International Affairs Events in DC

Tuesday, October 17h

A Conversation on Ethics with Gina Bennett, Adjunct Faculty, The Elliott School of International Affairs, Member of CIA’s Senior Analytic Service
Time: 11:30am-12:00pm lunch, 12:00pm-1:00pm event
Location: State Room (7th Floor), Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E Street NW
Information:  A member of CIA’s Senior Analytic Service, Gina Bennett is currently a Senior Analytic Service member of the Counterterrorism Mission Center. Ms. Bennett is a long-time counterterrorism specialist who authored the earliest warnings of today’s terrorism trends, including the 1993 report that warned of the growing danger of Osama Bin Laden and the extremist movement he was fomenting. Her analysis has been called “prescient,” “genius” and “prophetic” by major media and former government officials who recognize the insightfulness of her work over decades. In addition to her early work, her 29-year career in the counterterrorism field includes authoring the hotly debated 2006 National Intelligence Estimate “Trends in Global Terrorism Implications for the US” while she was the Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Transnational Threats; serving as the CIA staff member of the Congressionally-mandated National Commission on Terrorism in 1999-2000; contributing to the formation of the targeting career discipline; and holding a variety of positions in Washington, DC and in the field on most every aspect of terrorism and analytic tradecraft.


Latest Developments in the War in Ukraine and the Minsk Process
Time: 12:30pm-2:00pm
Location: GWU Marvin Center, Room 307, 800 21st Street NW
Information: As the war in eastern Ukraine grinds on, the Western diplomatic effort is reaching a possible inflection point. Upcoming elections in Russia (2018) and Ukraine (2019) have fostered skepticism that the Minsk Process can be successfully revived. Even though the level of violence has declined in recent weeks, there is still plenty of reason to worry that the situation could become unglued at any time. The joint German-French-led diplomatic effort known as the Normandy Format is on a short hiatus pending the coalition talks after the recent German elections. Vladimir Putin’s recent proposals for a possible UN-authorized international peacekeeping mission in the Donbas has generated understandable skepticism about the Kremlin’s intentions in Ukraine, but is being taken seriously by Western governments. Meanwhile, sustaining close transatlantic cooperation and coordination at this crucial juncture in the Russia-Ukraine conflict remains paramount amid new U.S. Congressional sanctions and increased calls for providing lethal military assistance to Ukraine. To discuss current developments in the Russia-Ukraine conflict and future prospects for a diplomatic resolution, please join us for a conversation with Ambassador Valeriy Chaly, Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States. Ambassador Chaly will be joined by Paul Teesalu, Political Director, Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs,  Caroline Vicini, Deputy Head of the European Union Delegation in the U.S., and Ambassador John Herbst, Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council, and former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine (2003-2006).

Iraq’s Political Compact and Its Regional Priorities
Time: 12:00pm-4:30pm
Location: Kenney Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave NW
Information: The Middle East Institute (MEI) and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Foreign Policy Institute and Conflict Management Program are pleased to present a two-panel symposium bringing together analysts, diplomats, and policymakers to discuss the domestic and regional challenges facing Iraq. U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Joseph S. Pennington will provide keynote remarks.

Wednesday, October 18th

The Media and the Messaging of Human Trafficking
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Location: Linder Family Commons, Elliott School of International Affairs Room 602, 1957 E Street NW
Information: Human Trafficking stories are becoming more frequent in the media, but what is the story they are telling? While some excellent coverage has taken place (including the 2016 Pulitzer Prize to the AP for “Seafood from Slaves”) many of the stories continue to focus on the more prurient aspects of sex trafficking, frequently casting the victims as co-conspirators. Inadequate reporting contributes to a wrongful public perception of human trafficking, which in turn has an impact on policy and community responses. So, what’s the real story? Join us for a meaningful discussion on this very important topic with an outstanding panel: Colbert King, Pulitzer Prize winner and columnist, The Washington Post; Nina Berman, Documentary photographer, Professor, Columbia University School of Journalism; Jon Sawyer, Executive Director, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting; Tina Frundt, Member, US Advisory Council on Human Trafficking, Founder and Director of Courtney’s House and human trafficking survivor/activist. Moderated by Terry Fitzpatrick, Communications Director with Free the Slaves.

