Getting Downtown: International Affairs Events in DC 02/04 – 02/08

Getting Downtown: International Affairs Events in DC 02/04 – 02/08 

Monday, February 4th

DMGS-Kennan Distinguished Speakers Series: The Impact of Sanctions on Russia’s Elites
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Location: 6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center – 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
Information: Sanctions on Russia have transformed Russia’s relationship with the West. While its economic impact can be quantified, the ripple effect of sanctions on Russia’s elites may be even more consequential. By disrupting elite access to Western financial and legal services, sanctions undermine the connections critical to Putin’s political economy. Nigel Gould-Davies and Daniel Ahn will discuss how the response to sanctions by economic elites will shape Russia’s future.

Speakers’ Series in Security Policy Analysis: A Conversation with Dr. Richard K. Betts
Time: 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E Street, NW, Rm 113
Information: The speakers’ series offers attendees the opportunity to experience and learn from some of the most influential security experts and scholars. In particular, it provides our students with a forum to sharpen their analytical skills by being exposed to critical ideas and debates from some of the top critical thinkers. Guest speakers include both practitioners and scholars; primarily people who are contributing pioneering research and shaping the study of peace and conflict. Such people are not only intrinsically interesting to hear, but are role models well suited to demonstrating the importance of studying security policy matters rigorously and applying analytical training to policy analysis.
The series’ first distinguished speaker is Dr. Richard K. Betts,” who is the Leo A. Shifrin Professor of War and Peace Studies and Director of the International Security Policy Program in the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. Dr. Betts is also the former director of National Security Studies at the Council of Foreign Relations (1996-2000), former Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution (1976-1981), and former Professor at SAIS Johns Hopkins (1975-1985). He was a former member of the Advisory Board of the CIA and Commissioner of the National Commission on Terrorism (the Bremer Commission).

Tuesday, February 5th

Tanzania’s Democratic Decline: A Conversation with Opposition Leader Tundu Lissu
Time: 9:00am – 10:30am
Location: Lindner Family Commons, Room 602 – School of International Affairs, 1957 E Street, NW
Information: Please join the Elliott School Institute for African Studies for a conversation with Tanzanian Opposition Leader and chief whip Tundu Lissu.
Once heralded as a peaceful and generally democratic U.S.-partner in East Africa, Tanzania has seen a decline in civil liberties and human rights in recent years. The country has seen attacks on journalists and opposition activists, a raft of restrictive laws, and allegations of politically motivated killings and disappearances. Mr. Lissu, chief whip in Parliament for opposition party Chadema and a vocal critic of government corruption, was gunned down in his driveway after returning home for a parliamentary session in 2017, shot 16 times by machine-gun wielding assailants. He has been recovering in Belgium since the attack but is determined to return to Tanzania to champion democracy and civil liberties.

The Western Response to Russia’s Foreign Policy
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Location: Room 505 – Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E Street, NW
Information: Russia is a strategic threat to the West. Transatlantic bond and unity remain key if we want to defend our values and principles. A common response to Russia’s aggressive behavior needs to be united, timely, firm, and tangible.
The Hon. Linas Linkevičius is a long-standing Lithuanian politician and Minister of Foreign Affairs since December 2012. In the course of his career, L. Linkevičius served as the Lithuanian Ambassador to Belarus, the Permanent Representative to NATO, held the position of the Minister of Defense (1993 – 1996 and 2000 – 2004). From 1992 to 1996 he was a Member of the Lithuanian Parliament (Seimas), where he worked as the Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Head of the Seimas Delegation to the North Atlantic Assembly. Minister Linkevičius has been awarded the Order of Three Stars, Third Class (Latvia, 2001), Cross of Commander of the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas (Lithuania, 2003), Cross of Commander of the Order of the Cross of Vytis (Lithuania, 2004), Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana, Second Class (Estonia, 2005), Order of Honour (Georgia, 2011).

China’s Digital Silk Road
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Location: CSIS Headquarters – 1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
Information: Launched in 2013, China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) strives to improve infrastructure, trade, financial integration, and people-to-people bonds across more than 80 countries. Its digital dimensions are far-reaching, including fiber optic cables, 5G networks, satellites, and devices that connect to these systems. Please join the CSIS Reconnecting Asia Project for a discussion of these developments and their implications for U.S. economic and strategic interests.
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The Kremlin and Its Ideological Toolbox
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
Location: 5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center – 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
Information: In the first decade of his reign, Vladimir Putin de-emphasized ideology to consolidate control and reinstate the legitimacy of state power. The 2011 protests led him to shift gears and assume an ideological approach to consolidating legitimacy. This approach, however, led to the empowerment of “ideological entrepreneurs,” some of whom the Kremlin views as a liability. Who are the ideological entrepreneurs and how does the Kremlin manage them? What are the components of the Kremlin’s ideological operation and how does it impact ordinary Russians? Maria Lipman will address these questions in her talk.

