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October 2013

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Dorothy Betts Theater, Cloyd Heck Marvin Center
800 21st Street, NW

The World Bank Group Strategy: A Path to End Poverty


Jim Yong Kim, President, The World Bank

Just days before the start of the annual meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group, will speak about the state of poverty around the world and the World Bank Group's efforts to lift millions of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people to higher incomes and opportunities. Six months ago, President Kim unveiled global goals to end extreme poverty by 2030 and boost incomes for the poorest 40% of the world's people. In his address, he will discuss the World Bank Group's new strategy to reach these ambitious goals and how each of us can be a part of this historic quest to end poverty and create shared prosperity in our lifetime. <br/><br/>
A physician and anthropologist, Dr. Kim has dedicated himself to international development for more than two decades, helping to improve the lives of under-served populations worldwide. Dr. Kim previously served as president of Dartmouth College and is a co-founder of Partners in Health (PIH) as well as a former director of the HIV/AIDS Department at the World Health Organization (WHO).

RSVP: The event is full. Watch the live webcast here: http://media.elliott.gwu.edu/live

Sponsored by the Elliott School of International Affairs and the Institute for International Economic Policy

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Monroe Hall, Room 321
2115 G Street NW

Productivity As If Space Mattered: An Application to Factor Markets Across China


John Morrow, Research Economist, Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics

Although firms are dispersed across space and may face radically different production conditions, this dimension of firm heterogeneity is often overlooked. Differences between factor markets, especially for labor, are stark. To pursue this line of inquiry, we model firm hiring across local labor markets. We then use the model to estimate and quantify the role of distinct regional labor markets in firm input use, productivity and location by combining firm and population census data. Considering modern China as a country with substantial regional variation, we find labor costs vary by 30-80%, leading to 3-17% differences in TFP once non labor inputs are considered. Favorably endowed regions attract more value added per capita, providing new insights into within-country comparative advantage and specialization.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/tradeanddev20132014

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

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Lisner Auditorium
730 21st Street NW

CANCELED: His Story is History: A Conversation with Mikhail Gorbachev


Mikhail Gorbachev, Former President, USSR

<strike>He unleashed forces that ended an empire.  He confronted the worst nuclear accident the world has ever seen.  He withdrew from a costly and unpopular war -- in Afghanistan.  He wanted to save communism and the Soviet Union but was responsible for their demise.  He now worries about the future of Mother Russia.  From Perestroika to Putin, his story is history.  A rare and remarkable conversation with Mikhail Gorbachev.</strike>

Tickets will be available to GWorld-holding GW Students/Faculty/Staff from September 17th to September 20th in person at the Lisner Auditorium box office. One per GW ID and tickets are required.

Sponsored by the School of Media and Public Affairs, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Elliott School of International Affairs, Graduate School of Political Management, GW Media Student Community Council, GW Student Association, and GW Provost and President

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

City View Room, 7th Floor
1957 E Street NW

Book Launch: Strategic Asia 2013-14: Asia in the Second Nuclear Age


Jeff Sessions, Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services

James Miller, U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

Ashley J. Tellis, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Linton Brooks, Independent Consultant

Christopher Clary, Graduate Student, Political Science Department, MIT

Abraham M. Denmark, The National Bureau of Asian Research

Gaurav Kampani, RAND Corporation

John S. Park, Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School

Mira Rapp-Hooper, Graduate Student, Political Science Department, Columbia University

Robert Reardon, Research Fellow, International Security Program, Harvard Kennedy School

James L. Schoff, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

<i>Strategic Asia 2013-14: Asia in the Second Nuclear Age</i> examines the role of nuclear weapons in the grand strategies of key Asian states and assesses the impact of these capabilities - both established and latent - on regional and international stability.

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

Sponsored by the National Bureau of Asian Research, the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies, and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

Challenging American Hegemony: General de Gaulle's Foreign Policy, 1963-68


Garret J. Martin, Editor-at-Large, European Institute

Forty-three years after his death, former French President General Charles de Gaulle remains a towering and divisive figure in the history of the Atlantic Community. During his time in power, his bold and fiercely independent policies won him praise throughout the world but strong criticism from France's Western allies.  Dr. Martin argues that de Gaulle's grand strategy sought to replace the Atlantic Community with an alternative based around the Soviet Union and a French-led Western Europe, in which the United States would revert to its traditional role as underwriter of Europe.  He will explain how de Gaulle ultimately strengthened the Atlantic Community.

