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Professor Michael Green comments on the implications of Pyongyang's failed 'rocket' launch even as expectations of a potential nuclear test grows. Should the US "ratchet up the pressure" on China to restrain North korea?

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During the last three decades, the United States and Iran, despite continued animosity, have on many occasions tried to negotiate, and at times have even come together on a negotiation table. However, none of these attempts could be sustained and today both countries struggle to engage substantially on the issues that divide them. Why can’t the two sides negotiate and how might the problem be addressed? This panel brought together a number of former American and Iranian officials and experts who discussed the dilemma and offered solutions.

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In this installment of the Asian Studies Program's Public Health in Asia Initiative, Dr. Noelle Selin, MIT Assistant Professor of Engineering Systems and Atmoshperic Chemistry, discussed her group's research on air pollution's effects on public health in China and beyond.

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Professor Barbara Freyer Stowasser on Sunday, May 13, 2012, at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. She was surrounded by friends and family. Dr. Stowasser was Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies in the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies from 1994 to 2012 (though her service to Georgetown University extends back to 1966 when she began lecturing in the Arabic Department), holder of the Sultanate of Oman Chair in Arabic and Islamic Literature at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, a core member of the faculty of CCAS, and thrice director of the Center. Dr. Stowasser was a leading world scholar in studies of women in the Qur'an and hadith, and a colleague of rare intellect, compassion, and humor. Her expertise and influence shall be sorely missed.

The family has expressed its wish to hold a memorial service at Georgetown University in the late summer or early fall, and details shall be forthcoming. The faculty, staff, and students of CCAS express our deepest sympathies with her family, grieving her loss at this time.

Those who wish to share memories of Dr. Stowasser are invited to do so below.

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Cosponsored with The Islamic Society of North America. Scholars and academics of Islam discussed the historical legacy of religious minorities in Muslim-majority societies, and how concepts of pluralism and minority rights can be examined in a contemporary context, particularly following the dramatic developments of the Arab Spring. This symposium provided an opportunity for academics, government officials, diplomats, and other experts based in Washington, DC to engage in these discussions.

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