Program News

Next Deadline for George F. Kennan Fellowship Competition Approaching

September 01, 2015
The Kennan Institute seeks fellowship applicants from diverse, policy-oriented sectors such as media, business, local government, law, civil society, and academia to examine important political, social, economic, cultural, and historical issues in Russia, Ukraine, and the region.

Subcommittee Hearing: Threats to Press Freedom in the Americas – An Expert Take

July 31, 2015
Press Freedom in the Americas has been in a general decline for the past 15 years. According to Freedom House’s latest findings (2015), only 43% of the countries in the Americas are ranked as having ‘free’ press. The remaining countries fall in the range of ‘partly free’ (43%) and ‘not free’ (14%).

U.S. Hostage Policy: Will Recent Changes Help?

July 31, 2015
On the day that President Obama announced changes to U.S. hostage policy, a former captive of Somali pirates, journalist Michael Scott Moore, provided personal insight into the ordeal and America’s approach to dealing with ransom demands.

Iran’s President Rouhani: Assessing His First Two Years in Office

July 31, 2015
Two years into a term that promised to change the tone and substance of Iran’s politics and relationships around the world, a panel of experts gathered to assess President Rouhani’s performance beyond the nuclear deal. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.

Henri Barkey Discusses ISIS and Turkey on Charlie Rose

July 31, 2015
Middle East Program Director Henri Barkey discusses ISIS and Turkey with Ambassador Francis Ricciardone, Steven Cook of the Council on Foreign Relations, and David L. Philips, author of "The Kurdish Spring" on Charlie Rose.

Luther’s Fortress: Martin Luther and His Reformation Under Siege

July 31, 2015
Prolific author, acclaimed historian, and Wilson Center Senior Scholar, James Reston’s latest book draws on primary source correspondence, notes, and other writings to provide a gripping portrait of what may be the most productive months of Martin Luther’s life. Luther’s Fortress: Martin Luther and His Reformation Under Siege, chronicles a critical but little-known episode in Luther’s life, revealing its pivotal role in the history of Christianity. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

Russia's National Idea: Matthew Rojansky interviews Dr. Nikolai Zlobin

July 30, 2015
Following the July 23, 2015 event co-sponsored by the Wilson Center's Kennan Institute and Kissinger Institute on China and the U.S., Matthew Rojansky interviews Dr. Nikolai Zlobin on his takeaways from the session.

China's National Idea: Robert Daly interviews Dr. Ho-fung Hung

July 30, 2015
Following the July 23, 2015 event co-sponsored by the Wilson Center's Kennan Institute and Kissinger Institute on China and the U.S., Robert Daly interviews Dr. Ho-fung Hung on his takeaways from the session.

Did You Know: Mexican Migration

July 30, 2015
Unauthorized migration has already become a major issue of the upcoming 2016 elections. With so many voices, players and opinions, it may become hard to tell fact from fiction. This summer, the Pew Research Center came out with new data and numbers on the topic. Here are a few facts to know about Mexican migration. Read the full article: http://pewrsr.ch/1HND619 #Didyouknow

Why Now, Afghanistan?

July 30, 2015
In the aftermath of Wednesday’s revelation that Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar is dead — which had long been assumed yet never confirmed — a fundamental question remains. Why would the Afghan government make this announcement now?

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