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

Sponsored by the IERES and the GW Cold War Group

Thursday, October 3, 2013
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

City View Room, 7th Floor
1957 E Street NW

The Encounter: Americans, Iraqis, and a Decade of War"--A Day-long Conference


Ahmed Fahad, University of Cincinnati
Jabbar Jafar, American University
Louis Yako, Duke University
Abdulameer Hamdani, SUNY Stony Brook

Paul Leonard, National Veterans Center
Kate Hoit, Johns Hopkins; Department of Veteran Affairs
Alex Horton, Georgetown University; Department of Veteran Affairs
Michael Kothakota, WolfBridge Financial Corporation
Brett Gibson, Harvard University

Moderated by
Marc Lynch, Director, Institute for Middle East Studies, George Washington University
Douglas Ollivant, Senior National Security Fellow, National Security Studies Program, New America Foundation
Kevin Jones , Institute for Middle East Studies 2013-2014 Post-doctoral Fellow, George Washington University

Keynote Address:
Colin Kahl, Associate Professor of History, Georgetown University
Abbas Kahdim, Senior Government Affairs, Embassy of the Republic of Iraq

American discussions of the Iraq war often focus on questions of military strategy and regional foreign policy. But what about the war itself? How did Iraqis and American soldiers experience a decade of war? How did they view each other? What lessons have they learned? This unique full-day conference brings together Iraqi students and American veterans of the war, along with academics and former policymakers, to discuss the human side of America's war in Iraq.

Panelists will offer their unique experiences of major moments of the war, including the immediate aftermath of the invasion and ensuing occupation; the U.S. military 'surge' and its impact on local communities; population dislocation and humanitarian crisis; the legacy of the war for young U.S. service members; and prospects for future U.S.-Iraqi relations. By bringing together the voices and experiences of these diverse populations, this conference aims to facilitate critical reflections on the legacy of the U.S. war in Iraq.

The conference will feature both Iraqi graduate students and U.S. Veterans.

*Refreshments will be served

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/nm3gerf

Sponsored by the Institute for Middle East Studies, U.S. Department of Education's Title VI National Resource Center Grant for the Middle East

Thursday, October 3, 2013
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

The Need for Global Public Policy in the 21st Century


Jack A. Goldstone, Hazel Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University

The 21st-century world presents a host of challenges for the international community.  Globalization, climate change, the rise of a global middle class, violent crises in Africa and the Middle East, and the use and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction -- all of these and more call for a global approach to public policy.  Professor Goldstone will discuss the major global trends in economics, population and conflict, and the pivotal role of the BRIC countries in crafting viable solutions.  Professor Lewis will also present a brief introduction to the MGPP Program, a program designed to prepare students to address these global challenges.

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

Sponsored by the IERES

Thursday, October 3, 2013
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

*NEW LOCATION: Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW*

Brazil Forum: Brazil in the Global Arena


Paulo Sotero, Director, Brazil Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Opening Remarks by:
Michael E. Brown, Dean, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

GW's Elliott School of International Affairs and The Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program present the inaugural event of the Elliott School's Brazil Initiative, <b>Brazil in the Global Arena</b>.
Join us for a conversation with Director of the Brazil Institute, Paulo Sotero and the Elliott School Dean, Michael Brown.

Address: 5:30 to 6:30 PM
Reception: 6:30 to 7:00 PM

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

Sponsored by GW's Elliott School of International Affairs and the Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program

Monday, October 7, 2013
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

How the Internet is Changing Who Trades, How we Trade, and Trade Policies


Jake Colvin, Vice President, National Foreign Trade Council

Martha Lawless, International Trade Analyst, United States International Trade Commission

Marju Kõrts, Embassy of Estonia, Washington D.C.

Ken Smith Ramos, Director of the Trade and NAFTA Office, Embassy of Mexico

Andreas von Uexkull, Embassy of Sweden

Moderator: Mark MacCarthy, Vice President, Public Policy, Software & Information Industry Association

The Internet has changed how we work, shop, exercise and even how we find our partner, spouse, and friends.  Not surprisingly, the Internet is also changing how we trade. This seminar will examine how the Internet is changing who trades, how we trade, and trade policy.

Lunch will be provided.

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

Sponsored by the Institute for International Economic Policy (IIEP), eBay, Microsoft, the Computer & Communications Industry Association, the Software & Information Industry Association, the National Foreign Trade Council, and the World Wide Web Foundation

Monday, October 7, 2013
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

Studying Central Asia: Looking at the Merits of "Eavesdropping"


Svetlana Jacquesson, Director, Central Asia Studies Institute, American University of Central Asia

One of the most striking features of Central Asian Studies, as they have been practiced by Western scholars since the fall of the Soviet Union, is the absence of structured and meaningful debates.  In this talk, Svetlana Jacquesson will use the "clan politics" debate in order to show that Central Asia, as marginal as it might appear in mainstream social sciences debates, is not that easy to crack and that we have to be patient eavesdroppers instead of agenda-driven scholars. She will then relate clan assemblies to the "clan politics" debate in order to highlight some paradoxes of knowledge production on Central Asia.

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

Sponsored by the Central Asia Program

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Sayyid Qutb: The Life and Legacy of a Radical Islamic Intellectual


James Toth, Anthropologist, New York University-Abu Dhabi

James Toth is an anthropologist who studies Egypt, the Arab world, and the wider Islamic community. He has taught at the American University of Cairo and at Northeastern University, and since 2011, has worked at New York University in Abu Dhabi. He is the author of <i>Rural Labor Movements in Egypt and Their Impact in the State, 1961-1992</i>.<br/>
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Toth will discuss his recent release <i>Sayyid Qutb: The Life and Legacy of a Radical Islamic Intellectual</i>.

