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February 2014

Saturday, February 1, 2014
11:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Funger Hall, Room 108
2201 G St NW

Shifting Balance: A Simulation of Defense, Diplomacy, and Development in the Horn of Africa


The Horn of Africa, consisting of the nations of Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Somalia, represents one of the most complex and challenging regions in the world for policymakers. In the past several years these nations have made impressive progress in terms of security reform, economic development and ensuring basic human rights. However the region is still beset by national separatism, authoritarian regimes, terrorism, piracy, poverty and conflict.

This event is open to all alumni, professors, GWU students (graduate and undergraduate), and the DC community. We request that participants wear business attire. There will be food provided.

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

Sponsored by Strategic Crisis Simulations

Monday, February 3, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St NW

Solving Today's Nuclear Nightmares


Joe Cirincione, President, Ploughshares Fund

Joe Cirincione will discuss his new book, Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before it is Too Late. The book addresses the risk that someone will use, by accident or design, one or more of the 17,000 nuclear weapons in the world today. Many thought such threats ended with the Cold War or that current policies can prevent or contain nuclear disaster. They are dead wrong - these weapons, possessed by states large and small, stable and unstable, remain an ongoing nightmare. In the talk, Joe Cirincione will discuss prospects for curtailing Iran's nuclear program, the dangers from the crisis in our own nuclear forces as morale and discipline deteriorate in the command structures, and the threat from Pakistan, a nation he calls in his book, "the most dangerous country on Earth."

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

Sponsored by Nuclear Policy Talks

Monday, February 3, 2014
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Elliott School, Room 501
1957 E St NW

The Politics of Gender and Ethnicity on the Sino Tibetan border


Tenzin Jinba, postdoc, Yale University; professor of anthropology and sociology, Lanzhou University

He will be discussing his new research on masculinity and the state and also his new book, In the Land of the Eastern Queendom: The Politics of Gender and Ethnicity on the Sino-Tibetan. The story underlying this ethnography began with the recent discovery and commercialization of the remnant of an ancient queendom on the Sichuan-Tibet border. Recorded in classical Chinese texts, this legendary matriarchal domain has attracted not only tourists but the vigilance of the Chinese state. Tenzin Jinba's research examines the consequences of development of the queendom label for local ethnic, gender, and political identities and for state-society relations.

Open to the public.

RSVP: http://go.guw.edu/genderethnicitytibet

Sponsored by the Tibet Governance Project and Culture in Global Affairs

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Addressing Soft Security Challenges in Kazakhstan and Central Asia


Johannes Linn, Brookings Institution

Kathleen Kuehnast, U.S. Institute of Peace

Kai Wegerich, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research

William Brown, Brookings Institution

Reinhard Bodemeyer, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Zusammenarbeit GIZ

Kamiljon Akramov, International Food Policy Research Institute

Sebastien Peyrouse, IERES, George Washington University

Dejan Kedserovic, International Organization for Migration

Marlene Laruelle, IERES, George Washington University

Kazakhstan has already taken the regional leadership on soft security issues in the whole Central Asian region. This conference will discuss the regions main soft security issues: water management, regulating migrations and refugees flows, developing disaster preparedness and reaction to climate change. It will bring together scholars and experts to offer a full panorama of the soft security situation and the way Kazakhstan can address these challenges.

Reception to follow.

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

Sponsored by Central Asia Program, IERES

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Elliott School, Room 505
1957 E St NW

Sigur Center Summer 2013 Research Fellows Roundtable


Saher Assad (PhD - Economics) The Impact of Cell Phones and Infrastructure Access on Crop Choice and Post-harvest Loss for Rural Pakistani Households

Jamison Liang (MA - Anthropology) Queering Indonesia: Negotiating LGBT Rights and Development - Indonesia"

Seok Joon Kim (PhD - Political Science) Why Would Emerging Middle Powers Want to Join the International Aid Regime? Evidence from South Korea's 2008 Foreign Aid Policy Decision

Inwook Kim (MA - Anthropology) By Accident, Not Design: Explaining China's Oil Supplier Diversification Trend Since 1993

Charles Kraus (PhD - History) Chinese Archival Sources on Xinjiang's History since 1949

