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February 2012

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street, NW

Competitive Regionalism and the Italian Crisis

Luigi Burroni, Associate Professor of Economic Sociology, University of Teramo, Italy

Luigi Burroni is an associate professor of economic sociology at the University of Teramo in Italy. He is former co-editor of the journal, <i>EPC: Government and Policy</i> and a member of the editorial board of <i>Stato e Mercato</i> and the Scientific Committee of Sviluppo Locale. His books include <i>Economy and Society in Europe</i>, <i>A Relationship in Crisis</i> (forthcoming, Edward Elgar), <i>Le città dell'innovazione in Italia</i> (Cities of Innovation in Italy), and <i>Allontanarsi Crescendo: Politica e sviluppo locale in Veneto e Toscana</i> (<i>Disappearing Growth: Politics and Local Development in the Veneto and Tuscany</i>).

Part of IERES' European Politics Series

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/BurroniGWU

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

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

Revolutions as Negative Coalitions: Why Orange Was Just Red and Yellow (But Not Blue)

Mark R. Beissinger, Director, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies; Professor of Politics, Princeton University

The study of revolutions has been plagued by a dearth of information at the individual level, both in terms of our knowledge of who participates in revolutions and how others in society relate to revolutionary upheavals.  Using a highly unusual and detailed survey taken in the immediate aftermath of the 2004 Orange Revolution in Ukraine, this lecture will explore what Orange Revolution participants shared in common and the how their backgrounds and beliefs differed from those who supported the revolution but did not participate in it, those who actively mobilized against the revolution, those who opposed the revolution but failed to mobilize in support of the incumbent regime, and those who remained entirely apathetic in the midst of major revolutionary upheaval.  Among other findings, Orange Revolution participants are shown to have had quite weak commitment to the revolution's master narratives, to have been highly diverse in their beliefs on most major issues of Ukrainian politics, and to have been united primarily by their strong dislike of the incumbent regime and by weak ties of ethnicity and common social position.  The lecture will conclude with a discussion of the implications of these findings for other revolutionary processes around the world.  
Mark R. Beissinger previously served on the faculties of University of Wisconsin-Madison and Harvard.  Beissinger's main fields of interest are social movements, revolutions, nationalism and ethnic politics, and imperialism, with special reference to the Soviet Union and the post-Soviet states.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/BeissingerGWU

Sponsored by the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies' Eurasian Leadership Series

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

City View Room, 7th Floor
1957 E Street NW

Reflections of a Former Prime Minister: President Aznar of Spain

Jose Maria Aznar, Former Prime Minister of Spain

Former Prime Minister Aznar will be speaking on his time as the leader of the Spanish government, including his decision to deploy Spanish troops to Iraq and Afghanistan and the 2004 Madrid terrorist attacks.

RSVP: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2764138613

Sponsored by the International Affairs Society

Thursday, February 2, 2012
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Opportunities and Disappointments of the Look North Policy: Indian Strategies for Central Asia

Marlene Laruelle, Research Professor of International Affairs, GW

Sebastien Peyrouse, Senior Research Scholar, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

The rise of regioness is an important aspect of globalization, implying a potential geopolitical pluralism. Like other emerging powers, India calls into question the eurocentrism of international relations and suggests that foreign policy is impacted by the cultures of international actors. It projects its normative power and strategic culture into different regions, including Central Asia. With the expected American withdrawal from Afghanistan, Pakistan's increasing fragility, and China's growing power in the post-Soviet space, Central Asia-South Asia relations have become key to understanding the future of the Eurasian continent. But so far India has not been able to achieve the objectives that it defined in its Look North policy, caught in a dilemma between its would-be cultural capital and very concrete geopolitical disadvantages.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/looknorth

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies' Faculty Forum Series

Thursday, February 2, 2012
6:00 PM - 8:10 PM

Room 207
Gelman Library
2130 H Street, NW

Asian Film Series: 1911

Jackie Chan's 100th film, 1911, is an epic war film that details the decline of the Qing Dynasty and the violent rebellion that brought it down. With China split into warring factions and the starving citizens beginning to revolt, the ruling Qings resorts to building a powerful army to quash rebellion. But the revolutionary leader Huang Xing (Chan) decides to lead an increasingly desperate series of violent uprisings against the growing power of the Qing army.

