Tuesday, February 25, 2014

This Week at SAIS: February 24-28

As we wrap up February - and it’s been a pretty cold one in DC this year - check out the happenings at SAIS!
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24
“Issues in U.S.-China Relations from a Chinese Perspective”
12:30 p.m. - Room 806, Rome Building, 1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Qi Zhou, visiting fellow at the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution, and director of the Department of American Politics for the Institute of American Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, will discuss this topic. 
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25
“Africa Rising: Challenges and Opportunities for Development”
12:30 p.m. - Rome Building Auditorium, 1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Florizelle Liser, professorial lecturer in the African Studies Program and assistant U.S. trade representative for Africa in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; Teddy Ruge, entrepreneur and co-founder of Universal Music Publishing Group; and Kalmongo Coulibaly, economist at Overseas Private Investment Corporation, will discuss this topic. Members of the public should RSVP to africa.sais@gmail.com.
“A More Populist, But Less Popular European Parliament After the 2014 Elections?”
2 p.m. - Room 500, Bernstein-Offit Building, 1717 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Paul Adamson, editor-in-chief and founding publisher of E!Sharp, will discuss this topic. Members of the public should RSVP here.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26
“Water: The Essential Link to Sustainable Development”
Alan Trager, visiting scholar and professorial lecturer in the International Development Program at SAIS; Kellogg Schwab, director of the Johns Hopkins University Water Institute and director of the Johns Hopkins University Global Water Program; Marc Robert, chief operating officer at Water Asset Management; Benjamin Zaitchik, assistant professor in the Morton K. Blaustein Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Johns Hopkins University; Winston Yu, professorial lecturer in the Energy, Resources, and Environment Program and a senior water resources specialist at the World Bank; Luke McDonald, assistant director of the Johns Hopkins University Global Water Program; and Monica Ellis, chief executive officer of Global Water Challenge and chief executive officer and founding member of the Global Environment and Technology Foundation, will discuss this topic.
Note: This event is open to members of the media and the SAIS community only. A live webcast of the event will be available . 
“U.S. Policy on Religious Freedom in Central Asia and the Caucasus: Does it Work?”
5 p.m. - Rome Building Auditorium, 1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Knox Thanes, director of policy and research at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, will discuss this topic. Members of the public should RSVP to Central-Asia Caucasus Institute at saiscaciforums@jhu.edu.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27
“Rough Justice: The International Criminal Court in a World of Power Politics”
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Room 812, Rome Building, 1619 Massachusetts Ave., NWDavid Bosco, assistant professor of International Politics at American University’s School of International Service, will discuss his new book, Rough Justice: The International Criminal Court in a World of Power Politics. Members of the public should RSVP to saisjhuils@gmail.com.
“U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Regional Security Dilemma”
4:30 p.m. – Rome Building Auditorium, 1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Mahmud Durrani, retired major general of the Pakistani Army and former national security adviser to prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani, will discuss this topic. Members of the public should RSVP to the Foreign Policy Institute at ckunkel@jhu.edu.
“Abenomics: The Missing Arrow - Reform of Japan’s ICT Sector”
4:30 p.m. – Room 806, Rome Building, 1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Jim Foster, professor at Keio University Graduate School of Media and Governance, director of the Keio International Project on the Internet and Society, and former economic counselor and political minister at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, will discuss this topic. Members of the public should RSVP to the Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at reischauer@jhu.edu.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28
“The EU and the Western Balkans—What Next?: A Croatian Perspective”
Noon (12 p.m.) – Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, 1740 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Vesna Pusić, foreign minister of Croatia, will discuss this topic. Members of the public should RSVP here.
Thanks for reading!
– Erin Skelly, Associate Director of Admissions