A Special Event with Conflict Solutions International
Friday November 9, 2018, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
NO ADMISSION AFTER 7 PM
VOICES THAT MATTER
In a chaotic world with so many destructive forces pulling from all directions some voices are struggling to be heard. Those are the voices of the downtrodden and oppressed yearning to be free. An advocacy group, a refugee population far from home, a journalist braving a dangerous conflict area, a small foundation determined to make a big difference. They are all so different and yet strive for the same goals of human rights, peace and freedom.
Unlike most programs organized by CSI, this event will not feature a debate but individual presentations by selected small organizations that want their word to go further and make a bigger impact.
This event is the first of a series that will be organized over the next year.
A reception will follow the program.
The National Affairs Office of the Church of Scientology
The historic Fraser Mansion is a registered landmark. We are grateful to
the Church of Scientology for their generous hospitality.
[masked]th Street , N.W., Washington, DC
Nearest metro stop: Dupont Circle (Red line).
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Join us for a panel discussion that focuses on the inextricable link between the rule of law and the media, and the nexus between a robust rule of law and a robust independent media, drawing on lessons from recent decades from the U.S. and abroad. Moderated by Homer Moyer, Founder and Chair of CEELI Institute, panelists include Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for NBC News, Jennifer Rubin, journalist and author of The Washington Post blog Right Turn, and Lee Levine, Senior Counsel at Ballard Spahr.
This program is the second in a six-part series of live events titled “Preserving a Free Society: A Series of Bipartisan Discussions on the Rule of Law—Its Critical Importance to Free Societies and How Best to Sustain and Defend It.” Some programs in the series will take place at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Presented in partnership with the International Bar Association, with generous support from the IBA Foundation.
RSVP here: https://www.archivesfoundation.org/event/independent-media-and-the-rule-of-law/
In June, Turkish voters will go to the polls for presidential and parliamentary elections. The poll will cap President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's years-long drive to end almost a century of parliamentary rule. The vote comes amid rising economic troubles, growing concern about democracy, and deteriorating relations with the West. An opposition coalition has emerged as a formidable force, yet concerns over electoral fraud raise questions as to whether the opposition has a real shot at defeating Erdogan. What are the prospects for a turnover of power in Turkey?
Senior fellow for National Security and International Policy, Center for American Progress
Huseyin Levent Köker
Research associate, Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Studies, Northwestern University
Visiting fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations
Gönül Tol, moderator
Director for Turkish Studies, MEI
2018 Monna and Otto Weinmann Annual Lecture “Far from Us, But Close at Heart”: Sephardic Jews in America Confront the Holocaust
In the annual Weinmann lecture, Dr. Devin Naar will weave together two overlooked stories not part of the mainstream Holocaust narrative: the devastating experiences of Sephardic Jews in Nazi-occupied Greece and the frantic efforts of their relatives in the United States to come to their aid. By tracing the deep connections maintained among Sephardic Jews in the United States and their native communities in Greece, Dr. Naar will reconstruct the efforts of individuals, families, and organizations like the Sephardic Brotherhood of America to respond to the rise of Nazi Germany, the outbreak of World War II, and the ultimate destruction of Greece’s Jews. Continuing with their postwar efforts to commemorate their native communities in Greece, Sephardic Jews in America sought to show that although halfway across the globe, they remained “close at heart.”
Devin Naar, Isaac Alhadeff Professor in Sephardic Studies, Associate Professor of History, and faculty at the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington
This event will be followed by a reception in the Museum's Hall of Witness.
CSIS cordially invites you to a book launch of Peace Works: America's Unifying Role in a Turbulent World.
Featuring a discussion with the author
Ambassador Rick Barton
Lecturer of Public and International Affairs; Co-director, Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative
President and CEO, Internews
With welcoming remarks from
H. Andrew Schwartz
Chief Communications Officer, CSIS
Executive Vice President, CSIS
Bosnia, Rwanda, Haiti, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria - a quarter-century of stumbles in America’s pursuit of a more peaceful and just world. American military interventions have cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars, yet we rarely manage to enact positive and sustainable change. In Peace Works: America's Unifying Role in a Turbulent World, ambassador and global conflict leader Rick Barton uses a mix of stories, history, and analysis for a transformative approach to foreign affairs and offers concrete and attainable solutions for the future. The book begins and ends in Syria – the ultimate failure of our current approach to foreign policy, and with devastating consequences.