*A limited number of books will be available free of charge to GW students, and books will also be on sale at the event.
**A light lunch will be served, and a book signing will follow.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/kez3a9e

Sponsored by the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS), Institute for Middle East Studies (IMES), and the "Islam in the Changing Middle East Project", supported by the Henry Luce Foundation

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

ONLINE WEBINAR
ONLINE WEBINAR

Webinar on a Scenario for Conflict in the Arctic


Moderated by:

Elizabeth Chalecki, Visiting Research Fellow, Environmental Security, Stimson Center

Marcus King, John O. Rankin Associate Professor of International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

Panel of Speakers:

Captain Charles L. Cashin III, U.S. Coast Guard, Council on Foreign Relations

Harlan Doliner, Adjunct Faculty, Boston College Law School; Partner, Environmental Group, Verrill Dana LLP

Robert Huebert,, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Calgary

Join us on the web October 8 to kickoff a series of five, 60-minute webinars on international environmental security, co-produced by the Security & Sustainability Forum and the National Council on Science and the Environment and led by experts from the Elliot School of International Affairs and the Stimson Center.

Each webinar panel will examine a hypothetical scenario that could be a game-changer for national security, international business interests, political science theory, and our global environment.

The first panel on October 8 will examine the potential security and ecological ramifications of increased Arctic transit. The hypothetical scenario to be discussed: The Russians open the Northern Sea Route for regular ship traffic.

A new webinar will air on the first Tuesday in November, December, January and February, addressing issues such as water shortages in critical areas, new environmentally-vectored pandemics, food sovereignty vs. agro-imperialism, and the coulds and shoulds of geoengineering.

Please register for this ONLINE WEBINAR with the Security and Sustainability Forum at: go.gwu.edu/arcticscenario

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

Sponsored by GW's Climate and Water Security Initiative, the Security and Sustainability Forum, the National Council on Science and the Environment, and the Stimson Center

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Prenatal Sex Selection: Global Patterns and a Focus on Southeast Asia


Christophe Z Guilmoto, Demography, Research Director, CEPED/IRD, Paris

This seminar will discuss current global patterns and trends relating to sex selection, as well as the relationship between sex selection and kinship structures in Vietnam and Indonesia.

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

Sponsored by the Global Gender Program

Thursday, October 10, 2013
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Why Moroccan Protests Failed: A Panel Discussion


Adria Lawrence, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Yale University
Ahmed Benchemsi, Visiting Scholar, Program on Arab Reform and Democracy, Stanford University
Aboubakr Jamai, Founder and Former Editor, Le Journal Hebdomadaire

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

The panel will discuss the Arab Uprisings and Moroccan protest movement.

*A light lunch will be served.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/og9678z

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

Thursday, October 10, 2013
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

Europeans make it better? Internet Privacy Protection in the European Union and the United States


Agustín Rossi, Ph.D. Candidate, European University Institute

The European Union Internet privacy regime is usually considered the Global Standard setter, while the United States is often described as the only developed nation in the world without a comprehensive privacy policy. When comparing the actual implementation of the two regimes we find out that while they are different in kind, they are similar in substance - the end results they offer are comparable. This presentation will explain why there is variation in kind, but not (much) variation in substance.

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

Sponsored by the IERES

Thursday, October 10, 2013
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Prospective Student Open house


Doug Shaw, Associate Dean, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

Angella Griffin, Director, Graduate Student Career Development, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

Lisa Stephenson, Assistant Dean of Academic Programs, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

Daniela Reichert, Director, International Programs and Education, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

Jeff Miles, Director, Office of Graduate Admissions, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

This evening open house event is for prospective Elliott School graduate students. Attendees will hear from faculty and staff about Elliott School graduate programs, academic advising, career development, and study abroad opportunities. There is a reception with faculty and staff following the presentation.

Reception to follow. This event will also be available via livestream.

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

Sponsored by the Elliott School Office of Graduate Admissions

Friday, October 11, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

Law and the Eurozone Crisis


Daniel Kelemen, Professor of Political Science, Jean Monnet Chair and Director of the Center for European Studies, Rutgers University

Professor Kelemen will discuss how European Union leaders have been attempting to use legal tools to impose fiscal discipline on the EU member states, and why this is unlikely to succeed.

A copy of Professor Kelemen's paper will be made available to those who RSVP.

