Friday, October 18, 2013

The Week Ahead at SAIS: October 21-25, 2013

Did you know that SAIS hosts numerous events each week, many of which are open to the public?  There are even more events that are only open to SAIS students, facult, and staff.  The events and speakers on campus are an important part of the SAIS student experience, adding another dimension to a SAIS education. 
If you’ll be in the DC area next week, you should check out some of the great (and open to the public) events going on at SAIS!
MONDAY, OCTOBER 21
“Emerging Powers or New Powers?”
3 p.m. – Room 500, Bernstein-Offit Building
Barbara Woodward, director general of economic and consular at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom, will discuss this topic. Members of the public should RSVP to the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations here.

“Rare Earth Elements”
6 p.m. – Rome Building Auditorium
Leigh Hendrix, associate at Goldwyn Global Strategies, LLC; Marc Humphries, specialist in energy and mineral policy at the Congressional Research Service; and Michael Mazza, research fellow in foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, will discuss chemical elements that are critical for mobile phones, laptops, green technologies and defense systems. Members of the public should RSVP to the SAIS International Development Program here.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22
“Human Security and Security Sector Reform in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: New Research and Approaches”
9:30 a.m. – Kenny Auditorium, Nitze Building
Jocelyn Kelly, director of the Women in War Program for the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and Lena Slachmuijlder, vice president of programs at Search for Common Ground, will discuss this topic.

“Food Security and Sociopolitical Stability”
10 a.m. – Rome Building Auditorium
Christopher Barrett, the Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management and an international professor of agriculture at Cornell University; Emmy Simmons, former USAID assistant administrator for economic growth, agriculture and trade; and Richard Engel, director of the Environment and Natural Resources Program at the National Intelligence Council, will discuss this topic. Members of the public should RSVPhere.

“The U.S., Japan and the Asian Development Bank”
4:30 p.m. – Room 500, Bernstein-Offit Building
Robert Orr, U.S. executive director of the Asian Development Bank, will discuss this topic. Members of the public should RSVP to the SAIS Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies atreischauer@jhu.edu.

“Countering Violent Extremism”
4 p.m. – Rome Building Auditorium
Azar Nafisi, executive director of SAIS Cultural Conversations and SAIS Foreign Policy Institute (FPI) fellow, and Mahnaz Afkhami, president and founder of the Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, will discuss this topic. Members of the public should RSVP to the FPI at ckunkel@jhu.edu.

“Can the EU Make a Comeback? Prospects and Pitfalls”
6 p.m. – Room 806, Rome Building
Charles Kupchan, Whitney Shepardson Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and professor of international affairs in the Department of Government at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, will discuss this topic.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23
“The Medical Humanitarian Action of Doctors Without Borders”
12:30 p.m. – Rome Building Auditorium
Meinie Nicolai, president of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins San Frontières (MSF), will discuss this topic. This event is being held in memory of Hélène de Beir, a SAIS graduate who, while serving as an aid worker for MSF, was killed in Afghanistan along with four colleagues.
Members of the public should RSVP to the SAIS International Development Program here.

NOTE: SAIS will also host a live Webcast of the event accessible here.
“A Coup in Bamako: How Mali’s Government Lost and Regained Political Legitimacy, 2012-13”
12:30 p.m. – Room 736, Bernstein-Offit Building
Bruce Whitehouse, assistant professor of anthropology at Lehigh University, will discuss this topic.

“Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia’s Golden Age From the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane”
5:30 p.m. – Rome Building Auditorium
(A reception will precede the forum at 5 p.m.)
S. Frederick Starr, chairman of the SAIS Central Asia-Caucasus Institute (CACI); Kent Calder, director of the SAIS Japan and Korea Studies programs and the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies; and Grant Smith (moderator), SAIS CACI fellow and former U.S. ambassador to Tajikistan, will discuss Starr’s new book, Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia’s Golden Age From the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane. Members of the public should RSVP to CACI at caci2@jhu.edu.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24
“Geopolitical Implications of Gas Development in the Eastern Mediterranean”
12 p.m. – Rome Building Auditorium
Zeynep Dereli, managing director for APCO Worldwide, will discuss the topic. Members of the public should RSVP to the SAIS Energy, Resources and Environment Program atsaisereglobal@jhu.edu.

“Mongolia and the United States: A Diplomatic History”
4:30 p.m. – Room 806, Rome Building
Jonathan Addleton, former United States ambassador to Mongolia, will discuss this event. Members of the public should RSVP to the SAIS Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies atreischauer@jhu.edu.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25
“A Return to Splendid Isolationism or a Continuing Global Role for Britain?”
11 a.m. – Room 500, Bernstein-Offit Building
Fiona Hill, director of the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution; James Kariuki, counselor and head of the Politics, Economics and Communications Group at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C.; Matthias Matthijs, SAIS assistant professor of international political economy; and Tim Oliver, TAPIR Fellow at the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR), will discuss this topic. Members of the public should RSVP to CTR here.
We hope we’ll see you on campus at an event this week - thanks for reading!
– Erin Skelly Cameron, Associate Director of Admissions