International Affairs Events in DC

Getting Downtown: International Affairs Events in DC 11/12- 11/18


Monday, November 12th

Cybersecurity Threats in Latin America

Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Location: Hudson Institute- 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 400 Washington, DC 20004

Information: Hudson Institute will host a panel to discuss cybersecurity concerns present in Latin America. Threats range from hacking, identity theft, and criminal dark web activities to the exploitation of online services by insurgent groups for propaganda purposes. These concerns have prompted a number of government initiatives to crack down on cybercrime including the creation of cyber-security agencies within police and armed forces and improved citizen awareness initiatives. However, more should be done in order to deter attackers and minimize consequences of these threats.

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Mongolia’s Position Between Two Global Powers, Russia and China

Time: 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM

Location: Lindner Commons – Room 602: 1957 E Street, NW Washington, DC 20052

Information: The Sigur Center for Asian Studies will host Ambassador Otgonbayar Yondon of Mongolia in a special public seminar on the topic of “Mongolia’s Position Between Two Global Powers, Russia and China” The discussion will be moderated by Professor Benjamin D. Hopkins, director of the Sigur Center.

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Time: 5:30pm- 7:30pm

Location: ICC 600- 3700 O St, NW Washington DC 20057

Information: Join Professors Katherine Benton-Cohen, Marcia Chatelain, Amy Leonard, and PhD students Kate Dannies and Benan Grams for a casual, informative conversation about how sexual discrimination, harassment, and misconduct have changed throughout history, from medieval Europe to the modern Middle East.

Pizza and Beverage will be provided.

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Tuesday, November 13th

How Brazil’s Economic and Political Realities Will Shape the Plans of the Bolsonaro Administration

Time: 9:00am — 1:00pm

Location: Wilson Center- 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

Information: On Tuesday, November 13th, the Brazil Institute will host a half-day conference on what Brazil’s undeniable economic and political realities mean for President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, his administration, and the country.

In the first session, the International Monetary Fund will discuss its finding from the latest Article IV consultation with Brazil and the prospects for economic and fiscal reform. The second session will take a broader look at the current challenges facing the Brazilian economy, including an analysis of its structural characteristics and key sectors, with editors and contributors of the Oxford Handbook of the Brazilian Economy (2018). In the third and final session, panelists will discuss the capacity of the new administration to navigate Brazil’s changing political landscape.

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Rethinking Yemen’s Economy

Time: 9:30 AM- 11:00 AM

Location: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace- 1779 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Information: What can be done to prepare for the significant reconstruction challenges facing Yemen? How can humanitarian assistance efforts in Yemen be improved? How can the private sector be channeled to improve economic prospects and counter corruption? What role can outside donors play in this process? Carnegie will bring together Yemeni perspectives on the economic challenges facing their country.

The speakers are part of the “Rethinking Yemen’s Economy” project, a two-year of the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies (SCSS), the Center for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient (CARPO) and DeepRoot Consulting, which seeks to identify Yemen’s economic, humanitarian, social and development priorities and to prepare for the post-conflict recovery period.

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The Future of Regional Security in Asia

Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

Location: 1333 H Street Northwest, Washington, DC, USA

Information: As Vice President Mike Pence visits Asia and the Trump administration pursues a more assertive approach toward China, the United States and its allies face a growing set of challenges. At the heart of those challenges is a set of maritime disputes between China and its neighbors in the East and South China seas, which threaten regional peace and stability and which could pull the United States into a conflict, as illustrated by the recent near-collision between U.S. and Chinese naval vessels in the South China Sea.

Please join the Center for American Progress for a conversation with leading experts on how the United States and Japan can cooperate in the maritime space and in the region more broadly as America enters uncharted waters with China.

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An Exploration of Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform

Time: 12:00pm – 1:15pm

Location: The George Washington University Law School: Stockton 304- 2000 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20052

Information: Join the International & Comparative Law Program and the International Arbitration Student Association as they host Professor Chiara Giorgetti, Professor of Law and LLM Faculty Director, University of Richmond School of Law.

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National Resilience in Ukraine Since 2014

Time: 2:30pm — 3:30pm

Location: Wilson Center- 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

Information: The Ukraine conflict in 2014 has illuminated the resilience of the Ukrainian nation in the face of protracted conflict and violence. Based on more than 20 interviews with local and international experts conducted in Kyiv in August 2018, Professor Korostelina will describe Ukraine’s dynamic model of resilience. This will include reformed institutional practices as well as the dynamics of identity and power.

