5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Australia in World Affairs 2006-2010: Middle Power Dreaming

October 04, 2011 // 12:00pm — 1:15pm
Former Wilson Center Australia Scholar James Cotton reflected on Australian foreign policy since 2006. Australian Ambassador Kim Beazley made introductory comments.

21st Century Pathways to a Skilled Technology Workforce

October 13, 2011 // 8:00am — 1:15pm
Stakeholders in IT academies, apprenticeship programs, workforce training, and the industries that depend upon 21st century skills will discuss how best to create and maintain a 21st century workforce.

GAO REPORT RELEASE: Climate Engineering; Technical status, future directions, and potential responses

October 12, 2011 // 12:30pm — 2:00pm
In response to a congressional request for a technology assessment on climate engineering, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report in August. An interdisciplinary team prepared the report, employing a multi-method approach based on GAO’s quality assurance framework and best practices in technology assessment. The report examined the current state of climate engineering science and technology, experts’ views of the future of U.S. climate engineering research, and potential public responses to climate engineering.

Silent Suffering: Maternal Morbidities in Developing Countries

September 27, 2011 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Maternal morbidities – illnesses and injuries that do not kill but nevertheless seriously affect a woman’s health – are a critical, yet frequently neglected, dimension of safe motherhood.

Scrambling for Hydropower in the Himalayas

September 26, 2011 // 9:00am — 11:00am
The Third Pole – an area of the Himalayas and Tibetan plateau and home to the largest reserve of fresh water outside the Arctic and Antarctic – is a region familiar to both earthquakes and dam projects. This irreconcilable reality is at the center of an emerging debate, raising environmental and security concerns as regional governments scramble for clean energy resources and control over a precious water source.

Congress’ Influence on Foreign Policy: For Better or Worse?

October 17, 2011 // 4:00pm — 6:00pm
Congress does not pay close attention to foreign affairs; its oversight of the foreign policy establishment is sporadic and haphazard; and, when it does get involved, its decisions are usually driven more by politics than careful deliberation. That was the consensus of a panel convened at the Wilson Center Oct. 17 on the topic, “Congress’ Influence on Foreign Policy: For Better or Worse?”

Is the Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline in the National Interest?

September 22, 2011 // 8:30am — 12:15pm
Panelists discussed whether the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline is in the national interest. The discussion took place as federal agencies and the public submit comments in the 90-day review period, following the State Department's release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement.

Latin America and China: What Do They Mean for Each Other?

September 19, 2011 // 9:00am
A panel on China’s Rise in the International Economic System and China’s Role in Latin American Trade, Investment, and Growth.

Perfect Storm? Population Pressures, Natural Resource Constraints, and Climate Change in Bangladesh

September 19, 2011 // 1:30pm — 5:30pm
Few nations are more at risk from climate change’s destructive effects than Bangladesh.
American Dreamers

Book Discussion: "American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation"

October 12, 2011 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
Join us for a book discussion of Michael Kazin's new book, which provides a "panoramic yet intimate portrait of the American left."

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