November 13, 2011. Cogunluk (Majority). Cogunluk (Majority) is the remarkable story of a young man’s journey navigating the fault lines of family relationships, social norms, love, and the expectations of “the majority”. The film daringly approaches the most critical topics in contemporary Turkish society while capturing the universal struggle for belonging and acceptance. Cogunluk won three of Turkey’s prestigious 2010 Golden Orange awards for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actor in addition to the sought-after Lion of the Future Award for debut films at the 2010 Venice International Film Festival.
By attending the event you are supporting HasNa’s unique programming which promotes cross-cultural understanding and economic empowerment. HasNa’s programs in Turkey bring together individuals from different backgrounds to offer a platform for them to interact and acquire useful technical, communication, and collaboration skills.
HasNa invites you to the special Washington DC premiere of the international award-winning film Cogunluk (Majority) on November 13 at 8:00 PM at the Avalon Theater, Connecticut Ave., Washington, DC. RSVP here.
November 14-15, 2001. Ideological Storms: Intellectuals and the Totalitarian Temptation. Conference Agenda includes: Day 1 – November 14, 2011 The Wilson Center. 9:00 AM ? 10:10 AM Welcome Remarks. Christian Ostermann (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars). Keynote address: Mark Lilla (Columbia University), Political Innocence and Its Modes. 10:30 AM ? 12:10 PM Avatars of Communism in Europe Discussant: Cristina Vatulescu (New York University); Jeffrey Herf (University of Maryland), The Persistence and Passing of an Illusion: Intellectuals and Communism in East Germany and in the West German New Left. Stanislao G. Pugliese (Hofstra University), Resisting the Totalitarian Temptation: Carlo Rosselli and Ignazio Silone. Michael Scammell (Columbia University), Arthur Koestler and the Temptations of Utopianism. Jeffrey Isaac (University of Indiana in Bloomington), What Albert Camus Learned About Political Violence. Full details here.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011. Belarus: The Ongoing Crackdown and Forces for Change. Nearly one year after the brutal post-December 19, 2010, election crackdown, the human rights picture in Belarus remains bleak. Brave and committed individuals who attempt to promote a democratic future for Belarus continue to be crushed by the dictatorial Lukashenka regime. Civil society continues to be under assault, with NGOs facing ever greater constraints, and freedoms of assembly and expression are severely curtailed. Yet the ongoing economic turmoil has produced growing disaffection, as manifested in Lukashenka’s plummeting popular support, and a changing domestic and international environment. The hearing will focus on the extent and impact of the crackdown on the lives of its victims and on the larger society, and what more can be done by the U.S. and our European partners to promote democratic change in Belarus.
The following witnesses are scheduled to testify: Ales Mikhalevich, Prominent Belarusian pro-democracy activist and former presidential candidate arrested and tortured in the post-December 2010 election crackdown; Rodger Potocki, Senior Director Europe, National Endowment for Democracy; Susan Corke, Director for Eurasia, Freedom House. 10:30 am, Room 210 Cannon House Office Building, Capitol Hill, Washington, DC.
November 15, 2011. Assessing Violence: The Disengagement of Indonesian Jihadis. Speaker: Julie Chernov Hwang, Visiting Fellow, East-West Center in Washington, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Goucher College, author of Peaceful Islamist Mobilization in the Muslim World: What Went Right (2009).
The scope and scale of the October 2002 Bali bombing by Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) caused some to hypothesize that Southeast Asia was fast becoming Al Qaeda’s ‘second front.’ While the threat posed by JI, its splinters, and its spinoffs to Indonesia’s security has declined since the early 2000s, it is important to understand the pathways to radicalization and disengagement taking place within the Indonesian Salafi-Jihadi community. Dr. Chernov Hwang will highlight the factors motivating individual jihadis to disengage from violence; how new members are being radicalized; and the implications of these findings for our understanding of radical Islamism and counter-terrorism in Indonesia. November 15, 10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. East-West Center in Washington, 1819 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, Sixth Floor Conference Room. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP here. Kindly send your reply by November 14
November 15, 2011. Egypt’s Parliamentary Elections: Expectations and Challenges. The Middle East Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, and the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) present Egypt’s Parliamentary Elections: Expectations and Challenges with Ibrahim Houdaiby, Freelance journalist and researcher (via Skype from Cairo); Magdy Samaan, Freelance journalist and a 2011 MENA Democracy Fellow, World Affairs Institute, Michele Dunne, Director, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, Atlantic Council.
