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March 2013

Friday, March 1, 2013
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

State Room
1957 E Street NW

Taiwan Conference - "Opportunity in Ambiguity: Issues in Taiwan's International Relations"

Dean Chen, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Ramapo College

Scott Kastner, Associate Professor, University of Maryland, College Park

James Hsiung, Professor, Politics and International Law, New York University

Alan Romberg, Distinguished Fellow, the Stimson Center

Yu-long Ling, Executive Director, Dr. Sun Yet-sen Institute in North America

Vincent Wei-cheng Wang, Professor, Political Science; Associate Dean, University of Richmond

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/taiwanmarch1

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Friday, March 1, 2013
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Gender Equality in Asia-Pacific: Unfinished Business

Shireen Lateef, Senior Advisor (Gender), Office of the Vice President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Shireen Lateef, Senior Advisor (Gender) in the Office of Vice President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, will discuss the remaining challenges and persisting gender gaps in the Asia-Pacific region and how Asian Development Bank is tackling and supporting progress on gender equality and women's empowerment. She will present ADB's gender strategies, approaches and tools to tackle persisting gender gaps using country and project specific examples.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/80

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

Monday, March 4, 2013
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

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

Global Gender Forum: International Women's Day Ending Violence Against Women: Inspiring Dialogue and Action

Aruna Rao, Co-founder and Executive Director, Gender at Work

Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 1997

Rabha Elis, Deputy Director, Womens Development Group, South Sudan

Joan Winship, Executive Director, International Association of Women Judges

Joanne Sandler, Senior Associate, Gender at Work

Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, Secretary General, World YWCA

Sandy Schilen, Global Facilitator, GROOTs

Keguro Macharia, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland

Lisa Veneklasen, Executive Director, Board of Directors, and Co-Founder, Just Associates

Barbara Miller, Director, Global Gender Program, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

The Global Gender Program (GW) and Gender at Works celebration of International Women's Day will feature keynote speaker, Jody Williams. Jody Williams is the Nobel Prize Winner on the Nobel Women's Initiative International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict. The days first panel will discuss: Is violence against women a problem with a solution? The second panel will discuss: What responses work to end violence against women? The event will end with a film screening of <i>In the Name of the Family: Honor Killings in North America</i>.

RSVP: http://bit.ly/ZfJYnC

Sponsored by Global Gender Program

Monday, March 4, 2013
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

The Sixth Annual James Millar Lecture - Russia's Political Economy Today: The Role of the Firm

Timothy Frye, Professor, Political Science, Columbia University; Director, the Harriman Institute

What role do firms play in Russian political life? While there is considerable debate about the connections between economics and politics, few researchers have examined these linkages in detail. Timothy Fryes lecture will draw on recent research conducted with a team of exciting young scholars based in Moscow to provide some answers. Frye will explore how firms behaved as political actors during the most recent round of elections and protests and offer insights into how relations between firms and the state might evolve in the future.

Reception to follow.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/Millar2013

Sponsored by the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Affairs (IERES)

Monday, March 4, 2013
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Room 113
1957 E Street, NW

Escape from North Korea: Documentary Screening of Danny from North Korea

Panel discussion with representatives from Liberty in North Korea following the screening.

Every year thousands of North Koreans make the dangerous journey across the border to escape oppression and poverty. In March of 2005, Danny was one of them. Danny crossed into China and escaped a life of indoctrination, routine public executions, and starvation. As Danny traveled, he saw a world he never knew existed. A world where movement was not monitored by the government, information was readily available, and most importantly at the time, there was enough food to fill his empty belly. This is his story.