Who's Afraid of China's Belt and Road Initiative?
Getting to the Heart of China's Controversial Marshall Plan
Lt. Gen. Wallace Gregson will introduce the speaker and the lecture. Dr. Christopher Yung will be the main speaker at this event.
“Is this the plan that allows China to undermine U.S. global leadership?” This lecture will explore China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China’s version of the Marshall Plan. Dr. Yung will discuss the military component (overseas basing, working with host nation partners to address security threats to Chinese investment projects, PLA operations abroad), economic competition, and geo-strategic elements.
James Grant, one of the wittiest and most incisive financial writers of our day, is completing a new book on the life and times of Walter Bagehot, who was famous for his dictum that a central bank should meet a crisis by lending freely against good banking assets at a high rate of interest. Bagehot, crowned “the greatest Victorian” by historian G. M. Young, edited The Economist, advised William E. Gladstone, attacked Benjamin Disraeli, and warned British investors against lending to “emerging markets.” Like James Grant, Bagehot was a keen observer of financial behavior, credit flows, and political economy. What would he say if he were alive today?
Join AEI as James Grant discusses his newest book and current events with R Street’s Alex Pollock and AEI’s Paul Kupiec.
4:45 p.m. - Registration
5:00 p.m. - Introduction: Paul H. Kupiec, AEI
5:05 p.m. - The Life and Times of Walter Bagehot: James Grant, Grant’s Interest Rate Observer
5:50 p.m. - Panel discussion
James Grant, Grant’s Interest Rate Observer
Paul H. Kupiec, AEI
Alex J. Pollock, R Street Institute
6:10 p.m. - Q&A
6:30 p.m. - Adjournment to wine and cheese reception
You are invited to participate in a new series of civil dialogues, launched by Arena Stage.
These dialogues seek to provide an opportunity for members of the Washington, DC metropolitan community to engage in discourse about major current issues. They also seek to demonstrate that people of very diverse viewpoints can have fruitful dialogues with one another. We hence assume that all participants have consented to heed the rules of civil dialogue, such as not attributing motives, not demonizing the other side, and showing that they truly listen to the other. There will be a few dialogue starters (names to be announced) but most of the time will be dedicated to give and take among the participants. The dialogues will be moderated by Amitai Etzioni.
Niambi Carter, Assistant Professor, Howard University
Clarissa Martínez de Castro, Deputy Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation, Unidos US
Richard Kahlenberg, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation
Lisa Rice, President & CEO, National Fair Housing Alliance
Janelle Wong, Professor of American Studies, University of Maryland
There will be a pre-dialogue reception before each event, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Grand Lobby. Because of space limitations, registration is required but attendance is free and open to the public and press.
Register here: http://tickets.arenastage.org/single/SelectSeating.aspx?p=26249
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater
This is an interfaith Iftar in which the conversations are about Islam and the World Religions. Guests from different religious backgrounds meet, break fast together, and learn about the common grounds between their different faiths. To help spur this conversation, honorary speakers from Muslim, Jewish, and Christian backgrounds will have an interfaith interactive dialogue with the guests. The “Islam in America” Photo Gallery continues.
Dinner is free of charge.
In recent weeks, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelan workers have been in the streets demonstrating their support for the re-election of President Nicolas Maduro of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). On the day before this crucially important vote, join the Party for Socialism and Liberation for an update from Carlos Ron of the Embassy of Venezuela on the country's popular, socialist Bolivarian Revolution. We will also hear from a Washington-based community organizer who attended the 2018 international solidarity conference in Caracas. Learn what we can do here at home to help Venezuela resist Trump's threats, economic sanctions and U.S. imperialism!
Free of charge! Food and drinks available, donations appreciated.
Featured speaker: Carlos Ron, Chargé d'Affaires, Embassy of Venezuela
Featured community partner: Dominick Duffy, DC native contemporary two-dimensional artist. One of the forms of art Dominick specializes in is calligraphy, featured at this event.