June 10, 2009. Iran: Expanding Influence, Accelerating Arms Race: Myth or Reality? The Century Foundation, the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, and the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding will host a symposium to discuss Iran’s growing military and religious influence in the Middle East and Arab leaders’ concern over an ensuing arms race between Israel and Iran. In general, it will try to answer the question: What are Iran’s objectives and how will fear of Iran affect the future of the Middle East? The featured speakers will be: Jasim Husain Ali, Member of Council of Representatives, Kingdom of Bahrain; Seyed Mohammad Marandi, Director of North American Studies, University of Tehran; Saad Mehio, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Neil Crompton, Former Chargé in Tehran, British Embassy; Alex Vatanka, Editor, Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst; Geneive Abdo, Moderator, The Century Foundation. Venue: The Century Foundation, 1333 H. Street N.W., 10th Floor, Washington, DC. From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-741-6270 by June 5, 2009
June 10, 2009. “The Challenge of a Rising China”. A cocktail reception and lecture, featuring Gary Schmitt and Thomas Donnelly, will address the nature of China’s rise and its potential implications for the US, UK, and the rest of the world. Venue: Legatum Institute, 11 Charles Street, Mayfair, London W1J 5DW. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Please reply by email to email@example.com or by calling 020 7340 4520
June 10, 2009. The European Elections: Implications for Europe and Germany A roundtable discussion will be held on the June 7, 2009 European elections and its wide-ranging impact on Europe, transatlantic relations, and on Germany. Reinhard Schlinkert and Dr. Jürgen D. Wickert will be the speakers. Venue: The Willard InterContinental Hotel, Pierce Room, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20004. 11 a.m.
June 11, 2009. Screening of “Where Does Europe End?”
Where Europe Ends, a 50-minute documentary directed by Alina Mungiu-Pippidi and her team, shows the condition of Europeans living beyond the Eastern border of the European Union since Romania and Bulgaria joined the EU in 2007. The film will be followed by a discussion with Alina Mungui-Pippidi, Charles Gati, and Roger Potocki about the situation of countries on the EU’s Eastern border such as Ukraine and Moldova, and the challenges that they present for Western policy. Venue: National Endowment for Democracy, 1025 F Street, N.W., Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20004. From 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. RSVP (acceptances only) with name and affiliation by Tuesday, June 9 by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 15, 2009. “The Next Founders: Voices of Democracy in the Middle East”
Joshua Muravchik will discuss his new book, The Next Founders: Voices of Democracy in the Middle East, which consists of profiles of seven leading democracy activists from the Middle East (six from the Arab world and one from Iran). Some critics argue that the kinds of Middle Eastern liberals portrayed in his book, however heroic or admirable they may be, are too small in number, too Westernized, too shallowly rooted in their societies, and too secular in their orientation to be an effective engine of democratic change in the region. Mr. Muravchik will consider this question in his presentation, and it will be the focus of the subsequent discussion among commentators Ziad Asali, Laith Kubba, and Tamara Cofman Wittes. Venue: National Endowment for Democracy, 1025 F Street, N.W., Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20004. From 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. RSVP (acceptances only) with name and affiliation by Thursday, June 11 by email to email@example.com.
June 15, 2009. The Two-State Majority: Polling for Peace in Israel and Palestine. A panel discussion with: Colin Irwin, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool; Nader Said, General Director, Arab World for Research and Development, Ramallah; Mina Zemach, Professional Director, Dahaf Research Institute, Tel Aviv. Venue: Woodrow Wilson Center, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004. From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. RSVP with name, affiliation and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A photo ID is required for entry.
June 16, 2009. “Dagestan: A new flashpoint in Russia’s North Caucasus”. The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe and Freedom House have invited leading experts from Russia to share their views and provide insight into the complex socio-political environment in the North Caucasus’ republic of Dagestan. The following panelists are scheduled to speak: Svetlana Gannushkina, Alexei Malashenko, Elena Milashina. Venue: 1539 Longworth House Office Building, Capitol Hill, Washington DC. 10 a.m.
June 18, 2009. How to Bring a Dictator to Justice: The Successful Extraction of Alberto Fujimori. Antonio Maldonado, a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow, will explain the extradition process and examine the significance of this paradigmatic example of international cooperation in the pursuit of justice. His presentation will be followed by comments by Dr. Cynthia McClintock and Dr. Jo-Marie Burt and will be moderated by Dr. Diego Abente Brun. Venue: National Endowment for Democracy, 1025 F Street, N.W., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004. From 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. RSVP (acceptances only) with name and affiliation by Tuesday, June 16 by email to email@example.com.
June 24, 2009. National Endowment for Democracy‘s 2009 Democracy Awards.
The National Endowment for Democracy‘s 2009 Democracy Awards will honor in absentia: José Daniel Ferrer García, Jorge Luis García Pérez (Antúnez), Iván Hernández Carrillo, Librado Linares García, and Iris Tamara Pérez Aguilar. There will be a panel discussion on the prospects for democracy in Cuba after 50 years of a dictatorship, and immediately preceding it will be a reception. Venue: Cannon Caucus Room, 345 Cannon House Office Building, Independence and New Jersey Avenues, SE, Washington, DC 20515. The panel discussion goes from 3:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Reception is from 5:15 p.m. to 7:00p.m. RSVP by June 19 (acceptances only) and please specify panel, reception, or both to firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 378-9690.
June 30, 2009. Populism, Islamism and “Indigenismo,” vs. Democracy in Latin America. A panel will discuss issues facing Latin American politics, particularly the growing influence of Russia, Iran and China on the region’s politics. Gustavo de Arístegui will give the keynote address, and there will also be comments by Hillel Fradkin and Douglas Farah. Venue: Betsy and Walter Stern Conference Center, Hudson Institute, 1015 Fifteenth Street, NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, DC 20005. From 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. To RSVP, please email email@example.com.