine becomes integrated into a variety of multinational, inter-governmental organizations, it must find the best way to pursue its interests through negotiations and policy advocacy. Developing effective strategies for multinational negotiations and public advocacy presents considerable academic and policy challenges for the country. This talk will address the following questions in the context of Ukraines current foreign policy: What bargaining and/or advocacy strategy should Ukraine adopt? Should the country pursue a policy of openness or close its borders? What resources are available for efficient negotiations and policy advocacy?

Part of IERES' Visiting Scholar Roundtable and Petrach Program on Ukraine

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/moskalyk

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

Thursday, October 18, 2012
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Global Gender Forum: Wall Street Women: An Ethnographic View


Melissa S. Fisher, Visiting Scholar, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University

Melissa Fisher draws on fieldwork, archival research, and extensive interviews with a very successful cohort of first-generation Wall Street women. She charts the evolution of the womens careers, the growth of their political and economic clout, changes in the cultural climate on Wall Street, and their experiences of the 2008 financial collapse.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/wallstreet

Sponsored by the Global Gender Program and the Culture in Global Affairs Program

Friday, October 19, 2012
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

Innovation and Opportunity in Russia -- A Telecom's Perspective


Michael Hecker, Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development, Mobile TeleSystems

This presentation will cover Russia's current economic and social landscape, highlighting opportunities for the region and the effects of the recent WTO accession. It will delve into the country's digital landscape -- more specifically, its digital economy and what connectivity looks like in a nation that spans nine different time zones. Mobile TeleSystems ("MTS") has been called one of the top brands in Russia. That said, the speaker will lay out how this market leader fosters innovation -- market, product, and otherwise -- while servicing 100 million subscribers in six CIS countries. The talk will conclude with an overview of what it is like for foreign professionals starting or continuing their careers in Russia.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/Hecker

Sponsored by the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES)

Monday, October 22, 2012
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Jack Morton Auditorium
GW School of Media and Public Affairs, 805 21st Street NW

Decision 2012: The Foreign Policy Debate


Moderated by:
Doug Wilson, Former Senior Pentagon Spokesman; Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs

Richard Engel, Chief Foreign Correspondent, NBC News

Anne Gearan, National Security Correspondent, Washington Post

Susan Glasser, Editor, Foreign Policy

Noah Shachtman, Contributing Editor, WIRED

Join us at the Jack Morton Auditorium for pre-debate insight from four of America's most respected and experienced national security correspondents — and immediately following, for the final presidential debate.

7:30 PM - 8:00 PM Reception
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Panel Discussion
9:00 PM - 10:30 PM Debate Watch
10:30 PM - 11:00 PM Analysis and Closing Remarks

RSVP: http://smpadecision2012.eventbrite.com/

Sponsored by the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Kendrick Seminar Room, 4th Floor, Monroe Hall of Government
2115 G Street NW

Expanding Access to Micro Credit: The Role of Collateralized Loans


William Jack, Associate Professor of Economics, Georgetown University

RSVP: http://tiny.cc/tradedevelopment2012-13

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

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Middle East Policy Forum: Jordan in the Crosshairs


Marwan Al-Muashar, Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Former Deputy Prime Minister, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Curtis Ryan, Associate Professor of Political Science, Appalachian State University

Moderated by:
Ambassador Edward Skip Gnehm , Director, Middle East Policy Forum

Although the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has so far weathered the region's political upheaval, rising domestic unrest combined with regional pressure stemming from the Syrian conflict pose serious challenges to Jordan's stability. The panelists will discuss the internal and external pressures shaping Jordans contentious political process, assessing the prospects of political reform and potential for greater unrest.

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

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/mepf10-23

Sponsored by the Institute for Middle East Studies and the Middle East Policy Forum

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Burma in Transition: Climate Wise Development and Sustainable Finance


Linda Yarrk, Director, Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA), Sigur Center for Asian Studies, GW

Christina Fink, Associate Professor of Practice of International Development, GW

Win Myo Thu, Director, ECODEV, Burma's Leading Environmental NGO

Maureen Aung-Thwin, Director, Southeast Asia Initiative, Open Society Foundations

Jenny Springer, Senior Director, People and Conservation, WWF

Wynn Thane, Senior Regional Program Officer, PACT

Alessandro Pio, Resident Director General, North American Representative Office, Asian Development Bank

Keiichiro Nakazawa, Chief Representative, Japan International Cooperation Agency, USA Office

Liane Schalatek, Heinrich Boell Foundation, North American Office

The unprecedented political and economic changes underway in Burma present new opportunities to improve the livelihoods of the Burmese peoplelifting them out of a half-century of isolation.  Nonetheless, as Burma opens it will be faced with a host of new challenges. It is critical that all stakeholders be involved in developing policies that balance the exigencies of economic development and environmental sustainability within the context of climate change. The Symposium will bring together experts and practitioners to discuss the current situation on the ground and share their suggestions for the future of Burma.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/burmatransition

