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February 2018

Workshop on Reorienting Islam in SEA: Abstracts and Administrative Details

February 27 @ 9:00 am - February 28 @ 12:00 pm EST
CCAS Boardroom

Southeast Asia is home to one of the largest Muslim populations in the world, with more than three hundred million Muslims living in present-day Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Historically, the region has been closely linked to the larger Muslim world and other Islamicate regions across the globe, functioning as a strategic hub where peoples, products, ideas and cultures flowed and intermingled with the local Muslims to give rise to cosmopolitan states, port cities, neighborhoods…

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Does Democracy Still Matter? A Conversation About Democracy At Home and Abroad

February 27 @ 12:15 pm - 2:45 pm EST
Copley Formal Lounge, 3700 O St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA Washington, DC United States

In January, Freedom House released its annual Freedom in the World survey showing a continuing decline in democratic performance worldwide, including in the U.S.  With recent global and domestic events, many questions have been raised about the future of democracy.  Is democracy the most effective governing system to protect security, prosperity, and human rights?  What are the greatest challenges to democracy globally?  Does the international community have an obligation to promote democracy globally?  If so, how?  MSFS and the George W.…

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Book Launch: “The Logic of American Nuclear Strategy: Why Strategic Superiority Matters” with Matthew Kroenig

February 27 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EST

For decades, the reigning scholarly wisdom about nuclear weapons policy has been that the United States only needs the ability to absorb an enemy nuclear attack and still be able to respond with a devastating counterattack. So long as the US, or any other nation, retains such an assured retaliation capability, no sane leader would intentionally launch a nuclear attack against it, and nuclear deterrence will hold. According to this theory, possessing more weapons than necessary for a second-strike capability…

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Removing Obstacles to Sustainable Economic Development: The Case of Corruption

February 27 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EST
ICC 450

The past 30 years have witnessed a remarkable shift in our understanding of the elements that make for sustainable economic development. The focus of the economics profession has broadened, as we have come to better comprehend the role of such factors as education and skills, institutions, technology, transparency and accountability. This presentation deals with one of these concerns: the role of corruption and its multifaceted interactions with the process of economic development. It explores some of the principal sources of…

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SFS Master’s Development Seminar Series: Mark Giordano

February 28 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm EST
ICC 700

Please join us for the next iteration of the SFS Master's Development Seminar Series, with Mark Giordano.

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March 2018

Cuban Energy Insecurity: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Challenges

March 1 @ 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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I Spy with My Private Eye: Contracting, Sovereignty, and the US Intelligence Community

March 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 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

I Spy with My Private Eye: Contracting, Sovereignty, and the US Intelligence Community RSVP HERESimon Frankel Pratt is a post-doctoral researcher, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He holds a PhD from the University of Toronto, where he is currently also a lecturer. His research focuses on institutional change, strategic innovation, and normative evolution in national and international security sectors. His project in DC examines the private intelligence industry and practices of government contracting. His past…

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Reshaping the European Financial Industry: A View from Frankfurt

March 12 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
Intercultural Center Suite 241, CCAS Boardroom

The BMW Center for German and European Studies invites you to: Reshaping the European Financial Industry: A View from Frankfurt a lecture with: Mr. Christopher F. Porter Managing Director and Regional Executive Germany, Switzerland, Central & Eastern Europe and Israel BNY Mellon Global Client Management The European financial industry has already embarked upon a period of significant change, driven by a cocktail of a changing regulatory environment, industry pursuit of greater operating efficiencies, and market forces. Looking forward, the industry…

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From Foraker to Maria: The Porto Rico Experiment

March 13 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
Mortara Center for International Studies, 3600 N Street NW, 36th St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA, 1201 36th St NW
Washington, DC United States

Join the Center for Latin American Studies (CLASI in welcoming Dr. Pedro Reina Pérez. Dr. Reina Pérez is an award-winning historian and journalist specializing in contemporary Spanish Caribbean history, and the director of the Harvard Puerto Rico Winter Institute. He is a Full Professor of Humanities, and Arts and Cultural Agency and Administration at the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras. To RSVP: http://bit.ly/2CO3mgZ

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[Book Talk] “The Extreme Gone Mainstream” with Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss

March 14 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
Georgetown University, 3700 O St. NW, ACMCU Boardroom, ICC 270, Washington DC 20057, 2501 University Pl NW
Washington, DC United States

