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SAIS Held a Conference on "Smart Power" on June 4

On Monday, June 4, SAIS hosted a daylong conference on "Disentangling Smart Power: Interests, Tools, Strategies," featuring keynote speakers Suzanne Nossel, executive director of Amnesty International USA, and Esther Brimmer, U.S. assistant secretary of State for International Organization Affairs.

SAIS Hosted a Forum on Cultural Heritage vs. Mining on the New Silk Road on June 5

Experts from Afghanistan, Austria, France, Netherlands, the U.K. and the U.S. discussed "Cultural Heritage vs. Mining on the New Silk Road? Finding Technical Solutions for Mes Aynak and Beyond" at SAIS on Wednesday, June 5.

SAIS and Freedom House Hosted Forum on Future of Egypt's Democratic Transition on June 25

Mohamed Elmenshawy, director of the Languages and Regional Studies Program at the Middle East Institute; Nancy Okail, director of Freedom House's Egypt Programs; Anwar El-Sadat (via Skype), president of the Reform and Development Party in Egypt; and Ruth Wedgwood (moderator), director of the SAIS International Law and Organizations Program, participated in a panel discussion on "Revolution Under Siege: Is There Hope for Egypt's Democratic Transition?" on Monday, June 25.

SAIS and New Story Leadership for the Middle East (NSL) Hosted Forum on July 6

Young leaders from Israel and Palestine, participating in the New Story Leadership for the Middle East (NSL) summer fellowship program, participated in a panel discussion at SAIS on "Stories Changing the Future for the Middle East" on Friday, July 6.

SAIS and Search for Common Ground Hosted Forum on Elections in Post-Conflict Africa on July 10

Steven McDonald, consulting director of the Africa Program and Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Laura Grace, program manager on the Election and Political Processes team at the National Democratic Institute; Tess McEnery, democracy specialist for USAID's Elections and Political Transitions Team; Gregory Simpkins, professional staff member for the U.S.

SAIS Hosted Forum on Human Trafficking on July 24

Luis CdeBaca, ambassador-at-large of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department of State, and Mohamed Mattar, executive director of the Protection Project at SAIS, discussed "The U.S. Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report 2012: Findings and Recommendations" on Tuesday, July 24.

SAIS Hosted a Panel on U.S.-Iran Relations and the Nuclear Issue on August 14

Allen Keiswetter, Middle East Institute (MEI) scholar and senior consultant at C&O Resources; Roby Barrett, MEI scholar and president of Stratplan International LLC; Geneive Abdo, director of the Iran Program at the Middle East Institute; and Daniel Serwer (moderator), SAIS senior research professor of Conflict Management and MEI scholar, discussed "Prospects for U.S.-Iran Relations on the Nuclear Issue in the Year Ahead" at SAIS on Tuesday, August 14.