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January 2013

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

When "Ordinary People" Join In: Understanding Moments of Mass Mobilization in Argentina (2001), Egypt (2011) and Ukraine (2004)

Olga Onuch, University of Oxford

This presentation examines the differences between moments of mass-mobilization and the long term process of activist mobilization that precedes them. Ukraine in 2004, Egypt in 2011, and Argentina in 2001 represent cases where a history of activist coordination was the basis for, and key instrument in, the mobilization of "ordinary" people. The presenter will argue against the predominant focus on exogenous and economic factors and instead emphasize local actors and political variables in explaining the presence or absence of mass-mobilization.

Part of IERES Petrach Program on Ukraine.

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

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

Thursday, January 10, 2013
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Film Screening and Discussion: Kita Versus Korupsi (Us Against Corruption): Curbing Corruption in Indonesia

David Timberman, Technical Director, Governance and Conflict Practice Areas, Management Systems International

Gerald Hyman, President, Hills Program on Governance, Center for Strategic and International Studies

<i>Kita versus Korupsi (Us Against Corruption)</i> premiered last year in Jakarta and has received extensive coverage in more than 50 print, television, and online media outlets. Comprised of four short films, <i>Kita versus Korupsi</i> resonates with citizens, officials, government workers, and police officers. Each film deals with every-day issues, where corrupt practices sneak into our daily lives. The short films were jointly produced by Transparency International Indonesia (TII), MSIs USAID-funded Strengthening Integrity and Accountability Program (SIAP-1), and Indonesias Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), to be used as a prevention tool in the fight against corruption in Indonesia. David Timberman and Gerald Hyman will offer commentary on the film and insights into governance.

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

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

Friday, January 11, 2013
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

U.S.-Russia Relations and the Hydrocarbon Markets of Eurasia

Rawi Abdelal, Joseph C. Wilson Professor of Business Administration, Harvard University

Tatiana Mitrova, Moscow School of Management; SKOLKOVO Energy Center

Discussant: Clifford Gaddy, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Chair: Timothy Colton, Department of Government, Harvard University

U.S.-Russia relations exist across many issue areas and economic sectors. Yet there is virtually no meaningful relationship in one area of tremendous economic and geopolitical importance: oil and gas. The lack of sustained and productive engagement has not meant that there is no tension between the United States and Russia when it comes to oil and gas markets. On the contrary, there are a number of explicit and implicit conflicts  Gazprom's dominant position on the European gas market, and U.S. support for prospective oil and gas pipelines that circumvent Russian territory, are but two of the most visible illustrations of the way in which energy issues have been an irritant in U.S.-Russia relations.
Please join us for the launch event of the second paper of the Working Group on the Future of U.S.-Russia Relations, which casts a critical eye on the way the Russian Federation and the United States have approached energy issues in the postCold War period, and on the assumptions underpinning each side's perceptions of the other's decisions.

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

Sponsored by the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, and the Working Group on the Future of U.S.-Russia Relations

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Monroe Hall of Government, Kendrick Seminar Room, 3rd floor
2115 G Street NW

Path-Breakers: How Does Womens Political Participation Respond to Electoral Success?

Lakshmi Iyer, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

The event will examine whether women's electoral success induces greater female political participation in subsequent elections. Using the regression discontinuity afforded by close elections between women and men, and constituency level data on India's state elections for 1980-2007, we show that electoral victory for a woman leads to a large and significant increase in the share of female candidates from major political parties in the subsequent election. Approximately half of this increase is attributable to the entry of new female candidates, a finding that indicates a positive dynamic that could drive continued increases in women's participation in politics. However, women candidates who win or lose the current election have a lower probability of contesting the next election compared to men. One reason for this is that women are less likely to switch political parties than men.

The paper can be found at: http://www.gwu.edu/~iiep/assets/docs/iyer_bci_pathbreakers.pdf

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

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

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street NW

Canadian Perspectives on Hemispheric Issues: Governance & Diplomacy

Christian Ranger, First Secretary, Embassy of Canada in Washington

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

This is the final session of a four-part speaker series on Canadian Perspectives on Hemispheric Issues.

