5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Russia and Ukraine: Hybrid War in the Donbas

October 09, 2014 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
Much discussion has taken place about the political implications and outcomes of the conflict in Ukraine, but these have been shaped by military realities on the ground. Michael Kofman discussed the current military balance and the actual state of Ukraine’s military and defense industry. The tactics employed in this summer's fighting by all sides will have implications that reverberate throughout the process of ceasefire and political settlement. It is important to understand the military nuances in order to gain perspective on Ukraine's options in the future.

The AIDS Conspiracy: KGB and Stasi Disinformation

October 28, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
In the second half of the 1980s, the KGB conducted an international disinformation campaign accusing the U.S. of having artificially constructed the virus that causes AIDS at the Pentagon’s laboratory for biological warfare in Fort Detrick, Maryland. On the basis of his research with scholar Christopher Nehring in the archives of the former communist secret police in Bulgaria, Germany, and the Czech Republic, Douglas Selvage will present new details about the disinformation campaign and the key supporting role played by the KGB’s “fraternal organ,” the East German Ministry of State Security or Stasi.

Invitation Only: Workshop on Nuclear Latency, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament

October 02, 2014 // 8:30am — 6:30pm
Invitation Only: Workshop on Nuclear Latency, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament

ISIS and the End of the Middle East as We Know It

October 09, 2014 // 12:30pm — 2:00pm
While Western attention is caught by the rise of the so-called "Islamic State", the real story may be the dissolution of order in the Middle East. How do we understand ongoing political and geopolitical shifts in the region and the rise of new types of actors such as the "Islamic State"? And what, if anything, can and should Western powers do?

Innovative Training of Birth Attendants

September 30, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Early screenings for risks of complication and skilled attendants at birth are among the most critical interventions for saving the lives of women and newborns. Yet many poor women, living in mostly rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, go without.

Three Great Ideas that Weren't on the UNGA Agenda

September 29, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
With the Millennium Development Goals coming to a close and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under consideration, the international community has a unique opportunity to define the next priorities for global development. Coming on the heels of this year’s United Nations General Assembly meeting, a panel of three development experts will discuss key issues that are underrepresented – or missing altogether – on the SDG agenda: climate change, peace and governance, and reproductive health.

The UK Strategic Nuclear Deterrent and the Chevaline Program: An Overview

October 03, 2014 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
Matthew Jones speaks on the Chevaline Program, a highly-secret project begun in 1970 to improve the penetration performance of the UK's force of Polaris submarine-launched ballistic missiles in order to give them the capability to overcome Soviet ABM defenses deployed around Moscow. The event will explore the program's background, its problems, and how it became one of the most controversial episodes in post-war British defense policy.

The History of the Future of Syria

October 06, 2014 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Over the past four years, Syria and the entire Middle East have witnessed unprecedented changes. This lecture will look back on these events in the expectation of determining what may come next. Special attention will be paid to U.S. foreign policy, the growth and proliferation of terrorist organizations such as ISIS, the fate of minorities in the region, and the state of cultural patrimony.

Pakistan’s Biggest Challenge: Turning Around a Broken Education System

October 08, 2014 // 9:00am — 4:00pm
Over a third of Pakistan’s population is under the age of 15, yet it has the world’s second-highest number of children out of school. Pakistan’s youth could be the nation’s greatest asset—or its biggest liability.

Turkey after the Elections: Identity, Democracy and Foreign Policy

September 22, 2014 // 2:00pm — 4:00pm
Turkey has had two important elections in 2014 and general elections are expected in June 2015. Prime Minister Davutoğlu has set targets for substantial developments in political, economic and foreign policy realms. In addition, pressing events in the region may force Turkey to take action outside its borders. This panel will address Turkey’s current domestic and foreign policy challenges in this wider context.

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