February 22, 2012. 8:30 a.m. Social Inclusion in Peru. Speaker/s: Peru Minister of Social Development and Inclusion Carolina Trivelli. Venue: Inter-American Dialogue, 1211 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 510, Washington, D.C. RSVP: 202-822-9002. Registration by invitation only here.
February 22, 2012. 9 a.m. – Political Islam in the Caucasus. Venue: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. RSVP: Karly Schledwitz, 202-939-2233, email@example.com; http://www.CarnegieEndowment.org Register here.
February 22, 2012. 9:30 a.m. – Israel, Iran, and the Arabs: A Regional Perspective. Speaker/s: Ephraim Sneh, chairman of S. Daniel Abraham Center for Strategic Dialogue at Netanya Academic College and former member of the Knesset and deputy defense minister; Ghaith Al-Omari, executive director at the American Task Force on Palestine; Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council and former Woodrow Wilson Center public policy scholar; and Aaron David Miller, Woodrow Wilson Center public policy scholar. Venue: The Woodrow Wilson Center, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Sixth Floor, Flom Auditorium, Washington, D.C. RSVP: 202-691-4000; http://www.wilsoncenter.org
February 22, 2012. 10 a.m. - Turkish Democracy: A Model Abroad, Troubled at Home? Speaker/s: Sinan Ciddi, executive director at the Institute of Turkish Studies; Howard Eissenstat, assistant professor at St. Lawrence University and Turkey specialist at Amnesty International; Ross Wilson, director of the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council; and Daphne McCurdy, senior research associate at Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED). Venue: Stimson Center, 1111 19th Street NW, 12th Floor, Washington, D.C. RSVP: Anna Newby, 202-828-9660 ext. 23, firstname.lastname@example.org
February 22, 2012. 10 a.m. – Brazil’s New Social Agenda. Speaker/s: Simon Schwartzman, former Woodrow Wilson Center fellow and senior researcher for the Instituto de Estudos do Trabalho e Sociedade in Rio de Janeiro; and Paulo Sotero, director of the Brazil Institute at Woodrow Wilson Center. Venue: Woodrow Wilson Center , One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.: RSVP to email@example.com
February 22, 2012. 12 noon – The Internet, human rights and foreign policy. Speaker/s: Rebecca MacKinnon, senior fellow at the New America Foundation. Venue: George Washington University Law School, 2000 H Street NW, Washington, D.C. RSVP: 202-994-6467
February 22, 2012. 12 noon – Lessons from Taiwan’s Elections. Speaker/s: Emerson Niou, professor of political science at Duke University; Suisheng Zhao, professor and director of the Center for China-U.S. Cooperation at the University of Denver; Michael Fonte, Washington liaison to the Democratic Progressive Party, Taiwan; and Edward McCord, director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at GWU. Venue: GWU Elliott School, 1957 E Street NW, Lindner Family Commons, Room 602, Washington, D.C. RSVP: 202-994-8025; http://elliott.gwu.edu RSVP at http://go.gwu.edu/TaiwanFeb22
February 22, 2012. 12:30 p.m. – Post-Imperium: Russia in a New Era? Speaker/s: Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Moscow Carnegie Center. Venue: Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Rome Building, 1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Room 812, Washington, D.C. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org]
February 22, 2012. 12:30 p.m. – Why Repeated Elections Don’t Always Lead to Better Democracy: The Case of Cote d’Ivoire and the Need for Stronger Institutions. Speaker/s: Maja Bovcon, University of Oxford. Venue: SAIS, Bernstein-Offit Building, 1717 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Room 736, Washington, D.C. RSVP: Felisa Neuringer Klubes, 202-663-5626, email@example.com
February 22, 2012. 4 p.m. - Venezuela’s non-aligned voters. Speaker/s: Father Jose Virtuoso, rector of the Catholic University Andres Bello. Venue: Inter-American Dialogue, 1211 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 510, Washington, D.C. RSVP: 202-822-9002. Register here.
