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May 2013

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

India-Japan Partnership: Its Changing Dynamics in the Post-Cold War Years

K.V. Kesavan, Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi

Both India and Japan have just celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of their diplomatic relations and during these sixty years they have developed a stable partnership based on mutual respect and goodwill.  Until very recently, Indo-Japanese interactions remained largely economic in nature , but today they are more diversified and encompass a wide spectrum of interests including global and regional security, counter terrorism, safety of sea lanes, nuclear disarmament, energy cooperation, UN reforms and climate change

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

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies' Rising Powers Initiative

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

D. Allan Bromley Memorial Lecture: Increasing Diversity in the STEM Workforce

Maria Klawe, President of Harvey Mudd College

Leaders from government, business, and academia agree that increasing the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in the STEM workforce is critical to our economic future and to finding the best solutions to the problems facing the world. This talk discusses the underlying causes why certain groups are underrepresented in some disciplines, and strategies for significantly increasing their participation, including how Harvey Mudd College has increased the
female percentage of computer science majors from 10% to over 40%.

RSVP: spi@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the Center for International Science and Technology Policy and the University of Ottawa

Thursday, May 2, 2013
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Suite 503
1957 E Street, NW

Toward Successful Integration: Factors Contributing to Teachers' Use of Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices with Refugee Students From Burma

Amy Lerner, Visiting Scholar, the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, GW

In recent years, the United States has welcomed 70,000 refugees who have escaped Burma's military regime. About half of these arrivals are children who are joining our public schools. This group of students presents a unique situation for educators. This presentation will focus on key factors that may contribute to teachers' use of Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices (CRT) with refugee students from Burma.

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

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Monday, May 6, 2013
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

The View from Germany: Pivot to Reality -- New Strategies for the West

Hans-Ulrich Klose, Member of German Bundestag

Pia Bungarten, Director, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung's Washington, D.C. Office

Hope M. Harrison, Associate Professor of History and International Affairs, GW

Germany is the powerhouse driving Europe and is the center of strategy making in the ongoing Euro crisis. At the same time, Germany values close ties with the U.S. and has 4,000 soldiers involved in Afghanistan. Germany is also reaching out to expand ties with China. How can Germany and Europe work more closely together with the U.S. on the central issues facing us in Afghanistan and Pakistan, China, the Middle East, terrorism, and global warming? What is the best way forward in the Euro crisis? Based on his thirty years of experience in the German Bundestag and in close ties with the U.S., Hans-Ulrich Klose will discuss these issues and more.

Light refreshments will be served from 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM.

RSVP: fesdc@fesdc.org

Sponsored by the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Affairs (IERES), the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation, and the German Club of GW

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

Development By Whom? The Changing Role of Development Practitioners

Christina Fink, Professor of Practice of International Affairs, GW

David Gow, Former Director, IDS; Professor Emeritus, GW

Robert Maguire, Professor of Practice of International Affairs, GW

Stephen C. Smith, Professor of Economics and International Affairs, GW

Inder Sud, Professor of Practice of International Affairs, GW

In celebration of the International Development Studies Program's 20th anniversary, current and previous IDS faculty will discuss the changing role of development practitioners.

For more information, please visit: go.gwu.edu/IDS20th

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/IDS20thRSVP

Sponsored by the International Development Studies Program and the Office of Alumni Relations

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW

China-India Border Issues and Northeast India: A View from India

Namrata Goswami, Senior Fellow, United States Institute of Peace (USIP)

The Sino-Indian border dispute in Indias eastern sector is one of the most intractable land conflicts. In her presentation, Goswami will locate the China-India border dispute within the geo-political prism of Northeast India, Burma and China. She will offer her perspective on the escalation in Chinas territorial claim over Arunachal Pradesh since 1985 and the consequences for both China and Indias military posture in the border areas.

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

Sponsored by the Rising Powers Initiative and the India Initiative

Thursday, May 9, 2013
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Book Event: Poverty to Power: How Active Citizens and Effective States can Change the World

Duncan Green, Author, From Poverty to Power: How Active Citizens and Effective States can Change the World; Senior Strategic Adviser, Oxfam GB; honorary Professor of International Development, Cardiff University; Visiting Fellow, Institute for Development Studies

Duncan Green will be presenting his book <i>From Poverty to Power: How Active Citizens and Effective States can Change the World</i>.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/iieppolicyforums1213

Sponsored by the Institute For International Economic Policy (IIEP)

Friday, May 10, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

Book Event: Stone Dreams: Literature and Peacebuilding in the Caucasus

Mikail Mamedov, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer, Department of History, Georgetown University

Ulvi Ismayil, Public Policy Analyst

Arsen Kharatyan, Armenian Service, Voice of America

Please join us to discuss the significance for peacebuilding efforts in the Caucasus of the recently published novel, <i>Stone Dreams</i>, by the Azerbaijani writer Akram Aylisli (Naibov). The novel was published in December 2012 in the Russian journal <i>Druzhba Narodov</i> (Friendship of the Peoples). The main character of the novel is Azerbaijani actor Sadai Sadykhly, who tries to protect his Armenian neighbors during anti-Armenian violence in 1988 and 1990. The novel also discusses anti-Armenian violence perpetrated by Turkish troops in 1919.

<i>Stone Dreams</i> stirred up resentment in Azerbaijan by depicting Azerbaijani brutality against Armenians during the conflict, while failing to mention Armenian violence against Azerbaijanis. Protests broke out against the author in Nakhchivan and Baku, including one in front of his house, and threats of violence were issued against him. Meanwhile, peacebuilding activists have also been targeted in Armenia, leading to the cancellation of an Azerbaijani film festival in 2012 following threats of violence and vandalism.