The Bridge Initiative and the BMW Center for German and European Studies are excited to hostDr. Cynthia Miller-Idrissfor a discussion on her new book:The Extreme Gone Mainstream: Commercialization and Far Right Youth Culture in Germany*Seating is Limited*"Lunch will be provided"Click here to RSVP The past decade has witnessed a steady increase in far right politics, social movements, and extremist violence in Europe. Scholars and policymakers have struggled to understand the causes and dynamics that have made the far right so appealing to so many people—in…

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Making Italy and Germany Great Again: Mussolini and Hitler

March 15 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
Car Barn Room 427

The BMW Center for German and European Studiesinvites you to:Making Italy and Germany Great Again: Mussolini and Hitlera lecture by:Dr. Christian GoeschelSenior Lecturer in Modern European HistoryThe University of ManchesterDr. Christian Goeschel is a Senior Lecturer in Modern European History at The University of Manchester, having joined the History Department there in 2013. He previously taught at the Australian National University and Birkbeck, University of London. His research focuses on the interaction between politics, society, and culture in modern Europe,…

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Puerto Rico After María: Perspectives from FMR Governor Luis Fortuño

March 15 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
Intercultural Center (ICC) Room 450

The Center for Latin American Studies and the Latin America Leadership program are honored to welcome Former Governor Luis Fortuño to the Hilltop. Mr. Fortuño will share with us his perspectives on the current and future challenges the island faces, particularly in light of the catastrophic damages caused by Hurrican Maria in October 2017. Be prepared to bring questions/comments and take part of this engaging and very pertinent conversation. Hope to see you there!To RSVP: http://bit.ly/2CONVoL

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GHD Education Speaker Series: Carolyn Alesbury

March 15 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
Main-Location-ICC-450 (Conference Room | Capacity: 30)

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/education-in-emergencies-at-save-the-children-tickets-43734209197The Global Human Development Program invites you to join us for a conversation on Education in Emergencies with Caroyln Alesbury, Senior Specialist on Basic Education at Save the Children on Thursday March 15th from 3 - 4:30pm in ICC 450.Ms. Carolyn Alesbury will be sharing more about Save the Children's work to ensure the provision of uninterrupted, high quality learning opportunities for children affected by humanitarian crises. She has worked on education programs at Save the Children since 2010, and has been a member of the Education…

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Diplomacy is a Feminine Art: Gender and International Hierarchies in Diplomacy

March 16 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
Mortara Center for International Studies, 3600 N Street NW, 36th St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA, 1201 36th St NW
Washington, DC United States

PLEASE RSVP--Until recently, Foreign Service was one of the most male-dominated spheres of the state and one into which women had difficulties entering (e.g. Enloe 1990; Neumann 2008). Legal bans on women in diplomacy were lifted between the 1920s and 1950s, and rules barring women diplomats from marrying remained in place until the 1970s. In the past two decades, a large number of women have entered the Foreign Service of many states, being posted around the world. This rather dramatic…

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Master Class on Frantz Fanon with Prof. Lewis Gordon

March 17 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT
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 is excited to host Dr. Lewis Gordon, Professor of Philosophy at UCONN-Stors, to lead a master class on the works of Frantz Fanon.Master Class on Frantz FanonLewis Gordon This master class will be an opportunity to converse on the relevance of Fanon’s thought for pressing concerns of contemporary theory and practice.   Professor Gordon will introduce several key themes of Fanon’s life and several aspects of his thought.  The latter will be in three parts.   The first will address how Fanon responds to critical questions…

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In the News: What “Black Panther” tells us about international affairs

March 19 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
Mortara Center for International Studies, 3600 N Street NW, 36th St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA, 1201 36th St NW
Washington, DC United States

Join the Mortara Center for International Studies, on Monday, 3/19/18 from 12:30-1:30pm for a conversation and Q&A session with Soyica Colbert (Georgetown University), Clarence Lusane (Howard University), Scott Taylor (Georgetown University), and Katrin Sieg (Georgetown University) on International Relations and Marvel's Black Panther. The discussion will be moderated by Mortara Center Director Abraham Newman.PLEASE RSVP------------------------------------Soyica Colbert is the Chair of the Department of Performing Arts, Director of Theater and Performance Studies and an Associate Professor of African American Studies and Theater and Performance Studies at Georgetown University. She is the author of The…

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Meet the Author: Julie Chernov Hwang of “Why Terrorists Quit: The Disengagement of Indonesian Jihadists

