Wednesday, June 9, 12 p.m. “Human Rights Under Attack: Oppression in Iran.” The Heritage Foundation will host the discussion with participants including Renee Redman, executive director of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center; Golnaz Esfandiari, senior correspondent at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty; Helle Dale, senior fellow for public diplomacy at the Heritage Foundation; and James Phillips, senior research fellow for Middle Eastern affairs at The Heritage Foundation. It will take place at The Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Allison Auditorium, Washington, D.C. For more information contact 202-675-1752, firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.heritage.org
Wednesday, June 9, 12 p.m. Terrorists, Drug Traffickers, and Gangs in Latin America: Undermining Democracy.”
Please join The Hudson Institute as they hold a discussion on “Terrorists, Drug Traffickers, and Gangs in Latin America: Undermining Democracy.” Those participating in the discussion include Douglas Farah, senior fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center; Roy Godson, professor of government at Georgetown University and president of the National Strategy Information Center; Matthew Levitt, director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence and former Treasury Department deputy assistant secretary for intelligence and analysis; John Walters, Hudson Institute’s executive vice president, and former director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy; Jaime Daremblum, director of the Hudson Institute Center for Latin American Studies and former Costa Rican ambassador to the United States; and Robert Pfaltzgraff, president of the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis and professor of international security studies at Tufts University’s Fletcher School. The discussion will take place at The Hudson Institute, 1015 15th Street NW, Sixth Floor, Betsy and Walter Stern Conference Center, Washington, D.C. For more information, please call or email at 202-223-7770; http://www.hudson.org [Note: RSVP to email@example.com.]
Wednesday, June 9, 12 p.m. Lebanon’s Politics in a Shifting Enviroment which will focus on the conditions for stability, the risks of war, and the prospects for political reform will be hosted by The Middle East Institute (MEI), with Paul Salem, the director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. The discussion will take place in MEI, Boardman Room, 1761 N Street NW, Washington, D.C. Please RSVP to this number or email address 202-785-1141; http://www.mideasti.org/programs/programs_events.php [Note: RSVP online or to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and affiliation.]
Wednesday, June 9, 5 p.m. Keys to Success in Afghanistan.
Please join The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies’ (SAIS) Central Asia-Caucasus Institute (CACI) to a forum on “Keys to Success in Afghanistan.” The forum will include insight by S. Frederick Starr, CACI chairman; Andrew Kuchins, director and senior fellow of Center for Strategic and International Studies; Martin Henratty, U.S. Agency for International Development senior development adviser to the U.S. Central Command; Lewis Elbinger, U.S. foreign service officer and deputy political adviser to the U.S. Central Command; and Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for South Asia Michael Delaney. It will take place at
SAIS, Nitze Building, 1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Kenney Auditorium, Washington, D.C. Please RSVP to Felisa Neuringer Klubes, 202-663-5626, email@example.com; http://www.sais-jhu.edu [Note: The public should RSVP to 202-663-7723 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Media should RSVP to Felisa Neuringer Klubes.]
Thursday, June 10, 8:30 a.m. One Year Later: Prospects for a Democratic Transition in Iran.
The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) will be hosting a conference on “One Year Later: Prospects for a Democratic Transition in Iran.” The agenda includes,
– 9 a.m.: Sen. Ted Kaufman, D-Del., delivers opening remarks.
– 9:30 a.m.: Larry Diamond and Abbas Milani of Stanford University; Dan Brumberg of Georgetown University; Azar Nafisi of Johns Hopkins University; and Marc Plattner of NED, participate in a panel on “Lessons from Other Transitions to Democracy”
– 11 a.m.: Ladan Boroumand of the Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation; Nikahang Kowsar, Iranian satirist and blogger; Ali Akbar Mousavi of Stanford University; Fersteh Ghazi, journalist and human rights campaigner; and Mahnaz Afkhami of the Women’s Learning Partnership, participate in a panel on “The Road Ahead – Strategic Challenges for the Democratic Movement in Iran”
– 1 p.m.: Film screening of the HBO documentary “For Neda”
The conference will take place at the NED offices, located on 1025 F Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, D.C. For more information and to RSVP please contact 202-378-9700, email@example.com; http://www.ned.org/ [Note: RSVP to 202-378-9690 or firstname.lastname@example.org by June 7.]
Thursday, June 10, 8:45 a.m. Bashar’s Syria at Ten: Does the Eye Doctor See Straight?
