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November 2013

Saturday, November 2, 2013
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Harry Harding Room 213
1957 E Street NW

Nuclear Weapons Issues in the 21st Century


Rose Gottemoeller, Acting Under Secretary of State

Dick Garwin, IBM Fellow

Robert Gallucci, President, MacArthur Foundation

Olli Heinonen, Former Head of Safeguards, IAEA

Frank von Hippel, Professor of Public and International Affairs, Princeton

David Albright, President, ISIS

Technical workshop on nuclear weapon issues covering multiple topics from nuclear weapons and arms control, nuclear proliferation, mass casualty terrorism, the CTBT, and ballistic missile defense.

Event requires registration. A certain number of GW students, staff, or faculty can be admitted for free.

RSVP: For GW affiliates: ccwalrond@gwu.edu All others can register at http://aps.org/units/fps/meetings/nucwpissues/

Sponsored by the Elliott School and the American Physical Society

Monday, November 4, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Elliott School, Room 505
1957 E Street NW

Course Introduction "Brazil Rising: Possibilities and Constraints"


John Garrison, Lecturer, GW and World Bank Civil Society Specialist

This will be a welcome and introduction to the new course: "Brazil Rising: Possibilities and Constraints", to be taught by John Garrison, from the World Bank, during the spring 2014. Interested students are encouraged to attend and bring any questions they may have.

Open to only to students.

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

Sponsored by the Brazil Initiative

Monday, November 4, 2013
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Elliott School, Room 505
1957 E Street NW

"Citizen Strangers: Palestinians and the Birth of Israel's Liberal Settler State" -- A Conversation with Professor Shira Robinson


Shira Robinson, Associate Professor of History and International Affairs, George Washington University

Shira Robinson is Associate Professor of History and International Affairs at The George Washington University where she teaches the social and cultural history of the Modern Middle East. She holds a PhD in History from Stanford University.

Professor Robinson will discuss her new book in a conversation with Ian Lustick, Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania and Elizabeth Thompson, Associate Professor of History, University of Virginia.

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.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/pey4642

Sponsored by the Institute for Middle East Studies

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Kendrick Seminar Room, Room 321
2115 G Street NW

Firm-to-Firm Trade: Imports, Exports, and the Labor Market


Jonathan Eaton, Professor of Economics, Brown

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

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

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

ONLINE WEBINAR
ONLINE WEBINAR

Webinar on International Water Security


Moderated by:

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

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

Speakers:

Dr. Marcus King, John O. Rankin Associate Professor and Director of Master of Arts Program, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

Dr. Mohamed Chebaane, President and Co-founder, Water for Life Solutions LLC

Dr. Aaron Wolf, Professor and Department Chair of Geosciences, Oregon State University

Join us on the web November 5 for the second of a five webinar series 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 Elliott 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 panel on November 5 will examine the issue of diminishing access to clean water in many parts of the world through a hypothetical scenario in which Yemen runs out of water.  As the pace of climate change increases, water conflicts may emerge as one of the most significant threats to society.

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

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

Sponsored by the Climate and Water Security Initiative and the Security and Sustainability Forum

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

SMPA, Room B07
805 21st Street NW

Beyond Benghazi: U.S. Public Diplomacy in Troubled Times


Thomas Pickering, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations

As part of the annual Walter Roberts Lecture, distinguished ambassador Thomas Pickering will discuss the public diplomacy challenges in a time of protest and upheaval, digital media, and emerging competitors to America's pre-eminence on the world stage, particularly in light of the incident in Benghazi, Libya.

Open to the public. Free admission, but RSVP is required.

