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Global Launch: National Oil Company Database
Apr
25
9:30 AM09:30

Global Launch: National Oil Company Database

At this event, the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) will launch the world’s largest open public database on national oil companies, www.nationaloilcompanydata.org. Following coffee and a light breakfast, guests will be the first to see a presentation of the database and associated analysis, which provides new insights into these critically important companies.

National oil companies (NOCs) are massively influential, producing the majority of the world’s oil and generating trillions of dollars in revenue every year. And as shown by recent headlines from Venezuela to Saudi Arabia to Ghana, decisions about how to manage these companies can have major impacts on the health of national economies and the wellbeing of citizens. But in spite of their importance, they have traditionally been poorly understood, in large part because a lack of consistent and open data. This has impeded accountability.

NRGI has addressed this problem by assembling the National Oil Company Database, which features more than 70,000 data points on more than 70 NOCs worldwide. The database provides detailed information on the production, revenues, expenditures, balance sheets, tax payments and performance of NOCs, and facilitates comparison over time and across companies to support governance and strategy-making.

The global launch will feature a presentation of the database and two associated reports, as well as commentary from global experts on NOCs, transparency and governance.

9.30 a.m.: Coffee and refreshments

10 a.m.: Program commences


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Panel on Beneficial Ownership & Corporate Transparency
Mar
22
9:00 AM09:00

Panel on Beneficial Ownership & Corporate Transparency

Panel Discussion on Beneficial Ownership and Corporate Transparency

The ACAMS US Capital Chapter is pleased to partner with Global Financial Integrity, the FACT Coalition, and Transparency International for another in our series on beneficial ownership and corporate transparency.

Join us for a morning panel with our experts as they discuss the importance of beneficial ownership transparency as a tool to combat money laundering, crime and corruption, as well as the broader domestic and international contexts. They will provide updates on newly introduced federal legislation that would require U.S. companies to disclose their beneficial owners, and share insights into the political landscape surrounding the prospects for this legislation.  Coffee and muffins will be provided.

Free for ACAMS Chapter Members, $25 for non-members

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Evidence vs. Storytelling: Which Works Better to Convince Skeptics?
Mar
14
12:30 PM12:30

Evidence vs. Storytelling: Which Works Better to Convince Skeptics?

Celebrate Open Gov Week 2019 by joining for a stimulating panel discussion comparing evidence versus storytelling approaches that discuss the impact of open government reforms, in order to persuade skeptics and recruit new advocates to join the global open government movement.



How can both the use of evidence/data and compelling stories help support policy reforms? Our panelists will discuss these and other questions by highlighting resources like the Open Government Partnership's Skeptics Guide. The audience will also get the first preview of an exciting new partnership between Open Gov Hub, the Transparency and Accountability Initiative and the nationally-renowned nonprofit StoryCorps.

Lunch will be provided. Space is limited, RSVP to secure your seat.

Panelists:

- Stephanie Bluma - Chief Comms Officer at OGP

- Munyema Hasan - Manager at OGP (Knowledge, Learning, Innovation and Capacity Building)

- Michael Jarvis - Executive Director at Transparency & Accountability Initiative

- Eric Zimmerman - Director, Hattaway Communications



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Week 2019: Science and Transparency in the Trump Era
Mar
12
6:00 PM18:00

Week 2019: Science and Transparency in the Trump Era

Join us to network with professionals committed to scientific integrity, free speech, and government transparency. Food and refreshments provided.

Transparency and access to information are essential to a functioning democracy. But science and science professionals have been under relentless assault during the Trump administration, compromising both the public’s right to know and Congress’s duty to conduct effective oversight. Censorship of research, efforts to limit the communication of federal employees and contractors and reprisal against employees who blow the whistle on serious abuses are just some of the tactics that cast a shadow on truth.

This Sunshine Week event will include discussions with journalists and presentations by civil society members that explore the ongoing assaults on science and offer resources to help journalists, public interest organizations, employees, and policymakers promote accountability, protect scientific integrity, and restore public trust in government.

Featured Speakers:

  • Rachel Bergman, Web Integrity Project Director, Sunlight Foundation

  • Liz Borkowski, Managing Director, Jacobs Institute of Women's Health Department of Health Policy and Management, Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University

  • Dana Gold, Senior Counsel & Director of Education, Government Accountability Project

  • Michael Halpern, Deputy Director of Center for Science and Democracy, Union of Concerned Scientists

  • Emily Holden, Environment Reporter, The Guardian

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Understanding and Measuring Data Use: Report Launch and Panel Discussion
Dec
6
12:00 PM12:00

Understanding and Measuring Data Use: Report Launch and Panel Discussion

To close the gap between the production of official statistics and their dissemination and use, development partners and funders need a better understanding of the barriers that national statistical offices (NSO) face. To assist the modernization of statistical systems, it is equally important to analyze usage statistics from national data portals and NSO websites.