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

Sponsored by Part of IERES's European Politics Series

Monday, October 14, 2013
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Indonesia's Approach Toward a Green Economy


Dr. Mubariq Ahmad, Adviser for Climate Change Policy, World Bank; Strategy Working Group Leader, Indonesia's Presidential Task Force on REDD+

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

Sponsored by the Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA) and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Monday, October 14, 2013
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Policy Forum: Assessing India's Inclusive Development for Better Outcomes


Ajay Chhibber, Director General, India's Independent Evaluation Organization

India is facing huge challenges - slowing growth and investment, high inflation and significant unemployment and poverty. Rising inequality and structural inequities against women, lower castes and tribal people make the challenge of inclusive development in a large federal democracy more difficult. Dr. Ajay Chhibber, the first head of the recently established Independent Evaluation Organization of India, will discuss these challenges and the role of assessments in creating more inclusive outcomes and better informed policy in this important emerging economy.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/sustainabledev20132014

Sponsored by the Rising Powers Initiative's Asian Economic Challenges series and the Institute for International Economic Policy's Sustainable Development Forum series

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Marvin Center, Third Floor
800 21st Street NW

Back to Business: How Socially Innovative Entrepreneurship Can Build the Middle East


Dr. Tarik Yousef, CEO, Silatech, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Fadi Ghandour, Founder and Vice Chairman, ARAMEX Founder and Chairman, Ruwwad for Development

Christopher Schroeder, Author, Startup Rising - The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East, Co-Founder, HealthCentral.com

Dina Sherif, Fellow, Middle East Task Force, New America Foundation Senior Advisor, Silatech, Founding Partner, Ahead of the Curve

Moderated by
Leila Hilal, Director, Middle East Task Force, New America Foundation

Silatech and the New America Foundation's Middle East Task Force will host an expert panel featuring Dr. Tarik Yousef, CEO of Silatech; Fadi Ghandour, Founder and Chairman of ARAMEX; Christopher Schroeder, author of Startup Rising; and Dina Sherif, a fellow at the Middle East Task Force. The panel will address the region's major economic challenges, and discuss the need for socially innovative enterprise development.<br/><br/>

The past two years have witnessed a series of defining moments for the Middle East with key countries like Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia undergoing difficult political transitions. As attention is focused on advancing democracy, stability is being brokered by economic growth in surprising and innovative new ways that should be supported. The ability to empower youth economically will accelerate the pace at which these countries can develop stable political systems.

A light breakfast and coffee will be served.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/nauy46e

Sponsored by Silatech, The New America Foundation, and The Institute for Middle East Studies

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Elliot School, Room 113
1957 E Street NW

DARPA Director Dr. Arati Prabhakar


Arati Prabhakar, Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

A reception will follow.

RSVP: spi@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the Center for International Science and Technology Policy

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Latvian Republic Embassy of the United States of America
2306 Massachusetts Ave., NW

Latvian Foreign Policy


H.E. Mr. Andris Razans, Latvian Ambassador to the United States

Join the Master of International Policy and Practice (MIPP) program for a visit to the Latvian Embassy, where Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia to the United  States, will be giving an informative lecture on Latvian-EU-US foreign policy.

This event is only open to students.

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

Sponsored by the Master of International Policy and Practice (MIPP) and the Elliott School of International Affairs

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Sectarian Gulf: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the Arab Spring That Wasn't: A Conversation with Toby Matthiesen


Toby Matthiesen, Research Fellow in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

Toby Matthiesen is a research fellow in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge. He has published in <i>The New York Review of Books</i>, <i>The Guardian</i>, <i>Foreign Policy</i>, <i>Middle East Journal</i>, and <i>Middle East Report</i>, and has done extensive fieldwork in the Middle East during the Arab Spring. He previously worked as a Gulf Consultant for the International Crisis Group.<br/>
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Toby Matthiesen will discuss his new book <i>Sectarian Gulf: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the Arab Spring That Wasn't.</i>

*A limited number of books will be available free of charge to GW students, and books will be on sale at the event as well.
**Book signing and reception will follow.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/p88domk

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

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

The Jerusalem Fund
2425 Virginia Avenue NW

Film Screening: The Law in These Parts


Ra'anan Alexandrowicz, Writer / Director, The Law in These Parts

<i>The Law in These Parts</i> is an unprecedented exploration of the evolving and little-known legal framework that Israel has employed to administer its 40-year military occupation of the West Bank and, until 2005, the Gaza Strip. Celebrated Israeli filmmaker Ra'anan Alexandrowicz (<i>The Inner Tour</i>) elicits this story from the very military judges, prosecutors and legal advisors who helped create the system and who agreed to take the cinematic witness chair to explain their choices. Weaving together these interviews with archival footage, often in the same frame, Alexandrowicz has crafted a comprehensive and evocative portrait of a key facet of one of the world's most stubborn and enduring conflicts. In doing so, <i>The Law in These Parts</i> reveals not only the legal architecture of military occupation, but also its human impact on both Palestinians and Israelis. The film asks a question as troubling as it is unavoidable: Can a modern democracy impose a prolonged military occupation on another people while retaining its core democratic values? Winner of jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/o43dcck

Sponsored by the Institute for Middle East Studies, the Jerusalem Fund, and the Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace & Development at the University of Maryland

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

City View Room, 7th Floor
1957 E Street NW

Water, US Foreign Policy, and American Leadership


Moderator: Marcus King, John O. Rankin Associate Professor; Director, Master of Arts in International Affairs, GW

This event will be a panel discussion on water security led by prominent experts from the NGO, private, and public sectors.

