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Archive for April 2014

This event is the Program for Jewish Civilization's Hal Israel Endowed Lectureship in Jewish-Catholic Relations.

His Excellency Nuno Brito, Ambassador to the United States, and Ms. Manuela Franco, Director of The Diplomatic Institute, Lisbon, will be speaking as part of this special lecture series recognizing Aristides de Sousa Mendes.

Aristides Sousa de Mendes served as Portugal's general-consul in Bordeux France during the mid-twentieth century. In 1966, Yad Vashem recognized Aristides de Sousa Mendes as Righteous Among the Nations for aiding in the safe escape of over 30,000 refugees during World War II.

With an expert background in international relations, Ms. Franco has authored three books and numerous research articles including "The Twentieth-Century Portuguese Jews from Salonika: 'Oriental Jews of Portuguese Origin'" in Borders and Boundaries in an around Dutch Jewish History (Amsterdam University Press 2011). She is currently the Director of the Diplomatic Institute in Lisbon, Portugal.

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April 9, 2014. In recent years there have been a number of efforts to survey the American Muslim population. This presentation highlighted some of the questions that this sort of data can answer and some new questions the existing research raises.

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As part of the SFS Asian Studies Program's Lunch with an Ambassador event series, Ambassador Stapleton Roy spoke to Georgetown students and faculty about his career in the US foreign service, China's rise, and U.S.-China relations.

Ambassador J. Stapleton (Stape) Roy is a Distinguished Scholar and Founding Director Emeritus of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. Stape Roy was born in China and spent much of his youth there during the upheavals of World War II and the communist revolution, where he watched the battle for Shanghai from the roof of the Shanghai American School. He joined the US Foreign Service immediately after graduating from Princeton in 1956, retiring 45 years later with the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the service. In 1978 he participated in the secret negotiations that led to the establishment of US-PRC diplomatic relations. During a career focused on East Asia and the Soviet Union, Stape’s ambassadorial assignments included Singapore, China, and Indonesia. His final post with the State Department was as Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research. On retirement he joined Kissinger Associates, Inc., a strategic consulting firm, before joining the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in September 2008 to head the newly created Kissinger Institute. In 2001 he received Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson Award for Distinguished Public Service.

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Social Welfare & Development

For more than three decades, China’s economy—and its rapid growth—was the central issue for the political legitimacy of the country’s leaders. So long as GDP grew by double digits, the majority of the people were happy. That’s no longer the case. People are increasingly distressed by the accelerated inequality and increased risk of healthy problems caused by heavy smog and unsafe water. Social justice and environment have become inseparable from economic growth. The nation’s government will have to act to reach a new normal growth rate for profitable enterprises, increased public finance, full employment, controlled risks, improved livelihoods, and sustainable resources and environmental protection.

Anne F. Thurston Director of the Grassroots China Initiative School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Elizabeth A. Vazquez President, CEO and Co-Founder WEConnect International

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China-US Relations under New Era

Under the G20 framework, patterns of global governance and distribution of economic benefits change over time. A new model of major-country relations between China and U.S comes into shape. What’s its implication under the new era of international society? In Asia-Pacific region, China and U.S. foster strategic cooperation on regional hot spot issues (cyber security, global energy security, etc.). What are the prospects of the international partnership and how to achieve its intended goal?

Robert Daly, Director, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States
Kristen Looney, Assistant Professor, Walsh School of Foreign Service Georgetown University
Robert Sutter, Professor of Practice of International Affairs Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University
Feng Zhu, Deputy Director, Professor Center for International & Strategic Studies, Peking University

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New Trends in Global Economic Patterns and China-U.S. Cooperation

The global economy is finally going to emerge from the financial crisis. China and U.S. deepen the conversation and initiate cooperation in a wide range of areas and the year 2014 will be a critical period for China and U.S. At international level, both countries redefine the roles of exchange rate and transnational investment in global economic relations under the new economic layout. At national level, as the world’s fastest growing economy, China is making vigorous efforts to advance new reform agenda. How to interpret new economic policies Chinese government unfold in the Third Plenary Session of 18th Central Committee? What are challenges and opportunities China and U.S. face in post-crisis era?

Victor Cha, Director, SFS Asian Studies Program, Georgetown University 
Pieter P. Bottelier, Senior Adjunct Professor of China Studies School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University 
David Dollar, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy and Global Economy and Development, Brookings 
Ann Lee, Professor of Economics and Finance, New York University 

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In 1956, nine years after it appeared on the world map as a nation state, Pakistan passed its first national constitution that declared the country an “Islamic republic.” It was the first state in the world to take on that title. The constitution described the country as a “democratic state” that would be guided by “principles of democracy, freedom, equality, tolerance and social justice as enunciated by Islam.” Six decades later, this Pakistani promise to bridge and reconcile the ideals of Islam and western democracy appears more imperiled than ever, at a time when the United States’ involvement in the country is deeper and more complex than ever before. Shahan Mufti addressed this political autoimmune disorder in the context of his reporting from post-9/11 Pakistan and focused on the period since 2007, when the former President Pervez Musharraf began to lose his grip on power.

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Dr. Justyna Bartkiewicz-Godlewska serves as a counselor at the Political Section of the Embassy of Poland in Washington, DC, where she covers U.S.-MENA relations, as well as transatlantic security policy and NATO operations. Previously, she worked in the Security Policy Department at Poland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the International Security Policy Department at Poland's Ministry of Defense in Warsaw.

Due to technical difficulties, only the last forty minutes were able to be recorded.

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