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October 31, 2018

Jointly hosted by the Embassy of Austria, Delegation of the European Union to the United States, Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation, and Foreign Policy Institute

With all its imperfections yet unprecedented economic success, the European Union stands out as the most successful peace project in the world, ever since allowing the United States and Europe to unite in their quest for freedom, peace, and prosperity.

However, in the context of current challenges to the established world order, multilater...

October 30, 2018

​Organizer of The Global Humanitarian Landscape:

Challenges and Opportunities

A Conversation with Sir Mark Lowcock,

United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

Moderated by Maureen White, FPI Senior Fellow

About the Event:

As part of the Foreign Policy Institute's "Humanitarian Crises Speaker Series", Sir Mark Lowcock discussed the challenges facing the international humanitarian system in the world of increasing conflict, rising human displacement...

October 29, 2018

​Austria: The First Victim?

Austrian Post War Measures to Address the Crimes by Austrians During the Darkest Period of Human History

Featuring Hannah Lessing, Secretary General of the Austrian National Fund for the Victims of National Socialism

Monday, October 29th, 2018
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Embassy of Austria

3524 International Court Northwest

Washington, DC 20008

A common stereotype among some self-proclaimed experts of Austrian contemporary history, justified merely by repetition of their mantra is...

Everywhere you look, the Arab world is changing — and fast.

A decade or two ago, most countries in the region had an unusual system in which citizens enjoyed relative stability, buoyed by exports of natural resources or foreign assistance. Despite limits to personal development and the chances to increase household income, this system worked fine as long as the public sector continued to dole out jobs alongside generous subsidies to maintain the myths of a low cost of living and prosperity.

Howeve...

October 25, 2018

Before the Age of Prejudice:

A Muslim Woman's National Security Work with Three American Presidents

​Ambassador Tahir-Kheli's memoir offers a fascinating insider's perspective from one who happens to be a Muslim woman on U.S. foreign policy-making during three Republican presidential administrations. Ambassador Tahir-Kheli's life story is a testament to the promise and delivery of the American dream in another era and is a must-read for scholars and policy makers.

Introduction by Vali Nasr
Dean, Jo...

October 24, 2018

​Reconstruction Starts Here:

Building a Better Future for Syrian Refugee Youth

A Conversation with Lina Sergie Attar, Founder and CEO of Karam Foundation

Photography Exhibit “The Children of Karam House: Healing and Ambition Among Syrian Refugee Youth in Turkey”

How do we imagine a vibrant future for Syrians after the mass devastation and trauma they have endured? How can we rebuild agency and confidence for marginalized refugee communities? What if there was a space created for the most vulnerable...

Talk of the “next recession” is often dismissed as alarmist fear-mongering. The wounds of the 2008 financial crisis and the resulting downturn are still fresh despite positive results from a synchronized global recovery effort. In these politically charged times, economic pessimism is considered unfair criticism of the Global North’s flirtation with populism. Calls for caution and economic prudence are rarely taken seriously. However, no matter your political leanings or your particular school o...

October 18, 2018

​The Humanity of a Mother's Phone Call:
Challenges in Family Reunification During an Era of Zero Tolerance

A Conversation with Laura Peña
Visiting Attorney at the Texas Civil Rights Project

Thursday, October 18, 2018

4:30 - 6:00 pm

Rome Building, Room 806

Nearly 200 children remain separated from their parents following government separation of migrant families. Despite a judicial injunction and executive order, family separations continue to happen on a smaller scale but still result in violations...

A century ago, only 10 percent of us lived in cities. According to the UN, 55 percent of the world’s population now lives in urban areas, a figure projected to increase to 68 percent by 2050. What does that mean for cities in the Arab world, and political and economic life in the future?


In the past, discussions on urbanization were often peppered with negative images of grossly overpopulated cities, endless grids of steel, concrete and glass, polluted, crime-infested and claustrophobic. This hy...

Brain drains have existed as long as there has been economic disparity between geographic areas. More recently, they have been among the primary negative effects of the lopsided globalization that has long favored the developed world at the expense of developing economies. The brain-drain phenomenon occurs when skilled, educated people migrate to pursue better living standards and quality of life, higher wages, more personal freedom, access to the latest cutting-edge technologies and solutions,...

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