4th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

From Challengers to Partners? Relations Between Human Rights NGOs and their Home Governments from the 1970s on

January 30, 2013 // 12:00pm — 12:45pm
The concept of human rights acquired global significance during the 1970s, spurred by the activities of a growing number of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) responding to state repression in Chile, South Africa, the Warsaw Pact states, and elsewhere. Key interlocutors for NGOs like Amnesty International and Helsinki Watch were their home governments, whom they influenced through a combination of public campaigning and private lobbying. Crucially, it seems that during this period human rights NGOs experienced a trajectory from ‘outsider’ to ‘insider’ status. Does this mean that they paid a costly price for their newfound influence, namely abandoning their original ‘apolitical’ appeal and becoming less impartial and independent? Or should we understand this to be their success in transforming the character of international politics?

Korea Foundation Junior Scholars' Presentations

February 26, 2013 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
Korea Foundation Junior Scholars will present on the results of their research conducted at the Wilson Center from September 2012 through February 2013.

The Life of a Vilna Ghetto Rescuer: Reading, Writing, Remembering

November 26, 2012 // 2:30pm — 3:30pm
Julija Šukys, author of <i>Epistolophilia: Writing the Life of Ona Šimaitė</i>, carefully collected, preserved, and archived the written record of the life of Ona Šimaitė. Šimaitė, a librarian at Vilnius University, used her position to aid and rescue Jews in the Vilna Ghetto.

Women Leading a Progressive Interpretation of the Shariah Law: Case Studies from Musawah (A Global Movement for Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family)

November 19, 2012 // 9:00am — 10:00am
Zainah Anwar of Stanford University, introduced by Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative.
Andrey Miroshnichenko

Man as Media: Old Mass Media and the New Digital Environment in Russia and the United States

December 17, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
The third emancipation of text in human history is the emancipation of authorship. Problems of legacy media are usually explained by the development of multimedia and internet technologies. But the real disaster for old mass-media is the emancipated authorship of amateur “occasional” journalists. Fulbright-Kennan Institute Research Scholar and consultant Andrey Miroshnichenko asks, what will be the result of the competition between the professionalism of staff journalists and the cognitive surplus of guerrilla journalists? How will business models and design of content develop in Russian and American media?

The Aga Khan Rural Support Program and the Role of Civil Society in Pakistan

November 08, 2012 // 9:00am — 10:15am
A discussion with a top official from one of Pakistan's most respected development organizations.

A Conversation with Ambassador Edward Djerejian

November 15, 2012 // 8:45am — 10:00am
Edward Djerejian, the former United States Ambassador to Syria and Israel, discusses recent developments in the Middle East after the Arab Spring.

Postponed--Uniting for a Healthy Future for People and Nature in Western Tanzania

October 31, 2012 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
ATTENTION: This event is postponed until further notice due to flight cancellations.

Combating Barriers and Expanding Opportunities for Women in Public Service in India

October 26, 2012 // 9:00am — 10:30am
Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative, in conversation with Ms.Indira Jaising, Assistant Solicitor General of India

Managing Mountains for Ecological Services and Environmental Security

October 17, 2012 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
On Wednesday, October 17, join us for another installment of "Managing our Planet" series.

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