RSVP: www.tinyurl.com/DPEDannyNKorea

Sponsored by Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Sorority and Liberty in North Korea

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

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

Understanding Conflict and Ethnic Violence in Kyrgyzstan

Neil Melvin, Director, Program Armed Conflict and Conflict Management, SIPRI

Over the last two decades, Kyrgyzstan has experienced two major outbreaks of violence involving the main ethnic communities in the country: the Kyrgyz and the Uzbeks. These violent incidents have generally been viewed as ethnic conflicts and much of the response to the violence from the government, local communities, and the international community has been framed within this understanding. At the same time, Kyrgyzstan has also experienced other, less significant violent events and political crises that have often been linked temporally to the ethnic conflicts. This suggests that a full understanding of the nature of armed conflict in Kyrgyzstan and the involvement of ethnic communities in violence at a minimum requires a broader examination of the context of the violence.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/March5-Melvin

Sponsored by the Central Asia Program

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

Kendrick Seminar Room
2115 G Street NW

Railroads and American Economic Growth: A Market Access Approach

Richard Hornbeck, Assistant Professor of Economics, Harvard

Expansion of the railroad network and decreased trade costs may affect all counties directly or indirectly, an econometric challenge in many empirical settings. However, the total impact on each county can be summarized by changes in that county's "market access," a reduced-form expression derived from general equilibrium trade theory. We measure counties' market access by constructing a network database of railroads and waterways and calculating lowest-cost county-to-county freight routes. As the railroad network expanded from 1870 to 1890, changes in market access are capitalized in agricultural land values with an estimated elasticity of 1.5. Removing all railroads in 1890 would decrease the total value of US agricultural land by 73% and GNP by 6.3%, more than double social saving estimates (Fogel 1964). Fogel's proposed Midwestern canals would mitigate only 8% of losses from removing railroads.

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

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

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

Exporting Revolution: Why Do Only Some New Democracies Support Democratization Abroad?

Tsveta Petrova, Harriman Institute, Columbia University

Supporting the diffusion of democracy around the globe has become a significant element in the work of many governmental and non-governmental actors in international affairs. Therefore, a better understanding of this phenomenon is important; yet much of our knowledge about it comes from studying the activities of a handful of established Western democracies. Would fledgling non-Western democracies support democratization abroad? Ms. Petrova answers this question by unraveling the puzzle of the quick turnaround by the Eastern European members of the EU from being primarily democracy promotion recipients in the 1990s to becoming democracy promoters in the 2000s.<br/><br/>
Ms. Petrova will conduct an overview of all post-communist EU members as democracy promoters as well as two case studies: Bulgaria and Slovakia. The transition trajectories, democratic commitments, and international contexts of these two countries are very similar; yet, Slovakia is one of the most active democracy promoters in the region whereas Bulgaria has invested little in supporting democracy abroad. She has found that the same civic activists who prepared the democratic breakthroughs in each country subsequently worked towards the development of democracy at home as well as abroad. However, only in cases where such norm entrepreneurs represented strong contingents  large and united lobbies that articulated resonant arguments  was democracy promotion incorporated into the foreign policy of these new post-communist democracies. The paper contributes a better understanding of the transformation of certain norm-takers into norm-makers in the context of the diffusion of democracy. It also studies the efforts of previously overlooked young non-Western democracies as democracy promoters.

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

Sponsored by part of IERESs Behind the Headlines Series

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

IMES Lecture Series - New Babylonians: A History of Jews in Modern Iraq

Orit Bashkin, Associate Professor, Modern Middle East History, University of Chicago

Although Iraqi Jews saw themselves as Iraqi patriots, their community--which had existed in Iraq for more than 2,500 years--was displaced following the establishment of the state of Israel. "New Babylonians" chronicles the lives of these Jews, their urban Arab culture, and their hopes for a democratic nation-state. It studies their ideas about Judaism, Islam, secularism, modernity, and reform, focusing on Iraqi Jews who internalized narratives of Arab and Iraqi nationalisms and on those who turned to communism in the 1940s.As the book reveals, the ultimate displacement of this community was not the result of a perpetual persecution on the part of their Iraqi compatriots, but rather the outcome of misguided state policies during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Sadly, from a dominant mood of coexistence, friendship, and partnership, the impossibility of Arab-Jewish coexistence became the prevailing narrative in the region--and the dominant narrative we have come to know today.Dr. Orit Bashkin is Associate Professor of Modern Middle East History at the University of Chicago. She is the author of <i>The Other Iraq: Pluralism and Culture in Hashemite Iraq</i> (Stanford, 2008).