Sponsored by the Partnership for International Strategies in Asia and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

Reporting from Russia: A Firsthand Account


Julia Ioffe, Staff Writer, The New Republic

When I first arrived in Moscow, in September 2009, I expected to hate it, as any good child of Soviet refugees would. I also expected it to be the wildest, most exciting place to cover as a journalist. In three years, I found out that neither prediction came to pass.<br/>
Julia Ioffe is a staff writer at <i>The New Republic</i>, which she joined after three years of covering Russia for <i>Foreign Policy</i> and <i>The New Yorker</i>. Ioffe was born in Moscow and emigrated with her family in 1990. She studied Soviet History at Princeton University.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/ioffe

Sponsored by part of IERES

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

The 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis: Lessons Learned


Graham T. Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Author, Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis

Moderated by:
Michael E. Brown, Dean, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

6:00 PM - 7:15 PM Discussion
7:15 PM - 8:00 PM Reception

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/allison

Sponsored by the Elliott School of International Affairs, the Institute for Security and Conflicts Studies, and the Security Policy Forum

Thursday, October 25, 2012
12:30 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Global Gender Forum: Migrant Women Workers in Southeast Asia: Challenges, Programs and Best Practices


Keynote:
Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large, Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues, U.S. Department of State

Jackie Pollock, Executive Director, MAP Foundation

Mai Mai Twe, Women's Exchange Coordinator, MAP Foundation

Malu Marin, Executive Director, ACHIEVE

Wenchi Yu, Senior Policy Advisor, Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues, U.S. Department of State

Tim Ryan, Regional Program Director for Asia, Solidarity Center

Jeffrey Wheeler, International Relations Officer, Bureau of International Labor Affairs, US Department of Labor

Christina Fink, Professor of Practice of International Affairs, GW

Ariana Rabindranath, Associate Director, Global Gender Program, GW

Reception to follow

RSVP: http://bit.ly/PElTyX

Sponsored by the Global Gender Program, part of the Institute for Global and International Studies

Thursday, October 25, 2012
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Suite 605
1957 E Street NW

Playing with Fire: Pakistan at War with Itself


Pamela Constable, Foreign Correspondent and Former Deputy Foreign Editor, The Washington Post

RSVP: security@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the Security Policy Studies program

Thursday, October 25, 2012
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street, NW

Politics and Energy: The Norwegian Cure for Dutch Disease


Siri Holland, Political Adviser, Norwegian Parliament

Norway offers an example of how brave political decision-making can make non-renewable energy incomes last for generations. Today, the Government Pension Fund of Norway holds $594 billion and continues to grow. This talk will analyze the details behind this success story.

Part of IERES' Visiting Scholars Roundtable Series

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/holland

Sponsored by the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies and the United Nations Association National Capital Area

Thursday, October 25, 2012
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Thinking Through US-China Relations: A Conversation with Amitai Etzioni and David Shambaugh


David Shambaugh, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, GW

Amitai Etzioni, Professor of International Affairs, GW

Moderated by:
Robert Sutter, Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, GW

Professors Amitai Etzioni and David Shambaugh will engage in a discussion on various issues regarding China and U.S-China relations.  Professor Etzioni is author of the forthcoming book, <i>Hot Spots: American Foreign Policy in a Post-Human Rights World</i>. Professor Shambaugh is author of the recently released book, <i>Tangled Titans: The United States and China</i>.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/ChinaConversation

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Friday, October 26, 2012
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM

State Room, 7th Floor
1957 E Street NW

The Global Cuban Missile Crisis - New Evidence, 50 Years On


The Elliott School of International Affairs will host an all-day symposium to spotlight new evidence on the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis on the occasion of the event's 50th anniversary.  Underlining the global theme, leading scholars will present new findings on the closest trip to the thermonuclear brink from US, Soviet, Cuban, and other archives from around the world, ranging from East Asia to Europe to Latin America. Organized in conjunction with the appearance of a special issue of the Woodrow Wilson Center's Cold War International History Project Bulletin, the event will include presentations by authors of important new and recent books on the crisis, such as Michael Dobbs (<i>One Minute to Midnight</i>), Timothy Naftali (<i>One Hell of a Gamble</i>), David Coleman (<i>The Fourteenth Day</i>), and Svetlana Savranskaya (<i>The Soviet Cuban Missile Crisis</i>), and by leading scholars such as Mark Kramer (Harvard) and Sergey Radchenko (Nottingham/Ningbo) with the latest materials from Russian and Chinese sources.  The event begins at 9:00 am and will conclude — after a Cuban-style reception sponsored by the National Security Archive — with an evening showing of a new documentary on the crisis.<br/><br/>
See the full program here: <a href="http://go.gwu.edu/gcmcprogram">http://go.gwu.edu/gcmcprogram</a>

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/gcmc

Sponsored by the Nuclear Policy Talks, the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, the History Department, the National Security Archive, and CWIHP

Monday, October 29, 2012
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street, NW

Canadian Speaker Series: Governance & Diplomacy


Christian Ranger, First Secretary, Embassy of Canada in Washington

Stephen Baranyi, Associate Professor of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa.

