Mobilizing Sustainable Development Investments in Small Island Developing States

Ambassador Ronny Jumeau, AOSIS; Jeniffer DeCesaro, Director of Technology-to-Market Program, US Department of Energy; Justin Locke,Director of Islands, Carbon War Room; Celeste Connors, Professor, SAIS ERE ,and SAIS Practicum presenters - Taylor Crompton, Madeleine Holland, David Pedigo and Erica Shifflett, will discuss the topic.







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April 27, 2015
6:00pm - 8:00pm Local Time

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The Future of the Euro

The Bernard L. Schwartz Globalization Inititiative at SAIS presents the launch of the new book by Oxford University Press "The Future of the Euro" with the editors Matthias Matthijs (SAIS) and Mark Blyth (Brown University), discussant Pravin Krishna and moderator Michael Mandelbaum. 

The Future of the Euro is an attempt by political economists to analyze the fundamental causes of the euro crisis, determine how it can be fixed, and consider what likely futures lie ahead for the currency. The book makes three interrelated arguments that emphasize the primacy of political over economic factors. First, the “euro problem” is discussed as the result of the single currency’s fundamental lack of institutional embeddedness, insofar as its original design omitted three ‘forgotten unions’ alongside of monetary union: a financial and banking union, mutually supporting institutions of fiscal union and economic government, and a political union holding similar legitimacy to the nation-state. Second, the “euro experience” shows how the euro’s unfinished design led to economic divergence – quietly altering the existing distribution of economic and political power within Europe prior to the crisis – which in turn determined the EU’s crisis respo nse. The book highlights how the euro’s four most important members – Germany, France, Italy and Spain – each changed once they adopted the euro, why the crisis affected them so differently, and how each has since struggled to live with the commitments the euro necessitates. Third, the book examines three possible “euro futures:” through the lens of the politics of its reluctant leader Germany; through the lens of the EU’s capacity to ‘move forward’ through crises; and through the geopolitical lens of the international monetary system. The book concludes that any successful long-term solution to the euro’s predicament needs to start with the political foundations of markets.

Books will be available for purchase at the event and a reception will follow.





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April 24, 2015
4:00pm - 5:30pm Local Time

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Making Sense of China’s Rush into Africa

Howard French, Columbia University, will discuss the topic.





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Date and Time
April 21, 2015
12:30pm - 2:00pm Local Time

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IDEV Practicum Client Presentations

IDEV Practicum presentations hosted by the International Development Program, SAIS.





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Date and Time
April 29, 2015
12:00pm - 2:00pm Local Time

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Global Energy Policy: Transition and Transformation

Senator Tim Kaine (VA) and Jan H. Kalicki, will discuss the topic at the 12th Annual Spring Conference on "Global Energy Policy: Transition and Transformation", a two-day conference co-hosted at George Mason University (April 21) and CTR (April 22).





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Date and Time
April 22, 2015
9:00am - 3:30pm Local Time

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Ji Hyun Prospectus Defense

Ji Hyun will present prospectus defense. Note: This event is off the record.





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Date and Time
April 30, 2015
10:30am - 12:00pm Local Time

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Defining National Interest in a Century of Global Decline: British Foreign Policy-making in the 20th Century

Anne Deighton
Professor of European International Politics, Department of Politics and International Relations; Fellow, Wolfson College, University of Oxford, U.K.

Part of the British Tradition in International Relations Seminar Series

Anne Deighton is Professor of European International Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. She is also a governing body fellow of Wolfson College.

She works on British and European issues, and is currently writing a political biography of Ernest Bevin, the British foreign secretary in the decisive years between 1945 and 1951. In this context, she has looked at issues relating to Cold War culture in Britain, NATO and European security, human rights, and the end of empire. She has also written widely on the fraught politics of European integration, from Harold MacMillan to Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair.

Recent publications include "The British in Strasbourg: negotiating the European Convention on Human Rights, 1950", in Human Rights in Europe in the Cold War, eds Rasmus Mariager et al, 2014; "Don and Diplomat: Isaiah Berlin and Britain's early Cold War", in Cold War History, 13:4, 2013; "Great Britain and the Vienna Summit of 1961", in The Vienna Summit of 1961, eds Günter Bischof et al, 2014; "Germany and East-Central Europe, 1945-1990: the view from London" in Iron Curtain, 2014, eds Mark Kramer et al. She has also written op-ed pieces on contemporary European strategy.

