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November 2012

Thursday, November 1, 2012
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Ukraine's 2012 Parliamentary Elections


Taras Kuzio, Former Visiting Professor, IERES

Robert Orttung, Assistant Director, IERES

Olena Rybiy, I. F. Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies (Ukraine)

Ukraine's October 28th, 2012 parliamentary elections will determine the next steps in the consolidation or further deterioration of democracy in the country.  This presentation will provide an analysis of the elections in their immediate aftermath and place the Ukrainian elections within the broader trends evolving across Eurasia.

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

Sponsored by part of the IERES' Petrach Program on Ukraine

Thursday, November 1, 2012
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Democracy Prevention: The Politics of the U.S.-Egyptian Alliance - A Conversation with Jason Brownlee


Jason Brownlee, Associate Professor, Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Brownlee will be discussing his new book, <i>Democracy Prevention: The Politics of the U.S.-Egyptian Alliance</i>.

A wine reception and book signing will follow. A limited number of books will be available to GW students.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/9bgsmbg

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

Saturday, November 3, 2012
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Room 108
Phillips Hall

Fading Titans: A Simulation of the Obstacles of a Post-Castro Cuba


It has been half a century since the Cuban Missile Crisis and full imposition of the U.S. embargo on Cuba and both the Castro regime in Cuba and U.S. policy towards the island have changed only minimally. However, as the revolutionary leadership of Cuba ages and other factors force changes in domestic policy the very stable, but repressive politics and society of the island are beginning to shift. In turn, U.S. policies towards Cuba have shifted both in response to changes in across the Straits of Florida and in American domestic politics. Participants will grapple with serious questions of U.S. national interest, develop policies to pursue the decided upon objectives, and attempt to determine optimal responses to a variety of crisis situations. Other participants may find themselves learning to balance partisan politics with prudent policy making. Finally, some participants will take an outside view of policy world advocating through non-governmental organizations or covering and critiquing it as members of the press.

Online registration is not required (walk-ins welcome), but highly encouraged for optimal position assignment.
Any questions can be directed to gwuscs@gmail.com.

RSVP: https://docs.google.com/a/gwmail.gwu.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEtTeXBFQXplbC1PU3Q4OHhjMzB3Y0E6MA#gid=0

Sponsored by the GW Strategic Crisis Simulations

Monday, November 5, 2012
6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Turkey in the Middle East: Role, Influence, and Challenges


Ömer Taşpinar, Professor, National War College; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Bulent Aliriza, Director and Senior Associate, Turkey Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies

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

Under the leadership of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoan, Turkey is a major player in the Middle East.  Turkeys active involvement in the Syrian crisis, rivalry with Iran, and outspoken advocacy of Palestinian statehood place Turkey at the center of regional events.  The panelists will examine Turkeys rising role in the region, addressing regional opportunities as well as domestic politics.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/mepf11-05

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

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Kendrick Seminar Room, Room 321
2115 G St. NW

Aiding Conflict: The Impact of U.S. Food Aid on Civil War


Nathan Nunn, Professor of Economics, Harvard University; Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research

This paper examines the effect of U.S. food aid on conflict in recipient countries. To establish a causal relationship, we exploit time variation in food aid caused by fluctuations in U.S. wheat production together with cross-sectional variation in a countrys tendency to receive any food aid from the United States. Our estimates show that an increase in U.S. food aid increases the incidence, onset and duration of civil conflicts in recipient countries. Our results suggest that the effects are larger for smaller scale civil conflicts. No effect is found on interstate warfare.

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

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

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street NW

Fostering Women's Empowerment in Colombia


Adeline Vargas del Castillo, Director and Founder, EtniaVerda

Mary Carmen Nieto Ariza, Network of Afro-Caribbean Women

Rebecca Reichert, Director of Development, Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas

A panel discussion hosted by Latin American & Hemispheric Studies and the Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas (FAVACA).

RSVP: lasp@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the LAHSP and the Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

State Room, 7th Floor
1957 E Street NW

Innovation for a Secure Future


Raymond O. Johnson, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Lockheed Martin Corporation

The Center for International Science and Technology Policy presents a Science and Technology Policy Seminar Series Lecture. Dr. Ray O Johnson will discuss the relationships between universities and industry and the importance of both for a secure future.

A light lunch will be provided.

