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October 30, 2006

Experience the culture, life, and... food of Egypt!

Hello everyone,

Please join Global Policy Forum for an unforgettable experience of the culture, life, and... food in Egypt.

WHO: You
WHAT: Natalie Hoover, Kelly Sowards, and Dan Bernard will talk about their experiences, working and living in Egypt
WHEN: Wednesday, Nov 1 (12.30pm – 1.30pm)
WHERE: TBD (I will send another announcement with the exact room location)

Egyptian food will be provided!

Cannot make it? I know it is not the same, but we will try to post some information (and maybe pictures on our blog:
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/geno0015/global_policy/ .

See you on Wednesday!

October 25, 2006

"The European Legal System Responds to Terrorism: Balancing Human Rights and Security"

Please join Gary and the Center for Austrian Studies for a very special lecture today. At issue is how to strike a balance between the protection of human rights and the increased need for security. The speaker was involved in the ICC Tribunal on war crimes in Bosnia.

Fionnuala Ni Aolain "The European Legal System Responds to Terrorism: Balancing Human Rights and Security"
Sponsored By: Austrian Studies, Ctr for

Wednesday, October 25, 2006
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Room Cowles Auditorium
Hubert H. Humphrey Center
Minneapolis Campus

Fionnuala Ni Aolain is concurrently the Dorsey and Whitney Chair in Law at the University of Minnesota Law School and a Professor of Law in the University of Ulster's Transitional Justice Institute in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is co-founder and Associate Director of the Institute. Professor Ni Aolain received her LL.B. and Ph.D. in law at the Queen's University Law Faculty in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She also holds an LL.M. degree from the Columbia University Law School. Professor Ni Aolain has published extensively in the fields of emergency powers, conflict regulation, and sex-based violence in times of war. She was a representative of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at domestic war crimes trials in Bosnia (1996-97). In 2003, she was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as Special Expert on promoting gender equality in times of conflict and peace-making. In 2004, she was nominated by the Irish government to the European Court of Human Rights, the first woman and the first academic lawyer to be thus nominated. Her lecture for the Center for Austrian Studies lecture series will examine recent developments in the European legal system as European legislators and jurists attempt to meet the needs of assuring both human rights and security as they respond to the challenge of terrorism.

October 23, 2006

Presentation: What is Russian Foreign Policy Today?

WHAT: What is Russian Foreign Policy Today?
presented by Melor Sturua, Senior Fellow Emeritus, Humphrey Institute
WHERE:170 HHHCtr - Stassen Room
WHEN: 12:45 - 2:00 pm, Tue (Oct 24)
WHO: You
Refreshments will be served.

More details (from the Freeman Center):
The politics of some Western states, some of the time, might be summarized with the slogan: “it’s the economy, Stupid,? but Russian politics can never be reduced that way. Highly complex politics surrounds every domestic and foreign policy issue. Examples abound: Energy policies towards oil and gas can be explained more by politics than national economic welfare. Russian reactions to Iran and North Korean nuclear aspirations are better seen as part of a larger political game than as perceived threats. Russia’s mind wants to join the West, but her heart drives her elsewhere. Mr. Putin and Mr. Bush may be friendly, but Russia and the U.S. have started a new round of confrontation. Melor Sturua has just returned from Russia, and his special insights and overall perspective reflect decades of experience as a distinguished journalist for /Izvestia.

Informal Lunch on Oct 25 (Wed)

Next Meeting: Informal Lunch

Hey everyone,

Seems like we are all very busy with midterms, but it will be great if we can meet if you are around for lunchtime on Wednesday. I am also trying to make something like an orientation about blogging and a talk about Egypt this and next week, but we will see. Have a great week, and hope to see you on Wednesday!

WHAT: Informal Lunch of Global Policy Society/Forum
WHERE: Jernberg Lounge
WHEN: Oct 25 (12.30pm - 1pm)
WHO: You

Everyone is welcome. Please, bring food for yourself.

October 16, 2006

Global Policy Capstone

Hey everyone,

Please, send a letter to Natalie Hoover at hoove071 at umn.edu if you would like to have a Global Policy capstone here at Humphrey. The Global Policy capstone would allow us to work on a practical project on Global issues with a local organization here in Minnesota. I guess that such a capstone can be a substitute for a professional paper upon graduation.

More information about HHH capstones can be found here.

Here is the letter from Natalie:

Dear all--

Some students have brought it to the attention of the Curriculum Committee that the Humphrey does not currently offer a capstone for students with a concentration in global policy.

In order to bring this to the attention of the administration I need to know how many students would be interested in taking a capstone with a global policy focus and what kinds of ideas you might have. The reason one has not been offered in the past is because it requires a client. While this might require us to be creative, it is not impossible.

Please let me know if you would be interested in a global policy capstone by sending me the following information:

Global Policy Interest:
Semester you would want take it:

This in no way means that we will suddenly have a GP Capstone; however, your ideas help us lobby the faculty curriculum committee.

If you have specific ideas, please let Genko or myself know by Wednesday, October 18.