U.S. Foreign Policy for South America 2003 to 2005
Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Location: Edward B. Bunn S.J. Intercultural Center (ICC) – 37th & O Streets NW, Washington, DC 20007
Information: During her stay at the Center for Latin American Studies in Georgetown University as a visiting researcher, Livia Peres Milani worked on her dissertation, which looks at U.S. Foreign Policy for South America during the period marked by the “pink tide” (2003-2015). Her study’s objective is to understand how the U.S. as a superpower acted in the region during a moment when there was resistance to its dominance. Peres Milani argues that despite the common perception of U.S. neglect towards South America, the U.S. remained influential during this period, especially as regards security issues. Continuing U.S. influence, she argues, led countries in the region to adopt anti-terrorism legislation and influenced their drug policies. Even though the Middle East was more of a priority for the U.S., its diplomatic and military bureaucracy kept working to maintain U.S. hegemony in the South American sub-region.
Livia Milani is a Ph.D. candidate in International Relations at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) and holds an MA and BA in International Relations from São Paulo State University (UNESP) where she is also a lecturer. Livia’s research aims to analyze U.S. foreign policy in South America, with a specific focus on Brazil and Argentina.
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Rep. Eliot Engel on the Foreign Policy Priorities of the New Democratic Majority
Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Location: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 – Livestream available
Information: Representative Eliot Engel, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, will join Carnegie President William J. Burns for a preview of the foreign policy priorities of the new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives. Their conversation will be followed by questions from the audience.

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Saving Lives in a time of Crisis: Why the Global Humanitarian System Matters
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Location: CSIS Headquarters – 1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
Information: Humanitarian crises are becoming ever more complex, from the risk of acute famine in Yemen, to the threat of an expanding Ebola outbreak in East Africa, to the continuing instability created by millions of displaced people on the move.
Please join us for an armchair discussion with Mark Lowcock, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. Mr. Lowcock will outline the key drivers behind both today’s most visible and most neglected humanitarian crises, explore critical challenges to delivering aid to the most vulnerable, and make a case for sustaining support for a robust humanitarian system that can respond to today’s unprecedented circumstances.

Mortal Doubt: Transnational Gangs and Social Order in Guatemala
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Location: American University, SIS Building, Abramson Family Founders Room, 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016
Information: Join SIS professor Anthony Fontes for a panel discussion surrounding the subject of his first book: Central American maras, or transnational gangs. The Center for Latin American and Latino Studies’ Steven Dudley and University of Virginia’s professor Micheline Marcom will join Professor Fontes in a conversation moderated by Jo-Marie Burt, a senior fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America. Attendees have the opportunity to take a self-guided tour through an exhibit of Professor Fontes’ striking prison fieldwork photography and enjoy a reception following this event.

Venezuela and the Bellicose Return of the Monroe Doctrine
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Location: Institute for Policy Studies, 1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC 20036
Information: As the political crisis in Latin America escalates between the Trump administration and the Venezuelan government led by its President Nicolas Maduro, questions mount in the U.S. public. It is imperative the mainstream media cover the moral and legal matters and the fatal dangers of U.S. intervention in Venezuela. Major outlets like the New York Times give the opposition’s self-appointed president Juan Guaido op-ed space without a more critical and informed analysis of the situation in all its complexity and context.
Don’t miss this in-person roundtable discussion with Institute for Policy Studies board member and expert on Latin America James Early joined by his fellow IPS board member, actor and activists Danny Glover to talk about the ongoing crisis in Venezuela, the apparent return of the Monroe Doctrine, and how the rise of the political right in Latin America factors into it all.
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Wednesday, February 6th

The 2019 U.S. Missile Defense Review: A Conversation with Under Secretary John C. Rood
Time: 9:45am – 11:00am
Location: Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C. Headquarters – 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 400, Washington, DC 20004
Information: Hudson Institute will host U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John C. Rood for a discussion on the Department of Defense’s 2019 Missile Defense Review. The report, released on January 17, advocates for a missile defense strategy that addresses the evolving and increasingly hostile threat environment, while proposing innovative solutions to meet these threats at home and abroad. The discussion will be moderated by Hudson Senior Fellow Rebeccah Heinrichs.
John C. Rood has served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy since January 9, 2018. In this role, he serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense for defense policy and leads the formulation and coordination of national security policy within the Department of Defense. Mr. Rood oversees the integration of defense policies and is responsible for efforts to build partnerships and defense cooperation with U.S. friends and allies. He brings more than three decades of public and private sector experience to this position, including over 20 years of service in the U.S. Government at the Department of State, Department of Defense, National Security Council, Central Intelligence Agency, and as a Staff Member in the U.S. Senate.

