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April 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM

City View Room, 7th Floor
1957 E Street NW

Taiwan and the World: Challenges and Opportunities


Dr. Banning Garrett, Strategic Foresight Senior Fellow for Innovation and Global Trends, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council
Dr. Da-Jung Li, Associate Professor, Tamkang University, Taiwan
Dr. Edward I-hsin Chen, Professor of Political Science, Tamkang University, Taiwan
Dr. Robert Sutter, Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, GWU
Dr. Wan-chin Tai, Dean, College of International Studies, Tamkang University, Taiwan
Dr. Alexander Chieh-cheng Huang, Professor of Strategy & Wargaming, Tamkang University, Taiwan
Dr. Joyce Juo-Yo Lin, Associate Professor, Tamkang University, Taiwan
Dr. Michael Yahuda, Visiting Scholar, GWU

Lunch will be provided from from 12:00 - 12:45 PM

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

Sponsored by The Sigur Center for Asian Studies, and The College of International Studiesat Tamkang University

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Elliott School, Room 213
1957 E Street NW

Japan's Security and Reconciliation with its Asian Neighbors: Rectifying the Past and Promoting Trust


Satsuki Eda, Former President, Japan's House of Councillors (upper house of National Diet); Former Minister of Justice and Mister of the Environment

Yukihisa Fujita, Member of the House of Councillors; Former Senior Vice-Minister of Finance

Takashi Ezaki, Member of the House of Councillors; Vice-Chair of Organization Committee

These three members of Japan's House of Councillors belong to the Rikken Forum (Parliamentary Forum in Support of the Principle of Constitutionalism). Members of this multi-party group have addressed issues related to former U.S. prisoners of war, forced foreign laborers both inside and outside Japan, the "comfort women," atomic bomb victims in both Japan and Korea, Japanese detainees in Siberia, and the return of Korean imperial properties to Korea.

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

Sponsored by the Sigur Center's Memory and Reconciliation in the Asia-Pacific Program and the US-Japan-South Korea Legislative Exhange Program (LEP)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Re-thinking Gender in Peacebuilding


Henri Myrttinen, senior research officer on gender in peacebuilding, International Alert, London

In this seminar, Henri Myrttinen will present "Re-thinking gender in peacebuilding, which is based on a 3 year research project in Burundi, Colombia, Nepal and Uganda with the thematic focal areas of access to justice, economic recovery, inter-generational conflict and continuums of violence. It explores how the gender, peace and security agenda could better engage with men and boys, as well as sexual and gender minorities, while remaining engaged with improving the lives of women and girls. As a part of this, the project is also looking at how to meaningfully work with a more nuanced approach to gender, i.e. how age, social class, marital status, urban/rural setting, etc. inter-act with gender identities.

RSVP: http://bit.ly/1nnQ15N

Sponsored by Global Gender Program

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Going Viral: Yulia Marushevska's Story The Woman Who Told the World about the Ukrainian Revolution


Yulia Marushevska, Taras Shevchenko University

In early February, a young Ukrainian woman awakened the world to the revolution in her country with a short, powerful video on YouTube called I Am a Ukrainian(http://bit.ly/M6znXw). In one week, 3 million people had viewed it, and in 14 days, more than 7 million people in 231 countries were shaken into awareness of the events in Ukraine. In her presentation, Yulia Marushevska will describe her involvement in the protests that led to the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovych. She was deeply involved, working in a makeshift hospital and serving food. Her presentation will include photographs from the Maidan.

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

Sponsored by IERES

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Elliott School, Room 113
1957 E St NW

The Munich Massacre: An Olympian's Tale


Dan Alon, Israeli Olympian, Munich 1972 Summer Games

On September 5, 1972, the Black September terrorist organization invaded the peace of the Olympic Village in Munich and took 11 Israeli athletes and coaches hostage. Just six days earlier, Mr. Dan Alon, Israel's champion fencer, proudly marched into the Olympic Stadium with the Israeli delegation. "It was the most beautiful day of my life," he recalled. Six days later, 11 of his fellow athletes and coaches were dead. Come meet this Israeli athlete and hero.

E-tickets are free but required, reserve your seat at www.chabadgw.org/munich

RSVP: http://www.chabadgw.org/munich

Sponsored by Chabad GW, the Program in Judaic Studies, Hillel at the George Washington University, GW Athletics, and the Institute for Middle East Studies.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Elliott School, Room 214
1957 E Street NW

Collateral Damage: Sino-Soviet Rivalry and the Termination of the Sino-Vietnamese Alliance (1964-1991)


Nicholas Khoo, Senior Lecturer, University of Otago, New Zealand

The termination of the Sino-Vietnamese alliance and subsequent border war of 1979 was a pivotal development during the Cold War, at once reflecting and deepening divisions within the communist bloc. The fundamental cause of this development remains a continuing source of debate among area studies specialists, political scientists and historians who study the Cold War. This presentation, based on the author's previously published book on the topic, utilizes Chinese language materials released since the end of the Cold War to offer an alternative to existing explanations in the literature.

RSVP: go.gwu.edu/sinosoviet

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Monroe Hall, Kendrick Seminar Room
2115 G Street, NW

Joint Development-Microeconomics Seminar


Prashant Bharadwaj, Assistant Professor, Economics, University of California San Diego, Visiting Professor, Institute for Economic and Policy Research, Stanford University

Perverse Consequences of Well-Intentioned Regulation: Evidence from India's Child Labor Ban

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

Sponsored by Institute for International Economic Policy, G.W. Economics Department

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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

Diversified Development: Making the Most of Natural Resources in Eurasia


Ivailo Izvorski, Sector Manager, Macroeconomics 1, Europe and Central Asia Region, The World Bank

Economic development discussions in Eurasia often become debates about diversification. For a region that is resource rich, this is to be expected. Eurasian economies have in many ways become less diversified during the last two decades. At the same time, people are much better off today than they were in the 1990s: poverty has been cut in half, incomes have increased fivefold, and education and health have improved. Eurasia's economies have also become more integrated with the global economy and more productive at home. And the region has also become better at converting efficiently natural wealth into productive capital: since the mid-2000s it has built more in assets than the mineral wealth it has used up. But most countries in Eurasia have yet to learn the main lesson from the experience of resource rich countries in other parts of the world. In brief, what distinguishes success from failure are the institutions to manage economic volatility, ensure high quality education, and provide a competition regime that levels the playing field for enterprises. Development success in resource-rich economies comes from more diversified asset portfolios--a better balance between natural resources, built capital and economic institutions. Diversified Development elaborates on these lessons and provides practical recommendations for twelve countries in the former Soviet Union.

