…. and other events listed below.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012. The National Conversation: Putin’s Return and the U.S.-Russian Reset.
Speakers: former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski; David Kramer, president, Freedom House; Nina Khrushcheva, professor, international affairs at The New School; Blair Ruble, director of the Kennan Institute and Comparative Urban Studies Project; Susan Glasser, editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy. 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012. Visions of Europe in an Election Year.
– 1:30 p.m.: Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Gordon delivers keynote address on President Barack Obama and Europe – The Record So Far
– 2:45 p.m.: Panel discussion on European Visions of the Crisis
– 4:30 p.m.: Ellen Tauscher, vice chair of the Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council; Julie Finley, former U.S. permanent representative to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE); and Jonathan Laurence, nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, participate in a panel discussion on Differing American Visions of Europe.
Venue: Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, D.C. Further details: 202-797-6105, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, May 23, 2012. – Democratization in the Caucasus: Elections in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.
Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md.; Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J.; Tom de Waal, senior associate at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Cory Welt, associate director of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at George Washington University; Christopher Walker, vice president for strategy and analysis at Freedom House; Stephen Nix, regional director for Eurasia at the International Republican Institute (IRI); and Anthony Bowyer, program manager for the Caucasus and Central Asia at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). 2 p.m.
Venue: The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission), 2203 Rayburn House Office Building, Capitol Hill, Washington, DC. Further details: Shelly Han, 202-225-1901, email@example.com
Thursday, May 24, 2012. An Invisible World: The Lives of Slaves in Modern Asia.
Radio Free Asia holds a discussion and film screening. 6 p.m. Venue: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., NW, Fourth Floor, Washington, D.C.
Thursday, May 24, 2012. The Future of Burma and the Role of Women.
Speakers: Kelley Currie, senior fellow at the Project 2049 Institute; Myra Dahgaypaw, human rights activist and campaign coordinator at the U.S. Campaign for Burma; Robert Herman, vice president for regional programs at Freedom House; and Carl Gershman, president of the National Endowment for Democracy.
Venue: Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom Street NW, Washington, D.C. 6:30 p.m. Further details: Jana Racova, 202-274-9108. RSVP required to firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, May 25, 2012. America’s Role in the World
11:00am – 12:30pm. Speakers: Benjamin Wittes, Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, Brookings Institution; Edward-Isaac Dovere, Deputy White House Editor, POLITICO; Bruce Jones, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution; Homi Kharas, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, Global Economy and Development, Brookings Institution; Strobe Talbott, President, The Brookings Institution, Arms Control Initiative.
Despite America’s longstanding status as the world’s only superpower, rapid globalization and new global security threats have raised questions about America’s role in the international order. The U.S. must contend with the rise of strong economic actors like China and Brazil, while volatile regions like the Middle East and the Korean peninsula remain dependent on America’s international security presence. The next president will have to manage these dual realities while protecting American interests at home and abroad.
Monday 28th May 2012. Delivering Change Effectively: The Obama Administration and 21st Century Diplomacy.
Speaker: Professor Anne-Marie Slaughter, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University; Director of Policy Planning, US State Department 2009-2011.
President Obama ran on a ticket of change, but it was clear early on the Obama administration would not only seek to change the US’ political course but also its governing culture. Obama’s campaign famously utilised the internet to an unprecedented extent and was the harbinger of an administration seeking to take fresh policy approaches to intractable problems set in the seemingly insurmountable structural constraints of international affairs.
By kind invitation of Baroness Neville Jones, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to a discussion with Professor Anne Marie Slaughter.
Professor Slaughter was a key player in implementing the State Department’s new approach to Diplomacy under Secretary Clinton. Co-chairing the Princeton Project on National Security, Professor Slaughter was instrumental in creating what became the blueprint for much of the Obama administration’s wider National Security thinking, before going on to become Director of Policy Planning at the State Department. In her time at State, she shepherded and launched The First Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, a major statement of intent and implementation aiming to elevate the levers of civilian power in US external policies and apply them in a manner fit for a fast changing 21st Century international arena.
She will seek to illuminate the realities and challenges of governing effectively in the 21st Century, and share insights into her time in the Obama administration as well as her views on the work that remains to be done and the specific policy challenges the US faces in general. 1 – 2pm, Monday 28th May 2012. Committee Room 4a, House of Lords, London, SW1A 0AA To attend please RSVP to: email@example.com
Thursday, May 31st. The Lady (view trailer above).
The Lady (trailer) is the extraordinary story of Burmese pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi. The film documents the beginning of Suu Kyi’s political involvement, the subsequent years she spent under house arrest as a result, her peaceful quest against a violent regime, and the painful personal sacrifices she had to make for the hope of democracy. The Lady is a story of devotion and human understanding set against a backdrop of political turmoil that continues today.
6:00 – 6:30 PM Networking Reception. 6:30 – 8:45 PM. Film Screening 8:45 – 9:30 PM Discussion and Q&A. Discussants: Win Min, Vahu Development Institute, Voice of America; Ellen Bork, Foreign Policy Initiative. Venue: Navy War Memorial, Arleigh & Roberta Burke Theater, 701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC. Click here to RSVP.
Speaker Biographies: Win Min is a senior research associate at the Vahu Development Institute and a journalist at the Voice of America. From 2004 to 2010, he was a lecturer for various Burmese programs at Chiang Mai University and for the Thai and Southeast Asian Studies Program at Payap University from 2007 to 2010 in Thailand. Prior to that, Mr. Min was a researcher at the Burma Fund from 2001 to 2005. Between 1988 and 2000, he was a student activist in Burma and a member of the All Burma Students Democratic Front. Ellen Bork is the director of Democracy and Human Rights at the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI). She came to FPI from Freedom House where she worked on projects assisting activists and dissidents around the world. She previously served as deputy director of the Project for the New American Century, a foreign policy think tank, an adviser to the Chairman of the Hong Kong Democratic Party, as the professional staff member for Asia and the Pacific at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and at the Bureau of Latin American Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Ms. Bork has been published in publications, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, and The Weekly Standard.