With the electoral process beginning November 28, Egypt’s parliamentary elections will be a critical test for Egypt’s fragile transition and will be watched closely throughout the region and the world. In the pre-election environment, incidents of media censorship, politically-motivated arrests, restrictions on civil society activity, and ongoing military trials of civilians have all been cause for concern. The field of political contenders has been unclear and questions remain about the voting process itself. The panelists will explore the many uncertainties going into the parliamentary elections. 9:00am — 11:00am, Location: 6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center. Directions to the Wilson Center
November 15, 2011. Independent Media in East Africa – Democratic Pillar in Peril? New challenges to independent media are emerging in East Africa. Recently passed anti-terrorism and information laws allow governments to harass and imprison journalists with impunity. Under these new laws, six journalists have been arrested in Ethiopia since June 2011, and Somali journalists are facing tremendous threats covering conflict and famine in their country. How do local media react when their fellow journalists come under attack? How can an independent press play its crucial role as a pillar of democracy and overcome challenges in places such as Sudan and South Sudan, Somalia, Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya? The discussion will also examine the development of unions and media associations as well as the international donor community’s role in supporting independent media in East Africa.
Speakers: Tamerat Feyisa, Addisnegeronline.com; John A. “Al” Hosinski, Solidarity Center; Joan Mower, Voice of America; Omar Faruk Osman, Federation of African Journalists. Tuesday, November 15, 2011. 10-11:30 a.m. (Light refreshments will be served.). National Endowment for Democracy, 1025 F Street, N.W., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011. From Arab Spring to Coptic Winter: Sectarian Violence and the Struggle for Democratic Transition in Egypt On Sunday October 9, 2011, 25 people were killed and more than 300 injured when the Egyptian military attacked a peaceful group of Coptic Christians protesting the burning of a church in Aswan. In what has been deemed the “Massacre at Maspero,” referring to the location of the demonstration, witnesses say the army fired on the demonstrators with live ammunition and plowed into the crowd with armored vehicles. The military denied the use of live ammunition and claimed that their soldiers were attacked by an armed mob. The military has arrested at least 28 people, almost all Copts, including prominent blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah, and brought them before military prosecutors. The hearing will focus on violence perpetrated against the Coptic Christians in Egypt, the implications of the events for that community and the current Egyptian leadership, and prospects for the consolidation of democracy in Egypt.
Witnesses Scheduled to Appear: Mr. Michael H. Posner, Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Department of State; Ms. Dina Guirguis, Egyptian democracy activist and attorney and member of the Egyptian American Rule of Law Association (EARLA); Mr. Samuel Tadros, Research Fellow, Center for Religious Freedom, Hudson Institute; Dr. Michele Dunne, Director, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, Atlantic Council.
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. Iraq Drawdown and the Transfer of Civil Society Building. The American Islamic Congress and its Executive Director, Zainab Al-Suwaij, hold a briefing to discuss the transfer of civil society building to the development community in Iraq in the context of the impending drawdown of U.S. troops. The event is in cooperation with the Office of Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ). The event is open to the public. Policymakers, NGOs and the media are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. 1539 Longworth House Office Building, Capitol Hill. The panel features four esteemed speakers with expertise in civil society building initiatives: Rahman Aljebouri, Director, MENA Programs, National Endowment for Democracy; Benjamin Parry, Senior Program Manager – MENA, American Islamic Congress; Dr. Judith Yaphe, Distinguished Research Fellow for the Middle East, Institute for National Strategic Studies at National Defense University; Douglas Ollivant, Senior National Security Studies Fellow at New America Foundation; John Pinna, Office of Government Relations, American Islamic Congress (Moderator). For media inquiries, please contact Aimee Chiu at 202-595-3160 or email@example.com For more information about the event, please contact John Pinna at 202-593-3160 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration required. RSVP to email@example.com
Thursday, November 17, 2011. Game Changer: Policy and Politics For a New Middle East Conference schedule includes: 9:00am-10:30am – After the Arab Spring: Assessing US Policy in the Middle East: Steve Clemons, New America Foundation, The Atlantic; Ambassador (ret.) Daniel Kurtzer, Princeton University; Ambassador (ret.) Ron Schlicher, Former US Department of State; Tamara Cofman Wittes, Deputy Assist. Secretary of State-NEA. 10:45am-12:15pm – The Road Ahead for Emerging Arab Democracies: Esraa Abdel Fattah, Egyptian Democratic Academy; Michele Dunne, Atlantic Council; Larry Diamond, Stanford University; Radwan Masmoudi, Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy. 2:15pm-3:45 pm – Shifting Regional Power Dynamics in an Era of Change: Abdelkhaleq Abdalla, UAE University; Jamal Khashoggi, Al-Arab TV; Haim Malka, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Mohsen Milani, South Florida University; Paul Salem, Carnegie Middle East Center. 4:00pm-5:30pm- Economic and Development Strategies for a Middle East in Transition: Adel Abdellatif, UN Development Programme; Odeh Aburdene, OAI Advisors; Iman Bibars, Ashoka/MENA; Ambassador William B. Taylor, US Department of State.
