Events: 9/29 - 10/4


Monday, September 29th

South Asia Institute: The Army and Democracy in Pakistan

4:00pm - 5:30pm

Knox Hall, Room 208

Aqil Shah (Dartmouth), "The Army and Democracy: Military Politics in Pakistan"

Aqil Shah earned his PhD at Columbia and is a Lecturer in the Department of Politics at Dartmouth.  He was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and has taught at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), the University of Illinois-Chicago, the University of Chicago, and Columbia. His teaching and research focus on democratization, civil-military relations and regional security in South Asia. His new book,The Army and Democracy: Military Politics in Pakistan has just been published by Harvard University Press.

For further information regarding this event, please contact Bill Carrick by sending email to .

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Sexes, Genders, and Brains: Four Scientists, Four Perspectives

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Barnard College Event Oval, The Diana Center

What are we talking about in discussing male and female? Chromosomes? Hormones? Behavior? Society? Join our distinguished panelists as they offer new insights into scientific understandings of
 sex and gender, tackling such questions as: how do we talk about sex differences and similarities in science, medicine, and society? What
 kind of data do we use, and how do we interpret evidence? What is the purpose of using sex as a variable?

Moderated by Pulitzer Prizewinning science journalist Natalie Angier '78, the panel features Art Arnold, professor, department of integrative biology and Physiology, UCLA; Daphna Joel, professor, School of Psychological Sciences and Sagol School of Neuroscience, Tel Aviv University; Rebecca Jordan-Young, Tow Associate Professor and chair of womens, gender, and sexuality studies, Barnard College; and Rae Silver, Helene L. and Mark N. Kaplan Professor of Natural and Physical Sciences, departments of psychology, Barnard College and Columbia University, and pathology and cell biology, Columbia University Medical Center.

For further information regarding this event, please contact Lindsay Stuffle by sending email to or by calling 212-854-2037.

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Tuesday, September 30th

Challenges Facing the World Trade System

8:45am - 5:30pm

International Affairs Building, Room 1501

After a long pause, the negotiations under the auspices of the World Trade Organization (WTO) have shown some signs of progress at the recent summit at Bali.  Simultaneously, the United States has begun to move ahead with two large preferential trade arrangements: the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and investment Partnership (TTIP).  These developments raise some serious issues for the future of the global trading system. This conference will bring together the leading trade economists, legal experts specializing in trade, and practitioners from various international institutions including the WTO and the OECD to shed light on the future of the global trading system.

The conference is sponsored by Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, the Center on Global Economic Governance, the Program on Indian Economic Policies, and the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

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For further information regarding this event, please contact David Caughlin by sending email .

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Wednesday, October 1st

Origins of Environmental Law Lecture Series: The Clean Air Act: The Floor Debate

11:00am - 12:50pm

International Affairs Building, Room 407

The Earth Institute presents Origins of Environmental Law Lecture Series Description: Introduction to Early Environmental Legislation, Pre-1969.

This seminar is part of a semester-long lecture series entitled The Origins of Environmental Law: Regulation and Evolution. Leon G. Billings and Thomas C. Jorling are the two senior staff members who led the Senate environment subcommittee which originated and developed major environmental legislation in the 1970s, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Superfund Act. Over the course of a single decade, Congress enacted a series of environmental laws that defined the direction and character of environmental policy in the US and globally. Learn about the process that led to these seminal laws from the writers of the legislation themselves.

This talk will provide an in-depth look at the Clean Air Act, through the floor debate between Senators Griffin and Hruska. Billings and Jorling will discuss the role of the unanimous vote, and the conference with the House. They will also discuss the role of the media, House staff and House Legislative Counsel, as well as the administrations attempt to scuttle the bill.

RSVP is required for this event. Please note this lecture is part of a regularly scheduled course. Guests will join registered students in the class for the lecture and discussion.