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Intelligence Brief With James Clapper

Time: 3:00PM — 4:00PM

Location: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace- 1779 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Information: Russian hacking of U.S. elections. Rising tensions with China. North Korea’s nuclear program. Disorder in the Middle East. How should we understand today’s international landscape and global threats? Carnegie President William J. Burns will host an intelligence briefing with former director of national intelligence James Clapper and discuss his book, Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase.

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The U.S. Role in the Greek Debt Crisis:Vested Outsider, Trusted Mediator

Time: 4:00-5:00pm

Location: Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412- Elliott School of International Affairs 1957 E St NW

Information: Katerina Sokou will present her research on the U.S. government’s engagement in the management of the Greek debt crisis. Based on dozens of interviews with American, European, and Greek officials, this case-study on transatlantic engagement will show the merits and limitations of U.S. influence in tackling the debt crisis and warding off the uncertainties and upheaval that would have followed a Greek exit from the Eurozone.   The presentation will show how America’s mediating role between Greece and its international creditors – the EU and IMF – helped improve bilateral relations, leading to deeper co-operation on a wide range of important issues for U.S. strategic interests in Europe, including in Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean.

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Wednesday, November 14th

Xi Jinping’s Foreign Policy Vision—Powerful Image versus Restricted Reality

Time: 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM

Location: Lindner Commons – Room 602: 1957 E Street, NW Washington, DC 20052

Information: The United States is carrying out the most substantial reevaluation of policy toward China in 50 years, anticipating intensive competition and challenges in the period ahead. Against that background, realistic assessments of China’s power and influence and their implications for the United States provide the basis for sound judgments as Americans and others assess China’s rise. Based on work in his newly published, Foreign Relations of the PRC: The Legacies and Constraints of China International Politics since 1949, Second Edition, Sutter will offer a balanced assessment of the strengths and limitations of Xi Jinping’s foreign policy achievements and ambitions in his second term. The findings show that despite enormous publicity in China hailing the confidence and foreign policy successes of its authoritarian leader, serious constraints confound Beijing’s ambitions, with broad ranging, unexpected pushback from the Trump administration heading the list of major impediments for which China has no easy answer.

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Contested Spaces, Tangled Webs: Indian Geopolitics Today

Time: 2:30pm — 4:30pm

Location: Wilson Center- 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

Information: Over the last decade, the United States and India have sought to build a strategic partnership. At the same time, the rise of India’s neighbor China, along with Chinese military assertiveness and trade imbalances and security threats emanating from China, have fueled new tensions with the United States. This event will offer an Indian perspective on the geometry of the India-U.S.-China triangle in the Indo-Pacific region. It will also lay out a way forward for New Delhi.

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Putin’s System: Why It is Stable and Why It Will Fail Anyway

Time: 3:00pm — 4:30pm

Location: Wilson Center- 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

Information: Faced with the apparent paradox of Putin’s high level of support in the face of decreasing quality of life, many experts resort to clichés, citing the Russian citizen’s predilection for authoritarianism or apathy towards freedom. Leonid Gozman will argue that this popular support has perfectly rational explanations, and how, nonetheless, the symptoms of the regime’s ultimate collapse are inherent to the system and already visible today.

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The Chinese Belt and Road Initiative: Views from Kazakhstan and the Caucasus

Time: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Location: Voesar Conference Room (4th Floor)- 1957 E st NW, Washington, DC 20052

Information: Xi Jinping announced China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative in Astana in 2013. Its land component – the Silk Road Economic Belt- aims to create transport corridors and increase connectivity from China to the west – through Russia and Belarus, and along roads and railways through Central Asia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey. In this presentation, Daniyar Kosnazarov will analyze the projection of China’s soft power in Kazakhstan, and explain how a range of actors from countries are involved in this process. He will draw attention to the barriers which limit Chinese public and cultural diplomacy in Central Asia. Fuad Shahbazov will explain how in the South Caucasus, all three countries are interested in boosting cooperation with China to develop infrastructure projects. However, these ambitions are hampered by ongoing conflicts between the countries. China remains reluctant to become involved in regional conflicts, focusing instead on developing economic links and positioning the region as a gateway to Europe. As China continues to engage the states of the South Caucasus, this approach will be tested.