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

Sponsored by the Central Asia Program and IERES

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St NW

The Second Arab Awakening & the Battle for Pluralism


Marwan Muasher, Vice President for Studies at Carnegie

Marwan Muasher will discuss his new book, The Second Arab Awakening & the Battle for Pluralism, which focuses on political change in the Arab world, beginning with the first Awakening in the nineteenth century and extending into future decades when--if the dream is realized--a new Arab world defined by pluralism and tolerance will emerge. Muasher places the Arab Spring in a historical context, arguing that the US, Europe, Israel, and Arab governments alike were all deeply misguided in their thinking about Arab politics and society when the turmoil of the Arab Spring first erupted.

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

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

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Elliott School, Room 212
1957 E St NW

A Conversation with Deputy Head of the E.U. Delegation François Rivasseau


François Rivasseau, Deputy Head of the European Union Delegation to the United States

Erwan Lagadec, Professional Lecturer, Elliott School of International Affairs

The GW International Affairs Society will be hosting the Deputy Head of the European Union Delegation to the United States François Rivasseau for a discussion on the politics and economy of the European Union, and E.U. - U.S. relations. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Erwan Lagadec.

RSVP: http://bit.ly/1fSVR5r

Sponsored by the GWU International Affairs Society

Thursday, April 3, 2014
10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

East-West Center, 6th Floor Conference Center
1819 L St NW

Communicating India's Soft Power: Buddha to Bollywood


Daya Thussu, Professor of International Communication and Co-Director, India Media Centre Westminster University, London

Focusing on the case of India, Dr. Daya Thussu will review the contribution that an old civilization like India can have on the discourse of soft power. Taking a historical perspective on India's global presence, the lecture will examine how the country has made itself attractive, drawing on its democratic, demographic and diasporic resources.

RSVP: http://www.eastwestcenter.org/3yI

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, and the East-West Center in Washington

Thursday, April 3, 2014
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St NW

Rocky Rise: China's East Asia Policy (2009-present)


Nicholas Khoo, Senior Lecturer, University of Otago, New Zealand

China's policy toward East Asia during the Obama administration (2009-present) reflects a curious mix of economic interdependence and strategic distrust. On one hand, eight of China's top ten trading partners are from the region. On the other, clear and varying levels of tension exist between China and some key regional states, which are either U.S. allies, or have developed an increasingly close relationship with Washington. Informed by interviews with Chinese academics and analysts that were conducted in Beijing in October and November 2013, this talk seeks to explore and explain the increasing complexity in China's regional policy.

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

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Thursday, April 3, 2014
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E St NW

Greenland and the Challenges of the Arctic


Inuuteq Holm Olsen, Embassy of Denmark

Largely, but not only, due to the effects of climate change the Arctic is becoming a hot spot on the global agenda. Similarly along those lines, Greenland is seeking to develop its natural resources as it develops politically. In that context, the forces of globalization have reached the Arctic including new emerging powers. This presentation will lay out Greenland's goals in the current situation and identify its future plans.

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

Sponsored by the IERES, and the GW Department of Geography

Thursday, April 3, 2014
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Elliott School, Room 505
1957 E St NW

Baghdad Central: Occupation Noir


Elliott Colla, Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Georgetown University

Please join us to hear fiction author and Georgetown Professor of Arabic Literature Elliott Colla discuss his latest book, Baghdad Central, with George Washington University History Professor Dina Khouri. The book is set in Iraq, November 2003, and delves into the story of Inspector Muhsin al-Khafaji, a former mid-level cop who is captured by Americans. His only way out is to work for the Coalition Provisional Authority to rebuild the Iraqi Police Services. Soon, he is investigating the disappearance of young translators working for the US Army. The book has received praise from The Independent, and Crime Time said that it takes the genre by the throat."

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

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

Thursday, April 3, 2014
6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Security Policy Forum: Ending the War in Afghanistan


Stephen Biddle, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, GW

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

Stephen Biddle is a professor of political science and international affairs at the George Washington University. Professor Biddle has presented testimony before congressional committees on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, force planning, net assessment, and European arms control. He served on General David Petraeus' Joint Strategic Assessment Team in Baghdad in 2007, on General Stanley McChrystal's Initial Strategic Assessment Team in Kabul in 2009, and as a senior advisor to General Petraeus' Central Command Assessment Team in Washington in 2008-09.

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

Sponsored by the Elliott School of International Affairs

Friday, April 4, 2014
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Elliott School, Room 505
1957 E Street NW

Legacy of Chico Mendes


Andrew Revkin, Author, New York Times

Gomercindo Rodrigues, Human Rights Lawyer and Author, Brazil

A discussion on the Legacy of Chico Mendes, a human rights leader from the Amazon.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/1f9

Sponsored by the Brazil Initiative

Friday, April 4, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E Street NW

The Struggle for Human Rights and Democracy in Russia and Russians Abroad


Alexis Prokopiev, Russie-Libertés

This presentation will examine the ways that human rights NGOs, like Russie-Libertés, prepare and develop their advocacy around the world in order to defend human rights in Russia. In particular, it will illustrate and evaluate Russie-Libertés' actions according to their impact. The speaker will examine the impact of several actions, including demonstrations, conferences, press releases, opinion polls, concerts, and forums. He will also compare actions and impact in different countries, since Russie-Libertés works with organizations in a variety of countries.

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

Sponsored by IERES, Russie-Libertés, American Russian-Speaking Association for Civil & Human Rights

Saturday, April 5, 2014
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Funger Hall and Duques Hall
2201 G Street, NW

GW Women in Business Annual Spring Conference: Driving Vision


Keynotes:
Marne Levine, VP, Global Public Policy, Facebook
Marla Beck, CEO and Co-Founder, Bluemercury
Jean Wang, Lead Hardware Engineer, Google[x]

Some (of 80+) distinguished speakers:
Dena Ringold, Senior Economist, World Bank
Caren Turner, Co-Chairman, National Finance Council, Ready for Hillary
Yuting Lien, Senior Consultant, Dahlberg Global Development Advisors
Esther Lofgren, Marketing and Communications Analyst, SGI Global, LLC and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist

Join us for the Fifth Annual GW Women in Business Spring Conference, which aims to educate students about the challenges and opportunities one faces throughout their career. This daylong event features high profile keynote speakers, a distinguished Speaker Series, industry-focused panels, and career and professional development sessions, bringing together 80+ professionals from across the country. There will also be a catered breakfast, networking luncheon sponsored by Chop't, pop-up shops, and a dessert reception. Through our theme, Driving Vision to Reality, we want to enable the next generation of ethical, entrepreneurial, and electric leaders.

