CIPI News | 2014
CIPI and Heinz College Washington DC to present a DC Discussions program on the Olympics and other mega-events as drivers of development
The Center for International Policy and Innovation (CIPI) and Heinz College Washington DC are pleased to announce their collaboration to host the next installment in the DC Discussions series, “Olympic Opportunity: Going for the Gold or Spending in the Red?” The panel discussion, to be held on November 13 in Washington, DC, will explore the complex business of bidding for mega-events. As cities around the world vie for the honor of hosting the Olympic Games, The World Cup, and other major global events, a common argument in favor of competing for this prestigious opportunity is the benefit to a nation in terms of infrastructure development, tourism, and goodwill. However, in recent years, questions about the benefits of hosting these events has begun to emerge.
On September 22, Dr. Jendayi Frazer, Director of the Center for International Policy and Innovation, joined fellow policymakers, scholars, entrepreneurs and philanthropists in New York for the Africa Rising Forum. Held at The Africa Center on the margins of the 69th United Nations General Assembly, the event was co-sponsored with the United Nations, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and the Boston Consulting Group to “examine and identify effective ways to spur the inclusive, sustainable and resilient transformation for the continent.”
During the first week in August, the President Obama hosted an historic U.S. Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC, inviting 50 Heads of State, regional leaders, business and non-governmental leaders to take part in the high-level meetings focused on investing in Africa’s next generation. It is the first time a U.S. President has hosted a gathering of this type. CIPI's team took part in a number of meetings during the weeklong activities; Carnegie Mellon was also represented during the forum events by Dr. Bruce Krogh, Director of Carnegie Mellon University-Rwanda, Andrea Ponce, Director of International Program Development in the College of Engineering, and Debra Tekavec, CMU Director of Federal Relations.
Students from Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College took part in the International Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise (ISCNE), a two-day experiential learning simulation. The exercise was designed to challenge students by forcing them to assume new and unfamiliar roles and positions, and to provide students with the opportunity to hone their strategic thinking, decision-making and negotiation skills. CIPI was represented in the exercise by its Executive Director, Kendra Gaither. The exercise pairs student groups with former career diplomats as mentors, and Kendra Gaither, a former Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Department of State, served as a mentor for one of the seven teams.
The Center for International Policy & Innovation (CIPI) and Heinz College Washington DC are pleased to present a special screening of the film Sweet Dreams in commemoration of Women's History Month. This award-winning documentary is being presented in Washington, D.C., as part of Carnegie Mellon University’s eighth annual International Film Festival, Faces of Work. It will mark the first time that a film selected for the festival will be screened at a separate Carnegie Mellon campus.
CIPI to Sponsor Screening of Critically-Acclaimed Documentary “Sweet Dreams” in the 2014 CMU International Film Festival
The Center for International Policy & Innovation (CIPI) is proud to return as a sponsor of the 2014 Carnegie Mellon University International Film Festival. Now in its eighth year, the festival will exhibit films from nineteen countries from March 20 to April 5, 2014. This year, as part of the festival’s theme “Faces of Work,” CIPI will present the screening of the critically-acclaimed documentary “Sweet Dreams,” a film that chronicles a group of Rwandan women who have emerged from the devastation of the 1994 genocide to create a new future for themselves.
Jendayi Frazer, CIPI director and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, delivered the keynote address at Carnegie Mellon’s 2014 Martin Luther King celebration. In her address honoring Dr. King, “Leading with Courage and Conviction,” Frazer examined the qualities of leadership and courage. View the video of her remarks: