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10/29/2014 An Evening With Prominent Leaders of America's Faith Communities and NYU Students and Faculty

Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Location: NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
                 Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue

Religious leaders have always taken a prominent role on the American public stage, from Cotton Mather to Martin Luther King, Billy Graham to the anti-war Berrigan brothers. A striking characteristic of this most recent period of religious involvement in and influence on American democratic life is the assertive politicization of religious communities even as religious diversity fractures many of the social-justice coalitions of the past. Increasingly, the religious discourse that is influencing political discourse represents absolutist truth claims about particular elements of public life, including such contentious issues as abortion, the death penalty, and civil, women’s and gay rights. One could easily claim that the shift of these past decades represents a potential threat to the foundations of American democracy that rests on a tolerance of and respect for alternative views.

The question before us, in the midst of our polarized politics: Will religion be a force that unites us or divides us even more? We hope that you will come and engage in meaningful learning, dialogue, and discussion on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

Among those participating in the session are:
Dr. Colt Anderson
Dean, Fordham University Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education

Rev. Richard Cizik
President, New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good
Former Vice President for Governmental Affairs, National Association of Evangelicals

Rabbi Shirley Idelson, Ph.D.
Dean, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Isaac Luria
Vice President of Auburn Action, Auburn Theological Seminary

Dr. Carrie Nordlund
Clinical Assistant Professor of Public Service, NYU Wagner

Jill Rauh
Assistant Director of Education and Outreach
Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Rev. Dr. Kevin O'Reilly  Academic Dean, New York Diocesan Seminary at Dunwoodie  

Rev. Dr. Tony Richie
Bishop, Church of God
Senior Pastor, New Harvest Church

Dr. Helene Slessarev-Jamir
Mildred M. Hutchinson Professor of Urban Ministries, Claremont Theological Seminary
  Susan Stern  Chair, President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, The White House  

Rev. John Vaughn
Executive Vice President, Auburn Theological Seminary

Jim Winkler
President and General Secretary, National Council of Churches

Agenda:
5:00pm – 5:30pm Round table conversation
5:30pm – 6:00pm Breakouts with students and faith leaders
6:00pm – 6:30pm Bringing it home, a shared conversation

Refreshments will be served.

The Research Center for Leadership in Action (RCLA) at NYU Wagner and The Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life are co-sponsoring this event. The event is part of the Ford Foundation-supported Religious Leadership, Civil Discourse and Democracy in the Public Square Project, which is led by Dr. David Elcott, the Henry and Marilyn Taub Professor of Practice in Public Service and Leadership at NYU Wagner.
 

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10/29/2014 The Persistence of the Apartheid City

Sponsored by Urban Planning Student Association (UPSA)

Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Location: 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Fl., NYC
                 Mulberry Conference Room

For decades urban planning in South Africa was used to create and sustain divided cities with dire social consequences. Can urban planning now be used to reverse this?

Since the demise of Apartheid, South Africa has largely been recognized as a bastion of democracy, human rights, and development. Hosting international events like the 2010 World Cup, it is regularly heralded as a success story that often masks a more complex reality. South Africa has one of the world's highest levels of income inequality, and its cites remain some of the worlds most spatially and socially divided. More than ten million people live without adequate access to sanitation, unemployment hovers at around 40%, and violent crime is rife. At the same time, South Africa's unique history of activism and public engagement provides hope for positive change.

Gavin Silber and James Leyba, current Wagner MUP Candidates, will discuss urbanization in South Africa, the challenges and opportunities it presents, and some of the initiatives underway at the grassroots level to prompt more equitable and effective urban development.

Gavin spent ten years, before coming to Wagner, in South Africa working in various social justice organizations. Most recently, he lead the Social Justice Coalition - a social movement based in Cape Town campaigning for improved conditions in informal settlements.

James spent this past summer in Cape Town working at Ndifuna Ukwazi - an advocacy and research group exploring spatial inequality and land use in South Africa.

