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The End of Hong Kong?~ A lecture and discussion with Alvin Cheung

hong kong talk comicNina Stender ’16 writes in:

“The End of Hong Kong?” — a lecture and discussion with barrister, lecturer and scholar Alvin Cheung on the future of “One Country, Two Systems” in Hong Kong

Alvin Y.H. Cheung’s research interests include the implementation of “One Country, Two Systems” in Hong Kong and Macau, China’s approach to international law, and the relationship between trade policy and intellectual property. Alvin holds degrees from NYU (LL.M. in International Legal Studies, 2014) and Cambridge (M.A. 2011), and has worked in Hong Kong as a barrister and as a lecturer in Law & Public Affairs at Hong Kong Baptist University.

Alvin has written and presented extensively about Hong Kong for academic, specialist, and lay audiences. His writing has appeared in publications such as ICONnect, ChinaFile, the South China Morning Post, The Diplomat, Opinio Juris, World Policy Journal, and China Rights Forum (1, 2). He has also been quoted by Al-Jazeera, DPA, the Associated Press, and the Irish Times.

Supported by the Wesleyan International Relations Association, Hong Kong Students Association, and Wesleyan World Wednesdays

Date: Wednesday, February 24
Time: 5:30-6:30 PM (but come early ‘to grab some munchies’)
Place: PAC 002

The Cold War of the Middle East: Iran-Saudi Arabia Relations

Saumya Chatrath ’13 invites you to a conference:

Since tensions have been escalating recently between the two nations, with notable US involvement, this is particularly timely topic. From nuclear concerns to religious conflict, this topic features multiple facets that cannot be understood alone. Though the conflict is a complex one, we hope this day long conference will shed light onto the region’s politics and offer some insight into possibilities for conflict resolution or into the plausibility of military action. Register online for free.

“Multitrack Diplomacy: Building Trust between Hostile States” with Jenny Town

Tess Lemon ’14 (any relation to Liz Lemon?) writes in

This presentation will discuss the role of Track II diplomacy State-to-state relations with “hostile” states, and provides some real world examples of efforts that are currently underway by U.S. nongovernmental actors with both the DPRK and Myanmar. These case studies will analyze a range of Track II engagement strategies and their widely differing results.

Jenny Town is a Research Associate at the U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS, where her research and program areas include issues related to North Korea, Korea’s regional relations, human rights, and nuclear energy policies. She manages USKI’s Working Paper Series, the DPRK Economic Forum, and the web-initiative 38 North. Prior to joining USKI, she worked for the Human Rights in North Korea Project at Freedom House.

Brought to you by Liberty in North Korea & Korean Students Association. Sponsored by the Government Department, April Committee, ResLife Staff, and SBC.

Date: Tuh-day (April 19)
Time: 5pm – 7pm
Place: Squash Courts RM 114
Cost: Free

Interested in security studies? Check out the PTIR Symposium tomorrow!

There’s a subsection of International Relations studies that holds two colloquial labels these days: “Guns and Bombs stuff” and “protesty, big mob chanting, dictator overthrowing kinda stuff.” If either of these labels interest you, you might want to check out this event that’s going on tomorrow.

The Wesleyan “Program for Terrorism and Insurgency Research” (PTIR) is a research initiative started and organized by Government Professor and local bad-ass Erica Chenoweth, with help from QAC big-wig Emmanuel “Manono” Kaparakis and post-doc researcher Orion Lewis. Every summer, it holds an internship program where a bunch of students are stuffed into a room in Allbritton where they code stuff, do stuff with statistics, and write stuff on a research paper. And then on one particular day in the following academic year, they hold a symposium to display the fruits of their sweaty labor.

Tomorrow is that day. Held in Allbritton 311, this symposium is a day-long event that involves student research presentations, discussion with various prominent International Relations scholars, a film screening, and a lecture on the recent Egyptian Revolution. So, if you’re up for it, do come by. It’s completely open, so feel free to walk and leave as you please.

Date: Tomorrow, March 9th
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Place: Allbritton, unless stated otherwise
Cost: Free

A more detailed schedule can be found after the jump.

“International Relations Conference”: A Resume Booster

“Sneaky” Anike Arni ’13 writes in about something that’s socially positive, but phrases it in morally hollow terms (see title):

Wesleyan’s International Relations Association would like to invite you to apply to be in the IR conference organizing team. Though the conference is only in the fall, on October 6th (which means, seniors, you can’t get in on this), the fun start now!!

The topic of the conference is “The Cold War of the Middle East: Iran – Saudi Arabian Relations” — let’s get a grasp on why Iran is the new “threat”. Pretty timely and important topic. And we got some pretty important people coming to talk about it.

So, we’re inviting you to organize, network, design, deal with money, put together concerts, or simply lead. There’s a job for everyone. (Committee descriptions here).

And, yes, you do get to put this on your resume. So, apply now online. Deadline is March 2nd(this Friday!!). (No one is rejected, of course, but we want to know which position is the best for you).

WIRA loves you! If you have any questions, shoot them this way: wira(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.

List of speakers and details after the jump.

Deciphering Pakistan and U.S.-Pakistan Relations (This Friday and Saturday)

The Wesleyan International Relations Association cordially invites you to attend its 2011 Conference:

Deciphering Pakistan and U.S.-Pakistan Relations

September 30 – October 1, 2011

Wesleyan University

www.wirac.org

Organized in collaboration with the Wesleyan Pakistan Flood Relief Initiative and Wesleyan South Asian Studies Faculty, the conference aims to increase understanding and awareness about Pakistan, from its culture to its politics. The conference will also focus on U.S.-Pakistan relations.

Including cultural events, panel discussions, and a keynote speaker, this will be the largest student-run conference ever to take place at Wesleyan (READ: you should probably attend).  And it is FREE, except for the meals and Junoon Sufi rock music concert.  All proceeds will go to the Wesleyan Pakistan Flood Relief Initiative.

The pretty impressive list of speakers (if we do say so ourselves) includes: