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U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Reuben Brigety II Spoke at SAIS on February 20

Reuben Brigety II, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of State for African Affairs, discussed "U.S. Policy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa" on Monday, February 20 as part of SAIS's Black History Month activities.

French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs Chief Spokesperson Bernard Valero Spoke at SAIS on February 23

Bernard Valero, chief spokesperson and assistant secretary for Press and Communications for the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, discussed "Global Reach: Innovative Communication for a New Diplomacy" on Thursday, February 23.

SAIS Hosted Forum on U.S.-China Relations on March 5

David M. Lampton, director of the SAIS China Studies Program and dean of faculty, discussed "Chinese Heir Apparent, Xi Jinping and U.S.-China Relations" on Monday, March 5.

SAIS Hosted Forum on Arab Spring on March 6

Daniel Robinson, chief White House correspondent for Voice of America; Samuel Tadros, a research fellow at the Hudson Institute; Robert Friedmann, professor emeritus of criminal justice at Georgia State University; Pablo Pardo, Washington, D.C., correspondent for El Mundo and a SAIS graduate; Daniele Moro, a visiting scholar at the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR); Karim Mezran, an adjunct professor of Middle East Studies at the SAIS Bologna Center and a SAIS graduate; and Kurt Volker (moderator), a CTR senior fellow, discussed "Arab Spring or Islamic Winter" on Tuesday, March

SAIS Hosted Panel Commemorating One-Year Anniversary of Japan's March 11 Natural Disaster

Marc Knapper, director of the Office of Japanese Affairs at the U.S. Department of State; Kent Calder (moderator), director of the SAIS Japan Studies Program; Rust Deming, a SAIS Japan Studies Program professorial lecturer and former acting director of the State Department's Office of Japanese Affairs; and William Brooks, a SAIS Japan Studies Program professorial lecturer, discussed "Japan's March 11 Disaster: One Year Later" on Friday, March 9.

U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce Francisco S‡nchez Spoke at SAIS on March 13

Francisco S‡nchez, U.S. under secretary of Commerce for International Trade, discussed "The Changing Landscape of U.S. Trade" on Tuesday, March 13.

SAIS Hosted Forum on Culture War Over Food and Farming on March 15

Robert Paarlberg, professor of political science at Wellesley College and author of Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know, discussed "The Culture War Over Food and Farming: Who Is Winning?" as part of the "Year of Agriculture" at SAIS on Thursday, March 15.

SAIS Hosts Forum on Drugs and Violence in Mexico on March 21

Rodrigo de Le—n Gonz‡lez, deputy director of the Center for the Study of Institutional Governance at the IPADE Business School in Mexico; Raœl Ben’tez Manaut, president of the Colectivo de Analisis de la Seguridad Con Democracia (CASEDE); and Edgar Valle çlvarez and Azucena Chaidez associate directors and CEOs Sistemas de Inteligencia en Marcado y Opini—n, presented the results of a public opinion survey on drugs and violence in Mexico. Richard Thornburgh, former U.S.