5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Strategic Steps for Global Action on Maternal Health Medicines

October 23, 2012 // 9:30am — 11:30am
“We know maternal health medicines are safe, we know they’re effective, we know they’re essential to keeping women healthy throughout pregnancy and childbirth,” said Kristy Kade at the Wilson Center on October 23. But lack of supply, poor quality, and misuse means they do not always help the women who need them.

A Debate: Is the American Economy in Decline?

October 18, 2012 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
Please join us for a compelling debate that explores these two competing interpretations and examines what the United States needs to do to restore robust economic growth. Robert Atkinson and Ed Luce will debate the affirmative, based on arguments from their books Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage and Time to Start Thinking, arguing the U.S. economy is suffering from underlying structural weaknesses which will continue to comprise America’s economic competitiveness until addressed. Dan Gross will counter that the decline of the American economy has been much exaggerated and that the U.S. economy remains structurally sound and is in fact poised for rapid growth once the financial crisis abates, as he argues in Better, Stronger, Faster: The Myth of American Decline . . . and the Rise of a New Economy.

Croatia and Serbia: Two New Governments, Two Sets of Challenges

October 26, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
This presentation will discuss political changes that the two new governments elected to office in Croatia in November 2011 and in Serbia in May 2012 bring to the landscape of political parties, regional cooperation and EU accession politics in South Eastern Europe.
photo by Mona Youssef

Iran, Palestine, and the Arab Spring: The View from Israel

October 18, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:30pm
The Middle East is churning – Iran, Syria, Libya, Egypt, and the Israeli-Palestinian issue. Rarely had there been a period this complex with so many moving parts. Join us as Efraim Halevy, former Director of Mossad and one of Israel’s most preeminent strategic thinkers, talks about developments in the region and their implications for Israel and the United States.

Iran, Iraq, and the GCC: New Realities in Persian Gulf Security

September 28, 2012 // 9:00am — 12:00pm
As Iraq strengthens its political, defense, and security capabilities, Iran’s claims to hegemony in the Gulf and over Iraq appear to be weakening. Professors David Siddhartha Patel, Mohsen Milani, and F. Gregory Gause will examine Iraqi, Iranian, and Gulf Arab perceptions of a shifting balance of power in the region and its implications for strategic planning and regional stability. Roy Mottahedeh will analyze the role and influence of the Shi’a clerics and institutions in Iraq and Iran on politics and governance.

Programmatic and Policy Recommendations for Addressing Obstetric Fistula and Uterine Prolapse

September 27, 2012 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Obstetric fistula is “not just a medical issue, but a human issue,” said Dr. Luc de Bernis, senior maternal health advisor at UNFPA, during a September 27 panel discussion at the Wilson Center. Obstetric fistula, a hole in the birth canal that can develop between the vagina and the bladder and/or rectum during prolonged labor without proper medical intervention, is preventable and treatable but continues to affect more than two million women worldwide, mostly in developing countries where women lack access to cesarean services. Women stricken with it face severe pain and suffering, social stigmatization, and usually give birth to a stillborn child.
The National Broadband Map: A Case Study on Open Innovation for National Policy

The National Broadband Map: A Case Study on Open Innovation for National Policy

October 15, 2012 // 9:30am — 11:00am
Join Michael Byrne of the Federal Communications Commission and Zachary Bastian of Commons Lab for a panel discussion announcing a whitepaper on the National Broadband Map. Keynote speaker Haley Van Dyck of the Executive Office of the President, Sean Gorman of Esri, Greg Elin of the Federal Communications Commission, and Presidential Innovation Fellow Ben Balter discuss the project as an example of open innovation, crowdsourcing, and government transparency.

The Role of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Industrialization of the Republic of Korea during the Park Chung Hee Era

October 05, 2012 // 2:00pm — 3:00pm
Meung-Hoan Noh (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies) will present on the relationship between West Germany and South Korea's industrialization during the Park Chung Hee era.
Photo by Mona Youssef

The Middle East in Transition: A Lebanese Perspective

September 21, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:15pm
The region is in the midst of a historic but turbulent transition. Almost all the region's fault lines are in flux. Shia versus Sunnis; Iran versus its many enemies; militant Islam versus moderate Islam; and the Syrian dictatorship versus its own people, let alone the perennial Israel versus the Palestinians. While these are regional fault lines, nowhere do they all collide together the way they do in Lebanon - with potentially great ramifications for the country's security, its politics, and its future. Chatah will address these conflicts and related policy questions for Lebanon, for the rest of the region, and for the United States.

Maintaining the Momentum: Highlights from the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning

September 17, 2012 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
This summer, 26 countries and private donors met at the London Summit on Family Planning to pledge $2.6 billion to expand family planning services to 120 million more women in the poorest countries around the world. But while the summit renewed focus on reproductive health with its ambitious target, “we’re now at that point where we have to really sit down and work through” how to achieve that goal, said Julia Bunting.

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