The film will be shown in Mandarin with English subtitles. A light reception with Chinese food will be provided beforehand.

The event is open only to students and staff.

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

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

Thursday, February 2, 2012
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Let There Be Light Book Launch

Rachel Kleinfeld, CEO and Founder, Truman National Security Project

Drew Sloan, Client Solutions Associate, OPOWER

The Truman National Security Project and the Make US Strong campaign, in cooperation with the Organization for International Development, proudly invite you to the to the launch of Rachel Kleinfeld and Drew Sloan's new book, <i>Let There be Light: Electrifying the Developing World with Markets and Distributed Energy</i>.
The authors will discuss the role international development plays in a comprehensive national security strategy and how business and foreign investment can contribute positively at home and abroad.

A reception will follow the event.

RSVP: emckenna@trumanproject.org

Sponsored by GW Roosevelt Institute, GW STAND, Organization for International Development (OID), and the Truman National Security Project

Monday, February 6, 2012
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

The Next Step for Arms Control: A Nuclear Control Regime

Jan Lodal, former U.S. Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense; Immediate Past President, Atlantic Council of the United States.

Jan Lodal will speak about his recent article with Ambassador Burt in <i>Survival</i>.

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

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil, A Conversation with Timothy Mitchell

Timothy Mitchell, Professor and Chair of the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, Columbia University

Timothy Mitchell will discuss his new book, <i>Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil</i>, in which he describes a complex story, arguing that no nation escapes the political consequences of our collective dependence on oil. It shapes the body politic both in regions such as the Middle East, which rely on revenues from oil production, and in the places that have the greatest demand for energy.

There will be a reception following the event.

A limited number of books will be available at no cost to GW students.

RSVP: http://bit.ly/wnlhWC

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

Thursday, February 9, 2012
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Remembering Refugees: Stories from the 1947 Partition of India from Mumbai, and Beyond

Kavita Daiya, Associate Professor of English; Director, M.A. Program in English, GW

As many scholars from Hannah Arendt to Zygmunt Bauman have noted, migration is the defining feature of our era, and the refugee is an extreme instance of this. The Partition migrations of India in 1947 are part of this remarkable history of the 20th century, turning twelve million people into refugees within nine months. How did these refugees narrate their voluntary or forced migration? How did they rebuild their lives, remember their past, and re-imagine their identities in the new Indian nation? What are the cultural and political legacies of the 1947 Partition experience for ideas about citizenship, ethnic nationalism, and secularism in postcolonial India? Drawing upon the accounts of refugees and their descendants settled mostly in and around Mumbai, this talk explores the impact of the Partition on the cultural negotiation of citizenship, rights, and secularism in contemporary India.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/DaiyaFeb9

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

Thursday, February 9, 2012
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street, NW

State-Society Relations in Hybrid Regimes: The Case of Azerbaijan

Gokhan Alper Ataser, Research Assistant, Middle East Technical University

How does a hybrid regime consolidate its power and what does this mean? For many students of post-Soviet regimes, defining the regime type in a specific period of time has been more important than understanding its workings. However, hybrid regimes are dynamic entities where the interplay of state and society should not be overlooked even at times when society appears to be totally subdued. In the case of Azerbaijan, large-scale social transformations in several spheres, including the economy and demography, continue to couple with processes of nation and state-building. In such a fragile setting, reliance on authoritarian methods is insufficient and staying in power requires responding creatively to a changing society.
Gokhan Alper Ataser is a Ph.D. candidate and research assistant in the Department of Sociology at Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey. He is currently a visiting scholar at IERES. His research interests include post-Soviet democratizations, state-society relations in post-communist societies, Soviet society, and the sociology of mass communication.

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

This event is part of IERES' Visiting Scholar Roundtable Series.