Meeting with the Ambassador of Liechtenstein

WHO: Claudia Fritsche, Ambassador of Liechtenstein to the U.S.
WHAT: "Transatlantic Relations and Global Governance: The Growing Role of Multilateral Cooperation"
WHEN: 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM, Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Sponsored By: Center for Austrian Studies
Additional Sponsors: Department of Political Science, Department of Sociology, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs

More information:

Claudia Fritsche has served since 2002 as the first resident ambassador to the United States of the European Principality of Liechtenstein. She formerly served for twelve years as Liechtenstein's Permanent Representative to the United Nations. A member of the United Nations since 1990, Liechtenstein has played a leading role in the furtherance of international agreements on human rights. Liechtenstein is a state party to all six core human rights instruments of the UN and has accepted all the communications procedures envisaged under these instruments. The former ruling prince, Hans-Adam II, donated funds in 2000 to found the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University to support research, teaching, and publication on issues regarding self-determination around the world.

Meeting with the Ambassador of France

WHO: His Excellency The Ambassador of France to the United States, Jean-David Levitte

WHAT: "Current French/U.S relations, the Middle East, the recent turmoil in French suburbs, and the French Jewish community. (This event will be recorded for later broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio)

WHERE: Walker Art Center - Skyline Room
1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis

WHEN: Monday, October 30, 2006, Registration starts at 11:30am, RSVP: By October 23 at 612-332-0436

Price: 40$ for Humphrey students/faculty/staff

More information:
The Alliance Française of Minneapolis/St Paul and The French American Chamber of Commerce of Minneapolis/St Paul

invite you to a special luncheon hosted by

His Excellency The Ambassador of France to the United States, Jean-David Levitte
on Monday, October 30, 2006

His Excellency Jean-David Levitte will address invited guests on current French/U.S relations, the Middle East, the recent turmoil in French suburbs, and the French Jewish community. This event will be recorded for later broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio. His speech will be followed by a question and answer session.

R.S.V.P. by Monday, October 23, 2006
at 612-332-0436
Business attire

Walker Art Center - Skyline Room
1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis
Registration starts at 11:30am
$40 AF/FACCMN Members
$50 Non-members

Although it is not cheap, we have negotiated the $40 members rate for any HHH students, faculty, or staff members interested in attending this program.

Lars Leafblad
Director of Development
Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota
ph: 612-625-9588
fax: 612-625-6351
em: leafblad at umn.edu
web: http://www.hhh.umn.edu/about/giving/

October 9, 2006

PASA Diversity Committee Meeting This Wednesday

PASA Diversity Committee is having their first meeting this Wednesday, and it will be great if we can join them. We had great cooperation last year, and organized a series of presentations of Humphrey Fellows together.

WHAT: PASA Diversity Committee Meeting
WHEN: Wednesday October 11th at 12:30
WHO: You and others with interest in global issues.

I think it is better not to meet for lunch this week, and I will try to organize a presentation for the next. What do you think?

Here are some details:
Pizza will be provided! (important, isn't it?:)

The PASA Diversity Committee has the exciting task of integrating a student body coming from different backgrounds. In the past we have organized presentations about different global topics and built bridges with the International Humphrey Fellows. We are eager to continue our work actively this year. If you're interested in diversity issues or if you just want to check it out and get free food come join us this Wednesday!

October 4, 2006

Beer with Steve Andreasen

WHAT: Beer with Steve Andreasen
WHEN: (Almost) every Thursday at around 9pm (after the National Security class)
WHERE: Town Hall, or where the Hump night is (you can come at 8.30pm at HHH35, and we can go from there)
WHO: You and others with interest in global issues, and mainly national security.

Note that this event is not sure, since Steve might decide something else for a particular Thursday. However, he usually joins Humphrey students after the class.
More info about Steve can be found here or... in Town Hall :)

Informal Lunch on Oct 4 (Wed)

Hello everyone,
We had a very interesting and productive informal lunch today with Kathryn, Gulia, and Kristie.
We have a wonderful poster now (thank you, Gulia!) in Jernberg, where we will post the next Global Policy Forum events (lunch, meeting, talk, etc.)
Yes, Global Policy Forum – this is our new name. We thought that it was better than Global Policy Society, so this would be our name at least for a while :)

Here are some other thoughts and ideas, please send comments:
1. Please, spread the word! All students/faculty/staff/ who would like to share experience and ideas about foreign countries and global issues are welcome. Just send me an e-mail, and I will try to accommodate it in the schedule (you too).
2. We will try to have a calendar of events (I will try to post our next week event by Friday on the previous week, so that we can plan)
3. We will try to make our meetings about 1 hour long.
4. Our “formal? meetings would be more like informal talks about subjects that we are interested in.
5. We will try to invite people (professors, staff, etc.) for our informal lunches (evenings) from time to time. In this way, we would be able to talk and discuss very informally with people you would like to meet in such setting. Please, send proposals :)
6. Talks and presenting people would be grouped by country and issues. For example, we can have a presentation for Egypt by students who have worked there, studied there, and lived there. In this way, more insights about the country (issue) would be shared.

Please, add comments and other ideas :) I will post info about our event next week by Friday.

How to post a message (details)

I am still not very sure if everyone knows how to post messages here, so I will just post some short steps:

1. Go to the UMN blog web site: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/
2. Log in with your UMN ID and password
3. You should see the Global Policy Forum blog at your front page if you are in the list of authors for the blog (if you cannot see it, just send me an e-mail)
4. Choose New Entry, and there we are :) Please, do not forget to choose the category of your message. You can upload files, and create new categories (check the existing ones first, though, thanks :)
5. Click on Preview (to preview your post), and save to post it on the blog
6. You can review and make changes your posts later too - just click on Entries on your front page (after logging in).