Copies of Dr. Bashkin's book, New Babylonians: A History of Jews in Modern Iraq will be available for sale at this event.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/adr4r64

Sponsored by the Institute for Middle East Studies, and the Department of History

Thursday, March 7, 2013
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Harry Harding Auditorium, Room 213
1957 E Street NW

The State of the World Economy

Olivier Blanchard, Economic Counsellor and Director, Research Department, IMF

The Institute for International Economic Policy and the George Washington University Department of Economics are proud to present Olivier Blanchard, Economic Counsellor and Director, Research Department of the International Monetary Fund, to present a policy address regarding current issues in international financial policy.  Mr. Blanchard is also a professor of economics at his alma mater, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a macroeconomist who has worked on a wide variety of issues including, the role of monetary policy, the nature of speculative bubbles, the nature of the labor market and the determinants of unemployment, and transition in former communist countries. He is a fellow and Council member of the Econometric Society, a past vice president of the American Economic Association, and a member of the American Academy of the Sciences.

RSVP: http://tiny.cc/IIEPPolicyForumRSVP

Sponsored by the Institute for International Economic Policy, the Elliott School for International Affairs, and the George Washington University Department of Economics

Friday, March 8, 2013
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Continental Ballroom, 3rd Floor
800 21st Street NW

Columbia +10: Lessons Learned and Unlearned

Sandy Magnus, Executive Director, AIAA

W. Michael Hawes, Director, Human Space Flight Operations, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

VADM Joseph Dyer, Chair, Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel

Scott Horowitz, Docs Aerospace, former NASA Astronaut

David King, Dynetics, Former Director, Marshall Space Flight Center

Douglas Cooke, Cooke Concepts and Solutions; NASA technical advisor, the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB)

John Logsdon, Professor Emeritus, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW, CAIB Member

Ken Bowersox, former NASA Astronaut

Kent Rominger, ATK, former NASA Astronaut

John Barry, Member, Columbia Accident Investigation Board

Scott Pace, Director, Space Policy Institute, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

Bryan OConnor, former Astronaut; former Chief, NASA Safety and Mission Assurance

Julianne Mahler, George Mason University

William Parsons, RD AMROSS, former Space Shuttle Program; Manager for Return to Flight

ADM Hal Gehman, Chair, Columbia Accident Investigation Board

Wayne Hale, former Space Shuttle Flight Director and Space Shuttle Program Manager

It has been ten years since the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated upon reentry. The events of February 1, 2003, shook our nation, and forced us to reexamine how the U.S. maintains its leadership in human space exploration. In the wake of this national tragedy, the Columbia Accident Investigation Board identified not only the direct cause of the accident, but also various organizational contributors to the accident, which led to significant changes to the safety protocols that are used in designing and certifying vehicles for crew safety. Lessons Learned and Unlearned will not only examine the findings of the CAIB, but will also provide firsthand accounts from the individuals who led the investigation, addressing what they learned about the organizational needs of the human space exploration program, and about the review and oversight of long-term advanced technology programs.

There is no fee for attending, but registration is required. Early registration is encouraged due to limited seating space. This is a widely attended gathering for U.S. government employees.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/b5he8um

Sponsored by the Space Policy Institute, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Lockheed Martin, the Boeing Company, Dynetics, and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne

Friday, March 8, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

Waiting for the Barbarians: Rising Powers in the Western Imagination

Ayşe Zarakol, Council on Foreign Relations, University of Cambridge

Ay&scedil;e Zarakol is a University Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Cambridge, Department of Politics and International Studies, and a Fellow and College Lecturer at Emmanuel College. Previously, she was Assistant Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA. She received her BA in Political Science and Classical Studies from Middlebury College, VT, and her MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She is the author of <i>After Defeat: How the East Learned to Live with the West</i> (Cambridge UP, 2011; Turkish version with a new introduction with Koc University Press, 2012).  Zarakol has an International Affairs Fellowship with the Council on Foreign Relations during the 2012-2013 academic year, with placement as an analyst at the Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade section of the Congressional Research Service.  Her current research focuses on East-West relations in the international system, rising powers, social dimensions of international relations, and Turkish foreign policy in comparative perspective.

