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December 2012

Saturday, December 1, 2012
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Monroe Hall, Room 113
2115 G Street NW

Fading Titans: A Simulation of the Obstacles of 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 across the Straits of Florida and in American domestic politics. This exercise will focus on the issues both the United States and Cuba will face domestically and internationally as time begins to change the nature of the country and the Castro-led regime.

No previous experience necessary - "Fading Titans" is open to the entire GW community. All questions can be directed to gwuscs@gmail.com.

Registration does not close until the start of the simulation on December 1st, but we highly encourage early registration for optimal position assignment.

RSVP: https://docs.google.com/a/gwmail.gwu.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHR0QWxnaXhLeXFrT2hJb3Q0RF9jbGc6MA#gid=0

Sponsored by the GW Strategic Crisis Simulations

Monday, December 3, 2012
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Nuclear Policy Talks: Chemistry of Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament


Shirley Johnson, Former International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Inspector

This talk will address the chemical and physical techniques used to verify and monitor the Non-Proliferation Treaties around the world.  It will primarily address facilities with chemical processes, with a focus on nuclear reprocessing using Japan's Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant (RRP) as an example.  It also addresses some of the 'chemistry' work that the speaker did in Iraq under Security Council Resolution 687 with the goal of understanding the extent of their nuclear weapons work.  The speaker will also include some of  her work with Princeton University on developing a verification approach for a weapons reprocessing plant under a Fissile Material Cut-Off Treat (FMCT).

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

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

Monday, December 3, 2012
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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

The Research Agenda for Sustainable Development


Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute, Columbia University

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. 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: http://tinyurl.com/bww3xzt

Sponsored by the Institute for International Economic Policy

Monday, December 3, 2012
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Nuclear Policy Talks: A Day in the Life of a Nuclear Watchdog


Shirley Johnson, Former International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Inspector

This talk, aimed at students, focuses on informing the audience about the IAEA and its work in the area of international nuclear safeguards, with a 'peek' into how IAEA inspectors monitor the non-proliferation treaties around the world.  After providing some background information on the IAEA and the implementation of international safeguards, the talk presents the speakers path to becoming an IAEA safeguards inspector and some of her experiences around the world, including Iraq. The talk also provides suggestions of actions that those interested in working for the IAEA might take to become better qualified and to put the IAEA into their career plan.

Specially directed towards students.

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

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

Monday, December 3, 2012
5:30 PM - 7:45 PM

Harry Harding Auditorium, Room 213
1957 E Street NW

Film Screening: A Whisper to a Roar


Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Marc Lynch, Director, Institute for Middle East Studies, GW

Ben Moses, Director, A Whisper to a Roar

<i>A Whisper to a Roar</i> tells the stories of courageous democracy activists in five countries around the world -- Egypt, Malaysia, Ukraine, Venezuela and Zimbabwe. From student leaders to prime ministers and heads of state, these activists share their compelling personal stories of struggle, past and present, with their countries oppressive regimes.

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Documentary Screening
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM Panel Discussion and Q&A
7:45 PM Reception

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

Sponsored by the Elliott School of International Affairs and the Institute for Middle East Studies

Monday, December 3, 2012
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

The Future of U.S. Military Involvement in Afghanistan


Joshua Foust, Fellow, the American Security Project; Author, Afghanistan Journal: Selections from Registan.net

M. Shands Pickett, Stability Operations Advisor, the Department of Defense and the U.S. Agency for International Development

Rebecca Patterson, Assistant Professor, the National Defense University; Lieutenant Colonel, Strategic Planning and Policy, the United States Army

There will be a lightly catered reception directly following the panel discussion. All who attended the discussion are encouraged to stay and take this opportunity to mingle with the panelists and other attendees.

RSVP: http://afghanistanpanel.eventbrite.com

Sponsored by the DPE Professional Service Fraternity

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
12:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street NW

Film Screening: Cocaine Unwrapped


Rachel Seifert, Director and Producer

This is the story of cocaine: coca farmers in Colombia, drugs mules in Ecuadorian prisons, cocaine factories in the Bolivian jungle, dealers on the streets of Mexico and Baltimore, and consumers of the West. Its a story of death, economic devastation, and human suffering. Front line reportage, exclusive access to the political leaders of Latin America, revealing interviews with drugs czars on both sides of the Atlantic - watch this and you will never think the same about cocaine and the war on drugs again.<br/><br/>
There will be a film screening and a discussion with the director.

Light refreshments will be served. Open to the public.

