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The Center for Strategic and International Studies and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Announce Global Forum
February 12, 2013
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (January 15, 2013) – The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (CWF) are to establish a ground-breaking partnership to promote the development of effective political and economic systems in parts of the world where they are currently weak or lacking. The partners, in cooperation with the Wendy and Emery Reves Center for International Studies at the College of William and Mary, will form the Williamsburg/CSIS Forum which will hold a series of major international conferences, jointly in Williamsburg, Va, and Washington, D.C.

The first conference, The New Egypt: Challenges of a Post-Revolutionary Era, will take place April 21- 25, 2013, and will explore the dramatic events following the fall of the Mubarak regime and the future course of Egypt’s difficult transition to democracy. The Forum will be attended by a wide range of Egyptian participants – including politicians, diplomats, business leaders, academics, military experts, economists and media representatives – as well as U.S. authorities on the Middle East.

The Forum will build on the unique assets of the partners. A significant goal of the sessions held in Williamsburg will be to assess whether lessons learned from past efforts to develop stable political cultures and institutions, such as the American Revolution and its aftermath, are helpful in considering contemporary political and economic challenges around the world. The Forum constitutes an important element of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s initiative to position itself as a national center for history and citizenship.

“We believe our own history and the principles of citizenship and self-government can provide a valuable starting point for discussions about the establishment of democratic institutions and political and economic development today,” said Colin G. Campbell, president and CEO of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

CSIS, one of America’s leading think tanks, will contribute its bipartisan expertise in international and security issues, and its worldwide contacts and experience. Conference segments held at CSIS headquarters in Washington will focus more specifically on immediate policy challenges, such as, in the case of Egypt, the country’s future dealings with the West and other countries in the Middle East.

“This important and imaginative partnership brings together two great American institutions, CSIS and Colonial Williamsburg,” said John Hamre, president and CEO of CSIS. “The partners will leverage their unique resources to promote stronger political institutions around the world, enhancing global stability. We are delighted that the College of William and Mary will join us in this exciting project.”

The objective of the Forum is both to help countries and regions advance their visions of political and economic development and to familiarize experts with the latest thinking on these issues in different circles around the world – without promoting any particular system or path to better functioning governance.

Leading the Forum will be Reginald Dale, director of the Williamsburg/CSIS Forum at CSIS, James Horn, vice president of research and historical interpretation at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and Stephen E. Hanson, vice provost for international affairs and director of the Wendy and Emery Reves Center for International Studies at the College of William and Mary.

The Forum is made possible by generous support from Anita A. and James D. Timmons and other Colonial Williamsburg supporters.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a bipartisan, non-profit organization founded in 1962 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. It seeks to advance global security and prosperity by providing strategic insights and policy solutions to decision makers.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, a center for history and citizenship, is a not-for-profit educational institution and cultural destination. The Foundation is dedicated to promoting the importance of an informed, active citizenry. Its mission, “that the future may learn from the past,” is realized through offering innovative, imaginative and interactive on-site experiences designed to educate guests about the importance of the American Revolution. From the RevQuest: Save the Revolution! series of technology-assisted alternate reality games, to the theatrical programming of Revolutionary City®, guests can become immersed in the drama of the American Revolution and discover the ongoing relevance of the past. Guests can also visit the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, enjoy the many gardens and green spaces, and visit up to 35 historic sites. To experience all that the Foundation offers, guests may stay in one of the five award-winning official Colonial Williamsburg hotels and enjoy the award-winning golf courses of the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, indulge in The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg and shop in 40 stores. Fine dining is offered in more than 20 locations from historic dining taverns to restaurants with contemporary fare. Colonial Williamsburg is open 365 days a year. A full schedule of programs and special events can be found by visiting colonialwilliamsburg.com.

The College of William & Mary is a public university located in Williamsburg, Virginia. Founded by Royal Charter in 1693, it is the second oldest college in the country. The College’s student body is just over 8,200 full-time (graduate and undergraduate) students with a 12 to 1 student/faculty ratio. U.S. News and World Report ranks the College sixth among all public universities in the country. Known as “the alma mater of a nation,” William & Mary has educated three American presidents: Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and John Tyler—with Washington serving as its first American chancellor.

The Reves Center for International Studies is the home of the office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs, the Global Education Office, and the Office of International Students, Scholars, and Programs at William & Mary. Established in 1989 with a gift from Wendy Reves in memory of her husband Emery, author of The Anatomy of Peace, the Reves Center supports and promotes the internationalization of learning, teaching, research and community involvement at the university. In providing opportunities for students, faculty, and the W&M community to engage with and learn from global experiences and perspectives, we build on Emery and Wendy Reves’ lifelong commitment to world peace through international understanding. Today, more than two decades since its founding, the Reves Center continues to enhance international education at William & Mary through programs for education abroad, international students and scholars, and global engagement across the university.

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