5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Tapping the Potential of Displaced Youth in Urban Settings

December 13, 2012 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
“When young people claim their right to education and health – including sexual and reproductive health – they increase their opportunities to become a powerful force for economic development and positive change,” said Nicole Gaertner, of UN Refugee Agency and the U.S. Department of State, quoting Secretary of State Hilary Clinton at the Wilson Center.
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Iran: Is a Nuclear Deal Possible?

December 17, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:15pm
Negotiations between Iran and the 5+1 group over Iran's nuclear program may resume in the next few weeks; and the Obama administration has reaffirmed its readiness for direct negotiations with Iran over a range of issues. From Tehran, however, the response has been mixed, with senior officials both rejecting and signaling a willingness to engage in direct talks with the United States. Is a nuclear deal with Iran possible, or are the two sides moving toward a confrontation? Three top experts in the field debate the issue.

Transboundary Environmental Security in the Mekong River Basin

December 06, 2012 // 9:00am — 11:00am
Existing, planned and under construction dams in the Mekong River Basin look like domino game. Dams are but one major pressure on ecosystems in the basin, where resource provision and water management are increasing and projected to worsen over the next several decades. Many of these issues cross state borders and the data are clear: state unilateralism cannot solve transboundary problems.

A Safe and Smart Border

December 12, 2012 // 9:00am — 12:00pm
Please join the Canada Institute for the launch of its 15th One Issue, Two Voices publication exploring the recent attempts to make the Canada-U.S. border safer and more efficient. American author Christopher Sands, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, and Canadian author Laura Dawson, President of Dawson Strategic, will discuss the findings of their respective essays and offer analysis on the progress of negotiations on both Beyond the Border and the Regulatory Cooperation Council.

Women’s Leadership in Times of Political Transitions: Some Lessons from Kyrgyzstan

December 13, 2012 // 9:30am — 10:30am
Her Excellency Roza Otunbayeva, former President of the Kyrgyz Republic, will speak on women's leadership in times of political transitions.

A 21st Century NORAD? How Canada and the United States can confront our shared cyber threat

December 05, 2012 // 1:00pm — 2:30pm
Experts expect that cyber attacks from hostile nations and rogue actors will represent one of the most dangerous threats to Canada and the United States in the coming decades. The perils are numerous and the consequences are severe for such an attack. However, there are many measures that both nations can take, individually and collectively, to ensure peace and prosperity, free from the threat of a "cyber Pearl Harbor" disaster. The Canada Institute is pleased to host a distinguished panel to discuss these threats as well as the most effective measures and best practices that the private and public sector actors can use to make both countries more secure.

Staying Ahead of the Economic Curve: Taiwan and Its Rivals in East Asia and Beyond

December 13, 2012 // 3:30pm — 5:30pm
Nearly two decades have passed since the World Bank published its landmark East Asian Miracle, citing the economic success of the region based on productivity, strategic policies, and good governance. East Asia remains an economic powerhouse, but questions arise as to how economies like Taiwan can continue to grow amid intensifying global competition and sluggishness in the technology industry.

Is Europe facing a new Era? The Treaty on Stability and the Struggle for Economic Sovereignty in a Political Perspective

December 06, 2012 // 3:00pm — 4:00pm
The current European crisis is not only the crisis of a single country or the crisis of a small group of countries; this crisis is structural. It is not a crisis similar to the 1929 crisis, or similar to the crisis of the 70s. To face it the European Union (without the United Kingdom) has agreed to sign a Treaty on Stability, which is intended to provide economic measures to reduce public debt and to control public finance. This system, however, has a critical weakness: it perpetuates the gap existing between a fully integrated economic system and independent political decision making on the part of EU member states.

The Chinese Economy: Growth Prospects and Current Challenges

December 05, 2012 // 9:00am — 10:30am
Economic growth in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has been slowing down since the onset of the global financial crisis. Does this represent the start of a new and downward growth trend? Can the PRC maintain a growth rate of eight percent in the near future?

The Political Economy of Tax Reform in Latin America

December 11, 2012 // 8:30am — 1:00pm
This conference was a follow-up of an effort to help foster public debate and brainstorm concrete ways to mitigate the adverse effects of indirect taxation on the poor and reverse the high rates of tax evasion among the wealthy.

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