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10/28/2014 Sandy and the City: Disaster Preparedness and Resiliency in a Changing Climate

Presented by the Alliance for Climate Change and Environment (ACE) and the Urban Planning Student Association (UPSA)

Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
               Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue

Join us for a panel discussion on disaster preparedness and resiliency in the context of a changing global climate. We will be using the effects of Hurricane Sandy on New York City as a jumping off point for viewing the ways that natural disasters affect city life, as well as to look forward toward how cities can prepare for similar events through climate mitigation and resiliency efforts. The event will feature a keynote presentation entitled "Sandy: Have We Been Smart Before, During and Since?" provided by Klaus Jacob of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, as well as a networking reception after the panel. Food and wine will be provided.

Moderated by: John Gershman, Clinical Associate Professor of Public Service

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10/24/2014 Fiscal Accountability in Developing Countries Series - Fall 2014 - Part I - Municipal or Local Financing

Part I - Municipal or Local Financing – Structure, Issues, and Challenges

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10/21/2014 Jeffrey Ashe: How Savings Groups are Revolutionizing Development

Jeffrey Ashe: How Savings Groups are Revolutionizing Development
Sponsored by Financial Access Initiative (FAI)

Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Fl., NYC
                 The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue 

Join NYU Wagner's Jonathan Morduch as he talks with Jeffrey Ashe about Ashe's new book, In Their Own Hands. In the book, Ashe tells of his efforts to translate his studies in Nepal, India, and Zimbabwe into Saving for Change at Oxfam America, a program that has trained 35,000 savings groups in 8,000 villages.

Half the world is unbanked and need better ways to save and borrow. But even many people with access to traditional financial services struggle to save or receive loans on reasonable terms. Ashe contends that even the most innovative banking institutions can't reach them, but savings groups can. Savings groups have developed organically in many cultures around the world. While there are many different varieties of savings groups, several studies have found that the basic mechanisms of social support, regularity, and commitment that groups share are effective at helping poor households save. According to Ashe, savings groups are a robust, simple, low cost, self-replicating innovation that can meet the saving and borrowing needs of poor households around the world.

Jeffrey Ashe is a microfinance pioneer who has managed, designed and evaluated micro-finance programs in more than thirty countries including Working Capital in the United States which was awarded the first Presidential Award for Excellence in Microfinanceby President Clinton. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at SIPA and teaches at the Sustainable International Development program the Heller School at Brandeis University.

Copies of In Their Own Hands will be available for purchase at the event.

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10/21/2014 Democracy and Development in Southeast Asia Series - Fall 2014 - *Special Event: Democratic Regression in Southeast Asia and its Implications*

*Special Event: Democratic Regression in Southeast Asia and its Implications, in conjunction with the Conflict, Security and Development Series*

Since the late 2000s, Southeast Asia's democratization has stalled and, in some of the region's most economically and strategically important nations, gone into reverse. The region's rollback from democracy reflects a worrying global retrenchment toward anti-democratic political change, with significant implications for freedom, health, and prosperity locally and consequences for U.S. interests around the world.

Speaker:
Josh Kurlantzick, Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations

*To RSVP, click here.

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10/21/2014 Conflict, Security and Development Series - Fall 2014 - Democratic Regression in Southeast Asia and its Implications

Democratic Regression in Southeast Asia and its Implications
  Since the late 2000s, Southeast Asia's democratization has stalled and, in some of the region's most economically and strategically important nations, gone into reverse. The region's rollback from democracy reflects a worrying global retrenchment toward anti-democratic political change, with significant implications for freedom, health, and prosperity locally and consequences for U.S. interests around the world.

Speaker:
Josh Kurlantzick, Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations

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10/20/2014 Democracy and Development in Southeast Asia Series - Fall 2014 - Inauguration Day: Challenges ahead for Indonesia's Joko Widodo

Inauguration Day: Challenges ahead for Indonesia's Joko Widodo

Join IPSA and Professor Gershman to discuss the recent elections in Indonesia and the inauguration of a new era of politics. Joko Widodo is the first President without ties to the former Suharto regime, and won against a more conservative Muslim 'strongman' candidate. What does this mean for the consolidation of Indonesia's democracy? What are the biggest challenges the new President will face?   Speaker:

Marcus Mietzner, Associate Professor at the Australian National University and author of Money, Power, and Ideology: Political Parties in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia.

This event is co-sponsored with the International Public Service Association (IPSA) Discussion Group.