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

Sponsored by part of IERES

Monday, March 18, 2013
9:00 AM - 4:45 PM

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

Russia as a Global Power: Contending Views from Russia

GW's Rising Powers Initiative at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and PONARS Eurasia at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies cordially invite you to an international conference on:  Russia as a Global Power: Contending Views from Russia

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

Sponsored by PONARS Eurasia and the Rising Powers Initiative

Monday, March 18, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Sustainable Development Forum: The Global Food Challenge

Dr. Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute

Introductory remarks: Jonathan Shrier, Acting Special Representative of Global Food Security, U.S. Department of State

The Institute for International Economic Policy and the George Washington University Department of Economics are proud to present Dr. Shenggen Fan, the Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute as part of the Sustainable Development Forum. Sustainable Development is emerging as the defining challenge of our generation, and it will critically require a new kind of interaction between policy and research. This series of talks by leaders in academia and in policy will attempt to map the research agenda for sustainable development following the Rio +20 conference. What will sustainable development entail? What are the most crucial questions we need to be asking? How should academia go about searching for answers that will actually inform real action and policy changes?Dr. Fan holds a PhD in applied economics from the University of Minnesota. He joined IFPRI in 1995 as a research fellow and has served as Director General since 2009. Dr. Fan is also the Chairman of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Food Security.

Lunch will be provided.

RSVP: http://tiny.cc/IIEPPolicyForumRSVP

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

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Globalizing Reagan's INF Treaty: Easier Done Than Said?

David A. Cooper, Professor and Chair of the National Security Affairs Department, US Naval War College

Nikolai Sokov, Senior Fellow, Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation

When it was concluded more than a quarter century ago, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty between the United States and the Soviet Union was hailed as a disarmament watershed, eliminating entire classes of nuclear missiles from the arsenals of the arms-racing Cold War superpowers. Over the intervening decades, there have been repeated calls to convert this legacy treaty into a new international norm against nuclear and missile proliferation by broadening it into a global prohibition on ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers. Indeed, variations on this proposal have been knocking around for so long and with so little success that the entire concept has come to be dismissed by many knowledgeable insiders as something of a farce. Looking beyond its inauspicious pedigree, however, this viewpoint suggests that the time is opportune for Washington to give the idea a fresh look. Drawing on a detailed review of the history of "Global INF" and an analysis of the contemporary context, Cooper recommends that the Obama administration consider a simple declaratory approach that promises modest initial benefits, avoids previous and foreseeable pitfalls, and plausibly lays a solid foundation for achieving significant long-term progress.

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

Sponsored by Nuclear Policy Talks

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street, NW

Challenges and Opportunities for the Tibetan Administration in Exile: Reflections on a Shifting Political Landscape

Lobsang Nyandak, Official Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the Americas, Office of Tibet New York

Mr. Nyandak served as a Cabinet member of the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala from 2001-2006. As a Cabinet member, he headed the Department of Information and International Relations, the Department of Finance and the Department of Health.   He also served as a member of the Tibetan Parliament and as the first executive director of the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, one of the premier institutions that track and promote human rights and democracy for Tibetans.

