5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

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.

Russia’s New Foreign Policy

November 18, 2014 // 11:00am — 12:00pm
Russia’s incorporation of Crimea and continuing support for armed separatists in Ukraine demonstrates the changes the Russian national identity has undergone in the last two years. This talk focused on the dramatic revisions in Russia’s foreign policy doctrine since Putin’s return to power, looking at the specific worldview and major ideological conceptions that have prompted this change.

The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the Revolutionary World, and the Fate of Empire

November 17, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Britain seemingly should have won the Revolutionary War. Its failure to do so is commonly assumed to be due to the incompetence of commanders and the politicians who are ridiculed in fiction and in movies. Although less crudely presented, such caricatures even permeate scholarly literature. The talk will challenge the stereotypes and offer a very different explanation of why Britain lost the American War of Independence.

Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal

December 02, 2014 // 4:00pm — 6:00pm
Launch of the Latin America and the Caribbean regional report of the World Bank ’s global “Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal.”

Jerusalem in Crisis? A Conversation with Danny Seidemann

December 01, 2014 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Are we on the verge of another sustained Israeli-Palestinian confrontation along the lines of 1987-1992 or 2000-2004? Why has Jerusalem become the focus of the current tensions and violence, and what if anything can be done about it? Join us for fascinating conversation with one of Israel’s foremost experts on the city and its political and physical landscape.

New Approaches to Understanding and Engaging North Korea

November 21, 2014 // 3:00pm — 4:00pm
North Korea is often portrayed as a “hermit kingdom,” its politics inscrutable, and its doors closed to outside influence. However, this dynamic of isolation has begun to erode, thanks in part to scholars and practitioners who have carved out new ways to study North Korea and engage with its people. At the event, young professionals in the field will discuss the various ways in which they have carved out new terrain for working on North Korean issues through archival research, economic training, student exchanges, and leadership studies.

Capping China’s Coal

November 24, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:15am
In the U.S.-China climate and energy cooperation deal signed in Beijing last week, China’s president Xi Jinping committed to capping CO2 emissions by 2030. To delve behind the headlines, at the November 24th meeting CEF is featuring speakers from the Natural Resources Defense Council, WWF, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to discuss new and emerging policies and international partnerships that aim to help China reach the national coal consumption cap by 2020.

The Promise and Perils of Sino-U.S. Educational Relations

December 12, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:30am
Educational relations have been an index and vector of national power, culture, and institutional practices since the United States first used Boxer Indemnity funds to offer scholarships to Chinese students in 1911. Today, educational questions are again central to U.S.-China relations, although they are usually relegated to a secondary position in policy discussions. Yong Zhao and Karin Fischer joined the Kissinger Institute in launching a new effort to make education a central bilateral concern on December 12, 2014. Watch the discussion here!

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