Italy, Europe, and the future of trans-Atlantic relations
Time: 10:00am – 11:15am
Location: Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium – 1775 Massachusetts Avenue N.W.Washington, DC 20036
Information: On February 7, Foreign Policy at Brookings will host former Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni for an Alan and Jane Batkin International Leaders Forum. Gentiloni served as prime minister of Italy from December 2016 to June 2018 and recently joined Brookings as a distinguished fellow in the Foreign Policy program.
In a keynote address, Gentiloni will discuss Italy’s role in an evolving Europe and the trajectory of the trans-Atlantic alliance, drawing from his decades of experience in national and local politics, including terms as Italian minister of foreign affairs and minister of communication. Following these remarks, Brookings Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on the United States and Europe Thomas Wright will join Gentiloni on stage for a conversation on these themes. Questions from the audience will follow the discussion.

China’s Dystopian Experiment in Xinjiang
Time: 11:45am – 1:30pm
Location: Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C. Headquarters – 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 400, Washington, DC 20004
Information: Hudson Institute will host an event on the Chinese Communist Party’s police state in Xinjiang and what it means for the world’s future. U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas will deliver keynote remarks, followed by a panel of Uyghur human rights leaders and experts.
China’s ruling Communist Party has transformed Xinjiang into a police state for the region’s native Uyghur people, with as many as one million Uyghurs and others detained in “political re-education” camps. Total control of Xinjiang has become vital to the PRC’s Belt Road Initiative (BRI) to establish a new world system that favors authoritarian powers. Meanwhile, Beijing touts its technologically enabled police state as a model for other parts of China and for other countries. What do we know about the current situation in Xinjiang and the plight of the Uyghurs, and why have liberal governments and others of good conscience failed so far to challenge the Communist Party over its egregious policies and actions? What are the implications of the PRC’s total empire in Xinjiang for the future of liberal institutions and human rights norms, and for the new long argument between open societies and the resurgent forces of authoritarianism?

Russia’s Policy in Afghanistan
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Location: CSIS Headquarters – 1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
Information: In recent years, Russian influence in Afghanistan has grown. This development is striking since for three decades after the withdrawal of Soviet troops in 1989 Moscow has demonstrated little appetite for involvement or intervention south of the post-Soviet space. What is driving Russia’s return to Afghanistan? What is at stake now for Russia in and around Afghanistan? How does Afghanistan fit into broader Russian foreign policy objectives? Are the United States and Russia moving toward competition or rivalry in and around Afghanistan?

Thursday, February 7th

Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani on the Prospects for Peace
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Location: United States Institute of Peace – 2301 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20037
Information: This year is shaping up to be the most consequential for the peace and stability of Afghanistan since the war began in 2001. Recent talks between U.S officials and the Taliban yielded a draft framework for peace involving a conditional withdrawal of U.S. troops and a pledge by the Taliban not to harbor terrorist groups in Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s neighbors stated their support for peace and stability in Afghanistan at the March 2018 Tashkent Conference. In addition to better security, the prospect of greater regional economic integration is a positive incentive for regional powers to support stability in Afghanistan.
With these developments in mind, the U.S Institute of Peace is pleased to host Afghan Minister of Foreign Affairs Salahuddin Rabbani for a discussion on the key issues related to the peace and security of Afghanistan. The conversation will examine these recent developments, including the role of regional cooperation, the current security situation, the upcoming presidential election, and how the peace process impacts Afghanistan’s foreign policy.

Western Sanctions and Russia’s Future
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Location: Mortara Center for International Studies – 3600 N Street NW, 36th St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Information: Please join CERES for a public lecture by Dr. Nigel Gould-Davies, an associate fellow at Chatham House. The lecture will be chaired by CERES director, Dr. Angela Stent.
Dr. Nigel Gould-Davies is an Associate Fellow of Chatham House and teaches at Mahidol University in Thailand. He previously taught at Oxford University before joining the British Foreign Office, where his roles included the head of the Economic Department in Moscow, Ambassador to Belarus, and project director in the Policy Planning Staff. From 2010-14 he was head of Policy and Corporate Affairs for BG Group (now part of Shell) in Central Asia and Southeast Asia.

