Monday, September 24, 2012
Freedom on the Net 2012: Shifting Methods of Internet Control
Venue: Google, Washington DC, 1101 New York Avenue NW, Second Floor, Washington, D.C. Further details: Elizabeth Luckey, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Ben Blink, email@example.com Registration and live webcast are available here
Nigeria’s Domestic and Foreign Policy Priorities.
Speakers: Oronto Douglas, special assistant to the president on strategy; Ken Wiwa Jr., senior special assistant to the president on civil society and international media; and Dimieari Von Kemedi, special consultant to the president.
3 p.m. Venue: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1800 K Street NW, B-1 Conference Level, Washington, D.C. Further details: Andrew Schwartz, 202-775-3242, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
8 a.m. – Organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
– 9:05 a.m.: Opening address from Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee’s Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee
– 12:30 p.m.: Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific Kurt Campbell – luncheon keynote address
Campaign 2012: The Arab Awakening
Speakers: Stephanie Gaskell, defense reporter at Politico Pro; Shadi Hamid, fellow, Brookings Doha Center; Raj Desai, nonresident senior fellow at Brookings; Tamara Cofman Wittes, director of the Saban Center on Middle East Policy at Brookings; and Benjamin Wittes, senior fellow at Brookings.
Georgia on the Eve of Parliamentary Elections
12:15 p.m. – Speakers: Thomas de Waal, senior associate in the Russia and Eurasia Program at CEIP; Cory Welt, associate director for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University; and Mamuka Tsereteli, director of the Center for Black Sea-Caspian Studies at the School of International Service at American University.
Are the United States and Europe Meeting the Challenge of the Arab Awakening?
Speakers: former Secretary of State Colin Powell; and former North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Javier Solana. 3 p.m. Organized by the Atlantic Council.
Venue: The W Hotel, 515 15th Street NW, Altitude Rooftop Room, Washington, D.C. Further details: Taleen Ananian, 202-778-4993. Live webcast here.
Debating Patronal Politics in Central Asia
Speakers: Marlene Laruelle, research professor of international affairs, George Washington University; Erica Marat from American University; Lawrence Markowitz, assistant professor, Rowan University; and Sebastien Peyrouse, research professor for international Affairs, GWU. 4 p.m. – Organized by George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs.
Venue: GWU Elliott School, 1957 E Street NW, Lindner Family Commons, Room 602, Washington, D.C. Further details: 202-994-8025 Register here.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
U.S.-China Relations and the 18th Party Congress: Uncertainty Amidst Political Transition.
Keynote by: The Honorable Richard L. Armitage, Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State. Featuring: Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy, Director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Christopher K. Johnson, Senior Advisor and Freeman Chair in China Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies. 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Venue: B1 Conference Center, A/B, CSIS 1800 K. St. NW, Washington, DC 20006.
Will the Monarchs Reform? Challenges to Democracy in the Gulf
While 2011 and 2012 have witnessed unprecedented changes across the Middle East and North Africa, the Arab states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates – have not been shaken to the same degree, with the notable exception of Bahrain.
How have the uprisings and political changes in other Arab countries been perceived by both the governments and citizens of the GCC? What steps have been taken by these governments to prevent similar changes from happening in their own countries, and how have these steps been received both domestically and internationally? What, if any, steps toward democratic reform have been taken, and what future actions might we expect from Gulf governments with regard to reform? How have the GCC governments changed their approach toward their citizens, civil society organizations, media outlets, and labor unions? And how can the U.S. and other international actors engage with the Gulf in a manner that helps its citizens realize their democratic aspirations?
Speakers: Maryam al-Khawaja, Acting President, Bahrain Center for Human Rights, Deputy Director, Gulf Center for Human Rights; Les Campbell, Senior Associate and Regional Director for Middle East and North Africa Programs, National Democratic Institute; Kristin Diwan, Assistant Professor of Middle East Politics, School of International Service, American University. Moderator: Stephen McInerney, Executive Director, Project on Middle East Democracy. Click here to RSVP.
