Tuesday, September 28, 2010- 12:00 p.m. “The Case for Business in Developing Economies.”
Business is regularly portrayed in public discourse as morally deficient and prone to despoil the environment, undermine democracy, and stunt development. Ann Bernstein will explain why such ill-founded views, prevalent in rich countries, are especially harmful to the world’s poor. She will criticize misguided campaigns to transform the way business behaves — such as the corporate social responsibility movement — and the acquiescence of business in those efforts. Instead the author calls on business leaders to stand up for themselves; vigorously promote market economics; and defend the role of companies as the powerful instruments of progress, innovation, and development that they are. To register for this event, email email@example.com, fax (202) 371-0841, or call (202) 789-5229. Please arrive early. Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Avenue NW, F.A. Hayek Auditorium, Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010- 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. “Celebrate RFE’s 60th Anniversary!” Sixty years ago, RFE launched its first broadcast from the Empire State Building with a pledge to deliver the news “in the American tradition of free speech.” Six decades later, 20 million people in 21 countries – from Russia to the Middle East – still depend on RFE. Around the world, BBG news organizations — RFE, VOA, Radio Free Asia, Radio/TV Marti, Radio Sawa, and Alhurra — have a combined weekly audience of more than 171 million people. On this historic RFE anniversary, recently confirmed BBG Chairman Isaacson will outline his vision for the future of U.S. international broadcasting. The event will take place at The Newseum – Knight Conference Center, 8th Floor, located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001. To RSVP please go to firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> or 202-457-6949
Wednesday, September 29, 2010- 9:00 a.m. “Towards a Palestinian State: Is Institution-Building Succeeding?”
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s government is midway through an ambitious two-year plan to build the necessary infrastructure for a viable Palestinian state. One-year on, our panelists assess its progress. Are Palestinian institutions approaching readiness for statehood? What obstacles exist to progress on the ground? How does the state-building track align with the negotiating track, and what are the challenges or opportunities presented by the coinciding one-year goal for completion of direct peace talks? Panelists will include Howard Sumka of the U.S. Agency for International Development; Nathan Brown of CEIP; Neil Kritz and Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen of USIP; and Ghaith Al-Omari of the American Task Force on Palestine. The event will take place at 1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. For more information please contact Lauren Sucher, 202-429-3822, firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010- 10:30 a.m. “Promoting Political Reform in Lebanon: Opportunities and Challenges.”
Over the past fifteen months, Lebanon has held two critical elections: the June 2009 parliamentary elections and the May 2010 municipal elections. Limited but important electoral reforms accompanied both polls, and the elections could mark the beginning of Lebanon’s transition to a stable democracy. Many view electoral and other political reforms as critical to managing Lebanon’s complex sectarian diversity. Lebanese Interior Minister Ziad Baroud will discuss the pursuit of political reform in Lebanon from his unique vantage point as a longstanding civil society activist who was subsequently appointed as Interior Minister. Tamara Wittes, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern affairs, will offer a US policy perspective on the opportunities and challenges of democracy promotion in Lebanon, placing Lebanon in a broader regional context of US democracy promotion strategy in the Middle East. Richard Chambers, Chief of Party in Lebanon for IFES, will provide remarks from the perspective of an on-the-ground democracy promotion organization, working towards long term electoral reform and strengthened election administration in Lebanon. The event will take place at the Beacon Hotel, 1615 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. For more information please contact Lauren Sucher, 202-429-3822, firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com [ RSVP required.]
Wednesday, September 29, 2010- 12:00 p.m. “Covering Corruption: The Difficulties of Trying to Make a Difference.”
It is often taken for granted that a free press shining a light on wrongdoing is the way to control corruption. Brave journalists around the world have endured threats and attacks and have even died reporting about corruption. Yet only recently have news organizations begun asking whether what they are doing is making any difference, particularly in states where democracy is weak or non-existent. Where police and politicians are among the corrupt, the courts are bound by the powerful, and people have come to accept petty bribery and gifting as normal, what can journalists do? A new CIMA report by Rosemary Armao, Covering Corruption: The Difficulties of Trying to Make a Difference, examines the impact of reporting about the topic on the incidence of corruption, asking whether and how media have an effect in bringing about reform and better governance. It also explores reporting methods that lead to civil action and reform while keeping journalists safe, and suggests training approaches for media development organizations and educational institutions. The event will take place at NED, 1025 F Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, D.C. For more information please contact 202-378-9700, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org RSVP to email@example.com with your name and affiliation.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010- 12:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m. “Between Religion and Politics”
As Islamist movements in the Arab world become more politically active, they are struggling to pursue their moral and religious agenda while navigating daily political tussles. In the face of repressive regimes, they have achieved some popular support, but enjoyed few—if any—concrete successes, write Nathan J. Brown and Amr Hamzawy. In their new book Between Religion and Politics, Brown and Hamzawy analyze Islamist movements in Egypt, Morocco, Yemen, Jordan, Palestine, and Kuwait and how they have failed to satisfy their political and religious constituencies. Nathan Brown and Amr Hamzawy will discuss their new book. Marwan Muasher will moderate. Carnegie Endowment, 1779 Massachusetts Ave., NW. For more information and to RSVP please visit here.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010- 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. “Legal Hooliganism- Is the Yukos Show Trial Finally Over?”