It will be a capstone event releasing a report on findings of a two year Chatham House Rules workshop series discussing the world's most pressing WASH and water security issues. The event is motivated by the findings of the Intelligence Community Assessment on Global Water Security released which highlighted the need for urgent action to address global water needs.

Reception to follow.

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

Sponsored by the Climate and Water Security Initiative and the WASH Advocates

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Funger Hall, Room 108
2201 G Street, NW

Big Data Keynote Speaker Series: Data Mining and Public Opinion


Jim Clifton, CEO of GALLUP

Join YPFP and learn from the one of most prominent practitioners of data mining, Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO of Gallup. A business leader in applying data analysis principles to the arenas of politics and security, Mr. Clifton has been invited as part of the Keynote Speaker Series for the Big Data and Analytics incubator in order to help future leaders of foreign policy understand the role of data analysis in developing foreign policy and crafting solutions to critical global challenges.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/odv75og

Sponsored by the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and the Insitution of Public Diplomcay and Global Communication (IPDGC)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Social Entrepreneurship: New Ideas for a Young South Africa: A Conversation with Luvuyo Mandela


Luvuyo Mandela, Social Entrepreneur

Moderated by Lauren Carruth, Post-doctoral Fellow, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

Luvuyo Mandela seeks to engage students and others in the concept of servicing community while building a nation. The idea is to be entrepreneurial so as to create jobs and new industries in order to help alleviate unemployment and the negative effects of poverty.
Moderated by Lauren Carruth, Post-doctoral Fellow, Elliott School of International Affairs

Coffee, tea and juices will be provided.

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

Sponsored by the GW's Institute for Global and International Studies' Africa Working Group, International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Sigma Iota Rho Honors Society for International Studies, and the School of Business Africa Business Association

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Informal Labor, Formal Politics, and Dignified Discontent in India


Rina Agarwala, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University

Emmanuel Teitelbaum, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, GW

Deepa Ollapally, Director, The Rising Powers Initiative, GW

<i>Informal Labor, Formal Politics and Dignified Discontent in India</i> examines the growing group of "informal" or "precarious" workers who are unregulated and have no labor rights. Rina Agarwala investigates how these vulnerable workers are organizing to improve their livelihoods in India. Drawing upon 300 personal interviews with women workers in construction and tobacco, she finds-contrary to the existing literature-that these workers are launching an innovative movement to assert their rights.

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

Sponsored by the Rising Powers Initiative's Asian Economic Challenges series and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

The Family Business: Turkmenistan Economy Starts to Look Like its Neighbors


Myles Smith, Senior Program Officer and Assistant Managing Editor, Media Sustainability Index at IREX

Turkmenistan's business sector has evolved during the short reign of Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow. What was once the province of a small handful of foreign businessmen with close personal relationships with first president Niyazov is now a slightly more open field. The first family and new patrons are prying open opportunities for Turkmenistan-based businesses. Meanwhile, old favorites like Itera, MTC, and Bouygues have struggled to maintain their positions. What are the implications for Turkmenistan's economy and political system, and what does this shift preface about Turkmenistan's future development.

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

Sponsored by the Central Asia Program

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Elliott School, Room 212
1957 E Street NW

A Discussion on China's Future Role in Africa


Lula Chen, Director, the Sino-African Institute of Sister Cities International

Join IAS and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies for a discussion with Lula Chen, the director of the Sino-African Institute of Sister Cities International. Ms. Chen's program focuses on building diplomatic ties between the two regions and she has traveled extensively throughout both. She will discuss the future Chinese-African relationship as well as ways that students can get involved with her program.

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

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

Thursday, October 17, 2013
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Nuclear Policy Talks:Miscalculated Ambiguity? Assessing the Strategic Implications of Conventional Prompt Global Strike


James Acton, Senior Associate, Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

For over a decade the United States has sought to develop non-nuclear weapons that could hit distant targets in a short period of time. Debate about this Conventional Prompt Global Strike Program has been dominated by one issue-the possibility that Russia (or another observing state) might mistake one of these weapons for a nuclear weapon and launch a nuclear response. Unfortunately, this narrow focus ignores other, more serious strategic risks as well as strategic benefits. James Acton will discuss these risks and benefits, and analyze the extent to which the risks can be mitigated by unilateral and cooperative approaches.

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

Sponsored by the Nuclear Policy Talks

Thursday, October 17, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Alumni House, 1st Floor
1918 F Street NW

Women as Successful Entrepreneurial Leaders in Agriculture: Ten Case Studies from Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America


Marlene Gummo Stearns, Founder, 3Psourcing

Marlene Gummo Stearns is the founder of 3Psourcing, which she established to assist food companies in Africa and Latin America in exporting specialty foods to the United States. In this seminar, she will discuss ten case studies, informed by in-depth field interviews with women owners of small and medium sized enterprises. Stearns is a 2013 graduate of the Elliott School's MIPP program, and her fieldwork was partially supported by the Global Gender Program.

Coffee, tea, fruit juice and water will be provided.