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 the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

ONLINE WEBINAR
ONLINE WEBINAR

International Issues with Geo-Engineering


Panelists:
Wil Burns, PhD, Director MS Energy Policy and Climate Program, Johns Hopkins University

David Keith, Professor of Applied Physics (SEAS) and Professor of Public Policy (Harvard Kennedy School), Harvard University

Benjamin Hale, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies, University of Colorado

Moderated by:
Elizabeth Chalecki, Visiting Research Fellow, Stimson Center

Hosted by:
Marcus King, John O Rankin Associate Professor of International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

This webinar is the final installment of the 5-part series on International Environmental Security. It will deal with the question of the viability of geo-engineering to reduce greenhouse gases. An expert panel will address this issue by responding to rapid developments in a hypothetical scenario in which India decides to deploy aerosols to combat warming.

Registration is required to log into this free webinar. Please register at the Security and Sustainability Forum's webpage by following the link below.

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

Sponsored by The Climate and Water Security Initiative, The Security and Sustainability Forum, the Stimson Center

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Elliott School, Room 313
1957 E St NW

Mali: The Peaceful Resolution of Conflict


Michael Covitt, Producer of documentary film "333", Founder of The Malian Manuscript Foundation

The Sabatier Film Group's documentary film, 333, designed to increase awareness and understanding of the Ancient Manuscripts of Mali throughout the World, has been completed. This portrayal emphasizes the fundamental approach of these Malian Manuscripts; the resolution of conflicts through dialogue, tolerance and forgiveness.

Free and open to the public. The reception begins at 6:30 PM.

RSVP: CapitolArchaeologicalInstitute@gmail.com

Sponsored by the GWU Capitol Archaeological Institute, and the Africa Working Group at the Institute for Global & International Studies

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Elliott School, Room 505
1957 E Street

Latin American Film Festival


A lens into human rights violations, military dictatorships and state terror through selected Latin American movies.

Movie Dates: 02/05/2014 ; 02/12/2014 ; 02/19/2014 ; 02/26/2014

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

Sponsored by Latin American & Hemispheric Studies Program

Thursday, February 6, 2014
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E St NW

Russia's Arctic Strategies and the Future of the Far North


Marlene Laruelle, IERES

Discussants: Heather A. Conley, CSIS

Caitlyn Antrim, ROLCO

Timothy Heleniak, AGS

The purpose of Russia's Arctic Strategies and the Future of the Far North is to offer a comprehensive assessment of Russia's strategy in the Arctic - including climate change, territorial disputes, military prestige, economic resources, and regional development. It investigates the multiple facets making Arctic questions a revelatory prism through which to view Russia's current changes and future challenges, and attempts to assemble them into a coherent whole.

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

Sponsored by the IERES

Thursday, February 6, 2014
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

The OAS, Citizen Security in the Americas


Adam Blackwell, Secretary for Multidimensional Security, Organization of American States

Reception from 6:30 - 7:00 PM

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

Sponsored by the Organization of American States and the Latin American & Hemispheric Studies Program

Friday, February 7, 2014
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E St NW

The Moral Sociology of the State: Thoughts About the Eurozone Crisis


Marion Fourcade, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

Marion Fourcade is a professor of Sociology at UC Berkeley who studies economic and political knowledge and practice across nations. Her first book, Economists and Societies (Princeton University Press 2009), explored the distinctive character of economics profession in three countries. She is currently at work on a second book, tentatively called Measure for Measure: Social Ontologies of Classification, which examines national classificatory styles in areas including environmental valuation, the digitization of books, and the classification of wines in France and the United States. Other ongoing research focuses on the moral underpinnings and consequences of economic processes and technologies; the role of credit in social stratification, the comparative study of political organization, the microsociology of courtroom exchanges, and the role of business schools in the neoliberal turn. Prof. Fourcade received her PhD from Harvard, held visiting positions at Princeton and New York University, and was previously co-director of the Max Planck Sciences-Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies.