How to Deal with Pakistan? Four Veteran Officials Debate the New U.S. Policy and Its Impact on South Asia
Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm
Location: United States Institute of Peace
Information:The new U.S. effort to stabilize Afghanistan includes a more confrontational approach toward neighboring Pakistan. What are the advantages and costs of that approach, and how should the United States now calibrate its engagement with Pakistan? Join this discussion at USIP on October 18. Four senior American officials, who collectively have worked through decades of turbulent U.S.-Pakistan relations, will debate these questions and the impact of the new U.S. approach on Pakistan and the region. The United States for years has searched for ways to influence Pakistan to rein in the extremist groups in the country that attack neighboring Afghanistan and India. While Pakistan and the United States have found a measure of cooperation, their relationship has been plagued by fundamental disconnects and often has been overshadowed by the war in Afghanistan. President Trump’s August speech on Afghanistan and South Asia policy provoked sharp reactions from Pakistani officials, who say Pakistan is being made a “scapegoat” for a U.S. policy that cannot resolve Afghanistan’s conflicts. This month’s visit of Pakistan’s foreign minister to Washington reopened the bilateral dialogue, but the relationships remains fraught. USIP’s panel has engaged U.S.-Pakistani relations from varied perspectives. These experts will discuss the consequences of the new U.S. approach, and whether there are options for the two countries to find a convergence of interests that improves the stability in the region.

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Monday, October 23rd

To Curb Corruption and Violence, Engage the Grass Roots: Policies and Programs Can Do More in Sync with Local Movements

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Location: US Institute of Peace
Information: Thousands of Guatemalans have rallied publicly in recent weeks to support an international commission that prosecutes those behind the country’s endemic corruption. A Guatemalan citizens’ campaign, called #JusticiaYa (Justice Now), is one of many nonviolent, grassroots mobilizations against corrupt governance in countries from Tunisia to India to South Korea. What synergies can exist between these movements and international anti-corruption efforts by governments and non-government organizations? On October 23, join leaders from citizens’ campaigns in Guatemala, Ukraine and Burkina Faso to explore how international actors can find synergy—and better curtail corruption—with grassroots movements.

Tuesday, October 24th

US-Egypt: The Path Forward 
Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm
Location: Kenney Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave NW
Opening Remarks: Daniel Hamilton, Executive Director, CTR-SAIS.
Panelists: Shafik Gabr, Founder, The Shafik Gabr Foundation, Chairman and Managing Director, ARTOC Group for Investment and Development Mark Kimmitt, former Assistant Secretary of State (POLMIL), (Ret.), U.S. Army Jeff Fortenberry, U.S. Member of Congress (R-NE)
Moderator: Sasha Toperich, Senior Fellow, CTR-SAIS, Director, Mediterranean Basin Initiative Closing Remarks: Andy Braner, CEO KIVU, WYLN Fellow

Saturday, October 28th – Monday, October 30th 

6th Annual Symposium on Women and Genocide
Oct 28th 8:00am-4:00pm — Speakers & Panel Discussions for sustainable change in Sudan with Sudanese diaspora and activists
Oct 29th 10:00am-4:00pm — Strategy Session to build effective partnership for genocide prevention with experts and leaders from the anti-genocide movement
Oct 30th 10:00am-4:00pm — lobby day
Oct 28th and 29th — Linder Family Commons, Elliott School of International Affairs Room 602, 1957 E Street NW
Oct 30th — TBA
Information: For the past eight years, Darfur Women Action Group (DWAG) has been working with its allies to bring attention to the magnitude of the genocide in Darfur and, particularly, its impact on women. Over the last five years our symposium has attracted a outstanding speakers and audience. DWAG educates the public about these issues, empowering survivors to bring their voices to regional and international forums. From Saturday, October 28th to Monday, October 30th, we, along with hundreds of anti-genocide activists, women’s rights advocates, artists, celebrities, survivors from various crises, experts, and concerned leaders will come together to address genocide, analyze its impact on women, and build strategies for sustainable change in Darfur. By addressing genocide and its impact on women, we will define challenges and develop strategies for ending violence against women and the use of rape as a weapon of war. Our goal is to empower activists and affected communities, set strategies for meaningful inclusion and justice for victims, and influence effective policy reforms that will bring a sustainable end to genocide in the 21st century. $20 for students, $50 non-students.

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