U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), and Co-Chairman Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) announced they will convene a briefing featuring the lead courtroom attorney from the Moscow trial of Mikhail Khodorkovsky.In cooperation with Freedom House, this U.S. Helsinki Commission event will explore what the second trial of Russia’s most prominent oligarch says about the rule of law in Russia. The event will take place at 1539 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC. Please RSVP here.
Thursday, September 30, 2010- 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. “A Modern Narrative for Muslim Women in the Middle East”
Al-Souhail, and Husseini, along with Saudi Professor Fawziah Al-Baker, profiled their home countries as part of the publication, “A Modern Narrative for Muslim Women in the Middle East.” Al-Hani will be joining these women on the panel to speak on Saudi Arabia. Their testimonies and recommendations will reflect on the social, economic, political, legal, and religious conditions unique to the women’s movements in these nations. Coffee and cookies will be served outside the conference room starting at 9:30 a.m.Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 202-691-4184. Seating is limited. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The event will take place at the Woodrow Wilson Center at One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW. For more information or to RSVP please go here.
Thursday, September 30, 2010- 12:00 p.m. “Russia and the Rule of Law”
In 2003, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once one of Russia’s wealthiest businessmen as head of YUKOS Oil, was arrested on what most analysts considered trumped up and politically motivated charges of multi-billion ruble tax evasion. The Economist described these charges as “Kafkaesque.” Khodorkovsky’s second trial is likely to wind up this fall. The Khodorkovsky case exemplifies the abuse of the legal system, the state’s blatant role in property confiscation and redistribution, and wide-spread state corruption, all of which continue to rage in Putin’s Russia despite growing internal and international skepticism. Hudson Institute invites you to attend a discussion of the state of the rule of law in Russia. Joining this panel discussion will be lead defense attorney for Khodorkovsky, Vadim Klyuvgant; Hudson Institute Senior Fellow David Satter; and Andrei Piontkovsky, author of Russian Identity. The event will be moderated by S. Enders Wimbush, Senior Vice President, Hudson Institute. The event will take place at the Hudson Institute, 1015 15th Street NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, D.C. For more information or to RSVP please contact 202-223-7770; [Note: RSVP to email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> with your name and affiliation.]
Thursday, September 30, 2010- 12:15 p.m. “Corruption in Yemen.”
Corruption is the root cause of Yemen’s stagnated growth, wasting vital resources, time, and human capabilities. Combating corruption should be a central part of any strategy to reduce instability and improve the lives of Yemeni citizens. The Center for International Private Enterprise’s new documentary, “Destructive Beast,” is a groundbreaking film exposing the economic and social costs of corruption in Yemen. The 40-minute film captures the scale of the abuse of power, neglect, bribery, wasted public resources, and favoritism that have so ravaged that country’s development and stability. Abdulwahab Alkebsi will discuss the issues the film highlights. Christopher Boucek will moderate. This film was produced with the support from the National Endowment for Democracy. The event will take place at CEIP, 1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. For more information please contact 202-483-7600; http://www.CarnegieEndowment.org.
Thursday, September 30, 2010- 12:30 p.m. “Measuring Inequality: The Human Opportunity Index.”
The Woodrow Wilson Center (WWC); and the World Bank will be holding a seminar on “Measuring Inequality: The Human Opportunity Index,” which is designed to measure differences in access to opportunities within and among countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. Participants will include Marcelo Guigale and Carolina Renteria of the World Bank; Robert Kaufman of Rutgers University; and Jeni Klugman of the United Nations Development Program. The event will take place at WWC, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. For more information please contact 202-691-4000; [Note: RSVP requested. A live webcast will be available online: http://www.wilsoncenter.org/lap]
Thursday, September 30, 2010- 3 p.m. “Merchants of Modernity: Business, Development, and Democracy in Developing Countries.”
In her new book, The Case for Business in Developing Economies, former Reagan-Fascell Fellow Ann Bernstein argues that “just doing business” can have unintended positive consequences for society. These include potentially transforming the trajectory of national economies; boosting the forces for modernization; strengthening civil society; expanding human rights and the rule of law; and unleashing pressures for democratization. In this sense business, far from being a conservative force supporting the status quo or an essentially malign power that needs to pay a social penalty to offset the negative consequences of its pursuit of profit, is a constant agent of social change.
