International Affairs Events

Getting Downtown: International Affairs Events

May 26th – May 29th

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. In today’s changed world, these organizations have pivoted to hosting high-quality virtual events, accessible to all.

The “Getting Downtown” newsletter is a curated list of events that might be of interest for international affairs-focused students and young professionals.  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 virtually attend these 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

Tuesday, May 26th

Ukraine’s Economic Battle Against Coronavirus

Time: 9 AM – 11 AM
Location: Online with the Atlantic Council

A quarter of Ukraine’s economy has gone comatose with people staying at home since its lockdown began on March 12—but the country is beginning to open up, which raises a multitude of challenges that must be addressed. First, Ukrainian émigrés have returned home, but can they find jobs? Agriculture is suffering from an untypically dry winter, but prices remain steady. Russian warfare and sanctions have forced Ukraine to turn to new markets, mainly to the European Union and China. Will Ukraine be able to successfully integrate into the European supply chain? Lastly, privatization and corporate governance reforms of state-owned enterprises are gaining momentum.

Ihor Petrashko, who is in charge of maintaining these efforts as Ukraine’s minister of economic development and trade, is part of a new wave of President Zelenskyy’s government appointments as he tries to reset the country’s agenda. Minister Petrashko joins to offer his insight into how Ukraine is battling the coronavirus through economic strategies, and what the future holds for Ukraine’s economy as it increasingly looks westward. Moderating this conversation is Dr. Anders ÅslundSenior Fellow, Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council.

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Addressing the Global Need for Later Abortion Care During COVID-19

Time: 9 AM – 10:15 AM
Location: Online with the Global Health Council

The global pandemic is highlighting vulnerabilities in sexual and reproductive health care, while simultaneously accelerating the innovative and collaborative efforts needed to meet the needs of women and girls.

Accessing an abortion at or after 13 weeks is already challenging in many settings, especially for marginalized groups such as adolescents, victims of violence, and those with financial and logistical barriers to care—all of which have been exacerbated by COVID-19. Delays in seeking services as a result of the pandemic are likely to increase the need for abortion at later gestational ages.

This webinar will provide an opportunity to hear global experiences and insights on how we can address the anticipated surge in need for later abortion care, particularly in lower-resource settings, during the pandemic. New evidence and strategies for expanding access to later abortion care will be presented by Ipas and our partners, Women on Web and International Planned Parenthood Federation.

Presenters will talk about expanding and adapting a range of service delivery models—including facility-based care, outpatient care and telemedicine—for abortion at or after 13 weeks. We will also discuss key considerations and opportunities to expand service delivery.

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Understanding Career Foreign Fighters

Time: 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Location: Online with the United States Institute of Peace

Understanding and addressing the foreign fighter phenomenon, particularly the wave of foreign fighters that joined violent extremist groups in Iraq and Syria, has become a key policy priority in recent years. Currently, research focuses on why individuals travel outside of their home countries to join armed groups, as well as the prospective security threat they pose after they return. But what about those who do not return but go on to join new groups or new wars?

You will be able to participate in the live Q&A using the YouTube chat box function on the YouTube page. You can also take part in the conversation on Twitter with #CareerForeignFighters.

A recent RESOLVE Network Research Report, “Career Foreign Fighters: Expertise Transmission Across Insurgencies,” examines this question and explores how policymakers can incorporate lessons learned into future prevention efforts.

Join USIP for a virtual conversation with the report’s authors as they explain their findings and share insights on the unique challenges that career foreign fighters pose, what we know about their “career” trajectories, their impact in local conflicts, and the implications for current policy and programmatic challenges. They will also highlight recommendations for future efforts to address violent extremism and conflict and to prevent conflict careerists based on their pioneering study.

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Wednesday, May 27th

Latin America Liberty Forum Online 2020

Time: 10 AM – 1:15 PM
Location: Online with the Atlas Network

Atlas Network’s 2020 Latin America Liberty Forum Online is co-hosted by México Evalúa. #ForoLibertad20 will take place online Wednesday – Thursday, May 27-28, 2020 in the Eastern Standard Time zone.

Attendance at Latin America Liberty Forum Online is limited, and staff of Atlas Network partner organizations from Latin America are given preference to attend. We ask attendees from other regions to be appreciative that the conversation is focused on current affairs in Latin America and is to the benefit of our partners in Latin America.

From your computer, you’ll hear from great speakers, participate in breakout sessions, and make new friends in a collaborative online setting. We know that you’re facing huge new challenges in light of this current public health crisis, and we have so much to learn from one another about how we can advance free-market reforms while fighting against new government growth. Atlas Network will announce the winner of its Regional Liberty Award, which celebrates the most successful projects by Atlas Network partners.

Major sponsorship for Atlas Network’s Regional Liberty Forums generously provided by the John Templeton Foundation, Smith Family Foundation, Freda Utley Foundation, Templeton Religion Trust, Rainbow@Atlas, Thomas W. Smith Foundation, and Sarah Scaife Foundation.

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Taking A Look Ahead: The Long-Term Impacts On Oil Demand Ater A Crisis

Time: 11 AM – 12 PM
Location: Online with the United States Energy Association

USEA will host London Economics International’s Chief Economist, Dr. Marie Fagan, who will present her paper, “Up the Down Staircase: What History Teaches Us About Oil Demand After a Crisis.”

The paper is based on studies of global oil supply and demand shocks, using over 40 years of trends and indicators to project the future of oil demand.