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

Sponsored by the Institute for Global and International Studies and the Tibet Governance Project

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

MEPF Event Series/IMES Lecture Series:
Piety and Pleasure: Youth Negotiations of Moral Authority in South Beirut

Dr. Lara Deeb, Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology, Scripps College

In this lecture, Dr. Deeb will discuss the ways in which young Shi'i Muslims who take their faith seriously negotiate ideas and practices related to leisure in South Beirut &mdash; specifically activities related to cafe-going and to dating. These negotiations take place in a context where there are multiple moral authorities and where particular forms of piety have come to be taken for granted.
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Lara Deeb is Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology at Scripps College. She is the author of <em>An Enchanted Modern: Gender and Public Piety in Shi'i Lebanon</em> (2006) and co-author with Mona Harb of <em>Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi'i South Beirut</em> (forthcoming 2013), as well as articles on Muslim women's participation in the public sphere, morality and leisure, transnational feminism, and Hizbullah in Lebanon.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/mepf3-19

Sponsored by the Middle East Policy Forum (MEPF): Presented with the generous support of ExxonMobil. This event is also sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center Grant.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

*NEW LOCATION* The Alumni House
1918 F Street NW

Ambassadors Forum: Belize - Hemispheric and U.S. Relations

Ambassador Nestor Mendez, Ambassador to the U.S. from Belize; Permanent Representative to the OAS from Belize

The MIPP program is proud to present a lecture by Ambassador Nestor Mendez as part of MIPP's 15th anniversary celebration. Ambassador Mendez is a graduate of the MIPP program and will speak about US-Belize relations, Belize's place in Western Hemisphere affairs, and his experiences in the MIPP Program.

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

There will be a question and answer period.

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

Sponsored by the Master of International Policy and Practice Program (MIPP)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Room 505
1957 E Street, NW

Global Gender Forum: Migrant Care Work from Two Sides: Care Work in the U.S. and Families Care Workers Leave Behind

Sonya Michel, Professor of History, University of Maryland - College Park

Helma Lutz, Professor of Sociology and Chair of Women and Gender Studies, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany

Tunde Turai, Researcher, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Ethnographic Institute and Fulbright Exchange Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center

Gabrielle Oliveira, PhD student in Anthropology, Teachers College, Columbia University

Natacha Stevanovic-Fenn, Affiliated Faculty, Global Gender Program, Elliott School for International Affairs

The Global Gender Program (GGP) at the Elliott School for International Affairs is pleased to announce its first-year Spring Roundtable panel, which is devoted to gender issues in migration and international development. It aims at bringing together scholars, researchers, practitioners, students, and activists to educate the public on the intersections between gender, migration, international development, economics, race, ethnicity, social class, and religion across disciplines. A discussion will follow with questions and answers from the audience.

Open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

RSVP: http://bit.ly/WNoKYn

Sponsored by the Global Gender Program which is part of the Elliott School

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

After the Sheikhs: The Coming Collapse of the Gulf Monarchies - A conversation with Christopher Davidson

Christopher Davidson, Reader in Middle East Politics, School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University

Christopher Davidson is a reader in Middle East Politics in the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University, a former visiting associate professor at Kyoto University, and a former assistant professor at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates. He is the author of several books on the politics and international affairs of the Gulf states, including <i>Abu Dhabi: Oil and Beyond, Dubai: The Vulnerability of Success</i>, and <i>The Persian Gulf and Pacific Asia: From Indifference to Interdependence</i>.
He will be discussing his most recent book <i>After the Sheikhs: The Coming Collapse of the Gulf Monarchies</i>.

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

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/agv2h98

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

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Funger Hall, Room 103
2201 G Street NW

Book Event: Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities: Changing Our World

Zachary D. Kaufman, Adjunct Professor, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

Conor B. French, CEO, Indego Africa

Leah Maloney, Student, The George Washington University Law School

Scott Grinsell, Partner, Orphans Against AIDS

Zachary D. Kaufman, Adjunct Professor, The Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University, will present his work on social entrepreneurship and his work as described in his book, "Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities: Changing Our World." Three additional contributors to Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities - Conor French, Scott Ginsell, and Leah Maloney - will also serve on a panel to discuss their careers as entrepreneurs and their individual work with organizations in the field. As leaders within this field of international business, the speakers will discuss different business models as well as their challenges and successes.

