Week in DC: Events 4.11-15.2016

Monday, April 11th, 2016
Russian Foreign Policy In The Putin Era– Foreign Policy Research Institute
Time: 9:30am
Location: International House Philadelphia3701 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States (map)
This year’s Penn Slavic Symposium is a public event bringing together leading policy scholars on Russian foreign policy for a day-long discussion of key issues and challenges. Please register here for lunch by April 6 or bring your own.

The Future Of Kurdistan In Iraq– Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Time: 2pm
Location: Johns Hopkins SAIS – Bernstein-Offit Building1717 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. (map)
A discussion with the Minister of Foreign Relations of the Kurdistan Regional Government Opening remarks and introduction: Sasha Toperich, Senior Fellow and Director of the Mediterranean Basin Initiative at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, SAIS Keynote Address: Falah Mustafa, Minister of Foreign Relations, Kurdistan Regional Government Commentator: Daniel Serwer, Professor and Director, Conflict Management Program, and Senior Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations, SAIS Moderator: Rebeen Pasha, WYLN Senior Fellow, Mediterranean Basin Initiative at the Center for Transatlantic Relations SAIS, and co-founder and President, American Friends of Kurdistan For More Information and to RSVP

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016
The US Navy & Cutting Edge Energy Innovation In The Defense Sector– Atlantic Council
Time: 9-10:30am
Location: Atlantic Council1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator) Washington, DC (map)
Please join the Atlantic Council and The Fuse on Tuesday, April 12 from 9:00 am – 10:30 am for a panel discussion on energy technology and innovation in the US defense sector. The demand for energy security and evolving geopolitical risks have already impacted the strategic approach of defense institutions, which are actively developing technology and policy alternatives to respond to these challenges. By integrating expertise in both security and energy issues, institutions such as the United States Navy provide a critical perspective in efforts to secure a reliable and sustainable energy supply.

Conflict Prevention And Resolution Forum: Preventing Mass Atrocities And Deadly Conflict– Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Time: 9:30-11am
Location: Johns Hopkins SAIS – Nitze Building1740 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036(map)
Room: Kenney-Herter Auditorium
As we look around the world today, the question of how to prevent mass atrocities and deadly conflict is undeniably relevant. From Central African Republic Syria to Myanmar, international actors are seeking to understand what has worked in the past and what can be done in the future to protect civilians. They are faced with a number of key questions arise relating to this topic: How does prevention work, both at a policy and at an operational level? What can be done when usual practices fail? What are examples of past successes? What mechanisms for prevention exist and at what stages of conflict? How can prevention be measured? In recognition of April as Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month, the Conflict Resolution and Prevention Forum will bring together a distinguished group of panelists to examine how to prevent mass atrocities and deadly conflict. Panelists will speak about the latest research, practices, and policies shaping this field and will engage with the audience about the future of prevention. Dr. William Zartman, Professor Emeritus at Johns Hopkins SAIS, will discuss his new book Preventing Deadly Conflict and the norms, processes, and mechanisms to mitigate the risks of widespread violence. Adrienne Lemon, Design, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist at Search for Common Ground, will provide case studies from on-the-ground programming in high risk environments, including Central African Republic, Burundi, and South Sudan. An additional panelist will focus on policy initiatives to prevent mass atrocities, including the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Financing For Global Health– Center for Strategic and International Studies
Time: noon-1:30pm
Location: Center for Strategic and International Studies1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036(map)
Please join us for the launch of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s (IHME) new report, Financing Global Health 2015: Development assistance steady on the path to new Global GoalsDr. Christopher Murray, Director of IHME at the University of Washington, and Dr. Joseph Dieleman, Assistant Professor at IHME, will open the session by presenting findings from IHME’s latest report and two new articles in The Lancet. They will discuss how donor funding has changed and explore what the future might hold, particularly in terms of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. Following Dr. Murray’s presentation, there will be a roundtable discussion that further explores aggregate trend lines in global health financing, and the prospects of leveraging higher financial commitments from private and multilateral sources. The roundtable will feature: Dr. Christopher Murray;  Dr. Jennifer Kates, Director, Global Health and HIV Policy at The Henry J.  Kaiser Family Foundation; and Dr. Jeffrey Sturchio, President & CEO of Rabin Martin. J. Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President and Director of the CSIS Global Health Policy Center will moderate.