RSVP: lasp@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program (LAHSP) and Dartmouth Films

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Sri Lanka: Post War but not Post Conflict


Jayaprakash Tissainayagam, Reagan Fascell Democracy Fellow, National Endowment for Democracy

Jayaprakash Tissainayagam is a seasoned journalist, editor, and analyst covering ethnic conflicts, socio-political issues, and the peace process in Sri Lanka. In 2009, he was sentenced to twenty years of imprisonment for criticizing the Sri Lankan government's handling of its war against the Tamil Tigers and released two years later, following an international outcry

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

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

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

Policy Briefing: Asian Development Bank Accountability Mechanism 2012


Rusdian Lubis, Chairman, Compliance Review Panel, Asian Development Bank; Head, Office of the Compliance Review Panel, Asian Development Bank

Geoffrey Crooks, Principal Compliance Coordination Specialist, Office of the Compliance Review Panel, Asian Development Bank

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) introduced a new Accountability Mechanism in 2012 that provides an independent forum where people affected by ADB-assisted projects can voice and seek solutions to their problems and also report alleged violations of ADB's operational policies and procedures. The Accountability Mechanism has both a problem solving function, undertaken by the Office of the Special Project Facilitator (OSPF), and a compliance review function undertaken by the Compliance Review Panel (CRP). As part of the ADBs efforts to update its development partners and policy makers on the new Accountability Mechanism, Mr. Rusdian Lubis and Mr. Geoffrey Crooks will conduct a briefing session for members of the George Washington University community.

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

Sponsored by Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA) and the Asian Development Bank

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street, NW

Book Discussion: Andreas Papandreou's New Nationalism: Greece in the Tangles of the Cold War


Stan Draenos, Author

Stan Draenos is a historian and political analyst based in Athens, Greece. Stan Draenos received his PhD at York University in Toronto, after studies at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Chicago. He has been a Contributing Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, Research Fellow at the Princeton University Hellenic Studies Program, and resident historian at the Andreas G. Papandreou Foundation. He has served as press secretary for the Majority Leader of the California State Senate, executive speech writer, analyst for RCM Capital Management in San Francisco, report writer for Ernst & Young Global Marketing, and feature writer for Upside Magazine. He has published numerous scholarly and journalistic articles on Hannah Arendt, Sigmund Freud and Greek politics and US foreign policy. His website can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/standraenos/.

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

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

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Covering Complex Conflicts: Syria Today


Marc Lynch, Director of the Institute for Middle East Studies, Director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, GW

Sean Aday, Director of the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication, Associate Professor of Media and Public Affairs and International Affairs, GW

Two leading media experts explore the challenges of covering the Syrian conflict of today.

A light lunch will be served. Open to students and journalists only.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/9pvjw7q

Sponsored by the Institute for Middle East Studies

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street NW

Nuclear Policy Talks: History of Nuclear Weapons and Proliferation


Alex Wellerstein, Associate Historian, Center for History of Physics at the American Institute of Physics

Dr. Wellerstein will discuss his work on what the history of nuclear weapons indicates about past, present, and future proliferation of WMD. His work involves developing a concrete, policy-relevant, qualitative framework drawing upon insights in the sociology of scientific knowledge and studies in the transmission of technology, anchored in a deep knowledge of the history of nuclear weapons.<br/>
This project has special relevance to questions about the usefulness of secrecy and export control when applied to specific arenas of scientific development, including nuclear weapons, but also bioweapons, cybersecurity, and nanotechnology.

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

Sponsored by the Nuclear Policy Talks Series

Thursday, December 6, 2012
8:15 AM - 3:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Can Trade Policies and Agreements Advance Internet Freedoms?


Marietje Schaake, European Council on Foreign Relations

Eric Miller, Embassy of Canada in the United States

Danny Weitzner, MIT

Lee Hibbard, The Council of Europe

Andrew McLaughlin, betaworks

Hillary Brill, eBay

Corynne McSherry, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Cynthia Wong, Human Rights Watch

Lara Ballard, U.S. Department of State

Susan Ariel Aaronson, George Washington University & National War College

Hosuk Lee Makiyama, ECIPE, Brussels

Brian Bieron, eBay

Susan Morgan, Global Network Initiative

Matthew Perault, Facebook

John Dye, U.S. Department of State

Ben Scott, New America and Stiftung Neue Verantwortung

Sponsored by the Institute for International Economic Policy, the MacArthur Foundation, Heinrich Böll Stiftung North America, the GW Center for International Business Education and Research, the Computer and Communications Industry Association, the National War College, and the Software and Information Industry Association

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

Monday, December 10, 2012
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Sigur Center Conference Room, Suite 503
1957 E Street, NW

Dilemmas of Climate-Wise Development in Thailand


Suppakorn Chinvanno, Research Advisor, Southeast Asia START Regional Center

Mr. Chinvanno will discuss the effects of climate change in Thailand and the challenges that Thai policymakers face as they begin to mainstream climate change into the country's development plans.