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

Sponsored by the Global Gender Program

Thursday, October 17, 2013
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

Beyond Pakistan: New Delhi's Policy Toward Afghanistan and Central Asia


Jean-Luc Racine, Emeritus CNRS Senior Fellow, Centre for South Asian Studies, School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS), Paris

Dr. Jean-Luc Racine is Emeritus CNRS Senior Fellow, working at the Centre for South Asian Studies, at the School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS), Paris. He is also the Director of the Science Policy at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, and Vice-President of the Paris-based think tank Asia Centre (www.centreasia.eu). His research is focused on three correlated issues: the dynamics of transformation of contemporary India; Indias foreign and security policies and its attempts at reshaping the new world order; and geopolitics of South Asia, particularly its most sensitive issues: Pakistan strategic paradigm, India-Pakistan relations and Kashmir.

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

Sponsored by the Central Asia Program and the Rising Powers Initiative

Thursday, October 17, 2013
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Middle East Policy Forum: 1973: The Road to War


Yigal Kipnis, Historian, University of Haifa

William Quandt, Edward R. Stettinius, Jr. Professor of Politics, University of Virginia

Harold Saunders, Director of International Affairs, Kettering Foundation

Yigal Kipnis in his new pathbreaking book <i>1973: The Road to War</i> draws on recently declassified information revealing diplomatic overtures involving Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, Golda Meir and Anwar Sadat in the months preceding the October 1973 Yom Kippur War. William Quandt and Harold Saunders, both in senior positions in the U.S. government at the time, will add their recollections of the events leading up to the October 6, 1973. Could the war have been avoided? What would the region have looked like? Come and hear their views on these and other fascinating aspects of this important moment in the Middle East.

A limited number of books will be available free of charge to GW students, and books will also be on sale at the event.

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

Sponsored by the Middle East Policy Forum, which is presented with Exxon Mobil

Thursday, October 17, 2013
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Elliott School, Voesar Conference Room
1957 E Street NW

Discovering Central Asia's Vibrant Cinema


Marlene Laruelle, Director, Central Asia Program, GW

Film Screening: The Story of the Weeping Camel

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

Sponsored by the Central Asia Program

Friday, October 18, 2013
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

East Asian Humanities Lecture Series Inaugural Lecture: "The Languages of East Asia: What Does it Mean To Be East Asian?"


Samuel Robert Ramsey, Professor of East Asian Linguistics, University of Maryland

East Asia is not a geographical area - at least for those of us who spend our lives studying it. Rather, "East Asia" is the shorthand term we use in talking about one the world's great civilizations. In a word, it's primarily a cultural term for us, not a geographical one, and in that sense East Asian Studies is not area studies at all. It's about the history and deeper significance of human culture and institutions.<br/>
And yet, geography, the lay of the land, is nevertheless an important topic for the East Asianist, because it has shaped the languages and cultures of East Asia to a remarkable degree. How that happened is a topic that will be explored in Dr. Ramsey's talk.

When you RSVP, include your name, affiliation, and contact information.

RSVP: eall@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures

Monday, October 21, 2013
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Conservative Internationalism: Armed Diplomacy under Jefferson, Polk, Truman, and Reagan


Henry R. Nau, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

Debates about U.S. foreign policy have revolved around three main traditions--liberal internationalism, realism, and nationalism. In his most recent book, GW Professor Henry R. Nau delves deeply into a fourth, overlooked foreign policy tradition that he calls "conservative internationalism." <i>Conservative Internationalism</i> shows how the U.S. can effectively sustain global leadership while respecting the constraints of public will and material resources.

A reception and book signing will follow the lecture. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

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

Sponsored by the Elliott School of International Affairs

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Dissent and Revolution in the Digital Age: Social Media, Blogging and Activism in Egypt: A Conversation with David Faris


David Faris, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Roosevelt University

David Faris is assistant professor of Political Science at Roosevelt University where he teaches Egyptian and Middle Eastern Politics. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Pennsylvania University.

David Faris will discuss his new book <i>Dissent and Revolution in a Digital Age: Social Media, Blogging and Activism in Egypt.</i>

*A limited number of books will be available free of charge to GW students, and books will also be on sale at the event.
**Book signing and reception will follow.
***A light lunch will be served.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/mp7h4jq

Sponsored by the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS), Institute for Middle East Studies, with the support of the US Department of Education's Title VI National Resource Center Grant for the Middle East

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Kendrick Seminar Room, Room 321
2115 G Street NW

Quantifying Upstreamness in East Asia: Insights from a Coasian model of Production Staging


Russell Hillberry, Senior Economist, World Bank

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/tradeanddev20132014

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

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

A Situational Analysis of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games


Lisa Delpy Neirotti, Professor of Sport Management, GW

Join Olympic scholar and GW professor Lisa Delpy Neirotti for a discussion on how and why Sochi won the bid to host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games and some of the challenges being faced by the local organizing committee and the International Olympic Committee.

