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Public Forums are an important component of the Management of Internal Conflicts in Asia project, designed to engage the informed public and disseminate the findings of the study groups. Public forums have been organized in conjunction with each round of study group meetings and have been widely attended by the public.

Previous Public Forums

"The Rise of Malay-Muslim Militancy in Southern Thailand
Causes, Consequences, and Management"
co-sponsored with Johns Hopkins University-SAIS
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Tuesday, November 1, 2005
Johns Hopkins University-SAIS, Nitze Building
1740 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, D.C.   20036

with:
Muthiah Alagappa , Director, East-West Center Washington, moderator
Karl D. Jackson , Director, Asian Studies Program, Johns Hopkins University-SAIS, moderator
Donald Pathan , Foreign Desk Editor, The Nation Newspaper, Bangkok
Thitinan Pongsudhirak , Assistant Professor, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
Surin Pitsuwan , Member of Parliament, Royal Thai Parliament & Former Minister of Foreign Affairs

"Burma: Conflicts at the Center and in the Periphery
Is the military's approach likely to change?"
co-sponsored with The Sigur Center for Asian Studies, The Elliott School of International Affairs,
The George Washington University
4:30pm - 5:00pm
Wednesday, November 2, 2005
Lindner Family Commons, 6th Floor
1957 E Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C.   20052

with:
Muthiah Alagappa , Director, East-West Center Washington, moderator
Shawn McHale , Director, Sigur Center for Asian Studies, moderator
Morten Pedersen , Independent Consultant based in Rangoon
Harn Yawnghwe , Director, Euro-Burma Office, Brussels
Mary Callahan , Associate Professor and Director, International Studies Program,
University of Washington, Seattle

"Making Sense of the Multiple Conflicts in Nepal
Is there a way forward?"
co-sponsored with the Asia Program, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Thursday, November 3, 2005
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania  Ave., NW
Washington, D.C.   20004

with:
Muthiah Alagappa , Director, East-West Center Washington, moderator
Robert M. Hathaway, Director, Asia Program, The Woodrow Wilson International 
Center for Scholars, moderator
Mahendra Lawoti
, Assistant Professor, Western Michigan University
Prakash Chandra Lohani , Former Finance Minister, Nepal
Susan Hangen , Assistant Professor, Ramapo College of New Jersey

"Conflict in Northeastern India
Will the government's policies lead to eventual settlement?"
co-sponsored with Foreign Policy Studies, The Brookings Institution
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Thursday, November 3, 2005
The Brookings Institution
1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, D.C.   20036

with:
Muthiah Alagappa , Director, East-West Center Washington, moderator
Stephen P. Cohen , Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies, The Brookings Institution, moderator
Samir Kumar Das , Calcutta University
V.R. Raghavan , Delhi Policy Group & Former Director General, Military Operations 
Sanjoy Hazarika , Managing Trustee, Centre for North East Studies and  Policy Research

"The Sri Lanka Peace Process
Dead end or is there hope?"
co-sponsored with the South Asia Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Friday, November 4, 2005
Center for Strategic and International Studies
1800 K St., NW
Washington, D.C.   20006

with:
Muthiah Alagappa , Director, East-West Center Washington, moderator
Teresita C. Schaffer , Director, South Asia Program, Center for Strategic  and International Studies, moderator
Bernard A.B. Goonetilleke , Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the U.S.
Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam , Member of Parliament, Parliament of Sri Lanka Dayan Jayatilleka , Adjunct Professor, The Johns Hopkins University

Additional Public Forums

"Nepal: Is the Transition Floudering?"
co-sponsored with The Sigur Center for Asian Studies
The Elliot School of International Affairs

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Thursday, March 27, 2008
The George Washington University
1957 E St., NW, 6th Floor
Washington, D.C.   20052

with:
Muthiah Alagappa , Distinguished Senior Fellow, East-West Center, moderator
Kirk Larsen, Director, The Sigur Center for Asian Studies, The George Washington University, moderator
Susan Hangen , Ramapo College of New Jersey
Mahendra Lawoti , Western Michigan University
Saubhagya Shah , Tribhuvan University

"Sri Lanka: Can Military Victory Resolve the Ethnic Conflict"
co-sponsored with The Sigur Center for Asian Studies
The Elliot School of International Affairs

4:45pm - 5:45pm
Thursday, March 27, 2008
The George Washington University
1957 E St., NW, 6th Floor
Washington, D.C.   20052

with:
Muthiah Alagappa , Distinguished Senior Fellow, East-West Center, moderator
Kirk Larsen, Director, The Sigur Center for Asian Studies, The George Washington University, moderator
Neil DeVotta , Hartwick College
Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu , Centre for Policy Alternatives, Colombo

"Burma: Where Will the Road Map Lead"
co-sponsored with Johns Hopkins University, SAIS

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Friday, March 28, 2008
Johns Hopkins University, SAIS
1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, D.C.   20036

with:
Muthiah Alagappa , Distinguished Senior Fellow, East-West Center, moderator
Karl D. Jackson, Director, Southeast Asia Studies, Johns Hopkins University, SAIS, moderator
Mary P. Callahan , University of Washington, Seattle
Tom Kramer , Transnational Institute (TNI), Amsterdam
Win Min , Chiang Mai University, Thailand

"Southern Thailand: The Invisible War Continues"
co-sponsored with Johns Hopkins University, SAIS

4:45pm - 5:45pm
Friday, March 28, 2008
Johns Hopkins University, SAIS
1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, D.C.   20036

with:
Muthiah Alagappa , Distinguished Senior Fellow, East-West Center, moderator
Karl D. Jackson, Director, Southeast Asia Studies, Johns Hopkins University, SAIS, moderator
Duncan McCargo , University of Leeds
Imtiyaz Yusuf , Assumption University, Bangkok