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

Sponsored by the IERES

Monday, February 10, 2014
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St NW

The Muslim Brotherhood: Evolution of an Islamist Movement


Carrie Rosefsky Wickham, Associate Professor of Political Science, Emory University

Carrie Rosefsky Wickham will discuss her recent release: The Muslim Brotherhood: Evolution of an Islamist Movement. Wickham's current research focuses on the origins of political opposition in authoritarian settings, focusing on the rise of Islamic activism in Egypt and other Arab states. She is also the author of Mobilizing Islam: Religion, Activism, and Political Change in Egypt.

Limited copies of the book will be available for students. A light lunch will be served with a book signing to follow.

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

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

Monday, February 10, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Elliott School, Room 505
1957 E Street NW

Brazil's Emerging Role in The International System


Esther Brimmer, Shapiro Professor of International Affairs, GW; Former Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, U.S. State Department

Professor Brimmer will present research she will be conducting during her upcoming trip to Brazil.

Guests are invited to bring their own lunch. Drinks provided.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/147

Sponsored by the Brazil Initiative

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Elliott School, Voesar Room 4th Floor
1957 E St NW

Environment, Human Rights and Oil Development in Turkmenistan


Kate Watters, co-founder and Executive Director of Crude Accountability

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

RSVP: go.gwu.edu/watters

Sponsored by Central Asia Program

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st St NW

Reporting In Pakistan: What You Aren't Hearing


Declan Walsh, Pakistan Bureau Chief, The New York Times

Habiba Nosheen, Filmmaker, Outlawed in Pakistan

Richard Leiby, Former Pakistan Bureau Chief, The Washington Post

Sadia Shepard, Filmmaker, The Other Half of Tomorrow

In this special event from the Overseas Press Club and the George Washington University School of Media & Public Affairs, journalists who have spent years reporting in the country and pursuing stories that often go under reported will share their own experiences about the challenges and dangers of their work, and the important stories Americans don't hear often enough.

Doors open 6:30 PM. Please follow the conversation on Twitter using the #reportingpak hashtag and the following Twitter handles: @DeclanWalsh, @HabibaNosheen, @SadiaShepard, @RichLeiby, @AzmatZahra, @SMPAGWU, @OPCofAmerica

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

Sponsored by the Overseas Press Club, the School of Media and Public Affairs, and the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication

Thursday, February 13, 2014
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St NW

CANCELED
Soft Power in Countering Extremism from the Horn of Africa to the Western Sahel


Sir Robert Fry, Chairman, Albany Associates; former Deputy Commanding General of coalition forces in Iraq

Simon Haselock, Chief Operating Officer, Albany Associates

Ambassador Alberto Fernandez, Coordinator of the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, U.S. Department of State; former ambassador to Equatorial Guinea

Todd Haskell, Director for Press and Public Diplomacy in the Bureau for African Affairs

Crises related to religious extremism including jihadism and the application of Sharia law have spread rapidly from Somalia to Kenya and across the Sahel to Nigeria, Mali and Algeria with evidence of propagating and radicalizing even diaspora populations living in the West. The panelists, all experts in the role of communications and soft power in countering radicalization, will discuss and debate the strategic influence of western powers, in particular the US and the UK, in changing the narrative toward stability, tolerance, and democratization.

Open to the public. Sponsored by Albany Associates, a full-service communications firm based in London and established since 2004.

RSVP: http://softpower.eventbrite.com

Sponsored by the IPDGC and Albany Associates

Thursday, February 13, 2014
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E St NW

CANCELED
Ukrainian Regionalism: A View from the East


Markian Dobczansky, Ph.D. candidate, Stanford University

Since Ukraine became independent in 1991, popular interpretations have generally seen Ukraine as divided between a pro-Ukrainian west and a pro-Russian/pro-Soviet east. This talk suggests that the underlying reality is more complicated by looking at Soviet and post-Soviet discourses of identity in Kharkiv, a city 40 km from Ukraine's eastern border with Russia. In this city, pro-Ukrainian and proRussian discourses have co-existed for decades, and the Soviet legacy is critical in understanding Kharkiv's place in contemporary Ukraine.