Thursday, November 17, 2011. Matching the Market and the Model While media in many countries have shaken off political controls of the past and are operating with unprecedented freedom, media managers and editors in emerging democracies often find they are unable to take full advantage of this new space because they lack basic skills in business management. Mounting economic pressures and the move toward mobile distribution of news with very different advertising structures make it even more difficult to sustain hard-won advances on the editorial front. Panelists will examine these challenges and discuss two new reports: Financially Viable Media in Emerging and Developing Markets, published by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers in partnership with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, and Matching the Market and the Model: The Business of Independent News Media, by the Center for International Media Assistance. Both studies cite the need for a shift in media assistance that will help media managers build a more solid and sustainable economic foundation to support the creation of quality content on multiple platforms. The speakers will outline a variety of business models for media in several countries around the world and examine what lessons can be learned from those experiences.
Michelle J. Foster, Author, Matching the Market and the Model: The Business of Independent News Media; Caroline H. Little, Newspaper Association of America; Harlan Mandel, Media Development Loan Fund; Anne Nelson, Principal Researcher, Financially Viable Media in Emerging and Development Markets Moderated by: John D. Sullivan, Center for International Private Enterprise. 12-2:00 p.m. (Lunch served from 12-12:30 p.m.) 1025 F Street, N.W., Suite 800, Washington, DC20004. If you are unable to attend, watch the event live here. Follow the event on Twitter: #cimaevents
November 17, 2011: Is the Community of Democracies Coming of Age? Since its establishment just over ten years ago, the Community of Democracies has struggled to fulfill its potential. Critics have questioned its ability to go beyond talk to effective action in support of global democracy. In the past several years, the Community has made new efforts to sharpen its governance and set out practical lines of work. Proponents of the Community argue that it is now coming of age and deserves a second look from skeptics. Key official representatives active in the Community will discuss whether this optimism is warranted and highlight current developments in the Community’s work. Speakers: Samantha Power serves as special assistant to the president and senior director for multilateral affairs and human rights in the Executive Office of the President. Evaldas Ignatavicius is vice-minister of foreign affairs of Lithuania. Suren Badral is ambassador-at-large to the Community of Democracies for Mongolia. Tomicah Tillemann is senior adviser for civil society and emerging democracies to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Moderator: Thomas Carothers is the vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is the founder and director of the Democracy and Rule of Law Program. 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM EST. Location: 1779 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20036. Full details here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011. “A Bitter Taste of Freedom.” A powerful documentary chronicling the life and career of slain investigative reporter Anna Politkovskaya, “A Bitter Taste of Freedom,” will screen Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. at Georgetown University. The International Women’s Media Foundation, in partnership with Georgetown University’s Film and Media Studies Program and the Doyle Initiative, will present the screening, followed by a question-answer session with acclaimed Russian filmmaker Marina Goldovskaya, at the McNeir Auditorium, 37th and O Streets NW. The event is free, but seating is limited; please RSVP to email@example.com by Nov. 15.
Politkovskaya, the winner of IWMF’s 2002 Courage in Journalism Award, spent her career exposing corruption and abuse of power as a reporter for Novaya Gazeta. During her investigation of human rights abuses by the Russian military in the Chechen conflict, soldiers threatened to rape and shoot her. After repeated death threats, Politkovskaya was brutally killed outside her apartment on Oct. 7, 2006. For additional information about the documentary, please contact IWMF’s Director of Programs Nadine Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-567-2610.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011: Contemporary Challenges Facing North Africa. North Africa, a region that has been recently thrust back into the spotlight, is facing profound political, economic, social, and security challenges. The recent toppling of the presidents of Tunisia and Egypt, the ongoing violence in Libya, and the spreading protests throughout the Middle East, pose a direct threat to regime stability, calling into question the legitimacy of some while strengthening the legitimacy of others. Struggling with rising poverty, health care deficiencies, and unemployment, North Africa is in great need of human resource development and a stronger private sector. Finally, the rise of political Islam and more importantly the proliferation of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) feature among the primary concerns of the region and bear serious implications for Africa, the greater Middle East, and beyond. This conference will bring together recognized academic and analytical expertise in order to examine these challenges and their implications for U.S. foreign policy. Speakers: Bruce Maddy-Weitzman, Tel Aviv University; Audra Grant, RAND Corporation; Peter Schraeder, Loyola University Chicago; William Lawrence, International Crisis Group. Moderated by Tally Helfont, FPRI. Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2011. Place: Reserve Officers Association, One Constitution Avenue NE, Washington, DC. Free for Members of FPRI and ROA $20 for others. Event will be webcast.
