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January 2014

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW, 6th Floor

Space and Cyberspace: Enduring Missions in a Changing World


General William L. Shelton, Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado

Gen. William L. Shelton is Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. He is responsible for organizing, equipping, training and maintaining mission-ready space and cyberspace forces and capabilities for North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Strategic Command and other combatant commands around the world. General Shelton oversees Air Force network operations; manages a global network of satellite command and control, communications, missile warning and space launch facilities; and is responsible for space system development and acquisition. He leads more than 46,000 professionals, assigned to 88 locations worldwide and deployed to an additional 35 global locations.

In this lecture and discussion, General Shelton will discuss what the Air Force Space Command does for the nation, how it does it, and how the command works with others to achieve its missions in space and cyberspace.

Coffee reception preceding

The live webcast will be available at https://new.livestream.com/elliottschoolgw/spacecom

RSVP: RSVP by email to spi@gwu.edu

Sponsored by The Space Policy Institute

Monday, January 13, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Elliott School, Room 505
1957 E Street NW

Brazil and the Cuban Revolution: New Evidence


James Hershberg, Professor, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

Drawing upon new research, Professor Hershberg will present findings linking Brazil with the Cuban revolution and explain why this is relevant in contemporary relations between the U.S. and these countries.

Brown bag lunch. Beverages will be provided.

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

Sponsored by the Brazil Initiative and the Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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

Pakistan-China Relations in the Post-Cold War Period: Regional and Global Implications


Talat Shabbir, Visiting Scholar, Sigur Center for Asian Studies, GW

Sigur Center visiting scholar, Talat Shabbir will attempt to analyze Pakistan-China Relations in the Post-Cold War Period. His presentation will also aim to provide a better understanding of Pakistan-China relations and its regional and global implications in view of a rising China and U.S. interests in the South Asian region.

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

Sponsored by Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Thursday, January 16, 2014
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Our Northern Future


Laurence C. Smith, University of California, Los Angeles

This talk, accompanied by stunning photographs and graphics, will present a balanced, politically neutral projection of what the world might look like in forty years' time should current global trends in (1) population demographics, (2) resource demand, (3) economic globalization, and (4) climate change continue their current trajectories. The first part of the talk ("The Push") identifies key global pressures and trends, including urbanization, population aging, energy technology, water supply, immigration, and the rising economies of China, India, and the developing world. The second part ("The Pull") describes the emergence of a new geographic region, the "Northern Rim", comprised of Canada, the northern United States, Greenland/Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the Russian Federation (called the Northern Rim Countries or NORCs). These eight northern countries and their surrounding seas will experience profound transformation over the next 40 years, making the Northern Rim a place of rising human activity and global strategic value relative to today.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/Smith2050

Sponsored by IERES and the GW Department of Geography

Thursday, January 16, 2014
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

Photography Exhibit Opening: Visions of Uzbekistan


Muzaffar Madrahimov, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Uzbekistan

Marlene Laruelle, Director, Central Asia Program, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

The photo exhibition Visions of Uzbekistan reflects both the ancient culture and the modern life of the Uzbek people and introduces cultural aspects to the narrative about Uzbekistan in the United States.

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

Sponsored by Central Asia Program, IERES

Thursday, January 16, 2014
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Impossible Citizens: Dubai's Indian Diaspora


Neha Vora, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Lafayette College

Although the legal status of foreign residents in the UAE defines them as outsiders, Dr. Vora argues that Indians in Dubai are integral to the building and maintenance of Emirati state institutions, to national identity and citizenship, and to the functioning of Dubai's liberalized and globalized market forms. While many Indians disavow belonging to Dubai they stake certain historical, cultural, and geographic claims to the city. Impossible Citizens examines the conflicting and multiple narratives and practices of belonging and citizenship experienced by Dubai's Indian population, exploring the multiple logics of citizenship and governance that circulate within Dubai among its various residents, institutions, and spaces.

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

Sponsored by the Institute for Middle East Studies, with the support of the US Department of Education's Title VI National Resource Center Grant for the Middle East

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Elliott School, Room 505
1957 E Street NW

CANCELLED
Sigur Center Summer 2013 Research Fellows Roundtable


Saher Assad, PhD Economics, GW

Jamison Liang, MA Anthropology, GW

Seok Joon Kim, PhD Political Science, GW

Inwook Kim, MA Anthropology, GW

Charles Kraus, PhD Political Science, GW

Each year the Sigur Center awards students with grants to conduct field research in Asia over the summer. Join the Summer 2013 Student Research Fellows as they share their findings and impressions.