RSVP: http://bit.ly/thomas-pickering

Sponsored by the IPDGC and the Walter Roberts Endowment

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Linder Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Kazakh Culture: Legacies and Innovation


Ambassador Olzhas Suleymenov, permanent representative of Kazakhstan to UNESCO

At the occasion of the visit of the most famous contemporary Kazakh writer, Ambassador Olzhas Suleymenov, the Central Asia Program invites you to discuss the legacies and innovations of Kazakh culture in the 20th and 21st century. We will be analyzing Kazakh culture through an artistic lens of literature, painting, music and film. The Program hopes to contribute to the study of "cultures" - in its plural form - of Central Asia as living dynamics, functioning through interaction with politics and the economy, and reflecting current social changes in the region.

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

Sponsored by the CAP, Kazakhstan Embassy in Washington DC

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

Crisis in the European Periphery


Kostas Vergopoulos, University of Paris VIII

The current Eurozone crisis started from its peripheral members: Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, and now Italy. All of them make the so-called group of PIIGS, which is considered as living beyond its means, wasting the economies of scrupulous tax-payers and prudent savers of the European core countries. Meanwhile, during the last decade, rates of fixed capital formation and labor productivity were in peripheral Europe 3 or 4 times faster and higher than in its core. The European periphery's problem is probably not over-consumption, but rather over-accumulation. A waste of resources? Maybe, but in capital expenses, not in consumption.

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

Sponsored by the IERES; Co-sponsored by the Onassis Foundation (USA) and the Hellenic Society of Washington, DC

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Harry Harding Room 213
1957 E Street NW

Dress for Success


Featuring representatives from Ann Taylor

WIIS-GWU and Ann Taylor will co-host "Dress for Success," an event focused on helping students dress for interviews, jobs, and internships.  The event will feature a fashion presentation, style tips, raffles, and more!

Open to all students.

RSVP: michsc@gwmail.gwu.edu

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

Thursday, November 7, 2013
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

The OAS in the Americas: Progress and Challenges


José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General, Organization of American States

Opening Remarks by: Robert E. Maguire, Director, Latin American & Hemispheric Studies Program

GW's Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program and The Organization of American States present the inaugural event of OAS Perspectives on Hemispheric Issues: A Conversation with José Miguel Insulza.

This event is free and open to the public.

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

Sponsored by the Organization of American States and LAHS

Thursday, November 7, 2013
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Funger Hall, Room 103
2201 G Street NW

Challenges of the Syrian Opposition


Panelists:

Steven Heydemann, Special advisor for Middle East Initiatives, United States Institute of Peace

Zachariah Mampilly, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Africana Studies, Vassar College

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

Jonah Schulhofer-Wohl, Assistant Professor of Politics, University of Virginia

Moderated by:

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

As the Syrian uprising approaches its third anniversary, the conflict is far from resolved and has entrenched tensions at the local, regional and international levels. The crisis has grown increasingly intractable in the face of the political stalemate, continued violence, and the mass exodus of refugees to neighboring countries. At this juncture, what are the organizational problems of the Syrian opposition and how will these challenges shape the conflict moving forward? Join POMEPS for a critical analysis and discussion of the insurgency in Syria.

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

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

Thursday, November 7, 2013
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Elliott School, Room 505
1957 E Street NW

Our Shared Opportunity: A Vision for Global Prosperity


Conor Savoy, Fellow, Project on U.S. Leadership in Development and Project on Prosperity and Development, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Last year CSIS convened the Executive Council on Development - a bipartisan group of leaders from government, business, nongovernmental organizations, and philanthropy - to explore how the U.S. government and private sector can work together to support the economic success of developing countries.  In the final report, Our Shared Opportunity: A Vision for Global Prosperity, the Council provides a targeted set of recommendations for the U.S. government and private sector, calling for a greater reliance on business, trade, and investment tools to achieve better development outcomes. Please join us for a conversation with the report's coauthor, Conor Savoy, who will discuss the growing role of the private sector in international development and the opportunities that the U.S. has to make a larger global impact by focusing its resources on trade and investment.

This event is only open to Elliott School students, faculty and staff. Light refreshments will be provided.

