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February 2018

Sovereign Risk at Moody’s

February 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
ECR (ICC 700)

Michael Brown, MSFS '16, is Associate Analyst in the Sovereign Risk Group at Moody's Investors Service. Michael will share with SFS students insights about work done by the Sovereign Risk Group and field questions about employment in the sector.

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The End of the End of History

February 5 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
Intercultural Center (ICC) 550, 3700 O Street NW, Washington, DC 20057, 1401 Center St NW
Washington, DC United States

The BMW Center for German and European Studies invites you to the fourth installment of the 2017-2018 "Transnational Perspectives on Democratic Erosion: Past, Present, and Future" special event series: A lecture by: Dr. Kim Lane Scheppele Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs Princeton University Kim Lane Scheppele is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton. From 2005-2015, she was Director…

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Digitally Mapping Colonial Yucatán: Visiting Researcher Geoffrey Wallace

February 6 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EST
ICC 450

CLAS and the Department of History are honored to have Geoff Wallace, Ph.D. candidate in History from McGill University and current CLAS Visiting Researcher, lead this fascinating discussion. The atlas and the data he is using for this project are closely linked to his forthcoming dissertation from McGill University, “The Living Rock: Environmental Histories of Yucatán, 1540-1730.” Prior to arriving at CLAS as a Visiting Researcher, Geoff was a lecturer at McGill University and the University of Ottawa.RSVP: http://bit.ly/2rTzYWh

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Alexander Thurston Book Launch: Boko Haram, The History of an African Jihadist Movement

February 7 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EST
Mortara Center for International Studies, 3600 N Street NW, 36th St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA, 1201 36th St NW
Washington, DC United States

Boko Haram: The History of an African Jihadist Movement examines one of the world’s deadliest jihadist groups. Boko Haram has killed more than twenty thousand people and displaced more than two million in a campaign of terror that began in Nigeria but has since spread to Chad, Niger, and Cameroon as well. This is the first book to tell the full story of this West African affiliate of the Islamic State, from its beginnings in the early 2000s to its most…

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US – Mexico Security Relations: A Presentation by Gerardo Rodríguez Sánchez Lara

February 7 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EST
ICC 450

Professor Gerardo Rodríguez Sánchez Lara, MPP, will lead us in a conversation on national security in Mexico and its structural problems, based on the research of behind his latest book, Seguridad Nacional en México y sus Problemas Estructurales.RSVP: http://bit.ly/2DQnPTI

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Poetry at the Center: Yehoshua November

February 7 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST
Mortara Center for International Studies, 3600 N Street NW, 36th St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA, 1201 36th St NW
Washington, DC United States

The Center for Jewish Civilization invites poet, Yehoshua November, to our inaugural poetry series event! Copies of his latest book will be available for purchase, and light appetizers will be served.

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Lloyd George Lecture: The Meaning of 1919 as We Approach 2019

February 8 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST
Fisher Colloquium, McDonough School of Business

Please join the Walsh School of Foreign Service for the inaugrual Lloyd George Lecture with a keynote by Margaret MacMillan, Professor of History at University of Toronto and former Warden at St. Antony's College, Oxford UniversityMacMillan, author of Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World, will set the historical context of the Centennial Anniversary of the Walsh School of Foreign Service in a discussion with John Ikenberry, Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University, and Erez Manela, Professor…

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Kazakhstan’s Nationhood: Politics and Society on the Move

February 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
Copley Formal Lounge, 3700 O St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA Washington, DC United States

Kazakhstan’s Nationhood: Politics and Society on the MovewithDr. Marlene LaruelleKazakhstan offers a multifaceted state narrative about the nation’s identity, with several competing repertoires: Kazakhness, Kazakhstaness, and a third one, advancing a transnational and modernizing brand for the country. Each of these three narratives target different audiences (the Kazakh-speaking, the Russian-speaking, and the international community) and intimately interconnect domestic and foreign policy strategies. Thirty years after the perestroika, the country is still facing profound changes in its nation-building, with growing interactions…

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2018 Transatlantic Policy Symposium

February 9 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm EST
Copley Formal Lounge, 3700 O St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA Washington, DC United States

