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September 2013

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

Marvin Center, Room 413-414
800 21st St NW

Religion, Rights, and Reform: A Panel Discussion on Women's Political Participation in the Middle East and North Africa

Caroline Hubbard, Program Manager for Women's Political Participation, National Democratic Institute

Dr. Alessandra Gonzalez, William E. Simon Postdoctoral Research Associate in Religion and Public Life in the James Madison Program, Princeton University

Rebecca Lowenkron, Program Officer, Arab Women's Leadership Institute

Dr. Kelly Pemberton, Director of the Graduate M.A. Program in Hinduism and Islam, The George Washington University


Milad Pournik, Research Associate, Global Gender Program, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

The George Washington University's Honors Society for International Affairs, Sigma Iota Rho, will be hosting a panel discussion on women's political participation in the Middle East and North Africa as their opening fall event.  The panel will feature Caroline Hubbard of the National Democratic Institute, Dr. Alessandra González of Princeton University, Rebecca Lowenkron of the Arab Women's Leadership Institute, and Dr. Kelly Pemberton of The George Washington University.  Milad Pournik, Research Associate at the Global Gender Program at the Elliott School of International Affairs, will moderate the panel.  Given the recent developments in the region, this discussion aims to shed light on the current situation for both female voters and politicians.  The panelists will discuss their work in the region, the recent gains that have been made, and the challenges that lie ahead for women.

Light refreshments will be provided.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/sirfallevent2013

Sponsored by Sigma Iota Rho

Friday, September 6, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Monroe Hall, Room 428
2115 G Street NW

Informal Governance in the EU: How Governments Make International Organizations Work

Mareike Kleine, London School of Economics

Marieke Kleine's talk will be based on her new book, Informal Governance in the European Union. Kleine will discuss the role of informal cooperation in international politics, examining specifically how informal norms shape political dynamics in the EU.

A copy of Prof. Kleine's book chapter will be made available to those who RSVP.

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

Sponsored by IERES European Politics Series

Friday, September 6, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

The Reconstruction of Central and "Eastern" Europe

Armando Marques Guedes, Professor of International Politics and Law

Dr. Marques Guedes will present current challenges and opportunities for the reconstruction and development of Central and "Eastern" Europe.  He will trace the region's evolution, since World War II and the Cold War with a focus on current 'frozen conflicts' in Transnistria, Abkhasia, South Ossetia and Cyprus among others. Are these transformations of the proxy wars of old or new phenomena? Dr. Marques Guedes will conclude with an analysis of these delicate issues, the region's great potential in today's global world and in the context of the Euro-Atlantic alliance.

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

Sponsored by IERES

Friday, September 6, 2013
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Harry Harding Room 213
1957 E Street NW

2013 Elton Lecture: The Post-2015 Development Agenda

Thomas Pogge, Director of the Global Justice Program and the Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs at Yale University

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were an attempt to commit all governments to a concerted effort to make progress against poverty on a clear schedule subject to objective tracking. With these goals about to expire, a major process is now underway to replace them. To inform this process, it is crucial to learn from the MDGs' shortfalls. Their tracking was entrusted to politically vulnerable and exposed agencies which predictably succumbed to political pressures to deliver rosy trend lines achieved through repeated redefinitions and methodological revisions; and rather than clear goals assigned to specific agents, the MDGs were a detached wish list, which allowed the affluent countries to avoid concrete responsibilities. Getting serious about poverty requires formulation of clear institutional reform goals monitored by politically independent experts employing pre-set definitions and methods.

Refreshments will be served.

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

Sponsored by Institute for International Economic Policy and the GW Philosophy Department

Monday, September 9, 2013
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Taiwan Forum: "To Be or Not to Be? Taiwan and the U.S. Pivot to Asia"

Yeh-chung Lu, Assistant Professor, Department of Diplomacy, National Cheng-chi University (NCCU)

This presentation will identify the current basic trends of U.S.-China relations in general and explore Taiwan's efforts in promoting regional stability. The ultimate goal of the US pivot strategy is to preserve peace and stability, and Taiwan shares this main concern with the US. However, this presentation argues there is more that needs to be done for the US and Taiwan to work closely to restore the balance in the Asia-Pacific.

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

Sponsored by Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Monday, September 9, 2013
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Global Policy Forum: Humanitarian Aid Accountability: Expectations and Realities in Haiti

Mark Schuller, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and NGO Leadership Development, Northern Illinois University

Michael N. Barnett, Professor of International Affairs and Political Science, the George Washington University

Thomas C. Adams, Haiti Special Coordinator, US Department of State

Americans have watched in discouragement as news channels continue to broadcast images of Haitian poverty in the wake of the 2010 earthquake, bringing the effectiveness of humanitarian aid into question. Join the panelists in a discussion of current US humanitarian aid, the impact of US and Haitian citizens, and the successes and failures of humanitarian aid in Haiti.