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Thursday, November 15th

The Transatlantic Forum on Russia

Time: 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

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

Information: Please join us for the seventh joint conference of CSIS and the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding (CPRDU), entitled, the “Transatlantic Forum on Russia.”  Since 2012 CSIS and CPRDU have partnered to examine the impact of Polish-Russian reconciliation and its wider regional and transatlantic implications. Following Russia’s 2014 illegal annexation of Crimea and military incursions into eastern Ukraine, and its military and covert operations in Syria, Salisbury, and elsewhere, the Forum’s focus has turned to formulating a long-term transatlantic policy framework towards Russia. The Forum convenes five months after the U.S.-Russia Summit in Helsinki, nine days after the U.S. mid-term elections, and four days after President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Putin in Paris on the margins of the centenarian commemoration of the end of the First World War.  Regional and U.S. experts will assess the role that history plays in shaping both Russia’s and the West’s narrative as well as to examine the success that Russian malign influence has had in undermining confidence in democratic institutions and leaders in Europe and the United States.

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The Hidden Power of the Venezuelan Diaspora

Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

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

Information: This event will focus on the strength of such diaspora, including their increasing presence in Latin America and the United States. We will discuss practical tools and policy options for Venezuelans to engage in mitigating the humanitarian crisis in their home country and abroad. We will discuss tools such as the role of medical doctors and independent cryptocurrencies to alleviate the suffering of the Venezuelan people. The discussion will be moderated by CSIS Associate Director and Venezuelan expert Moises Rendon. Additional speakers to be confirmed soon.

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Indo-Pacific Currents: Emerging Partnerships, Rivalries, and Strategic Realities across Asia

Time: 10:00AM – 11:30PM

Location: The Stimson Center- 1211 Connecticut Ave, NW, 8th Floor Washington, DC 20036

Information: The Indo-Pacific region, a key focus of the Trump administration’s foreign policy agenda, is undergoing significant political and strategic realignments with the return to great power competition. India’s role in the region is central to these developments, both in its emerging partnerships with nations like Japan and the United States and in its deepening rivalry with neighboring China. How are these dynamics likely to play out, and what are their broader strategic implications? Please join the Stimson Center for a panel discussion addressing views from across Asia on the political and security impacts of intra-regional cooperation and competition. Our panelists, Manoj Joshi, Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, Brett Lambert, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy, U.S. Department of Defense, Yun Sun, Co-Director of the Stimson Center’s East Asia Program, and Yuki Tatsumi, Co-Director of the Stimson Center’s East Asia Program, will offer comments. Sameer Lalwani, Director of the Stimson Center’s South Asia Program, will convene our meeting, and Elizabeth Threlkeld, South Asia Program Deputy Director, will moderate the discussion.

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Eritrea & Geopolitics in The Horn of Africa

Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Location: Institute for Policy Studies- 1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 6th Floor Washington, DC 20036 United States

Information: Overshadowed in the media by US midterm elections was a historic social justice victory on the continent of Africa. The Horn of Africa united in the United Nations General Assembly in a block to support the lifting of sanctions against Eritrea. This and other factors has led the UN Security Council to prepare to lift sanctions on Eritrea after the United States dropped its insistence on prolonging the measures despite a peace deal with Ethiopia. The sanctions are now set to be officially lifted by the UN on November 14th.

Join the Institute for Policy Studies and the National Council of Eritrean Americans for an enlightening forum with a panel discussion to deconstruct the historical context and geo-politics of this ground breaking development. Hear from dynamic expert Eritreans of the struggle about the impact of the sanctions on the country and the broader struggles in the region.

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Addressing the Collateral Damage Issues of the Vietnam War: A Personal Journey in Memory of Our Son

Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm

Location: Shih Conf. Room, Suite 503- Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E Street, NW

Information: Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA) invites you to a lecture by Richard C. Schmitt about the residual collateral damage issues of the Vietnam War. Light refreshments and limited seating will be provided and the event is free and open to the public.

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Global Refugees and Migration in the Twenty-first Century: Policies and Narratives of Inclusion

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Location: Copley Hall, Copley Formal Lounge- 37th and O St., N.W., Washington

Information: Panelists will discuss the admission and initial integration of refugees and migrants in the United States and Europe, addressing whether and how practices of other countries offer any lessons for the United States. They will examine the long-term integration processes of refugees and migrants and suggest how and why local responses matter for successful integration. Denis McDonough (MSFS’96), former chief of staff to President Barack Obama, will close the conference with a keynote address.

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The Future of Ukraine: Realities, Risks, and Opportunities: The William Petrach 100th Anniversary Memorial Symposium

Time: 2:00-6:00pm

Location: Lindner Family Commons, Room 602- Elliott School of International Affairs 1957 E St NW

Information: For over 25 years, post-Soviet Ukraine has been embroiled in a struggle to create and preserve its economic and political independence.

The peaceful protest on Nov. 21, 2013, in Kyiv’s Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti) turned into a national movement, a sociopolitical revolution against corruption, authoritarianism, and opaque governance.  Instead of heeding protestors’ call for change, the government opened fire on its own citizens, thereby galvanizing protests across the country and catalyzing an entire chain of events known as the EuroMaidan.