Following the event, there will be a reception where you will have the chance to meet and talk with the authors as well as purchase a copy of the book.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/DPESocEntre

Sponsored by the Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Sorority

Friday, March 22, 2013
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Who is Bashing Whom: China, Cyber-Attack, Democracy, and Retaliation

Ellen Nakashima, The Washington Post

Irving Lachow, Director, Technology and Security, Center for a New American Security

Delphine Halgand, Washington Office Director, Reporters without Borders

Representative of Mandiant, cyber security firm advising the Washington Post and New York Times

Michael Nelson, Bloomberg Government

Susan Ariel Aaronson, Associate Research Professor of International Affairs, GW

On January 31, The New York Times, America's paper of record, made front page news. Several months after it published several articles delineating the financial holdings of the families of Chinese leaders, the Times reported that the Chinese military had hacked into its computers, inserted malware and stolen its employees' e-mail account passwords. Soon thereafter, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Bloomberg, Voice of America, and other media outlets publicly claimed their computers were attacked, allegedly also by Chinese citizens. Many Americans were outraged and expressed concerns about the importance of cyber-security for the fourth estate, which must protect the privacy of sources, ensure freedom of the press, and play such an important role in American democracy. But the incidents also raised questions of governance. How should the US respond to such cyber-attacks when it too is attacking? Congressman Mike Rogers, Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, called for retaliation. However, retaliation is unlikely to build greater support for shared international cyber norms. This free lunch event, organized by the Trade and Internet Governance Project of GWU, and the Minerva Initiative of the Department of Defense, will examine the hacking from several different perspectives: cyber-security, economics, trade, human rights, and global governance.

Lunch will be provided.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/CyberGWU

Sponsored by the Institute for International Economic Policy, the Minerva Initiative of the Department of Defense, the National War College, and the Ford Foundation.

Monday, March 25, 2013
8:45 AM - 4:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Central Asia Security Workshop

Marlene Laruelle, Head of the Central Asia Program, IERES, GW

Sebastien Peyrouse, IERES, GW

Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, SIPRI-North America

Scott Radnitz, University of Washington

Georges Gavrilis, Hollings Center for International Dialogue

Sean Roberts, George Washington University

Eric McGlinchey, George Mason University

Erica Marat, American University

Jan Harfst, UNDP Regional Bureau, Europe and the CIS

David Abramson, State Department

Sarah Kendzior, Al Jazeera English

Gael Raballand, Institute Choiseul, Paris

Nate Schenkkan, Freedom House

Zohra Ismail Beben, College of William and Mary

NATO members are exiting from Afghanistan at different speeds, dictated by pressures from their domestic public opinions. This withdrawal has re-launched debates on the security of the Central Asian region. In the years to come, the post-2014 changes in the regional landscape will intersect with domestic evolutions including changes in political leadership, in demographics, and the end of the Soviet legacy. GWs Central Asia Program seeks to participate in the policy debate on Central Asia by providing current research on the different sources of potential insecurity in the region.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/CAPSecurity

Sponsored by the Central Asia Program and Registan.net

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

Kendrick Seminar Room
2115 G Street NW

Fixed Costs, Network Effects, and the International Diffusion of Containerization

Gisela Rua, Division of Research & Statistics, Federal Reserve Board of Governors

Containerization is one of the most important innovations affecting the conduct of international trade in the second half of the twentieth century. This paper analyzes its international diffusion and the factors that shaped today's container network. I construct a new dataset with information on the timing and intensity of adoption of containerization across countries. While adoption of container-port infrastructure follows an S-shaped curve, containerized trade moves more slowly and linearly. These findings guide the construction of a theoretical framework in which a transportation sector decides whether or not to build a container port. This decision is based on expectations about domestic and foreign firms' choices between two transportation technologies: breakbulk shipping and containerization. Changes in fixed costs and network effects generate the patterns observed in the data. I then estimate a two-step model derived from the theoretical framework. The empirical results, which are consistent with the theoretical predictions, show that fixed costs and network effects are the main determinants of usage of containerization. Fixed costs affect containerized trade as a result of the spread of leasing companies and changes in the domestic transportation network. Network effects operate through network size, network usage, and network income. With regards to adoption, my results show that expected future usage of containerization, institutions, a country's size in terms of trade and geographical area, and trade with Australia and the United Kingdom are the main determinants. Trade with the United States, surprisingly, has no effect. These results emphasize the importance of internal trade costs, the identity of countries' trade partners, and institutional barriers for technological diffusion, international trade, and countries' integration into the global economy.