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

Friday, February 10, 2012
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street, NW

Liberation Square: Inside the Egyptian Revolution and the Rebirth of a Nation: A Conversation with Ashraf Khalil

Ashraf Khalil, Author, Liberation Square: Inside the Egyptian Revolution and the Rebirth of a Nation

Mr. Khalil will discuss his new book, <i>Liberation Square: Inside the Egyptian Revolution and the Rebirth of a Nation</i>

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/2g

Sponsored by the Project on Middle East Political Science, the Institute for Middle East Studies

Monday, February 13, 2012
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Distinguished Women in International Affairs: From Moscow to Washington to Seoul - Locking down Nuclear Material

Laura Holgate, Senior Director, Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism and Threat Reduction, National Security Council

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM Reception
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Lecture

RSVP: http://bit.ly/AcFPwx

Sponsored by the Nuclear Policy Talks and the Distinguished Women in International Affairs series, which is presented with the generous support of Jack and Pam Cumming

Monday, February 13, 2012
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Elliott School of International Affairs Room B17
1957 E Street NW

Is Peace Possible?

Rob Wexler, President, S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace

Zvika Krieger, Senior Vice President, S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace

The S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace will lead a discussion on the opportunities and challenges of reaching a comprehensive resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Led by the center's President, former seven-term Congressman Robert Wexler, and Senior Vice President Zvika Krieger, "Is Peace Possible?" will be an innovative presentation that engages with the four core issues of the conflict: borders, security, refugees, and Jerusalem.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/2n

Sponsored by the International Affairs Society and J Street U @ GW

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Hap Arnold Lecture Series on Grand Strategy

Colonel Andre J. Briere, U.S. Air Force

Lieutenant Colonel Shaun R. Stuger, U.S. Air Force

Lieutenant Colonel Jack L. Sine, U.S. Air Force

Three military officers present differing perspectives of national security strategy:  
1) An assertive grand strategy
2) A liberal internationalist grand strategy
3) A grand strategy of restraint  
Andre J. Briere is a U.S. Air Force command pilot. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, and earned Master of Science degrees from the National Intelligence University and the Air Command and Staff College. Briere has flown over 2,500 hours in a variety of aircraft, to include C-5 A/B/C, KC-135 R/T, and TG-7A. He has flown numerous combat missions in every major U.S. operation since 1993. He has also served as an Iran/Middle East policy analyst for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force.  
Lt. Col. Stuger holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Boston University and a Master's Degree in Technology Management from Pepperdine University. He recently served as a Space Operations Squadron Commander and has spent 18 years in a variety of space staff, operations, and acquisition assignments. During Operation Enduring Freedom he served as an acquisition mentor to the Afghan Ministry of Defense on Afghan National Army procurement matters. His awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, and Joint Service Achievement Medal.
Lt. Col. Sine earned his bachelor's of electrical engineering from the University of Dayton and a master's degree in military studies from the American Military University and a master's degree in Security Studies from the Naval Post Graduate School. Lt. Col. Sine served as an electronic combat systems engineer, a staff officer working weapons requirements, a Congressional liaison for the Air Staff, and an F-16 pilot. He is a command pilot with over 2,000 hours, of which 285 are combat hours. Lt. Col. Sine most recently flew as commander of the 80th Fighter Squadron, Kunsan AB, ROK.

For more information, visit: http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/outreach-program/index.htm

Sponsored by the Institute for the Security and Conflict Studies and the Air Force Air War College

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Alumni House
1918 F Street NW

The Russian Spring: Does It Stand a Chance?

Yevgenia M. Albats, Editor, The New Times

In December, Russia witnessed some of the largest protests against authorities since Vladimir Putin came to power. In March, the country will elect a new president. While Putin is likely to win, he is now governing in a new country in which people are beginning to demand that their leaders be held accountable. This situation creates new opportunities and dangers for Russia's independent media. In this talk, Yevgenia Albats will discuss what it is like to publish a journal that offers readers a variety of opinions and investigative reporting on current events in contemporary Russia. She will also discuss the role of the Internet and social media in changing the political landscape, in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and in the regions.

