Wednesday, July 7, 2010- 3 p.m. “Mexican Elections”
The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is holding a discussion on “Mexican Elections” with George Grayson, professor of government at the College of William and Mary. The event will take place at CSIS, 1800 K Street NW, B-1 Conference Level, Washington, D.C.. For more information, and to RSVP, please contact Andrew Schwartz, 202-775-3242, email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>; http://www.csis.org [Note: RSVP to Taylor Jardno at 202-775-3180 or email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>]
Thursday, July 8, 2010- 9 a.m. “Blogs and Bullets: Evaluating the Impact of New Media on Conflict”
The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is holding a discussion on “Blogs and Bullets: Evaluating the Impact of New Media on Conflict.” The agenda includes, Alec Ross, senior adviser of innovation to Secretary of State Clinton; Marc Lynch, director of George Washington University’s Institute for Middle East Studies; Ethan Zuckerman, senior researcher at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society; and Sheldon Himelfarb, executive director at the Center for Science, Technology, and Peacebuilding at USIP, participate in a panel discussion. At noon, Colin Rule, director of online dispute resolution at eBay; Bob Boorstin, director of public policy at Google; and Sheldon Himelfarb, executive director at the Center for Science, Technology, and Peacebuilding at USIP, participate in a panel discussion. The event will take place at USIP, 1200 17th Street NW, 2nd Floor, Washington, D.C. For more information please contact, Lauren Sucher, 202-429-3822, email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>; http://www.usip.org [Note: RSVP required.]
Thursday, July 8, 2010- 3 p.m. “An Exchange on Women’s Roles for Peace: Is Religion a Source of Strength or an Obstacle?”
The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) will be holding a discussion on “An Exchange on Women’s Roles for Peace: Is Religion a Source of Strength or an Obstacle” at Georgetown University, 37th and O Streets NW, Riggs Library, 3rd Floor of Healy Hall, Washington, D.C. For more information, please contact Lauren Sucher, 202-429-3822, email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>; http://www.usip.org [Note: RSVP required.]
Thursday, July 8, 2010- 4 p.m. “Pakistan’s Political and Strategic Culture”
The Henry L. Stimson Center is hosting a discussion on “Pakistan’s Political and Strategic Culture,” with speaker Ayesha Siddiqa, Pakistan independent analyst. The discussion will be located at the Stimson Center, 1111 19th Street NW, 12th Floor, Washington, D.C. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Sam Black, 202-464-2676, email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> [Note: RSVP to Sam Black.]
Friday, July 9, 2010- 10 a.m. “Southern Sudan: The Challenges of Building an Education System in the Wake of Conflict.”
The discussion of “Southern Sudan: The Challenges of Building an Education System in the Wake of Conflict,” sponsored by The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) will include Marc Sommers, USIP senior fellow; Peter Buckland, consultant for the World Bank’s Human Development Network; Elizabeth Leu, senior education adviser at the AED Global Education Center; and Jon Temin, USIP senior program officer of Sudan in the Center for Mediation and Conflict Resolution at USIP. It will be located at USIP, 1200 17th Street NW, 2nd Floor, Washington, D.C. For more information ,please contact Lauren Sucher, 202-429-3822, email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>; http://www.usip.org [Note: RSVP required.]
Friday, July 9, 2010- 1 p.m. “Measuring Progress in Stabilizing War-Torn Societies”
The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) will be holding a discussion on “Measuring Progress in Stabilizing War-Torn Societies.” The participants will include Col. John Agolia, director of the Counterinsurgency Training Center-Afghanistan; Michael Dziedciz, senior program officer at USIP; and Barbara Sotirin, deputy director of research and development at United States Army Acquisition Support Center; and John McNamara, director of the Office of Planning and the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization at USIP. The event will take place at USIP, 1200 17th Street NW, 2nd Floor, Washington, D.C. For more information, contact Lauren Sucher, 202-429-3822, email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>; http://www.usip.org [Note: RSVP required.]
Tuesday, July 13, 2010- 1:30-5 p.m. “Ukraine: Where is it Going and How Should the West Respond?”