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

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

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

The Elliott School, Room 505
1957 E Street NW

Nuclear Policy Talks: Technical Evaluation of Deployment Options for Away-from-Reactor Consolidated Interim Spent Fuel Storage Installations

Sacit M. Cetiner, Advanced Reactor Systems & Safety Group Reactor & Nuclear Systems Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

This seminar presents the results of a recent study conducted at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which aimed at applying the principles of geo-spatial data modeling on siting ISFSIs. The study identified two key factorsnamely transportation distance and population along the routeas the optimization variables to formulate the problem in a mathematical way. Application of sound siting principles and subsequent simulations revealed potentially favorable locations for ISFSIs given the current quantity and distribution of UNF as well as future quantities based on three growth scenarios for nuclear capacity. The study also addresses some key recommendations of the BRC.

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

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

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Global Policy Forum: Big Trucks, Pop Star Politicians, and Consensus Building: The Politics of Development in Haiti

Raymond Joseph, Former Ambassador of Haiti to the United States

Jonathan Katz, Former Associated Press correspondent and editor; Author, The Big Truck That Went By

Mark Schneider, Senior Vice President, International Crisis Group

In the wake of the 2010 earthquake and the return to politics as usual in Haiti, the effectiveness of international aid has come into question.  Join the panelists in a discussion of the current governmental climate in Haiti, and the opportunities to respond to current crises within the domestic and international realm.

Light refreshments provided.

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

Sponsored by The Institute for Global and International Studies (IGIS), Culture in Global Affairs CIGA, and the Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program (LAHSP)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street, NW

French Foreign Policy and the Intervention in Mali

Erwan Lagadec, Adjunct Professor of International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

PEERS invites you to a brown bag discussion with Erwan Lagadec on the implications of the intervention in Mali on France's foreign policy.

RSVP: peers@gwu.edu

Sponsored by Professionals in European, Eurasian, and Russian Studies

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

Seven Challenges Facing the Russian Protest Movement

Oleg Kozlovsky, Fulbright Visiting Researcher, IERES

In this talk, Oleg Kozlovsky will describe some of the tests facing the Russian protest movement in 2013.  These include balancing between moderates and radicals, dealing with regime defectors, reducing the influence of extremists, institutionalizing the movement, broadening its appeal to a wider public, encouraging citizens to play a more active role in politics, and developing support in the regions outside of Moscow and St. Petersburg.

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

Sponsored by part of the IERESs Visiting Scholar Roundtable Series

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Security Policy Forum: Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds

Christopher A. Kojm, Chairman, National Intelligence Council (2009-Present); Former Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, GW (2007-2009)

National Intelligence Council (NIC) Chairman Christopher A. Kojm will discuss the NIC's Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds report. This report is intended to stimulate thinking about the rapid and vast geopolitical changes characterizing the world today and possible global trajectories over the next 15 years as well as to provide a framework for thinking about possible futures and their implications.

6:00 - 6:30 PM Reception
6:30 - 7:30 PM Program

RSVP: go.gwu.edu/ChrisKojm

Sponsored by the Elliott School of International Affairs

Thursday, March 28, 2013
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Japan's Disaster Diplomacy: Fostering Military to Military Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region

Hideshi Futori, Japan Scholar, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Through strategically evolving disaster diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific region, Japan will be able to contribute to a more stable and peaceful international order in the region. Alongside principal humanitarian objectives, disaster relief operations utilize military assets and thus have the potential to institutionalize a framework for military to military cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region where there is little tradition of multilateral security cooperation. This presentation will begin with an analysis of Japan's current disaster diplomacy, focusing on cooperation with the United States and Southeast Asian countries, and explore China's growing naval capabilities in disaster-related operations. With this background in place, Mr. Hideshi Futori will discuss Japan's strategic initiative in the field and explain how international contribution through disaster diplomacy is a crucial core concept in considering Japan's future national vision and identity.