Ticket sales begin Wednesday, March 5 at www.gwwibspringconference.org

RSVP: www.gwwibspringconference.org

Sponsored by GWWIB, PwC, Manhattan Prep, GW SA, Barclays, Founding Farmers, Honest Tea, Bobby's Burger Palace, Elite Island Resorts, NUMARI, 1-800-FLOWERS.com, MeUndies, Wine Enthusiast, Sweet Street Desserts, Tampa Bay Rays, Nike, Washio, Co-Ed Supply, and more

Saturday, April 5, 2014
11:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Funger Hall, Room 103
2201 G Street, NW

Contested Crescent: A Simulation of Political Tension and Regional Influence in Iraq


Strategic Crisis Simulations

Despite the withdrawal of United States forces from Iraq, the past sacrifices and future continuing national interests in the region insure that the government is focused on assisting Iraq in securing a stable future. As internal ethnic, religious and tribal tensions continue to fuel political dysfunction and a growing a extremist terrorist and insurgent problem, the United States remains one of Iraq's most vital foreign allies and is deeply involved in the country's situation. This simulation will look at the steps policymakers must take to ensure the continued progress in the region and that crises do not result in a catastrophic backslide. Participants will work with all the regional actors, both state and non-state, to develop a comprehensive and whole of government response to issues as disparate as internally displaced persons, terrorism, insurgency, government reform and elections and traditional interstate conflict. They will grapple with serious questions of U.S. national interest, develop policies to pursue the decided upon objectives and attempt to determine optimal responses to a variety of crisis situations. Other participants may find themselves planning, and potentially executing, complex military or operations or humanitarian assistance and development programs.

Open to all undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, professors, and the DC community.

RSVP: http://bit.ly/1mfw13T

Sponsored by Strategic Crisis Simulations

Monday, April 7, 2014
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St NW

Delimiting Sinai and Constructing Aswan: Naturalizing Egypt's Modern Frontiers


Nancy Y. Reynolds, Associate Professor of History, Washington University in St. Louis

Egypt has been defined, since antiquity, from its geographical center--the strip of cultivatable land along the Nile River. Scholarship has followed this practice, focusing on urban and rural centers along the river. However, Egypt's legal frontiers lie far from this arable strip in surrounding deserts. Two moments of delimitation offer comparative cases for understanding the role and recruitment of nature in establishing the frontier of Egyptian territory: the work of the Sinai Boundary Commission in 1906 and the survey teams established during the building of the Aswan High Dam in the 1960s.

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

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, April 8, 2014
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Monroe Hall, Room 321
2115 G Street NW

R&D and Productivity in Multinational Firms


Kamran Bilir, Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and Research Fellow at the Bureau of Economic Analysis

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/1gs

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

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St NW

The East German 'Stasi' and Vietnam: Between 'Fraternal Solidarity' and Distrust


Martin Grossheim, Residential Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

This presentation will examine how the former East German Ministry of State Security contributed to state building and modernization in North Vietnam by providing considerable aid to Hanoi's security apparatus during and after the Second Vietnam War. At the same time, it will show that the mutual cooperation was not unlimited and present the monitoring of Vietnamese students studying in East Germany by both the North Vietnamese and the GDR's intelligence apparatus as the most prominent example of mutual distrust. The presentation draws mainly on untapped Stasi files on this inter-communist cooperation and official Vietnamese language histories of the Ministry of Public Security.

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

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, and the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Elliott School, Room 113
1957 E St NW

Sayed Kashua: Seriously Satirical


Sayed Kashua, Writer, Arab Labor

Sayed Kashua is a talented and ambitious writer with a top-rated television sitcom, a satirical column in Israel's oldest newspaper Haaretz, and multiple award-winning novels to his credit. But as an Arab citizen of Israel, Kashua is persistently called upon to justify his work, specifically his decision to address Jewish audiences by writing in Hebrew. Please join us for a discussion with Kashua, who will screen a recent episode of his popular series Arab Labor (Avoda Aravit), now in its third season. Following the screening Kashua will discuss his life and work in an audience Q&A.

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

Sponsored by the Institute for Middle East Studies and the Hebrew Department

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Elliott School, Room 505
1957 E Street NW

The Museum Boom in China: Today and Then


Dr. Pan Shouyong, Professor of Anthropology and Museology Minzu University, Beijing, China

China is experiencing an unprecedented museum building boom, with an average of approximately 300 museums opening each year since 2002. Why is the Chinese government, as well as private groups, so eager to build new museums? How are these funded? Most importantly, why is this boom happening now, and what might follow in the next decade?

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

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, the GW Confucius Institute

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Does the Financial Crisis Imperil European Welfare States?


Panelists:
Kent Weaver, Professor, Public Policy Institute, Georgetown University

Stephen Silvia, Associate Professor, School of International Service, American University

Martine Guerguil, Deputy Director, IMF Fiscal Affairs Department

Moderator:
Kimberly Morgan, Associate Professor, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

The GWU Elliott School of International Affairs and the Sciences Po Alumni Association in DC cordially invite you to our annual panel. Join us for an evening with the experts to discuss the implications of the financial crisis for the European welfare state.

The discussion will be followed by light refreshments

RSVP: go.gwu.edu/esiasciencespo

Sponsored by The Office of International Education and the Sciences Po Alumni Association in DC

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Duques Hall, Room 359
2201 G Street, NW

The Kidron Valley/Wadi Nar Master Plan: Seeking Environmental Dignity through Collective Action


Avner Goren, Archaeologist and Planning Team Member, Kidron Valley Master Plan

Rana Khalaf, Principal, Afaq School for Special Education

The Kidron Valley, which stretches from East Jerusalem through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, has been ravaged by years of unchecked development and neglect, creating an environmental disaster affecting residents on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian divide with major environmental, health and economic consequences. Avner Goren and Rana Khalaf will discuss their efforts to address this challenge through the Kidron Valley Master Plan and the subsequent Implementation Plan, which works with stakeholders to find solutions that transcend boundaries and political differences. The panelists will focus on their collaborative efforts to preserve and improve cultural landmarks, provide environmental education to local populations, and transform the Kidron Valley through improved planning, land usage, and infrastructure.

