5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Supply & Safety: Monitoring Imported Food

February 05, 2013 // 9:30am — 11:00am
According to the USDA about 15% of all food eaten by Americans is imported. With the growing globalization of our nation's food supply, imported food safety has become a national concern.

Reforming the Ranks: Assessing Police Reform Efforts in Mexico

February 12, 2013 // 9:00am — 10:30am
Please join us for this expert panel, which will discuss the current state of police reform in Mexico, issues that the Peña Nieto government must address to create strong and accountable federal security forces, and ways the United States might support these efforts.

Roundtable Discussion on the Future of U.S. Global Media

February 12, 2013 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
In any given week, from North Korea to Iran and across the Middle East, from China to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Myanmar, through Africa and India to Russia, Belarus, Central Asia and Cuba, 165 million people—equivalent to more than half the U.S. population—tune into the radio and television programs of U.S. International Broadcasting (USIB) by satellite, Internet and in some cases cooperating local radio stations. After more than half a century, Congressionally-funded U.S. broadcasting remains the leading edge of American soft power—the principal means by which the United States speaks directly to less free and impoverished nations.

Let the Games Begin: Videogames as a Development Tool

January 25, 2013 // 10:00am — 12:00pm
Co-sponsored by STIP's Serious Games Initiative and USAID

The Peace Process in Colombia

January 30, 2013 // 9:00am — 11:00am
A discussion on the Peace Process in Colombia led by Enrique Santos Calderón, brother of the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos.

Redefining Japan-Korea Relations: Shinzo Abe, Park Geun-Hye, and Security in the Asia-Pacific Region

January 31, 2013 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
With both Japan and Korea electing new leaderships last month, how Prime Minister Abe and President-Elect Park will be able to improve bilateral relations is under close scrutiny. While continued threats from North Korea and China’s ever-growing military clout should bring the two countries closer together, ongoing territorial disputes and other issues still prove to be stumbling blocks in improving diplomatic ties. What are the challenges to relations between Japan and Korea in the longer-term? How will the U.S. pivot to Asia impact Tokyo and Seoul’s respective roles in ensuring stability in the Asia-Pacific region?

Permanently Besieged: Agrarian Uzbeks and the Conundrum of Independence

January 17, 2013 // 3:30pm — 5:30pm
Spotlight on Central Eurasia Series // Russell Zanca, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Northeastern Illinois University, depicts the cultural changes and continuities that have occurred as a result of Uzbekistan's recent political independence from the Soviet Union. This case study examines how the agrarian population has faced unremitting material hardships, brutal state repression, leaving the major opportunity for the youth and able-bodied has been either migration to cities or to countries abroad.

The Significance of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation for America

January 28, 2013 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
What were Lincoln’s motives in deciding for general emancipation? The emancipation itself changed the nature of the war. It reflected a fundamental change in Lincoln’s own thinking about the relationship of slavery to the war as well as the future place of blacks in American life.

The Political Challenges of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

January 24, 2013 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
On Thursday, January 24, a panel discusses the obstacles facing President Dilma Rousseff.

Green Innovation in China: Book Launch and Panel Discussion

January 29, 2013 // 9:00am — 11:00am
The development of wind power in China provides valuable insight into how cooperation and technology transfer has contributed to the fast-growing wind industry in the Middle Kingdom, which plays an important role in continuing the Chinese and global fight against climate change. On January 29, three leading experts on U.S.-China technology cooperation, Joanna I. Lewis, Levi Tillemann, and Banning Garrett, spoke at the China Environment Forum event on the development of U.S.-China collaboration on green technology, and its importance on climate change, innovation and other global issues.

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