This event is part of the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies' Behind the Headlines Series

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/Albats

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

Thursday, February 16, 2012
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Is Israeli-Palestinian Peace Still Possible?

Gershon Baskin, Founder & Chairman, Israel Palestine Center for Research and Information (IPCRI)

Despite twenty years of peace negotiations, persistent obstacles on both sides continue to prevent an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. In addition, the potential international intermediaries are preoccupied with domestic issues: the upcoming presidential election in the U.S. and the struggle in Europe to aver financial collapse. Without a third-party involvement, can the two parties (Israel and Palestine) achieve peace alone?
Gershon Baskin is the founder and chairman of the Israel Palestine Center for Research and Information. He will address these topics and discuss the secret direct back channel of negotiations that he initiated and conducted between the Government of Israel and Hamas for the release of the kidnapped Israeli soldier, Gilead Schalit, who was held in captivity in the Gaza strip for five years and four months.

RSVP at: http://tinyurl.com/mepf2-16

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

Friday, February 17, 2012
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

The Eurozone's Divided Sovereignty

Nicolas Jabko, Associate Professor of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University

Nicolas Jabko is an Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins University and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Paris).  He is the author of <i>Playing the Market: A Political Strategy for Uniting Europe, 1985-2005</i> (Cornell 2006), co-editor of <i>With US or Against US? European Trends in American Perspective</i> (Oxford 2005) and the author of numerous articles and book chapters on political economy in Europe. Professor Jabko received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, undergraduate and M.A. degrees from the Ecole Normale Supérieur (Paris) and has been a visiting scholar at Princeton, the Max Planck Institute (Cologne) and Keio University (Tokyo).

This event is part of IERES' European Politics Series.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/JabkoGWU

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

Friday, February 17, 2012
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street NW

Rethinking Nuclear Weapons

Ward Wilson, Senior Fellow, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

Ward Wilson will discuss the latest developments in thinking about nuclear weapons in the post Cold War era. He will evaluate the case for strategic bombing and its impact on nuclear war strategy, as well as the reliability of nuclear deterrence. Mr. Wilson's remarks will also preview some of the arguments in his forthcoming book, <i>Five Myths About Nuclear Weapons</i>.

RSVP: http://bit.ly/xbhhHS

Sponsored by Nuclear Policy Talks

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Syria's Uprising

Bassam Haddad, Director, Middle East Studies Program, George Mason University; Visiting Professor, Georgetown University

Salwa Ismail, Professor of Middle East politics, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Steven Heydemann, Senior Adviser for Middle East Initiatives, United States Institute of Peace

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

Three leading political scientists discuss the uprising and prospects for Syria.

A light lunch will be served.

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

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

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

Economic and Subsistence Strategies of Urban Indigenous People in Russia's North: The Case of Baikal Region

Vera Kuklina, Researcher, V.B. Sochava Institute of Geography

The current urbanization of indigenous people taking place in Russia's North is mostly an outcome of the expansion of industrial development and assimilation policy. At the same time, however, this process is ambiguous because the indigenous people and migrants in the harsh and vulnerable environment of the North are borrowing and combining a variety of technologies, economic strategies and subsistence techniques. This presentation will examine the different kinds of economic strategies identified with indigenous people.

Vera Kuklina is a researcher at the V.B. Sochava Institute of Geography of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, a researcher at the Centre for Independent Social Research and Education, and co-founder and Deputy Director of Research of the Center for Environmental Research and Education in Irkutsk. She is currently a visiting scholar at GW's Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies. Her research interests include urban indigenous communities, local communities, traditional land use, and perception of place.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/KuklinaGWU

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

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

The Marvin Center, Room 309
800 21st Street NW

Experiencing the Taiwan Elections

Edward McCord, Director, Sigur Center for Asian Studies; Professor of History and International Affairs, GW

