5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Strengthening the Field: The Role of Demography in Responding to Climate Change

May 14, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
A strong call for action has been issued with the newly released 5th IPCC report, which illustrates the high environmental and security risks imposed by climate change. Join us in a discussion with leading researchers to identify the critical questions and gaps in understanding what needs to be addressed, and how a population perspective can contribute to the development of effective adaptation strategies in Africa.

Triumph of Improvisation: Gorbachev's Adaptation, Reagan's Engagement, and the End of the Cold War

April 28, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
James Graham Wilson takes a long view of the end of the Cold War, from the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan to Operation Desert Storm. Wilson argues that adaptation, improvisation, and engagement by individuals in positions of power ended the specter of a nuclear holocaust. Eschewing the notion of a coherent grand strategy to end the Cold War, Wilson illuminates how leaders made choices and reacted to events they did not foresee.

The OneVoice Movement: Toward a Two-State Solution

May 01, 2014 // 2:00pm — 3:00pm
Join OneVoice Palestine-Gaza Director Ezzeldeen Masri as he discusses the challenges of promoting a two-state solution in Gaza and how civil society can push the negotiations forward. Ambassador Marc Ginsberg will provide introductory remarks.

The Future of the Russian-American Security Dialogue after the Ukrainian Crisis

April 29, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:00pm
Power politics seem to be back in Europe, pulling the U.S.-Russian relationship back into a standoff reminiscent of the Cold War. Despite renewed confrontation over Ukraine, the US and Russia still have fundamentally compatible views on threats such as transnational crime, terrorism, proliferation of WMD and sensitive technologies, man-made disasters, piracy, illegal cyber activity, drug trafficking, and climate change. What is in store for U.S.-Russian cooperation on these challenges in the wake of the Ukraine crisis? Is a common security agenda vis-à-vis these threats still possible?

Twin Challenges to Peace and Stability in Africa and to U.S. Policy: Boko Haram in Nigeria and Civil Conflict in South Sudan

May 02, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:30am
Join us for a discussion on the policy implications of the violent actions of Nigeria's Boko Haram and civil unrest in South Sudan.

The Source of Financial Crisis

May 01, 2014 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
There have been four waves of financial crisis in the last thirty years. Each wave involved the failure of a significant number of banks in three, four, or more countries at about the same time. Moreover, the prices of the currencies of most these countries that were impacted in each wave declined, and many of the borrowers defaulted on their liabilities denominated in the U.S. dollar, the Euro, or some other foreign currency.

Social Accountability: The Answer to Ensuring Reproductive and Maternal Health Rights in the Post-MDG Era?

May 05, 2014 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
With reinvigorated family planning and maternal health efforts underway, including FP2020 and planning for the post-Millennium Development Goal era, it is critical that there is equitable participation of women, youth, and their communities in the design, delivery, and monitoring of reproductive and maternal health policies and programs.
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The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Region: Improving Policy Outcomes Through Research and Engagement

April 17, 2014 // 9:00am — 12:15pm
The Great Lakes-St Lawrence Basin contains 18 percent of the world's freshwater and is home to 42 million people. While these waters are essential to Canada and the United States' quality of life, the current state and future sustainability of the basin continue to challenge policy makers. Please join the Wilson Center's Canada Institute and Environmental Change and Security Program and the Great Lakes Policy Research Network for a half-day conference dedicated to bringing government, non-government, private sector, community organizations, and other stakeholders together to discuss the vital issue of Great Lakes environmental governance.

Innovation, Brain Drain, and the Politics of Russian Higher Education Reform

April 23, 2014 // 9:00am — 12:30pm
Russian higher education has done more to integrate western norms and standards than virtually any other national institution. Yet Russia’s universities and research institutes continue to face economic and political headwinds that raise questions about their ability to compete in a global marketplace. The Kennan Institute will conduct a conference on April 23rd that addresses the challenges confronting Russian higher education and how Russian universities interact with their international counterparts.

Latin American Populism in the Twenty-First Century: Update Venezuela

April 11, 2014 // 9:00am — 11:00am
About the nature of populism in Latin America and its most recent radical manifestations.

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