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

Sponsored by the Rising Powers Initiative

Thursday, March 28, 2013
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Maliki's Next Moves

Adeed Dawisha, Professor of Political Science, Miami University of Ohio

Harith al-Qarawee, Former Political Adviser, Embassy of Iraq

Ambassador Edward Skip Gnehm, Director, Middle East Policy Forum

Iraq is scheduled to hold provincial assembly elections in April 2013 and national parliamentary elections one year later. In late December, following arrests of his major Sunni Arab rival's bodyguards, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki raised the possibility of advancing the 2014 parliamentary election to April 2013 and running for a third term. The parliament then passed a two-term limitation on the prime minister and other senior positions. Mr. Adeed Dawisha, an Iraqi scholar and professor of political science at Miami University of Ohio, and Mr. Harith al-Qarawee, author of <i>Imagining the Nation: Nationalism, Sectarianism, and Socio-Political Conflict in Iraq</i> and former political adviser on political and media affairs to the Iraqi Ambassador in Washington, will assess the current political environment in Baghdad and Maliki's strategic vision - or lack of one - for Iraq.

The Middle East Policy Forum is presented with the generous support of ExxonMobil.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/mepf3-28

Sponsored by the Iraq Study Group at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University and the Middle East Policy Forum.

Friday, March 29, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

The Euro Crisis and the Erosion of Democracy: Austerity Lessons from the Gold Standard and the Dangers of Dis-embedding Liberalism

Matthias Matthijs, Johns Hopkins-SAIS

Professor Matthijs specializes in the politics of economic crises, the role of economic ideas in economic policymaking, international and comparative political economy, and regional integration.  His current research focuses on the global financial crisis, Europe's sovereign debt crisis, the domestic and international politics of austerity, and the global battle for economic ideas.  Professor Matthijs received the 2010 Samuel H. Beer Prize for Best Dissertation in British Politics by a North American Scholar awarded by the British Politics Group of the American Political Science Association.  He is the author of <i>Ideas and Economic Crises in Britain from Attlee to Blair</i> (Routledge) and numerous journal articles.  Professor Matthijs received his Ph.D. in international relations from Johns Hopkins University-SAIS.

A copy of Professor Matthijs paper will be made available to those who RSVP.

RSVP: http://www.google.com/url?q=http://go.gwu.edu/Matthijs&sa=D&usg=ALhdy2-fFFG9Wc8Ms4G-in6LWg2YjMuM-g

Sponsored by part of the IERES European Politics Series

Friday, March 29, 2013
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Book Launch: China Goes Global: The Partial Power

David Shambaugh, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, GW

Robert Sutter, Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, GW

Citizens of nations across the globe cannot help but notice the spectacular growth of the Chinese economy in recent years. This country, the famous "workshop of the world," appears on the front page of major newspapers on a daily basis. But, while many have focused on China's politics, economic development, and social changes, few have considered how much influence China has in regional and international affairs. Is China trying to establish itself a global power, a challenger to the United States as a global leader? In his book, <i>iCHINA GOES GLOBAL: The Partial Power</i> (Oxford | February 14, 2013), David Shambaugh - a leading expert in Chinese studies with more than three decades of experience in China-watching - offers a comprehensive account of China's prominence in the global arena. Assessing China's activities all across the world and along six different dimensions - perceptual, diplomatic, global governance, economic, cultural, and strategic - Shambaugh argues that China lacks influence in most international domains and is not the kind of challenge to global order and the United States that many argue it is.

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

Sponsored by The China Policy Program and The Sigur Center for Asian Studies