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10/18/2014 NYU Wagner Masters Program Open House

NYU Wagner Master's Program Open House
Sponsored by the Office of Admissions

Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am
Location: NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, NY
                Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue

The best way to get a broad introduction to NYU Wagner is to attend an Open House. In this Open House, you will learn about NYU Wagner's Master's programs and its vision for a public service education re-framed. You will hear in-depth descriptions of our programs, get important information about admissions and financial aid, as well as have an opportunity to meet faculty and current students. This Open House is relevant for anyone interested in our Masters or Executive Masters programs.

At the start a faculty member will speak about NYU Wagner broadly. Other faculty will then lead small group discussions by degree program with current students.

Sign in begins at 9:45am, and the event begins promptly at 10:00am.

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10/17/2014 Fiscal Accountability in Developing Countries Series - Fall 2014 - Fiscal Decentralization in India

Fiscal Decentralization in India

Nation-State Relationship – The legal framework, the executive mechanisms, and current issues in financing social and infrastructure development.  
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10/16/2014 Leveraging Urbanization for Prosperity and Livability in South Asia

Leveraging Urbanization for Prosperity and Livability in South Asia
Co-Sponsored by the International Public Services Assocation & the Urban Planning Student Association

Date: October 16, 2014
Time: 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Location: NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette Street, 3rd Fl., NYC
                 Mulberry Conference Room

Peter Ellis, Lead Economist in the South Asia Urban Development Unit at the World Bank, will be presenting at this event.

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10/15/2014 Losing our Way: An Evening with Bob Herbert and Lesley Stahl

Losing our Way: An Evening with Bob Herbert and Lesley Stahl

Co-Sponsored by Demos and NYU Wagner

Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm (Doors open at 6:30pm. Program begins at 7:00pm)
Location: NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
                Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue

Join Demos and the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service for a lively conversation between two of America’s most experienced and empathetic journalists.  Bob Herbert and Lesley Stahl will discuss Herbert’s much-anticipated new book, Losing Our Way: An Intimate Portrait of a Troubled America (Doubleday).
  Through Herbert’s dogged travels across America, Losing Our Way tells the stories of individuals and families paying the price for America’s bad choices in recent decades. Losing Our Way is the boldest telling of the recent struggles facing America’s 99 percent.   With an eye on the policy landscape and our current political season, Herbert and Stahl will talk about the sensible solutions that could re-assert middle-class power and put America back on track.   Demos’ Rich Benjamin will emcee.  Books will be available for purchase, and Herbert will be on hand to sign copies after the program. Don’t miss this vital discussion about the human face of America’s challenges. 

Speakers:   Bob Herbert is Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos, after having spent eighteen years as an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times.   Lesley Stahl is a correspondent for CBS’s 60 Minutes and the recipient of an Emmy award for Lifetime Achievement.   Rich Benjamin is Director of the Fellows Program at Demos, and author of the award-winning book Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America.    Praise for Losing Our Way:    “Haunting.  Unforgettable. A brilliant and devastating portrayal that explains how our country’s priorities and policies have gone awry.” —Joseph E. Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate and bestselling author, The Price of Inequality    “Compelling. Riveting.  It should be a mandatory read for every member of Congress and anyone who aspires to be President.” —Ed Rendell, Governor of Pennsylvania (2003-2011)    “America as revealed by a great reporter whose empathy with everyday people inspires trust, honesty, and discovery.”—Bill Moyers    

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10/15/2014 Policy Careers in Aging Panel

Policy Careers in Aging Panel
Sponsored by the New York State Society on Aging (SSA) and the NYU Wagner Office of Career Services

Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: 295 Lafayette Street, 3rd Fl., NYC
               Lafayette Conference Room

There are nearly one million people over the age of 65 in New York City, and that number will rise 30 percent by the year 2030. The aging of the population will bring with it new challenges for policy experts to tackle in just about every field: housing, social services, technology, public health, transportation, and more.

Join five extraordinary leaders who work on the policy challenges of an aging population in New York City for a conversation about their careers: how they took up their roles, what they do, and why it is important.

This event is sponsored by the New York State Society on Aging (SSA) and the NYU Wagner Office of Career Services. The SSA is an interdisciplinary membership society that brings together individuals and groups from health, government, educational and community settings committed to improving the quality of life for older New Yorkers through education, research, service, and advocacy.