Open Data Watch, AidData, and PARIS21 have collaborated to address these needs in an exciting two-part research study, with financial support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Join us December 6th for an engaging discussion about the report’s findings and implications for the future of official statistics for sustainable development. We’ll hear reactions from leaders that fund, produce, promote, and use official statistics in their work.

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[Defending Democracy Series] Campaign Finance Reform & Pledges to Limit the Influence of Money in Politics
Dec
3
5:30 PM17:30

[Defending Democracy Series] Campaign Finance Reform & Pledges to Limit the Influence of Money in Politics

Join for the latest installment in our ongoing Democracy Dialogues series. What have successful efforts looked like to curb the influence of money in politics and institute effective campaign finance reforms, both in the US and around the world? Specifically, how have citizen efforts helped ensure that certain candidates commit to be transparent about where their money comes from and/or encouraged them to implement other anti-corruption related reforms once in office?
Join Open Gov Hub, Sunlight Foundation, Transparency International, and Global Integrity in this global panel looking at trends in this issue and suggestions for the American context.

Refreshments will be served.

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Election Integrity in the Digital Age: Election Cybersecurity Challenges in the US and Elsewhere
Nov
1
5:00 PM17:00

Election Integrity in the Digital Age: Election Cybersecurity Challenges in the US and Elsewhere

While aspects of the Russia investigation are ongoing, it is now well known and agreed upon by the US intelligence community that overseas hackers succeeded in accessing critical data to influence the 2016 US presidential elections. This has raised serious and unprecedented concerns for American national security and democracy.

What are the new cybersecurity threats to the integrity of elections (in the US and around the world), posed by the digital age?

In light of the imminent midterm elections, this panel will bring together a wide range of deep expertise across sectors to investigate this critical question.

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[Hub Hosted Event] Strengthening Public Accountability: Lessons from Practice
Oct
26
9:30 AM09:30

[Hub Hosted Event] Strengthening Public Accountability: Lessons from Practice

This is an event hosted at Open Gov Hub by some of our members and network.

You are invited to join Chemonics, the International Budget Partnership, and Root Change for a panel event on innovations in strengthening accountability, including insights from the USAID/Nigeria Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement (SACE) project.

Are public actors accountable for delivering inclusive and equitable public services and rights? Is this possible within complex systems of actors, institutions, and other factors? Today, programs such as USAID's Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement (SACE) in Nigeria are increasingly turning to accountability ecosystems to inform democracy and governance interventions. Innovative ideas and practice have evolved the thinking, yet there are still only a handful of program examples on which much of this understanding rests. In other words, while the theory behind the new consensus in development is sound, we still need to test these innovations in the field and learn from the results. Furthermore, these new insights have brought about important shifts in context, as many countries see economic growth alongside continuing corruption and increased restrictions on civic activism and engagement. In these contexts, the question that arises is what are the most effective ways to contribute to positive change public accountability in challenging circumstances?

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When Heads of State are Embroiled in Cases of Serious Crime and Corruption: International Perspectives
Jun
12
4:30 PM16:30

When Heads of State are Embroiled in Cases of Serious Crime and Corruption: International Perspectives

U.S. politics are under increasing strain as multiple investigations of President Trump and his presidential campaign, business associates, and top officials progress. The investigations raise tough questions about foreign involvement in U.S. elections, illicit payments, campaign finance violations, and obstruction of justice.

What can US civil society learn from similar cases around the world? What can democracy defenders do to anticipate the consequences of cases that roil the sense of stability and democracy? How well are our democratic institutions and norms working from a comparative perspective? What should civil society do and anticipate to ensure and protect those norms and institutions in light of lessons learned from around the world?

We invite you to a conversation on June 12 about what happens to a country’s democracy when the head of state is embroiled in investigations into serious crimes and corruption.

Refreshments provided.

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The Panama Papers - Two Years Later
Apr
19
4:30 PM16:30

The Panama Papers - Two Years Later

Will the U.S. Finally Tackle the Anonymous Shell Companies?

Anonymous shell companies make it extremely easy for corrupt and criminal actors both here and around the world, not to mention tax evaders, to hide and launder illicit wealth. From the Panama Papers to the Magnitsky scandal, the world is hearing more and more about this problem. As April marks the two-year anniversary of the release of the Panama Papers, it is important to reflect on what progress has been made to date in the United States to tackle anonymous ownership.