Light refreshments will be served

RSVP: lasp@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the Latin American and Hemispheric Studies program and the Embassy of Canada

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street NW

Nuclear Policy Talks: First Chernobyl, Now Fukushima: Differences and Similarities of Impacts to Wildlife

Timothy A. Mousseau, Professor of Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina

In the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, most organisms surveyed have shown large drops in abundance with a consequent drop in overall biodiversity in contaminated regions. For example, the forest bird community has seen a two-thirds drop in total abundance and a 50 percent drop in species richness in the more radioactive areas when compared to clean areas within the zone. Many of the likely causes of the observed declines in animals in Chernobyl have been documented and include reduced survival and longevity, high rates of developmental abnormalities (including tumors), reduced fertility, reduced cognitive abilities (perhaps caused by the smaller brains observed in Chernobyl birds), and increased rates of cataracts in the eyes, among other likely mechanisms. Many of these effects can be attributed to the significantly elevated mutation rates that have been reported for many Chernobyl populations. It seems possible that many of the effects that have been observed in Chernobyl but not yet seen in Fukushima are the product of multiple generations of exposure and consequent mutation-accumulation rather than the effects of acute exposure although a recent study of birds and insects has found significant declines in some groups, and there is conclusive evidence of genetically based mutations that have increased over time for butterflies. A key conclusion from current knowledge is that an intensive research program should be initiated to compare and contrast the effects of mutagens stemming from the Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters in natural populations so that accurate predictions may be generated related to the long term consequences of radiological events and the likely risks to human populations in these regions.

RSVP: go.gwu.edu/mousseau

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

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

Legislating Equality: The Politics of Anti-Discrimination Policy in Europe

Terri Givens, University of Texas-Austin

Terri E. Givens is an associate professor in the Government Department at The University of Texas at Austin and Director of the Texas Language Roadmap. Her academic interests include radical right parties, immigration politics, and immigrant integration in Europe.  She has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the German Marshall Fund, the Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Society, and various other grants and fellowships to support her research in Europe. Her first book, Voting Radical Right in Western Europe, was published in 2005 (Cambridge University Press), and she is a co-editor of Immigration Policy and Security: U.S., European, and Commonwealth Perspectives (2008).  Her articles have appeared in Political Communication, Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of Common Market Studies, the Policy Studies Journal, and Comparative European Politics. She is currently working on a book on anti-discrimination policy and the politics of immigration in Europe.


Sponsored by Part of IERES

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

DPE Foreign Service Fraternity Presents: Spring 2013 Alumni Internship Panel

Alex Holt, Class of 2011

Elliot Gillerman, Class of 2008

It may only be January, but it is never too early to start thinking about how you will spend your summer months!
Domestic and international internships, language programs, volunteer opportunities and travel are just a few exciting and rewarding ways to make the most of your time outside of GW. DPE is excited to host a panel discussion  of recent graduates who, through their own rich and diverse experiences, will offer useful advice on how students can find, secure, and make the most of these potentially life-changing opportunities. The format for this event will be primarily Q&A between the panelists and the audience.

This event is part of DPE's annual Spring Rush Series.

RSVP: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5208494748

Sponsored by DPE Foreign Service Fraternity

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Taiwan Round Table: Reassessing Taiwan's Strategic Position

Scott Bates, President, Center for National Policy

Joseph Bosco, Office of the Secretary of Defense (retired)

Richard Fisher, Senior Fellow on Asian Military Affairs, International Assessment and Strategy Center

Scott Bates, President of the Center for National Policy, will open a discussion on his recent "Taiwan 21" plan, which proposes that Taiwan both reduce and redefine its military forces as a pure "Self-Defense Force" while at the same time refocusing its diplomatic efforts toward resolving sovereignty issues in areas such as the South China Sea and increasing its influence in creating regional stability in Asia through "democratic offensive."

RSVP: go.gwu.edu/Taiwan21

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and the Center for National Policy

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Of Empires and Citizens: Pro-American Democracy or No Democracy at All?

Amaney Jamal, Associate Professor of Politics, Princeton University

Amaney Jamal is Associate Professor of Politics at Princeton University, and she currently directs the Workshop on Arab Political Development. Professor Jamal's current research focuses on democratization and the politics of civic engagement in the Arab World. She will be discussing her most recent book, <i>Of Empires and Citizens: Pro-American Democracy or No Democracy at All?</i>

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

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/bpf296p

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

Thursday, January 24, 2013
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Elections in Israel

Yoram Peri, Abraham S. and Jack Kay Chair in Israel Studies, University of Maryland

Ilan Peleg, Charles A. Dana Professor of Government & Law, Lafayette College

Gershon Shafir, Professor of Sociology, University of California, San Diego

Jonathan Rynhold, Schusterman Visiting Professor in Israel Studies, GW

Moderated by: Marc Lynch, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, GW; Director, Institute for Middle East Studies; Director, Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS); Director, Middle East Studies Program

Three leading political scientists will discuss the outcomes and implications of Israels January 2013 parliamentary elections.