Beyond Dichotomy: Building a New Egypt.
12 noon – Discussion organized by The Woodrow Wilson Center.
Speakers: Margot Badran, senior fellow, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding at Georgetown University.
Venue: Woodrow Wilson International Center, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, D.C. Further details: 202-691-4000
12:30 p.m. – Discussion organized by Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Speakers: Gregory Mann, professor of history, Columbia University
Venue: SAIS, Bernstein-Offit Building, 1717 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Room 736, Washington, D.C. RSVP to email@example.com
Challenges for Independent News Media in Pakistan.
Speakers: Malik Siraj Akbar (left), Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at NED; Robert Dietz, Asia program coordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists; Brian Joseph, senior director for Asia and Global Programs at NED; Sherry Ricchiardi, senior writer for the American Journalism Review; and Awais Saleem, U.S. correspondent for Dunya TV.
The Next Thirty Years Peace in the Asia-Pacific
The last three decades of peace in the Asia-Pacific have made possible an unprecedented boom in international commerce and the development and consolidation of a number of robust Asian democracies. Yet worries over the security of this liberal order and its future have grown in recent years as the People’s Republic of China has pursued an intensive military build-up and used coercive diplomacy to assert its territorial claims in the South China Sea and East China Sea. What new political, security and other arrangements will securing the liberal order in Asia over the next thirty years require? What new demands might be placed on the United States and its allies in the region, including Japan and the Republic of China on Taiwan? Speakers include Hudson Institute scholars: Dr. Christopher Ford, author of the Mind of Empire, and Eric Brown. Venue: Cannon 122, Capitol Hill, Washington, DC 11:00am – 12:00pm. RSVP
Turkey and the Regional Dynamics of the Syrian Crisis.
12:30 p.m. – Discussion organized by the Middle East Institute.
Speakers: Denise Natali, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University; Omer Taspinar, fellow, Brookings Institution; Mona Yacoubian, senior adviser in the Middle East/Southwest Asia program at the Stimson Center; and Gonul Tol, founding director of MEI’s Center for Turkish Studies
Venue: Georgetown University, 37th and O Street NW, McCarthy Hall, McShain Lounge, Washington, D.C. Further details: 202-785-1141
Friday, September 28, 2012
Iran, Iraq, and the Gulf Cooperation Council: New Realities in Persian Gulf Security.
9 a.m. – Discussion organized by the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Institute for National Strategic Studies.
Speakers: David Siddhartha Patel, Cornell University; Mohsen Milani, University of South Florida; F. Gregory Gause, University of Vermont; and Roy Mottahedeh, Harvard University.
Venue: Woodrow Wilson International Center, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Fifth Floor, Washington, D.C. Further details: 202-691-4000 RSVP here
Venezuela’s Presidential Elections 2012: Final Update.
9 a.m. – Discussion organized by the Woodrow Wilson Center
Speakers: Luis Vicente Leon of Datanalisis, Caracas; David Smilde, associate professor of sociology at the University of Georgia; and David Myers, associate professor of political science at Pennsylvania State University.
Venue: Woodrow Wilson International Center, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, D.C. Further details: 202-691-4000 RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ukraine: Facing Critical Challenges.
10 a.m. – Discussion organized by the Brookings Institution.
Speakers: Edward Chow, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; William Miller, senior public policy fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Robert Nurick, senior fellow, Atlantic Council; Steven Pifer, senior fellow, Brookings; Angela Stent, nonresident senior fellow, Brookings.
Venue: Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Falk Auditorium, Washington, D.C. Further details: 202-797-6105
Yemen’s Transition: The Way Forward.
12:30 p.m. – Discussion organized by the Atlantic Council and the Woodrow Wilson International Center.
Speakers: Republic of Yemen President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi; former Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., director, president and CEO of Woodrow Wilson International Center; and Frederick Kempe, president and CEO, Atlantic Council.
Venue: Woodrow Wilson International Center, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Sixth Floor Auditorium, Washington, D.C. Further details: Taleen Ananian, 202-778-4993 – email@example.com