Week in DC: Events

March 23, 2015

Maidan. Ukraine. Road to Freedom.
Date: March 23, 4:00pm
Location: Elliott School of International Affairs, Art Gallery, Second Floor, 805 21st Street NW, Washington DC

What began as a peaceful protest on November 21, 2013 in Kyiv’s Independence Square ultimately turned into a national socio-political revolution against corruption, authoritarianism, and opaque governance. Instead of heeding protestors’ call for change, the government opened fire on its own citizens, thereby galvanizing protests across the country and catalyzing an entire chain of events known as “EuroMaidan,” the repercussions of which are still palpable today. What may perhaps escape the attention of the average person is artists’ critical role in this movement. This exhibition brings together photographs, paintings, and music from activist-artists, as well as original artifacts from the Kyiv uprisings. The curator, Serhiy Fomenko, is a cultural and social activist and founder of the popular band Mandry.

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New Trends and Dilemmas in Military Ethics
Date: March 23, 5:15pm
Location: Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, & World Affairs, 3307 M Street NW #200, Washington DC

From violent non-state actors to failed states, the contemporary security environment challenges the norms associated with the law of armed conflict.  How should governments respond ethically to these challenges? The Ashgate Companion on Military Ethics brings together over two dozen experts from around the world to consider the depth of these challenges.

Four contributors to the book will discuss the frontiers of military ethics in the twenty-first century: just war historian James Turner Johnson (Rutgers University); Eric Patterson (Berkley Center) on the ethics of post-conflict; Mary Manjikian (Regent University) on preemption; and intelligence and counter-terrorism expert Keith Pavlischek (USMC, ret.) on asymmetric warfare.

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March 24, 2015

China’s Foreign Policy in a New Era of Sino-Latin American Relations
Date: March 24, 9:00am
Location: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, 6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Washington DC

China has become a major economic and political force in Latin America. Chinese leader Xi Jinping has made two trips to the region in 13 months. At a Beijing meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States this past January, he pledged $250 billion in investment to Latin America over the next ten years. A Chinese company is planning to build a canal in Nicaragua and the government has announced plans for a space satellite base in Argentina. China is the primary market for Latin American natural resources and a driver of regional infrastructure projects.

The Wilson Center’s Latin American Program, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, and China Environment Forum, in collaboration with the Institute of the Americas, are pleased to invite you to a seminar exploring China’s evolving political engagement with Latin America. We hope you will join noted Chinese and international experts to examine the latest developments in China-Latin American relations, their place in China’s foreign policy, and the political and economic logic that drive Chinese engagement in the region.

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Subcommittee Hearing: Oversight of the State Department and Agency for International Development Funding Priorities for the Western Hemisphere
Date: March 24, 11:00am
Location: U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, 2255 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC

Chairman Duncan on the hearing: “This hearing will examine the Administration’s FY2016 budget request, which gives nearly $2 billion for countries in Latin America and the Caribbean and represents a whopping 35% increase over the FY2014 funding level. Some of the dubious priorities the Administration has for the region include $6.6 million to implement the U.S.-Cuba policy shift by converting the U.S. Interests Section in Havana into a full U.S. Embassy, $1 billion for Central America (225% more than the FY2014 funding level), and $75.5 million for climate change programs. In contrast, total U.S. security assistance for the region would decline by about $4 million under the Administration’s request. I look forward to conducting vigorous oversight of the State Department and USAID’s funding priorities and holding these agencies accountable by eliminating any mismanagement or waste in their operations, terminating programs that aren’t working and applying those funds to the deficit, and ensuring that any U.S. foreign assistance given to countries in the region advances U.S. national security and economic interests.

Germany’s Role in World Politics
Date: March 24, 12:00pm
Location: Georgetown University, Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Intercultural Center, 701, ECR, 37th and O Street NW, Washington DC

The BMW Center invites you to another installment of the Remapping Europe, 1989-2014 event series, “Germany’s Role in World Politics” with Dr. Helga Haftendorn, Freie Universität Berlin, on Tuesday, March 24, 2015.

Dr. Haftendorn will present a short historical overview on how Germany has evolved from a country that says “no” to one that is prepared to take over greater responsibilities. The latter part of the lecture will deal with current international issues such as trying to cope with the war in the Ukraine and to solve the financial crisis in the European Union. In doing so, Dr. Haftendorn will also discuss Germany’s volatile domestic basis for this policy.