March 19 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
ICC 302-P

The Asian Studies Program welcomes Professor Julie Chernov Hwang (associate professor of political science and international relations in the Center for People, Politics and Markets at Goucher College) to the SFS Asian Studies Program for a discussion about her book Why Terrorists Quit: The Disengagement of Indonesian Jihadists with Georgetown University students. The lunch discussion will be moderated by Asian Studies Assistant Professor Yuhki Tajima, a Southeast Asia specialist, and a Q&A session will follow Professor Chernov Hwang's remarks. Copies…

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The Future of Iraq Post Islamic State

March 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT
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 is delighted to invite you to a panel discussion exploring the future of Iraq post-ISIS. The war against ISIS has resulted in the displacement of over three million people in Iraq. Although these refugees reside in deplorable conditions, many of them have refused to return to their homes, which may be under ISIS control, patrolled by the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMU) or affected by the infighting.Accordingly, building democracy in Iraq presents a nightmare of a social problem, as Iraqi…

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: the Future of Democracy in Africa

March 20 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
Fisher Colloquium

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-future-of-democracy-in-africa-with-ellen-johnson-sirleaf-tickets-44156692857The Global Human Development Program is welcome to host Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia, on Tuesday, March 20, from 3:00-4:30pm in Fisher Colloquium at Georgetown University.Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will be speaking on the future of democracy in Africa. The discussion will be moderated by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield.Ellen Johnson Sirleaf served as President of Liberia from 2006 to 2018. She is the 2011 recipient of the Nobel Peace Price, and the first woman to be elected chair of the…

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[India Initiative] Challenges of Global Governance: A Conversation with H.E. Syed Akbaruddin

March 20 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Riggs Library

More info here: https://india.georgetown.edu/events/challenges-of-global-governance-a-conversation-with-h-e-syed-akbaruddin

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International History Seminar “Wildlife and Sovereignty Conservation on Hawaii’s Border Islands, 1898-1911”

March 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EDT

with Paul B. Kreitman. Shortly after Annexation, American ornithologists, naval officers and administrators began a campaign to repel Japanese "bird pirates" from Hawaii's desert islands. The campaign was waged at a number of levels: through the law courts, diplomatic channels between Washington and Tokyo, and direct interdiction of bird hunters by the U.S. naval and customs vessels. The campaigners were motivated by a number of things: concern for the welfare of the birds themselves, but also racial angst about Japanese transPacific…

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ACMCU Event: “Gender normativity and slavery: The making of gender in early Islamic legal discourse” with Dr. Saadia Yacoob Event

March 21 @ 12:30 pm - 2:15 pm EDT
ICC 270

This talk explores gendered subjecthood in the legal thought of Muḥammad bin Aḥmad al-Sarakhsī, an eminent 11th-century jurist of the Ḥanafī legal school.  Through a comparative study of the construction of male and female slaves as legal subjects, I demonstrate that gendered subjecthood in legal discourse is shifting and fragmented.  Al-Sarakhsī constructs a normative maleness and femaleness along the active/passive binary in which maleness is configured as active and desiring and femaleness as passive and desirable.  However, legal subjecthood is not constituted through gender…

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American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear

March 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Leavey Program Room – Georgetown University, 3700 O St NW, Washington, DC 20057, USA, 1101 Raum St NE
Washington, DC United States

The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies is excited to partner with The Bridge Initiative to host Professor Khaled Beydoun for a talk on his newly published book American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear.Khaled A. Beydoun is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. He previously served on the UCLA School of Law faculty, and currently serves as affiliated faculty with the UC-Berkeley Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project. Professor Beydoun has extensive…

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CERES Conference: A Changing Central Asia in a Greater Eurasia

March 22 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT
Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center, 3800 Reservoir Rd NW, Washington, DC 20057, USA Washington, DC United States

A Changing Central Asia in a Greater EurasiaThursday, March 22Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center3800 Reservoir Road NWRSVP HERE: centralasiaconference2018.eventbrite.com9:00 am – 9:30 am | Registration and Light Breakfast9:30 am – 9:45 am | Welcome AddressDean Joel Hellman, Georgetown University9:45 am – 11:00 am | Panel 1: Ambassadors’ RoundtableChair: Ambassador Richard HoaglandAmbassador Erzhan Kazykhanov, Embassy of KazakhstanAmbassador Kadyr Toktogulov, Embassy of KyrgyzstanAmbassador Javlon Vakhabov, Embassy of Uzbekistan11:00 am – 12:15 pm | Panel 2: New Dimensions of Central Asian CooperationChair: Dr. Angela Stent, Georgetown UniversityDr. Sultan…

