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!
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 

“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 

“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

“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. Gonz├ílez, 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.
“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 

“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 

“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.

“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
Thanks for reading!