5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Emerging Priorities for Maternal Health in Nigeria (Abuja and Washington, DC)

December 17, 2014 // 9:00am — 11:00am
In the last decade, Nigeria has seen only modest improvements in maternal health. Despite innovative efforts such as the Midwives Service Scheme, SURE-P, and Saving One Million Lives, maternal mortality rates stand at 565 per 100,000 live births and modern contraceptive prevalence among married women is still low (10 percent).

Ireland: The Celtic Tiger Reborn?

December 16, 2014 // 11:00am — 1:00pm
The panel will discuss Ireland’s outlook as it faces major challenges ahead, in achieving a sustained economic recovery while maintaining financial stability.

Russia’s New Course

December 03, 2014 // 9:30am — 11:00am
The game-changing events in Ukraine have exposed the fundamental disagreement between the West and Russia on the essential principles underpinning the modern international system. One year after the start of the crisis, is there any hope of a productive partnership with Russia? Nikolai Zlobin and Sergey Aleksashenko discussed the difficulties facing Russia and its on-again, off-again relationship with the West.

The Resilience Beat: Reporting on Climate, Population, and Health

December 03, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
From megacities to small coastal communities, more people than ever before are confronting the coming challenges of climate change. And more than ever before, we are turning to the media to bring these challenges to the attention of policymakers and the public in order to build resilience to weathering these changes. But reporting on climate resilience requires pushing the boundaries of traditional beats, looking beyond national borders, and exploring new angles such as human rights, disaster preparedness, and women’s health. This roundtable panel features reporters and communication experts who are finding surprising new stories where climate change meets resilience.

Walls in Ukraine: Art before and after the Euromaidan Revolution

December 02, 2014 // 9:00am — 10:30am
The Berlin Wall, marking the “line of freedom,” has moved to the borders of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko observed in an interview in May 2014. Before the current situation in Ukraine, there was a revolution. Now, newly gained freedoms are paid for with an ongoing crisis. How do artists reflect the political turmoil and societal rifts in their art? What are the roles of artists and the arts in Ukraine’s national crisis? Three prominent supporters of the arts in Ukraine will discuss these questions and more one year after the Euromaidan Revolution began.

Central America’s Security Challenges: Has U.S. Assistance Helped or Hindered? How Can it Improve?

December 11, 2014 // 9:00am — 12:00pm
Join us for a discussion about the Central America Regional Security Initiative and future directions for U.S. security assistance in the Northern Triangle with panels of experts and policymakers

Between Alignment and Competition: Europe’s Pivot to Asia and Implications for the US

December 04, 2014 // 2:00pm — 3:30pm
President Obama used his recent trip to Asia to push through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the centerpiece of the US rebalance to the region. The US pivot represents a significant shift in the country’s foreign policy and has generated debate in Europe as to whether it should align with Washington or adopt a more autonomous position, considering that Europe too has rebalanced toward Asia in the last decade. The focus of the European pivot both competes with and complements that of the US.

Measuring Maternal Health in a Post-MDG World

December 01, 2014 // 2:00pm — 5:00pm
For almost 15 years, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have prominently featured maternal health improvements by targeting preventable maternal deaths and universal access to reproductive health care

Transitioning Neighborhood: Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine

November 19, 2014 // 9:30am — 11:30am
Nearly a year after demonstrations erupted in Kyiv, Ukraine is forming a new government and considering the way forward after the recent parliamentary elections. Moldova faces parliamentary elections at the end of the month in which the survival of the current pro-European coalition is at stake. Belarus has been the seat of the Minsk process, the chief international effort to stop the fighting and find a settlement to the crisis in Eastern Ukraine. Russia and the EU are deeply interested in each of these countries, which all face unresolved questions about their peace, stability, and political orientation. Three former ambassadors to the region discussed recent events and prospects in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine and a senior State Department official offered a US government perspective on developments in the region.

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