International Affairs Events

August 15th – August 19th

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, August 15th

Afghanistan One Year Later: Consequences & Responsibilities 
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am EDT
Location: Center for Strategic & International Studies (Hybrid Event)
Information: August 15, 2022, marks the one-year anniversary of the fall of Kabul to the Taliban. CSIS will be hosting a series of events virtually and in-person reflecting on this event. At this panel experts will discuss how to manage the many consequences of the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, how to honor US commitments and obligations to Afghanistan, and current US interests in Afghanistan and the broader region.
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Tuesday, August 16th

Democracy: A German Affair
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am EDT
Location: Foreign Policy Research Institute (Virtual)
Information: One of the newest and most creative scholars studying the history of democracy in Germany and its lessons for the rest of the world is Professor Hedwig Richter, who will join us to discuss her newest book, Demokratie: Eine Deutsche Affäre (Democracy: A German Affair). Richter and FPRI’s Ronald J. Granieri will discuss German history and the larger issues surrounding the origins, accomplishments, and potentially murky future of democratic governance.
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India and Pakistan at 75 – A Dialogue with Akbar Ahmed and Nirupama Rao
Time: 11:00 – 12:00 am EDT
Location: Wilson Center (Virtual)
Information: This month, India and Pakistan mark 75 years since independence. The traumatic and tragic events of Partition continue to impact both countries today. They have fought multiple wars and struggled to forge better relations, but they have also pursued some forms of dialogue and cooperation. This event will feature a moderated conversation with Akbar Ahmed and Nirupama Rao, both Wilson Center global fellows and former senior diplomats with a keen understanding of the India-Pakistan relationship and its complexities. They will take stock of the last 75 years, assess what the future might hold, and consider the prospects for dialogue between the two nuclear-armed neighbors.
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Wednesday, August 17th

From Fist Bumps to Missile Fire: One Month Ince President Biden’s Middle East Trip
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am EDT
Location: Hudson Institute (Virtual)
Information: Please join Hudson Institute for a discussion that will take a closer look at what has changed and what has stayed the same in the Middle East since the president’s visits to Israel and Saudi Arabia. Panelists include Senior Fellow Michael Doran, Senior Fellow Jonathan Schachter, Adjunct Fellow Robert Greenway, and Foundation for Defense of Democracies Research Fellow Andrea Stricker.
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Thursday, August 18th

Democratic Response to Foreign Interference  Learning From Australia’s Experience 
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 pm EDT
Location: Center for Strategic & International Studies (Virtual)
Information: Over the past decade, the Chinese Communist Party has ramped up its influence campaign in democratic societies around the world. Nowhere has this been more keenly felt than in Australia, where Beijing’s efforts to silence critics of China and amplify the voices of individuals and institutions supporting China, have been felt across the political, business, academic and civic spectrum. To understand how Australia has responded to this challenge, and to discuss lessons that the experience might hold for other democracies, please join the CSIS Australia Chair Charles Edel on August 18 at 5 p.m. EDT  for a discussion with three of Australia’s leading experts on foreign interference—John Fitzgerald, John Garnaut, and Sophie McNeill, who will offer their insights on the responses of the Australian government, civil society, and higher education. 
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Bosnia Herzegovina in Crisis: A Conversation with Former Prime Minister Zlatko Lagumdzija

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm EDT
Location: John’s Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (Hybrid Event)
Information: Amidst a furor over proposed OHR electoral law changes Bosnia-Herzegovina is gripped by deeper Bosniak-Croat polarization- and foreign backed, Republika Srpska secessionist rhetoric. Veiled threats of violence heighten  tensions. Social pressures are mounting, with a potential Russian gas cut-off looming. Join SAIS FPI Senior Fellow Edward P. Joseph, as former Prime Minister & Foreign Minister Zlatko Lagumdzija shares his perspective on the crisis, elections, and prospects for Bosnia Herzegovina.
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Iraq’s Internal Politics & Prospects of Expanding it’s Regional Role After the Jeddah Summit
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm EDT
Location: Atlantic Council (Virtual)
Iraq’s expanding role in the region was on full display at the Jeddah Security and Development Summit, which was attended by leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, and the United States. Evolving into an ever-reliable regional mediator, particularly through its efforts in healing the rift between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Iraq has also strengthened regional cooperation in sustainable development, concluding agreements to implement electrical interconnection with GCC States. President Biden, whose administration supported Iraqi participation at the summit, commended the significant diplomatic efforts led by Iraq to foster a more stable, prosperous, and interconnected region.

Meanwhile in Baghdad, thousands of supporters of influential Iraqi leader Muqtada al-Sadr have camped inside and around Iraqi’s parliament for days, calling for reform and renewed elections. The delays in Iraq’s government formation and the ensuing power struggles threaten to weaken the country’s emerging role as a critical regional player and interlocuter.

The Atlantic Council’s Iraq Initiative invites you to a discussion of these issues via Zoom on Thursday, August 18, 2022, from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm ET. A link to the meeting will be sent to those who register to attend. The event is open to press and on-the-record.
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