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

Sponsored by The Institute for Global and International Studies and the Latin American & Hemispheric Studies Program

Monday, September 9, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Elliott School, Room 113
1957 E St

An Evening with Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff

Michael Chertoff, Former Secretary of Homeland Security (2005-2009)

The George Washington University International Affairs Society will be hosting the Honorable Michael Chertoff, Former Secretary of Homeland Security (2005-2009), for a discussion on homeland security challenges and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's role in shaping domestic security policy. Secretary Chertoff will also reflect on his tenure at the Department and the challenges that it faces ahead.

RSVP: https://iasmichaelchertoff.eventbrite.com

Sponsored by GW International Affairs Society

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Technology, Policy, and National Security

Dr. Paul Hommert, Director of Sandia National Laboratories and President of Sandia Corporation

Dr. Douglas Shaw, Associate Dean for Planning, Research, and External Relations,Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

The national security environment is changing rapidly and becoming increasingly complex. A new series of discussions entitled Technology, Policy, and National Security explores the intersection of technology and policy to promote better understanding of our world and ways to contribute to U.S. national security and the well-being of our people. Technology experts from Sandia National Laboratories and policy experts from the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University will be featured in this series. In future dialogues, we will also invite experts from other institutions to join our discussions.
The first discussion, scheduled for September 10, 2013, will be introduced by Dr. Michael Brown, Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs and bring together Sandia National Laboratories Director Dr. Paul Hommert and Elliott School Associate Dean Douglas Shaw, who will introduce the series. They will discuss a broad view of the national threat environment facing the country at this time, examples of technological solutions to difficult problems, and policy issues that arise.

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

Sponsored by Sandia National Labs, Nuclear Policy Talks, and the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Room 212
1957 E Street NW

WIIS-GWU Kickoff Event

Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, Executive Director, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) North America

WIIS-GWU kickoff event for the Fall semester featuring Dr. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, Executive Director, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) North America.

RSVP: michsc@gwmail.gwu.edu

Sponsored by GW's Women in International Security (WIIS-GWU)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Middle East Policy Forum: The Peace Puzzle

Sibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland, College Park

Daniel Kurtzer, S. Daniel Abraham Professor in Middle East Policy Studies, Princeton University

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

What is the United States' role in Middle East peacemaking? The Peace Puzzle: America's Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989-2011 explores the sordid history of U.S. involvement in the peace process. For this event, three of the book's authors will critique the role of the U.S., consequences of this role and lessons learned, if any. Their insights are particularly relevant given recent U.S. re-engagement in search of peace.

As this will be a book discussion, the first forty students to come will receive a free copy of the book.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/mqj4atq

Sponsored by Middle East Policy Forum, ExxonMobil

Thursday, September 12, 2013
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

Reset the Reset? The Future of U.S.-Russia Relations

Kimberly Marten, Barnard College, Columbia University

Robert Orttung, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

Cory Welt, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

In cancelling his planned summit earlier this month with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Obama suggested it was time to "take a pause, reassess where it is that Russia is going, what our core interests are, and calibrate the relationship." So how might the U.S.-Russia relationship be calibrated, given core U.S. interests and Russia's domestic trajectory? Kimberly Marten, Robert Orttung, and Cory Welt will lead a discussion of U.S.-Russia security relations, the nature of Russian foreign policy decision-making, and the impact of Russian domestic developments on U.S.-Russia relations.

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

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

Thursday, September 12, 2013
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Chung-wen Shih Conference Room, Suite 503
1957 E Street NW

The Chinese People Have Stood Up: Popular Protest in Urban China

Qin Shao, Professor of History, The College of New Jersey

Based largely on oral history and with images from years of field research in China, this presentation examines some of the new causes and characteristics in popular protest in urban China and the evolving and multiple identities of the protesters. It addresses some of the key debates on the topic in the field of contemporary China.

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

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Saturday, September 14, 2013
11:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Funger Hall, Room 207
2201 G Street NW

Shattered Resolve: A Simulation of Conflict and Cooperation on the Korean Peninsula

This event will examine the recent crises between North Korea and South Korea, the United States involvement in the region, and the possible implications for the future. All majors, undergraduates, and graduates are welcome. No prior knowledge or research is necessary.

