International Affairs Events in DC

Getting Downtown: International Affairs Events in DC 12/03- 12/09


Monday, December 3rd

Ending Gaza’s perpetual crisis

Time: 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Location: The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC

Information: On December 3, the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings and the Center for a New American Security will launch their new report, “Ending Gaza’s Perpetual Crisis: A New U.S. Approach.” The authors, informed by the deliberations of a high-level task force on the future of U.S. policy toward Gaza, argue that the United States should no longer accept the perpetuation of the current state of affairs in Gaza, given its moral, security, and political costs. They propose instead a route by which American policymakers can help bring an end to this continued state of crisis.

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Rape as a Weapon of War: A Conversation with Former Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga

Time: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Location: CSIS- 1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Information: Please join the Center for Strategic and International Studies for a Smart Women, Smart Power conversation with Her Excellency Atifete Jahjaga, former President of Kosovo. She will discuss gendered perspectives in decision-making and how rape was used as a tool of war in Kosovo.

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Tuesday, December 4th

9th Annual Conference on Turkey

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: FHI 360- 1825 Connecticut Ave NW, 8th Floor Washington, District of Columbia 20009

Information: The Middle East Institute (MEI) and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) are pleased to announce the 9th Annual Conference on Turkey. The conference will bring together international policy makers and experts to discuss the challenges Turkey faces domestically and its relations with the Middle East and the West.

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Asia Transnational Threats Forum: Counter terrorism in Asia

Time: 9:00 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.

Location: The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC

Information: On December 4, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at Brookings will host distinguished U.S. and Asian counterterrorism experts to articulate the terrorist threat in East Asia and how it has evolved in the region. Panelists will also assess the mechanisms for protecting civil liberties and good governance under a counterterrorism strategy, as well as its implications for regional and international cooperation. This conference is part of the Asia Transnational Threats Forum, an interdisciplinary forum launched by the Brookings Korea Chair that harnesses the collective expertise of U.S. and foreign partners to tackle key strategic issues affecting all of Asia. The first event was on cybersecurity in Asia on June 2018.

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Voices of the Afghan People

Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

Location: U.S. Institute of Peace- 2301 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037

Information: Afghanistan is at an important moment in its history. Despite a persistent insurgency that continues to control and destabilize roughly half of the country, high levels of voter enthusiasm in the recent parliamentary elections demonstrated that the people of Afghanistan remain invested in the future of their democracy. Amid a renewed focus on political reconciliation and the upcoming presidential elections in April, citizens face important choices about Afghanistan’s future stability and prosperity.

These and other pressing issues facing Afghanistan are the subject of The Asia Foundation’s 2018 Survey of the Afghan People. Please join The Asia Foundation and the U.S. Institute of Peace on Tuesday, December 4, for a presentation on the key findings, and a panel discussion on the trends and shifts in the views of Afghan citizens from past years.

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50 Years of Propaganda – A Glimpse into North Korean Domestic Initiatives

Time: 5:30PM – 8:00PM

Location: The Stimson Center | 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, Fl. 8, Washington, DC 20036

Information: Join The Stimson Center for a unique insight into a private collection of North Korean propaganda posters over the span of 50 years from 1963 to 2013 depicting North Korean domestic initiatives. The reception will be complemented with remarks by Jenny Town, Stimson Research Analyst & Managing Editor of 38 North, who will share the collector’s thoughts and discuss how the posters tie into the activities of the 38 North program. Food and beverage will be provided!

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Wednesday, December 5th

Women and the Future of Work: The Fourth Annual Birdsall House Conference on Women

Time: 9:00AM- 12:30PM

Location: CGD- 2055 L St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Information: Digital transformation–from automation to fintech and smart apps–permeates nearly all aspects of business and economic growth. And as technology evolves, the culture of work itself is changing.

How do these transformations impact women? If there are fewer jobs, will men and women compete for more of the same jobs (even for roles traditionally held by women)? Will the jobs that are disappearing be those primarily held by women? Who will hold the jobs that these new technologies create? What does technological change mean for women entrepreneurs?

Join us for the 4th Annual Birdsall Conference on Women to discuss how the future of technology will impact women’s economic empowerment and the opportunities and challenges they could face. This event was supported by funding from the ExxonMobil Foundation.

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Book Launch: Rules for Rebels

Time: 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Location: CSIS- 1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Information: This book shows that militant group behavior depends on the tactical intelligence of the leaders. The author has extensively studied the political plights of hundreds of militant groups throughout world history and reveals that successful militant leaders have followed three rules. These rules are based on original insights from the fields of political science, psychology, criminology, economics, management, marketing, communication, and sociology. It turns out there’s a science to victory in militant history. But even rebels must follow rules.