Analysis of the origins of the EuroMaidan and of the real chances to build a thriving independent country will be the focus of the William Petrach Memorial Symposium at the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES) on Nov. 15.

IERES has an extensive track record in researching Ukrainian politics and delivering policy advice on this topic. Major research projects have brought together scholars from the United States, Canada, Europe, and Ukraine to study the evolution of state-building and reform efforts in Ukraine. Among IERES members who have published major works on Ukraine in recent years are Henry Hale and Robert Orttung, who coedited the volume Beyond the Euromaidan: Comparative Perspectives on Advancing Reform in Ukraine (Stanford 2016).

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Brazil Lurches Right: The Outlook After the 2018 Election

Time: 2:30-4:00 PM

Location: Room 505- Elliott School of International Affairs 1957 E St NW

Information: Brazil’s presidential elections resulted in the win of the populist Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right candidate with a tough law & order agenda and rhetoric. Now the president-elect will confront a crisis-ridden country, including tough economic challenges, pending corruption charges against his predecessors, and numerous concerns about his own human rights background. Join us for a conversation about the many implications of this election with: Introductory remarks by Professor Cynthia McClintock and moderated discussion by Professor Patricia Acerbi.

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Friday, November 16th

Taxing Africa: Coercion, Reform and Development

Time: 9:30AM- 11:00AM

Location: Oxfam America 1101- 17th St NW, Suite 1300, Washington DC 20036

Information: The newly published book, Taxing Africa, offers a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the crucial debates around taxation and development in Africa. Written by leading international experts, it examines issues from tax evasion by multinational corporations and African elites to how ordinary people navigate complex webs of ‘informal’ local taxation, examining the challenges and the potential for reform.

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Russian Nuclear Strategy after the Cold War

Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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

Information: Please join us for a discussion of the external and internal drivers of change in post-Cold War Russian nuclear strategy. Dr. Kristin Ven Bruusgaard will argue that current Russian strategy is reducing the emphasis on nuclear weapons and oriented primarily toward deterring rather than fighting nuclear war. Improved conventional military capabilities are reducing Russia’s need to use nuclear weapons to compensate for conventional inferiority, and the most influential actors formulating nuclear strategy in Russia now argue for enhancing conventional and non-conventional tools to influence the course of conflict.

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The Hungry Steppe: Famine, Violence, and the Making of Soviet Kazakhstan

Time: 10:30am — 11:30am

Location: Wilson Center- 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

Information: More than 1.5 million people perished in the Kazakh famine of 1930-33, one of the most heinous crimes of the Stalinist period. Professor Sarah Cameron’s book talk will examine this understudied episode, which transformed a territory the size of continental Europe. She will detail the devastating consequences of the disaster for Kazakh society, and discuss how this neglected episode revises our understanding of Stalin’s rule.

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2018 Czech and Slovak Freedom Lecture: Miracles in the Heart of Europe

Time: 12:00pm — 1:00pm

Location: Wilson Center- 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

Information: This year we celebrate the centennial of the birth of Czechoslovakia and the 25th anniversary of its peaceful separation into the Slovak Republic and the Czech Republic.

We are fortunate to have as our distinguished speaker former Slovak Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda (1998-2006), whose far-reaching governmental reforms enabled Slovakia to enter NATO and the European Union in 2004. He is currently President of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, the official think tank of the European People’s Party based in Brussels. In 2007, he was awarded the F.A. Hayek International Prize for reforms and his fight against bureaucracy. He is also a marathon runner who ran in the 2001 New York City Marathon honoring the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks, an extraordinary gesture by a visiting Prime Minister.

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Moon Jae-in and Inter-Korean Détente: Korea Strategic Review 2018

Time: 1:30 PM — 3:00 PM EST

Location: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace- 1779 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Information: South Korean President Moon Jae-in allocated the bulk of his political capital to inter-Korean engagement during the first year and a half of his presidency. This strategy has paid dividends thus far in the form of inter-Korean summits, agreements, family reunions, military confidence building measures, and much more. However, domestic and geopolitical forces are likely to determine his agenda’s success. What implications will the U.S.–ROK alliance, China’s role in the region, and upcoming South Korean elections have for South–North détente?

Experts Joseph Yun, Jean Lee, James L. Schoff, and Chung Min Lee review Moon’s first year and a half in office and the challenges that lie ahead. Copies of Carnegie’s new study, the Korea Strategic Review 2018: Moon Jae-in and the Politics of Inter-Korean Détente, will be available.

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