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

Sponsored by Sponsored by the Capitol Archaeological Institute and the Institute for Middle East Studies

Thursday, April 10, 2014
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St NW

IMES 2014 Annual Conference: Reacting to Refugee Crises in the Middle East: Responses from States, Scholars, and Humanitarian Organizations


Conference Participants:

Julie Peteet, University of Louisville

Lamis Abdelaaty, University of California - Santa Cruz

Rochelle Davis, Georgetown University

Elizabeth Ferris, Brookings Institution

Geraldine Chatelard, Institut Français du Proche-Orient

Margot Ellis, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

Hani Mowafi, Yale Medicine & Amnesty International

Adrienne Fricke, University of California - Davis, Human Rights Initiative

Nell Gabiam, Iowa State University

Wendy Pearlman, Northwestern University

Zainab Saleh, Haverford College

This interdisciplinary conference will bring together a diverse group of scholars and practitioners to discuss historical and contemporary crises of population displacement in the Middle East and Africa. Special attention will be given to the ways in which government institutions, humanitarian organizations, and refugees themselves address the structural causes of recurring crises, the challenges of providing assistance to displaced persons, and the lived experiences of individuals struggling through these conditions. Panel I: State Responses to Refugee Flows & Displaced Populations

Panel II: Humanitarian Organizations & Responses to Refugee Crises

Panel III: Documenting the Experiences of Refugees and the Displaced

Coffee and a light lunch will be served.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/imes2014

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

Thursday, April 10, 2014
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Elliott School, Room 505
1957 E Street NW

20th Anniversary of the Cooperative Monitoring Center


Dr. Rodney Wilson, Director, Nonproliferation and the Cooperative Monitoring Center, Sandia Laboratories

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

Established at Sandia National Laboratories in 1994, the Cooperative Monitoring Center (CMC) provides a venue in which experts on technology and policy from around the world can explore the use of shareable, unclassified technology and research to:
-Implement Confidence Building Measures
-Monitor compliance with treaties or other agreements.

As part of Sandia's Global Security Program, the CMC offers facilities, subject matter expertise, and partnerships that enable all stages of international technical cooperation. These include:
-Analyzing security issues and developing options for implementing solutions
-Training on methods, technologies, and procedures
-Testing and evaluating technical approaches, and,
-Implementing and operating technical measures.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/1g7

Sponsored by Sandia National Laboratories and Elliott School of International Affairs

Thursday, April 10, 2014
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Franchising as a Tool for Promoting European Standards beyond the European Union


Solomiya Ohinok, Ivan Franko National University & William Petrach Fellow, IERES

In the context of globalization and integration, franchising is now becoming both increasingly popular and profitable. International franchising allows the franchisor to be present in many markets at no additional cost. It promotes rapid dissemination of European standards in new markets and consequently combines the advantages of both small- and medium-sized businesses. This issue is very important for Ukraine because franchise activity contributes to the market environment in Ukraine and plays an important role in promoting both foreign firms in the Ukrainian market and Ukrainian companies in foreign markets.

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

Sponsored by IERES

Thursday, April 10, 2014
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

The Washington Quarterly Spring 2014 Issue Launch: U.S. Security Strategy


Bruce W. Jentleson, Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, Duke University

Michael J. Mazarr, Professor of National Security Strategy, U.S. National War College

Alexander Lennon (Chair), Editor-in-chief, The Washington Quarterly

Join us for an event that will launch the new partnership between GW's Elliott School of International Affairs and The Washington Quarterly, as well as preview the journal's Spring 2014 issue.

As the Obama administration is expected to unveil a new national security strategy in spring 2014, the latest issue of The Washington Quarterly focuses on U.S. security strategy priorities. In the issue, Bruce W. Jentleson outlines a new strategy of recalibration that would shift the U.S. leadership role to better fit today's changing dynamics. Michael J. Mazarr proposes more innovative and economical ways to achieve existing U.S. strategy, a concept called "discriminate power." Join TWQ Editor-in-chief Alexander Lennon and Drs. Jentleson and Mazarr to discuss these and other topics.

Reception 6:00 - 6:30 PM; Panel 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Watch the LIVE webcast here: go.gwu.edu/TWQLive

RSVP: go.gwu.edu/twqlaunch

Sponsored by the Elliott School of International Affairs and The Washington Quarterly

Friday, April 11, 2014
9:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

International Trade and Investment Policy (ITIP) Capstone Presentations


Friday, April 11th:

Jeff Schlandt, Jeff Horowitz, Sebastian Falah Pasand, and Emily King sponsored by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism

Serame Castillo, Nardos Ghebregziabher, Phil Sagers, and Caitlin Daw sponsored by CG/LA Infrastructure, Inc.

Diana Friedman, Jingyan Chen, Charles Doss, and Cassie Gao sponsored by the Office of Energy and Environmental Industries, U.S. Department of Commerce


Saturday, April 12th:

Lauren Schultz, Nootan Singh, Brittany Bauer, and Anne Pessala sponsored by Anheuser-Busch/InBev

Paul Maeser, Marcela Pittelli, Jesse Stepler, and Ram Vennelaganti sponsored by OPIC

Students from the International Trade and Investment Policy program will present the findings of their Capstone projects. The Capstone project is the culmination of their master's studies and is completed at the direction of an outside sponsor and with the guidance of the Program Director.

On Saturday, April 12th, lunch and beverages will be provided at the conclusion of the weekend's presentations.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/itipevents1314

Sponsored by the Institute for International Economic Policy

Friday, April 11, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

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

Religious Parity or Gender Parity? Muslim Political Presentation and Questions of Inclusion in Europe


Rafaela Dancygier, Princeton University

Rafaela Dancygier is Assistant Professor of Politics at Princeton University. Her research has examined the domestic consequences of international immigration, the political incorporation and electoral representation of immigrant-origin minorities, and the determinants of ethnic conflict. Her book Immigration and Conflict in Europe (Cambridge University Press, August 2010) explains how immigration regimes and local political economies determine whether or not immigration destinations witness conflict between immigrants and natives, between immigrants and the state, or no conflict at all. Her other work has appeared or is forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Comparative Politics, World Politics and in edited volumes. Professor Dancygier received her PhD from Yale University.

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

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

Friday, April 11, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St NW

Cross-Border Banking and Global Liquidity


Hyun Song Shin, Hughes-Rogers Professor of Economics at Princeton University and Economic Advisor and Head of Research at the Bank for International Settlements

This paper investigates the global factors associated with bank capital flows. We formulate a model of the international banking system where global banks interact with local banks. The solution highlights the bank leverage cycle as the prime determinant of the transmission of financial conditions across borders through banking sector capital flows. A distinctive prediction of the model is that currency appreciation is associated with higher leverage of the banking sector, thereby providing a conceptual bridge between exchange rates and financial stability. In a panel study of 46 countries, we find support for the key predictions of our model.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/1gr

Sponsored by the IIEP, Elliott School for International Affairs

Saturday, April 12, 2014
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Elliott School
1957 E Street NW

The Lafayette Debates


Students from participating universities.