Open to all students and food will be provided. Please come to the event dressed in business or business casual attire.

RSVP: http://bit.ly/14s9Pqq

Sponsored by Strategic Crisis Simulations

Monday, September 16, 2013
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Global Gender Forum: Panel Discussion: Prospects for Gender Equality in Iran under President Rouhani

Fatemeh Keshavarz, Director, Roshan Institute Center for Persian Studies, University of Maryland

Maryam Abolfazli, Middle East North Africa (MENA) Director, Eurasia Foundation

Sussan Tahmasebi, Co-founder, International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) and Director, MENA region program, International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN)

Opening Remarks: Pardis Minuchehr, Director, Persian Program, George Washington University and Assistant Professor of Persian, George Washington University

Moderated by: Milad Pournik, Research Associate, Global Gender Program, George Washington University

The Global Gender Program will be co-hosting, with the Institute for Middle East Studies,  a panel event focusing on the prospects for gender equality in Iran as President Rouhani begins his term in office. The panelists will each discuss their understanding of the current status of gender equality and will speak directly to specific policies that President Rouhani may and/or should take in advancing gender equality in Iran.

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

Sponsored by Global Gender Program, Institute for Middle East Studies

Monday, September 16, 2013
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Alumni House
1918 F Street NW

Global Gender Forum: African Women on the Move: Diaspora Women's Empowerment and Call to Action to Invest in Africa's Girls and Women

Imani M. Cheers PhD , Assistant Professor, School of Media and Public Affairs, The George Washington University

Nina Oduro, Founder, African Development Jobs

This event will discuss the importance and impact of investing in women and girls in Africa and in the African Diaspora.

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

Sponsored by Global Gender Program, Diaspora African Women's Network (DAWN), 13th Annual Ronald H. Brown African Affairs Series

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Book Launch: Foreign Relations of the PRC: The Legacies and Constraints of China's International Politics since 1949

Robert Sutter, Professor of Practice of International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

This cogent but comprehensive book examines the international relations of the People's Republic of China since its founding in 1949. Noted scholar Robert G. Sutter provides a balanced assessment of the country's recent successes and advances as well as the important legacies and constraints that hamper it, especially in nearby Asia-long the focus of China's foreign policy attention. Sutter demonstrates how Beijing has carefully created an image of a China that follows consistent policies based on morally correct principles, but its record shows repeated episodes of sometime surprising change and frequent use of violence, intimidation, and coercion.

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

Sponsored by Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Monroe Hall, Room 3231
2115 G Street NW

Micro-ordeals, Targeting, and Habit Formation

Michael Kremer, Gates Professor of Developing Societies, Harvard University, and Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

When health goods are provided free, some households may take the goods but not use them in ways that promote health.  User fees may screen out those who will not use the goods for health purposes, but may  also exclude some who would use the good for health purposes. We show that in the case of dilute chlorine solution for water treatment, a micro-ordeal requiring households to redeem monthly coupons to obtain a free supply targets the product to those who will use the chlorine solution for water treatment. Over a range of realistic parameter values a principal who values health will prefer either free delivery of chlorine solution or free provision with a coupon micro-ordeal to a 50% subsidy.  The micro-ordeal also seems to increase take up of water treatment after subsidies end, likely because it helps households build a habit of procuring the chlorine solution.

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

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

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Elliott School, Room B17
1957 E Street NW

Delta Phi Epsilon's Bi-Annual Internship Panel

Alumnus of Delta Phi Epsilon: The Professional Foreign Service Fraternity.

Each semester Delta Phi Epsilon, the Professional Foreign Service Fraternity on campus, hosts former alumnus to discuss what students need to do in order to land their dream internship here in Washington and abroad. With speakers from firms and government agencies such as Booz Allen Hamilton, the Federal Reserve, foreign embassies, and even the Defense and State Departments, the panel focuses on speakers' past and current experiences to present lessons and advice for current students in their pursuit of internships both in the DC area and elsewhere.

RSVP: dpe@gwmail.gwu.edu

Sponsored by Delta Phi Epsilon: The Professional Foreign Service Fraternity

Thursday, September 19, 2013
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

The World Through Arab Eyes: A Panel Discussion featuring Shibley Telhami

Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland, College Park

Nathan J. Brown, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, GW

Marc Lynch, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, GW

Shibley Telhami, Nathan J. Brown, and Marc Lynch will discuss new trends in Arab public opinion, and Telhami will discuss his recent release "The World Through Arab Eyes."

Book signing and reception will follow.

