What: Responsible Economic Policy-Making in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia

About: To make informed decisions, citizens need access to objective information on socio-economic challenges and the corresponding policies that can solve them. A Center for International Private Enterprise event on November 13 will focus on assessing the state of affairs in the Western Balkans and how political opportunism impacts the citizens’ participation in public decision-making. The event will also include CIPE local partners from the Center for Policy and Governance in Bosnia and Herzegovina and LIBEK in Serbia who will present their efforts to provide informed analyses of responsible economic policies to the public in their countries. 

Welcome and remarks: Martina Hrvolova, Program Officer for Europe and Eurasia. 
Panelist: AdisMuhovic, Executive Director of the Center for Policy and Governance; Petar Čekerevac, Executive Manager of LIBEK; Natalia Otel Belan, Regional Director for Europe and Eurasia. 
Moderator: Marija Sajkas. Founder of 4 Better Media

Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Location:Center for International Private Enterprise, 1211 Connecticut Avenue #700, Washington DC 20036

Link to Event: Eventbrite

What: Helping Refugees and their Hosts: Through a Development Lens

About: The global population of refugees and internally displaced persons has risen to 70.8 million people worldwide, more than any time since World War II, and most of them have been displaced for 5 years or more. Historically, aid for refugees has been strictly treated as a humanitarian issue, but this is changing with increasing engagement from development actors. Mr. Xavier Devictor will discuss how the development response is different as well as the unique tools that the World Bank employs to assist refugees. Xavier Devictor is the Practice Manager for the Fragility, Conflict, and Violence Group at the World Bank, leading work on forced displacement as a development challenge. Prior to this role, he was the Country Manager for Poland and the Baltic Countries. Mr. Devictor has also led and worked on World Bank programs in a range of fragile and conflict-affected countries, including Yemen, DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, and the Balkans. Earlier in his career, he managed humanitarian programs, including leading humanitarian convoys into conflict areas, for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in the former Yugoslavia.

Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location: Johns Hopkins University – Bernstein-Offit Building, 1717 Massachusetts Avenue NW Room 500 (5th Floor), Washington, DC 20036

Link to Event: Eventbrite

What: Democracy and the NATO Alliance: Upholding our Shared Democratic Values

AboutPanel I
His Excellency Lech Walesa,Founder, Lech Walesa Institute & Former President of the Republic of Poland

Panel II
Ms. Melissa Hooper, Director, Foreign Policy Advocacy, Human Rights First

Ms. Susan Corke, Senior Fellow and Director, Transatlantic Democracy Working Group, The German Marshall Fund of the United States                           

Mr. Nate Schenkkan, Director for Special Research, Freedom House

Matthias Matthijs, Ph.D.,Senior Fellow for Europe, Council on Foreign Relations

Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515

Link to Event: House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs

What: Film screening -Righteous Gypsy -with director Jakob Sedlar

About: Hajrija Imeri-Mihaljić, a gypsy, worked since her youth in the home of Ester Baruch in Kosovska Mitrovica. In March 1942, Germans arrested all the Jews of the town, among them Ester Baruch and her two-year-old granddaughter Ester Acević. This is a story of the brave Hajrija, from the village of Ade, who risked her life and the lives of her family to save the young child, Ester Acevic. You will hear the inspiring stories of the heroic deeds of the Albanian Kosovars, who as a community, worked together to save Jews during WWII. On August 21, 1991, Yad Vashem recognized Hajrija Imeri-Mihaljić as Righteous Among the Nations. A panel discussion will follow the film. Award presentation to George Preng Uli in honor of his father’s heroism rescuing Jews during WWII. Special guests: Her Excellency, Vlora CitakuAmbassador of Kosovo, her excellency Ambassador of Albania Floreta Luli Faber and Congressman Elliot Engel.

Date: Sunday, November 17, 2019

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Congregation B’nai Tzedek, 10621 South Glen Road, Potomac, MD 20854

Link to Event: Eventbrite

What: Unspoken Genocides and Holocaust 1941-1945

About: The Serb National Federation (SNF) invites you to attend the event “Unspoken Genocides and Holocaust 1941-1945” about Genocides and Holocaust in the former Yugoslavia during World War II.

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019

Time: 12:00 p.m.

Location: The Gold Room, 2168 Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. 20515

Link to Event:Saint Luke’s Serbian Orthodox Church

What: NATO: Past, Present, and Future

About: In honor of NATO’s 70th anniversary, experts will discuss how critical multilateral alliances are to the United States and beyond. President Trump has expressed interest in the United States leaving the alliance. There are others who doubt NATO’s future, and others who worry about the tension of dealing with the rise of China. Debates continue to linger on both sides of the Atlantic as to whether NATO enlargement has enhanced or eroded European stability and whether continued expansion is the right course, despite the costs to the West’s relationship with Russia. Experts will discuss the history of NATO, the important issues the alliance faces, and ideas for how NATO can adapt and endure into the future. The discussion will be moderated by SIS professor Garret Martin. Panelists include Nora BensahelIan Brzezinski, and James Goldgeier.

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location: School of International Service, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016

Link to Event:Eventbrite

What: Lecture on Serbian Contribution to the Apollo Space Program by David Vuich

About: We invite all our parishioners to join us on Sunday, December 8th following the Divine Liturgy for a presentation on the contribution of Serbian scientists to the success of the Apollo Space Program. The presentation will be in English. Everyone is welcome!

Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019

Location: Saint Luke’s Serbian Orthodox Church, 10660 River Rd, Potomac, MD 20854

Link to Event:Saint Luke’s Serbian Orthodox Church