Monday, November 18, 2013

This Week at SAIS: November 18-22

We’ve got some great stuff going on at campus this week!

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18
“I Am Here Until Development Comes: Displacement, Demolitions and Property Rights in Urbanizing Abuja”
12:30 p.m. – Room 736, Bernstein-Offit Building, 1717 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Carl LeVan, assistant professor at the American University School of International Service, and Josiah Olubowale, a Ph.D. candidate in cultural studies at the University of the West Indies at St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, will discuss this topic.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19
“History in 3-D: Ancient and Modern Examples of Modeling Knowledge, East and West”
12:30 p.m. – Room 812, Rome Building, 1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Angela Lorenz, artist and author, will discuss this topic. Members of the public should RSVP to the SAIS Energy, Resources and Environment Program at saisees@jhu.edu. 

“Beyond the Fog of War: Personal Stories of Conscience and Accountability From Iraq
4 p.m. – Rome Building Auditorium, 1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Kirk Johnson, author of To Be a Friend Is Fatal and former USAID staff member in Iraq; Leslie Cockburn, journalist, author of Baghdad Solitaire and documentary filmmaker; and Azar Nafisi (moderator), executive director of SAIS Cultural Conversations, will discuss this topic. Members of the public should RSVP to SAIS Cultural Conversations at laustin@jhu.edu. 

“North Korea’s Changing Society: Insights From a Young North Korean Defector”
6 p.m. – Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, 1740 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Seongmin Lee, a North Korean defector, will discuss this topic. Members of the public should RSVP to the U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS here. NOTE: The speaker’s comments will be off the record.

“Turkey and the Regional/ Global Energy Geopolitics”
5:30 p.m. – Room 806, Rome Building, 1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Memduh Karakullukçu, vice chairman and president of Global Relations Forum, will discuss this topic. Members of the public should RSVP to the Energy, Resources and Environment Program at saisereglobal@jhu.edu.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20
“The Challenges of Democratic Transition in Tunisia”
12:30 p.m. – Rome Building Auditorium, 1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Wassim Daghrir, an associate professor at the University of Sousse, Tunisia’s English Department and a Fulbright Scholar at Villanova University, will discuss this topic. Members of the public should RSVP to the SAIS Conflict Management Program here. 

“Inside South Africa’s Transition: Challenges of Post-Liberation Governance”
4:30 p.m. – Room 500, Bernstein-Offit Building, 1717 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Barry Gilder, director of operation of the Mapungubwe Institute, will discuss this topic. 

“The IMF’s New Economic Outlook Report for Central Asia and the Caucasus With Special Focus on Armenia”
5:30 p.m. – Rome Building Auditorium, 1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW(A reception will precede the forum at 5 p.m.)
Juha Kahkonen, director of the International Monetary Fund’s Department for Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asia; Mark Horton, assistant director of the IMF’s Department for Middle East and Central Asia, division chief for South Caucasus and Turkmenistan, and mission chief for Armenia; and Thomas de Waal, senior associate in the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, will discuss this topic. Members of the public should RSVP to the SAIS Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at saiscaciforums@jhu.edu.

“Technology as a Spark for Growth”
5 p.m. – Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, 1740 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, will discuss this topic at the annual Rostov Lecture on International Affairs. NOTE: Attendance of this event is by invitation only. However, the lecture is open to the media for coverage. Members of the media must RSVP to fklubes@jhu.edu or 202.663.5626. 
There will be a live webcast for this event available here. 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21
“Continued Crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo: A Conversation With U.S. Special Envoy Russ Feingold”
9:30 a.m. – Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, 1740 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Russ Feingold, the U.S. special envoy to Africa’s Great Lakes region, will be the featured speaker at this event. Members of the public should RSVP to the SAIS Conflict Management Program at itlong@jhu.edu.
NOTE: Russ Feingold’s comments will be off the record.

“The U.S., Japan and the Changing Middle East”
4:30 p.m. – Room 806, Rome Building, 1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Kent Calder, director of the SAIS Japan and Korea Studies programs and the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, will discuss this event. Members of the public should RSVP to the Reischauer Center at reischauer@jhu.edu. 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22
“The Mysterious Meritefnut: A Missing Persons Case From the 7th Century B.C.”
6:30 p.m. – Rome Building Auditorium, 1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Jeremy Pope, assistant professor in the College of William and Mary’s Department of History, will discuss this topic.
Thanks for reading!
– Erin Skelly Cameron, Associate Director of Admissions

Friday, November 15, 2013

The Last Taster Lecture: Francisco González

Thanks to everyone who attended our last taster lecture for the fall semester, which was held this past Wednesday and featured Francisco González, Riordan Roett Senior Associate Professor of Latin American Studies.  Professor González gave a lecture titled, “"The Perils of Long-Term Forecasting: Why Have Investors Been Selling Brazil and Buying Mexico?”
If you couldn’t make it to the lecture, but would like to see what all the fuss is about, you are in luck - we happen to have a video of the last taster lecture of the fall right here:
 
Thanks for reading!
– Erin Skelly Cameron, Associate Director of Admissions

Thursday, November 14, 2013



 
 
 
 



The SAIS International Dinner is one of my favorite traditions - I go every year - and it’s very popular with the students (and alums!) as well.  All the different cultural clubs prepare foods representing their culture to share with the SAIS community, students dress up in traditional cultural garb, and there’s even an international talent show! 
This year’s International Dinner was also the kick-off the SAISCorps’ and SAIS Veteran’s Network food drive benefiting the Capital Area Food Bank, which will continue on-campus until the students leave for Thanksgiving break.  So if you’ll be visiting campus in the next week, why not bring along a little something for the food drive?
Thanks for reading!
– Erin Skelly Cameron, Associate Director of Admissions