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

Sponsored by the International Development Studies Program

Friday, November 8, 2013
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

G2 at GW: 6th Annual Conference on U.S.-China Economic Relations and China's Economic Development


Keynote: Steve Barnett, Division Chief - China, IMF

Session 1: China-U.S. Trade: Jobs and Competition

Ann Harrison, Professor of Management, Pennsylvania

Mary Lovely, Professor of Economics, Syracuse

Peter Schott, Professor of Economics, Yale

Session 2: Multinational Firms in the U.S. and China

Lee Branstetter, Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon

Wenjie Chen, Assistant Professor of International Business, GW

Session 3: China's Growth and Financial Liberalization

Xiaodong Zhu, Professor of Economics, University of Toronto

Chang-Tai Hsieh, Professor of Economics, University of Chicago

Session 4: China's Economic and Political Development

James Kung, Senior Fellow, Hkust

Yan Wang, Visiting Professor, GW

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/2013chinaatgw

Sponsored by the Institute for International Economic Policy, the GW Center for International Business Education and Research, the Sigur Center for Asian Studies - Rising Powers Initiative, and the GW Confucius Institute

Friday, November 8, 2013
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

City View Room, 7th Floor
1957 E Street NW

Prospects for U.S.-Taiwan Relations with Pu-Tsung King


Ambassador Pu-Tsung King, Representative of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to the United States

Join the Sigur Center for Asian Studies for an evening with the Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to the United States, Pu-Tsung King. A reception will be held immediately following the ambassador's remarks.

Remarks and a Q&A session will last from 5:30pm - 6:30pm. A reception will begin immediately after, at 6:30pm in the City View Room.

RSVP: This event is no longer accepting RSVPs. To be placed on the waitlist please email: gsigur@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Saturday, November 9, 2013
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Harry Harding Room 213
1957 E Street NW

The 21st Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium in the Korean Humanities: Korea and Cultural Diplomacy: Politics and Meaning in Arts, Industry, and Civil Society


Young-Key Kim-Renaud, Chair, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, GW

Kathleen Stephens, Former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea

Kyung Hyun Kim, Professor, East Asian Languages & Literature, University of California Irvine

Gregg A. Brazinsky, Associate Professor of History and International Affairs

In the 21st Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium, scholars and diplomats will discuss how Korea has represented and explained itself to the world through the arts, the  media, and public diplomacy, in which communication takes place between citizens of different nations, or between citizens and governments, as opposed to communication solely between governments. Korean lunch is served. Open to
the public, free of charge, but reservations are required.

Please register by contacting kimrenau@gwu.edu with your name, affiliation, and contact information.

RSVP: kimrenau@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the Korea Foundation, the GW Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, the Institute for Ethnographic Research, and the Literature Translation Institute of Korea

Monday, November 11, 2013
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Linder Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

The Jade Emperor: Sovereign Power, Celestial Bureaucracy, and the Political Theology of the Masses in China


Mayfair Yang, Professor, U.C. Santa Barbara

Based on fieldwork in Wenzhou on the southeastern coast of China, Professor Mayfair Yang adopts the notion of "political theology" to understand the nature of political power in China and the religious-political imagery of a rural and small town.

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

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and GW's Confucius Institute

Monday, November 11, 2013
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Phillips Hall, Room 112
801 22nd Street

Latin-America-Africa Relations: A Dominican Model?


Yvonne Captain-Hidalgo, Associate Professor of Latin American Literature & Film and International Affairs

For more information contact rgsll@gwu.edu or 202-994-6330

RSVP: Open to all

Sponsored by the Department of Romance, German & Slavic Languages & Literatures at The George Washington University.

Monday, November 11, 2013
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Movie Screening: Crossing Borders


Laura C. Engel, Assistant Professor of International Education and International Affairs

In honor of International Education week, join the Office of International Programs and Education and the International Education Association of GW in a documentary screening of Crossing Borders (2010). Dr. Laura Engel, Assistant Professor of International Education and International Affairs, will mediate a discussion following the film.