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

Sponsored by IERES

Friday, February 14, 2014
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St NW

China in the Middle East: An Expanding Footprint


Dr. Pan Guang, Professor and Academic Director, The Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS)

While the U.S. has been the dominant influence in the Middle East for the last 60 years, China's role has been more muted and less visible. Now China's rise as a commercial power and its rapidly growing demand for oil and gas resources have led China to forge new ties with the Middle East and to aggressively expand its influence. Confronted with the changes brought about by the Arab Spring, an Iran bent on nuclear weapons, a resurgent Turkey and a stalled peace process in Israel, how will a Chinese strategy for a stable energy supply affect events, including the threat of international terrorism? How will the presence of China, a rising and newly assertive power, affect commercial and diplomatic ties in the region?

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

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and the Institute for Middle East Studies

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Elliott School, Room 505
1957 E St NW

Hacking the Climate: Political and Ethical Issues with Geo-Engineering


Elizabeth Chalecki, Visiting Research Fellow, Stimson Center

Dr. Elizabeth Chalecki will discuss the scientific principles, political and economic issues, and ethical concerns surrounding the climate-altering technologies we know as geo-engineering. From blocking sunlight to removing carbon from the air, these technologies offer the potential to stem the worst effects of anthropogenic climate change. However, they each come with significant and sometimes unanticipated costs, and they may be irreversible. What sorts of questions to we need to ask ourselves now before we let this genie out of the bottle?

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

Sponsored by the Climate and Water Security Initiative, and the Washington Geoengineering Consortium

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Elliott School, Suite 403 Conference Room
1957 E St NW

Science & Technology Policy Brown Bag Lecture Series: Labor Standards for High Technology: Comparative Experience of China and India


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

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 the Center for International Science and Technology Policy

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St NW

Women's Empowerment in Pakistan and the United States


Moderators:

Barbara Miller, Anthropology and International Affairs Professor

Shaista Khilji, Education and International Affairs Professor, GW

Sarah Shahed, Head, Department of Gender and Development Studies Professor, LCWU

Speakers from GW:

Candice Matthews, GW Ph.D. candidate

Speakers from LCWU's Gender and Development Studies Department:

Mehr Agha, Assistant Professor

Asma Seemi, Assistant Professor

Madiha Nadeem, Teaching Assistant, MS candidate

This Video Conference will connect GW with Lahore College Women's University (LCWU) in Lahore, Pakistan, for a live discussion between faculty and students at both universities. It will look at women as agents of social change, women in politics and civil society and include issues such as constraints faced by women in employability and emerging avenues for women empowerment in Pakistan both state and non-state initiatives. Open discussion will follow brief presentations from LCWU faculty and students.

RSVP: http://bit.ly/1hcdq7u

Sponsored by the Global Gender Program (GGP)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St NW

Policy Challenges in Biomedical Research


Kathy Hudson, Deputy Director for Science, Outreach, and Policy (DDSOP) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Dr. Hudson will outline emerging policy challenges facing the conduct of biomedical research and describe ways in which proactive policies and novel partnerships can expedite scientific progress.

This event is part of the Science and Technology Policy Seminar Series.

RSVP: cistp@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the Center for International Science and Technology Policy

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Monroe Hall, Room 250
2115 G St NW

WIIS-GWU Discussion Featuring Alumna


Simone Garreau, Marketing and Communications Manager, Control Risks

Women in International Security at GWU will host GW alumna Simone Garreau for a discussion on international security.

RSVP: erica_18@gwmail.gwu.edu

Sponsored by WIIS-GWU

Thursday, February 20, 2014
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Elliott School, Room 505
1957 E St NW

A Conversation with the Ambassador of Moldova to the U.S. Igor Munteanu


Ambassador Igor Munteanu, Embassy of Moldova to the United States

Ambassador Munteanu will speak about U.S.-Moldovan relations, current trends in Moldovan society, and the Eastern Partnership of the European Union.

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

Sponsored by the IERES

Thursday, February 20, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Banville Forum: A Preview of the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit


Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Author, Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis

Moderated by:
Michael E. Brown, Dean, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/2014NuclearSummit

Sponsored by the Elliott School of International Affairs

Thursday, February 20, 2014
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Voesar Conference Room, 4th Floor
1957 E St NW

Cinema Club Film Screening: Luna Papa


Marlene Laruelle, Research Professor of International Affairs, GW

Luna Papa (1999) by the Tajik filmmaker Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov will be featured. It is a magical realist tragicomedy through Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan, where the story of a young, simple Tajik girl is narrated by her unborn child. Luna Papa was screened at the 1999 Venice Film Festival.