Panelists:
- Bobbie Sackman, Policy and Advocacy Director, Council of Senior Centers and Services (CSCS)
- Dr. Tom Kamber, Executive Director, Older Adults Technology Services (OATS)
- Dr. Evelyn Laureano, Executive Director, Neighborhood Self Help by Older Persons Project, Inc. (Neighborhood SHOPP)
- Robert Espinoza, Senior Director, Public Policy & Communications, SAGE USA
- Cheryl Gladstone, Program Director, Senior Housing, Enterprise Community Partners

There will be time for Q&A and networking with the panelists, as well as light refreshments.

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10/07/2014 Conflict, Security and Development Series - Fall 2014 - Drug Policy Reform: How Did We Get Here and What is Next?
Drug Policy Reform: How Did We Get Here and What is Next? The ‘war on drugs’, in most places, is metaphorical. It is rarely used by governments and was recently abandoned as a rhetorical device by the United States. As more public figures call for drug policy reform, two inevitable questions come to mind (a) how did we get to where we are today? and as reform comes about (b) what are the policy trends that different countries are following around the world?   This talk will address most common misconceptions and concerns around drug policy reform and cannabis legal regulation. It will also present with key questions as reform moves forward around the world.
  Speaker:
Aram Barra - Co-founder and Programme Director, Espola; Program Officer of the Joint Drug Policy Reform Project of Mexico United Against Crime and Transform Drug Policy Foundation
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10/06/2014 Why True Diversity Takes Moral Courage

Why True Diversity Takes Moral Courage

Date: Monday, October 6, 2014
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 PM
Location: NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
                 Rudin Family Forum For Civic Dialogue

Irshad Manji teaches "Moral Courage and Your Purpose" at NYU Wagner and is the Founder and Director of the Moral Courage Project, which equips students to make values-based decisions. She has turned her journey as a religious reformer into teachings about professional leadership, informed by cutting-edge research from across the disciplines.

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10/03/2014 Fiscal Accountability in Developing Countries Series - Fall 2014 - Fiscal Decentralization in the Developing World

Fiscal Decentralization in the Developing World

Nation-State Relationship – The legal framework, the executive mechanisms, and current issues in financing social and infrastructure development.

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09/30/2014 Conflict, Security and Development Series - Fall 2014 - Brazil’s Transitional Justice Policies: Perspectives from a Federal Prosecutor
Brazil’s Transitional Justice Policies: Perspectives from a Federal Prosecutor

Brazil's 1988 constitution enshrines a unique mandate for the Brazilian Public Prosecution Service-to defend human rights and the rule of law-in addition to fulfilling its criminal prosecution duties. As a federal prosecutor for nearly 20 years, Marlon Weichert specialized in human rights litigation and advocacy. Weichert will discuss his firsthand experience with the Federal Prosecution Service, developing transitional justice strategies in response to Brazil's repressive dictatorship. He will explain recent initiatives, including innovations and challenges, in the fields of justice, truth, memory and reparations.

Speaker:
Marlon Weichert, CHRGJ Hauser Global Scholar

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09/26/2014 Solving Urban Land Use Problems in the 21st Century

Solving Urban Land Use Problems in the 21st Century
Sponsored by Urban Planning Student Association (UPSA)

Date: Friday, September 26, 2014
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Location: Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square S, New York City, NY 10012
                 Rosenthal Pavilion

City Planning has evolved from the exclusive domain of government agencies, to a more complex, inter-agent process in the development of space. Organizations from across the country are leveraging open source data and new technologies in visualization, crowd sourcing, and data analysis to solve the most intractable problems facing our cities in the 21st Century. In three parts, this summit brings some of the leading minds behind the most dedicated and creative organizations, who will share their thoughts on new tools and ideas that are leading the charge towards a more inclusive and dynamic urban environment.

To RSVP for this event, click here.

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09/26/2014 Fiscal Accountability in Developing Countries Series - Fall 2014 - Economic Planning, Resource Allocation and Formulation of Annual Budget Using National Income Accounts

Economic Planning, Resource Allocation and Formulation of Annual Budget Using National Income Accounts

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09/25/2014 Advancing Partnerships for International Climate Action

Advancing Partnerships for International Climate Action 
with The U.S. Department of State's Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change, Dave Turk
Sponsored by the Office of International Programs (OIP)

Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014
Time: 2:30pm-4:00pm
Location: 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Fl., NYC
                 The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue

Join us for this special event to learn more about the the U.S. government's climate change efforts and strategic initiatives with international partners.