The event will include the launch of a new report by Transparency International, “G20 Leaders or Laggards”, which reviews G20 promises on tackling anonymous companies and will shed light on the status of beneficial ownership transparency in the United States compared to other jurisdictions.

The forum will bring together three speakers who will speak to why tackling anonymous companies is one of the key anti-corruption (and pro-democracy) challenges of our time, the limited progress made to-date in tackling the problem, and the outlook for potential reforms over the next several months.

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How China Escaped the Poverty Trap: Exploring the Relationship between Governance and Economic Development
Sep
14
4:30 PM16:30

How China Escaped the Poverty Trap: Exploring the Relationship between Governance and Economic Development

In this event, Professor Yuen Yuen Ang will share her research on China to identify an unconventional first step out of the poverty trap. She will present historical evidence of this unorthodox strategy of development from China, and explore parallels found in Western history and pockets of the developing world, along with the consequences of her findings for today’s development practitioners.

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Tools to Use: Unlocking Foreign Aid Data
Jun
15
9:00 AM09:00

Tools to Use: Unlocking Foreign Aid Data

Please join the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) for a panel discussion on U.S. aid transparency with a focus on collective successes and addressing the challenges ahead.

In the spirit of data use and action, we’ll also ask you to roll up your sleeves and join one of several interactive breakout sessions, hosted by the Department of State, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, Development Gateway, and the Humanitarian Data Exchange. Please plan to bring your laptop (or share with a partner) to get practice using some innovative new tools! 

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Open Data Beyond Transparency: The 3ie-SINERGIA Open Data Challenge
Mar
23
10:00 AM10:00

Open Data Beyond Transparency: The 3ie-SINERGIA Open Data Challenge

The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) and the OpenGov Hub are pleased to invite you to a conversation on open data and its uses in international development. The panel features representatives from donors, international organizations and 3ie, who will provide insights on how their organizations use and encourage open data. The event will kick off with a presentation by Felipe Castro, Director of SINERGIA / National Planning Department (DNP) in Colombia, bringing a government perspective on potential uses of open data.

Please contact Scott Neilitz at sneilitz@3ieimpact.org to RSVP and with any logistical questions. Please share this invitation with any colleagues or acquaintances you feel would be interested in this event.

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The Art of Career Switching
Feb
21
6:30 PM18:30

The Art of Career Switching

This event is being hosted by General Assembly at OpenGov Hub.

This event series is for you if you want to apply your strengths and talents to do work that matters to you, whether that means changing careers or taking the leap to self-employment. Each event, you will hear from a DMV-based career switcher and you'll learn how to overcome common obstacles, connect authentically with the right people, and get (or create) the perfect job by translating your unique strengths, skills, and experiences into the language of your new field.

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POSTPONED: Can Open Data Impact Developing Economies?
Feb
16
8:30 AM08:30

POSTPONED: Can Open Data Impact Developing Economies?

A growing number of developing countries—in Asia, Africa, Latin America—have adopted open data policies and are publishing new sources of open government data. This global trend toward data-driven policy making and development begs the question: What is open data's impact on developing economies?

Join USAID's Global Development LabmSTAR and GovLab t the OpenGov Hub  for coffee, pastries and the launch of the new report, The Impact of Open Data in Developing Economies. Take part in the discussion with a panel of diverse contributors on the value of open data for development interventions, or follow along on Twitter with #OpenDataImpact.

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Open Government in the Philippines: Prospects and Challenges
Feb
13
12:00 PM12:00

Open Government in the Philippines: Prospects and Challenges

The panel discussion will reflect on the prospects and challenges for open government reforms in the Philippines after its recent elections. Panelists will discuss government-led reforms in light of political transitions, gleaning from a recent G-Watch/Making All Voices Count study of citizen-led reform initiatives, Going vertical: citizen-led reform campaigns in the Philippines (December 2016). These seven issue-based advocacy campaigns involved diverse, broad-based civic and social actors, engaged with multiple levels and branches of government. These initiatives emphasized citizen power, to generate scale and sustainability. Now, the uncertain future of open government reforms in the Philippines raises questions about how citizen power can promote more sustainable change.

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Understanding and Operationalizing an Accountability Ecosystems Approach
Dec
16
10:00 AM10:00

Understanding and Operationalizing an Accountability Ecosystems Approach

Please join ChemonicsGlobal Integrity, the International Budget Partnership, and Root Change for an introductory session exploring accountability ecosystems.

Speakers will draw on recent learning and project experiences to explore aspects of this emerging approach, including structural aspects and social physics; political economy considerations; adaptive learning; and programmatic implications.