Please join The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) as they hold a discussion on “Bashar’s Syria at Ten: Does the Eye Doctor See Straight?,” focusing on the presidency of Bashar al-Assad and U.S.-Syria policy. Highlights from the agenda include
– 9:05 a.m.: Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., gives a keynote address
– 10:20 a.m.: Elliott Abrams of the Council on Foreign Relations; Tony Badran of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy; Scott Carpenter of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy; and Michael Rubin of AEI participate in a panel on “Assessing Engagement”
– 11:10 a.m.: Brian Fishman of the New America Foundation; Bernard Rougier of Clermont-Ferrand University; David Schenker of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy; William Wunderle, division chief (YA3), The Joint Staff; and Danielle Pletka of AEI participate in a panel on “Terrorism”
The discussion will take place at their offices located at 1150 17th Street NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th Floor, Washington, D.C. For more information contact Veronique Rodman, 202-862-4871, email@example.com; http://www.aei.org
Thursday, June 10, 9:30 a.m. Human Rights and Democracy Assistance: Increasing the Effectiveness of U.S. Foreign Aid
The Committee on Foreign Affairs invite you to attend an open hearing on Foreign Affairs, to be held in Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building (and available live, via the WEBCAST link on the Committee website at http://www.hcfa.house.gov). The subject will be Human Rights and Democracy Assistance: Increasing the Effectiveness of U.S. Foreign Aid, and will include Ms. Jennifer L. Windsor the Executive Director of Freedom House, Thomas Carothers, J.D., and Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Elisa Massimino, J.D., the President and Chief Executive Officer at Human Rights First.
Thursday, June 10, 12-1:30 p.m. Human Rights in Syria: Ten Years under Bashar al Assad. July 2010 will mark the tenth anniversay of Bashar al Assad’s rule as President of Syria. As the United States considers sending an ambassador to Syria for the first time since 2005, the regime is increasing its attacks on human rights activists. Freedom House invites you to attend “Human Rights in Syria: Ten Years under Bashar al Assad.” The event will include a launch of the new publication, Years of Fear, which examines the status of disappearances in Syria in the 1970s and 1980s. The speakers will also address current developments in the country, including the regime’s pressure on human rights activitists and lawyers, the status of Security Courts, and the status of Kurds. Speakers will include Radwan Ziadeh, Visiting Scholar at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) at Georgetown University, Iyas Maleh, Syrian human rights activist and Joe Stork, Deputy Director,Middle East and North Africa Division, Human Rights Watch. Please RSVP to Outeiba Merhebi Mena-Internfirstname.lastname@example.org or 202-747-7011
Thursday, June 10, 1-2 p.m. “Pakistan: Taking a Break From Crisis?”
Ammara Durrani is serving as a Strategic Communications Specialist, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of Pakistan; former Daniel Pearl Fellow and Los Angeles Times journalist; and former Assistant Editor, The News International, Pakistan, will be giving a talk on the subject of “Pakistan: Taking a Break From Crisis?” The event will take place in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. To attend please RSVP to: email@example.com.
Thursday, June 10, 3 p.m. “The Way Ahead on U.S. Burma Policy.” This discussion will be hosted by The Heritage Foundation and will have remarks given by Lorne Craner, president of the International Republican Institute; Jared Genser, president of the Freedom Now; Joshua Kurlantzick, fellow of south Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations; and Walter Lohman, director of the Asian Studies Center at the Heritage Foundation. The discussion will take place at their office, which is on 214 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Lehrman Auditorium, Washington, D.C. Fore more information and to RSVP, please contact 202-675-1752, firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.heritage.org [Note: RSVP to 202-675-1752.]
Thursday, June 10, 5 p.m. 2010 Democracy Award to the Green Movement for Democracy in Iran.
Please join The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) as they hold a program on “The Presentation of the 2010 Democracy Award to the Green Movement for Democracy in Iran.”
The program includes:
– A brief film by Iranian filmmaker Babak Payami, introduced and narrated by Azar Nafisi; and a musical performance by Mohsen Namjoo
– Reception and presentation
The event will take place at B-339/340 Rayburn House Office Building. For more information and to RSVP, please use the following information. 202-378-9700, email@example.com; http://www.ned.org/ [Note: RSVP to 202-378-9690 or firstname.lastname@example.org by June 7.]