The third session of our four-part speaker series on Canadian Perspectives on Hemispheric Issues

This event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP: lasp@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the Latin America and Hemispheric Studies Program and the Embassy of Canada

Monday, October 29, 2012
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Harry Harding Auditorium, Room 213
1957 E Street NW

Diplomacy in Conflict: A Panel Discussion of U.S. Foreign Policy in Times of Crisis


Ambassador Edward Gnehm, U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait, 1991-1994

Ambassador David Shinn, U.S. Ambassador to Somalia 1992-1993; Ethiopia, 1996-1999

Patricia Lacina, Department of State, Egypt, 2008-2011

In the wake of the tragedies at the U.S. outposts in Libya and Egypt, this event will serve as an opportunity to examine what goes on inside embassies and consulates during times of crisis. The panelists will discuss their experiences in the Foreign Service, the communication flow from leadership to staff on the ground, and other realities of diplomacy in conflict zones.

7:00 PM - 7:30 PM Pre-reception
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Discussion

RSVP: www.tinyurl.com/DPEdiplomacy

Sponsored by Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Sorority

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

CANCELED
Central Asia Program Security Workshop


Paul Poletes, Deputy Director, Office of Central Asian Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Cory Welt, IERES, GWU

Marlene Laruelle, IERES, GWU

Georges Gavrilis, Hollings Center for International Dialogue

Jeffrey Mankoff, CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program

Neil Melvin, SIPRI

Sean Roberts, GWU

Alexander Cooley, Barnard College, Columbia University

Eric McGlinchey, George Mason University

Erica Marat, American University

Marta Ruedas, Deputy Director, Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, UNDP

Johannes Linn, Emerging Markets Forum, Brookings Institution

Sebastien Peyrouse, IERES, GWU

Gael Raballand, World Bank; Institute Choiseul, Paris

Noah Tucker, Registan.net

Members are exiting from Afghanistan at different speeds, dictated by pressures from their domestic public opinions. Meanwhile, U.S. plans for the region remain clouded by the presidential elections and a reluctance to commit to a long-term presence in wider Central Asia. Afghanistans neighbors though, especially Central Asians, are unable to act collectively. All of these factors have re-launched debates on the security of the region. In the years to come, the post-2014 changes in the regional landscape will intersect with domestic evolutions including changes in political leadership, in demographics, and the end of the Soviet legacy.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/CAP-SecurityWS

Sponsored by the Central Asia Program

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Kendrick Seminar Room, 4th Floor, Monroe Hall of Government
2115 G Street NW

CANCELED
Fixed Costs, Network Effects, and the International Diffusion of Containerization


Gisela Rua, Economist, Research and Statistics Division, Industrial Output Section, Federal Reserve Board

RSVP: http://tiny.cc/tradedevelopment2012-13

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

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Harry Harding Auditorium, Room 213
1957 E Street NW

CANCELED
Nuclear Policy Talks: The Cuban Missile Crisis: Fifty Years On


Ambassador Rose Gottemoeller, Acting Undersecretary of State for Nonproliferation and International Security

Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States

Ambassadors Gottemoeller and Kislyak will discuss arms control over the last fifty years since the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Reception to follow

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/CMC

Sponsored by the Nuclear Policy Talks

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

CANCELED
Steps Towards Recovery: Ireland's Economic and Foreign Policy Priorities


Michael Collins, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States

Ambassador Michael Collins will make a brief presentation on the progress which Ireland has made to date towards completing its economic recovery, on current Irish foreign policy priorities and on Ireland-US relations. He will be prepared to address questions from the audience.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/ireland

Sponsored by the Ambassadors Forum, IERES' Eurasian Leadership Series, and the International Affairs Society

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

City View Room, 7th Floor
1957 E Street NW

CANCELED
The Research Agenda for Sustainable Development


Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute, Columbia University; Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals; Director, United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Sustainable Development is emerging as the defining challenge of our generation, and it will critically require a new kind of interaction between policy and research. The Sustainable Development Forum is a series of talks by leaders in academia and in policy which will attempt to set the research agenda for sustainable development following the Rio +20 conference.
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What will sustainable development entail? What are the most crucial questions we need to be asking? How should academia go about searching for answers that will actually inform real action and policy changes?

RSVP: go.gwu.edu/iieppolicyforums1213 by RSVP by Wednesday, October 24th.

Sponsored by the Institute for International Economic Policy, GW Institute for Sustainability, and planetFORWARD