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

Sponsored by The Office of International Programs and Education, The International Education Association

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Elliott School, Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

Environmental Crime and Corruption in Russia


Sally Stoecker, Scholar in Residence, American University

The recently published Environmental Crime and Corruption in Russia: Federal and Regional Perspectives provides new insights into environmental challenges in several regions of the Russian Federation. All but one of the authors is a native Russian scholar who examined a diverse set of problems with global implications, such as the protection and disposal of nuclear waste and the impact of air and water pollution on the incidence of chronic disease. In this presentation, one of the book's co-editors will provide an overview of the contributors' findings and answer questions from the audience.

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

Sponsored by IERES's Behind the Headlines Series

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Elliott School, Room B17
1957 E Street NW

FLEEING FOR FREEDOM: Challenges and Opportunities for Refugees and Asylum Seekers


Brittney Nystrom, Director for Advocacy, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

Ruth Dickey, Immigration Attorney

Jason Dzubow, Dzubow & Pilcher, PLLC

Last month, the State Department released a statement saying that nearly 70,000 refugees had been admitted into the United States this past year.  Refugees and asylum seekers flee their native countries in search of safety and security, but for many, their struggles continue once they arrive in the U.S.  Who are these refugees and asylum seekers and how do they adjust to life in the U.S.? The panelists will discuss their important work with these individuals and will address some of the ways the United States could better support them in their search for a better life.

This event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

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

Sponsored by Sigma Iota Rho

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Elliott School, Room 505
1957 E Street NW

A Conversation with Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter


Martha J. Kanter, U.S. Under Secretary of Education

The International Affairs Society will host Under Secretary of Education, Martha J. Kanter, on Tuesday November 12th for a discussion on U.S. education global competitiveness, President Obama's college costs proposals, and other initiatives that she has worked on in the Department of Education.

RSVP: http://bit.ly/16O7ozQ

Sponsored by the GWU International Affairs Society

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

City View Room, 7th Floor
1957 E Street NW

Cubans in the New Economy: Their reflections and the US response


Cuban guests

Nidialys Acosta Cabrera, Nostalgicar

Emilia Fernández, Human Resources Specialist

Niuris Higueras Martínez, Atelier

U.S. speakers

Margaret E. Crahan, Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration, and Religion, Columbia University

Phil Peters, President, Cuba Research Center

Carlos Saladrigas, Chairman, Cuba Study Group

Others speakers to be announced

The Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA), the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University, and the National Foreign Trade Council Foundation are hosting a conference on November 13th to examine what have been called the most far-reaching changes Cuba has made to its economic model in half a century.

Open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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

Sponsored by the Center for Democracy in the Americas and the LAHSP

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Elliott School, Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

Incongruent Strategies: Engagements with Humor and Identity in Contemporary Azerbaijani Art


Monica Steinberg, City University of New York

Recent contemporary art exhibitions such as Fly to Baku: Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan (2012) and the Venice Biennale's Love Me, Love Me Not: Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and its Neighbours (2013) have called attention to the emerging art scene of Baku. Apparent in much recent work is a strategy of culturally specific humor or incongruence that is employed to dissect or define the limits of an Azeri identity. Using a series of case studies, Steinberg will focus on a segment of artistic production that visualizes everyday instances of incongruence that occur between common objects and ideas within Azerbaijan.

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

Sponsored by IERES's Cultural Initiative

Thursday, November 14, 2013
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Central Asia, Iran and the Nuclear Landscape in Asia


Douglas Shaw, Associate Dean for Planning, Research and External Relations, GWU
Mike Mochizuki, Sigur Center for Asian Studies, GWU
Robert Sutter, Sigur Center for Asian Studies, GWU
Cory Welt, Ponars-Eurasia, IERES, GWU
Janne Nolan, Elliott School of International Affairs, GWU
Jeff Mankoff, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Marlene Laruelle, Central Asia Program, IERES, GWU
Deepa Ollapally, Sigur Center for Asian Studies, GWU
Dauren Aben, Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies, Almaty
Togzhan Kassenova, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Sebastien Peyrouse, Central Asia Program, IERES, GWU

Join these various experts for a half day conference on Central Asia's strategies and challenges concerning Iran and the nuclear landscape of the region.

