Sunday, November 23, 2014

Events for Thanksgiving Week

This is Thanksgiving Week in the United States. Congress is in recess and most people in Washington go "home."

Yet there are still a few programs in Washington of interest to the Asia policy expert. And the rest of the world does not go on holiday.

11/23 - Labor Thanksgiving, National Holiday, Japan.

11/24 - Deadline for Iran to submit a plan to curb its nuclear program.
11/25 - OECD releases its Economic Outlook, Volume 2014 Issue 2.
11/25-28- Polish President Bronisław Komorowski makes a working visit to Japan.
11/27 - Senior officials from Japan and South Korea hold talks in Seoul over a range of diplomatic issues.
11/27 - OECD releases its Health at a Glance: Asia/Pacific 2014

WORLD ENERGY OUTLOOK 2014. 11/24, 9:30-11:00am. Sponsor: Energy and National Security, CSIS. Speaker: Fatih Birol, Chief Economist, International Energy Agency; Moderator: Sarah Ladislaw, Director and Senior Fellow, Energy and National Security Program, CSIS.

CAPPING CHINA'S COAL. 11/24, 10:00am-Noon. Sponsor: Global Sustainability and Resilience Program, Wilson Center. Speakers: Jake Schmidt, Director, International Program, Natural Resources Defense Council; Fuqiang Yang, Senior Adviser on Climate, Energy and Environment, Natural Resources Defense Council; Hu Tao, China Program Director, World Wildlife Fund-US; Kelly Sims Gallagher, Senior Policy Advisor, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

ENTERING THE HOMESTRETCH: U.S. CLIMATE DIPLOMACY ON THE ROAD TO PARIS. 11/24, 2014, Noon-1:00pm. Sponsor: Center for American Progress. Speakers: Todd Stern, Special Envoy for Climate Change, U.S. Department of State; Moderated by: Pete Ogden, Senior Fellow and Director of International Energy and Climate Policy, Center for American Progress.

JIHADIST MOVEMENT IN AFGHANISTAN, SYRIA AND IRAQ: INEVITABLE RISE OF POLICY FAILURE? 11/24, 3:30-5:30pm. Sponsor: Carnegie Endowment. Speakers: Adam Baczko, corder, conflict, and violence fellow at Yale University; Gilles Dorronsoro, professor of political science at the University of Paris and a non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Frederic Grare is senior associate and director of Carnegie’s South Asia Program; Arthur Quesnay, fellow at the French Institute for Near East (IFPO) and analyst at Noria Research; Frederic Wehrey, senior associate in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

IRAN-P5+1 NUCLEAR NEGOTIATIONS: THE ROAD AHEAD. 11/25, 10:30am-Noon. Sponsor: Brookings Institution. Speakers: Gary Samore, Executive Director of Research, The Belfer Center, Harvard University; David Albright, Founder and President, Institute for Science and International Security; Edward Levine, National Advisory Board Member, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation; Moderator: Robert Einhorn, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative.

SECOND LIFE OF POLITICAL LEADERS: A CASE STUDY OF ADOLF HITLER’S IMAGE IN AMERICAN POP CULTURE. 11/25, Noon-1:30pm. Sponsor: Society, Culture & Politics Program, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS). Speaker: Arleta Dulkowska, Research Fellow, DAAD/AICGS; Moderator: Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman, Director, Society, Culture & Politics Program, AICGS.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCING VEHICLES IN CHINA AND THEIR DEBT: THE LEGAL PICTURE. 11/25, 12:30–1:45PM. Sponsor:  Sigur Center for Asian Studies, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. SPEAKERS: Donald Clarke, research professor of law, George Washington University Law School.

THE SORROW AND HOPE OF COMFORT WOMEN: SEMINAR AND EXHIBITION. 11/25, 2:00-4:00pm, reception follows, Exhibition continues to January 12, 2015, Sponsors: National Catholic School of Social Service’s Center for International Social Development (CISD); Washington Coalition for Comfort Women Issues, Inc. (WCCW). Speakers: Prof. Frederick Ahearn, Professor and Director of CISD; Dr. Bonnie Oh, retired Professor, Georgetown University; Ms. Mindy Kotler, founder and director of Asia Policy Point; Dr. Julie Jungsil Lee, Adjunct Professor, George Washington University.

CORRUPTION, CONSTITUTIONALISM & CONTROL: IMPLICATIONS OF THE 4TH PLENUM FOR CHINA AND U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS. 11/25, 3:00-4:30pm. Sponsor: Kissinger Center on China and the United States, Wilson Center (WWC). Speakers: Donald C. Clarke, David Weaver Research Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School; Andrew Wedeman, Professor, Department of Political Science, Georgia State University. 

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