February 23, 2012. 10 a.m. - After the Election: What’s Wrong with U.S. Policy in Yemen? (Conference call briefing.) Speaker/s: Katherine Zimmerman, Yemen analyst for AEI’s Critical Threats Project. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org Email for dial-in information]
February 23, 2012. 9:30 a.m. – Political Change in Burma: A Human Rights Perspective. Speaker/s: David Scott Mathieson, senior Burma researcher at Human Rights Watch. Venue: Woodrow Wilson Center , One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. RSVP: 202-691-4000; http://www.wilsoncenter.org
February 23, 2012. 12 noon – Syria: On the Edge of Civil War. Speaker/s: Mona Yacoubian, Middle East Project director at the Stimson Center; Daniel Serwer, scholar at the Middle East Institute; and Indira Lakshmanan of Bloomberg. Venue: The Center for National Policy (CNP), 1 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 333, Washington, D.C. RSVP: Patrick Doherty, 202-682-4119, email@example.com;
February 23, 2012. 12 noon – Poverty, Inequality, and Democracy. Speaker/s: Francis Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law; Peter Lewis, African Studies Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; Mitchell A. Orenstein, Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies; and Marc Plattner, co-editor of the Journal of Democracy and vice president for research and studies at National Endowment for Democracy. Venue: National Endowment for Democracy, 1025 F Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, D.C. RSVP: 202-378-9700, firstname.lastname@example.org RSVP HERE.
February 23, 2012. 1 p.m. – Kurdish Issues: Turkey and the Kurdistan Regional Government in a Changing Middle East. Speaker/s: Henri Barkey of Lehigh University; Qubad Talabani of the Kurdistan Regional Government; and Ross Wilson of the Atlantic Council. Venue: Atlantic Council, 1101 15th Street NW, 11th Floor, Washington, D.C. RSVP: 202-785-1141; http://www.mei.edu/
February 23, 2012. 3 p.m. – Arab Spring: What About Algeria? Speaker/s: Alexis Arieff, analyst for African and Middle East affairs at the Congressional Research Service; John Entelis, director of the Middle East Studies Program at Fordham University; Eric Goldstein, deputy director of the Middle East and North Africa Division at Human Rights Watch; Daniele Moro, visiting scholar at the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations; and Daniel Serwer, SAIS Conflict Management Program. Venue: SAIS, Bernstein-Offit Building, 1717 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Room 500, Washington, D.C. RSVP: Felisa Neuringer Klubes, 202-663-5626, email@example.com
February 23, 2012. 3:30 p.m. - Culture and Power in Eurasia: Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Speaker/s: Zhanara Nauruzbayeva, post doctoral fellow at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University; and Laura Adams, lecturer in the Sociology Department and director of the Program on Central Asia and the Caucasus at Harvard University. Venue: Woodrow Wilson Center , One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Sixth Floor, Auditorium, Washington, D.C. RSVP: 202-691-4100.
February 23, 2012. 5:30 p.m. – Iran: U.S. Policy Options. Speaker/s: Bob Schieffer, chief Washington correspondent for CBS News; retired Marine Corps Gen. James Cartwright, former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; retired Navy Adm. William Fallon, former commander of U.S. Central Command; and David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent at the New York Times. Venue: The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), 1800 K Street NW, B-1 Conference Level, Washington, D.C. RSVP: Andrew Schwartz, 202-775-3242, firstname.lastname@example.org
February 23 2012. 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. – The New Geopolitics of Transatlantic Relations: Coordinated Responses to Common Dangers. The United States and Europe encounter many of the same foreign policy challenges, challenges that diversely impact the two regions and produce different-but often complementary-responses. In his latest book, The New Geopolitics of Transatlantic Relations: Coordinated Responses to Common Dangers, author Stefan Froehlich develops a framework for future U.S.-Europe relations as the two world powers work toward meaningful and logical solutions to their shared foreign policy problems. Joining Froehlich will be Jack Janes, Executive Director of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and Dan Hamilton, Austiran Marshall Plan Foundation Professor and Director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University. Venue: 5th Floor Conference Room, Woodrow Wilson Center. RSVP: European.Studies@WilsonCenter.org
February 27, 2012. 9:30am – 10:45am – Russia in Advance of its March 4 Elections: Is the Putin Era Coming to an End? Speaker/s: David J. Kramer, President, Freedom House; Robert Orttung, Assistant Director, Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs; Guy Verhofstadt, President, Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE); Christopher Walker, Vice President for Strategy and Analysis, Freedom House. Venue: 1957 E. Street, NW, Suite 412, Voesar Conference Room, Washington, DC.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Russia’s one time and presumptive future president, is poised to return for six, and possibly 12, more years as Russia’s paramount leader. Given growing dissatisfaction in Russian society and recent mass protests, this panel will examine whether an increasingly restive population has outgrown Putinism and prospects for reform in Russia.
