The Week Ahead: Upcoming Policy Events on Campus

Here’s a brief rundown of interesting policy events coming up this week (October 24-28):
The Impact of European Missile Defense on Russia’s Strategic Deterrence
Monday, October 24th
12-1:30pm, No Venue Specified (TBD)
Dean Wilkening, Senior Research Scientist, CISAC
Missile defense has long been a point of contention between Russia and the US.  This talk will assess the extent to which Russian concerns are valid in military/technical terms.

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Energy Seminar: Clean Energy: The Intersection of Technology, Policy, and Finance****
Monday, October 24th
4:15-5:15 PM, NVIDIA Auditorium, H2 Engineering Center
Dan Reicher, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Stanford University
The talk will focus on the “clean energy triangle”—technology, policy and finance—with a particular emphasis on the role that policy and finance have in driving the development and deployment of a broad array of clean energy technologies, from efficiency and renewables to advanced fossil and nuclear.
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StanfordACS Presents: Lawrence Lessig
Tuesday, October 25th
12:45 pm – 2:00 pm, Stanford Law School, Room 180
Professor Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law School
An ideal of congressional independence — central to the design of the framers — has been lost in our constitutional tradition. In this lecture, Professor Lessig explains that ideal, and how to win it back.
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Democracy and Human Rights Policy in the Obama Administration**
**Tuesday, October 25th
5:30-6:30 PM, Schwab Residental Center, Vidalakis Room
Michael Posner, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
Assistant Secretary of State Posner will be discussing the Obama administration’s efforts to promote democracy and human rights around the world.
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Crime After Crime
Tuesday, October 25th
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Stanford Law School
Filming in and out of prison for over five years, filmmaker Yoav Potash methodically documented Debbie Peagler’s story as it unfolded. With exclusive access to Debbie and her attorneys, Crime After Crime tells an unforgettable story of a relentless quest for justice.
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Between Clientelism and Reform: Why Electricity Undermines the Lebanese State**
****Wednesday, October 26th
**12-1:00 PM, Encina Ground Floor Conference Room, Encina Hall
Katarina Uherova Hasbani, Safadi Scholar of the Year at Stanford’s Program on Arab Reform and Democracy
This Arab Reform and Democracy research seminar will examine Lebanon’s failure to reform the electricity sector against the background of elaborate networks of client-patron relations, failing state institutions, and governance issues. It will explain how the electricity services have become a major element feeding Lebanon’s political and social fragmentation.
RSVP by 5PM on October 25th

Vietnam’s Foreign Policy after the 2011 Party Congress
Wednesday, October 26th
12-1:30 PM, Daniel and Nancy Okimoto Conference Room, Encina Hall, East Wing
Ta Minh Tuan, Associate Professor of Political Science and Head, Office for Research Project Management at Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, Hanoi
In the 11th Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam, the Party continued to push for broader horizons in policymaking to facilitate Vietnam’s integration in the larger world and agreed that Vietnam should anchor itself to ASEAN and promote its relations with China and the United States. Prof. Tuan will discuss these and other aspects and implications of Vietnam’s foreign policy.
RSVP by 5PM on October 25th

Deadly Investments: Large-Scale Land Acquisitions in the Global South
Wednesday, October 26th
7:00pm, Humanities Center
Anuradha Mittal, Executive Director of the Oakland Institute
Frederic Mousseau, Policy Director of the Oakland Institute
Special event headed by the ASSU Food Cabinet and co-sponsored by FSI, FSE, SAID and the Center for African Studies at Stanford.
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Can Technology Save California Governments?
Wednesday, October 26th
7-9:00pm, Schwab Residental Center, Vidalakis Room
Join us for the release and discussion of a new report entitled “Hear Us Now?” which surveys how California governments use technology and purposes ways of measuring the success of their e-government initiatives.
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Smart on Crime: Seizing on Opportunities in Times of Crisis
Thursday, October 27th
11:00 AM, Stanford Law School, Room 290
Kamala D. Harris, Attorney General, California
California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris  will speak about her innovative efforts to reduce recidivism and promote public safety. Students will also get an opportunity to ask her about her career trajectory and her priorities for the CA Department of Justice.
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Educate Girls Globally: a New Strategy for Educating Girls and Counterinsurgency Warfare in the Most Difficult Environments**
**Thursday, October 27th
12-1:30 PM, CISAC Conference Room, Encina Hall Central, 2nd floor

A. Lawrence Chickering, political and social entrepreneur and writer
**** A. Lawrence Chickering’s work  has focused on empowering citizens to increase their roles in public institutions from government schools to foreign policy—while also contributing to economic and social progress.
RSVP by 5PM on October 26th

From the Manhattan Project to the Cloud: Arms Control in the Information Age (Drell Lecture)****
Thursday, October 27th
4-5:30pm, Tressider Oak Lounge
Rose Gottemoeller, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance
Identifying the challenges associated with the Information Age, as well as solutions and opportunities, will drive the arms control agenda for the next century.
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Artificial Intelligence – A Legal Perspective
Thursday, October 27th
6pm Reception (Neukom Terrace), 7pm Panel Begins (Room 290), Stanford Law School
The Center for Internet and Society, along with the the Stanford Law and Technology Association (SLATA), and the Stanford Technology Law Review (STLR) bring together four scholars who have begun to examine the near term, short term, and long term ramifications of artificial intelligence for law and society.
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The Constitution and the World
Thursday, October 27th – Friday, October 28th
Paul Brest Hall, Munger Graduate Residences
The Stanford Constitutional Law Center will host a conference on The Constitution and the World, October 27-28. Scholars, many with experience in the State Department or other government posts, will address the reach of constitutional rights outside U.S. territory, the potential effect of treaties on constitutional structure and rights, and the effect of globalization and international institutions on sovereignty.
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