Day: June 3, 2012

This week’s peace picks

A relatively slow week with most interesting things concentrated in the first couple of days:

1. Disentangling Smart Power:  Interests, Tools, Strategies, SAIS, 9-5 June 4

Kenney Auditorium

1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Washington DC, 20036

9.00 AM – 5.00 PM

9:00 Registration

9.30 Welcome, Amb. András Simonyi, Managing Director CTR, Aude Jehan, French Embassy Fellow

9.40 Public Diplomacy in the 21st Century: New Approaches in a Changing World

A discussion with: Bruce Wharton, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Public Diplomacy, Bureau of African Affairs

Amb. Philip Reeker, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs

Spencer P. Boyer, Senior Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations (Moderator)

10.15 Setting the Stage: Battleships, Diplomats, and Rock & Roll

Amb. András Simonyi, Managing Director, Center for Transatlantic Relations

11.00 The New Face of Public Diplomacy

Walter Douglas, Senior Visiting Fellow, CSIS (Moderator)

Tom Wang, Executive Editor, Science and Diplomacy, Deputy Director, AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy

Emilienne Baneth-Nouailhetas, Attaché for University Cooperation, French Embassy in the United States

Sharon Memis, Director British Council USA

12.30 Lunch Break

13.15 Smart Power 2.0Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA

14.15 Combining Hard and Soft Power: Dilemmas and Opportunities

Mark R. Jacobson, Senior Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States (Moderator)

The Hon. Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroeck, Member of European Parliament, Belgian Minister of State

Amb. Kurt Volker, Executive Director,  McCain Institute for International Leadership

Stacia George, Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow

Douglas A. Ollivant, Senior National Security Fellow, New America Foundation

16.00 Smart Power in Action: A View from the Obama Administration, Assistant Secretary Esther Brimmer, Bureau of International Organization Affairs

16:45 Closing Remarks: Daniel Hamilton, Director, Center for Transatlantic Relations

17.00 Reception

2. Gains in Afghan Health: Too Good to Be True? Center for Global Development, 12-1:30 pm June 4

Brownbag Seminar

**Please bring your lunch–beverages provided**

Kenneth Hill
Professor of Global Health and Population
Harvard School of Public Health

With discussants
Pav Govindasamy
Regional Coordinator for Anglophone Africa and Asia
ICF International

Mohammad Hafiz Rasooly
Technical Advisor, Afghan Public Health Institute
Ministry of Public Health Afghanistan

Hosted by
Victoria Fan
Research Fellow
Center for Global Development

The results of the 2010 Afghanistan Mortality Survey were hailed as showing dramatic declines in child and maternal mortality when they first became available last year. Afghan surveyors in all 34 provinces brought back data suggesting that life expectancy at birth is now 62 years. Child mortality under age 5 dropped to 10 percent. Of 100,000 live births, the maternal mortality number was down to 327. However, more detailed examination of the results has raised questions about their accuracy. In this presentation, Kenneth Hill examines data quality indicators and issues of plausibility to try to establish what can, and what can’t, be believed from the survey.

3. Inside the Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Carnegie Endowment, 9-10 am June 5

Seyed Hossein Mousavian, George Perkovich

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Seyed Hossein Mousavian, who served as Iran’s nuclear spokesman and a member of the Iranian nuclear negotiating team from 2003 to 2005, will discuss his new book providing an insider account of Tehran’s nuclear policy and negotiations with the international community. Mousavian will analyze the West’s current options for dealing with Iran as well as outline what a nuclear agreement needs to include for it to be acceptable to both the West and Tehran.

For over four years, Mousavian operated at the heart of Iran’s power structures before political tables turned and he was arrested and tried for espionage by the government of President Ahmadinejad. The Iranian Nuclear Crisis: A Memoir is a first-of-its kind book that describes the history of the Iranian nuclear crisis and explains how to bring it to a peaceful resolution.

Copies of The Iranian Nuclear Crisis: A Memoir will be available for purchase.

Ambassador Seyed Hossein Mousavian is an associate research scholar at Princeton University. He previously served as the Iranian ambassador to Germany (1990–1997), the head of the Foreign Relations Committee of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (1997–2005), the spokesman for Iran’s nuclear negotiation team (2003–2005), and foreign policy adviser to the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (2005–2007).

4.  Sudan in Conflict, Carnegie Endowment, 12:15-1:45 pm June 5

Amb. Princeton Lyman, Amb. Alan Goulty, Marina Ottaway, Frederic Wehrey

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Less than one year after the formal split between Sudan and South Sudan, the two countries are wrapped in conflict again over border demarcation, oil, and other issues. Both nations are also contending with serious internal turmoil in the form of tribal conflict, weak institutions, and mounting popular dissatisfaction.

Ambassador Princeton Lyman, the U.S. special envoy for Sudan, will join Ambassador Alan Goulty of the Woodrow Wilson Center and Carnegie’s Marina Ottaway to discuss the issues at stake in the conflict between and within Sudan and South Sudan and the role of the international community. Carnegie’s Fred Wehrey will moderate
5.  Africa: The Hopeful Continent
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June 6, 2012 | 6 – 8 pm
Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Kenney Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Can Sustained GDP Growth in Africa Lead to a New Future? The United Nations Association-National Capital Area Chapter (UNA-NCA) and the Africa Society invites you to a panel discussion on economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The World Bank recently reported that in eight of the last ten years Sub-Saharan growth has been faster than East Asia.  With an average of 5% GDP growth, amid a global financial crisis, “Africa could be on the brink of an economic take-off, much like China was 30 years ago and India 20 years ago.”  Can this record GDP growth provide substantial poverty reduction and positive change in the lives of everyday Africans?

Anthony Carroll, Vice President, has 20 years of experience as a corporate lawyer and business advisor in the areas of international trade and investment, with a particular focus on the countries of sub-Saharan Africa. He possesses an extensive background in intellectual property law, first as an in-house lawyer with a venture capital firm specializing in high tech investment, and more recently as an adviser to the international pharmaceutical industry and sovereign and regional governments on TRIPs and WTO accession.


Volker Treichel has been a Lead Economist in the Office of the Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the World Bank since December 2010. From 2007, he was the Lead Economist for Nigeria. He also led the first subnational Development Policy Operation in sub-Saharan Africa in Lagos State as well as the initial engagement with the Niger Delta. Prior to 2007, Volker was at the IMF, including as mission chief for Togo and resident representative in Albania.

Dr. Susan Lund is the director of research and a Washington, D.C. partner at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey’s business and economics research arm. Her research focuses on global financial markets, labor markets, and on economic growth. Recent reports have looked at shifting pools of global wealth and the rise of emerging market investors, prospects for US job creation and the future of work, and the long-term growth prospects for African economies.

Dr. Ezra Suruma is a Senior Adviser to the President of Uganda on Finance and Economic Planning. Dr. Suruma is a former visiting fellow with the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution. While at Brookings, his work focused on governmental and financial institutions and its impact on stability and economic growth.

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