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Hate Speech Laws in Action A Warning from Europe

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Location: The Heritage Foundation- Lehrman Auditorium- 214 Massachusetts Ave NE Washington, DC 20002

Information: Laws criminalizing so called “hate speech” are spreading throughout Europe. Politicians, priests, political commentators, and private citizens have been censored, fine, arrested, investigated, and prosecuted. While defenders claim that such laws foster civil discourse, they often have the opposite effect. The rise of such laws has had a devastating effect on the freedom of speech and the capacity of citizens to deliberate on the questions of the day. With the push to ban hate speech gaining momentum here in America it is important for all concerned citizens to think about how it can be countered.

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Building Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies Amid a World on Fire

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Location: U.S. Institute of Peace- 2301 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037

Information: Civil wars have been on the rise in recent years, causing immense suffering, from mass atrocities to famine, and historic numbers of displaced people. Violence is endemic in many urban centers, while the lives of large numbers of women and children are shaped by their experience of violence in situations of fragility. Through the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, all governments have committed to fostering peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence. How can diverse communities working on prevention, peacebuilding, rights, and governance mobilize to implement this global framework for tackling violence and fragility?

At a time of global peril, join the Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy in Washington, New York University’s Center on International Cooperation, and the U.S. Institute of Peace for a lively panel discussion on how to mobilize behind a roadmap that will put peace at the heart of the 2030 Agenda.

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Journalist on Trial: Book Talk with Rodney Sieh

Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: CSIS- 1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Information: African journalism is at a crossroads. While reporters are exposing corruption and falsehoods with a renewed vigor, they remain vulnerable to intimidation, physical violence, and arrest.

Rodney Sieh, the editor-in-chief and publisher of Liberia’s FrontPage Africa, has both unmasked government misdeeds and endured abuse for his reporting. He has covered the Liberian civil war and 1994 coup in The Gambia, and investigated issues ranging from corruption to female genital cutting. In 2013, he faced 5,000 years behind bars after his newspaper publicly exposed a government official’s corruption. Unable to pay over $2 million in libel damages and court costs, Sieh ultimately spent four months in Monrovia Central Prison. Reporters Without Borders named Sieh one of its Information Heroes of 2014.

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Friday, December 7th

Russian Policy in Syria and the Middle East: Determination, Delight, and Disappointment

Time: 9:00 a.m.- 2:15 p.m.

Location: Lindner Family Commons (suite 602)- Elliott School of International Affairs 1957 E st NW, Washington, DC 20052

Information: Join George Washington University’s Central Asia Program for a series of panels on Russia’s policy in Syria and the Middle East. The first panel is devoted to Russia’s engagement strategies in the Middle East, while the second panel focuses more specifically on Russia’s military involvement in Syria and its impact. Coffee will be provided at 9:00 and lunch at 11:30.

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What’s Next for Syria?

Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Location: Middle East Institute- 1319 18th Street NW Washington, District of Columbia 20036

Information: The Middle East Institute (MEI) is pleased to host a moderated conversation on Syria with Salman Shaikh, the founder and CEO of The Shaikh Group, and Ambassador Frederic C. Hof. Syria’s political process is at a standstill, with a constitutional commission still not formed and UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, soon to depart his role. With the conflict continuing to evolve and international attention shifting, new thinking is needed to tackle the Middle East’s most thorny issue: how to resolve the crisis in Syria.

Shaikh will discuss his lessons learned from many years of intensive Track II efforts on Syria and how they might be applied to designing more effective, alternative pathways forward; and Hof will expand on the implications and sustainability of the newly announced U.S. strategy in Syria and prospects for progress on the political track.

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Ending Sexual Violence: From Policy to Practice

Time: 9:30am – 11:30am

Location: U.S. Institute of Peace- 2301 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037

Information: The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize—awarded to Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war—recognizes the critical work taking place globally to prevent and end the use of sexual violence in violent conflicts. Used as a weapon of war against women, men, boys and girls, 19 countries have documented this form of violence in 2016 alone. Efforts to prevent the use of sexual violence in conflict have focused on ending impunity for the perpetrators of these crimes—but progress to date has been limited. New approaches are needed that address and prevent the root causes of this violence before it significantly undermines security and tears apart the fabric of a community.

Join the U.S. Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace and Security and the U.S. Institute of Peace for a discussion examining how policies and programs can be shaped to better prevent the use of sexual violence and re-establish secure environments when it does occur.

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