The BMW Center for German and European Studies invites you to the 2018 Transatlantic Policy Symposium Twilight of the West: Does the Waning of America’s Global Leadership Spell the Weakening of the Transatlantic Partnership? The Transatlantic Policy Symposium (TAPS) is an annual conference fully organized by the graduate students of the BMW Center for German and European Studies in the Walsh School of Foreign Service. The conference brings together academics, students, and professionals from around the world to discuss pressing…

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CCAS Roundtable Series: The Global Merchants: The World of the Sassoons

February 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
Georgetown University Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, 3700 O Street, N.W., 241 Intercultural Center (ICC), Washington, DC 20057, USA, 1401 Center St NW
Washington, DC United States

The CCAS invites you to join us for the next installment of our monthly faculty & visiting scholar roundtable series, entitled "سوق الفكر," or Souq Al-Fikr.In this installment, CCAS Associate Professor and Sheikh Sabah Al Salem Al Sabah Chair, Dr. Joseph Sassoon, will deliver a talk entitled: The Global Merchants: The World of the Sassoons.The Sassoons' story is not just the story of an Arab Jewish family that settled in India, traded in China, and aspired to be British. It also presents…

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Friday Music Series: Huda Asfour, Oud; Kamyar Arsani, Daf

February 9 @ 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm EST
Georgetown University, 3700 O St NW, Washington, DC 20057, USA, 3901 Georgetown Ct NW
Washington, DC United States

The Center for Contemporary Studies is excited to partner with the Performing Arts Department on this installment of their Friday Music Series.Huda Asfour, a Palestinian oud player and Kamyar Arsani, an Irani Daf player explore the region's rich musical repertoire. The duo delves into the universe of Mashriq rhythms to create a transcending musical and vocal dialogue, influenced by the zaar, sufi thikr and more. The Georgetown University Friday Music Series features acclaimed artists in free concerts at 1:15 p.m. on select…

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Remapping IR: Protean Power: Exploring the Uncertain and Unexpected in World Politics

February 12 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EST
Mortara Center for International Studies, 3600 N Street NW, 36th St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA, 1201 36th St NW
Washington, DC United States

Despite being repeatedly surprised by unexpected change and public debate, mainstream international relations scholarship continue to assume that the world is governed by calculable risk based on estimates of power. Protean power highlights and challenges this assumption by arguing for the acknowledgment of uncertainty as an important condition of political and social life.Peter Katzenstein is the Walter S. Carpenter Professor of International Studies at Cornell University and a former President of the American Political Science Association.RSVPThe goal of Remapping IR…

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2018 Raymond “Jit” Trainor Award and Lecture

February 12 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm EST
Gaston Hall Georgetown University, 37th O Streets, NW, Washington, DC 20057, USA Washington, DC United States

The Institute for the Study of Diplomacy Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Serviceand Trustees of the Trainor Endowmentcordially invite you to the2018  J. Raymond “Jit” Trainor AwardforExcellence in the Conduct of Diplomacyin honor ofThe Honorable Madeleine K. AlbrightFormer United States Secretary of StateSecretary Albright exemplifies the core values of the Trainor Award for “excellence in the conduct of diplomacy” not only through her service as U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and as the first woman Secretary of State, but by her commitment…

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Beauty and Many Beasts — Economic Governance in the EU: The View from Non-Euro Area Member States

February 13 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
Intercultural Center 700 (ECR), 3700 O Street NW, Washington, DC 20057, 1401 Center St NW
Washington, DC United States

The BMW Center for German and European Studies and the Master of Science in Foreign Service program invite you to: Beauty and Many Beasts — Economic Governance in the EU: The View from Non-Euro Area Member States a lecture with: Dr. Liviu Voinea Deputy Governor National Bank of Romania Liviu Voinea has been Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Romania and executive member of the Board of the National Bank since October 2014. He coordinates the departments of financial…

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Federalism and Participatory Politics in Brazil

