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Book Launch—Made in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka: The Labor Behind the Global Garments and Textiles Industries

July 29, 2014 // 11:00am — 12:15pm
The garments and textiles sector is one of the world’s oldest export industries. It has often served as the “starter” industry for many countries, especially in Asia. Dr. Saxena’s book, based on original, in-depth research in three different Asian countries, casts light on some of the significant policy and attitudinal shifts that have occurred in this industry.

Nutrition and the Continuum of Care: Pre-Conception to the Post-Natal Period

July 28, 2014 // 2:00pm — 5:00pm
Good nutrition is very important for the health of women and their babies. Iron, zinc, and iodine deficiencies can lead to malnutrition, which increases susceptibility to disease and reduces immunity, productivity, and development.

Pakistan's Interminable Energy Crisis: Is There Any Way Out?

July 23, 2014 // 9:15am — 4:00pm
Pakistan is plagued by a deep energy crisis—one with troubling consequences for its fragile economy and volatile security situation. Islamabad, in fact, has described energy as a greater challenge than terrorism. This conference seeks to capitalize on the urgency of the crisis. It will focus on steps that can and should be taken in the immediate future to address both supply- and demand-side aspects of Pakistan’s energy conundrum.

Symbolic Nation-Building in Croatia from the Homeland War to EU Membership

August 19, 2014 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Drawing on a recently published larger volume - Strategies of Symbolic Nation-Building in Southeast Europe – Vjeran Pavlakovic will analyze the nation and state building strategies of the Croatian elite since the country attained independence, following the Homeland War, 1991-1995. In his presentation, Pavlakovic will focus on the role of contested narratives and commemorative practices related to the wars of the 20th century in the political arena. The discussion will also address current attitudes and sentiments in Croatia towards the EU, following the country’s accession to the European Union in July, 2013.

Energy Insecurity and the Luxury of Sovereignty along Russia’s Pipelines

June 24, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:00am
Can a state without energy security be considered fully sovereign? What factors go into state responses to external energy challenges, and what lessons can they draw from past crises? Lucia Seybert examines varied approaches by Lithuania, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, and Belarus for reconciling energy needs with state sovereignty. Mapping the underlying dynamics to this tension between energy and security is important for our understanding of energy cooperation and conflict in Europe and beyond.

Silver Buckshot: Alternative Pathways Towards Greenhouse Gas Mitigation

June 24, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
In 1986, global nuclear weapons stockpiles peaked at nearly 70,000 warheads. By the beginning of 2013, there were just over 17,000, with only 4,400 kept operational. This dramatic reduction was the fruit of a negotiation process that began in the late 1940s. In spite of incredible tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union, negotiators were able to make progress once they focused on building trust with small, pragmatic steps, rather than starting with the complete elimination of all weapons.

Africa's Youth and Innovation Potential for Peacebuilding and Sustainable Development

June 26, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:30am
On Thursday, June 26th the Africa Program hosted a panel made up of Ernest Acheampong, a Southern Voices Scholar and Researcher at the African Technology Policy Network, and Sarah Sladen, a Senior Manager of International Youth Development at InterAction. Both speakers discussed issues related to Africa’s youth, development, and educational policy. The discussion was moderated by the Africa Program’s Public Policy Scholar, Steve McDonald.

Delivering Quality Antenatal Care in Low Resource Settings: Examining Innovative Models and Planning For Scale Up

June 30, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
A roadside billboard in Malawi reads: “No woman should die while giving life.” But in many countries, death or grave injury during childbirth is a frequent occurrence.
Photo by Mona Youssef

The Iranian Nuclear Deal and the Impact on its Neighbors

June 23, 2014 // 9:30am — 12:30pm
Five experts examine the implications that a potential Iranian nuclear deal would have on the region, particularly the Persian Gulf states.

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