Ambassador Valentin Zellweger of the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jai Ramaswamy of the U.S. Justice Department, and Emile van der Does de Willebois of the World Bank, will discuss with with CSIS Senior Adviser Juan Zarate the current status of returning illicit assets to the countries of the Arab Spring, the efforts on asset recovery with regard to Ukraine, and possible future steps of the international community in order to deal with corrupt regimes and their illicit assets held abroad.
Please join us for a timely discussion on the upcoming Ukrainian national elections. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko dissolved the Rada in August and called for early elections. Against the backdrop of a ceasefire with Russia that has diminished but not ended the bloodshed; an unresolved energy dispute with Russia; slow progress on domestic reforms; and an economy that continues to contract, Ukrainians will head to the polls on Sunday, October 26th to elect leaders that will chart Ukraine’s future course.
In Russia's invasion of Ukraine, history was presented as justification for war. Is there any resemblance between Russian justifications and historical consensus? What does it mean when ethnic claims trump international law? And should hate propaganda be seen simply as an instrument in one war, or an element of a larger strategy to destabilize the West?
Please join us for an armchair conversation with Carol Pier, Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs at the Department of Labor. This discussion will focus on how the U.S. government helps ensure that workers around the world are treated fairly and able to share in the benefits of the global economy. Ms. Pier will discuss how the Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) works to improve global working conditions, raise living standards, protect workers' ability to exercise their rights, and address the workplace exploitation of children and other vulnerable populations.
Presentation of the Doing Business 2015 Report:
Dr. Augusto Lopez-Claros
Director, Global Indicators Group, World Bank Group
Today, the legitimacy of treaty-based investment protection is being challenged. Investment agreements and investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) are being challenged from a broad range of disparate groups. Further, governments which once led the development of investment protection now seem to worry more about their own "defensive" interests.
Though research and development, and science and technology in particular, are critical to our nation and our national defense, many policymakers who make decisions about S&T investments are not technical experts. As such, key concepts are often lost in translation. This conference will focus on best practices and lessons learned for communicating about science and technology.
Please join us for a panel highlighting global progress in agricultural productivity, with a special focus on recent developments in Indian agriculture. The discussion will provide opportunities for experts to present and discuss issues of agricultural productivity, sustainability, trade, and the role of science and innovation. These representatives from academia, non-governmental organizations, and the private sectors will also discuss resource conservation and resilience-building through the improvement of agricultural productivity.
The Pacific Forum CSIS will be celebrating its 40th anniversary and hosting its annual Board of Governors fundraising dinner on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at the oceanfront Sheraton Waikiki from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The featured dinner speaker will be Richard L. Armitage, president of Armitage International and former US Deputy Secretary of State.