The Week at CSIS: The Speeches, Discussions, and Events from April 16th to April 20th

CSIS hosts over 2,000 events a year, from major public speeches to small briefings. Join us here for an inside look at the events of the week.

4.16: Atambayev Returns: What Next for Kyrgyzstan?

Kyrgyzstan’s former President Almazbek Atambayev is back in politics amid rumors of tensions between him and current President Sooronbai Jeenbekov, his handpicked successor elected just over 100 days ago. CSIS hosted a discussion to address the following questions: What is driving the apparent tension between Kyrgyzstan’s current and former presidents? And what does Atambayev’s return to active politics mean for the future of the Atambayev-Jeenbekov alliance, the current Kyrgyz government, and Kyrgyzstan’s political future?

From left to right: Jeffrey Mankoff, Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Progra, CSIS; Venera Djumataeva,
Director of RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service

4.16: A Conversation with Jonathan Pershing

CSIS hosted Jonathan Pershing, the Program Director of Environment at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, for a discussion on strategies in the philanthropic community to address climate change, including ongoing work at the Hewlett Foundation.

From left to right: Sarah Ladislaw, Director and Senior Fellow, Energy and National Security Program, CSIS; Jonathan Pershing,
Program Director of Environment, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

4.17: Democracies Under Duress: Are We Losing Central Europe?

Increasingly, European and U.S. policymakers question whether Central Europe is really committed to democratic values and principles. Corruption, nativism, anti-Semitism, and weak institutions and civil society contribute to the drift of some NATO and EU members in Central Europe toward illiberalism. CSIS hosted a timely conversation on what policy tools Washington and Brussels can use to address democratic backsliding in Central Europe.

From left to right: Radek Sikorski, CSIS Distinguished Statesman (Non-resident), CSIS; Dr. Charles Gati,
Senior Research Professor of European and Eurasian Studies, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

4.17: How Can Governments Work with the Private Sector around Infrastructure?

Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) are a potent tool in government arsenals, but can be tricky to get right. A new World Bank Group report says that governments still lag in preparing, procuring, and managing PPPs well. It offers recommendations to improve the quality of regulations and better deliver infrastructure service through PPPs. CSIS hosted a conversation on how to improve governments’ capability to prepare, procure, and manage PPPs better.

From left to right: Thomas R. Hardy, Director, Public Affairs and Congressional Relations, U.S. Trade and Development Agency; Romina Bandura,
Senior Fellow, Project on Prosperity and Development, Project on U.S. Leadership in Development, CSIS

4.17: Global Tensions, the World Economy, and Health Security — A Conversation with former U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte

CSIS hosted a Smart Women, Smart Power conversation with former U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte to discuss the Syria conflict, Russia, Iran, and North Korea and share her insights on other security challenges, including China, and shifting dynamics in the Middle East.

From left to right: Beverly Kirk, Fellow and Director for Outreach, International Security Program, and Director, Smart Women, Smart Power Initiative; Former Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)

4.18: Senator Robert Menendez on Congressional Leadership in Foreign Policy

CSIS hosted a conversation with Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) on congressional oversight and leadership in U.S. foreign policy.

From left to right: Senator Robert Menendez, Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations; John J. Hamre;
CSIS President and CEO

4.18: Global HIV/AIDS Financing Amidst Uncertainty

CSIS’s Global Health Policy Center and the Kaiser Family Foundation co-hosted a discussion on the current state of financing for the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. The event will also serve as the launch of the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)’s Financing Global Health 2017 annual report and an updated IHME interactive data visualization resource.

From left to right: Jennifer Kates, Vice President and Director of Global Health and HIV Policy, Kaiser Family Foundation; Christopher J.L. Murray,
Professor and Director, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington

4.19: 2018 Global Development Forum

CSIS, in partnership with Chevron, hosted The 2018 Global Development Forum for a discussion examining the role and purpose of official development assistance against a backdrop of rising incomes, economic growth, youth unemployment, and other continued complex challenges in many parts of the world.

From left to right: Dr. Donald Kaberuka, Co-Chair of the Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development at the International Growth Centre; Former President, African Development Bank; Senator Christopher Coons, U.S. Senator from Delaware

4.20: Economic Impacts of Globalization and Technological Disruption

CSIS hosted a discussion exploring opportunities and challenges facing public and private sector participants as they consider the future economy, followed by keynote remarks by Senator Mark Warner (D-VA).

From left to right: Senator Mark Warner (D-VA); Kristian Jensen, Minister for Finance of Denmark