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The Vietnam Forum with Ambassador of Vietnam Pham Quang Vinh and Ambassador of the United States to Vietnam Ted Osius
Date: March 24, 12:00pm
Location: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington DC

The CSIS Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies is pleased to host a discussion with His Excellency Pham Quang Vinh, ambassador of Vietnam to the United States, and The Honorable Ted Osius, ambassador of the United States to Vietnam. They will discuss the twentieth anniversary of the normalization of U.S.-Vietnam diplomatic relations, and the opportunities and challenges facing the bilateral relationship in the years ahead.

Ambassador Vinh was appointed by President Truong Tan Sang as the fifth ambassador of Vietnam to the United States in July 2014. Previously, he served as deputy minister of foreign affairs, overseeing Vietnam’s relations with South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the South Pacific. Ambassador Vinh also served as Vietnam’s senior official to the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting from 2007 to 2014. His earlier postings include New York and Thailand.

Ambassador Osius was sworn in as U.S. ambassador to Vietnam in December 2014. He served previously as associate professor at the National War College from 2013 to 2014, and as a senior State Department visiting fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies from 2012 to 2013. A career diplomat, Ambassador Osius served as deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 2009 to 2012. His earlier postings include India, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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ISIS and the State of Terror: The Genesis, Evolution, and Impact of the Islamic State
Date: March 24, 2:00pm
Location: Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC

Though insurgent groups are a fixture of contemporary politics and warfare, the Islamic State or ISIS is unprecedented in its mix of brutality, media savvy, territorial gain, and recruitment.

In ISIS: The State of Terror, two of America’s leading experts on violent extremism and terrorism explain the genesis, evolution, and impact of the Islamic State. Drawing on their unique access to intelligence and law enforcement and through their own groundbreaking research, Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger detail ISIS’s strategies and techniques – and challenge our own conceptions of terrorism in a rapidly changing jihadi landscape.

On March 24, the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World will host Berger and Stern to discuss the threat posed by ISIS. The authors will outline their recommendations for government responses to the ISIS threat. After the discussion, the panelists will take audience questions.

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Subcommittee Hearing: Iran’s Noncompliance with Its International Atomic Energy Agency Obligations
Date: March 24, 2:00pm
Location: U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, 2172 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC

Chairman Ros-Lehtinen on the hearing: “The latest IAEA reports show that Iran is still not complying with its obligations to either the IAEA or the P5+1. Outstanding questions on the possible military dimension are very troubling and indicate Iran is attempting to deceive and circumvent the international community. If Iran won’t comply with the IAEA now, we’ll have an even harder time verifying its nuclear program if a comprehensive agreement is reached. This just goes to show what many of us fear, and what the administration continues to ignore: there is no way to fully monitor and verify Iran’s program, and that’s why the only option must be a complete dismantling of its nuclear program. This hearing will give our Members an opportunity to hear from experts in the field on exactly what Iran’s noncompliance with the IAEA means for U.S. and global security as well as the nuclear negotiations.”

March 25, 2015

Facing Terrorism: A Lebanese Perspective
Date: March 25, 12:00pm
Location: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Voices of Civil Society in Iraq
Date: March 25, 12:00pm
Location: National Endowment for Democracy

Belarus on the Eve of Presidential Elections
Date: March 25, 12:30pm
Location: Freedom House

Afghanistan: The Next Phase
Date: March 25, 2:30pm
Location: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

A Conversation with H.E. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani: President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Date: March 25, 5:00pm
Location: United States Institute of Peace

Cross-Border Successions Under the New European Regulation 2012
Date: March 25, 5:00pm
Location: American University Washington College of Law

PONI Live Debate—If Failure in Iran, Then What?
Date: March 25, 5:30pm
Location: Center for Strategic and International Studies

March 26, 2015

Fragility and Extremism in Yemen, Again
Date: March 26, 9:00am
Location: Bipartisan Policy Center

March National Security Task Force Meeting
Date: March 26, 9:00am
Location: U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The Way Forward in the U.S.-Afghanistan Security Partnership
Date: March 26, 11:00am
Location: Heritage Foundation

The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order
Date: March 26, 12:00am
Location: The College of International Security Affairs, National Defense University

March 27, 2015

States of Fragility: Post-2015 Ambitions; OECD Releases Annual Report on Fragility
Date: March 27, 10:30am
Location: United States Institute of Peace

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