After taking office in March, Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych set the nation on a very different course from that pursued by his predecessor, Victor Yushchenko. Ukraine’s government says that it wants balance in its relations between Russia and the West, though the Yanukovych administration has focused its first months on strengthening bilateral links with Moscow. Domestically, questions are rising about a possible trend toward a more authoritarian political system and increased pressure on the independent media. On July 13, just ten days following Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to Kyiv, the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings will host a conference on Ukraine. The Frontiers of Europe conference will explore where Ukraine is going under President Yanukovych, both in domestic and foreign policies, and will examine how the West—the United States and Europe—should respond to this new Ukrainian direction. Speakers will include Yevgen Burkat, the National Endowment for Democracy’s Nadia Diuk, Samuel Charap, Adrian Karatnycky, Andriy Fialko, Adam Eberhardt, David Kramer, and William Taylor. The event will take place at The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC. To RSVP for this event, please call the Office of Communications at 202.797.6105 or click here.
Thursday, July 15, 2010 9-10:30 a.m. “Bridging Cuba’s Communication Divide: Empowering Cubans through Access to New Media & Technology”
Cuba stands out as one of the most underdeveloped countries in the hemisphere in terms of information and communications technologies. Yet social media and new technologies have great potential for empowering the people of Cuba and bridging the communications gap with the United States and the rest of the world. On July 15, the Cuba Study Group, in collaboration with the Latin America Initiative at Brookings and the Council of the Americas will release a unique and comprehensive set of policy recommendations aimed at reformulating U.S. approaches to facilitating communications on and with the island nation. The recommendations are the product of several months of intensive review, involving representatives from the business community and civil society, as well as information technology and telecommunications experts. Panelists will discuss the report’s recommendations, as well as current U.S. telecommunications policies toward Cuba, and suggest policy revisions to enhance the Cuban people’s access to information, technology and communications tools. After the program, panelists will take audience questions. The event will take place at The Brookings Institution, Saul/Zilkha Rooms, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC.
To RSVP for this event, please call the Office of Communications at 202.797.6105 or click here<http://guest.cvent.com/i.aspx?4W%2cM3%2c94e284f1-5ba3-449c-bc9e-190941cfff49>.
Friday, July 16, 2010- 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Transitional Justice in Post-Conflict Societies: What Works Best?
The Woodrow Wilson Center will be hosting this discussion, with input from, David Tolbert, President, International Center for Transitional Justice; Reverend Frank Chikane, Former Director General, Office of the President, South Africa; Mark Goodale, Associate Professor, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University; Priscilla Hayner, Senior Adviser, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue; Wendy Lambourne, Lecturer and Academic Coordinator, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney; Douglass Cassel, Former Legal Adviser, United Nations Commission on Truth for El Salvador, and Professor of Law, Notre Dame University. The event will take place at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004-3027.
July 25 – 30, 2010 – Islam and Religious Freedom at the Princeton Theological – Princeton University – The 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.
Seminar website here.
July 27, 2010- “The Conspicuously Absent 4th “D”: Democracy”
The Academy for Educational Development will be holding a discussion at the Academy for Educational Development, Greeley Hall, 1875 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. More information on this event will be available shortly. To RSVP, please go to https://web.memberclicks.com/mc/quickForm/viewForm.do?orgId=wdcsid&formId=84035
October 25-26, 2010- The Global Breifing
The International Crisis Group is pleased to announce its flagship annual event, The Global Briefing: an exclusive two-day, high-level event examining urgent issues and solutions concerning major conflict flashpoints across the globe. The briefing offers an opportunity to go beyond the headlines and hear from and interact with over thirty of Crisis Group’s field-based senior staff and Board members assembled for this unique occasion. The briefing will take place in Brussels on 25-26 October 2010 at the Sofitel Brussels Europe, 1 Place Jourdan, Brussels, Belgium.The agenda is available here<http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/support/event-calendar/global-briefing-2010/agenda.aspx>. The participation fee is 975 Euros and payable within 15 business days following receipt of an acceptance letter. The fee includes attendance at the event, as well as lunches, coffee breaks and a special reception at Brussels’ historic Hôtel de Ville in Grand Place. Expressions of interest to participate in the Global Briefing will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Please complete this<http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/support/eventcalendar/~/media/Files/misc/GB2010_registration_form.ashx> form and submit it to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:%email@example.com>.
The events list is compiled by NED intern Hannah Egerton.