Amy Hsieh, Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science, GW

Yu-Chieh Chou, M.A.Candidate in Asian Studies, GW

Taiwan's presidential and legislative elections on January 14 were another sign of the growing success and maturity of democracy in Taiwan. Spirited campaign rallies for both major parties on the evening of January 13 were followed the next day by orderly voting involving 74% of all eligible voters. While President Ma Ying-jeou emerged as the victor, the real winners were the Taiwanese people as they again showed their commitment to the democratic process.  
At this student forum, three members of the GW community who were in Taiwan for the elections (Professor Edward McCord and graduate students Amy Hsieh and Yu-chieh Chou) will share their impressions, and then open a debate on the meaning of this election for the future of Taiwan and its relations with both the United States and the Peoples Republic of China.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/TaiwanFeb21

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, the Organization for Asian Studies, the Global China Connection, and the Chinese American Student Association

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Lessons from Taiwan's Elections

Emerson Niou, Professor of Political Science, Duke University

Suisheng Zhao, Professor and Director of the Center for China-US Cooperation, University of Denver

Michael Fonte , Washington Liaison, Democratic Progressive Party, Taiwan

Moderated by: Edward McCord, Director, Sigur Center for Asian Studies, GW

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

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/TaiwanFeb22

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Thursday, February 23, 2012
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

Stateless Places in the North Caucasus? Localized Forms of Sovereignty in Dagestan

Iwona Kaliszewska, Lecturer and Researcher, University of Warsaw

The North Caucasus is the most unstable region in the Russian Federation, burdened with numerous political and social conflicts, all-embracing corruption, and Islamic radicalism. The activities of Islamic militants, often considered the main threat to Russian authority in the region, are but one sign of a deeper crisis in the region which cannot be understood without considering the dynamics of a growing gap between the North Caucasus and the rest of the Russian Federation in regard to identity, shared symbols and values.  In Dagestan more and more people are literally withdrawing from the state, in particular by distancing themselves from state practices. They live in self created spaces of order -- localized forms of sovereignty, where state officials have lost their authority to imams and other religious leaders and where everyday life is regulated by Sharia or other local laws.
This presentation will describe different discourses and practices connected with the construction of these alternative spaces of order in Dagestan. The following questions will be addressed: What are the dynamics of these places? What are the ideologies behind them? How do locals understand the terms Islamic State and Sharia law and how do these understandings define the way that they live? What discourses do community leaders refer to?  And finally what is their relation to the Russian state? The research findings are based on fieldwork conducted in the North Caucasus between 2004 and 2011.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/KaliszewskaGWU

Sponsored by Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

Thursday, February 23, 2012
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Crowdsource as a Tool of Diplomacy

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

Crowdsourcing is an intriguing and highly flexible way of engaging large numbers of individuals in collective efforts. Utilizing the technologies of social media, it creates spot judgment markets that can be used to process large amounts of information. This talk will provide an introduction to the subject and will include a discussion of a current application of crowdsourcing in the U.S. Department of State.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/2l

Sponsored by the Center for International Science and Technology Policy

Friday, February 24, 2012
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Network with Professionals in European, Eurasian, and Russian Studies

No speakers, PEERS officers will make introductions and then allow event attendees to network

Please join Professionals in European, Eurasian, and Russian Studies (PEERS) as we host a networking event focused on career possibilities in Europe, Eurasia, and Russia. Brief introductions will be followed by an opportunity for students and professionals to interact over drinks and light refreshments.

Professional dress is required.

Drinks and light refreshments will be provided

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/PEERSNetwork2012

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

Saturday, February 25, 2012
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Monroe Hall
2115 G Street NW

Continental Ties: A Simulation of Security Challenges in Mexico

Strategic Crisis Simulations invites you to participate in Continental Ties: A Simulation of Security Challenges in Mexico. Participants will play the roles of policymakers tasked with addressing transnational threats to Mexico's security and stability.

Simulations are used by the U.S. and foreign governments to explore responses to potential security challenges. Participation is a valuable opportunity to develop your analytical abilities, communication skills, and knowledge of key developments in international security.