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

Sponsored by the IERES

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Film Screening and Discussion: Garbage Dreams


David Faris, assistant professor of Political Science, Roosevelt University

Garbage Dreams follows three teenage boys born into the trash trade and growing up in the world's largest garbage village, on the outskirts of Cairo. It is the home to 60,000 Zaballeen, Arabic for "garbage people." Far ahead of any modern "Green" initiatives the Zaballeen survive by recycling 80 percent of the garbage they collect. When their community is suddenly faced with the globalization of its trade, each of the teenage boys is forced to make choices that will impact his future and the survival of his community.

5:30pm - 7:00pm (Screening of film)

7:00pm - 8:00pm (Discussion)

K-12 educators are encouraged to attend and bring their students. The event is open to the general public.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/p4248vq

Sponsored by the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS), the Institute for Middle East Studies with the support of the US Department of Education's Title VI National Resource Center Grant for the Middle East

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Gelman Library, Room B04
2130 H St NW

WIIS-GWU Event Featuring Michele Clark: A Discussion on Human Rights


Michele Clark, Adjunct Professor, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

Professor Michele Clark will discuss combating trafficking and human rights.

Open to all.

RSVP: michsc@gwmail.gwu.edu

Sponsored by the WIIS-GWU (Women in International Security at GWU)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

The US Rebalance and ASEAN Regionalism


Julio Amador III, Asia Studies Visiting Fellow, East-West Center

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) finds itself in a challenging position as the US rebalances towards Asian continues. The main geopolitical issue for ASEAN and the US is China's continuing rise and the tensions in the West Philippine Sea/South China Sea will be a constant reminder that ASEAN's future is not going to be easy. Two important questions are central in this presentation: 1) will ASEAN's role as driver of regionalism continue? And, 2) will the ASEAN Community that begins in earnest in 2015 have any impact on regional security architecture? Caught between the emerging rivalry of China and the US, ASEAN's role in managing great power relations becomes more relevant as Southeast Asia finds itself an important theater in the evolving regional security environment.

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

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Why the World Bank Should Take a Human Rights Approach to Hydrodevelopment


Barbara Rose Johnston, Senior Research Fellow, The Center for Political Ecology, Santa Cruz, CA

This talk will address hydrodevelopment and its connections to crimes against humanity with reference to the Chixoy dam in Guatemala.

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

Sponsored by the Culture in Global Affairs Program (CIGA) and the Institute for Global and International Studies

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

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Living with Volatility: Managing Capital Flows in Emerging Markets


Charles Collyns, Assistant Secretary of International Finance, U.S. Department of the Treasury

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/intlfinance1314

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

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

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

The Widespread Use of Torture in Kyrgyzstan


Sardar Bagishbekov, Executive Director, Golos Svobody, Kyrgyzstan

Torture in Kyrgyzstan stems from a combination of deficiencies in legislation, the policies and practices of the Interior Ministry, Prosecutor's office and judiciary, and the public's mentality of acceptance.  The speaker will present a short video and describe the conditions of temporary and pretrial detention facilities in Kyrgyzstan from the perspective of civic oversight. Additionally, he will examine the steps taken by the Kyrgyz government and agencies to combat torture and impunity.

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

Sponsored by Part of IERES's Visiting Scholar Roundtable Series

Thursday, October 24, 2013
6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

US Foreign Policy and International Organizations


Esther Brimmer, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of International Affairs, GW

Moderated by:
Michael N. Barnett, University Professor of International Affairs and Political Science, GW

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

Sponsored by the Elliott School of International Affairs

Thursday, October 24, 2013
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Elliott School, Conference Room 501
1957 E Street NW

IDS Alumni Series: Careers in International Education


Bart Pogue, Senior Program Officer, NSLI for Youth, American Councils for International Education

Kerry White, Business Development Coordinator, Education Development Center Inc.

Ana-Maria Sinitean, Program Coordinator, IREX

Join us for the first event in our 2013-14 IDS Alumni Series where IDS alumni will discuss approaches to international education, provide career tips and talk about how they began working for their respective organizations.

Light refreshments will be provided

RSVP: go.gwu.edu/idsinternationaled

Sponsored by International Development Studies program

Saturday, October 26, 2013
11:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Funger Hall, Room 103
2201 G Street NW

Hidden Threat: A Simulation of Domestic Law Enforcement Counterterrorism


This simulation addresses the threat posed to the United States by a home-grown terrorist network seeking to damage the U.S. government. Participants will represent policy actors and practitioners from the U.S. government, including members of the U.S. Homeland Security Council, U.S. Senate, and headquarters, field offices, and joint terrorism task forces members for various Federal and state law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

Participation is open to all students, undergraduate and graduate, alumni, and professors. There will be food provided.

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

Sponsored by the Strategic Crisis Simulations

Monday, October 28, 2013
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

SMPA, Room B07
805 21st St NW

New Leadership in Tehran: Time for Rapprochement?


