4th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Privacy Vs Democracy: The Challenge for Japan and Australia

August 06, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:00pm
Protecting privacy is as critical as information sharing. In a democracy, protecting information goes hand in hand with ensuring individual liberty, and the rapid development of digital technology has made the protection of privacy even more important.

Freedom of Expression in Times of Political Polarization in Brazil

June 26, 2014 // 11:30am — 1:00pm
On June 26th, Carlos Lauria, director of CPJ will share the findings of the "Halftime for the Brazilian Press" report with commentary from Brazil Institute Director, Paulo Sotero.

Greece: The Path to a Competitive Future

May 22, 2014 // 2:00pm — 3:00pm
An investigation by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in cooperation with the Greek authorities identified a wide range of regulations and legal provisions that undermine competition. Building on the approach of the OECD’s Competition Assessment Toolkit, the Competition Assessment Review of Greece makes more than 320 recommendations on legal provisions that should be amended or repealed. In this session, Dr. Sean Ennis, a Senior Economist in the OECD’s Competition Division, will discuss the findings and the methods used for preparing the report.

Contested Waters – Maritime Delimitation Issues in Southeastern Europe

May 14, 2014 // 2:00pm — 3:00pm
In the past two decades, Southeastern Europe has changed dramatically, leaving behind the legacy of the bloody dissolution of the former Yugoslavia and confrontations in the Aegean Sea. Five countries in the region are now members of the EU and seven are NATO members. While the Southeast European mainland is largely at peace, several issues remain and new problems have emerged in the adjacent waters of the Balkan Peninsula. From the Adriatic to the Black Sea, maritime delimitation disputes are engaging the political, diplomatic and legal communities of the countries concerned. The most recent events in Crimea may further complicate the maritime map of the Black Sea. Wilson Center Scholar Agron Alibali will discuss how the spectrum of discussions, negotiations, agreements and adjudications currently underway represents a fascinating new development for international law in general and for international law of the sea in particular in this historical part of the Mediterranean.

Tracks in the Amazon

April 22, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
On April 22, the Brazil Institute will launch Tracks in the Amazon, the story of the Madeira-Mamore Raildroad

‘Take Your Choice!’: Historical Reflections on the Act of Voting

April 07, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
The secret ballot is now considered the gold standard for fair elections around the globe. However, in the aftermath of the American and French Revolutions, voting in secrecy held little immediate mass appeal in the US or Europe, and the secret ballot was used in combination with a wide variety of voting techniques. The history of the fraught introduction of the secret ballot on both sides of the Atlantic provides an opportunity to explore how conceptions of the business of choice-making have changed since the Age of Revolutions and also to reconsider how we vote today.

Importance of Intelligence: an International Perspective

March 25, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:00am
Offering an international perspective on NSA's programs, this discussion will focus on what role the US should play in the intelligence community to counter terrorism.

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