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

Sponsored by the Central Asia Program

Friday, February 21, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

PEERS Annual Networking Event


Alix Fraser (ESIA M.A. '11), Presidential Management Fellow, U.S. Department of State

Jeanmarie O'Leary (ESIA M. A. '13), Defense Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton

Elena Suhir (ESIA B. A.), Senior Program Officer for Eurasia, Center for International Private Enterprise

Felix Winnekens (ESIA M. A. '11), Research Analyst, IMF European Department

Victoria Yue (ESIA M.A. '13), Program Assistant Eurasia Division, International Republican Institute

Save the date! PEERS will be hosting our annual Networking Event, which will focus on work and career opportunities related to Europe, Eurasia, and Russia. Our panel of five speakers will briefly explore the current job market in government positions, think tanks, and the private sector, followed by an opportunity for students and professionals to interact over light refreshments.

Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/PEERSevent

Sponsored by the Professionals in European , Russian, and Eurasion Studies (PEERS)

Monday, February 24, 2014
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St NW

The 2nd Central Asia Security Workshop


Peter Rollberg, George Washington University
Alexander Diener, The University of Kansas
Marlene Laruelle, George Washington University
Gael Raballand, Choiseul Institute
Sebastien Peyrouse, George Washington University
Cory Welt, George Washington University
Eric McGlinchey, George Mason University
Sean Roberts, George Washington University
Myles Smith, Media Sustainability Index at IREX
David Abramson, US State Department
Laura Adams, Harvard University
Sarah Kendzior, Al-Jazeera English services
Lawrence Markowitz, Rowan University
Noah Tucker, Managing Editor, Registan.net
Gul Berna Özcan, University of London
Regine Spector,University of Massachusetts
Alexander Libman, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

We will discuss the current state of affairs in Central Asia, and offer a fresh look at the main policy issues, such as the future of the US Silk Road Strategy in the wake of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the stakes of forthcoming presidential successions in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. The Workshop will also explore what the Program considers as key societal and political issues that will shape the future of Central Asia, i.e. the small and medium business circles.

More information/agenda

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/security2

Sponsored by Central Asia Program

Monday, February 24, 2014
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

U.S. Institute of Peace, Room B241
2301 Constitution Avenue NW

Blogs & Bullets III: Twitter Evolutions: Understanding the Changing Role of Social Media in War and Protest


PJ Crowley, Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs; Senior Fellow, Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication, GW

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

Zeynep Tufecki, Assistant Professor, UNC - Chapel Hill

Joshua Tucker, Professor of Politics, NYU

Adel Iskander, Adjunct Instructor of Communication, Culture, and Technology, Georgetown University

USIP and GW's Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication will host two panel discussions on social media's role in political protest and civil war across the Middle East and Europe. The first panel will discuss the recently released "Blogs & Bullets" report, which examined mainstream media coverage, YouTube videos, and more than 40 million tweets over a two-year period to show the changing use and impact of media in the Syrian crisis. The second panel will explore the relationship between social media and the political crises in Egypt, Turkey, and Ukraine.

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

Sponsored by the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication and the United States Institute of Peace

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Monroe Hall, Kendrick Conference Room, 3rd Floor
2115 G St NW

Learning to Export from Neighbors


Heiwai Tang, Assistant Professor of International Economics in the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University

Recent studies in international trade report that new exporters often start selling small amounts and cease exporting in the first year. These findings reflect a substantial amount of uncertainty facing new exporters. In this paper we study whether export activities in the neighborhood reveal information about export profitability and thus enhance new exporters performance. Using transaction-level data for the universe of exporters in China over the period of 2001-2005, we find that new exporters first-year sales and probability of survival are both higher in cities where there are more existing export activities in the same market (industry or destination country). Export activities in other markets do not generate any positive spillovers, and in some cases we find negative spillovers. Spillovers from processing exporters are weaker. Foreign exporters benefit less from neighboring export activities. The relation between the magnitude of spillovers and the proxies for demand uncertainty is non-monotonic. We empirically verify that our findings are unlikely to be spurious or resulted from spillovers through the credit-constraint or the imported-material channels.

