4th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Statelessness in 20th-Century America

October 24, 2011 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Linda K. Kerber, May Brodbeck Professor of History at the University of Iowa will examine such developments in the context of the history of statelessness in the 20th century, focusing on the evolution of the sixty -year-old UN convention on refugees and stateless persons, a document the United States has not signed.

The Contested Legacy of the Berlin Wall

October 17, 2011 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Hope Harrison, Wilson Center public policy scholar speaks on the mixed legacy of the Berlin Wall in German consciousness and history, in regards to the recent efforts to preserve parts of the wall.

Why We Botch the Ends of Wars

October 03, 2011 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
A persistent theme in American history in wartime is a failure to plan carefully for the aftermath of wars. Obsessed with the military aspects of their struggles, neither military nor civilian leaders pay close attention to political issues until the shooting is about to stop, making the achievement of a durable settlement dramatically harder.

Dag Hammarskjold, His Critics, and the United Nations in 1956

September 26, 2011 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Wm. Roger Louis from the University of Texas discusses the extremely significant role of Dag Hammarskjold in the 1956 Suez Crisis, a pivotal point in UN history with an impact still felt in today's peacekeeping missions.

Humanitarian Response in a Time of Mass Collaboration and Networked Intelligence

October 04, 2011 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Gisli Olafsson, Emergency Response Director of NetHope, will discuss how digital age technologies, like social media, are revolutionizing the way humanitarian response will be conducted in the future.

From Vision to Reality: Politics and Gender in Jordan's Tourism Sector

September 23, 2011 // 9:00am — 10:00am
Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh will speak on the recent developments on the Arab Spring and her experience on challenges to mainstream gender in the tourism sector in Jordan.

“Rogue States” and the United States: An Historical Perspective

September 19, 2011 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
What are the implications for the ongoing challenges to international order and American security posed by states such as Iran and North Korea? How can states that egregiously violate international norms be reintegrated into the “family” or “community” of nations?

"Rogue States" and the United States: A Historical Perspective

September 19, 2011 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Vice President for Programs and Director of International Security Studies at the Woodrow Wilson Center Robert Litwak answers some of the biggest questions surrounding the relationship between today's "Rogue States" (North Korea, Libya, Iran) and the United States.

Did You Feel It? Social Media for Earthquake Science and Response

September 27, 2011 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
The U.S. Geological Survey’s “Did You Feel It?” (DYFI) system allows people who experience an earthquake to go online and share information about its effects, thus helping to create a map of shaking intensities and damage. After a decade of operational experience with the DYFI system for citizen-based science, Dr. David Wald will discuss lessons learned, including how they apply to other social media (e.g., Twitter) and volunteer-based methods for earthquake detection.

Iran 1953 and the Uses of Middle East History

September 12, 2011 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Former New York Times Istanbul Bureau Chief Stephen Kinzer ties together the events of the 1953 Iranian Coup, the evolution of present-day Iran and Turkey and the upheaval of today's "Arab Spring."

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