The Embassy of France and The George Washington University invite students to join us for The Lafayette Debates! Beginning with French- and English- language online debates and multimedia competitions, The Debates will culminate in a debate tournament hosted by the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies of the George Washington University. By participating in these events, the best and brightest student debaters will have an opportunity to engage with prominent scholars, diplomats, soldiers and professionals on issues of political, social and cultural significance. Prize-winners will be invited to France, so that they can continue their exploration of the tournament topic firsthand in discussions with French government officials, academics, businesspeople and topic experts.

The Lafayette Debates are open to the public! Please join us for our championship round at 4:00pm on April 13th, or for any of our scheduled rounds on April 12 & 13th. Please follow this link: http://www.lafayettedebates.com/ for the full schedule and directions.

RSVP: http://www.lafayettedebates.com/

Sponsored by the Embassy of France, the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES), GW Debate

Saturday, April 12, 2014
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

International Trade and Investment Policy (ITIP) Capstone Presentations - Day 2


Lauren Schultz, Nootan Singh, Brittany Bauer, and Anne Pessala sponsored by Anheuser-Busch/InBev

Paul Maeser, Marcela Pittelli, Jesse Stepler, and Ram Vennelaganti sponsored by OPIC

Students from the International Trade and Investment Policy program will present the findings of their Capstone projects. The Capstone project is the culmination of their master's studies and is completed at the direction of an outside sponsor and with the guidance of the Program Director.

Lunch and beverages will be provided at the conclusion of the presentations.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/itipevents1314

Sponsored by the Institute for International Economic Policy

Monday, April 14, 2014
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Sound and Fury or Winds of Change? Protests in Venezuela


Pedro M. Burelli, former Member of the Executive Board of Petróleos de Venezuela; Managing Partner of B+V Consulting

Philip C. French, Executive Director, The American Committees on Foreign Relations

Peter Hakim, President Emeritus, The Inter-American Dialogue

Stephen Kaplan, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

The demonstrations have been violent on both sides; students are building barricades and starting riots, while the government has responded by cracking down and arresting protesters. The world is left to wonder how long it will continue and whether it will result in more permanent change. Are the protests an indication of impending systemic change? To what extent, if at all, should foreign countries be involved in the conflict?

This event is free and open to the public. Reception will follow event.

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

Sponsored by the World Affairs Council and GW's Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program (LAHSP)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Political Aid and Arab Activism: Democracy Promotion, Justice, and Representation


Sheila Carapico, Professor of Political Science and International Studies Coordinator, International Studies Program, University of Richmond

Professor Carapico is the author of Civil Society in Yemen: The Political Economy of activism in Modern Arabia (1998). She will discuss her recent release Political Aid and Arab Activism: Democracy Promotion, Justice, and Representation.

Book signing and reception will follow. Limited copies of the book will be available for students.

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

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

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E St NW

The Ukrainian Economy: After 20 Years of Underperformance, What Comes Next?


Oleh Havrylyshyn, George Washington University

Professor Havrylyshyn will compare the development of Ukraine's economy to that of other post-communist countries, using several quantitative indicators from the EBRD, World Bank, Transparency International, and Reporters without Borders, which generally show that Ukraine has performed below average. He will introduce some tentative hypotheses as to why Ukraine's economy lags behind those of other transitioning nations and offer potential solutions.

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

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

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Elliott School, Room 505
1957 E Street NW

Crimea & Beyond: Security Implications for Romania, Moldova, and Transnistria


Mark Gitenstein, Ambassador of the United States to Romania

Dennis Deletant, Visiting Professor, Georgetown University

Moderated by Eliot Sorel, Professor of Global Health and Psychiatry, GW

Recent events in Crimea raise significant security concerns in Central and Eastern Europe, the European Union, and the United States. The territorial safety and integrity of nation states have been challenged and has become a topic debated at the United Nations Security Council, the U.S. Congress, the G7, and the European Union. Ambassador Mark Gitenstein and Professor Dennis Deletant will discuss the security implications for Romania, Moldova, and Transnistria in light of recent events in the region.

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

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

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

2013-2014 Elliott School Undergraduate Scholars Final Presentations


1:00 to 1:45 pm
Shifting Cultural Spaces: Implications for Policy and Perspective
Alexandra Blackwell (Faculty Advisor: Prof. Ilana Feldman)
Meghan Pierce (Faculty Advisor: Prof. Robert Maguire)
Marielle Velander (Faculty Advisor: Prof. Alexander Dent)
Moderated by Alyssa Abraham, Graduate Student Mentor

1:50 to 2:35 pm
Rough Seas: International Maritime Tensions and Naval Developments
Brendan Buckland (Faculty Advisor: Prof. Marie Price)
Roderick Lee (Faculty Advisor: Prof. Robert Sutter)
Ellen Park (Faculty Advisor: Dean Mike Mochizuki)
Moderated by Alejandro Garcia, Graduate Student Mentor

2:40 to 3:25 pm
Sustainable Development and Capacity Building: Lessons from Transitioning Societies
Rauvin Johl (Faculty Advisor: Prof. Robert Shepherd)
Madeleine Livingston (Faculty Advisor: Prof. Michelle Allendoerfer)
Jesse Schaffer (Faculty Advisor: Prof. Lisa Benton-Short)
Moderated by Allison DeMaio, Graduate Student Mentor

3:30 to 4:15 pm
Scribbled in the Margins: Overlooked Issues in Access to Education, Institutions, and Information
Amanda Dudley (Faculty Advisor: Prof. Alexander Dent)
Keila Franks (Faculty Advisor: Prof. Christina Fink)
Margaret Kavaras (Faculty Advisor: Prof. Michelle Kelso)
Moderated by Julia Collins, Graduate Student Mentor

4:20 to 5:00 pm
Socio-Political Implications of Group Identities and Interactions
Olivia Bee (Faculty Advisor: Prof. Melani McAlister)
Guillaume Julian (Faculty Advisor: Prof. Kathryn Kleppinger)
Kareem Rosshandler (Faculty Advisor: Prof. Jenab Tutunji)
Moderated by Prof. Jenab Tutunji, Faculty Advisor

Now in its sixth year, the Elliott School Undergraduate Scholars program is an enhanced independent research opportunity for outstanding Elliott School juniors and seniors. The program provides participants with support and resources to produce polished and meaningful work that can be submitted for publication, conference participation, or as part of grant, fellowship, or graduate study applications.

Students meet weekly throughout the year. The fall sessions focus on research and writing skills and on how students can use their research to advance their academic and professional careers. The spring sessions focus on peer feedback and reviews of the rough drafts. Undergraduate Scholars work closely with faculty advisors and Elliott School graduate student mentors and receive a research stipend.

