International Affairs Events

May 30th – June 3rd

One of the greatest advantages of living in Washington, DC is having unparalleled access to high-quality events hosted by the nation’s leading public, private, and non-profit organizations.

The “Getting Downtown” newsletter is a curated list of events that might be of interest for international affairs-focused students and young professionals living in DC.  Please, feel free to share this list of events with anyone that may be interested and subscribe here to continue getting weekly lists of events!

I encourage all of you to get downtown to events and panel discussions as much as you can. These events are thought-provoking and also provide great opportunities to connect with senior and mid-level professionals.

All the best,
Dr. Paul R. Williams
Rebecca I. Grazier Professor of Law and International Relations
American University

Monday, May 30th

Tuesday, May 31st

The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework and What it Means for the United States

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am EDT
Location: The Wilson Center (Virtual)
Information: Join us for a conversation with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia Pamela Phan about the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework and it can help enhance U.S. economic engagement in the world’s most populous region. A panel discussion with key industry representatives from the semiconductor, automobile, rare earths, and infrastructure sectors will follow to assess how the U.S. economic strategy will promote American business interests in the Indo-Pacific.
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The Marshall Plan at 75: What Does it Mean Today?
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am CEST
Location: The German Marshall Fund (Virtual)
Information: Please join GMF and the US Mission to the EU as we reflect on the Marshall Plan and its lasting impact on Europe today with European and US perspectives. This event will explore the role of the Marshall Plan in shaping Europe as it is today, showcase the impact that the transatlantic partnership continues to have, and look ahead to the future of cooperation between the United States and Europe.
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Wednesday, June 1st

The Echo of Chechnya in Russia’s War with Ukraine
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm EDT
Location: The Wilson Center (Virtual)
Information: From the inconceivable levels of civilian deaths and destruction, to daily reports of wartime atrocities, to the use of propaganda in justifying the war domestically, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine bears uncanny similarities to the Chechen wars. But while international criticism of Russia’s conduct in Chechnya did not evolve into widespread sanctions, the current war is nearly universally condemned and has had practical repercussions for Russia. In this event, we will discuss how Russia’s wars in Chechnya parallel Putin’s war in Ukraine and consider what lessons the Chechen wars have for Russia and the world today.
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Thursday, June 2nd

Why We Fight: A Conversation with Christopher Blattman

Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT
Location: U.S. Institute for Peace (Virtual)
Information: In today’s tumultuous world, it’s easy to forget that most of the time, wars don’t happen. From adversarial states to street gangs, ethnic groups, religious sects and political factions, hostile rivalries are a commonplace fixture in our local communities, as well as around the world. Yet, only a fraction of them erupt into violence. In his new book, “Why We Fight: The Roots of War and the Paths to Peace,” acclaimed expert on violence and seasoned peacebuilder Christopher Blattman draws on decades of research on economics, political science, psychology and real-world interventions to lay out the root causes of — and remedies for — war. Join USIP for a conversation with Chris Blattman on his new book, “Why We Fight: The Roots of War and the Paths to Peace.” The discussion will look at what keeps rivals from compromise, as well as what remedies can shift incentives away from violence and get parties back to dealmaking. 
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A Conversation with Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO

Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT
Location: Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Kenney Herter Auditorium, 1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC (livestream also available)
Information: Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) will host North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg for a conversation on the state of the alliance, its future, and growing impact of technology and cyber-security issues on its mission. Organized by the SAIS Technology Club, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP), and Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the conversation will be co-moderated by Christopher S. Chivvis, senior fellow and director of the American Statecraft Program at CEIP, Kathleen McInnis, senior fellow and director, Smart Women, Smart Power Initiative at CSIS, and Munir Jaber, co-president and founder of the SAIS Technology Club. SAIS Dean James B. Steinberg will provide opening remarks.
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Friday, June 3rd
Preventing Mass Atrocities in Afghanistan  

Time: 9:00 – 10:30 am EDT
Location: U.S. Institute for Peace (Virtual)
Information: Join USIP and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide for a discussion with distinguished experts and activists to assess the atrocity risks faced by Hazaras and other vulnerable groups in Afghanistan and the key perpetrators driving the rising threat. The discussion will also consider how the risks for atrocities may evolve in the coming months, and what the United States and international community can do to prevent further violence against Afghan civilians.
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Putin: Pathways to Prosecution
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT
Location: Public International Law & Policy Group (virtual)
Information: Join PILPG on June 3 from 12 to 1 pm EDT for a conversation with experts regarding the prosecution of Russian President Vladimir Putin for atrocity crimes committed during Russia’s war in Ukraine. During this event, our distinguished panel of former international prosecutors and diplomats will discuss recent developments in Putin’s war in Ukraine, evaluate legal bases for Vladimir Putin’s possible indictment for atrocity crimes, and explore the implications of such an indictment on future peace negotiations. This event will be moderated by PILPG President Dr. Paul R. Williams.
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