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February 29, 2012. 5–7 p.m. – The Human Face of Globalization. Meet the Author: Timothy Ryan. The AFL-CIO, International Labor Rights Forum, National Writers Union and Solidarity Center cordially invite you to the launch of an important new novel: The Sisters: A Fable of Globalization by Timothy Ryan.
The Sisters is a brisk tale of culture clash and revolution set in late 1990s Indonesia, where the lives and destinies of factory workers, labor organizers and businessmen intersect as the Suharto regime collapses. Based on a true story of twin sisters working in Indonesia’s garment industry, the novel weaves a tale about workers struggling for dignity and economic justice in a globalizing world. Its issues are as relevant now as then. Venue: President’s Room, AFL-CIO Headquarters, 815 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC.
About the Author: Mr. Ryan, currently Asia director for the Solidarity Center in Washington, D.C., served as the organization’s representative in Sri Lanka and Indonesia during the turbulent period of his novel. His non-fiction has appeared in Harper’s, The Far Eastern Economic Review, Christian Science Monitor, Carnegie Human Rights Newsletter and Northern Lights. His fiction has appeared in the Clinton Street Quarterly, Fine Madness and American University’s Folio. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the D.C. Chapter of the National Writers Union.
The author will sign books, available for purchase at the event, following the reading. Light snacks will be served. RSVP by February 24, 2012, to email@example.com
February 29, 2012. 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – The Legal Enabling Environment for Independent Media in Iraq. Speakers: Oday Hatem, Society for Defending Press Freedom; Lisa Kovack, IREX; Andrea Lemieux, Institute for War and Peace Reporting. Moderated by: Rahman Aljebouri, National Endowment for Democracy. (Light pastries will be served).
As a 2011 CIMA report, Iraq’s News Media After Saddam: Liberation, Repression, and Future Prospects, notes, after the removal of Saddam Hussein in 2003, Iraq’s tightly controlled state-run media was transformed into one of the most diverse and unfettered press environments in the region. Respect for basic human rights and freedoms in Iraq also improved, particularly with the adoption of a new constitution in 2005, which contains generally sound rights guarantees. Since then, however, the Iraqi government has adopted or proposed legislation limiting these rights, which violates basic constitutional and international human rights standards. According to a new report commissioned by IREX and written by the Centre for Law and Democracy, Freedoms in Iraq: An Increasingly Repressive Legal Net , the government has introduced a number of legislative items relating to freedoms of expression and assembly. Of these proposed items, the Journalists’ Rights Law, enacted in August 2011, contains problematic articles that create greater government control mechanisms, restrict journalists’ independence, and limit who may practice journalism. Panelists will discuss the legal enabling environment for press freedom in Iraq as well as other challenges to Iraq’s nascent independent media in the wake of the U.S. military and donor drawdown.
Venue: National Endowment for Democracy, 1025 F Street, N.W., Suite 800, Washington, DC20004. If you are unable to join us, watch the event live here. Follow the event on Twitter: #cimaevents
March 6, 2012, 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – After Elections: Next Steps in Yemen’s Transition. Yemen’s February 21 presidential election resulted in the end of President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 32-year rule. While some questioned the purpose of a one-candidate election, many others hailed it as a crucial first step in Yemen’s transitional process.
As the country moves forward, please join for a conversation on the next steps in Yemen’s political transition that will address issues including: What are the priority issues for the constitutional committee? What will be the role of civil society, youth protesters and opposition groups? What challenges exist for reconciliation with entities such as Al-Hirak and the Houthis?
Featured speakers: Elobaid Ahmed Elobaid, Head of the UN Human Rights Training and Documentation Centre for South West Asia and the Arab Region; Grant Kippen, IFES Country Director, Yemen; Ibrahim Sharqieh, Deputy Director of the Brookings Doha Center (invited). Moderated by Michael Svetlik, IFES Vice President of Programs. Please RSVP by registering online. Venue: IFES, 1850 K Street NW, Fifth Floor, Washington, DC 20006.