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The Middle East Water-Energy-Food Nexus
Nov
16
12:00 PM12:00

The Middle East Water-Energy-Food Nexus

The Middle East is faced with a set of complex interrelated problems related to the water, energy, and food sectors.  Understanding the dynamics and linkages between these three sectors is needed to understand potential opportunities, trade-offs, and synergies and to develop integrated solutions to the growing demand for resources. The Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus approach is not without criticism, but such multi-disciplinary solutions are increasingly considered the best strategy to deal with issues of water, energy and food security. These dynamics were the focus of an expert roundtable to explore government, civil society, and private sector policy solutions to these dynamic challenges, and the outcomes of that conversation were compiled in a recent report. Please join us for a conversation exploring these recommendations.

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Civil Society Roles in Implementing the 2030 Agenda in the Philippines
Nov
9
11:00 AM11:00

Civil Society Roles in Implementing the 2030 Agenda in the Philippines

This event will discuss the roles played by the civil society in the Philippines in fulfillment of MDGs as well as the OGP and some of the lessons relevant to implementation of the 2030 Agenda overall and the governance improvement targets in the SDG #16. The panelists will discuss these issues based on their experiences and analytical work. Click through for more info.

The session will be held at the OpenGov Hub.
Visitors must RSVP in advance to gain access to the building.
Click here to join the meeting virtually.

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Voices from the Ground: Global Young Leaders Speak Out on the Successes and Shortcomings of International Development
Nov
2
4:00 PM16:00

Voices from the Ground: Global Young Leaders Speak Out on the Successes and Shortcomings of International Development

The OpenGov Hub and Community Solutions Program (CSP) invite you to an honest discussion on successes and shortcomings of international development, focused on learning directly from global grassroots leaders about what works and doesn’t and how we can better incorporate the voices of end beneficiaries.

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“WHO IS GETTING THE BUSINESS?” A Discussion on Beneficial Ownership Transparency and Open Contracting Principles in Procurement
Oct
28
9:30 AM09:30

“WHO IS GETTING THE BUSINESS?” A Discussion on Beneficial Ownership Transparency and Open Contracting Principles in Procurement

Transparency International-USA welcomes you to a panel discussion on the importance of knowing who is ultimately pulling the strings of companies bidding for public contracts. The panel will give examples of how the U.S. government, American businesses, and taxpayers have been defrauded by the owners of anonymous companies. The discussion will explore the benefits from adopting open contracting principles and collecting and publishing the ultimate ownership information of any company bidding for government business. The panelists will also discuss practical recommendations for increasing transparency in federal procurement so as to reduce fraud and corruption.

Email kdittmann@transparency-usa.org to RSVP. 

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GLOW LAUNCH EVENT: Open Legislatures at Home and Around the World
Sep
12
10:00 AM10:00

GLOW LAUNCH EVENT: Open Legislatures at Home and Around the World

GLOBAL LEGISLATIVE OPENNESS WEEK LAUNCH EVENT: OPEN LEGISLATURES AT HOME AND AROUND THE WORLD 

In celebration of the third annual Global Legislative Openness Week, the OpenGov Foundation, Sunlight Foundation, National Democratic Institute and other partner organizations will convene a two-part panel discussion to explore the importance of open legislatures, discuss legislative openness initiatives around the world, and consider openness priorities for the 115th Congress. 

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Leveraging Youth and Technology for Governance Reforms
Aug
15
12:30 PM12:30

Leveraging Youth and Technology for Governance Reforms

 

On August 12th, people around the world will celebrate International Youth Day, marking the 17th year the United Nations has designated a day to celebrate and reflect upon the enormous potential of youth to catalyze change in their communities and societies. 

To mark this occasion, the OpenGov Hub and Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) are pleased to co-host a panel discussion focused on how youth and technology contribute to governance reforms around the world.

Join us for this timely conversation as we hear diverse perspectives and experiences (from Venezuela, Liberia, Nepal, and more) on this topic:

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Panelists:

  • Blair Glencorse - Founder and Executive Director, Accountability Lab
  • Maggie McDonough Director of Programs & Strategy, North America of SoukTel (via Skype from Ramallah)

  • Giannina (Gigi) Raffo - Venezualan Fellow, Atlas Corps and Program Director, CEDICE

  • Maiko Nakagaki – Program Officer for Global Programs, CIPE (discussion moderator)

Lunch will be provided.

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Inclusive Urban Innovation: Can Tech Promote Opportunity & Civic Engagement?
Jun
27
6:30 PM18:30

Inclusive Urban Innovation: Can Tech Promote Opportunity & Civic Engagement?