A light lunch will be served.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/cqzscq3

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

Thursday, January 24, 2013
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

Remembering Stalingrad

Charles J. Sullivan, Ph.D. Candidate, Political Science, GW

Ivan Kurilla, Professor of History, Volgograd State University

On February 2, 1943, the last German soldiers in Stalingrad surrendered to the Soviet army. The day that ended the largest battle in human history is widely remembered in Russia, and especially in Volgograd (the former Stalingrad). This presentation will examine the significance of the Great Patriotic War in Russia today through the use of a recent public opinion survey conducted by the Levada Analytical Center. Charles J. Sullivan will speak about the extent to which Russians consider the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945) to be the "greatest achievement" of the Soviet Union and offer an explanation of why this is so. In brief, Sullivan's work argues that while nostalgia for the Soviet Union in Russia runs deep, Russians in general are not nostalgic for the war, but selectively draw upon its memory as a source of pride as Russia continues its transition process. Ivan Kurilla will discuss how the current ruling regime shapes the memory of the Great Patriotic War and why it does so. He will also examine the significance of Stalingrad for the political uses of history and the public memory of Russians. Kurilla will offer an assessment of how Russians in general, and Volgograders in particular, commemorate the Stalingrad battle and Victory Day. Finally, he will explain how the manner Russia and neighboring countries in Central and Eastern Europe choose to remember the war affects their international relations.

Part of IERES Visiting Scholar Roundtable Series.

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

Thursday, January 24, 2013
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Libya: A State in Search of Itself

Mary-Jane Deeb, Chief, African and Middle Eastern Division, Library of Congress

Karim Mezran, Senior Fellow, Rafiq Hariri Center for the Middle East, Atlantic Council

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

Despite successful parliamentary elections in July 2012, Libya faces numerous obstacles to state development. Rife with internal divisions and regional tensions, Libya struggles to achieve national cohesion and advance the political process. Moreover, the countrys fractious and divisive political environment inhibits institution building and complicates efforts to restore internal security. In light of Libyas institutional and security challenges, the panelists will discuss current developments and prospects for Libyas political future.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/mepf1-24

Sponsored by the Middle East Policy Forum (MEPF): The Middle East Policy Forum is presented with the generous support of ExxonMobil

Friday, January 25, 2013
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

On the Front Line in the Far East: The Chinese Eastern Railway and Russo-Chinese-Japanese Relations, 1905-1935

Blaine R. Chiasson, Wilfrid Laurier University

Chia Yin Hsu, Portland State University

Ronald Suleski, Suffolk University

Masafumi Asada, IERES; Hokkaido University

Moderated by:
Daqing Yang, George Washington University

The history of the Chinese Eastern Railway (CER) is a good example of transnationalism in historical studies of the Russian Far East and Northeast Asia. The goal of this round-table is to conduct a full and frank exchange of views about the CER and to build bridges between experts focused on Russia, China, and Japan.

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

Sponsored by Part of IERES Visiting Scholar Roundtable; Co-Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and the Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University

Monday, January 28, 2013
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

City View Room, 7th Floor
1957 E Street NW

Global Policy Forum: Anticipatory Governance: Upgrading Government for the 21st Century

Leon Fuerth, Research Professor of International Affairs, GW; Former National Security Advisor to Vice President Al Gore

Moderated by:
Ambassador Tom Pickering, Vice Chairman of Hills & Co.

If we are to remain a well-functioning Republic and a prosperous nation, the U.S. Government cannot rely indefinitely on crisis management, no matter how adroit. We must get ahead of events or we risk being overtaken by them. That will only be possible by upgrading our legacy systems of management to meet todays unique brand of accelerating and complex challenges. Anticipatory Governance responds to this need by introducing three critical elements to existing Executive Branch functions: foresight fused to policy analysis; networked governance for mission-based management and budgeting; and feedback to monitor and adjust policy relative to initial expectations. Presidential transitions  the period of time between the election and inauguration  can be used to upgrade government processes. Leon Fuerth and Amb. Tom Pickering will discuss practical upgrades that the incoming administration could make to the Executive Branch systems; upgrades that are light on resources, compatible with the existing structures and processes of government, and fully executable under customary Presidential authorities.