Limited copies of the book will be available for GW students.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/loqvwr7

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

Friday, September 20, 2013
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Global Gender Forum: From Integration to Disruption: How to Transform Gender Relations?

Opening Remarks:

Barbara Miller, Director, Global Gender Program

Panelists: Aruna Rao, Executive Director, Gender at Work and Member, Editorial Advisory Group, Gender & Development

Srilatha Batliwala, Chair, Gender at Work Board and Scholar Associate, Association for Women's Rights in Development

Joanne Sandler, Senior Associate, Gender at Work

Alivelu Ramisetty, Gender Advisor, Oxfam America

Lisa Veneklasen, Executive Director, Just Associates

This Global Gender Program panel discussion, co-sponsored by the Gender and Development Journal, Gender at Work and Oxfam, will re-trace the feminist vision that drove gender mainstreaming;  discuss stories of transforming gender relations in organizations and communities as well as stories of resistance to change; and explore ruptural ideas and actions that move us beyond gender mainstreaming to influence and transform development and change.

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

Sponsored by Global Gender Program, Gender and Development Journal, Gender at Work, Oxfam

Monday, September 23, 2013
9:00 AM - 1:15 PM

City View Room, 7th Floor
1957 E Street NW

PONARS Eurasia Annual Conference 2013

Day 1, Monday, September 23, 2013

Panelists: Kimberly Marten, Nikolay Petrov, James Richter, Brian Taylor
Chair: Henry E. Hale

Panelists: Mikhail Alexseev, Theodore Gerber, Mark Kramer
Chair: Oxana Shevel

Panelists: Elise Giuliano, Serghei Golunov, Paul Goode
Chair: Nikolay Petrov

Panelists: George Gavrilis, Yulia Nikitina, Polina Sinovets, Mikhail Troitskiy
Chair: Cory Welt

Panelists: Andrey Makarychev, Sergey Markedonov, Robert W. Orttung, Sufian Zhemukhov
Chair: Pavel K. Baev

Panelists: Volodymyr Dubovyk, Kornely Kakachia, Sergey Minasyan, Arkady Moshes, Oleksandr Sushko
Chair: Juliet Johnson

Day 2, Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Pavel K. Baev, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
Andrew Barnes, Kent State University
Adam Stulberg, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology
Chair: Samuel Charap, International Institute of Strategic Studies

Dmitry Gorenburg, CNA
Marlène Laruelle, The George Washington University
Eric McGlinchey, George Mason University
Sébastien Peyrouse, The George Washington University
Scott Radnitz, University of Washington
Chair: Shairbek Juraev, OSCE Academy in Bishkek

The conference will feature panelists from the PONARS Eurasia network - leading scholars and experts from North America, Russia, Europe, and Eurasia - who will present their latest research on a variety of topics: <br/><br/>

Public Opinion and Protest in Russia * Putin 2.0 * The Future of Russia's Energy Sector * States and Security in Central Asia * The Sochi Olympics * Shifting Relations in the EU-Russia Neighborhood * and more.

More information about location and panels can be found here: http://ponarseurasia.org/article/ponars-eurasia-annual-conference-2013

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/PONARS2013

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

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Passport Stamped: Elliott School Graduate Study Abroad Fair

We know you want more stamps in your passport- now come learn how to do it through a semester abroad at a distinguished Elliott School international partner! Browse the different study abroad options available to Elliott School graduate students and speak with one of the Elliott school graduate exchange students spending a semester at GW. Considering a short-term program instead? The staff from the Office of International Programs and Education will be available to answer any questions concerning other international opportunities.

Open only to Elliott School graduate students. Light refreshments provided.

RSVP: esintl@gwu.edu

Sponsored by Office of International Programs and Education

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

State Room, 7th Floor
1957 E Street NW

An Evening with The Honorable Barbara Bodine

Barbara Bodine, Former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen

Edward "Skip" Gnehm, former U.S. Ambassador to Jordan, Kuwait, and Australia

Ambassador Bodine will be discussing Yemen as a case study on the Arab Awakening, U.S. policy options and limitations in the region, and counter-terrorism. Ambassador Edward "Skip" Gnehm, former U.S. Ambassador to Jordan, Kuwait, and Australia, will deliver opening remarks.

Following the event will be a reception with light refreshments.
Please arrive 10-15 min in advance to check-in.

