5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Getting Past Megacities: How Peri-Urban Has Become the New City Center

May 15, 2012 // 10:00am — 12:00pm
Half of the world’s seven billion people currently live in cities, one billion of them in informal settlements; the United Nations projects that the global urban population will expand to as many as five billion over the next two decades. As a result of failing rural economies, conflicts, material inequalities, gentrification, and other urban development programs, people are moving into, out of, and through cities in search of profit, protection, and passage elsewhere.

Justice Reform in Latin America: Why Is It So Difficult?

May 01, 2012 // 9:00am — 11:30am
Efforts to strengthen the rule of law and reform judicial systems have been underway in Latin America for well over 25 years. What has been learned so far? What are opportunities and obstacles to produce change?

Sex and World Peace: How the Treatment of Women Affects Development and Security

April 26, 2012 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
Valerie Hudson and Chad Emmett present their new book in which they argue that the status of women is the single most important predictive factor in determining state stability.
Hillary Clinton at G-20 Foreign Ministers Summit

Mexico and the G-20 Leader’s Summit in Los Cabos

May 01, 2012 // 2:45pm — 4:45pm
Mexico currently holds the presidency of the G-20 and will be hosting the upcoming Leader's Summit this June. There was a discussion on Mexico's approach to the G-20 presidency and the major issues on the agenda for the Los Cabos meeting.

Translating Judgments into Policy: The Influence of the European Court of Human Rights on the Russian Criminal Justice System

April 26, 2012 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
The Kennan Institute, in partnership with the ABA Rule of Law Initiative, will host a seminar consisting of leading Russian human rights experts visiting the U.S. as part of ABA ROLI’s Conditions of Confinement and Prison Reform Study Tour, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. The meeting will address Russian citizens’ use of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) as a tool for justice, its judgments on prison issues, and the court’s broader influence on the Russian judicial system.

Environmental Politics in Eurasia

April 18, 2012 // 3:30pm — 5:30pm
Spotlight on Central Eurasia Series // Laura Henry, John F. and Dorothy H. Magee Associate Professor of Government, Bowdoin College examines forest conservation and climate change issues in her research on Russia's environmental policy. How does global environmental governance influence environmental protection in Russia? Amanda Wooden, Assistant Professor of Environmental Politics & Policy, Environmental Studies Program, Bucknell University, discusses her work on the understudied issue of protest politics and the environment in Central Asia. This research sheds light on the unique and universal characteristics of environmental politics in Kyrgyzstan, and provides insight into governance and instability in the country more broadly.

Transatlantic Relations in the 21st Century

June 12, 2012 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Neither the U.S. nor Europe can afford to believe that the oft-heralded "rise of the Rest" in the 21st century must necessarily erode transatlantic relations. Current grand strategic shifts rather afford a precious opportunity to parse through the archaic vs. stubbornly indispensable facets of U.S.-European relations: and indeed to mitigate the excessive narrative of a "hegemonic transition" away from the West.

The Culture of Congress, Yesterday and Today

April 30, 2012 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Many have commented on how much Congress has changed over the last 40 years for a variety of reasons, most noticeably from the increasing importance of political parties in the legislative process and their increased polarization from each other. In this roundtable discussion, former Members, congressional staff and area political scientists will discuss the ultimate question of whether there is any way to restore a greater measure of deliberation and bipartisan national problem-solving.

Cooperation or Conflict? Contradictions in US-China Clean Energy Relations

May 09, 2012 // 10:00am — 11:30am
This CEF event features leading experts from government, industry and academia to discuss the current state of US-China clean energy relations in the wake of recent trade investigations.

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