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

Sponsored by the Central Asia Program and Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Thursday, November 14, 2013
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

City View Room, 7th Floor
1957 E Street NW

Known-Knowns and Unknowns about the Internet: Measuring the Economic, Social, and Governance Impact of the Web


Policymakers and "netizens" alike make broad claims about the effects of the internet upon economic growth, business, democracy, governance, and human rights. In recent years, economists have made significant progress in estimating the impact of the internet on areas such as economic growth, trade, fiscal policy, and education. But the progress made by economists has not been matched by scholars, activists, executives, and policymakers who seek to understand the internet's effects on governance, cyber security, and on human rights. We don't know if the Internet has stimulated development or whether the internet has led to measurable governance improvements. Moreover, scholars and activists don't yet know how to effectively measure Internet openness. We will also weigh the evidence that the Internet is splintering. With this conference, we hope to encourage greater understanding of metrics to assess our new digital age.

Please see the following link for the list of speakers throughout this conference. http://www.gwu.edu/~iiep/assets/KnownKnowns.pdf

WATCH LIVE WEBCAST HERE: http://tinyurl.com/internetecon2013

RSVP: go.gwu.edu/internetecon2013

Sponsored by the Institute for International Economic Policy, eBay Inc, Microsoft, World Wide Web Foundation, SIIA, Internet Society, The World Bank, Computer and Communications Industry Association

Thursday, November 14, 2013
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

Terrorism and Insurgency in the North Caucasus and the Russian Response


Jean-Francois Ratelle, Ph.D. Student, University of Ottawa

The recent bombing in Volgograd that killed six people is only the latest manifestation of the on-going insurgency and terrorist threat in Russia's North Caucasus. In this presentation, Ratelle will describe the current state of the insurgency. Zhemukhov will analyze Russia's response to this threat, particularly in light of the upcoming Sochi Olympics.

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

Sponsored by the IRES

Thursday, November 14, 2013
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Elliott School, Room 505
1957 E Street NW

"Building a House in Heaven: Pious Neoliberalism and Islamic Charity in Egypt" -- A Conversation with Dr. Mona Atia


Mona Atia, Assistant Professor of Geography and International Affairs, George Washington University

Mona Atia is Assistant Professor of Geography and International Affairs at The George Washington University where she teaches the about the intersection of civil society, geopolitics and financial networks in the contemporary Middle East. She holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Washington, Seattle.

Dr. Atia will discuss her new book Building a House in Heaven: Pious Neoliberalism and Islamic Charity in Egypt in a conversation with Diane Singerman, Associate Professor Department of Government, American University and Nathan Brown, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, The George Washington University.

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.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/nkrdcyo

Sponsored by the Institute for Middle East Studies

Thursday, November 14, 2013
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Open Source Geospatial Technology Roadshow


Nuala Cowen, Director GIS Certificate and Assistant Professor, GW

Charlie Greenbacker, Principal Data Scientist, Berico Technologies

Juan Marin, CTO, Boundless

Eric Gundersen, CEO, Mapbox & Dave Cole General Manager, Mapbox

Joshua S Campbell, Geographer & GIS Architect at Humanitarian Information Unit, U.S. Department of State

Please join the Eclipse Foundation/Location Tech, The George
Washington University (GWU) Elliott School of International Affairs, and the GWU Department of Geography for a conference on locationaware open source technology. The conference features six speakers who will cover topics ranging from the differing needs global users have concerning open source mapping tools, to mapping support for the Syrian humanitarian crisis. The GWU Open Source Conference Event is part of a six city Location Tech Tour that began in Ottawa, Canada and ends here in D.C.'s Foggy Bottom.

