Tuesday, December 7, 2010. 10 a.m. Honoring Liu Xiaobo. News conference to honor the Chinese dissident and Nobel Prize winner and call on the Chinese government to improve its human rights record. Speaker/s: Rep. James McGovern, D-Mass.; Rep. Joseph Pitts, R-Pa.; Rep. Christopher Smith, R-N.J.; Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla.; Rep. David Wu, D-Ore.; Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Ala.; Sophie Richardson, Asia advocacy director of the Human Rights Watch; T. Kumar, director of the international advocacy at Amnesty International; Paula Schriefer, director of advocacy at Freedom House; Todd Stein, director of government relations at the International Campaign for Tibet; Clothilde de Le Coz, D.C. director of the Reporters Without Borders; and Harry Wu, Chinese human rights activist. Venue: 2255 Rayburn House Office Building, Capitol Hill, Washington, DC. Info: Dan Scandling, 202-225-5136
Tuesday, December 7, 2010. 12 noon – Ahmadinejad’s Confrontation with the Iranian Parliament. Speaker: Bahman Baktiari, director of the Middle East Center at the University of Utah. Venue: Woodrow Wilson Center, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. Info: 202-691-4000;
Tuesday, December 7, 2010. 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Global Norms, American Sponsorship and the Emerging Patterns of World Politics – Book launch and discussion with Simon Reich, Rutgers University; comments by James Goldgeier, Fellow, Transatlantic Academy and Professor, George Washington University. Venue: German Marshall Fund of the United States, 1744 R Street NW, Washington, DC. RSVP HERE. Lunch provided. RSVP by clicking the link, or by contacting Ben Veater-Fuchs at the German Marshall Fund (firstname.lastname@example.org or +1 202 683 2637).
Tuesday, December 7, 2010. 12:15 p.m. U.S. Policy Toward Russia. Speakers: Michael McFaul, senior director of Russian and Central Asian affairs at the National Security Council; and James Collins, director of the Carnegie Russia and Eurasia Program. Venue: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. Info: 202-483-7600; http://www.CarnegieEndowment.org
Tuesday, December 7, 2010. 2 p.m. Haiti: Elections in the Time of Cholera. Speakers: Louis Harold Joseph of the Embassy of Haiti; Albert Ramdin of the Organization of American States; Donna Barry of Partners in Health; and Robert Maguire of USIP. Venue: United States Institute of Peace, 1200 17th Street NW, Washington, D.C. Info: Lauren Sucher, 202-429-3822, email@example.com RSVP required.
Wednesday, December 8-10, 2010. Countering the Iranian Threat. The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) is pleased to extend a special invitation to Democracy Digest readers to attend our annual Washington Forum. This year’s Forum will focus on Countering the Iranian Threat. Agenda includes: Dec 9: 9:00 – 10:30 am: The Nature of the Iranian Regime: an anatomy of its ideology, actions, and statecraft. Speakers: Irwin Cotler, Canadian Member of Parliament; Ken Katzman, Congressional Research Service; Mehdi Khalaji, Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Emanuele Ottolenghi, Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Moderator: David Sanger, The New York Times. Venue: Ritz Carlton Hotel, 1150 22nd St., NW, Washington, DC. To register and view the full schedule, please visit here. Contact Jen@defenddemocracy.org or 202.250.6158.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010. 10 a.m. – Crisis in Lebanon: Sectarian Politics, Regional Dynamics and the UN Special Tribunal. Speaker/s: Randa Slim, independent consultant; Aram Nerguizian of the Center for Strategic and International Studies; Andrew Tabler of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy; and Mona Yacoubian, director of Lebanon Working Group. Venue: United States Institute of Peace, 1200 17th Street NW, Washington, D.C. Info: Lauren Sucher, 202-429-3822, firstname.lastname@example.org. RSVP required.
Thursday, December 9, 2010. 10:30 a.m. – Opening Up: Aid Information, Transparency and U.S. Foreign Assistance Reform. Speakers: Noam Unger, fellow of global economy and development at the Brookings Institution; Karin Christiansen, director of the Publish What You Fund; Ruth Levine, deputy assistant to the administrator at the Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning at the U.S. Agency for International Development; and Nancy Birdsall, president of the Center for Global Development. Venue: Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. Info: 202-797-6105, email@example.com
Thursday, December 9, 2010. 12 noon. From Postcard to Scorecard: Assessing the Quality of Democracy in Mauritius. Speaker/s: Roukaya Kasenally, Reagan-Fascell fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy; and Sally Blair of the International Forum for Democratic Studies. Venue: National Endowment for Democracy, 1025 F Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, D.C. Info: 202-378-9700, firstname.lastname@example.org RSVP to email@example.com with name and affiliation.
Thursday, December 9, 2010. 12 noon – Gender-Based Violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Speakers: Lynn Lawry, senior health stability and humanitarian assistance specialist at the Defense Department; Heidi Lehmann, director of the Gender-Based Violence Unit at the International Rescue Committee; Nancy Glass, associate professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing; and Sunita Kishor, senior gender adviser at ICF Macro. Venue: Woodrow Wilson Center, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. Info: 202-691-4000.
Friday, December 10, 2010. 10-11.30 p.m. – Preparing for Sudan’s Referendum. Speakers: Atul Khare, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations; Traci Cook, resident director of southern Sudan at the National Democratic Institute; Linda Bishai, senior program officer at the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding at the United States Institute of Peace; Richard Downie, deputy director and fellow at CSIS Africa Program; and Jennifer Cooke, director of the CSIS Africa Program. Venue: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1800 K Street NW, B-1 Conference Level, Washington, D.C. Info: Andrew Schwartz, 202-775-3242, firstname.lastname@example.org. Friday, December 10, 2010. Forging a Transatlantic Consensus on Russia: Recommendations for Action. The Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR) at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies Johns Hopkins University EU Center of Excellence Washington D.C. and Institute for Eastern Studies. Agenda includes: 2:30 pm: NATO And Russia: How Can We Broaden Cooperation to Enhance Security? Javier Solana, former NATO Secretary General and EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, Spain. 8.30 am -3.45 pm. Venue: Kenney Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University – School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS), 1740 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC. Full agenda and RSVP here.