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Author Event - Nixon's Secrets by Roger Stone

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Lerner Hall, Columbia University Bookstore

Roger Stone is the author of the New York Times bestseller "The Man Who Killed Kennedy:The Case Against LBJ". He is a legendary political operative who served as a senior campaign aide to Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and Senator Bob Dole. Stone would parlay being the youngest staff member of the Committee to Re-Elect the President into being a confidant and adviser to the ex-president. A veteran of eight national presidential campaigns, Stone wr! ites for the Daily Caller and Fox Opinion online. More information about the author can be found at:

Author events at the Columbia University Bookstore are free and open to the public.

For further information regarding this event, please contact Sarah Haze by sending email to or by calling 212-854-4265.

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The Disciplines Series: The Idea of Development The Learning Society

6:15pm - 8:15pm

The Schapiro Center, Davis Auditorium

It has long been recognized that an improved standard of living results from advances in technology, not from the accumulation of capital. It has also become clear that what truly separates developed from less-developed countries is not just a gap in resources or output but a gap in knowledge.

Nobel Prize Winner in Economics Joseph Stiglitz and Bruce Greenwald will discuss how countries grow and develop. They argue it is essential to know how countries learn and become more productive and what government can do to promote learning in order to understand how they develop. In their new book, Creating a Learning Society, Stiglitz and Greenwald cast light on the significance of this insight for economic theory and policy.

For further information regarding this event, please contact Nicholas Obourn by sending email to

Thursday, October 2nd

Energy Security and Pipeline Politics: The Achilles Heel of Eastern Europe

12:00pm - 2:00pm

Columbia University Morningside Campus International Affairs Building, Room 1219

Please join the Harriman Institute and the Center for Global Energy Policy for a talk by Dr. Agnia Grigas on energy security in Eastern Europe, focusing on new EU states, Belarus, and Ukraine. Dr. Agnia Grigas is an energy and political risk expert, specializing in Russia and Eastern Europe. She is the author of The Politics of Energy and Memory between the Baltic States and Russia (Ashgate 2013) and a frequent media contributor (CNN, CCTV, Forbes, Bloomberg, Reuters, BBC Russia, openDemocracy, LA Business Journal). A Fellow at the McKinnon Center at Occidental College, she regularly collaborates with leading American and European research institutions. With more than a decade of experience as a business development and political risk advisor, Agnia also consults for corporations and government. Previously she served as an energy and economic advisor in the Lithuanian government. Agnia graduated cum laude with a BA in Economics and Political Science from Columbia University and earned a Masters and Doctorate in International Relations from the University of Oxford.

Columbia Faculty on Dr. Grigas' book The Politics of Energy and Memory between the Baltic States and Russia (Ashgate 2013):

"Why do some European countries cooperate with Russias moves to consolidate its energy supply dominance while others choose to resist? This compelling analysis of the Baltics states stances toward Russia on energy and on national memory issues reveals that variation stems from differences in domestic political games and business interests more than questions of ethnic identity." -- Jack Snyder, Columbia University.

"As an episode of disimperialism, this study of the Baltic States in the post-Soviet era after the breakup of the Soviet Union makes a valuable contribution to international relations. Common elements in relations with Russia were the legacy of dependence, occupation damages, energy security and the entry of the three states into NATO and the European Union. But differences between the policies of the three countries toward Russia besides the existence of Russian minorities in Estonia and Latvia and their absence in Lithuania were different national issues and pipeline politics. This book is an excellent case study of how energy dependence and security issues interact and how the economic futures of Russia and the European Union are intertwined." -- Robert Mundell, Columbia University.

For further information regarding this event, please contact Rebecca Dalton by sending email to

The Post-Western World: Is There a Future for the Liberal Order?

5:00pm - 7:30pm

International Affairs Building, Room 1512

A 2014 report published by the Transatlantic Academy on Liberal Order in a Post-Western World, examines the future of the international order constructed by the West after World War II and centering on liberal democracy, industrial capitalism, secular nationalism, and open trade. It analyzes how emerging powers (including China, India, Brazil, South Africa, and Nigeria) view this liberal order and how they want to modify it in ways which advance their interests and preferences.