RSVP: http://locationtechdc1.eventbrite.ca/

Sponsored by the Eclipse Foundation/Location Tech, the GWU Geography Department, and the International Development Studies Program

Thursday, November 14, 2013
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

Film Screening: You Are Not An Orphan


Marlene Laruelle, Research Professor of International Affairs, GW

The Central Asia Cinema Club will be hosting a film screening of the Uzbek film You Are Not An Orphan.

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

Sponsored by the Central Asia Program

Friday, November 15, 2013
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

Foreign Policy Doctrine and Action of Uzbekistan


Farkhod Tolipov, Director of the Non-Governmental Education and Research Institution Bilim Karvoni

The Republic of Uzbekistan's foreign policy has undergone dramatic fluctuations since gaining independence, from a pro-American extreme to a pro-Russian one and back again. Such a pendulum swing of the newly independent Central Asian state reflects its two ambivalent and interrelated stances: Tashkent's perception of the international system as an old stage of power politics - somewhat a Soviet syndrome - and an uncertain geopolitical situation that emerged in Central Asia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The operation in Afghanistan further confused the doctrinal foundation of Uzbekistan's foreign policy, revealing the lack of Tashkent's strategic perspective. As a result, Uzbekistan took rather isolationist tactics in the region instead of a long-awaited pro-active strategy.

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

Sponsored by the Central Asia Program

Friday, November 15, 2013
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Study Abroad: The Ivy League Dream and Chinese Modernity


Andy Wang, Associate Researcher, the Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

What forces have shaped Chinese students' migration to the U.S.? What impact do they have on the formation of Asian America? In particular, what does study abroad mean in the context of the globalization of education? Based on Dr. Wang's new book, the talk opens up discussion about Chinese parents' and students' obsession with Ivy League Schools

Presentation from 12:30pm - 1:30pm.
Reception from 1:30pm -2:00pm

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

Sponsored by GW Department of English, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Saturday, November 16, 2013
11:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Funger Hall, Room 208
2201 G Street NW

National Security Simulation


Joanna Spear, Director of the Security Policy Studies Program for the Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

Strategic Crisis Simulations, an Elliott School affiliated student organization, and Dr. Joanna Spear, Director of the Security Policy Studies Program will run a simulation of U.S. national security issues and policy, on a topic to be announced at the event. Participants will represent policy actors and practitioners from the U.S. government.

This simulation is open to all students, undergraduate and graduate, and to the entire GWU community, including professors. Participants do not have to do any preparation or research before the simulation, everything will be provided. Lunch will also be provided. You can register at the link below or on our website www.gwuscs.com. If you have any questions or concerns, please email at gwuscs@gwu.edu.

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

Sponsored by the Strategic Crisis Simulations

Monday, November 18, 2013
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Linder Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Oil Security and the U.S. Military Commitment to the Persian Gulf


9:00-9:20: Introduction
Charles Glaser, Elliott School of International Affairs, GWU

9:30-11:00: Threats to U.S. Oil Security in the Gulf: Past, Present and Future
Salim Yaqub, University of California-Santa Barbara
Thomas Lippman, Middle East Institute
Joshua Rovner, Southern Methodist University
Chair: Rosemary Kelanic, Elliott School of International Affairs, GWU

11:15-12:15: The Economic Stakes: Oil Shocks and Military Costs
Eugene Gholz, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas-Austin
Kenneth Vincent, George Washington University
Chair: Charles Glaser, Elliott School of International Affairs, GWU

12:45-2:15: Possibilities for U.S. Grand Strategy in the Persian Gulf
Daniel Byman, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Caitlin Talmadge, Elliott School of International Affairs, GWU
Rosemary Kelanic, Elliott School of International Affairs, GWU
Chair: Charles Glaser, Elliott School of International Affairs, GWU