RSVP: cistp@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the Center for International Science and Technology Policy

Thursday, November 8, 2012
10:00 AM - 11:45 AM

City View Room, 7th Floor
1957 E Street NW

A Conversation with Jane Harman


Jane Harman, President and CEO, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Former US Congresswoman

Jane Harman resigned from Congress February 28, 2011 to join the Woodrow Wilson Center as its first female Director, President, and CEO. Representing the aerospace center of California during nine terms in Congress, she served on all the major security committees: six years on Armed Services, eight years on Intelligence, and four on Homeland Security. She has made numerous Congressional fact-finding missions to hotspots around the world including North Korea, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Guantanamo Bay to assess threats against the U.S. In 2012, she was named one of the 50 most influential democrats on foreign policy by <i>Foreign Policy</i> magazine.

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Reception
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Program

Open to the public.

RSVP: http://bit.ly/Van927

Sponsored by the Institute for Global and International Studies (IGIS) and Public Affairs

Thursday, November 8, 2012
12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

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

Visiting Scholar Roundtable: Evaluation of China's Public Diplomacy in the United States


Ke-ming Yen, Visiting Scholar, Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Sigur Center visiting scholar, Ke-ming Yen will present his research findings on the topic of "Evaluation of China's Public Diplomacy in the United States." To match its newly acquired major power status, China is trying to use public diplomacy to present itself as a responsible, upstanding nation. Mr. Yen's research will evaluate the effects of China's public diplomacy in the United States and argue that due to differences in political systems and values, China's public diplomacy has only limited success in the U.S.

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

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Thursday, November 8, 2012
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Workshop Nomadic Life Styles and Narratives in Kazakhstan: Then and Now


Saule Satayeva, Central State Archive of Cinema and Photography Almaty, Kazakhstan

Sean Roberts, Director, International Development Studies, GW

Marlene Laruelle, Director, Central Asia Program, GW

Daniel Rogers, Smithsonian Institute

Michael Rouland, Georgetown University

Zhanara Nauruzbayeva, Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Columbia University

Nomadism has been a key aspect of culture in the Eurasian space, especially on the Kazakh steppes, throughout the centuries. The Russian colonization and the Soviet Union drastically transformed the Kazakh society in the 19th and 20th century. Since independence in 1991, the legacy of nomadism has been rehabilitated by the political authorities in their nation building schemes. The society has also participated in reconstructing symbols of the nomadic past: they have become objects of memory and research, but also objects of artistic inspiration, and commercial branding. This workshop invites a team of experts to discuss the contemporary use of the concept of nomadism from various angles.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/nomads11-2

Sponsored by the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, Central Asia Program, and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in the Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, November 8, 2012
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street NW

Queer China 'Comrade' China: Film Screening and Discussion with Chinese Queer Film Director Cui Zi'en


Cui Zi'en, Director; Gay Activist in Beijing

<i>Queer China, 'Comrade' China</i> documents the changes and developments in Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender culture that have taken place in China over the last 80 years. Unlike any before, this film explores the historical milestones and ongoing advocacy efforts of the Chinese LGBT community. Cui Zi'en will be in attendance for the film screening and will be available for a short Q&A after the film.

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

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, the GW Global China Connection, The GW Women's Studies Program, and GW Allied in Pride

Thursday, November 8, 2012
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Harry Harding Auditorium, Room 213
1957 E Street NW

Afghanistan 2014: What Happens Next? - A Discussion with the Former Ambassador of Afghanistan, Said Tayeb Jawad


Said Tayeb Jawad, Former Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States

The former Ambassador of Afghanistan will speak on the future of Afghanistan after the U.S. withdrawal.

RSVP: www.tinyurl.com/DPEafghan2014

Sponsored by the Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Sorority and the GWU Afghan Student Association

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Public Diplomacy in the Next Four Years: A Post-Election Look at American Strategies and Priorities for Engaging with the World


Ambassador James Glassman, Former Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs

Judith McHale, Former Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs

Paul Foldi, Senior Professional Staff Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

P.J. Crowley, Former Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs

The upcoming U.S. presidential election may have a dramatic impact on American foreign policy. On November 13, an experienced panel of international affairs experts will gather at the George Washington University to discuss the course of U.S. Public Diplomacy for the next four years.

