5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

A Path to Win the War on Pollution? Environmental Law Reform in China

April 14, 2015 // 9:00am — 11:00am
The pressure on polluters in China is likely to intensify with the revisions of the Air Pollution Prevention and Control Law and moving towards the creation of a national framework for emissions trading.

China 1945 / U.S.-China 2015

April 08, 2015 // 1:30pm — 3:00pm
Richard Bernstein’s new book, China 1945, explores the histories, interests, assumptions, and personalities that shaped bilateral relations for three decades in the final year of World War II. His gripping study asks whether an opportunity to forge productive relations with the PRC was “lost” by China hands and American leaders, or whether the United States of the mid-20th Century was faced with an essentially Chinese drama in which it could play only a minor role.

Call the Midwife: A Conversation About the Rising Global Midwifery Movement

March 23, 2015 // 9:00am — 4:30pm
Speakers from around the world and across the reproductive health community are coming together to discuss the global midwifery movement.

Criminal Justice in an Emerging Democracy: Perspectives from Mexico's Inmates

March 27, 2015 // 9:00am — 10:30am
The Mexico Institute was pleased to host an event on Mexico's criminal justice reform, focusing on the inmates' perspectives.

Murdering Patrice Lumumba

March 30, 2015 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
When Belgium relinquished control of the Belgian Congo in June 1960, a charismatic Patrice Lumumba became prime minister of the new Republic. Stability immediately broke down. The army mutinied, while Katanga Province seceded. Six months later Lumumba was murdered in Katanga; his undisputed rule as Congo’s first democratically elected leader had lasted ten weeks. Over fifty years later, the circumstances and symbolism of Lumumba’s assassination still troubled people around the world. Bruce Kuklick examines this defining event in postcolonial Africa. He reveals a tangled international political history in which many people—black and white, well-meaning and ruthless, African, European, and American—bear responsibility for the untimely death of a national dream.

Iraq: Now and After ISIS

April 02, 2015 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Ambassador Sumaida’ie, who recently returned from Iraq, will discuss the evolution of the struggle in Iraq is both complex and consequential. The outcome is going to be a major factor in determining the future shape of the region, and will have a significant impact on global geopolitics. The United States as well as other players should have a clear eyed assessment of where things are heading, and what needs to be done if the direction of events is not palatable.

The War in Ukraine: The Roots of Russian Conduct

March 19, 2015 // 10:00am — 11:30am
A year after the annexation of Crimea and the start of hostilities in Eastern Ukraine, the sequence of events leading up to the crisis are well established. Yet these events find their origins in Russia's recent and distant past, as well as the EU's image of a modern, post-WWII Europe.

Atomic Aversion and Just War Principles

April 24, 2015 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Scott Sagan, 2015 awardee of the National Academy of Science’s Estes Award, will speak at the Wilson Center’s Nonproliferation Forum on “Atomic Aversion and Just War Principles: New Evidence on US Public Opinion”

Pakistan's Intensified Countermilitancy Push: Real Deal or False Hope

April 02, 2015 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
After the terrorist attack on an army-run school in Peshawar in December 2014, Pakistan vowed to step up efforts to combat militancy, and to eliminate its policy of distinguishing between “good” and “bad” militants. Some observers, however, are skeptical that lasting progress will be made.

Facing Terrorism: A Lebanese Perspective

March 25, 2015 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Lebanon is surprisingly quiet while the region around it is literally burning. The country is facing many challenges, from the vacancy in the presidency to Hezbollah’s involvement in the fight in Syria to the presence of over one million Syrian refugees. Because of the government’s war on terror, Lebanon has succeeded in keeping a lid on the sources of tension in the country while fighting extremism and fending off terrorism. Interior Minister Machnouk, a key figure in this fight to keep the country stable and secure, discusses fighting extremism in Lebanon and how to keep Lebanon from becoming involved in the surrounding wars.

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