The U.S. strategic objective of protecting Persian Gulf oil has generated little controversy since the Gulf became a focus of U.S. military deployments over three decades ago. This may seem unsurprising given the widely-appreciated importance of oil to the global economy. Nevertheless, quite dramatic changes have occurred in the regional balance of power, the nature of security threats, and the global oil market since the U.S. made its commitment-raising the possibility that the U.S. role should be revisited. This conference examines two critical questions for U.S. grand strategy in the Gulf. First, should the United States continue to rely on military capabilities to preserve the flow of Persian Gulf oil? Second, if the U.S. security commitment remains strategically sound, what military posture should U.S. forces adopt? The conference panels examine the key rationales driving current U.S. policies, the costs and benefits of alternative approaches, and options for revising the U.S. military stance in the region.

Admission is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served.

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

Sponsored by the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies

Monday, November 18, 2013
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

Debating Social Issues and Civil Society in Kazakhstan


Anara Ibraeva, Director, Astana Branch Office, Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law

Marlene Laruelle, Research Professor of International Affairs, GW

Margarita Assenova, Jamestown Foundation

The Central Asia Program will be debating Kazakhstan's rapidly changing social landscape by discussing the relationship between social problems and civil society issues. The speakers will investigate the regional diversity, labor disputes and social problems, and human rights issues, and actions taken to address these issues by the central authorities.

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

Sponsored by the Central Asia Program

Monday, November 18, 2013
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Elliott School, Room 505
1957 E Street NW

Eliminating Extreme Poverty in the World: Is there Any Role for Higher Education


Francisco Marmolejo, Tertiary Education Coordinator, Education Human Development Network, The World Bank

Francisco Marmolejo will discuss the role that Higher Education can play in alleviating poverty.

Space is limited. Participants must RSVP.

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

Sponsored by the Office of International Programs, the International Education Program, and the International Development Studies Program

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

Pavlo Lazarenko and the Current Political Situation in Ukraine


Sergii Leshchenko, Ukrainska Pravda

At this presentation Leshchenko will present his new book, The American Saga of Pavlo Lazarenko (book in Ukrainian), and discuss the current situation in Ukrainian politics. The book is based on the investigation conducted on the former Ukrainian prime minister and his close ally Yulia Tymoshenko by the U.S. law enforcement agencies. Leshchenko spent several weeks working in the archives of California's Northern District Court studying the case file. Lazarenko seemed likely to replace Leonid Kuchma in 1999 and become the third president of Ukraine. But greed and corruption, a curse of Ukrainian politicians, ruined his career. The echo of Lazarenko's case has been following Tymoshenko for the last 17 years.

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

Sponsored by the IERES's Petrach Program on Ukraine

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Linder Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Flawed Logics: Strategic Nuclear Arms Control from Truman to Obama


James Lebovic, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, Department of Political Science, GW

Lebovic offers a critical intellectual history of bilateral nuclear arms control from the Truman through Obama administrations.  He argues that U.S. policymakers accepted vulnerabilities under strategic nuclear arms treaties that were not easily offset and rejected terms that promised benefits, at limited cost and risk.  He attributes these anomalous findings to prevailing beliefs about the security threat and, more directly, to constructs and measures that U.S. policymakers employed to understand and solve arms control policy problems. In this, he claims that assumptions about Russian goals were a driving, dividing, and (largely) unyielding force in arms control. But they were evaluated from a distance - and poorly informed U.S. policy - throughout the Cold War and post-Cold War periods.

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

Sponsored by Nuclear Policy Talks

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Elliott School, Room 505
1957 E Street NW

Systems of Violence The Political Economy of War and Peace in Colombia


Nazih Richani, Director, Latin American Studies Kean University

This book explores the political economy of Colombia's civil war, the longest running conflict in Latin America. It examines the intricacies of protracted wars and the conditions that lead to the emergence of a war system.

A book launch followed by a conversation with author.

This event is free and open to the public.