RSVP: http://ow.ly/eWkpK

Sponsored by the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication (IPDGC)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

A New Deal? Renegotiating Civil-Military Relations in Egypt


Yezid Sayigh, Senior Associate, Carnegie Middle East Center (Beirut)

A light lunch will be served.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/8b8lh9b

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

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Monroe Hall of Government, Kendrick Seminar Room, Room 321
2115 G Street NW

The Positive Effect of Labor Mobility Restrictions on Human Capital Accumulation in China


Yao Pan, Teaching Assistant, Department of Economics, GW

The Hukou system restricted most rural-urban migration in China for over 50 years. Under this system, rural residents could permanently migrate to urban areas by acquiring higher education. In this paper, I test the hypothesis that mobility restrictions, combined with selective migration policies, encouraged education. The test is based on an extension of the Regression Discontinuity Design that allows it to work when individual treatment status is missing but the aggregate proportion treated is available. Findings suggest that human capital accumulation for rural residents decreased sharply when mobility restrictions were removed in 1998. This effect is bigger for males and for those getting urban identity from relatively rich areas.

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

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

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street NW

GW Crowdsourcing Seminar Series


Michael Bernstein, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University

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

The GW crowdsourcing seminar is a monthly event that will consider the ideas, methods, and accomplishments of crowdsourcing in depth. The third meeting features Michael Bernstein of Stanford University, who will cover his research in human-computer interaction that embeds crowd work into interactive systems, designs social computing systems, and mines crowd data for interactive applications.

Light refreshments will be served.

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

Sponsored by the Center for International Science and Technology Policy

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lidner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Graduate Student Open House


Michael E. Brown, Dean, Elliott School of International Affairs

Jeff Miles, Director of Graduate Admissions, GW

Angella Griffin, Director of 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.

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.

Please RSVP for one of the open house events online at go.gwu.edu/openhouse

Sponsored by the Elliott School of International Affairs

RSVP: go.gwu.edu/november

Sponsored by the Elliott School Office of Graduate Admissions

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

A Conversation with Francois Delattre, Ambassador of France to the United States


Francois Delattre, Ambassador of France to the United States

Among other timely topics, Ambassador Delattre will share his views on emerging opportunities in French-U.S. and Europe-U.S. relations.

Part of IERES' Eurasian Leadership Series

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

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

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

The Real Exchange Rate, the Real Interest Rate, and Risk Premium


Charles Engel, Professor of Economics, University of Wisconsin, Madison

The well-known uncovered interest parity puzzle arises from the empirical regularity that, among developed country pairs, the high interest rate country tends to have high expected returns on its short term bonds. At the same time, another strand of the literature has documented that high real interest rate
countries tend to have currencies that are strong in real terms  indeed, stronger than can be accounted for by the path of expected real interest differentials under uncovered interest parity. These two strands  one concerning short-run expected changes and the other concerning the level of the real exchange rate  have apparently contradictory implications for the relationship of the foreign exchange risk premium and interest-rate differentials. This paper documents the puzzle, and shows that it poses a challenge for asset pricing models. The features of a model that might reconcile the findings are discussed.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/iieppolicyforums1213

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

Thursday, November 15, 2012
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Protest and Rebellion in the Middle East


Wendy Pearlman, Crown Junior Chair in Middle East Studies and Assistant Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University

Jillian Schwedler, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

David Patel, Assistant Professor, Department of Government, Cornell University

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

Three leading political scientists will discuss opportunities, resources, and emotions in regional social protest movements.

A light lunch will be served.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/8popwsr

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

Thursday, November 15, 2012
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Politics and Power in the Maghreb: Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco from Independence to the Arab Spring - A Conversation with Michael Willis


Michael Willis, University Research Lecturer and King Mohamed VI Fellow in Moroccan and Mediterranean Studies, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford

Professor Willis will be discussing his new book, <i>Politics and Power in the Maghreb: Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco from Independence to the Arab Spring</i>.

A wine reception and book signing will follow. A limited number of books will be available to GW students.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/cdy7wmq

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

Monday, November 19, 2012
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street NW

Planting Now: Revitalizing Agriculture for Reconstruction and Development in Haiti


Robert E. Maguire, Director, Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program

Marc J. Cohen, Senior Researcher, Oxfam America

Eugenio Diaz-Bonilla, Inter-American Development Bank

Planting Now, Oxfam Americas new publication on agriculture in Haiti, argues that rural Haiti has suffered three decades of crisis and institutional neglect. For this reason, there is a strong consensus that agriculture must play a central role in Haitis post-earthquake reconstruction. Please join us for a discussion of these issues.

Bring your lunch. Dessert and soft drinks will be provided.

