5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Security and Economic Opportunity in Sinaloa

October 25, 2012 // 2:30pm — 3:30pm
Governor Lopez Valdez will discuss crime prevention strategies that have been implemented in Sinaloa in addition to the opportunities for cross border trade and economic cooperation with the U.S. Sinaloa is a large exporter of vegetable produce to the U.S. Please join us for a discussion with Gov. Lopez Valdez.

Pakistan's Nuclear Posture

October 19, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:30pm
This meeting featuring Michael Krepon of The Stimson Center, is part of an ongoing series co-sponsored with the Los Alamos National Laboratory that provides a forum for policy specialists from Congress and the Executive, business, academia, and journalism to exchange information and share perspectives on current nonproliferation issues.

Strategic Steps for Global Action on Maternal Health Medicines

October 23, 2012 // 9:30am — 11:30am
“We know maternal health medicines are safe, we know they’re effective, we know they’re essential to keeping women healthy throughout pregnancy and childbirth,” said Kristy Kade at the Wilson Center on October 23. But lack of supply, poor quality, and misuse means they do not always help the women who need them.

A Debate: Is the American Economy in Decline?

October 18, 2012 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
Please join us for a compelling debate that explores these two competing interpretations and examines what the United States needs to do to restore robust economic growth. Robert Atkinson and Ed Luce will debate the affirmative, based on arguments from their books Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage and Time to Start Thinking, arguing the U.S. economy is suffering from underlying structural weaknesses which will continue to comprise America’s economic competitiveness until addressed. Dan Gross will counter that the decline of the American economy has been much exaggerated and that the U.S. economy remains structurally sound and is in fact poised for rapid growth once the financial crisis abates, as he argues in Better, Stronger, Faster: The Myth of American Decline . . . and the Rise of a New Economy.

Croatia and Serbia: Two New Governments, Two Sets of Challenges

October 26, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
This presentation will discuss political changes that the two new governments elected to office in Croatia in November 2011 and in Serbia in May 2012 bring to the landscape of political parties, regional cooperation and EU accession politics in South Eastern Europe.
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Iran, Palestine, and the Arab Spring: The View from Israel

October 18, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:30pm
The Middle East is churning – Iran, Syria, Libya, Egypt, and the Israeli-Palestinian issue. Rarely had there been a period this complex with so many moving parts. Join us as Efraim Halevy, former Director of Mossad and one of Israel’s most preeminent strategic thinkers, talks about developments in the region and their implications for Israel and the United States.

Iran, Iraq, and the GCC: New Realities in Persian Gulf Security

September 28, 2012 // 9:00am — 12:00pm
As Iraq strengthens its political, defense, and security capabilities, Iran’s claims to hegemony in the Gulf and over Iraq appear to be weakening. Professors David Siddhartha Patel, Mohsen Milani, and F. Gregory Gause will examine Iraqi, Iranian, and Gulf Arab perceptions of a shifting balance of power in the region and its implications for strategic planning and regional stability. Roy Mottahedeh will analyze the role and influence of the Shi’a clerics and institutions in Iraq and Iran on politics and governance.

Programmatic and Policy Recommendations for Addressing Obstetric Fistula and Uterine Prolapse

September 27, 2012 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Obstetric fistula is “not just a medical issue, but a human issue,” said Dr. Luc de Bernis, senior maternal health advisor at UNFPA, during a September 27 panel discussion at the Wilson Center. Obstetric fistula, a hole in the birth canal that can develop between the vagina and the bladder and/or rectum during prolonged labor without proper medical intervention, is preventable and treatable but continues to affect more than two million women worldwide, mostly in developing countries where women lack access to cesarean services. Women stricken with it face severe pain and suffering, social stigmatization, and usually give birth to a stillborn child.
The National Broadband Map: A Case Study on Open Innovation for National Policy

The National Broadband Map: A Case Study on Open Innovation for National Policy

October 15, 2012 // 9:30am — 11:00am
Join Michael Byrne of the Federal Communications Commission and Zachary Bastian of Commons Lab for a panel discussion announcing a whitepaper on the National Broadband Map. Keynote speaker Haley Van Dyck of the Executive Office of the President, Sean Gorman of Esri, Greg Elin of the Federal Communications Commission, and Presidential Innovation Fellow Ben Balter discuss the project as an example of open innovation, crowdsourcing, and government transparency.

The Role of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Industrialization of the Republic of Korea during the Park Chung Hee Era

October 05, 2012 // 2:00pm — 3:00pm
Meung-Hoan Noh (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies) will present on the relationship between West Germany and South Korea's industrialization during the Park Chung Hee era.

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