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Discussion

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

Sponsored by the Global Policy Forum and the Institute for Global and International Studies

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Nuclear Policy Talks: Revitalizing the National Security Labs: Beyond the Nuclear Deterrent

Elizabeth Turpen, Former Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton

Despite the vast change in the nature of the threats, institutional ownership and investments in national security science and technology have failed to keep pace. This overarching misalignment between priorities and investments undercuts the relevance of the several national security laboratories in the 21st century. Ms Turpen will cover a brief history of the weapons laboratories, the changes wrought by the end of the Cold War and how policy decisions have failed to orient national science and technology efforts to reflect the more diffuse challenges facing the country today. Although counter-intuitive from an institutional standpoint, the prescription for ameliorating the problem is straightforward: devise and fund a more nimble science, technology, and engineering enterprise that leverages existing capabilities to address the security and technology challenges of today.

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

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

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Al Qaeda Country: Why Mali is Important

Peter Chilson, Associate Professor of English, Washington State University

Introduction by David Rain, Associate Professor of Geography and International Affairs, GW

Prizewinning author Peter Chilson is one of the few Westerners to travel to the Mali conflict zone. There he found a hazy dividing line between the demoralized remnants of the former regime in the south and the new statelet in the north - Azawad - formed when a rebellion by the country's ethnic Tuareg minority as commandeered by jihadi fighters.
In this inaugural lecture of the African Research and Policy Group of the Institute for  Global and International Studies, Chilson will lay out the lines of conflicting interest in Mali as some of the world's great forces take notice. He is the author of the recent book, <i>We Never Knew Exactly Where: Dispatches from the Lost Country of Mali.</i>

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

Sponsored by African Research and Policy Group and the Institute for Global and International Studies

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Foreign Policy Priorities for the Next Four Years: A Dialogue with Amitai Etzioni, Author of Hot Spots

Amitai Etzioni, University Professor and Professor of International Affairs, GW; Director, Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies, GW; Author, Hot Spots: American Foreign Policy in a Post-Human Rights World

<i>In Hot Spots: American Foreign Policy in a Post-Human-Rights World</i>, Professor Etzioni argues that pivoting towards the Far East is premature and flawed in principle. China can and should be treated for the near future as a potential partner in a changing global order, rather than contained and made into an enemy.

RSVP: go.gwu.edu/HotSpots

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, Institute for Security and Conflict Studies, and Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies

Thursday, January 31, 2013
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Public Diplomacy and Foreign Policy in 2013: The View from State

Tara Sonenshine, U.S. Under Secretary of State, Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs

Frank Sesno, Director, School of Media and Public Affairs, GW

In 2013, the United States faces numerous public diplomacy challenges. Under Secretary of State Tara Sonenshine will discuss how todays American diplomats need to engage new publics on new issues, using new foreign policy tools. This conversation will be moderated by Frank Sesno, director of the George Washington Universitys School of Media and Public Affairs. Reception to follow.

Reception to follow the event in the City View Room.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/TaraPD

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

Thursday, January 31, 2013
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Room 113
1957 E Street, NW

Exclusive Look: Careers at the State Department

Bethany Berzen, Presidential Management Fellow, GW Alumna

Claire Smolik, Foreign Service Officer

Robert Thompson, Civil Service Officer, GW Alumnus

Pam Tremont, Career Foreign Service Officer

A panel discussing how to start your career at the U.S. Department of State. Foreign Service Officers, Civil Service Officers, and Graduate Fellows will answer your questions about the various paths to starting at the Department of State and how their careers have developed.

This event is part of DPE's Spring Rush series.

RSVP: http://careersatthestatedept.eventbrite.com

Sponsored by Delta Phi Epsilon Foreign Service Fraternity

Thursday, January 31, 2013
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Marvin Center, Room 309
800 21st Street NW

Editing Scholarly Journals: A Panel Discussion

Alexander Lennon, Editor-in-Chief, The Washington Quarterly; Senior Fellow, International Security Program, Center for Strategic & International Studies

Robert Orttung, Co-Editor of the Russian Analytical Digest; Assistant Director, Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, GW

Robert Sutter, Professor of Practice of International Affairs, GW; Faculty Advisor, The Globe

Join the International Affairs Society and <i>The Globe</i>, the Elliott School's undergraduate academic publication, in welcoming Alexander Lennon, Robert Orttung, and Robert Sutter for an evening on editing scholarly journals.

RSVP: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5350764280/efbnen

Sponsored by the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, The Globe, and the International Affairs Society