No prior experience with simulation is required. You must register by 5:00 PM on Friday, February 24 to participate. Please direct questions to gwuscs@gmail.com

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/2s

Monday, February 27, 2012
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Building a Better Haiti Through Education

Robert Maguire, Director, Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program, GW

Michele Pierre-Louis, Former Prime Minister of Haiti; President, FOKAL Foundation

Paul Vallas, Superintendent, Bridgeport Connecticut School System

Marina Gourgue, Secretary of State for Vocational and Technical Training, Government of Haiti

Francois Pierre-Louis, Associate Professor, Queens College

Conor Bohan, President, Haitian Education & Leadership Program

Wilson Fievre, IBM Private Sector/University Collaboration

Cheryl Mills, Chief of Staff to the Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State

This year's Latin American and Hemispheres Studies Program Symposium will examine various facets for building a better Haiti through education. An opening keynote address by Michèle Pierre-Louis, a former Prime Minister and a long-time advocate for educational reform, will be followed by two panels and a closing keynote presentation.  Speakers on the first panel will review prospects for enacting educational reform and for providing vocational opportunities for adolescents and young adults, and decentralizing the university system. In the second panel speakers will explore innovative approaches for strengthened educational opportunities through scholarships, private sector/university partnerships, and cash transfer programs. The closing keynote address, by Cheryl Mills, Chief of Staff to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will review U.S. efforts toward supporting improvements in the broader, post-quake environment that will assist educational reform efforts.

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

Sponsored by the Latin American and Hemispheres Studies Program

Monday, February 27, 2012
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

Russia in Advance of Its March 4 Elections: Is the Putin Era Coming to an End?

David Kramer, President, Freedom House

Robert Orttung, Assistant Director, Institute of European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

Guy Verhofstadt, President, Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Russia's one time and presumptive future president, is poised to return for six, and possibly 12, more years as Russia's paramount leader. Given growing dissatisfaction in Russian society and recent mass protests, this panel will examine whether an increasingly restive population has outgrown Putinism and what are the prospects for reform in Russia.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/Putinism

Sponsored by Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

Monday, February 27, 2012
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

The Role of Egyptians in the U.S. in Building a Stronger Community and a Stronger Egypt

Khaled El Gindy, Co-Founder, Egyptian American Rule of Law Association

Randa Hudome, Co-Founder, General Counsel for the American-Egyptian Strategic Alliance

Sahar Taman, Co-Founder, Journeys to Understanding

Sherif Fhmy, Co-Founder, Alliance for a Democratic Egypt

Ms. Nihal Elwan, Ana Masry Foundation

A panel by active Egyptian-American organizations on effective and practical ways to contribute to the Egyptian-American communities well-being and to Egypt's transition and sustainable development
The Panelists will provide some initial remarks about their efforts followed by a moderated and open brainstorming session among participants on practical ways Egyptian-Americans and Egyptians living in the United States can engage in:
1) Strengthening the Egyptian-American Community and
2) Contributing to Egypt's Social, Economic and Political Development

Please RSVP by Friday February 24

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/2q

Sponsored by The Ana Masry Foundation, Institute for Middle East Studies

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Security Policy Forum: Challenges Ahead: America and the Middle East

Ambassador Dennis Ross, Counselor, Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for the Central Region, National Security Council

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/2j

Sponsored by the Security Policy Forum

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

China's International Energy Strategies: Global and Regional Implications

Philip Andrews-Speed, Fellow, Transatlantic Academy, the German Marshall Fund of the United States; Associate Fellow, Chatham House

Discussant: Llewelyn Hughes, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, GW

China is now a major player in the international energy arena. Imports of all forms of energy are increasing; national energy companies are investing around the world; and the government is active in different forms of energy diplomacy. These behaviors are driven by a range of interests from within and outside China. The external political consequences are rather greater than the economic ones, and vary around the world. China is a key player, along with Japan, in the progress of energy cooperation in East Asia.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/ASFeb29

Sponsored by Sigur Center for Asian Studies