Sunday, August 11, 2013

This Week in Washington, August 11-17, 2013

JAPAN'S RELATIONS WITH SOUTHEAST ASIA. 8/13, Noon-1:30pm. Sponsor: Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA. Speaker: Ashok Mirpuri, Singapore Ambassador to U.S.

BETWEEN WAR AND PEACE: NEW TOOLS FOR MESSY TRANSITIONS? 8/13, 9:30 - 11:00am. Sponsor: Stimson Center. Speakers: Stuart Bowen, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction; James Schear, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Partnership Strategy and Stability Operations; William Durch, Stimson Senior Associate and Co-director, Future of Peace Operations Program.

EDUCATION FOR PEACE AND RESILIENCE. 8/14, Noon-1:00pm. Sponsor: Center for American Progress. Speaker: Maya Soetoro-Ng, Writer [Ladder to the Moon], step-sister of President Barak Obama and Spoken word performance with Omékongo Dibinga, spoken word artist. They will address the importance of ending trafficking and exploitation of women and children. Dr. Soetoro-Ng is the author of the children's book featured to the left.


WOMEN ADRIFT: THE LITERATURE OF JAPAN'S IMPERIAL BODY: BOOK DISCUSSION. 8/14, Noon. Sponsor: Asian Division, Library of Congress. Speaker: Noriko Horiguchi, Associate Professor, University of Tennessee, Author, Women Adrift.

A CONVERSATION WITH EGYPTIAN AMBASSADOR RAOUF SAAD. 8/14, Noon-1:00pm. Sponsor: Middle East Institute. Speaker: Raouf Saad, former Special Envoy to Africa of the Interim President of Egypt.

JAPAN-SOUTH KOREA RELATIONS AT A CROSSROADS. 8/14, 12:00 - 1:00pm. Sponsor: Sigur Center for Asian Studies, George Washington University. Speaker: Junya Nishino, Associate Professor, Keio University.

VICTORY AT BESSANG PASS: BOOK LAUNCH AND RECEPTION. 8/14, 5:00 - 7:00pm. Sponsors: Embassy of the Philippines, Philippine Veterans Affairs Office, Migrant Heritage Commission. Speaker: Ben Cal, Author, Victory at Bessang Pass. [It was at Bessang Pass that the Filipino guerrillas defeated the Japanese troops led by Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita that forced the latter, whose nom de guerre is “Tiger of Malaya,” to surrender. The final battle at Bessang Pass between the Filipino guerrillas and Japanese forces lasted for almost six months — from January to June 1945 — before the Filipinos conquered the strategic mountain fortress on June 14, 1945.]

GROSS EXPORTING ACCOUNTING AND THE GLOBAL VALUE CHAIN. 8/15, 11:30am-1:00pm. Sponsor: US International Trade Commission (USITC), Office of Economics. Speaker: Zhi Wang, USITC. Forthcoming paper in American Economic Review

EXTENDING THE US-ROK NUCLEAR COOPERATION AGREEMENT. 8/15, 2:00-3:00pm. Sponsors: US-Korea Institute at SAIS, Global America Business Institute. Speaker: Mark Holt, Specialist in Energy Policy, Congressional Research Service. U.S. and South Korean Cooperation in the World Nuclear Energy Market, January 2013.

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