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Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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The EU Inside Out: A Panel Discussion with Žygimantas Pavilionis, Ambassador of Lithuania to the US, and Olexander Motsyk, Ambassador of Ukraine to the US

Starts:
5:00 pm on Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Ends:
6:30 pm on Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Location:
Boston University Law School, 765 Commonwealth Avenue, Barrister's Hall
URL:
http://www.bu.edu/european/upcoming-events/
Ambassadors Žygimantas Pavilionis and Olexander Motsyk will address, broadly, the theme of democratic politics under conditions of globalization from both EU member state and non-member state perspectives. Centering the conversations around global challenges, which by their nature do not yield to nation state solutions (whether economic crisis, transnational terrorism, or global warming), highlights the value of the European Union as a model for transnational cooperation, regional integration, and cultural coexistence. Questions to be pursued include what the EU is becoming, how its policies and institutions are evolving, how its role as international actor is enhanced (or not) in response to new global challenges, and why, under conditions of globalization, its relationship with the United States remains more important than ever. Moderated by Alan Berger, Retired editorial writer for international affairs, Boston Globe.