5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Pakistan-India Trade: What Needs to be Done? What Does it Matter?

April 23, 2012 // 9:45am — 4:15pm
A major conference on the Pakistan-India trade relationship, with emphasis on the MFN agreement and beyond. Features speakers from Pakistan and India.

Educating for Democracy: The Case of the European Humanities University

May 08, 2012 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
This luncheon program will convey the continuing impact of the European Humanities University (EHU) through exchanges with current EHU students and remarks from the university’s founding rector, Anatoli Mikhailov and Eurasia Foundation President, Horton Beebe-Center. The students, a live example of civic education in action, will help to focus the session on the challenges and rewards of educating a rising generation, especially in a state with an authoritarian government.

The Future of South Asian Security: Prospects for a Nontraditional Regional Architecture?

April 11, 2012 // 9:00am — 12:00pm
“The nontraditional security threats of tomorrow could themselves become sources of future traditional conflict if they’re not effectively addressed today,” said Mahin Karim.

What to Do About Syria?

May 09, 2012 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
Options for resolving the Syrian crisis run from bad to worse. How should the international community respond to the regime’s crackdown, sectarian conflict and Kofi Annan’s diplomacy?

Principles for the Oversight of Synthetic Biology: Is the Precautionary Principle Needed?

April 18, 2012 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
In March 2012, Friends of the Earth, the International Center for Technology Assessment, and ETC Group released a report on “The Principles for the Oversight of Synthetic Biology.”

Increasing Oil Demand in China: Rising Risks and International Consequences

April 24, 2012 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Watch the webcast, download the podcast, or read a summary of the event here!

Book Event: Eating Bitterness-Stories from the Front Lines of China's Great Urban Migration

April 24, 2012 // 9:00am — 10:30am
Every year over 200 million peasants flock to China’s urban centers, providing a profusion of cheap labor that helps fuel the country’s staggering economic growth. Award-winning journalist Michelle Dammon Loyalka follows the trials and triumphs of eight such migrants,offering an inside look at the pain, self-sacrifice, and uncertainty underlying China’s dramatic national transformation.

Politics and the Judiciary in Northeast Asia

April 17, 2012 // 3:30pm — 5:30pm
On April 26, the Tokyo District Court is expected to hand down a ruling in the case of Ichiro Ozawa, accused of breaking electoral finance law. The Ozawa case, likely to end in the acquittal of the veteran lawmaker, resulted in his resignation as head of the Democratic Party of Japan just as he was poised to become the nation’s prime minister. Critics of the case have charged that this raises serious questions about the relationship between the courts and the political world in Japan. Scholars of legal practice in Northeast Asia have noted that other judiciaries in the region have also assumed a more active political role in recent decades. The courts were key actors, for example, in Taiwan’s movements towards democratization, but more recently have been accused of meddling in the island’s politics by convicting former Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian on bribery charges. In Korea, meanwhile, judges have been actively involved in discussions about such issues as relocation of the capital, which have traditionally been dealt with in the political realm. Do such cases constitute a “judicialization” of politics in Northeast Asian countries, and if so, what are the ramifications for democratic rule in these nations?

Whither Pakistan-U.S. Relations? Looking Toward the Afghan Endgame and 2014

April 10, 2012 // 11:00am — 12:30pm
Reluctant allies, Pakistan and the US grudgingly need each other to reach shared goals: keeping Al Qaeda out of Afghanistan and structuring an orderly withdrawal of NATO forces. Wilson Center expert Zahid Hussain offers ways to thaw what right now is a “frozen” relationship.

The Working Group on the Western Balkans: Setting an Agenda for Transatlantic Cooperation

November 29, 2011 // 10:00am — 3:00pm
The EU and the US agree that the long-term goal for the Western Balkans is European integration. For a variety of reasons, however, progress on this goal has stalled. This series aims at launching a discussion on the hurdles to enlargement in the Western Balkans, the tools available to various international actors in the region, and how these resources might best be applied to reach the goal of integration most efficiently. These meetings, therefore, address issues that are at the core of the making the Transatlantic relationship work.

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