Ambassador John Limbert, former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iran

Dr. Shireen Hunter, Visiting Fellow, Center for Christian Muslim Understanding and Director, Carnegie Endowment Project on reformist Islam

The George Washington University International Affairs Society and the American Iranian Council will be hosting "New Leadership in Iran: Time for Rapprochement?", a conference that will identify the prospects and mechanisms for a breakthrough in U.S.-Iran relations. The conference aims to build upon the momentum created by the election of moderate Dr. Hassan Rouhani as Iranian President, President Obama's engagement policy with Tehran and the recent events in Geneva and at the United Nations General Assembly to generate ideas for a possible settlement of the nuclear dossier.

RSVP: http://bit.ly/GThrgi

Sponsored by the GW International Affairs Society and the American Iranian Council

Monday, October 28, 2013
5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

The Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Middle East


Ambassador Dr. Sameh ABOUL-ENEIN, Associate Fellow to the Emerging Security Challenges Programme of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy; Adjunct Professor, American University in Cairo; Visiting Professor, University of East Anglia; Ambassador for Disarmament and International Security, Egypt.

Ambassador Abdul-Enein will provide perspective on the upcoming 2015 NPT Review Conference.

Chatham house rules, not open to press. Speaker will be speaking in his personal capacity only.

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

Sponsored by the Nuclear Policy Talks

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Kendrick Seminar Room, Room 321
2115 G Street NW

International Trade: Linking Micro and Macro


Sam Kortum, Professor of Economics, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Yale University

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/tradeanddev20132014

Sponsored by the Institute for International Economic Policy, and the GWU Economics Department

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

Georgia After Presidential Elections: Is a Consolidated Democracy in Reach?


Martha Beard, Program Officer, Eurasia, National Endowment for Democracy

Cory Welt, Associate Director, IERES and Research Professor, GWU

Georgia's October 27 presidential election ushers in a new era of political life framed by substantive constitutional change devised three years ago to shift power to parliament this fall. President Mikheil Saakashvili will step down from office after 10 years in power, and Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili plans to abide by his campaign promise and soon step down from his post, paving the way for a fractious, but democratic, parliamentary political system. How much democratic progress has been made in Georgia over the last year? What will be the impact of Georgia's constitutional changes on relations between the new president, ruling cabinet, and parliament? Is a consolidated democracy in Georgia within reach? Please join panelists for this discussion of Georgia's post-election politics.

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

Sponsored by Part of IERES's Behind the Headlines Series; Co-Sponsored by the National Endowment for Democracy

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Social Entrepreneurship, Philanthropy and the Quest for Social Change and Impact at Scale


David Rothschild, Skoll Foundation

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

Sponsored by the Master of International Policy and Practice, Elliott School of International Affairs (MIPP)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

US Nuclear Energy Policy/Interagency Efforts


Joyce Connery, Director, Nuclear Energy Policy, Office of International Economics, National Security Council

The US nuclear industry faces challenges domestically, with low natural gas prices, a post-Fukushima regulatory environment and tight capital. Internationally, the US is no longer the only supplier of nuclear technology and faces competition from State-backed suppliers.  Connery will discuss the role of the US Government in supporting the US nuclear industry and how maintaining a strong nuclear industry enhances US national interests to include nonproliferation, security, safety, commerce and prosperity.

This event is off the record.

RSVP: Joseph.Glaser@nnsa.doe.gov

Sponsored by the Nuclear Policy Talks and Institute for Nuclear Materials Management

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Elliott School, Room 213
1957 E Street NW

The Caucasus: Violence and Radicalization


Richard Krauzlarich, Former US Ambassador;
Thomas de Waaland, Carnegie Endowment Senior Associate;
Jean-Francois Ratelle, visiting scholar from the University of Ottawa.

Panelists will be discussing and sharing their expertise on the current security situation in the Caucasus and how it pertains to US National Security interests.

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/6434801665

Sponsored by Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Fraternity

Thursday, October 31, 2013
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Cross-Border Gun Trafficking and Violence in Mexico


Yuriana Armendáriz, Resident of Creel, Mexico, and family member of two victims of the 2008 Creel massacre

Father Javier Avila, President of the Commission of Solidarity and Human Rights in Chihuahua State, Mexico

Chelsea Parsons, Associate Director, Crime and Firearms Policy, Center for American Progress

Moderated by: Joy Olson, Executive Director, Washington Office on Latin America

Please join us for a discussion about crime and violence in Mexico, cross-border gun trafficking, and the steps that U.S. policy makers can take to address this urgent problem.

The presentations will be given in English and Spanish; simultaneous interpretation into both languages will be provided.

For more information, please contact Clay Boggs at cboggs@wola.org"

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

Sponsored by the LAHSP and WOLA

Thursday, October 31, 2013
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Elliott School, Voesar Conference Room
1957 E Street NW

Tajik Presidential Elections


Eric McGlinchey, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Public and International Affairs, George Mason University

Azita Ranjbar, Ph.D. Student, The Pennsylvania State University

Vladimir Fedorenko, Research Fellow, Rethink Institute

Marlene Laruelle, Director Central Asia Program, GW

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

Sponsored by the Central Asia Program