Contact Tally Helfont at (215) 732-3774, ext 218 or email@example.com. Use this link to register for free webcast.
Bruce Maddy-Weitzman is Senior Research Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University and editor of its Tel Aviv Notes, an update on Middle Eastern developments. Audra K. Grant is a political scientist at the RAND Corporation, whose current research is on climate change and displacement in Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Yemen, and Syria and on Moroccan youth. Peter J. Schraeder is a professor and graduate program director in the Department of Political Science at Loyola University Chicago. His research interests include comparative foreign policy theory, United States and European foreign policies toward Africa and the Middle East, African politics and foreign policy (including North Africa), and intervention in world politics and international democracy promotion. William Lawrence directs the International Crisis Group’s North Africa Project. Previously, he served as a U.S. State Department Senior Advisor for Global Engagement and as the State Department’s officer in charge of Tunisian and Libyan Affairs. Tally Helfont is a research fellow and the Coordinator of FPRI’s Program on the Middle East. Her current research focuses on the Levant, regional balance of power, and radical ideologies therein.
December 1, 2011: From Aid to Enterprise: Economic Liberty and Solutions to Poverty. Despite billions being spent trying to relieve poverty in the developing world over several decades, the results have been mixed at best. It is very hard to identify any country that has escaped poverty primarily through aid. By contrast, many countries have transitioned themselves towards significant, widespread economic prosperity through free enterprise, a moral culture, and the institutions that facilitate wealth-creation.
The Acton Institute will hold a day-long conference – From Aid to Enterprise: Economic Liberty and Solutions to Poverty – in London to explore the nature of free enterprise solutions to poverty, their underlying moral and institutional prerequisites, and stories of success and failure.
Bringing together scholars, policy-makers, clergy, and business leaders, this conference will address questions such as the limits and unintended consequences of aid, the role played by religious organizations in promoting or impeding economic development in developing countries, the emergence of cultures and institutions that facilitate economic growth, and the place of business in poverty-alleviation. This conference is the last in the seven-part series Poverty, Entrepreneurship, and Integral Development.
Speakers include: Paul Collier is professor of economics and director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University. He is the author of The Bottom Billion, which in 2008 won the Lionel Gelber, Arthur Ross and Corine prizes and in May 2009 was the joint winner of the Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book prize. His second book, Wars, Guns and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places was published in March 2009; and his latest book, The Plundered Planet: How to reconcile prosperity with nature was published in May of this year. Others speakers include: Mr. Declan Ganley, Ms. Marcela Escobari, Lord Brian Griffiths, Dr. Antoinette Kankindi, Ms. Anielka Münkel, Professor James Tooley. Date: Thursday, 1 December 2011. Time: 10.00-17.00 (includes lunch) Registration opens at 9.00 Location: Crowne Plaza St. James, Buckingham Gate, London SW1E-6AF. This conference is free and open to the public. Click here to register
December 7-9, 2011. Ideology, Power, and Alliances in a Changing Middle East. Washington Forum of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. The FDD’s annual policy summit this year focuses on “Ideology, Power, and Alliances in a Changing Middle East” and will explore policy options for the challenges facings the world’s free nations.
Taking place December 7-9, the conference will feature some of the world’s foremost experts in national security, foreign policy and the Middle East at the Newseum, one of Washington’s premiere venues.
Join FDD experts and interact with officials, diplomats, journalists and scholars. Speakers include Ambassador Ron Prosor (Israeli Ambassador to the UN), Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY, 17th District), Lt. Col. John Nagl (Counterinsurgency Expert, Center for New American Security), Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL, 19th District), Stephen Rademaker (Former Assistant Secretary of State, Bush Administration) Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA, 28th District), John Limbert (Former Iranian hostage, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Obama Administration), Roya Hakakian (Bestselling author and Founder of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center), Catherine Dale (National Security Expert, Congressional Research Service), and many others. More speakers are being added every day. Check out the FDD website for the full list.
Register Online here. For more information about the conference or help with your registration, please contact Annie@defenddemocracy.org or 202.250.6144
The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies is a non-profit, non-partisan policy institute dedicated exclusively to promoting pluralism, defending democratic values, and fighting the ideologies that drive terrorism. Founded shortly after the attacks of 9/11, FDD combines policy research, democracy and counterterrorism education, strategic communications, and investigative journalism in support of its mission.