5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Who Leads the Arab World?

November 30, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:30pm
The Arab Spring is shifting the balance of power in the Arab World. Egypt's pre-eminence among Arab states is under challenge from Qatar and Saudi Arabia. In this period of crisis and change, who will speak for, and lead, the Arab states?

Worldwide Views on Biodiversity: A Case Study of Technology Assessment and Public Participation

December 06, 2012 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
During this event we will explore one approach to pTA, the World Wide Views exercise on Biodiversity, a global citizen consultation held in 25 countries on September 15, 2012 that provided input to the Eleventh Council of Parties of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.

Forced Labor in Modern Russia: Questions about Legal Responsibility and the Protection of Worker’s Rights

December 10, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Prohibition of forced labor is one of the fundamental principles of labor law in Russian Federation. However, the analysis of enforcement practice shows that this principle remains declarative. The Labor Code provisions concerning individual labor disputes stipulates no specific measures to protect worker’s rights in forced labor cases. Alisa Oblezova, Fulbright-Kennan Institute Research Scholar and Senior Lecturer, Labor Law and Social Security Department, Perm State University, investigates the different questions concerning employer’s liability for the use of forced labor, as well as methods for the protection of workers, including migrant workers, and makes an overview of proposed amendments to current legislation.

Legal Reform and the Fight against Corruption in Russia’s Regions

December 05, 2012 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
Sergei Leonov, a lawyer in the forefront of anti-corruption efforts by Russia’s business community, will speak about his practical experience pushing for the reform of laws that give rise to corruption. A vice president at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Saratov Region, Leonov will also speak about the Russian government’s efforts to combat corruption plaguing business and the gap between rhetoric and reality.

Defining American Priorities in the Middle East

November 20, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:30pm
From Iran to Syria, to an unresolved Israeli–Palestinian issue, the Obama administration faces some extraordinary challenges in the Middle East that are likely to make 2013 a critical year. How does the United States prioritize its objectives? Is it realistic to think about solutions to these problems, or are managed outcomes more relevant?

November Meeting of the Federal Games Group

November 14, 2012 // 1:30pm — 2:30pm
Meeting of the Federal Games Group
Photo by Mona Youssef

Lebanon and the Arab World in Transition

November 14, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Fuad Siniora, former Prime Minister of Lebanon, discussed the dynamism of the Arab Spring and expressed optimism that current trends can lead to greater dialogue and democracy in the Middle East.

Climate, Youth, and Land Markets in Urban Areas: A Policy Workshop

November 02, 2012 // 9:00am — 11:30am
Recognizing a need to strengthen the ties between urban policymaking and scholarly work on urban development, and to disseminate evidence-based programming, the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Comparative Urban Studies Project, USAID’s Urban Programs Team, the International Housing Coalition, Cities Alliance, and the World Bank co-sponsored a third annual academic paper competition, "Reducing Urban Poverty." Join us in a discussion with four of the winning authors as they receive commentary on their work by expert practitioners from the field.

Euro-Atlantic Integration and Ethno-nationalism – Two Dynamics at Work in Bosnia and Herzegovina

November 16, 2012 // 9:00am — 10:00am
Bosnia and Herzegovina still has the potential to catch up with other countries in the region on the Euro-Atlantic path and to achieve sustainable peace and prosperity. Valentin Inzko, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, will discuss the international and domestic factors that may facilitate, or impede the country's Euro-Atlantic integraton.

Crisis of Democracy or Renaissance of Authoritarinism? Authoritarian Challenges to New Democracies in the Western Balkans

November 14, 2012 // 3:30pm — 4:30pm
In the last few years and in the course of global crisis we have been observing growing authoritarian challenges to New Democracies in the Western Balkans. Such crisis changes the political landscape of the region resulting in an adaptation of political elites and modes of rule, and seeking for new tools to retain power and secure the legitimacy in the eyes of the citizenry. Vedran Dzihic, assistant professor at the Institute of Political Sciences at the University of Vienna, argues that current regimes in the Western Balkans increasingly seek answers to the political crisis by combining democratic with (newly) authoritarian practices and policies.

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