5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

The End of Multiculturalism in Europe? Migrants, Refugees and their Integration

May 24, 2012 // 9:00am — 3:00pm
In spite of the economic need for migrant labor and a tradition of embracing multi-culturalism, European electorates and their representatives in government have moved away from the more liberal and inclusive policies of the past. Some European leaders have even pronounced the “end of multiculturalism.”

The Dynamics of Iran’s Domestic Policy

May 22, 2012 // 9:00am — 10:30am
On the eve of the Baghdad meeting between Iran and the P5+1, two Iran experts discussed the role of domestic dynamics.

Geopolitics, States, and Networks in Central Eurasia

May 09, 2012 // 3:30pm — 5:30pm
Spotlight on Central Eurasia Series // Authors and scholars Alexander Cooley and Alexander Kupatadze discuss their research into the interplay of geopolitics and local networks across Central Asia. Cooley explores the dynamics of the new competition between Russia, China and the United States over the region since 9/11, as well as how small states’ interaction with great powers advances our understanding of how world politics actually works in the contemporary era of diminishing Western influence and rising new regional powers. Author Alexander Kupatadze will discuss the diverging trajectories of organized crime in post-Soviet Eurasia focusing on professional criminals (so-called vory-v-zakone) in Georgia and drug smuggling groups in Kyrgyzstan.

Peace Without Partners: Can Israeli Unilateralism Lead to a Two-State Solution?

May 17, 2012 // 11:30am — 1:00pm
Blue White Future, a non-partisan Israeli organization that seeks to help achieve a two-state solution, has developed a radical new approach to achieve this goal. Blue White Future’s co-founder Ami Ayalon presented the plan and for a wide-ranging discussion of prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Getting Past Megacities: How Peri-Urban Has Become the New City Center

May 15, 2012 // 10:00am — 12:00pm
Half of the world’s seven billion people currently live in cities, one billion of them in informal settlements; the United Nations projects that the global urban population will expand to as many as five billion over the next two decades. As a result of failing rural economies, conflicts, material inequalities, gentrification, and other urban development programs, people are moving into, out of, and through cities in search of profit, protection, and passage elsewhere.

Justice Reform in Latin America: Why Is It So Difficult?

May 01, 2012 // 9:00am — 11:30am
Efforts to strengthen the rule of law and reform judicial systems have been underway in Latin America for well over 25 years. What has been learned so far? What are opportunities and obstacles to produce change?

Sex and World Peace: How the Treatment of Women Affects Development and Security

April 26, 2012 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
Valerie Hudson and Chad Emmett present their new book in which they argue that the status of women is the single most important predictive factor in determining state stability.
Hillary Clinton at G-20 Foreign Ministers Summit

Mexico and the G-20 Leader’s Summit in Los Cabos

May 01, 2012 // 2:45pm — 4:45pm
Mexico currently holds the presidency of the G-20 and will be hosting the upcoming Leader's Summit this June. There was a discussion on Mexico's approach to the G-20 presidency and the major issues on the agenda for the Los Cabos meeting.

Translating Judgments into Policy: The Influence of the European Court of Human Rights on the Russian Criminal Justice System

April 26, 2012 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
The Kennan Institute, in partnership with the ABA Rule of Law Initiative, will host a seminar consisting of leading Russian human rights experts visiting the U.S. as part of ABA ROLI’s Conditions of Confinement and Prison Reform Study Tour, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. The meeting will address Russian citizens’ use of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) as a tool for justice, its judgments on prison issues, and the court’s broader influence on the Russian judicial system.

Environmental Politics in Eurasia

April 18, 2012 // 3:30pm — 5:30pm
Spotlight on Central Eurasia Series // Laura Henry, John F. and Dorothy H. Magee Associate Professor of Government, Bowdoin College examines forest conservation and climate change issues in her research on Russia's environmental policy. How does global environmental governance influence environmental protection in Russia? Amanda Wooden, Assistant Professor of Environmental Politics & Policy, Environmental Studies Program, Bucknell University, discusses her work on the understudied issue of protest politics and the environment in Central Asia. This research sheds light on the unique and universal characteristics of environmental politics in Kyrgyzstan, and provides insight into governance and instability in the country more broadly.

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