5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

The Future of the Russian-American Security Dialogue after the Ukrainian Crisis

April 29, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:00pm
Power politics seem to be back in Europe, pulling the U.S.-Russian relationship back into a standoff reminiscent of the Cold War. Despite renewed confrontation over Ukraine, the US and Russia still have fundamentally compatible views on threats such as transnational crime, terrorism, proliferation of WMD and sensitive technologies, man-made disasters, piracy, illegal cyber activity, drug trafficking, and climate change. What is in store for U.S.-Russian cooperation on these challenges in the wake of the Ukraine crisis? Is a common security agenda vis-à-vis these threats still possible?

Twin Challenges to Peace and Stability in Africa and to U.S. Policy: Boko Haram in Nigeria and Civil Conflict in South Sudan

May 02, 2014 // 10:00am — 12:00pm
A discussion about the policy implications of the violent actions of Nigeria's Boko Haram and civil unrest in South Sudan.

The Source of Financial Crisis

May 01, 2014 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
There have been four waves of financial crisis in the last thirty years. Each wave involved the failure of a significant number of banks in three, four, or more countries at about the same time. Moreover, the prices of the currencies of most these countries that were impacted in each wave declined, and many of the borrowers defaulted on their liabilities denominated in the U.S. dollar, the Euro, or some other foreign currency.

Can Social Accountability Help Ensure Rights and Better Participation in Maternal Health Services?

May 05, 2014 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
Over the last two decades, social accountability has emerged as a strategy to make health services more responsive to community needs. It’s an approach that creates a space for “interaction between citizen engagement and government responsiveness,” said Jonathan Fox, professor of international development at American University at the Wilson Center May 5.
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The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Region: Improving Policy Outcomes Through Research and Engagement

April 17, 2014 // 9:00am — 12:15pm
The Great Lakes-St Lawrence Basin contains 18 percent of the world's freshwater and is home to 42 million people. While these waters are essential to Canada and the United States' quality of life, the current state and future sustainability of the basin continue to challenge policy makers. Please join the Wilson Center's Canada Institute and Environmental Change and Security Program and the Great Lakes Policy Research Network for a half-day conference dedicated to bringing government, non-government, private sector, community organizations, and other stakeholders together to discuss the vital issue of Great Lakes environmental governance.

Innovation, Brain Drain, and the Politics of Russian Higher Education Reform

April 23, 2014 // 9:00am — 12:30pm
Russian higher education has done more to integrate western norms and standards than virtually any other national institution. Yet Russia’s universities and research institutes continue to face economic and political headwinds that raise questions about their ability to compete in a global marketplace. The Kennan Institute conducted a conference on April 23rd that addressed the challenges confronting Russian higher education and how Russian universities interact with their international counterparts.

Latin American Populism in the Twenty-First Century: Update Venezuela

April 11, 2014 // 9:00am — 11:00am
About the nature of populism in Latin America and its most recent radical manifestations.

The United States, Trade Remedies, and the WTO: What’s Next?

May 08, 2014 // 9:00am — 11:00am
In recent years, American trade remedies have been particularly controversial. No safeguard has ever been found to be WTO-consistent. Indeed, with the expiry of the softwood lumber agreement between Canada and the U.S. in 2015, trade remedy issues are certain to remain a central issue for American trade negotiators going forward. Please join the Canada Institute in welcoming a panel of the leading authorities on global trade remedies to discuss a range of issues pertaining to how the United States has addressed trade remedies in the past and what concerns may arise in future.

Citizen Security in Brazil: Progress and Challenges

March 28, 2014 // 9:00am — 12:00pm
This event explored recent efforts to promote citizen security in Brazil’s urban areas, including the attempts to build more peaceful communities from the ground up.

Ethnonationalist Conflict in Postcommunist States

April 29, 2014 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Why do ethnonational conflicts reach different degrees of violence? Why does violence continue to reoccur even after strong international intervention for conflict-resolution and democratization? To answer these questions, Maria Koinova combines research on civil wars with the study of non-violent majority-minority disputes by examining 5 degrees of violence in three cases – Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Kosovo – over a 20-year period.

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