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

Sponsored by Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

CANCELLED
Technology, Policy, and National Security Series: Cybersecurity, the Much-Admired Problem


Dr. Leonard M. Napolitano, Jr., Director, Computer Sciences and Information Systems, Sandia National Laboratories

Cyberspace, the ubiquitous fusion of information and communication technologies, has transformed the way that Americans work and play, and has also markedly changed the U.S. national security landscape. Threats in and to cyberspace are causing anxiety at all levels in this country, encouraged by news of identity theft, intellectual property piracy, the Mandiant report on Chinas cyber activities against US institutions, and repeated warnings of an impending cyber Pearl Harbor. A key issue is the fact that the cybersecurity problem is not well understood; it is much admired but not resolved. This talk will review the historical technical and policy drivers that created this hydra-headed beast, and their implications for cybersecurity. It will also provide a high-level overview of current cyber threats and attack objectives. The metaphor of public health will be used to posit approaches for significant containment of cybersecurity risk through scientific understanding, public cyber hygiene, and their integration with national and international legal and policy frameworks.

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

Sponsored by Sandia National Laboratories and Elliott School of International Affairs

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

CANCELLED
Environment, Human Rights, and Oil Development in Turkmenistan


Kate Watters, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Crude Accountability

Kate Watters will discuss the links between environmental and human rights violations and oil and gas development in Turkmenistan, one of the world's most opaque and authoritarian countries. She will focus on the various responses of international financial institutions, multi-national oil companies and western governments to Turkmenistan's official policies, and discuss the role of civil society in highlighting and uncovering environmental and human rights abuses.

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

Sponsored by Central Asia Program, IERES

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Elliott School, Suite 403
1957 E Street NW

CANCELLED
Brown Bag Lecture: Labor Standards for High Technology: Comparative Experience of China and India


David Alan Grier, Associate Professor of International Science and Technology Policy and International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

Please join the Center for International Science and Technology Policy for a brown bag lecture seminar as Professor Grier discusses labor standards for high technology. Both China and India are striving to improve the quality of skills to be found in ITC workers. Superficially, both are using a similar process to bring training from Europe and the US but each is beset by its own set of problems. India has launched its effort as part of the National Skills Development Initiative and is struggling with the vast scope of this initiative and multiple purposes. China, working more closely with the existing educational structure, is finding problems adopting non-chinese materials so that they support the goals of the government and the Chinese Communist Party. The presentor has been involved in both projects as the President of the IEEE Computer Society.

RSVP: cistp@gwu.edu

Sponsored by Center for International Science and Technology Policy

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

City View Room, 7th Floor
1957 E Street NW

CANCELLED
Brazil Forum: Brazil's Global Moment


Mauro Vieira, Ambassador of Brazil to the United States

Ambassador Mauro Vieira will address the Elliott School community regarding the most pressing issues affecting Brazil-U.S. relations, including the recent NSA controversy. The Ambassador's remarks will reflect Brazil in the current context as a rising global power.

Reception to follow

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

Sponsored by the Ambassadors Forum series and the Brazil Initiative

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Harry Harding Room 213
1957 E St NW

CANCELLED
Middle East Policy Forum: Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives


Usama al-Nujayfi, Speaker, Iraqi Council of Representatives

Speaker of Iraq's Council of Representatives Usama al-Nujayfi will discuss the next stage of Iraqi politics, the need for greater Sunni Arab integration, and what Iraq wants and needs from America. As Sunni Arabs search for greater leverage within government, al-Nujayfi will comment on the importance of coalition politics and the future of Iraqi federalism.

Open to all, including media.

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

Sponsored by the Middle East Policy Forum, the Institute for Middle East Studies, and Exxon Mobil

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E St NW

CANCELED: The EU's Eastern Neighbors: Comparing Ukraine and Moldova


Taras Kuzio, University of Alberta

Rebecca Chamberlain-Creanga, Independent Scholar

In November 2013, the European Union initialed an Association Agreement with Moldova and Georgia, while Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych turned his back on years of planning and declared that he would not sign his country's agreement. Moldova is now moving closer to EU integration, while Ukraine is in limbo, having received a $15 billion credit from Russia. Yanukovych's decision inspired Ukrainian supporters of closer ties with the West to occupy central Kyiv to protest his about face, and those demonstrations are continuing. Please join us for a discussion of the alternative trajectories of the two countries at the domestic and international levels.