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

Sponsored by LAHSP

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Phantom Sovereign: The Bureaucracy of the Occupation in the West Bank 2002-2006 -- Featuring Yael Burda


Yael Berda, PhD Candidate, Princeton University

This talk will offer a rare institutional perspective on the Israeli permit regime in the West Bank. Yael Berda (Princeton University, PhD Student) will discuss the practices of the bureaucratic apparatus that controls the movement of Palestinian workers between Israel and the West Bank, situating her analysis within colonial histories of population management. Based on two years of research and data collected while Berda represented cases in Israel's Supreme and Military courts, this institutional ethnography will provide a rich empirical account of the Israeli permit system based on Berda's interviews, official correspondence, legal decisions and participant observation.

RSVP: http://goo.gl/cFpq9G

Sponsored by Institute for Middle East Studies (IMES)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Elliott School, Room 113
1957 E Street NW

Distinguished Women in International Affairs series: An Evening with The Honorable Barbara Bodine


The Honorable Barbara Bodine, former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen, 1997-2001 Opening Remarks: Ambassador Edward Skip Gnehm, former U.S. Ambassador to Jordan, Kuwait, and Australia

The Distinguished Women in International Affairs series, along with Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Sorority, Sigma Iota Rho Elliott School Honor Society, and WIIS-GWU (Women in International Security at GWU) will host an evening with The Honorable Barbara Bodine, former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen from 1997-2001. Ambassador Bodine will discuss Yemen as a case study on the Arab Awakening, U.S. policy options and limitations in the region, and counter-terrorism.

RSVP: http://ambassadorbodinegwu.eventbrite.com/

Sponsored by the Distinguished Women in International Affairs Series, the Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Sorority, the Sigma Iota Rho Elliott School Honor Society, and WIIS-GWU (Women in International Security at GWU)

Thursday, November 21, 2013
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Linder Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

"Sino-Japanese Relations After the Cold War: Two Tigers Sharing a Mountain" with Michael Yahuda


Michael Yahuda, Visiting Scholar, the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, The Elliott School, GW

Michael Yahuda's new textbook explores in detail the ways in which politics has shaped the thinking about history and identity in both China and Japan and explains the role political leadership in each country has played in shaping their respective nationalisms.
He traces the evolution of the relationship over the two decades against the framework of a rising China gaining ground on a stagnant Japan and analyzes the politics of the economic interdependence between the two countries and their cooperation and competition in Southeast Asia and in its regional institutions.

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

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Thursday, November 21, 2013
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

"Of Empires and Citizens: Pro-American Democracy or No Democracy at All?" A Conversation with Amaney Jamal


Amaney Jamal, Associate Professor of Politics, Princeton University

Dr. Amaney Jamal is Associate Professor of Politics at Princeton University, and she currently directs the Workshop on Arab Political Development. 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 Of Empires and Citizens: Pro-American Democracy or No Democracy at All?

*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.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/k5hcume

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

Thursday, November 21, 2013
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Elliott School, Room 505
1957 E Street NW

IDS Alumni Series Presents: U.S. Foreign Aid - Which Way Forward?


Jennifer Westervelt, Grants Officer for Afghanistan and Pakistan, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, Office of Press and Public Diplomacy

Travis Mayo, Evaluation Specialist, USAID Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning

Matthew Guttentag, Partnerships Advisor, USAID Office of Innovations and Development Alliances

Lisa Bower, Program Manager, USAID Office of Transition Initiatives

Moderated by: Sean Roberts, Director, International Development Studies

Join us in the second event of our IDS Alumni Series, as a panel of recent alumni discuss their experiences with U.S. Foreign Aid within their respective agencies. They will also be able to provide career tips and talk about how they began working for the U.S. Government. Dr. Roberts will moderate this panel discussion.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/usforeignaid>

Sponsored by the International Development Studies Program

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

John W. Kendrick Seminar Room, Room 321
2115 G Street NW

Trade and Development Seminar Series: A Conversation with Adam Storeygard


Adam Storeygard, Assistant Professor of Economics, Tufts University

RSVP: go.gwu.edu/tradeanddev20132014

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