RSVP: lasp@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the Latin American and Hemispheric Studies program and Oxfam America

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Taiwan Roundtable - Taiwan and the Diaoyutai Islands: Historical and Regional Perspectives


Robert Sutter, Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, GW

Michael Yahuda, Visiting Scholar, Professorial Lecturer, GW

Steven Phillips, Professor of History, Towson University

This Taiwan Roundtable will include a discussion on the uses of history in competing claims over the Diaoyutai Islands. The issue will be discussed in the context of Taiwanese President Ma Yingjeous East China Sea Peace Initiative.

Lunch will be provided before the discussion.

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

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Monroe Hall of Government, Kendrick Seminar Room, Room 321
2115 G St. NW

The Dynamic Response to Trade Policy


Lucas Threinen, Associate Professor of Accounting, Fox School of Business, Temple University

This is a Trade and Development Workshop.

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

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

Monday, November 26, 2012
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Leadership Change in China: Its Effects in East Asia and Relations with the U.S.


Christopher K. Johnson, Senior Adviser and Freeman Chair in China Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Mr. Christopher Johnson, current senior adviser and Freeman Chair in China Studies in the Center for Strategic and International Studies as well as a former senior China analyst in the Central Intelligence Agency, will be coming to George Washington University to speak on China-US relations now that the new leadership of the Chinese Communist Party has been announced. He will analyze post-18th Party Congress China and the changes that will affect the United States and other nations in East Asia, such as China's relations with North Korea, Japan, and Korea. The speaking event and the question and answer session will be moderated by Professor Edward McCord, the Director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. Please email Rosa Kim at <a href="mailto:academic@gwias.com">academic@gwias.com</a> for any questions.

RSVP: https://docs.google.com/a/gwmail.gwu.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEU3OXpxQ3QyRVpIcHQ4Ymd5TVJyNWc6MQ

Sponsored by the GW International Affairs Society and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Trade in Your Rights: Russia's Circuitous March to Democracy


Pavel Khodorkovsky, Co-Founder, Enertiv; President, Institute of Modern Russia

Pavel Khodorkovsky will discuss the current human rights situation in Russia and the importance of supporting the emerging civil society there. Although he cannot return to Russia for fear of endangering his father, famed political prisoner, businessman, and author Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Pavel maintains close relationships with many Russian opposition leaders and will relate his thoughts on the current political and socio-economic situation - and how the U.S. presidential election will affect policy toward Russia. He will also elaborate on what Americans can do to help support Russia on its journey to modernization and democracy.

Part of IERES Behind the Headlines Series

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

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

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

2012 Elliott School Faculty Book Party


Please join us for a wine and cheese reception in honor of our faculty members who have published books this year. Come meet the authors and congratulate them on their recent accomplishments!

Participating authors' books will be available for sale and signing at this event. Participating authors include:

Albert Teich - Technology and the Future, 12th Edition
Alexander Huang - World Literature and World Theatre: Aesthetic Humanism in Cultural Globalization
Amitai Etzioni - Hot Spots: American Foreign Policy in a Post-Human-Rights World
Barbara D. Miller - Cultural Anthropology, 7th Edition
Daqing Yang - Toward a History Beyond Borders
Deepa M. Ollapally - Worldviews of Aspiring Powers: Domestic Foreign Policy Debates in China, India, Iran, Japan, and Russia
Dorina Bekoe - Voting in Fear: Electoral Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa 
Henry Nau - Worldviews of Aspiring Powers: Domestic Foreign Policy Debates in China, India, Iran, Japan, and Russia
Hossein Askari - Conflicts and Wars: Their Prevention and Fallout
James G. Hershberg - Marigold: The Lost Chance for Peace in Vietnam
Robert Shepherd - Heritage, Tourism, and Governance in China: Managing the Past to Serve the Present
Robert Sutter - Chinese Foreign Relations: Power and Policy since the Cold War, Third Edition
Shoko Hamano - Intermediate Japanese
Stephen B. Kaplan - Globalization and Austerity Politics in Latin America
Zachary Kaufman - Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities: Changing Our World

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/bookparty2012

Sponsored by the Elliott School of International Affairs

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Harry Harding Auditorium, Room 213
1957 E Street NW

Nuclear Policy Talks: The Cuban Missile Crisis: 50 Years Later


Rose Gottemoeller, Acting Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security

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

Acting Under Secretary Gottemoeller and Ambassador Kislyak will discuss the implications of the Cuban Missile Crisis on the past 50 years of arms control history.

Reception to follow.

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

Sponsored by the Nuclear Policy Talks Series

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
12:15 PM - 1:45 PM

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

OAS Conversations with Scholars: Knowledge Mobilization in Asia


Linda J. Yarr, Director of Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA)

Linda J. Yarr, director of Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA), will share personal reflections on a career devoted to expanding intellectual exchange with Asian thought leaders; promoting curricular and pedagogical innovation in international affairs education; and fostering leadership development for policy dialogue on emerging global issues.

