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Energy Insecurity and the Luxury of Sovereignty along Russia’s Pipelines

June 24, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:00am
Can a state without energy security be considered fully sovereign? What factors go into state responses to external energy challenges, and what lessons can they draw from past crises? Lucia Seybert examines varied approaches by Lithuania, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, and Belarus for reconciling energy needs with state sovereignty. Mapping the underlying dynamics to this tension between energy and security is important for our understanding of energy cooperation and conflict in Europe and beyond.

Silver Buckshot: Alternative Pathways Towards Greenhouse Gas Mitigation

June 24, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
The solution to climate change is often framed as a series of “silver bullets” – for the United States, comprehensive domestic legislation; for the rest of the world, a major international agreement led by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The unprecedented scale and complexity of the climate challenge, however, suggests the need for a more flexible solution – “silver buckshot.”

Africa's Youth and Innovation Potential for Peacebuilding and Sustainable Development

June 26, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:30am
On Thursday, June 26th the Africa Program hosted a panel made up of Ernest Acheampong, a Southern Voices Scholar and Researcher at the African Technology Policy Network, and Sarah Sladen, a Senior Manager of International Youth Development at InterAction. Both speakers discussed issues related to Africa’s youth, development, and educational policy. The discussion was moderated by the Africa Program’s Public Policy Scholar, Steve McDonald.

Delivering Quality Antenatal Care in Low Resource Settings: Examining Innovative Models and Planning For Scale Up

June 30, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
A roadside billboard in Malawi reads: “No woman should die while giving life.” But in many countries, death or grave injury during childbirth is a frequent occurrence.
Photo by Mona Youssef

The Iranian Nuclear Deal and the Impact on its Neighbors

June 23, 2014 // 9:30am — 12:30pm
Five experts examine the implications that a potential Iranian nuclear deal would have on the region, particularly the Persian Gulf states.

What to Expect from the Al-Sisi Presidency

June 16, 2014 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was sworn in on June 8. In his inauguration speech, al-Sisi spoke of his intent to lead Egypt in an inclusive manner. Khattab, who lives in Egypt, Ottaway, who recently returned from Egypt, and Shahin share their opinions of what the future of Egypt will hold.

Europe, the U.S., and Africa: New Interests, Initiatives, and Partners

June 12, 2014 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
In the past, the world scrambled for Africa to win slaves, territory, and resources. Today, the world scrambles with Africa to do business in global markets. Ludger Kühnhardt, a Global Fellow with the Center’s Global Europe Program, launches his new book Africa Consensus: New Interests, Initiatives, and Partners. Kühnhardt argues that new African politics, African regional institutions, and global demand for partnerships in trade and security will lead the continent to new relationships with the United States, the European Union, and a number of emerging economies.

Protecting the Russian Environment: Challenges, Attitudes, and Public Health

June 10, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Russia is home to some of the world’s most polluted industrial sites, and Russians themselves are commonly perceived as ambivalent about steps necessary to protect the environment, especially if such steps might come at the cost of jobs. The speakers assessed current social concern in Russia over the environment, with particular attention paid to regional differences.

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