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

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

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E St NW

Ongoing Political Unrest in Bosnia: Drivers of Change and Future Implications


Nid~ara Ahmetaaevi, Slobodna Bosna (via Skype)

Janusz Bugajski, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Jasmin Mujanovi, Harriman Institute, Columbia University

Moderated by:

Sarah Wagner, GW Dept. of Anthropology

Recent public protests have once again turned international attention to Bosnia and Herzegovina, the site of the 1992-1995 war that left 2 million people displaced and more than 100,000 killed. Almost twenty years after the war, Bosnians across the country have taken to the streets to demand an end to corruption and the ineffective system of governance that have paralyzed the state and robbed its citizens of economic prosperity and a brighter future. The panel will examine the path that led to this crisis, what lies ahead for the postwar state, including its prospects for EU and NATO membership, and broader implications for the region.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/BosniaIERES

Sponsored by the IERES and the Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Security Policy Forum: Energy Security in the 21st Century


David Goldwyn, President and Founder, Goldwyn Global Strategies; Former Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, U.S. Department of State (2009-11)

Moderated by:
Charles L. Glaser, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, GW; Director, Institute for Security and Conflict Studies, GW

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

Sponsored by the Elliott School of International Affairs

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Funger Hall, Room 209
2201 G St NW

Towards a World Without Nuclear Weapons Testing


Karipbek Kuyukov, ATOM Project Honorary Ambassador and Artist

Roman Vassilenko, Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan

The ATOM Project (Abolish Testing Our Mission) is an international campaign designed to do more than create awareness surrounding the human and environmental devastation caused by nuclear weapons testing. The ATOM Project hopes to affect real and lasting change by engaging millions of global citizens to permanently stop nuclear weapons testing by joining together to show the world's leaders that the world's citizens deserve and demand a world without nuclear weapons testing. Karipbek Kuyukov is the Honorary Ambassador of the ATOM Project and a 2nd generation victim of Soviet nuclear tests, acclaimed armless artist. Ambassador-at-Large Roman Vassilenko is a career diplomat, who joined the foreign service in 1996. Prior to this, he served as Deputy Director of the Nazarbayev Center, a multifunctional state institution in 2012-2013, and Chairman of the Committee for International Information, Kazakhstan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2009-2012. His overseas assignments include the U.K. and the U.S.

RSVP: go.gwu.edu/atom

Sponsored by the Central Asia Program

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Elliott School, Suite 503
1957 E Street NW

Companionable Objects, Companionable Conscience: Reflections on Sunaryo's Titik Nadir


Ken George, Professor of Anthropology, Director, School of Culture, History and Language, Australian National University

Although this is increasingly a time of transnational solidarities, an unwavering commitment to, or concern about the nation has been a longstanding and primary factor in the shaping of art works and biographical art writing in Indonesia. This talk explores the summons of the nation in the making of "companionable objects" and a "companionable conscience" in Indonesia's art world. Prof. Ken George will focus in particular on an installation presented by the acclaimed Indonesian artist, Sunaryo, a 1998 work called Titik Nadir ("The Low Point"), put together as Soeharto's regime fell apart.

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

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St NW

Global Imbalances and External Adjustment after the Crisis


Philip Lane, Professor of International Microeconomics and Director of the Institute for International Integration Studies, Trinity College, Dublin

Philip Lane will be presenting his paper, "Global Imbalances and External Adjustment after the Crisis." The event is an International Finance Forum.

Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/intlfinance1314

Sponsored by the Institute for International Economic Policy and the Elliott School of International Affairs

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

City View Room, 7th Floor
1957 E Street NW

Building a World Free of Chemical Weapons: From Ypres to Damascus


Duane Lindner, Sandia National Laboratories

Paul Walker, Green Cross International

This event will focus on the Syrian demilitarization and the successes and challenges of safely eliminating chemical weapons stockpiles over the past several decades.

Reception to precede event - event to begin at 6 PM.

NOTE: This is part of the Technology, Policy, and National Security Series.

