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Juniors interested in the International Development certificate, http://bsfs.georgetown.edu/academics/certificates/idev/, must apply by Monday, March 18th.  The application, http://bsfs.georgetown.edu/page/1242680908344.html and essay (one document) should be emailed to Dean Billingslea, kpb2@georgetown.edu, by 5:00 p.m.

Sophomores are welcome to apply at any time.

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Retired basketball player, Dennis Rodman, and several members of the Harlem Globetrotters surprised the rest of the world when they arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday to film for a new HBO series, Vice. With tensions between the U.S. and the DPRK as high as ever, will "basketball diplomacy" make a difference? Professor Victor Cha discusses his thoughts on the goodwill visit.

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Prof. Rynhold is the current Schusterman Visiting Professor in Israel Studies at George Washington University. Prof. Rynhold will present his analysis of the various grand strategies of Democrats, Liberals, and the Left towards the Middle East, as well as elite discourse and public attitudes towards the conflict. He explains the trend towards increasing criticism of Israel and increasing preference for a neutral approach to the conflict Prof.Rynhold argues this is not simply to do with changes in Israeli policy but deeper changes within the Democratic Party and among liberals in their attitudes to foreign policy and politics in general.

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On February 12, 2013, North Korea conducted its third underground nuclear test. Dr. Victor Cha discusses the implications and new security concerns brought about by this latest test.

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Ariela Keysar, “Freedom of Choice: Women and Demography in Israel, France and the US” Rev. Susan Thistlethwaite, “In the Eyes of Patriarchal Religion, All Women are Secular: What Can We Learn from This?” Pascale Fournier, “Religious Divorce and Civil Divorce for Jewish and Muslim Women in Canada: A Comparative Approach” Moderated by Aurora Nou

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Jacques Berlinerblau, “Let the Study of American Secularisms Begin!” Caroline Mala Corbin, “The U.S. Supreme Court’s Religion Clause Jurisprudence” Barry Kosmin, “The Vitality of Soft Secularism in the U.S. and the Rise of the “Nones” Moderated by Erika Seamon

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A public interview with Phil Zuckerman and Jacques Berlinerblau

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Régine Azria, “Post-War French Jewry Facing Laïcité in a Multicultural France” Jean Baubérot, “Laïcité and Freedom of Conscience in Pluricultural France” Henri Peña-Ruiz, “Laïcité as a Background of Emancipation” Moderated by Sarah Fainberg

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Denis Charbit, “A Self-Restrained Secularism? Halakhhah and Sharia in Contemporary Israel” Ilan Greilsammer, “The “status quo”: Old and New Frontlines between Hilonim and Anti-Hiloni Forces in Israel?” Anita Shapira, “Israeli Religious Secularism” Moderated by Moran Stern

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A public interview with Jean Baubérot, Henri Peña-Ruiz, and Sarah Fainberg

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