Institute for Global and International Studies
News: Spring 2013
GGP hosted two major events in March
GGP held its first-year Spring Roundtable panel devoted to gender issues in migration and international development called "Migrant Care Work from Two Sides: Care Work in the U.S. and Families Care Workers Leave Behind." Our event for International Women's Day focused on ending violence against women. It included a keynote lecture by Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams. For more information on this event view our blog post "Jody Williams and the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict" or the Elliott School's March Briefing. A video of this event can be found here.
Today's event will stream live on C-SPAN from 5:30-7:00pm
The Western Hemisphere Working Group is sponsoring an event "Big Trucks, Pop Star Politicians and Consensus Building: The Politics of Development in Haiti" today, March 26, 2013, that will stream live from 5:30-7:00 on C-SPAN. Click here to watch. For more information about the event, see the Global Policy Forum.
New IGIS Faculty Affiliate: Stephen Kaplan
Stephen Kaplan, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs. His book Globalization and Austerity Politics in Latin America will be launched Thursday, February 28th at 4:00pm. Click here for more information on the event.
Dina Abou El Seoud speaks on Women's Ground Experiences in Egypt
The Global Gender Forum hosted a conversation with Dina Abou El Seoud on Activism and Aspirations: Women's Ground Experiences in Egypt. An Egyptian activist, she is co-founder of the Women's Revolutionary Coalition, owner of Dina's Hostel, the only Egyptian women owned and run hostel in Cairo, which also holds cultural events and exhibitions and is a hub for travelers, artists, journalists, and activists. Sussan Tahmasebi, co-founder of ICAN (International Civil Society Action Network), was the interlocutor. The event was co-sponsored with ICAN.
Peter Chilson speaks about the current situation in Mali
Peter Chilson spoke to an overflow crowd on Jan 29, providing insights from his recent trip to Mali. Last May the north of the country fell to Tuareg rebels, whose separatist movement became co-opted by a faction of Al-Qaeda of the Islamic Magreb. As desert cities fell and troops and equipment were abandoned, the movement seemed to gain momentum until it was recently stopped by the French military. Professor Chilson reflected on the long history of the Malian territory and the lack of territorial integrity of the Malian state. He mentioned key players of the various splinter groups. A lively Q&A session followed.
The Global Gender Program supported the making of a short documentary, Stepping into Change: Migrant Women Workers in Thailand, produced by MAP Foundation. The 13-minute film highlights the conditions faced by Burmese migrant women workers in Thailand and the Women’s Exchange program that has helped them.
GGP at a USIP event celebrating the anniversary of the U.S. National Action Plan
The Global Gender Program of IGIS is a member of the U.S. Civil Society Working Group, convened by Kathleen Kuehnast of the United States Institute for Peace (USIP). The Working Group has been a strong advocate for a US National Action Plan in support of UNSCR 1325 and its implementation. On Wednesday January 30 USIP hosted a panel discussion, featuring Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues, celebrating the anniversary of the U.S. National Action Plan. The event also included a knowledge and resource fair, for which the GGP had a table at.
Leon Fuerth and Amb. Tom Pickering discuss Anticipatory Governance
Leon Fuerth and Ambassador Tom Pickering discussed aspects of Fuerth's recently released report entitled "Anticipatory Governance: Practical Upgrades; Equipping the Executive Branch to Cope with Increasing Speed and Complexity of Major Challenges." The video recording for this event is coming soon.
Tibet Governance Project series launched with talk on language policy
Manla Kyi, the newly appointed regional associate director of the Tibet Governance Project's work in Tibet, spoke about China's changing policy toward minority languages. She focused on the case of the Tibetan language and policy about the language of instruction in schools. Kyi is a doctoral candidate at the University of Hong Kong.
Barbara Miller at the Canadian Embassy during the U.S. Presidential Inauguration
IGIS Director Barbara Miller blogs about her experience at the U.S. Presidential Inauguration from the perspective of a tailgate party at the Embassy of Canada. She comments on Canadian food, fun, and identity as well as the socially inclusive messages of the parade. Free mittens and Blackerry tablets were a highlight as well as Beaver Tails and Bloody Caesars.
Haiti three years after the earthquake
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