More information on this program, including 2014-2015 application information, is available at http://elliott.gwu.edu/undergraduate-scholars

Light refreshments will be served

RSVP: No RSVP required. Please contact Annie Vinik (avinik@gwu.edu) with questions.

Sponsored by the Elliott School Undergraduate Scholars Program

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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

Security Challenges and Scenarios for Central Asia


Dr. Erlan Karin, Visiting Professor, American University

This presentation is based on the study of legal proceedings along with interviews of prisoners jailed under the motive of terrorism. It explores the stages of the terrorist threat in Kazakhstan, offers a typology of groups and leaders, and discusses the ideology that legitimates their actions.

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

Sponsored by the Central Asia Program and IERES

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St NW

The Role of The United States in International Organizations: A Discussion with Dr. Esther Brimmer


Esther Brimmer, Former Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs

The GW International Affairs Society will be hosting Former Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Dr. Esther Brimmer for a discussion on the role of the United States in international organizations.

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

Sponsored by the GW International Affairs Society

Thursday, April 17, 2014
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St NW

Stopping Violence Against Women: Women's Rights as Human Rights


Alison Brysk, Fellow, Global Women's Leadership Initiative, Wilson Center; Mellichamp Chair in Global Governance, Professor, University of California Santa Barbara

Violence against women kills and maims more people than any war, and is estimated to affect one out of three women worldwide--yet it has only recently been recognized as a human rights problem. What can the framework adopted since the 1993 Vienna Conference, "women's rights are human rights," teach us about how to mobilize to stop violence against women? A generation of research on the politics of human rights campaigns suggest the importance of transnational action, framing, information politics, and the specific challenges of "private wrongs" committed by non-state actors. This talk will survey a global panorama of campaigns, with a focus on sexual violence in India.

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

Sponsored by the Global Gender Program (GGP)

Thursday, April 17, 2014
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Phillips Hall, Room B120
1957 E Street NW

The Magic of Mugham: Mystical Music of Azerbaijan


Jeffrey Werbock

Performance on Oud, Tar, and Kemancha

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

Sponsored by the Central Asia Program and the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES)

Thursday, April 17, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

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

Varieties of Liberalization and the New Politics of Social Solidarity


Kathleen Thelen, Ford Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professor Thelen's work focuses on the origins and evolution of political-economic institutions in the rich democracies, with an emphasis on labor market institutions. Her latest book is Varieties of Liberalization and the New Politics of Social Solidarity (Cambridge University Press 2014). Previous publications include five other books, among them most recently Explaining Institutional Change (Cambridge 2010), Beyond Continuity (Oxford 2005), and How Institutions Evolve (Cambridge 2004). She has received several awards for her work, including the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award of the APSR (2005), the Mattei Dogan Award of the Society for Comparative Research (2006), the Max Planck Research Award for Humanities and Social Sciences (2003), and the Stanley Hoffman Award for the best article on French politics (2011). Thelen has held research fellowships at Oxford University, Gothenburg University, Sciences Po, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Society, Radcliffe Institute, Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin, Copenhagen Business School, and the Science Center in Berlin, among others.

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

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

Thursday, April 17, 2014
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Ukrainian Regionalism: A view from the East


Markian Dobczansky, Ph.D. candidate in Soviet and East European history, 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 pro-Russian discourses have co-existed for decades, and the Soviet legacy is critical in understanding Kharkiv's place in contemporary Ukraine.

RSVP: < a href="http://go.gwu.edu/Dobczansky "> http://go.gwu.edu/Dobczansky

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

Thursday, April 17, 2014
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Elliott School, Room 113
1957 E St NW

Women as Leaders and Agents of Change: A Panel Discussion on Women in Public Affairs


Moderator: Christina Bellantoni, Editor-in-Chief, Roll Call Panelists: Frances Colon, Deputy Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State

Hannah Kim, Press Secretary, U.S. Representative Charles Rangel

Angela Rye, Esq., Director of Strategic Partnerships, IMPACT

Gigi Scoles, Director of Human Rights, Vital Voices

Anna Tunkel, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, APCO Worldwide

Women in Public Affairs at GW (WIPA) is hosting a panel discussion on women as influencers and agents of change within the public affairs field. A panel of inspiring women leaders working in various industries will discuss the importance of women in public affairs, specific barriers to advancement and strategies for success in a highly competitive and growing field. After the discussion and a brief Q&A session, join fellow attendees and panelists for a networking reception with light refreshments. More info can be found here: http://wipagw.weebly.com/

After the discussion and a brief Q&A session, join fellow attendees and panelists for a networking reception with light refreshments. The event is free and open to the GW community.

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

Sponsored by the Women in Public Affairs at GW (WIPA)

Saturday, April 19, 2014
11:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Funger Hall, Room 103
2201 G Street NW

Rising Tides: A Simulation of Crisis in the Taiwan Straits


Both the United States and the People's Republic of China have very unique relationships, codified in law, with the Republic of China. As each state faces the issue of potential Taiwanese independence, tensions in this critically important region of the world are high. This simulation will look at the steps policymakers must take to ensure the continued stability in the region and that crises do not result in a catastrophic conflict. Participants will work with all the regional actors to develop a comprehensive and whole of government response, from the perspective of both the United States and PRC, to diplomatic, economic, and military issues. They will grapple with serious questions of national interest, develop policies to pursue the decided upon objectives, and attempt to determine optimal responses to a variety of crisis situations. Other participants may find themselves planning, and potentially executing, complex military operations or diplomatic efforts.

Open to all students, professors, and anyone in the DC community.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/1ho

Sponsored by Strategic Crisis Simulations

Monday, April 21, 2014
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Youth in Kazakhstan: Societal Changes, Challenges and Opportunities


Peter Rollberg, Director, Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, GW

Ambassador Kairat Umarov, Kazakhstan Embassy in the United States

Ambassador Richard Hoagland, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Marlene Laruelle, Research Professor of International Affairs, GW

Douglas Blum, Providence University

Stefan B. Kirmse, Humboldt University, Berlin

Azamat Junisbai, Pitzer College

Serik Beysembayev, Sociological Center Strategy, Almaty

Megan Rancier, Bowling Green State University

Erik Aasland, Süleyman Demirel University

Dosym Satpaev, Kazakhstan Risks Assessment Group

Sean Roberts, Associate Professor of the Practice of International Affairs; Director, International Development Studies Program, GW

Sayasat Nurbek, Director of the Nur Otan Institute of Public Policy

Erlan Karin, Visiting Professor, American University

Pavel Koktyshev, Kazakhstan's Young Entrepreneurs Club

Olena Nikolayenko, Fordham University

Aibek Aldabergenov, Alash Media Group Holding

Rauan Kenzhekhanuly, CEO, Bilim Media Group

Oleg Katsiev, Internews, Almaty

The event will be discussing Youth in Kazakhstan and their role in the future, and how they are currently reacting to societal changes.