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

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

Thursday, January 23, 2014
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Rethinking Islamist Politics: A Panel Discussion


Panelists:
Fran├žois Burgat, Researcher, Institut de Recherches et dEtudes sur le Monde Arabe et Musulman

Thomas Hegghammer, Research Fellow and Director of Terrorism Research, Norwegian Defense Research Establishment

Bruce Lawrence, Professor of Religion, Duke University

Tarek Masoud, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

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

Join POMEPS on January 23, 2014 to analyze the state of Islamist politics in the Middle East. The panel will examine the current directions of the Muslim Brotherhood and electoral politics, Salafism, and jihadist movements, as well as trends in the broader Islamic context.

A light lunch will be provided.

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

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

Thursday, January 23, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Elliott School, Room 505
1957 E St NW

Brazil Forum: Brazil's 2014 Elections


Bruno Lima Rocha, Journalist and Professor of Political Science

Professor Rocha will explain the most relevant political issues in Brazil and their impact on the upcoming 2014 Presidential Election.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/10m

Sponsored by the Brazil Intiative

Thursday, January 23, 2014
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Elliott School Book Party: Celebrating 2013 Faculty Authors


Please join us for a wine and cheese reception in honor of our faculty members who have published books in 2013. Come meet the authors and congratulate them on their recent accomplishments!

Participating authors' books will be available for sale and signing at this event.

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

Thursday, January 23, 2014
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

Cinema Club Film Screening: Daughter-in-Law


Sebastien Peyrouse, Central Asia Program, IERES, GW

Film Screening "Daughter-in-Law" a film from Turkmenistan in 1972 by Khodjakuli Narliev

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

Sponsored by Central Asia Program, IERES

Monday, January 27, 2014
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Chinese Philosophical Traditions and Contemporary Taiwanese Political Culture


David J. Lorenzo, Associate Professor, National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China

For the latest event in the Sigur Center for Asian Studies' Spotlight Taiwan Program, Associate Professor David Lorenzo will discuss the ways in which Chinese philosophical traditions (particularly Confucianism, Daoism, Legalism and Mohism) may affect contemporary Taiwanese political culture.

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

Sponsored by Sigur Center for Asian Studies Spotlight Taiwan Program and the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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

The EU's Eastern Neighbors: Comparing Ukraine and Moldova


Taras Kuzio, University of Alberta

Rebecca Chamberlain-Creanga, Independent Scholar

In November 2013, the European Union initialed an Association Agreement with Moldova and Georgia, while Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych turned his back on years of planning and declared that he would not sign his country's agreement. Moldova is now moving closer to EU integration, while Ukraine is in limbo, having received a $15 billion credit from Russia. Yanukovych's decision inspired Ukrainian supporters of closer ties with the West to occupy central Kyiv to protest his about face, and those demonstrations are continuing.
Please join us for a discussion of the alternative trajectories of the two countries at the domestic and international levels.

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

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

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Breaking the News: The Role of Authoritarian State-Run Media


Robert Orttung, The George Washington University

Christopher Walker, National Endowment for Democracy

Anne-Marie Brady, University of Canterbury

Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL

Sarah Oates, University of Maryland

Moderator:
Marc F. Plattner, Journal of Democracy

Despite the rapid rise of the Internet and social media, governments in places as diverse as China, Russia, Azerbaijan, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Iran, and countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa are finding stubbornly effective ways to use state-run media to help themselves stay in power. They are achieving this feat through a combination of selective censorship of political expression and by using state media control to influence crucial audiences. Authoritarian rulers know that they need state-controlled media to survive; therefore real liberalization of such media is unlikely. The state's grip on the media, once tightened, cannot readily be loosened without opening the floodgates and risking the regime itself. Mikhail Gorbachev, the last top official of the USSR, discovered this with his policy of glasnost (openness). Today, authoritarian governments are willfully depriving hundreds of millions of people of authentically plural and independent information and analysis with profound implications for these countries' ability to reform and prosper. The event, which features experts on China, Russia, and Iran, is organized around the ideas in the January 2014 Journal of Democracy article, Breaking the News: The Role of State-Run Media, authored by Walker and Orttung.

http://www.ned.org/sites/default/files/JoD-25.1-Breaking-the-News-The-Role-of-State-Run-Media-Christopher-Walker-Robert-Orttung.pdf

Watch the event live online at: http://go.gwu.edu/statemedia

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

Sponsored by Part of IERES's Media and Democratization in Russia and Eurasia Series; Co-sponsored by the Journal of Democracy and the International Forum for Democratic Studies

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Elliott School, Room 505
1957 E St NW

Distinguished Women in International Affairs series: The United States and Muslim Communities Around the World


Farah Anwar Pandith, Special Representative to Muslim Communities, U.S. Department of State

Farah Pandith was appointed the first-ever Special Representative to Muslim Communities in June 2009 by then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The Office of the Special Representative continues to be responsible for executing a vision for engagement with Muslims around the world based on a people-to-people and organizational level. She reports directly to the Secretary of State.