Please join us as Ms. Bernstein explains her argument that economic rationality inadvertently leads to individuals with modern attitudes and to the creation of civil society, which in turn facilitate human rights, pluralism, and democracy. The market, she contends, is a driver of democratic development. The event will take place at the National Endowment for Democracy, 1025 F Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, D.C. For more information please contact 202-378-9700, email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>; [Note: RSVP to email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> with your name and affiliation by September 28.]
Friday, October 1, 2010- 9:00 a.m. “Democracy and Politics in Venezuela”
The Inter-American Dialogue and the Open Society Institute will be holding a discussion on democracy and politics in Venezuela, focusing on the findings of a recent Centro Gumilla study on changing perceptions of democracy in Venezuela and Latin America. Participants will include Father Jose Virtuoso, executive director of the Venezuelan research center Centro Gumilla and recently appointed dean of the Universidad Catolica Andres Bello; and Bernardo Alvarez, Venezuelan ambassador to the United States. The event will take place at the Inter-American Dialogue, 1211 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 510, Washington, D.C. For more information please contact 202-822-9002.
1 October 2010, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. The Korean Workers’ Party Third Conference: What is it all About?
Amid speculation on political succession, economic uncertainties in the wake of devastating floods and ambitious plans to become a “strong and prosperous nation” by the 2012 centennial of founding leader Kim Il Sung’s birth, the Korean Worker’s Party is set to convene its Third Conference on September 28, the first of its kind since 1966.
Despite the attention the event has captured in the world media, judging from the level of discussion on the upcoming gathering, few know what to expect. What does the conference mean for the KWP, long suspected of having been sidelined by the military in the “Songun,” or “military-first” era? Why a conference, as opposed to a party congress? What is the difference? What outcomes might we reasonably expect from the conference in terms of economic reform, political succession, etc.? How should we interpret the delay in convening the event?
Ryoo Kihljae, professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul and Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will address these and related questions, providing essential context by analyzing the first two party conferences in 1958 and 1966, and offering suggestions about possible results for the upcoming political gathering.
1 October 2010, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 5th Floor Conference Room, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC.
Thursday, October 7, 2010. The Elusive Synthesis: Exploring the Changing Relationship Between Democracy Support and Development Aid. Panelists: Thomas Carothers, Scott Hubli, Brian Levy. Moderator: Marc F. Plattner, Co-editor, Journal of Democracy.
The once relatively separate communities of democracy aid and development aid have in recent years become increasingly interconnected. Developmentalists acknowledge the importance of taking politics into account and accept governance as a factor in developmental success. Democracy aid providers embrace the need to shape their efforts to “help democracy deliver” on the socioeconomic front. Yet within each of these communities uncertainty and at times ambivalence still mark attitudes about the other. Do the growing ties between the two domains constitute a process of integration or even synthesis? What are the most important areas of common ground and the most significant differences? What does it mean to integrate democracy goals into a larger developmental agenda?
To mark the publication of a set of articles on this topic in the October 2010 issue of the Journal of Democracy, and the publication a new Journal of Democracy book, Debates on Democratization (Johns Hopkins Press), the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Journal of Democracy are cosponsoring a panel discussion on this topic featuring the authors of the articles in the October 2010 Journal forum on democracy and development.
12:15 to 1:45 pm (Lunch from 12 pm). Venue: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202 483 7600. Fax: 202 483 1840. Email: email@example.com
Thomas Carothers is the vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Scott Hubli is the director of governance programs at the National Democratic Institute (NDI). Brian Levy is currently an adviser on public sector governance at the World Bank. Moderator Marc F. Plattner is founding coeditor of the Journal of Democracy, vice-president for research and studies at the National Endowment for Democracy and director of the International Forum for Democratic Studies.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010- 6:00 p.m. “Paradoxes of the New Authoritarianism”
Ivan Krastev will deliver the 2010 Seymour Martin Lipset Lecture on Democracy in the World. Krastev, the chairman of Bulgaria’s Centre for Liberal Strategies will discuss Paradoxes of the New Authoritarianism. (Reception to follow). The event will take place at The Embassy of Canada, 501 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC. RSVP (acceptances only) by October 13 to (202) 378-9675 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Photo ID required.
Monday, November 15, 2010 “Preventing Genocide and Mass Atrocities: Goals and Challenges of International Cooperation.”
The Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Committee on Conscience will be hosting a symposium, Preventing Genocide and Mass Atrocities: Goals and Challenges of International Cooperation, to be held on November 15, 2010, in Paris, France. If you are planning to attend, please contact by September 27, Nadia Ficara at email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
The listing was compiled by Hannah Egerton.