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Young and Undocumented: The New American Story

February 21, 2013 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Four members of Hoyas for Immigrant Rights, a student advocacy organization at Georgetown University, presented a panel discussion on being young and undocumented.
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Unwilling to Wait: Why Activists are Taking the Initiative on the Peace Process

March 04, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Two youth activists from OneVoice Palestine and OneVoice Israel will speak about their motivations to take personal responsibility to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through grassroots activism. In speaking about the ongoing challenges to resolving the conflict, they will discuss civil society efforts to overcome these obstacles. Given the many transitions taking place in the region, and OneVoice’s experience in the past ten years, Almasri and Bar-Gal will speak about their vision of where future opportunities for Israeli-Palestinian conflict resolution lie and about the important role of the American foreign policy community in moving the peace process forward.
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Russian Citizenship: From Empire to Soviet Union

March 25, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
"Russian Citizenship" is the first book to trace the Russian state’s citizenship policy throughout its history. Focusing on the period from the mid-nineteenth century to the consolidation of Stalin’s power in the 1930s, Eric Lohr considers whom the state counted among its citizens and whom it took pains to exclude. His research reveals that the Russian attitude toward citizenship was less xenophobic and isolationist and more similar to European attitudes than has been previously thought—until the drive toward autarky after 1914 eventually sealed the state off and set it apart.
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Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin

March 18, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Who is Vladimir Putin? Observers have described him as a "man from nowhere"—someone without a face, substance, or soul. In their new book, Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin, Russia experts Fiona Hill and Clifford Gaddy argue that Putin is in fact a man of many and complex identities. Clifford Gaddy discussed the book’s major themes and examined Putin as the Statist, the History Man, the Survivalist, the Outsider, the Free Marketeer, and the Case Officer. Understanding Putin's multiple dimensions is crucial for policymakers trying to decide how best to deal with Russia.

Containing Russia’s Nuclear Firebirds: Harmony and Change at the International Science and Technology Center

March 14, 2013 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
In Containing Russia’s Nuclear Firebirds, Glenn E. Schweitzer explores the life and legacy of the International Science and Technology Center in Moscow. He makes the case that the center’s unique programs can serve as models for promoting responsible science in many countries of the world. Andrew Weber, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs, U.S. Department of Defense,Andrew Hood, Special Assistant/Senior Advisor to the Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), U.S. Department of Energy, and Sergey Kislyak, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States provided discussion. Please note: Assistant Secretary Weber and Senior Advisor Hood spoke in their personal capacities at this event.
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Russian Politics: The Paradox of a Weak State

March 11, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Since the public dissention after the presidential “swap” announcement and rigged elections of last year, Putin and those who rule with him are resisting change and are even less willing than before to engage in reforms and economic “modernization.” Marie Mendras, Professor at the School of International Affairs, Sciences Po University, Paris examines Putinism as a system of rule in crisis—struggling against the tide, but still with considerable resources and instruments at hand.

Russia: Illicit Financial Flows and the Role of the Underground Economy

March 04, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
A recent study from Global Financial Integrity (GFI), a Washington-based research and advocacy organization, found that $764.3 billion in illegal money flowed into and out of Russia since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. GFI's director, Raymond Baker, discussed the findings and significance of the report, the mechanisms by which money is laundered into and out of the country, and some policy recommendations for curtailing the problems.

The Sandzak Divided: Language and Identity Politics on Either Side of the New Serbian/Montenegrin Border

March 28, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
In the post-Yugoslav context, members of these Muslim communities have largely self-identified as Bosniaks, an ethnic/national term that gained prominence among Bosnian Muslims in the period immediately following the dissolution of Yugoslavia in 1991 and the outbreak of the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina. While language policies in this region were centrally formulated in the joint state, with the dissolution of the Republic of Serbia and Montenegro in 2006, the two halves of the Sandžak experienced divergent language policies. In his presentation, Robert Greenberg, professor of linguistics at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, argues that the division of the Sandžak may have been a catalyst for destabilizing and radicalized forces to emerge in the years following the formal Serbia/Montenegro split.
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Demographic Timebomb? People Power and the Future of Israel as a Jewish State

February 14, 2013 // 9:00am — 10:00am
Demography will play an increasingly important role in determining the future of the state of Israel. Population size and structure, the changing demographic balance both between Israelis and Palestinians and among Israel’s religious and secular communities, and the unique circumstances of Israel’s Arab citizens will increasingly define this future. Join us for a discussion of these issues with one of Israel’s leading demographers.

Is the Border More Efficient? More Secure? — Progress and Challenges in Managing the U.S.-Mexico Border

February 27, 2013 // 1:30pm — 3:30pm
In 2009, the Pacific Council on International Policy and the Mexican Council on Foreign Affairs convened the Binational Task Force on the United States-Mexico Border. The group issued a series of recommendations regarding border management, which were detailed in the report, “Managing the United States-Mexico Border: Cooperative Solutions to Common Challenges.” Now, as border management plays a key role in the debate over immigration reform, the Task Force will reconvene to evaluate progress in managing the U.S.-Mexico border.

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