She has taught as a visiting professor in Paris, Geneva and Berlin, and had a creative and enjoyable time as a visiting professor at SAIS Europe Bologna in the summer of 2013.

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Date and Time
April 9, 2015
6:30pm - 8:00pm Local Time

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Iran Going Nuclear: Implications for the Region, Israel and Iran-US Relations

Sanam Vakil
Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies, Johns Hopkins University SAIS

Part of the Research Brownbag Series. Presented by Diana Mayrhofer, SAIS M.A. Candidate and BIPR Research Assistant

Sanam Vakil is a visiting scholar in Middle East Studies at SAIS Europe. She has served as assistant professor of Middle East Studies at SAIS Washington and was previously a research fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations' Iran Project. Additionally, Professor Vakil was formerly a consultant to the World Bank Group's Middle East and North Africa Division and an associate at The Abernathy MacGregor Group. She has obtained her Ph.D. and is also a SAIS alumna.

Professor Vakil is an author of numerous monographs, book reviews, working papers and articles in U.S. and international journals on Middle East and U.S. foreign policy. Additionally, she has published "Action and Reaction: Women and Politics in the Islamic Republic of Iran" (2011) and is an expert on Iran.

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Date and Time
April 8, 2015
11:00am - 12:00pm Local Time

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Somalia: The Difficult Path towards Normalization

Tommaso Dercole
Career Diplomat, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Part of the Issues of Conflict Management Seminar Series

Supported by the Steven Muller German Chair in German Studies

Tommaso D'Ercole is a career diplomat at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. He is currently employed in the Directorate-General for Globalization and Global Issues, where he is the Deputy Head of the Office covering the countries of Eastern Africa and the Horn of Africa (Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan), the African Union, and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development.

D'Ercole completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Bologna. He then studied as a Fulbright scholar at the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he obtained a Master of Arts in International Relations, focusing on international economics and conflict management. He also attended the Hague Academy of International Law and pursued diplomatic studies at the Italian Society of International Organization (SIOI), prior to passing the Italian Foreign Service Exam in 2012.

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Date and Time
April 2, 2015
10:30am - 12:00pm Local Time

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EVENT CANCELLED: Looking Beyond ISIS: What Prospects for Iraq?

Yezid Sayigh
Senior Associate, Carnegie Middle East Center, Beirut, Lebanon

Part of the International Relations of the Middle East Seminar Series

Sayigh will argue that beyond defeating the immediate threat posed by ISIS, the real challenge facing Iraq is whether a viable state can be constructed. The dysfunctional political and institutional dynamics set in motion at various times since 2003 (the start of reshaping by the US), 2008 (Maliki's era), and 2014 (the response to ISIS's offensive) may have taken the Iraqi state to a point of no recovery. Neither a federal solution nor formal partition alters the risk that the future of Iraq, or of its separate parts, will continue to be dominated by a destructive mix of patronage-based politics and crony financial management resulting in deep socio-economic de-development.

YEZID SAYIGH

Yezid Sayigh is a senior associate at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, where his work focuses on the Syrian crisis, the political role of Arab armies, security sector transformation in Arab transitions, the reinvention of authoritarianism, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and peace process.

Previously, Sayigh was professor of Middle East studies at King's College London. From 1994- 2003, he served as assistant director of studies at the Centre of International Studies, Cambridge. From 1998- 2003, he headed the Middle East program of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. Sayigh was also an adviser and negotiator in the Palestinian delegation to the peace talks with Israel from 1991- 1994. Since 1999, he has provided policy and technical consultancy on the permanent-status peace talks and on Palestinian reform.

Sayigh is the author of numerous publications, including most recently The Syrian Opposition's Leadership Problem (April 2013); Above the State: The Officers' Republic in Egypt (August 2012); "We serve the people": Hamas policing in Gaza (2011); and Policing the People, Building the State: Authoritarian transformation in the West Bank and Gaza (2011).

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April 30, 2015
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