Event Agenda

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

Sponsored by the Central Asia Program and the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES)

Monday, April 21, 2014
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Hollywood Exiles in Europe: The Blacklist and Cold War Historiography


Rebecca Prime, Hood College

What can the experiences of Hollywood's blacklisted exiles in Europe tell us about our understanding of the Cold War? Given the blacklist's significance as an icon of Cold War America, its absence from accounts of the cultural Cold War in Europe is striking, and reflects the perception of the Hollywood blacklist as a purely domestic phenomenon. The history of the blacklisted community in Europe discussed in this talk reveals the important transnational dimensions of the Hollywood blacklist. As American political exiles, the blacklisted in Europe were a provocation to CIA-sponsored cultural propaganda, while their films presented a "counter canon" to 1950s Hollywood domestic production, with its implicit attempt to win over hearts and minds to the "American way of life."

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

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

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St NW

A Conversation with the Ambassador of Jordan to the United States H.E. Alia Hatoug Bouran


H.E. Alia Hatoug Bouran, Ambassador of Jordan to the United States

The Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United States H.E. Alia Hatoug Bouran will be speaking on Jordanian - U.S. relations, Jordan's politics, economy, and foreign policy. The discussion will be moderated by GW Professor Dr. Nathan Brown.

There will be a reception following the event.

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

Sponsored by the GWU International Affairs Society

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Music as a Herald of the Future in Taiwan


Nancy Guy, Ethnomusicologist and Associate Professor of Music, the University of California, San Diego

Music's power to both monitor and propel political change has been noted by philosophers and governmental institutions since ancient times. Guy's work applies a humanistic approach to a subject typically considered to lie within the province of the social sciences. Taking two decades of musical production in Taiwan as her data, Prof. Guy argues that listening to and contextualizing musical trends offers an avenue for grasping the mood of the people-a force that drives both economic practices and political change

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

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

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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

Turkmenistan: Evolutions and Permanence


Luca  Anceschi, University of Glasgow

Myles Smyth, International Research and Exchanges Board Sebastien Peyrouse, Research Professsor of International Affairs, GW

RSVP: go.gwu.edu/turkmenistan

Sponsored by the Central Asia Program and the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St NW

Girls' Education and School-related Gender-Based Violence


Welcoming Remarks: Barbara Miller, Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs; Director, Institute for Global and International Studies; Director, Global Gender Program, GW

Panel: Andrea M. Bertone, Director, Gender Department, FHI 360 & Adjunct Professor, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW(MODERATOR)

Julie Hanson Swanson, Acting Chief, Education Division, Bureau for Africa, USAID

Eugene Katzin, Senior Technical Officer, Gender Department, FHI 360

Andrea Powell, Founder and Executive Director, FAIR Girls & Adjunct Professor, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

Rebecca Gordon, Senior Program Advisor, Together for Girls

Maryce Ramsey, Senior Gender Advisor, Gender Department, FHI 360 (DISCUSSANT)

Between 500 million and 1.5 billion children experience violence every year, many within and around the school community. School-related gender based violence (SRGBV) is a global phenomenon that is a barrier to girls' and boys' educational achievements, is correlated with lower academic achievement, higher economic insecurity, and greater long-term health risks. SRGBV is related to other forms of violence in the community, particularly for girls, and reinforces harmful gender norms. What is the development community doing to address SRGBV and its impact on girls' education worldwide? This interactive panel discussion will examine the connections between SRGBV and girls' access to, retention in, and completion of school. Panelists will explore challenges to preventing SRGBV, approaches for changing norms, opportunities for empowering girls, and will offer solutions for fostering safe learning environments to improve educational outcomes for girls and boys alike.

Light reception to begin at 4:30 and continue after panel. (Rescheduled Panel Discussion, to celebrate International Women's Day)

RSVP: http://bit.ly/1m3xIlB

Sponsored by FHI 360 and the Global Gender Program

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Funger Hall, Room 108
2201 G Street NW

Assignment China: Tiananmen Square


Dan Southerland, Executive Editor, Radio Free Asia Jim Mann, former Beijing correspondent for the Los Angeles Times Edward McCord (moderator), Director, Sigur Center for Asian Studies

The Tiananmen Square crisis in 1989 was a turning point for China. Weeks of student-led demonstrations ended in a bloody military crackdown, with far-reaching consequences not only for China's development but for its relations with the rest of the world. Assignment China: Tiananmen Square, produced by the U.S.-China Institute at the University of Southern California and narrated by former CNN Beijing bureau chief Mike Chinoy, tells the behind-the-scenes story of the reporters who covered the dramatic events in Beijing that spring.

Doors Open at 6:15PM. The events starts at 6:30PM. This documentary film screening (showing at GW in its Washington, DC premiere) is 90 minutes, followed by a post-screening discussion and Q&A.

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

Sponsored by the GW School of Media & Public Affairs, and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Elliott School, Room 212
1957 E St NW

A Conversation with the Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan and Australia, Tom Schieffer


Tom Schieffer, Former Ambassador from the United States to Japan and Australia

The International Affairs Society is bringing Tom Schieffer, Former Ambassador from the United States to Japan and Australia, to a speak in a student-moderated discussion.

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

Sponsored by the GWU International Affairs Society

Thursday, April 24, 2014
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Soviet and Russian Environmental Practices


Lars Rowe, Fridtjof Nansen Institute

At the time of the Soviet collapse in 1991, environmental degradation in Russian industrial areas - often described as "the Soviet ecocide" - received massive attention in Western countries. Environmental activism also played an important role as a vehicle for internal public unrest in the final years of the Soviet era. Despite such international and domestic attention to the issue, Russian environmental practices have not changed significantly since 1991. This seminar takes a closer look at the failed international efforts to curb trans-boundary emissions from the nickel industry in Northwest-Russia, identifies some key Soviet approaches to industrial pollution, and discusses whether these approaches are still shaping Russian environmental governance.

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

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

Thursday, April 24, 2014
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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

Cinema Club Film Screening: Tulpan


Marlene Laruelle, Central Asia Program, GW

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

Sponsored by the Central Asia Program and IERES

Thursday, April 24, 2014
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

MAIA Capstone Presentation


Four groups of students from the International Affairs Program will present the research they conducted over the past year. The topics range from aid effectiveness in Jordan after the Arab Spring, to child soldiers in Gulu, to comparison of US steel manufacturing in China and Mexico, to solar power policy in Thailand.