Thursday, April 14th, 2016
GMU School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs Master’s Open House
Time: 6:30pm, Biodefense Info Session 7pm
Location:  Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 6:30pm in our Arlington Campus, Founders Hall, room 126.
Virtual Biodefense Open House (7pm) – Join us for an info session with Biodefense Professor and Graduate Program Director, Dr. Koblentz
We invite you to attend an open house to learn more about the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs. The session will provide an overview of our master’s degree programs, an introduction to our world-class faculty and research, and highlights of the many ways we position our students for success in the classroom and beyond. Our admissions and student services staff will be on hand to answer your questions.

Defending Europe’s Eastern Flank– Atlantic Council
Time: 9am-2pm
Location: Hart Senate Office BuildingConstitution Avenue between 1st and 2nd Streets, NE Washington, DC 20002 (map)
Room: 216
Please join the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security for a special public conference on “Defending Europe’s Eastern Flank.” The event will take place on Thursday, April 14, 2016  from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Capitol Hill (Hart Senate Office Building, Room 216, Washington, DC 20002). The security environment in Europe’s east has evolved in dramatic and unexpected ways, posing significant challenges for the region, NATO, and the broader transatlantic community. With growing concern over a more aggressive and capable Russia, many Allies have urged a bolstering of NATO’s posture and preparedness in the region. Europe faces an unprecedented array of threats, from internal political strife and terrorism to the migrant crisis and growing instability in the Middle East and North Africa.

Friday, April 15th, 2016
Global Initiative On Health And The Economy: 2016 Summit – US Chamber of Commerce
Time: 9am-noon
Location: U.S. Chamber of Commerce1615 H St NW, Washington, DC 20062 (map) Room: Hall of Flags
Today’s government and business leaders are facing a new challenge that is impacting the growth of their economies: employee health.  In developed and developing countries alike, adult populations are facing alarming increases in rates of chronic diseases, which claim 63% of all deaths. Diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, and cancer occur mostly in adults, hitting workers in their prime years of productivity and creating long-term chronic conditions, withdrawal from the workforce, diminished family resources, and early death. Please join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for the launch of the Global Initiative on Health and the Economy and the release of a new global study that evaluates the impact of ill health on economy growth. The event will feature a keynote speech by Ian Bremmer, Author and President of the Eurasia Group. Professor Bruce Rasmussen, the director of the Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies; Dr. Martin Murphy, Chief Executive Officer, CEO Roundtable on Cancer; senior executives from Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly, MetLife and more, and a distinguished roster of experts will discuss how healthy, productive workforces drive economic growth.

Conference On Politics, Conflict And Development: Power Shifts: Conflict, Emergencies, And Global Response– School of Public and International Affairs and the Center for Democracy, Virginia International University
Time: 9am-6pm
Location: Virginia International University4401 Village Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030 (map) Room: Conference Hall
The School for Public and International Affairs and the Center for Democracy at Virginia International Universit are organizing a Conference on Politics, Conflict and Development to take place on April 15th and 16th, 2016 at Virginia International University in Fairfax, VA (about 30 min. away from Washington DC). This year’s theme is Power Shifts: Conflict, Emergencies, and Global Response. We are currently inviting abstract submissions in any of the thematic areas of the Conference:

·   International Emergency Response to Complex Crises

·   State and Local Policy Response to Emergencies and Humanitarian Crises

·   Political Conflicts and Regional Implications

·   Political Transitions, Democratization, and the Spread of Authoritarianism

·   New Trends in International Relations

·   Changing Roles of International Organizations

·   Development Challenges in Conflict Areas

Please, share the attached Call for Papers with colleagues and graduate students who may be interested in participating and/or attending the forum.  The deadline for abstract submission is February 15th.  For submissions visit the conference’s site: http://cpcd.viu.edu/

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