This event is an opportunity for faculty and students to engage with practitioners and scholars of the Transatlantic Academy on the future of global governance and to compare notes on conceptual and policy-oriented approaches around the world.


Michael Leigh, Transatlantic Academy

Christina Lin, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University

Jan-Werner Mueller, Princeton University

Kateryna Pishchikova, Cornell University

May-Britt Stumbaum, Free University of Berlin


Jean-Louis Cohen, Columbia University


Bruce Kogut, Columbia University

Jack Snyder, Columbia University

Cynthia Roberts, Columbia University


Victoria de Grazia, Columbia University

Co-sponsored by the Blinken European Institute and the Transatlantic Academy.

For further information regarding this event, please contact Samantha Amazan by sending email or by calling 44618.

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Liberalism and Its Critics

6:15pm - 8:15pm

Columbia University Morningside Campus The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room

In his recent book The Revolt Against the Masses, Frederick Siegel indicts modern American liberalism for elitism toward ordinary Americans, their values and culture, and blames liberals for many of the problems plaguing American Society today. Taking off from Siegel's book, the panelists will respond to his critique, discuss liberalism's history..


Fred Siegel Scholar in Residence St. Francis College in Brooklyn

Eric Foner CC'63 DeWitt Clinton Professor of History Columbia University

Ira Katznelson Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History Columbia University

Anne Kornhauser Assistant Professor of History City College of New York, City University of New York

Judith Stein Distinguished Professor of History The Graduate Center, City University of New York

For further information regarding this event, please contact Nicholas Obourn by sending email to

What's Left of the Left: Latin American Left in the 21st Century

7:00pm - 8:00pm

International Affairs Building, Room 802
A talk with Tony Spanakos of Montclair State University, Associate Professor of Political Science and Law.

For further information regarding this event, please contact David Luna by sending email to

Friday, October 3rd

Fifth Annual Consortium for Asian and African Studies: Asia and Africa Across Disciplinary and National Lines

9:15am - Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 6:15pm

International Affairs Building, Room 918

A two-day workshop focused on Asia and Africa that will address a wide range of themes across disciplinary and national lines. Registration required. Co-sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and the Center for International History, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of History, the Harriman Institute, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, the Institute for African Studies, the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies.

For further information regarding this event, please contact Lauren Mack by sending email to .

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ASEAN Centrality and the U.S.-ASEAN Economic Partnership

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Kent Hall, Room 403

This Brown Bag Lecture features Michael G. Plummer, Eni Professor of International Economics and Director of the SAIS Europe, Johns Hopkins University along with moderator Ann Marie Murphy, Senior Research Scholar at Weatherhead East Asian Institute of Columbia University. Sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute.

For further information regarding this event, please contact Lauren Mack by sending email to .

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The Growing but Vulnerable Middle Class in Latin America: Expansion, Values and Preferences

12:15pm - 1:15pm

International Affairs Building, Room 802

Michael Penfold is Director for Public Policy and Competitiveness at CAF Development Bank of Latin America. Associate Professor at IESA Business and Public Policy School in Caracas and Former Tinker Visiting Professor at Columbia University. During the past decade, Latin America has experienced a rapid growth of its middle income sectors. This phenomenon has brought back the light to the impact the middle class can have in economic growth, political development and social change.Nevertheless, there is still much ambiguity and confusion to how the middle class is currently quantified and measured. Most studies focus on the income factor and lack concrete evaluations of the values and preferences of the Latin American middle classes, which could notably contribute to understand them more deeply. The present study attempts to quantify the magnitude of this phenomenon using income as a factor, as well as the subjective determinants of the sense of belonging to the middle class and various value dimensions that characterize it.

For further information regarding this event, please contact Esteban Andrade by sending email to

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