RSVP: mippgw@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the Master of International Policy and Practice, the Institute for Global and International Studies, and the Global Gender Program

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St NW

Recommendations for a Final Deal with Iran


David Albright, President, Institute for Science and International Security

On January 20, 2014, ISIS released its set of recommended elements of a final agreement with Iran. The report seeks to define Iran's enrichment and heavy water reactor programs, their associated parameters, and the duration of these long-term provisions. The over-riding goal of the negotiations of a comprehensive solution is to establish a set of provisions and associated verification measures, which, if Iran agreed to them, would in ISIS's view protect the national security interests of the United States and its allies. The resulting limited nuclear programs and extensive verification measures would eliminate the risk of Iran breaking out to nuclear weapons at declared or covert nuclear sites without being detected in a timely manner and without adequate time for effective U.S. and international responses. This approach depends on the United States remaining ready for many years to take the steps necessary to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

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

Sponsored by Nuclear Policy Talks

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

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

Sigur Center 2013 Summer Language Fellows Roundtable


Jessica Chandras, PhD. Anthropology, GW

Andrew Frenkel, BA Asian Studies, GW

Shirley Hsieh, BA Economics, GW

Mathew Hubbard, MA Asian Studies, GW

Kristian McGuire, MA Asian Studies, GW

Deep Pal, MA International Affairs, GW

John Louis Pane, BA International Affairs, GW

Soohyun Yang, BA International Affairs, GW

Each year the Sigur Center awards students with grants to study languages in Asia over the summer. Join the Summer 2013 Student Language Fellows as they share their experiences and impressions.

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

Sponsored by Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
7:15 PM - 8:30 PM

Elliott School, Room 505
1957 E St NW

GW Alumni Panel: Working at the World Bank


Christopher Neal, Senior Communications Officer, Social Development Network, World Bank, GW MIPP Alumnus

Jean-Jacques Verdeaux, Senior Procurement Specialist, Latin America & Caribbean Region, World Bank, GW LLM Alumnus

Samia Ausaf, Consultant, Independent Evaluation Group, World Bank, IDS Alumna

Join the IDS program and GW alumni for a discussion on working in international development at the World Bank. Panelists will discuss their roles and experiences at the World Bank as well as career advice for current students. IDS Program Director, Dr. Sean Roberts, will moderate this panel discussion.

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

Sponsored by International Development Studies

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Funger Hall, Room 207
2201 G Street NW

Nuclear Weapons: Do We Even Need Them?


Rebeccah Heinrichs, Visiting Fellow, The Heritage Foundation

RSVP: rebekahj@gwmail.gwu.edu

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

Thursday, January 30, 2014
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St NW

Countdown to the Nuclear Security Summit 2014


Peter Mollema, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Joan Rohlfing, President and COO, Nuclear Threat Initiative

The Netherlands will host the third Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague on March 24 and 25, 2014. Since 2010, when the first Summit was held in Washington, considerable progress was made to enhance the security of nuclear material worldwide in order to prevent nuclear terrorism around the globe. Peter Mollema and Joan Rohlfing will discuss the aims and priorities of the third Summit in the Netherlands and the challenges ahead.

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

Sponsored by Nuclear Policy Talks

Thursday, January 30, 2014
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Elliott School, Room 505
1957 E Street NW

The Politics of Energy Dependency: Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania Between Domestic Oligarchs and Russian Pressure


Margarita M. Balmaceda, Professor of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University

Recent events in Ukraine again bring up the question of countries' energy policy choices and the role of powerful domestic groups in relation to Russia and the EU. The Politics of Energy Dependency looks at these issues from the perspective of post-independence energy politics in three post-Soviet states: Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania. It compares these three states' reactions to the serious external shock of their sudden transformation from constituents of a single energy-rich state to separate energy-poor entities heavily dependent on Russia, as well as politically-independent transit states. Using extensive field research and until now untapped local sources in Ukrainian, Belarusian, Russian, and Lithuanian, the book analyzes how these states' unique location, powerful domestic economic actors often making a profit of their situation of energy dependency (oligarchs), and Russian power, has affected Russia's ability to use energy as a foreign policy tool in the region, and these states' own political development.

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

Sponsored by IERES Petrach Program on Ukraine