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Post-COVID-19: Time to Reassess the Regulatory Landscape

Time: 11 AM – 12 PM
Location: Online with the Heritage Foundation

To help fight and rapidly respond to the coronavirus pandemic facing our nation, the Trump administration and state and local governments have suspended over 400 rules and regulations. These have included lifting rules to streamline testing, allowing state reciprocity for medical licenses, relaxing HIPPA requirements to allow for telemedicine, permitting non-hospital sites to be used for patient care, and even waiving restrictions for distilled spirits companies to produce much needed hand sanitizer. These are just a handful of the many burdensome rules and regulations that have been waived. Perhaps we ought to consider whether many of them were necessary in the first place. As we hopefully move beyond the current crisis in the near future, we must reconsider regulatory policies that have been proven to reduce innovation and efficiency.

Join us for a conversation with two esteemed United States Senators, as we discuss the possibility of permanently removing some of these regulatory barriers, especially in the areas of healthcare and occupational licensing.

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Thursday, May 28th

Tenuous Transitions in Ethiopia and Sudan

Time: 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Location: Online with the United States Institute of Peace

The two most populous countries in the Horn of Africa—Ethiopia and Sudan—are both struggling with once-in-a-generation political transitions. Complicating these already tenuous transitions is a convergence of worrying trends, such as widespread food insecurity, severe pressure on public finances, ongoing or unresolved internal conflicts, large numbers of displaced persons, and now, the coronavirus pandemic. The fate of the transitions in Ethiopia and Sudan may determine the broader prospects for peace in the region for years to come.

You will be able to participate in the live Q&A using the YouTube chat box function on the YouTube page. You can also take part in the conversation on Twitter with #TenuousTransitions

At this critical time in history for the Horn of Africa, join USIP and experts from Ethiopia and Sudan for a discussion on the specific challenges facing the political transitions in these two countries, as well as key parallels.

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Iran, Russia, Pakistan, and Afghanistan: Prospects and Potential Trajectories

Time: 10 AM – 11 AM
Location: Online with the Middle East Institute

As the United States continues to engage in peace talks with the Taliban, even as Washington considers its future military presence in Afghanistan, the country’s uncertain future provides an opportunity for regional power competition. Recent developments have laid the groundwork for coordination between Iran and Russia in this space, a cooperation which has implications for Iran’s rivalry with Pakistan. At stake in this interplay of regional interests are long-term geopolitical, military and economic interests that can be shaped for years to come.

How might Iran approach the divergent and common interests of Iran, Russia and Pakistan in Afghanistan? What are Iran’s priorities, and where might opportunities emerge for cooperation or conflict? How might Iran balance these competing interests, and what will be the impact on the ground in Afghanistan? The Middle East Institute is proud to host a group of experts to address these questions and more.

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Immigration at the State Level: An Examination of Proposed State-Based Visa Programs in the U.S.

Time: 10 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: Online with the Bipartisan Policy Center

The federal government has sole authority to admit immigrants, determine how many immigrants to admit, and create criteria for admission. However, immigrants live and work in states and localities which are, in turn, responsible for many aspects of everyday life for themselves and their communities. Some states feel that they do not have the workers they need or cannot recruit enough foreign workers under the current legal immigration system to support their local economy. In response, states, think tanks, and members of Congress have proposed guest worker programs that would allow them to recruit and hire additional workers. As the United States grapples with federal immigration reform, the Bipartisan Policy Center asks, should states lead on immigration?

In partnership with Michele Waslin, Ph.D., from George Mason University, join the Bipartisan Policy Center as it releases its latest report on proposed state-based visa programs. This event will be an informal webinar, with the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation.

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Friday, May 29th

Jihadism at a Crossroads

Time: 9 AM – 10:15 AM
Location: Online with the Brookings Institute

Although jihadist groups have gripped the world’s attention for more than 20 years, today they are no longer in the spotlight. However, ISIS, al-Qaida, and al-Shabab remain active, and new groups have emerged. The movement as a whole is evolving, as is the threat it poses.

On May 29, the Center for Middle East Policy will host a virtual panel event to discuss the current status of jihadist groups. The panel will feature Thomas Hegghammer, senior research fellow at the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment and author of the new book, “The Caravan: Abdallah Azzam and the Rise of Global Jihad.” Other panelists will include Tricia Bacon, assistant professor at American University, and Bruce Riedel, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Brookings Senior Fellow Daniel Byman will moderate the discussion.

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The U.S., German, and EU Economies at a Tipping Point

Time: 10:15 AM – 11 AM
Location: Online with the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies

This discussion will be an opportune moment both to take stock of the large-scale fiscal and monetary interventions that have been pursued on both sides of the Atlantic and to look ahead as the United States, Germany, and other countries in the European Union move to a partial re-opening of their economies. What policies have been effective, can the U.S. and Europe learn from each other’s experiences, and what is on the horizon for transatlantic economic policies as governments move to a second phase in their approach to this unprecedented supply and demand shock?

We hope that you will be able to join us for this timely event, which will be convened via Zoom. Gabriel Felbermayr, President of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Markus Schulte, Principal Advisor, DG Economic and Financial Affairs at the European Commission, and Jacob Kirkegaard, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics, will provide remarks. This event is presented in cooperation with the Hanns Seidel Foundation.

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Senegal’s Response to COVID-19

Time: 12 PM – 1:15 PM
Location: Online with the Center for Global Development

In this online event, panelists will discuss Senegal’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic impact and address challenges facing Senegal’s policymakers in reviving the economy. The conversation will focus on the key elements of the policy package (including the budgetary measures) implemented by Senegal since the advent of the crisis. What further policies are planned for mitigating the crisis’ impact? How will these plans be consistent with the government’s long-term goals? How is the country is seeking to save lives and shield the most vulnerable population groups from income losses?

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