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

Sponsored by Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA)

Monday, December 10, 2012
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Alumni House
1918 F Street, NW

Ambassadors Forum: 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 Ireland has made to date towards completing its economic recovery, on current Irish foreign policy priorities, and on Ireland-U.S. relations. He will be prepared to address questions from the audience.

Part of IERES' Eurasian Leadership Series

This event has reached capacity. We are no longer taking RSVPs

Sponsored by the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, Ambassadors Forum, GW Alumni Association, and the International Affairs Society

Monday, December 10, 2012
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Marvin Center Ampitheater
800 21st Street NW

Is America Still Exceptional? Foreign Policy over the Next Four Years


Henry Nau, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, GWU

Daniel Deudney, Professor of Political Science, JHU

James Goldgeier, Dean, School of International Studies, AU

This event features a debate between Henry Nau (GWU) and Daniel Deudney (JHU) on the future of American foreign policy. Moderated by James Goldgeier, Dean of AU's School of International Studies.

Dessert and coffee reception with the debate participants will follow in MC 307.

RSVP: http://ahsforeignpolicydebate.eventbrite.com/

Sponsored by The Alexander Hamilton Society of GWU

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Nuclear Policy Talks: Nuclear Chemistry During the Cold War


Jacques Read, Former Physical Scientist, U.S. Department of Energy

Jacques Read operated a radio-assay laboratory at Columbia University during 1961-62, and observed the heavy fallout from the Soviet "Tsar Bomba" test of October 30, 1961.  During 1964 to 1972 he was involved in nuclear weapons research at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, and was a member of the faculty of Edward Teller's Department of Applied Science.  Four of the nuclear explosives tested during this period will be discussed: The Gnome Project and the Jorum, Hutch and Cannikin Events.

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

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

Thursday, December 13, 2012
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Borderlands, Development, and Indigeneity: China in South, Central, and Southeast Asia


Speaker list not yet finalized.

This day-long symposium will examine the increasing influence of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) on development in Asia today in the context of its impact on indigenous peoples in Chinas Asian borderlands.  The symposium, therefore, explores the role of two increasingly important players in the new geopolitics of development: rising global powers (represented by the PRC) and non-state actors (represented by indigenous peoples groups).  In doing so, it raises questions about the contested nature of international development today, both globally and more specifically in Asia.  Speakers at the symposium, including both scholars and practitioners, will examine case studies of Chinas interaction with indigenous peoples in the context of Asias development, highlighting both positive and negative ramifications, and provide recommendations for how Chinese-led development in Asia can better account for the particular needs of indigenous peoples, including their concerns about preserving cultural and religious traditions, the use of native lands, and their rights to self-determination.

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM South Asia Panel
11:15 AM - 1:15 PM Central Asia Panel
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM South-East Asia Panel

Lunch provided.

RSVP: http://chinaborderlands.eventbrite.com

Sponsored by The International Development Studies Program at the GWU Elliott School of International Affairs, the Institute for Gilgit-Baltistan Studies, and The American Islamic Congress

Thursday, December 13, 2012
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street, NW

China's Rediscovery of Southeast Asia


Yanan Li, Ph.D. Candidate, School of International Studies, Peking University

At the beginning of the 1980s, as China sought to overcome Cold War structures, it found that it knew little about the real Southeast Asia, one of its nearest neighbors. The countries in that region were mostly focused on their own region, developing economically, suffering from political and economic divisions, and seeking to keep both superpowers and China at a distance. Focusing on Southeast Asia marked a break for Chinas foreign policy. Thus a change in thinking emerged, which laid the basis for China's post-Cold War policy towards the area.

Part of IERES Visiting Scholars Roundtable

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

Sponsored by the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Affairs and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Monday, December 17, 2012
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

1st Floor, GW Alumni House
1918 F Street, NW

Visit and Presentation by Sunil Jayantha Nawarante


Sunil Jayantha Nawarante, Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education, Sri Lanka

Mr. Nawaratnes talk will focus on the higher education system in Sri Lanka, in particular the countrys new education challenges and priorities in a post-war environment.

RSVP: http://nawaratneatgw.eventbrite.com/#

Sponsored by The Sigur Center for Asian Studies and The GW Graduate School of Education & Human Development