Sweden’s Feminist Foreign Policy
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: Riggs Library, Healy Hall – Library Walk, Washington, DC 20007
Information: Sweden became the first country in the world to launch a feminist foreign policy. Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström will discuss the evolution of this policy, and the role of the women, peace and security agenda in Sweden’s future feminist foreign policy.
Moderator: Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security.

A Discussion with EU Ambassador David O’Sullivan
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: American University, SIS Building, Abramson Family Founders Room, 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016
Information: Join us for a discussion and Q&A with His Excellency David O’Sullivan, the European Union’s ambassador to the United States. SIS professor Garret Martin will moderate the discussion, and Dean Christine BN Chin will provide an opening introduction. The ambassador will take your questions about the state of EU-US relations and the future of Europe.

Careers in Public Diplomacy and Global Communication
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Location: Room 505 – Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E Street, NW
Information: Come listen to a panel comprising of a senior U.S. State Department official, representatives from foreign missions in Washington, DC, and international non-profits talk about opportunities in public diplomacy and global communication.
Speakers:  Senior US State Dept official, Bureau of Exchanges and Cultural Affairs; Monica Enqvist, Embassy of Sweden; and Holger Mahnicke, Embassy of Germany

Friday, February 8th

Discussion with the Secretaries of the U.S. Military Departments
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Location: CSIS Headquarters – 1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
Information: CSIS invites you to a conversation with the Secretaries of the U.S. Military Departments to discuss the state of their services in advance of the President’s FY 2020 budget submission.

Diverse Diplomacy Speaker Series — A Talk with FSO Miriam Murray
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Location: McGhee Library – 37th & O Streets NW, Washington, DC 20007
Information: Join us to listen to Miriam Murray, 15-year career Foreign Service Officer, share her insights on diversity and inclusion at the State Department and advice for diverse candidates considering a career in foreign policy. Murray is currently a Desk Officer in the Office of Canadian Affairs. From 2015-2017, Miriam was the Senior Spain and Portugal Desk Officer in the Western European Affairs office. Prior to that assignment, Miriam was a 2014-2015 Rusk Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, where she taught a course on economic engagement in Southeast Asia as well as modules on diplomacy and statecraft to graduate students.
Her previous assignments have included Deputy Economic Counselor at the Embassy Bangkok, Banking and Finance Officer at the Embassy in Baghdad, Watch Officer in the Operations Center, Consular/Economic Officer at Embassy Athens, and Deputy Economic Chief in Jerusalem. Prior to joining the Foreign Service in 2004, Miriam worked in the private sector. She graduated with a BSBA from Georgetown University and an MA in International Relations and Economics from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Miriam speaks Arabic, French, Greek, and some Swedish.

Terrorism, Betrayal, and Resilience in East Africa: Book Talk with Prudence Bushnell
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30am
Location: CSIS Headquarters – 1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
Information: In 1998, Prudence Bushnell, then the U.S. Ambassador to Kenya, bore witness to the al-Qaeda bombings of the American embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. She saw how these events unfolded and faded into history’s background firsthand. In her compelling new memoir, Terrorism, Betrayal, and Resilience: My Story of the 1998 U.S. Embassy Bombings, Bushnell shares what transpired on that fateful day. She also probes why the bombings—which killed 224 people—were possible, considering contemporary U.S. surveillance of al-Qaeda. Looking ahead, Bushnell also explores how today’s leaders can sidestep their predecessors’ miscalculations and prevent similar tragedies.
The CSIS Africa Program and CSIS Transnational Threats (TNT) Program invite you to an in-depth discussion with Ambassador Prudence Bushnell on February 8, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on her recent book, Terrorism, Betrayal, and Resilience: My Story of the 1998 US Embassy Bombings. Judd Devermont (CSIS Africa Program) and Seth Jones (CSIS TNT Program) will join Ambassador Bushnell to discuss lessons learned from her experience and current extremism trends in the region, including the recent attack on the Riverside Drive complex in Nairobi, Kenya.

Prospects for Peace in Yemen
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: Riggs Library, Healy Hall – Library Walk, Washington, DC 20007
Information: Featuring a conversation with Amat Alsoswa, Yemen’s first Minister for Human Rights, first female cabinet member, and advisor for Yemeni peace negotiations.
Moderator: Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security.
Opening remarks: Ambassador Barbara Bodine, former U.S Ambassador to Yemen and Director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.