The Harvard Alumni for Education, Harvard Club of DC, and the OpenGov Hub are pleased to invite you to a stimulating panel discussion on how to promote inclusive opportunity and engagement through urban innovation.

This special event will feature a diverse, cross-sector panel of individuals working to promote urban innovation, opportunity and civic engagement in myriad ways. All panelists will address the opportunities and challenges both of making the tech field more inclusive and representative, and of leveraging innovative tools to enable civic engagement and inclusive policy/decision making.

DC Council member Brandon Todd will address innovative ways to engage DC residents, particularly young people, in technology and in local decision making. Aaron Saunders, founder of LumaLab, will speak about the experience of creating one of Washington DC's first-ever Inclusive Innovation Incubator. Chike Aguh (CEO of Everyone On) will discuss the steps his organization is taking to help close the digital divide. Nneka Ezenwa (Verizon) will address the logistical challenges of achieving broadband internet access for all. The panel will be moderated by Nada Zohdy, Manager at the OpenGov Hub, a co-working community and network of 35+ organizations promote open government reforms around the world.

Join us for a stimulating evening of reflection and community discussion on how to ensure all city residents can benefit from the growth of technology and innovation in the District and beyond.

This event is co-hosted by Harvard Alumni for Education, Harvard Club of DC, and the OpenGov Hub.

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The Role of Local Institutions in Accountable Resource Management
Apr
15
12:00 PM12:00

The Role of Local Institutions in Accountable Resource Management

The Weak Link: The Role of Local Institutions in Accountable Natural Resource Management in Peru, Senegal, Ghana and Tanzania

Presented by Oxfam America

According to World Bank figures natural resource rents in developing countries are worth just under five times the total global aid budget. There are, however, significant challenges to making sure these potential revenues are used to fight poverty.  With support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Oxfam has recently completed a study looking at the political economy that shapes how revenues are managed within Peru, Senegal, Ghana and Tanzania. The research reveals that despite the notable differences across these four countries, they all face a remarkably similar set of stubborn political and economic barriers to improving extractive revenue management. Analyzing these barriers holds important lessons for stakeholders seeking to improve accountability in the extractive sector in order to alleviate poverty in these resource rich countries.

Please join Oxfam for a special panel discussion of the research findings and their lessons for future.

Speakers

James Morrissey (Oxfam America)

Albert Kan Dapaah (FAT Africa)

Mark Henstridge (Oxford Policy Management)

Kimberly Pfeifer (Oxfam America, Moderator)

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Putting Data to Work for Sustainable Development: New Methods to Understand Use
Mar
31
9:00 AM09:00

Putting Data to Work for Sustainable Development: New Methods to Understand Use

As countries strive to deliver results during the post-2015 sustainable development era, the quality and usability of the data and evidence available to decision-makers is increasingly important. Responding to a call for a data revolution, a growing diversity of organizations are producing both official and non-official sources of data in the hopes of supporting more effective policies and programs. However, the knowledge on what drives actual development data use has lagged behind advances in data production.

Which external and domestic sources of data and evidence are actually used by decision-makers in different countries, policy domains, and institutions -- and why? At which stages of the policymaking process can data and evidence make the greatest contribution? While important work is already taking place to answer these questions, more action is needed to ensure that development partners are producing data and evidence that are “fit for the purpose” in response to the priority challenges policymakers seek to address.

At this AidData and Development Gateway event, we will explore some of the new and innovative approaches being leveraged to understand and cultivate in-country demand for data and evidence to support sustainable development. This panel discussion will be followed by breakout group sessions where attendees will have the opportunity to provide feedback on: (1) AidData’s forthcoming data and evidence survey of more than 40,000 development policymakers and practitioners in 126 low- and middle-income countries and (2) Development Gateway’s Results Data Initiative.

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Think Tanks: What Do They Really Contribute?
Mar
28
6:00 PM18:00

Think Tanks: What Do They Really Contribute?

Washington DC is to think tanks what Detroit once was to the global auto industry. But what do these institutions really bring to the table? Are they best thought of as academic institutions like universities, simple generators for policy or a storage center for those temporarily outside government.  How useful are they to policymakers, journalists and others? What kind of people do they attract -- and who do they marginalize or do without? Do they operate differently in other countries or even cities? PS21 and a great panel of think tank types will be getting more even more introspective than usual...

Negar Razavi [moderator] -- anthropologist, University of Pennsylvania. PS21 global fellow

Andrew Selee -- Executive Vice President, Woodrow Wilson Center

Peter Apps -- Global Affairs Columnist, Reuters. Executive Director, PS21

Maria Stephan -- Senior Policy Fellow, United States Institute for Peace. Former US State Department official

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