February 13 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

Join McCourt School of Public Policy ; Center for Latin American Studies at the Walsh School of Foreign Service ; and the Latin American Leadership Program for a discussion on Federalism and Participatory Politics in Brazil with Governor Fernando Pimentel. Governor Pimentel, governor of Minas Gerais, will discuss innovation, democracy, and the challenges of governing states in a federalist system.RSVP: https://docs.google.com/a/georgetown.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdrAJ5VBd69SlCL5TivJbzd9brmrpc7BKbD-kVTeFwfy-iXUg/viewform

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Poetry at the Center: Kim Roberts

February 13 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST
McGhee Library, ICC 3rd Floor

The Center for Jewish Civilization invites poet, Kim Roberts, for the second event of our poetry series! Light appetizers will be served, and copies of her latest book will be available for purchase! RSVP here: https://cjckimroberts.eventbrite.com

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ACMCU event: “Cecil Brown: Journalism’s Crusader for Truth” with Dr. Reed Smith

February 14 @ 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm EST

Cecil Brown was a journalist from the 1930s until 1970 who, although he won all of broadcast journalism’s major awards, has been largely overlooked by media historians until now. After beginning his career as a freelance newspaper reporter, CBS hired Brown to become a member of the famous Edward R. Murrow European radio news team at the start of World War II. Brown reported from Italy, Yugoslavia, North Africa, Singapore and Australia, and survived the Japanese sinking of the British…

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US-European Relations in a Time of Flux: The View from the European Parliament

February 15 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm EST

The BMW Center for German and European Studies and the European Parliament Liaison Office invite you to: US-European Relations in a Time of Flux: The View from the European Parliament a roundtable with: Dr. Christian Ehler Chairman, Delegation for Relations with the US Christian Democratic Union, Germany Mr. Jeppe Kofod Vice-Chairman, Delegation for Relations with the US Social Democrats, Denmark Ms. Marietje Schaake Vice-Chairman, Delegation for Relations with the US Democrats 66, Netherlands RSVP: https://cges-meps.eventbrite.com For event inquiries please contact…

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Authoritarian Leaders in Asia and the Middle East

February 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

In East Asia and the Middle East, harsh dictators have maintained power in spite of internal disruptions and shifting global trends. When North Korea’s Kim Jong-il died, experts and scholars who predicted the end of the Kim regime were rebuffed by the stability of Kim Jong-un’s rule. When the Arab Spring swept the Middle East and Syria broke into a civil war, the world waited for Bashar al-Assad to relinquish power, but seven years later Assad is still firmly in…

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The Rohingya Crisis

February 15 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST
Healey Family Student Center, Tondorf Rd, Washington, DC 20007, USA, 2201 Hall Pl NW
Washington, DC United States

As you read this, thousands of ethnic minority Rohingyas are being forced to flee from Myanmar following the destruction of their villages by the Myanmar army. In August of 2017 alone, an estimated 6,700 Rohingya were killed, 700 of which were children. This ongoing crisis has been labeled a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing” by the United Nations and has garnered significant media coverage. Dr. Azeem Ibrahim is a Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College,…

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Friday Music Series: Lubana al-Quntar, soprano; Eylem Basaldi, violin; April Centrone, percussion and oud;

February 16 @ 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm EST

The Center for Contemporary Studies is partnering with the Performing Arts Department on this installment of their Friday Music Series.Syria is one of the global centers of traditional Arabic music—with origins of its rich musical heritage evident from the clay tablets (cuneiform scripts) in the ancient city of Tell Hariri, to the discover of the Hurrian hymn, the oldest surviving substantially complete work of notated music in history, in the northern city of Canaanite in the Ugarit kingdom. Bridging centuries,…

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Maksoud Lecture Series: Youth Citizenship in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia

February 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EST

 The CCAS is excited to host Dr. Charis Boutieri to conclude our Clovis Maksoud Lecture Series on human development. **Reception at 5:00pm with lecture at 6:00pm**The event is open and free to the public, but kindly RSVP here.Abstract:End of year carnival revelries in Tunisian high schools recently became the target of official repression and moral public outrage. In this talk, school students and teachers turn the components and layers of these revelries as well as the scandal they caused into objects…

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ACMCU event “On Gender, Justice, and Change: Muslim Women’s Activism as Practice and Discourse” with Julianne Hammer