Mr. Turk was most recently Counselor to the Special Envoy, where he led U.S. engagement in the Climate and Clean Air Coalition and helped spearhead other bilateral and pluri-lateral international cooperative efforts. He has also provided strategic guidance on a range of climate issues. Prior to that, Mr. Turk served as a Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director to the U.S. National Security Council. Mr. Turk has also served in both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, including working for then Senator Joe Biden and Congressman Henry Waxman.

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09/23/2014 Indigenous Lands In Indigenous Hands: Indigenous Peoples Fighting for Rights and Justice in the 21st Century

Indigenous Lands In Indigenous Hands: Indigenous Peoples Fighting for Rights and Justice in the 21st Century
Sponsored by the Office of International Programs and co-sponsored by Land Is Life

Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm
Location: 100 Washington Square East at Washington Place, NYC
                Hemmerdinger Hall

Indigenous Peoples constitute 5% of the world’s peoples and protect 80% of the world's biodiversity. Join participants in the United Nation’s first ever World Conference on Indigenous Peoples to discuss the challenges facing indigenous peoples struggles for self-determination, dignity, and respect.

Speakers:
Dale Sambo Dorough, Chair, United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Brian Keane, USAID Advisor for Indigenous Peoples
Sinafasi Makeo Adrien, Secretary General of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities for Sustainable Management of Forest Ecosystems in the Democratic Republic of Congo (REPALEF)

Moderator:
John Gershman, Clinical Professor of Public Service, NYU Wagner

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09/23/2014 Transportation Innovation: Short Talks, Big Ideas

Transportation Innovation: Short Talks, Big Ideas
Sponsored by the Rudin Center and by the University Transportation Research Center

Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Location:  295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
                 The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue

Join the NYU Rudin Center to learn about the frontiers of transportation in this sixth event of the Short Talks, Big Ideas series.
Speakers will deliver lightning presentations about their work and ideas, followed by networking and refreshments. We guarantee the audience will learn something new.

Confirmed Speakers:
John Biggs, TechCrunch - "Mytro"
Arlene Ducao, MindRider - Brain wave-tracking bike helmets
Richard Dunks, NYU CUSP - Water Street Corridorscope
Malinda Foy, MTA Bridges and Tunnels
Neysa Pranger, Control Group - Beacon technology for transit
Ryan Russo, NYC DOT - Vision Zero
Paul Salama, WXY Architecture + Urban Design - Green loading zones
Jose Soegaard, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance - Development of the NY/NJ waterfront

Moderator:
Sarah Kaufman, NYU Rudin Center for Transportation

Follow @NYURudin for more speaker announcements, and join the discussion on Twitter at #BigIdeas14

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09/23/2014 Democracy and Development in Southeast Asia Series - Fall 2014 - Clashes in the South China Sea: What is China doing?

Clashes in the South China Sea: What is China doing? Speaker:
Barbara Demick, Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow at Council on Foreign Relations; former Beijing Bureau Chief of the Los Angeles Times; author of Logavina Street: Life and Death in a Sarajevo Neighborhood and Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

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09/23/2014 Conflict, Security and Development Series - Fall 2014 - Crisis on the Southern Border

Crisis on the Southern Border: Unaccompanied Children Flee to the United States.  Refugees or Illegal Immigrants? Humanitarian or Political Crisis?

From October 2013 through June 2014, more than 56,000 unaccompanied children, primarily from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, have crossed from Mexico into the US – two times as many who crossed last year, and four times as many who crossed just a few years ago.  Discuss the origins of this crisis, the latest developments, the humanitarian response, and examine the political implications.  Compare the US response with responses by other countries faced with population influxes. 

Speaker:
John Keys, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Center for Global Affairs; former Senior Vice President, Programs, International Rescue Committee

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09/23/2014 Democracy and Development in Southeast Asia Series - Fall 2014 - Democratic Regression in Southeast Asia and its Implications
Democratic Regression in Southeast Asia and its Implications Speaker:
Josh Kurlantzick, Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations
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