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Turkey and the Arab Spring

June 13, 2013 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Members of the Turkish Foreign Ministry’s Strategic Research Center will discuss Turkish Foreign Policy in the Middle East in the context of the Arab Spring. They will try to shed light on the factors that influenced Turkey's response to the democratic uprisings of the last three years, with special emphasis on the Syrian case. The Strategic Research Center is the Ministry's in-house think-tank to establish channels of communication between policy makers and the academic and research community. It also works as a consultative body to provide foreign policy decision makers with scholarly assessments of relevant issues and reviews Turkish foreign policy with a future perspective.

A Briefing by The Honorable Raila A. Odinga: African Achievements and Challenges: Learning from the Past but Looking Forward

June 18, 2013 // 10:00am — 11:30am
The former Prime Minister of the Republic Kenya, The Honorable Raila A. Odinga, discussed the past 50 years of achievements and challenges on the continent as well as his vision for Africa over the next 50 years, with a particular focus on Africa's future engagements with China and the United States.

Book Launch: Midnight in Mexico

June 20, 2013 // 10:00am — 11:00am
In the last six years, more than 100,000 people have disappeared or been killed in Mexico's struggle with organized crime, where drug trafficking is a multi-billion dollar business. With over 70 journalists killed since 2006, Mexico is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a reporter. Despite the risks, book author and journalist, Alfredo Corchado, has bravely continued reporting on government corruption, murders in Juarez, and organized crime in the country of his birth.

The Current Political Situation in Myanmar: Perspectives from the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw

June 13, 2013 // 12:30pm — 2:00pm
Members of Parliament from Myanmar discuss the current political situation in their country and the road ahead.

Women as Agents of Change: Traditional Practices and Community-Based Social Change in Ethiopia

June 20, 2013 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
Dr. Bogaletch Gebre is the recipient of this year's King Badouin African Development Prize. She is a passionate women’s rights activist from Ethiopia and has been recognized for her efforts to transform the lives of women through innovation and altering traditional conceptions of a woman’s role in shaping her political, economic, and social destiny.

Driving the African Century: Youth, Technology, and Entrepreneurship

June 25, 2013 // 1:15pm — 5:40pm
On June 25, panels will be convened to discuss Africa's growth potential in the 21st century, covering topics including "Africa's Possibilities in 2023," "Business, Technology, & Entrepreneurship in Africa," and "Impact Investing, Social Enterprises, & Innovators in Africa."

Brazilian Private Sector’s Perspective on How to Improve Competitiveness

June 06, 2013 // 10:00am — 12:00pm
On Thursday June 6, a panel convenes to discuss the state of Brazil's competitiveness.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: New Rules for a New Era

June 19, 2013 // 2:00pm — 5:00pm
On June 19, 2013, Robert Zoellick, former president of the World Bank, former U.S. Trade Representative, and former Deputy Secretary of State gave a global perspective of what the Trans-Pacific Partnership could mean for future trade negotiations followed by a distinguished group of panelists who spoke on the important aspects of a future trade model and how the Trans-Pacific Partnership fits into other regional trade agreements.

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