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

Sponsored by the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Affairs (IERES) and the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia)

Monday, May 13, 2013
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Room MC2-800
1818 H Street, NW, World Bank Main Complex Building

Urbanization and Poverty Reduction Conference: Bridging Rural and Urban Perspectives

Zoubida Allaoua, Director, Urban and Disaster Risk Management, The World Bank

Julio Berdegue, Principal Researcher, Rimisp-Latin American Center for Rural Development, Santiago, Chile

Jan Brueckner, Professor of Economics, University of California-Irvine

Massimiliano Cali, Trade Economist, International Trade Department, The World Bank

Luc Christiaensen, Senior Economist, Chief Economist Office of the Africa Region, The World Bank

Klaus Deininger, Lead Economist, Development Research Group, The World Bank

Shantayanan Devarajan, Chief Economist, Middle East and North Africa Region, The World Bank

James Foster, Professor, Economics and International Affairs; Director, Institute for International Economic Policy, George Washington University

Sebastian Galiani, Professor, Economics, University of Maryland

Doug Gollin, Professor, Development Economics, Department of International Development, University of Oxford

Peter Hazell, Visiting Professor, SOAS, University of London

Vernon Henderson, Eastman Professor, Political Economy; Professor, Economics and Urban Studies, Brown University

Remi Jedwab, Assistant Professor, Economics and International Affairs, George Washington University

Ravi Kanbur, T. H. Lee Professor, World Affairs; Professor, Economics, Cornell University

Mukami Kariuki, Sector Manager, Urban Development and Services in East and Southern Africa; Thematic Coordinator, Urban Development in Africa, The World Bank

Sukkoo Kim, Associate Professor, Economics, Washington University in St. Louis

Somik Lall, Lead Economist, Urban Development, Urban Development and Resilience Unit in the Sustainable Development Network, The World Bank

Peter Lanjouw, Research Manager, Poverty Group in the Development Economics Research Group, the World Bank

Will Martin, Research Manager, Agriculture and Rural Development, The World Bank

Harris Selod, Senior Economist, Development Research Group; Co-Chair, World Bank's Land Thematic Group, The World Bank

Forhad Shilpi, Senior Economist, Development Research Group, Agriculture and Rural Development Team, The World Bank

Stephen Smith, Professor, Economics and International Affairs, George Washington University

The world is urbanizing rapidly, with cities today concentrating more than half the worlds population. While it is widely accepted that development and urbanization go hand in hand, the expansion of cities gives rise to both opportunities and challenges, with countries urbanizing in quite different ways. Urbanization has been occurring at different times and different paces, and some countries have concentrated the urban populations in few mega cities, while others have spread the urban populations across many smaller towns. Particularly little is known about the relation between the pace and nature of the urbanization process and the evolution of inequality and poverty. This conference aims to initiate a dialogue among all stakeholders on the drivers and patterns of urbanization and their consequences for inequality and poverty to elicit key insights for policymakers, with special attention to Africas unfolding urbanization process.

This event will take place over the course of two days.
Monday, May 13th: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday, May 14th: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The conference website can be found at: http://go.worldbank.org/XW92XKNCJ0

RSVP: http://go.worldbank.org/5MEQIJCQB0

Sponsored by the Institute for International Economic Policy, the World Bank Development Research Group, and the World Bank Urbanization Knowledge Platform

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

State Room, 7th Floor
1957 E Street, NW

Nuclear Policy Talks: Role of Science Engagement in Reducing WMD Threats

Andrew C. Weber, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs, U.S. Department of Defense

Cathleen Campbell, President and Chief Executive Officer, CRDF Global

Phillip Starling, Director, Science Engagement Program, CRDF Global

Linda Staheli, Senior Staff Associate for Congressional and Governmental Relations, CRDF Global

Philip Dolliff, Director, ISN/CTR Office, U.S. Department of State

When CRDF Global opened its doors in 1995 after the fall of the Soviet Union, our mission was to help ex-Soviet scientists and engineers weather the funding crisis, prevent brain-drain and especially prevent the proliferation of weapons technologies.  Eighteen years later, CRDF Global continues to engage in nonproliferation activities through our science engagement and science diplomacy programs. Join CRDF Global and representatives of the U.S. government in discussing engagement efforts in the Former Soviet Union, the shift to address these issues globally and the current and future role of science engagement in reducing WMD threats worldwide.

RSVP: go.gwu.edu/wmdscience

Sponsored by the Nuclear Policy Talks

Thursday, May 23, 2013
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Duques Hall, Room 651
2201 G Street NW

Mobility, Precarity, and Empowerment in African Migration

Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff, George Washington University

Stephen Lubkemann, George Washington University

Loren Landau, Witwatersrand University

Martin Murray, University of Michigan

Jørgen Carling, Peace Research Institute Oslo

Lisa Cliggett, University of Kentucky

Bruce Whitehouse, Lehigh University

Presentations and discussion will offer a creative re-thinking of African migration and displacement in which movement is typically cast as a process of "rupture" in which disconnections, losses, and dilemmas receive the most attention, thus neglecting how migrants and migration transform social, economic, and political processes.

RSVP: by May 19th to - abukar@gwmail.gwu.edu and Paragas@ssrc.org

Sponsored by Social Science Research Council, GW's CIBER, IFER, CIGA, IGIS, Diaspora Program, and Africana Studies Program