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The Continuation of Politics with Other Means: Violence and Protest in the Vietnam War Era

March 22 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
Intercultural Center Suite 241, CCAS Boardroom

The BMW Center for German and European Studiesinvites you to:The Continuation of Politics with Other Means: Violence and Protest in the Vietnam War Eraa lecture by:Dr. Alexander SedlmaierReader in Modern HistoryBangor UniversityAlexander Sedlmaier is Reader in Modern History at Bangor University, Wales. He is presently Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Movements at Ruhr-University Bochum. Recent publications: Public Goods vs Economic Interests: Global Perspectives on the History of Squatting ; Consumption and Violence: Radical Protest in Cold-War…

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Religious Intolerance and America’s Image and Policies Abroad

March 22 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
Gaston Hall – Georgetown University, 37th & O Streets, N.W., Washington, DC 20057, USA Washington, DC United States

RSVP Link: https://religious-intolerance.eventbrite.comThe values of the American Creed – pluralism, diversity, and tolerance – sustain U.S. global leadership and provide an aspiration to others. These principles contribute to the appeal and influence of the United States on the global stage. Insidious intolerance and delegitimizing rhetoric domestically undermines these ideals and provides space for hate crimes and degrading actions, threatening to devalue the currency of U.S. power. This panel discussion examines the impact of subtle and overt forms of domestic religious intolerance…

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Beyond the Conflict: A Panel Discussion on Yemen

March 27 @ 12:15 pm - 2:15 pm EDT
Arrive Multipurpose Room, Georgetown University 3700 O Street NW Washington, DC 20057, 2801 University Ter NW
Washington, DC United States

Join Adalah and MENA Forum for a critical discussion exploring how Yemen can overcome its political, economic and humanitarian challenges immediately following the end of hostilities. Lunch and refreshments will be served.Guest Speakers: Amb. Barbara Bodine, Former US Ambassador to Yemen Abdulrahman Aleryani, Economic Officer for Yemen EmbassyScott Paul, Senior Humanitarian Policy Advisor at Oxfam USAJeehan Abdul Ghaffar, International Development ExpertOmar Mashjari, Adalah YemenPanel Moderator: Hanna Quassim, Research Director of Adalah YemenPlease RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beyond-the-conflict-a-panel-discussion-on-threats-and-opportunities-for-peace-prosperity-in-yemen-tickets-44417747679Event description: "Yemen after five months looks…

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EVENT POSTPONED! A Conversation with Ambassador Krishna Raj Urs (SFS’80) | U.S. and Peru Relations

March 27 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
CCAS Boardroom (ICC 141)

A Conversation with Ambassador Krishna Raj Urs (SFS'80) | U.S. and Peru RelationsThe Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and the Latin America Leadership Initiative (LALP) are honored to welcome H.E. Krishna Raj Urs to the Hilltop. Ambassador Urs will shed light on U.S. policy in Peru today, focusing on both challenges and opportunities for the bilateral relationship. He will also share with students his experiences as a U.S. diplomat, and the path that took him to where he is…

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ACMCU Event: “Christian Perspectives on Jerusalem” with Drew Christiansen, S. J.

March 28 @ 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm EDT
ICC 270

Orthodox, Catholic and Armenian officials closed the Holy Sepulchre for two days earlier this month, excluding thousands of disappointed pilgrims. The closure was intended as a protest of the Jerusalem Municipality’s pending law to tax church-owned commercial property. The closure of the Basilica was a bold symbol of Christians’ struggle to retain their roots in the holy city after Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state.Father Christiansen, a canon of the Holy Sepulchre, will discuss the…

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Perceiving Race with Professor Janine Jones

March 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT

The CCAS is thrilled to host Professor Janine Jones to deliver a public lecture entitled Perceiving Race.Dr. Janine Jones is an associate professor at UNCG, where she teaches philosophy. Her areas of interest include philosophy of race and gender, and philosophy of mind. She is co-editor of Pursuing Trayvon Martin:  Historical Contexts and Contemporary Manifestations of Racial Dynamics.Abstract:White mythologies, accounts of invented Orients, stories about invented Africas, and invented Americas, etc., are conceptions. Conceptions are discursive in nature. They come in the form…

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