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2006 Past Events and Initiatives



Diaspora Seminar Series: "Do Visas Kill? The Effects of African Health Professional Emigration"

November 28, 2006

Michael Clemens, Center for Global Development.

Diaspora Seminar Series: "The Diaspora Phenomenon at the Beginning of the 21st Century: Ideational, Organizational and Behavioral Challenges."

November 14, 2006

Hosted by the Institute of Global and International Studies, as part of its research seminar series. Gabriel Sheffer, Professor of Political Science, Hebrew University and Visiting Professor, Duke University.

Conference: "Post-Conflict Economic Investment: The Case of Afghanistan"

November 10, 2006

On November 10, 2006, the GW-CIBER held a conference on "Post-Conflict Economic Investment: The Case of Afghanistan." Special guest, Said T. Jawad, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, provided opening remarks. Other featured discussants comprised business leaders, executives, and scholars, including: Ehsan Bayat, president and CEO, Telephone Systems International & Afghan Wireless; Ajmal Ghani, Chairman, Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce (AACC); and Rex Pingle, president, PMD International, Inc.

Article: "Afghanistan's Ambassador stresses the need for economic help," by Sean Redding, The GW Hatchet, November 13, 2006.

Diaspora Seminar Series

November 7, 2006

Co-sponsored with the GW Institute for Ethnographic Research. Laura Hammond, Assistant Professor of International Development.

Policy Talk: "Policy Challenges and American Competitiveness"

October 30, 2006

On October 30, 2006, the GW-CIBER sponsored a talk on "Policy Challenges and American Competitiveness." Speakers included: Professor Michael Moore (main event organizer) and Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies and Paul A. Volcker Chair in International Economics of the Council on Foreign Relations. The talk explored U.S. competitiveness and domestic policies towards pension and healthcare and their impact on domestic long-term growth prospects.

Expert Panel: Business and Development

October 25, 2006

On October 25, 2006, the GW-CIBER sponsored a talk on "Business and Development." The panel discussion focused on how business and development go hand in hand - the creation of SME's, micro-credit and privatization of business. Panelist included Jennifer Brinkerhoff, Associate Professor of Public Administration, of International Business, and of International Affairs; Kipp Efinger, Program Officer at Center for International Private Enterprise Refreshments will be provided; Rob Weiner, Professor of International Business, Public Policy & Public Administration & International Affairs; Christian Pennotti - Program Officer at QED Group, LLC.

Diaspora Seminar Series: "International Migration of Talent and Home Country Development: Toward a Virtuous Cycle"

October 24, 2006

Yevgeny Kuznetsov, World Bank Institute

Diaspora Seminar Series: "Conflict-Generated Diasporas and Peace-Building."

October 10, 2006

Terrence Lyons, Associate Professor, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University.

US-Malaysia Free Trade Negotiations

Summer 2006

During the summer of 2006, the GW-CIBER hosted the U.S.-Malaysia Free Trade negotiations. Participants included: Jeri Jensen, Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Southeast Asia and Pacific Affairs; Barbara Weisel, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Southeast Asia, Pacific and Pharmaceutical Policy; Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan, Lead negotiator for the Malaysian Delegation; Dr. Rajmah Hussain, Ambassador of Malaysia to the United States of America; and Tan Sri Adul Gani, Attorney General of Malaysia.