Solar Power Policy: Opportunities and Challenges: An Assessment of Thailand's Policy Approach
Presenters: Courtney Peterson, Doug Murray and Cameron Khodabakhsh

Comparative Sourcing: A Comparison of US Steel Manufacturing in China and Mexico
Presenters: Justin Fisk, Georgie Fu, Shivani Mahida and Vineeth Murthy

Bridging the Post-Emergency Gap: Reintegration of Former Child Soldiers in Gulu
Presenters: Amanda Calderia, Zack Haas, Joslyn Hemler and Jessica Thompson

Aid Effectiveness in Jordan after the Arab Spring: A Focus on the GCC
Presenters: Merym Almoshaikah and Nicole Muzzy

This event is open to MAIA students who are interested. Pizza and drinks will be provided.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/1jf

Sponsored by the Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA) Program

Friday, April 25, 2014
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
1957 E St NW

Post-2014 Afghanistan: The US Military Exit and Political Stability


Timor Sharan, Political Economy Consultant for Afghan Parliament, Department for International Development

This talk will provide an Afghan perspective of what U.S. military withdrawal will mean for political stability and state survival post-2014. The 2001 international intervention, created a "network state" whereby state and political networks became partners in state-building. This has produced a state that is underpinned by informal power structures. A successful international military exit from Afghanistan will depend on the stability of these informal networks in addition to the strength of Afghan National Security Forces and reconciliation with the Taliban. This talk will also address the recent presidential election in Afghanistan.

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

Sponsored by the Central Asia Program

Friday, April 25, 2014
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St NW

IDS 2014 Capstone Presentations


2014 IDS students

Students in the IDS class of 2014 will present their capstone research. This year's capstones include diverse projects related to democracy and governance, private sector engagement, gender and development, agriculture and public health.

Reception to follow. Contact ids@gwu.edu with questions.

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/idscapstone2014

Sponsored by IDS

Friday, April 25, 2014
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Elliott School, Room B12
1957 E St NW

Jane Bussmann Book Event: A Journey To The Dark Heart Of Nameless Unspeakable Evil: Charities, Hollywood, Joseph Kony, And Other Abominations


Jane Bussman, British comedy writer, performer, scriptwriter, journalist and foreign correspondent

Jane Bussman will discuss her new book, "A Journey to the Dark Heart of Nameless Unspeakable Evil: Charities, Hollywood, Joseph Kony, and Other Abominations," released in the U.K. under the title "The Worst Date Ever".

Reception to follow (location to be determined).

RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/1js

Sponsored by the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

Monday, April 28, 2014
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St NW

CANCELLED: A Conversation with the Kazakhstan Ambassador to the United States


Ambassador Kairat Umarov, Kazakhstan Ambassador to the United States

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

Sponsored by the Central Asia Program

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


1957 E Street NW

President Obama's Trip to Asia: Legislators from Japan, South Korea and US Congress Discuss Challenges and Opportunities


Michael Turner, Congressman, Ohio 10th (tentative)

Jim McDermott, Congressman, Washington 7th, Co-Chair, US Delegation (tentative)

Kuniko Inoguchi, House of Counsellors, Liberal Democratic Party Co-Chair, Japanese Delegation

Masaharu Nakagawa, House of Representatives, Democratic Party of Japan, Co-Chair, Japanese Delegation

Jin Ha Hwang, Saenuri Party, Co-Chair, South Korean Delegation, Korean National Assembly

Soon Ok Chun, New Politics Alliance for Democracy Party

Moderators
Henry R. Nau, Co-Director of the U.S.-Japan-South Korea Legislative Exchange Program, Professor of Political Science and International Relations, GW

Mike M. Mochizuki, Co-Director of the U.S.-Japan-South Korea Legislative Exchange Program, Associate Dean for Academic Programs

Members of Japanese Diet, South Korean National Assembly, and U.S. Congress, in town for meetings of the U.S.-Japan-South Korea Legislative Exchange Program, will discuss security, economic, and domestic political issues before two days of private meetings on Capitol Hill.

RSVP: Registration is now closed. To add your name to the waitlist, please email gsigur@gwu.edu.

Sponsored by the U.S.-Japan-South Korea Legislative Exchange Program

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St NW

Terrace of the Sea: The Mediations of Memory in a Palestinian Beach Camp in South Lebanon


Diana Allan, Fellow, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University

Terrace of the Sea (Jal el Bahar) was shot in 2008 in an unofficial Palestinian Bedouin gathering established in 1948 on a stretch of beach north of Tyre, in south Lebanon. Structured around a collection of family photographs taken over three generations, the film engages with the historical experience of this community by focusing on their precarious relationship with the environment and in particular on the role that the sea plays in their lives.

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

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

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
9:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street NW

Scenarios for the Future of Internet Governance


Fiona Alexander, Office of International Affairs, NTIA, US Department of Commerce

Richard Jimmerson, Chief Information Officer, ARIN

Steve DelBianco, Executive Director, NetChoice

Milton Mueller, Professor at Syracuse University School of Information Studies

Christopher Mondini, VP, Stakeholder Engagement North America & Global Business Engagement, ICANN

Raquel Gatto, Chapter Development Manager, the Americas, ISOC

Beatrice Covassi, First Counsellor, Digital Economy, EU Delegation to the United States

Derrick Cogburn, Associate Professor of International Relations at the School of International Service at American University

Becky Burr, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer at NeuStar, Inc.

Roger Cochetti, Principal at RJC Associates

Moderator:
Tim Lordan, Executive Director, Internet Education Foundation

The U.S. government's recent announcement that it intends to end its historic role in overseeing the central coordinating functions of the Internet has created uncertainty about the future of Internet governance. The outcome of discussions underway today will impact not only the Internet, but the future of international institutions.

RSVP: https://internetscenarios.eventbrite.com

Sponsored by the Institute for International Economic Policy (IIEP) and The Washington DC Chapter of the Internet Society

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St NW

Capstone Symposium


Graduate Student Participants:

Tyler Cox

Dana Preston

Calyn Gelinas

Vanessa Aliaga

Caitlin Reilly

Bithika Sarmaroy

Peter Demers

Jonathan Ryan Kirk

Ariel Elizabeth Gould

Interested in food security, peace processes or corruption in Latin America? Come to the Latin American and Hemispheric Studies' Graduate Capstone Presentations to learn more about these fields!

The Capstone Presentations are free and open to the public and presentations will be followed by a reception. Questions? Email lasp@gwu.edu

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

Sponsored by LAHSP, OAS, Transprency International, and the GW School of Media and Public Affairs