Only open to GW students, faculty, and staff.

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

Sponsored by the Organization of Asian Studies

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street NW

The Separation of Church and State in Three National Contexts: Russia, France, and Poland


Elizabeth K. Cassidy, Deputy Director for Policy and Research, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

Catherine Cosman, Senior Policy Analyst, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

Filip Mazurczak, Graduate Student, International Affairs, GW

RSVP: peers@gwu.edu

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

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

Book Event: We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust


Ellen Cassedy, Author

Ellen Cassedy, the author of <i>We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust</i> (University of Nebraska Press, March 2012), tells the story of her personal journey into the Jewish heartland of Lithuania — the land of her Jewish forebears — and explores how Lithuania today is engaging with its Nazi and Soviet past.  Probing the terrain of memory and moral dilemmas, Cassedy asks: Can we honor our diverse heritages without perpetuating the fears and hatreds of the past?  Her book shines a spotlight on fragile efforts toward mutual understanding, and carries a cautious message of hope.

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

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

Thursday, November 29, 2012
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street NW

Challenges and Opportunities of the Changing Climate: the Russian Perspective


Oleg Anisimov, Professor of Physical Geography, Hydrological Institute (Russia)

This presentation will lay out the climate changes that have occurred in Russia so far. It will define the critical climate thresholds beyond which the environmental impacts require adaptation and examine what they mean for Russia in socio-economic terms. In this regard, the speaker will talk about the interplay of potential climate-related benefits and threats for Russia. The talk will conclude with the geopolitical implications of the climate impacts, particularly associated with the changes in the Arctic, including the fight for the Arctic shelf, remilitarization of the Arctic, etc.

Part of IERES Arctic Working Group Series.

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

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

Thursday, November 29, 2012
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street, NW

Canadian Perspectives on Hemispheric Issues: Environment, Energy, and the Arctic


Catherine Godin, Counsellor of Environment and Energy, Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC

Sebastian Tirado, Arctic specialist, Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC

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

Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP: lasp@gwu.edu

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

Thursday, November 29, 2012
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

Harry Harding Auditorium, Room 213
1957 E Street NW

Book Event: America's Other Army: The U.S. Foreign Service and 21st Century Diplomacy


Nicholas Kralev, Author

<i>America's Other Army</i> humanizes the mysterious profession of international diplomacy, which has undergone a dramatic transformation since September 11, 2001. Having visited more than 50 embassies and interviewed about 600 American diplomats, the author reveals a Foreign Service whose diversity and professional versatility have shattered old perceptions and redefined modern diplomacy. But he also depicts a service not fully equipped to address the complex challenges of the 21st century.<br/><br/>

Nicholas Kralev is an author, journalist, and lecturer on diplomacy, international affairs, and global travel. Formerly a correspondent for the <i>Financial Times</i> and <i>Washington Times</i>, he has written extensively on U.S. diplomacy and foreign affairs. He is also the founder and CEO of Kralev International LLC, an air travel consulting and training company.

A limited number of books are available for GW students.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/mepf11-29

Sponsored by the Middle East Policy Forum (MEPF) and the Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Fraternity and Sorority

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

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Nuclear Policy Talks: Etel Solingen on Sanctions, Statecraft, and Nonproliferation


Etel Solingen, Chancellor's Professor of Political Science, UC Irvine

Dr. Solingen will speak on her new book, <i>Sanctions, Statecraft, and Nonproliferation</i>.

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

Sponsored by the Nuclear Policy Talks Series

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

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

Territorial Politics and Health Inequalities in France


Julia Lynch, University of Pennsylvania

Julia F. Lynch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, where she has taught since 2001. Her research concerns the politics of inequality, social policy, and the economy in comparative perspective, with a focus on Western Europe. She holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelors degree from Harvard University.  Professor Lynch is the author of <i>Age in the Welfare State: The Origins of Social Spending on Pensioners, Workers, and Children</i> (Cambridge 2006).  Lynchs current research agenda is centered on the politics of health in advanced industrialized countries, and is writing a book on the politics of territorial health and health care inequalities in Europe. Another strand of research compares responses to inequalities in income, education, and health care among elites and mass publics in the United States.  Lynch is also researching the links between home mortgage foreclosure and health.

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

Sponsored by Part of the IERES European Politics Series