Monday, November 11, 2013

This Week at SAIS: November 11-16, 2013

We have a big week at SAIS - lots of events are going on all week long!  If you’re in the DC area, you should definitely come to campus and check out one of the public events that interests you.
And while you’re on campus, if you’re applying for the MA for Fall 2014 enrollment, you should also sign up for an MA application interview.  We’re only offering interviews through early December, so sign up here before it’s too late.  Also, if you’re interested in visiting a class, you should do so soon – fall semester classes will be wrapping up very soon!
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12
Screening of “Under the Same Sun”
9:30 a.m. – Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building
SAIS will screen “Under the Same Sun,” a film set in the near future that looks back on how peace was made in 2013 between Israel and Palestine. John Marks, founder and president of Search for Common Ground and Common Ground Productions; Steven Krubiner, chief of staff of J Street; and Ghaith Al-Omari, executive director at the American Task Force on Palestine, will discuss the film following the screening. Members of the public should RSVP to Search for Common Ground, the event’s co-host, here.

“What Went Wrong? Why Decisions and Policies Misfire in an Uncertain World
12:30 p.m. – Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building
Mark White, associate practitioner-in-residence in the SAIS International Economics Program and recipient of the school’s 2013 Max M. Fisher Prize for Excellence in Teaching, will discuss this topic during the annual Fisher Lecture. Members of the public should RSVP to saisevents@jhu.edu. 

“Can Expanding Rooftop Solar Coexist With Traditional Electric Utilities?”
5 p.m. – Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building
Bob Gibson, vice president for education and communication at the Solar Electric Power Association; Bill Murray, director of public policy at Dominion Virginia Power; Rick Morgan, former commissioner of the D.C. Public Service Commission; and Robert Margolis, senior analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, will discuss this topic. Members of the public should RSVP to the SAIS Energy, Resources and Environment Program at saisereglobal@jhu.edu. 

“How to Turn Russia Against Assad”
5 p.m. – Room 806, Rome Building
Samuel Charap, senior fellow for Russia and Eurasia at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and Jeremy Shapiro, visiting fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution and senior adviser to the U.S. assistant secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia, will discuss this topic.

“Georgia’s Domestic and Regional Economic Agenda: Realities and Prospects for Future”
5:30 p.m. – Rome Building Auditorium 
(A reception will precede the forum at 5 p.m.)
Giorgi Pertaia, head of the Georgian National Investment Agency; George Bachiashvili, CEO of the Georgian Co-Investment Fund; and Mamuka Bakhtadze, CEO of Georgian Railway, will discuss this topic. Members of the public should RSVP to the SAIS Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at saiscaciforums@jhu.edu.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13
“Russia and Its Neighbors: Does the ‘Post-Soviet Space’ Still Exist?”
12:30 p.m. – Room 535, Rome Building
Jeffrey Mankoff, deputy director and fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Russia and Eurasia Program, will discuss this topic. 

“In Line Behind a Billion People”
5 p.m. – Rome Auditorium Building
Damien Ma, a political analyst at Chicago University’s Paulson Institute, and William Adams, a senior international economist at PNC Bank and a SAIS graduate, will discuss this topic. 

“The Transformation of the Automotive Industry: The Experience of Renault Group”
5:30 p.m. – Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building
Dominique Thormann, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Renault Group, chairman and CEO of Renault Credit International (RCI) Banque and a SAIS graduate, will discuss this topic. Members of the public should RSVP here.
“The Perils of Long-Term Forecasting: Why Have Investors Been Selling Brazil and Buying Mexico?”6:00 p.m. – Room 500, Bernstein-Offit Building
Dr. Francisco E. González, the Riordan Roett Associate Professor of Latin American Studies at SAIS, will offer a taster lecture for prospective students 
on this topic.  Prospective students should RSVP here.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14
“Lessons for Others? International Perspectives on the Franco-German Relationship 50 Years After the Elysee Treaty”
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building
A variety of speakers will discuss lessons learned, good practices, challenges and opportunities that may be drawn from the Franco-German relationship and applied to other bilateral relationships around the world. For a complete conference agenda and to RSVP, click here.
“History, Sovereignty and International Law: China’s East China Sea and South China Sea Territorial Disputes and Implications for Taiwan”
4:30 p.m. – Room 806, Rome Building
Jacques deLisle, professor of law and political science at the University of Pennsylvania and director of the Asia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, will discuss this topic. Members of the public should RSVP to the Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at reischauer@jhu.edu. 

“Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty”
4:30 p.m. – Rome Building Auditorium
James Robinson, the David Florence Professor of Government at Harvard University and a faculty associate at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, will discuss this topic. Members of the public should RSVP to the Bernard L. Schwartz Globalization Initiative at sais_schwartz@jhu.edu. 

“The Poor, the Political Economy and the Role of Patient Capital”
5:30 p.m. – Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building
Jacqueline Novogratz, founder and CEO of Acumen, will discuss this topic. Members of the public should RSVP here.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15
“A Voice Behind the Drones: One Civilian Survivor Speaks Out”
9 a.m. – Room 500, Bernstein-Offit Building
Faisal bin Ali Jaber, a Yemeni government employee who lost family members from drone strikes; Alka Pradhan, a U.S. counterterrorism counsel at the U.K.-based NGO Reprieve; and Cori Crider, strategic director of Reprieve’s Abuses in Counterterrorism Team, will discuss this topic. Members of the public should RSVP to the SAIS International Law and Organizations Program at saisilo@jhu.edu.
Thanks for reading!