Friday, June 11, 9-10:30 a.m. Combating Corruption. The Council on Foreign Relations will be hosting a forum at 1777 F St, NW on the First Floor on the topic of corruption. Corruption is a leading driver of conflict and the closest affiliated condition with instability and violence. Corruption incites conflict, fuels fighting, complicates peacebuilding, and obstructs nation-building. Yet anti-corruption and peace-building have historically been unaligned fields and the relationship between them has been distant at best, adversarial at worst. This forum, the first in a series to examine economics and conflict, will investigate the nexus between conflict and corruption. Speakers will include Nuhu Ribadu, Visiting Fellow, Center for Global Development; Former Head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of Nigeria. Alix Boucher, Research Analyst, Henry L. Stimson Center and Stephen Ndegwa, Lead Public Sector Governance Specialist,The World Bank. To register, go to this website. : https://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/6060/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=17371
Friday, June 11, 12 p.m. “Sudan after the Elections: Implications for the Future and American Policy Options.” The Cato Institute will be hosting this discussion with participants including Sean Brooks of the Save Darfur Coalition; Marc Gustafson, Oxford University scholar; Jon Temin, of the U.S. Institute for Peace; and Justin Logan, associate director of foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute. It will take place at the Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Avenue NW, F.A. Hayek Auditorium, Washington, D.C.
For more information, contact 202-789-5200; http://www.cato.org
Monday, June 14, 6-7 p.m.
Declining Inequality in Latin America: A Decade of Progress? Hosted by the Brookings Institution, editors Felipe Lopez-Calva and Nora Lustig bring together leading scholars and policymakers to examine the decline of inequality in the region. Since the late 1990s, income concentration has fallen throughout Latin America. The book’s contributors take an in-depth look at four countries—Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Peru—to determine the primary impetus to this trend. The Latin America Initiative at Brookings will host Nora Lustig, one of the book’s editors and contributors, to present its findings. Her presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with Francisco H.G. Ferreira of the World Bank and Santiago Levy of Brookings and the Inter-American Development bank. Brookings Senior Fellow Mauricio Cárdenas, director of the Latin America Initiative, will also serve as a panelist and moderate the discussion, which will focus on what are the lessons learned for policymakers looking to continue this positive trend.The event will take place at The Brookings Institution, Saul/Zilkha Rooms, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, The Latin America Initiative at Brookings will host Nora Lustig. To RSVP for this event, please call the Office of Communications at 202.797.6105
Wednesday, June 16, 2010. New York Democracy Forum Dinner. The Foreign Policy Association and the National Endowment for Democracy invite you to attend The New York Democracy Forum Dinner 2010 on Wednesday, June 16. The FPA and NED will honor Robert B. Zoellick, President of the World Bank. Mr. Zoellick will be in conversation with Carl Gershman, President of the NED. Reception 6:30 pm. Dinner. 7:30 pm Location: St. Regis Hotel, 2 E. 55th Street at 5th Avenue, New York. Further details and registration here.
Thursday, June 17, 2010- 1:00 to 3:00p.m. Human Rights and Religious Freedom in Morocco. Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on human rights and religious freedom in Morocco. This hearing is open to the press and the public. The deportation of approximately 40 American citizens and scores of other foreign nationals on charges of proselytism has raised serious concerns about the status of religious freedom in Morocco. The individuals deported ran a wide array of humanitarian organizations which provided services vital to the community. One of the organizations targeted was the Village of Hope, an orphanage that takes in children that have been abandoned by their parents. Time Magazine reported that “the Village of Hope deportations are part of what appears to be a widespread crackdown on Christian aid workers in Morocco.” Freedom House’s annual Freedom in the World Report noted backsliding in Morocco on a host of other democracy and human rights issues over the course of the last year. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Hoffman (Rep. Wolf) at 202-225-3599.
July 25 – 30, 2010 – Islam and Religious Freedom. Princeton University’s Witherspoon Institute presents a seminar on Islam and Religious Freedom at the Princeton Theological Seminary. The Islam and Religious Freedom Seminar is a week-long program for graduate students and professionals in Islam-related fields of study and work. In a small seminar setting, led by scholars, religious leaders, and experienced policy makers, participants will explore the intersection of Islam and religious freedom. This will include Muslim perspectives on faith and religious freedom, U.S. government policies on religious freedom abroad, modern social science research about the relationship of religious freedom to societal and individual well being, and perspectives on religious freedom in philosophy and among other faiths. The seminar will address religious freedom issues facing Muslim minorities, Muslim dissenters in Muslim-majority areas, and non-Muslims living in Muslim-majority areas.
The seminar is open to graduate students or professionals in Islam-related fields. If accepted, a seminar registration fee — $100 for students, $300 for non-students — will be required. The seminar will provide room, board, and seminar materials. Travel expenses are not included. A limited number of travel scholarships will be available. To apply, please send the following by April 1, 2010 via e-mail to email@example.com. Applicants can expect to be notified of admission decisions no later than April 15, 2010.
1. A 500-word letter explaining your interests and experience related to the seminar topic.
2. Resume, including full name, dates of graduation, postal address, e-mail, and phone number.
3. A recommendation from a professor or supervisor.