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

Sponsored by Sandia National Laboratories and Elliott School of International Affairs

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Elliott School, Room 505
1957 E St NW

Avenue Zero


Christian Ranger, Embassy of Canada

Film Screening.

No one has ever been convicted of human trafficking in Canada, but in this documentary we hear from its victims as well as follow the stories of those working to stop it.

Open to the public. Popcorn will be served.

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

Sponsored by the LAHSP and the Embassy of Canada

Thursday, February 27, 2014
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM

State Room, 7th Floor
1957 E St NW

Taiwan Conference: "Cross-Strait Political Dialogue: Challenges and Opportunities"


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

Su-Po Kao, Executive director, the 21st Century Foundation

Teng-Chi Chang, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, National Taiwan University

Fu-Kuo Liu, Research Fellow, the Institute of International Relations (IIR), National Chengchi University

Chih-Chieh Chou, Professor, Department of Political Science & Graduate Institute of Political Economy, National Cheng Kung University

RSVP: go.gwu.edu/taiwanstrait

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, the 21st Century Foundation (Taiwan)

Thursday, February 27, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St NW

Climate and Development: The Imperative for Sustainability and Resilience in Myanmar and ASEAN


Nay Htun, Research Professor, Stony Brook University

The presentation will provide a review of the historical, an overview of contemporary and a preview of potential outcomes of the inextricable linkage of climate and social, economic and human development as well as some policy, technical, management and institutional response measures. It will make the case for temporal and spatial inter-connectedness as well as the need to go beyond sustainability and include resiliency. The challenge in Myanmar as well as in other ASEAN countries is the fierce urgency of how to be more sustainable and resilient in crafting development policies, strategies and actions. The opportunity for transformational institutional, capacity building, technology, economic instruments, and management response options will be discussed.

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

Sponsored by Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA)

Thursday, February 27, 2014
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Elliot School, Suite 602
1957 E St NW

Careers in Latin America & the Hemisphere


Ambassador Lino Gutierrez, U.S. Foreign Service

Jenny Petrow, Inter American Foundation

Ryan Brier, Frontier Strategy Group

Louis Alexander, Pan American Development Foundation

Moderated by:

Robert E. Maguire, Program Director, Latin American & Hemispheric Studies Program

The "Careers in Latin America & the Hemisphere Networking Panel" will feature 3-4 Elliott School graduate alumni and/or employers who currently work in these fields. They will discuss their experiences getting into the field and while they were at the Elliott School, along with any advice they think will help interested students and alumni succeed in the Latin America, Caribbean and Hemispheric fields.

Professional dress encouraged.

RSVP: lasp@gwu.edu

Sponsored by the GW Latin American & Hemispheric Studies Program, Graduate Student Career Development and the GW Career Center

Thursday, February 27, 2014
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E St NW

Azerbaijani Migration to the United States


Ahmad Guliyev, Research Fellow, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences

The community of Azerbaijani immigrants in the United States is a recent phenomenon. Azerbaijani immigration and integration in the U.S. has not been documented and studied thoroughly. The speaker will examine the history of Azerbaijani immigration to the U.S. and present data on key geographic, demographic, social, and economic characteristics of the Azerbaijani population in the U.S. He will also explore community formation among Azerbaijani immigrants.

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

Sponsored by the IERES

Thursday, February 27, 2014
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

Harry Harding Room 213
1957 E St NW

2014 Annual Kuwait Chair Lecture


Ambassador Edward Gnehm, Kuwait Professor of Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Affairs, Director, Middle East Policy Forum

The Annual Kuwait Chair Lecture is the Middle East Policy Forum's most significant annual event. In addition to University students, faculty, and staff, the MEPF draws an audience from those in the Washington policy community and Amb. Gnehm's friends and family. This year's lecture topic is as follows: 2014 seems a long way from 2011 and the popular uprisings that toppled governments. What happened to the aspirations and expectations of those heady days? Amb. Gnehm will look at three countries; Tunisia, Egypt and Iraq; the factors behind the course of events and their ongoing efforts to find a way forward.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/kuwait14

Sponsored by the Institute for Middle East Studies and the Middle East Policy Forum, which is generously supported by ExxonMobil