February 21 @ 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm EST
ICC 270

Juliane Hammer is associate professor and Kenan Rifai Scholar of Islamic studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She specializes in the study of American Muslims, contemporary Muslim thought, women and gender in Islam, and Sufism. She is the author of Palestinians Born in Exile: Diaspora and the Search for a Homeland (2005) and American Muslim Women, Religious Authority, and Activism: More Than a Prayer (2012), as well as the co-editor of A Jihad for Justice (with…

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Undergraduate Certificate in Diplomatic Studies (CDS) Info Session

February 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
CCAS Boardroom, ICC

RSVP link: https://ucds-2018.eventbrite.comPlease join us on February 21 in CCAS Boardroom from 4:00-5:00 pm for an information session to learn more about the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy’s certificate in diplomatic studies. Current sophomores are eligible to apply by March 23, 2018. The undergraduate Certificate in Diplomatic Studies is designed for students whose careers will demand an understanding of the formulation and implementation of foreign policy. It is open to students from all BSFS majors and seeks to build on the…

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POSTPONED!! Now March 1. Cuban Energy Insecurity: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Challenges

February 22 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EST
ICC 450

For nearly two centuries, energy insecurity has been a key factor shaping the history of modern Cuba and Cuba's place in the Gulf/Caribbean region and the wider world. Based on research in published and archival sources in Cuba, the United States, Mexico, Venezuela, and the United Kingdom, this presentation will give an overview of the energy history of Cuba in the fossil-fuel age, and argue that the problem of energy insecurity is essential to understand both the origins and the…

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Poetry at the Center: Master Class in Creative Writing w/ David Ebenbach

February 22 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST
McGhee Library, ICC 3rd Floor

Join the Center for Jewish Civilization for this third and final event in our poetry series! The event will be led by professor of the practice, David Ebenbach. RSVP here: https://cjccreativewriting.eventbrite.com

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Unpacking the Muslim Bans with Shoba Wadhia

February 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EST
Leavey Program Room, Georgetown University, 3800 Reservoir Rd NW, Washington, DC 20057, 3201 Reservoir Rd NW
Washington, DC United States

Unpacking the Muslim Bans: A Conversation on Islamophobia in the Courts and the AdministrationThe Bridge Initiative  is excited to co-sponsor with The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies  and GU Law's Office of Equity, Community, and Inclusion to bring Penn State Professor, attorney, and alumna of GU's Law School, Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia  who has been at the forefront of unpacking, analyzing and “translating” the various iterations of the Muslim Bans promulgated by the current administration. At Penn State, Professor Wadhia is a Weiss Faculty…

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Venezuela: Charting the Future

February 23 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm EST
Fisher Colloquium, Hariri Building

Venezuela is in the midst of an unprecedented crisis, both political and economic. Economic dislocation and upheaval, widespread protests, and government crackdowns have left the country’s future troublingly uncertain. What is the short- and long-term outlook for Venezuela? How can the United States, the rest of Latin America, and the global community facilitate a transition back to economic growth, social peace, and political stability for the country? Panelists of scholars, policymakers, business leaders, and civil society representatives will address the…

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Jad Melki on Communication Strategies of Modern Terrorism: The ISIS media model

February 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST
Healy Family Student Center, Herman Room

Join us as Professor Jad Melki discusses the media strategies of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and highlights the group's ability to implement a combination of terrorism tactics synchronized with communication strategies to gain media exposure, push news frames that serve its interests, disseminate a consistent brand, and target well-defined stakeholders with a dual message using sophisticated branding strategies that resonate with cultural values and help it ultimately recruit supporters and deter opponents. While the Islamic State as…

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A Teach-In on Global Migrations and Refguees: the US and the Middle East

February 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST
Alan and Sally Merten Hall, 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA Fairfax, VA United States

The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies is excited to partner with George Mason University's  Middle East and Islamic Studies Program and the Arab Studies Institute to host a teach-in on global migrations and refugees.The current global policy environment surrounding migration and immigration reflects urgent humanitarian needs. At the same time, global responses are being shaped by resurgent exclusionist tendencies that also defined earlier migration policies in the twentieth century. Our teach-in will explore these facts of migration in the context…

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