RSVP: DPEAmbassadorBodine.eventbrite.com

Sponsored by Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Sorority

Thursday, September 26, 2013
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

Much Ado About Nothing? Transnational Civil Society, Consumer Protection, and Financial Regulatory Reform

Lisa Kastner, Doctoral Fellow, Sciences Po and The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies

The recent financial crisis shocked markets and societies alike, shaking up preconceived notions of regulation and consumer protection. Kastner will delve into the fissures the crisis created to examine the role of civil society actors, such as consumer associations, NGOs and grass-roots groups, in the current financial reform debate. Comparing both the U.S. and European reactions to the fall-out, she will focus on consumer financial protection. Kastner's presentation will shed light on how the financial crisis affected key decision-makers in both regions and demonstrate the influence countervailing societal forces had on the final outcomes.

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

Sponsored by Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

Thursday, September 26, 2013
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Syria: Problems and Prospects

Steven Heydemann, Senior Advisor, Middle East Initiatives, United States Institute of Peace

Frederic Hof, Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center, Atlantic Council

Dr. Amr Al-Azm, Associate Professor, History Department, Shawnee State University

Dr. Murhaf Jouejati, Professor, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University

The UN estimates that over 100,000 people have been killed in the Syrian crisis in the past two and a half years. Now, with evidence of chemical weapon use, the crisis is more perilous than ever. This panel discussion brings together experts on Syria to discuss regime capabilities, disaggregated resistance movements, regional implications, U.S. involvement, and the uncertain future of the crisis.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/qe8l892

Sponsored by the Middle East Policy Forum and the Delta Phi Epsilon Foreign Service Fraternity

Thursday, September 26, 2013
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

Marvin Center, Betts Theater
800 21st St NW

Get to know the Alexander Hamilton Society: A Debate on Various Approaches to Foreign Policy

G. John Ikenberry, Professor, Princeton University

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


Stephen J. Trachtenberg, President Emeritus, Author of Presidencies Derailed

Watch a debate that focuses on John Ikenberry's book Liberal Leviathon versus Henry Nau's book Conservative Internationalism.

Doors open 6:15PM, event starts at 6:30PM, ends at 7:45PM, reception from 7:45PM - 9PM in the Marvin Center, Room 308.

Sponsored by the Alexander Hamilton Society

Friday, September 27, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

Whither Germany? Reflections on the German Election and its Consequences for Europe

Alexander Reisenbichler, Ph.D. Student and Doctoral Fellow, GWU

Harvey Feigenbaum, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, GWU

The speakers will discuss the results of the German federal election, to be held on September 22, and what it means for the future of Germany and the European Union.

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

Sponsored by IERES

Saturday, September 28, 2013
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Monroe Hall, Room 321
2115 G Street NW

State Capacity and Development: A Network Approach

James Robinson, David Lawrence Professor of Government, Harvard University

This talk will discuss the direct and spillover effects of local state capacity using the network of Colombian municipalities. The authors measure local state capacity with the presence of state functionaries and institutions, and focus on its impact on local public good provision and prosperity.

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

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

Monday, September 30, 2013
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Our Digital Future: Ideas for Internet Research

Brian Bieron, Senior Director - Federal Affairs, eBay Inc.
Carolina Rossini, Latin America Resource Center Project Director - Open Technology Institute, New America Foundation
Matthew Reisman, Senior Manager - International Trade, Microsoft Inc.
Milton Mueller, Professor, Syracuse University School of Information Studies"

Citizens using the Internet ("netizens") and policymakers struggle to understand how the Internet works, as well as how we can ensure that the Internet continues to develop and facilitate economic growth. To guarantee a bright and widely shared digital future, we need to ask and answer several questions including:
How can we measure the impact of the Internet on growth, development, human rights and other factors?
How are the Internet and the services that sit on top of the Internet evolving?
How can we encourage global access to the Internet?
How can national governments regulate a global Internet? Should they?
Our speakers will challenge us to study the Internet and provide the world with greater understanding of its impact and potential. Each speaker will give his or her perspective on needed areas of research on the Internet, and then we will open the floor to your questions.

Lunch and drinks will be provided.

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

Sponsored by the Institute for International Economic Policy (IIEP)

Monday, September 30, 2013
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st Street NW

Concert: A Moving Sound, Live at GWU

A Moving Sound, Asian Fusion Band, Taiwan

In <i>A Moving Sound's</i> music, traditional Taiwanese, Chinese and neighboring Asian music forms are fused in new original song compositions. Instruments such as the Chinese erhu (a vertically held, bowed instrument), the zhong ruan (Chinese guitar), and the transcendent vocals and dance of lead singer Mia Hsieh, transport listeners on a journey that <i>Global Rhythm</i> magazine describes as "...delicately balanced between many worlds...an entryway to Eastern music and artful expression of the human condition."

Tickets are free, but RSVPs are required.

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

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies