World Leaders Forum: President Salome Zourabichvili of Georgia
Sep
27
12:00 PM12:00

World Leaders Forum: President Salome Zourabichvili of Georgia

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This World Leaders Forum program features an address by President Salome Zourabichvili of Georgia followed by a question and answer session with the audience.

Moderated by: Alexander A. Cooley, Director, Harriman Institute; Claire Tow Professor of Political Science, Barnard College

Co-sponsored by: Columbia University's Harriman Institute and European Institute.

Registration required.

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World Leaders Forum: Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan of Armenia
Sep
25
12:00 PM12:00

World Leaders Forum: Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan of Armenia

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This World Leaders Forum program features an address by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan of Armenia on comprehensive government reforms, approach to regional security challenges, and Armenia's priorities at the United Nations related to peace and security, sustainable development, human rights and cooperation with the UN in promoting good governance, fight against corruption, eradicating poverty, and other areas. The Prime Minister's address will be followed by a moderated question and answer session with the audience.

Moderated by: Alexander A. Cooley, Director, Harriman Institute; Claire Tow Professor of Political Science, Barnard College

Registration Required.


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At the Crossroads of the World: Assessing U.S. Policy in Central Asia
Sep
17
6:00 PM18:00

At the Crossroads of the World: Assessing U.S. Policy in Central Asia

Central Asia rests on a global crossroads. Lying along the historical Silk Road, ideas, people, and goods have made the journey from Europe to East Asia through this intersection for thousands of years. Presently, Central Asia continues to play an important strategic role for a number of major powers, including Russia and China. Furthermore, the United States maintains strategic interests in Afghanistan, and is keenly interested in maintaining a strong presence in the region. How are the competitive global roles of the United States, China, and Russia playing out in Central Asia? What are their interests? Does the United States have a clearly defined strategy? Join the NCAFP and a panel of distinguished experts on Central Asia for a candid discussion of these questions and more.

This event will feature Alexander Cooley and Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen (Former U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan). Discussion will be moderated by Ambassador Susan M. Elliott (President and CEO, National Committee on American Foreign Policy and Former U.S. Ambassador to Tajikistan).

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Tools of Transnational Repression: How Autocrats Punish Dissent Overseas
Sep
12
10:00 AM10:00

Tools of Transnational Repression: How Autocrats Punish Dissent Overseas

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Helsinki Commission hearing to probe autocratic abuse of INTERPOL

As modern technology has allowed political dissidents and human rights defenders to operate from almost anywhere on the planet, repressive regimes have searched for opportunities to reach those who threaten their rule from afar.

To silence dissent from abroad, autocrats often turn to the International Criminal Police Organization, known as INTERPOL, to file bogus criminal claims seeking the arrest and extradition of their political targets. This abuse of INTERPOL Red Notices and Diffusions enables autocratic governments to harass and intimidate their opponents thousands of miles away, even within free and democratic societies.

The U.S. Helsinki Commission will convene an expert panel to highlight how autocrats today use INTERPOL and other means such as surveillance, abduction, and assassination to punish dissent overseas. Witnesses will suggest how the United States and other democratic nations can defend against these threats to the rule of law domestically and internationally.

The following witnesses are scheduled to participate:

  • Alexander Cooley, Director, Columbia University's Harriman Institute for the Study of Russia, Eurasia and Eastern Europe; Claire Tow Professor of Political Science, Barnard College

  • Sandra A. Grossman, Partner, Grossman Young & Hammond, Immigration Law, LLC

  • Bruno Min, Senior Legal and Policy Advisor, Fair Trials

  • Nate Schenkkan, Director for Special Research, Freedom House

Additional witnesses may be added.

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Revealing the Offshore World: How Researchers Investigate Shell Companies, International Wealth Managers and Transnational Informal Economies
Jun
5
7:00 PM19:00

Revealing the Offshore World: How Researchers Investigate Shell Companies, International Wealth Managers and Transnational Informal Economies

According to the Tax Justice Network, between $21 and $32 trillion in hidden assets are held in offshore tax havens. The increasing outflow of money into the offshore world starves developing countries of government revenues, enables kleptocrats to hide their illicitly-acquired wealth, and allows global multinational companies to lawfully avoid paying hundreds of billions in taxes. Until recently, we lacked comprehensive and detailed academic studies for understanding the scope and inner workings of the offshore system. This panel brings together four leading scholars to discuss their path-breaking research on important aspects of the offshore world and financial system. Beyond sharing their latest research findings on global tax havens, the global citizenship market, wealth asset management, and the informal economy, our panelists will discuss the research and investigative techniques that they have pioneered to reveal important dimensions of the offshore world.


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 New Directions in Anti-Kleptocracy: Challenges of Investigating and Researching Oligarchs
Apr
2
9:00 AM09:00

New Directions in Anti-Kleptocracy: Challenges of Investigating and Researching Oligarchs

The term “oligarch” is increasingly used to refer to wealthy individuals connected to state power either through their own businesses or through influence on top-level government officials. At the same time, we have seen that many oligarchs from regions like the former Soviet Union “globalize” their lives, collecting multiple citizenships and residencies, employing international PR agents, advisors and lawyers, and engaging in transnational philanthropic activities designed to soften their images. On this panel, we bring together three leading professionals from the areas of law enforcement, journalism and civil society, each experienced in investigating the activities of oligarchs who have been implicated in grand corruption networks. The panelists will discuss some of the breakthroughs and innovative techniques that they have developed in their anti-corruption work over the last decade.

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Frozen – how can the EU fight global corruption?
Mar
6
12:30 PM12:30

Frozen – how can the EU fight global corruption?

Trillions of euros of corrupt funds are recycled through the global economy annually and less than 1% is being seized and frozen. The US has taken the lead in tackling this issue through the Global Magnitsky Act, banning visas and freezing the assets of corrupt individuals and human rights abusers. They were shortly followed by Canada, the United Kingdom and the three Baltic states, and there is growing consensus that the EU should adopt a similar legislation. Beyond sanctions, the EU also needs to do better at confiscating and returning assets in a responsible manner. Transparency International EU and CiFAR organized this conference to explore current EU developments on sanctions, including the prospect of the adoption of an EU-wide horizontal human rights sanctions regime and the upcoming review of the 2014 Directive on asset freezing and confiscation.

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Will We Ever Understand Each Other? Area Studies and Western Policy Toward Russia
Jul
14
6:00 PM18:00

Will We Ever Understand Each Other? Area Studies and Western Policy Toward Russia

The Harriman Institute at Columbia University, in collaboration with the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE) and Columbia’s Center for Oral History Research, have recently completed an oral history project about the Harriman Institute's role in regional studies, academia, and its influence on shaping U.S. foreign policy toward the post-Soviet region. To celebrate the project, the Harriman Institute and Columbia Global Centers Paris put on a panel discussion about deteriorating Russian-Western relations, and the role of area studies in forming Western policy toward Russia.

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