5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Localizing Islam in Europe: Turkish Islamic Communities in Germany and the Netherlands

March 14, 2012 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
Ahmet Yükleyen demonstrates how Islam and Europe have shaped one another and challenges the idea that Islamic beliefs are inherently antithetical to European secular, democratic, and pluralist values. Through comparing five different forms of religious communities among Muslim immigrants in the Netherlands and Germany, Yükleyen’s rich ethnography shows that there is no single form of assimilated and privatized "European Islam" but rather Islamic communities and their interpretations and practices that localize Islam in Europe.

Women's Health: Key to Climate Adaptation Strategies

February 27, 2012 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
“If we want to have a people-focused understanding of resilience then…reproductive health, women’s ability to choose, and the number and spacing and occurrence of birth is, I think, at the very center of that,” said David Schensul of the UNFPA.
Risk and Regulation of Offshore Drilling

The Risk and Regulation of Deepwater Offshore Drilling

March 07, 2012 // 9:00am — 11:00am
Please join the Canada Institute for the U.S. launch of its 14th One Issue, Two Voices publication exploring the topic of offshore drilling risk and regulation in the United States and Canada.

China’s Water Watchdogs

March 20, 2012 // 9:00am — 11:00am
China is home to some of the most polluted rivers and lakes in the world. Through stricter water pollution control laws and new targets in the 12th Five-Year Plan, the Chinese government has intensified pressure on cities and industries to curb water pollution and wastage. Enforcement of such top-down initiatives remains challenging, but the Chinese environmental NGO community has been pursuing a broader range of tactics to improve water protection efforts—ranging from increasing transparency and information disclosure and conducting third party audits, to public interest law cases and public education campaigns. At this March 20th CEF meeting, Kristen McDonald from Pacific Environment will introduce the diverse and increasingly effective strategies being used by Chinese NGOs in to protect water and communities from pollution. Then Susan Keane from NRDC will discuss NRDC’s innovative Clean by Design program, which is designed to use the buying power of multinational apparel retailers and brands as a lever to reduce the environmental impacts of their suppliers abroad.

The Last Time We Were at Nuclear Zero

February 23, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:30pm
With George Quester, Chairman of the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland and the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Visiting Professor of International Affairs at The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs.

North American Integration Essential to Renewed U.S. Manufacturing Prowess?

February 14, 2012 // 9:00am — 11:00am
Unlike China or Europe, Mexico and Canada are fundamentally different trading partners to the United States. They more closely resemble side-by-side workers on a common assembly line than transactional buyers and sellers separated by long distances. Working Together argues that enhanced economic integration can help meet the goal of doubled U.S. exports by 2015, sustain jobs throughout North America, and sharpen the region’s competitiveness against other world blocs. At the report’s launch Wednesday, author Chris Wilson of the Mexico Institute also stressed the largely unpublicized benefits Mexico trade poses for interior U.S. districts far from the southern border.

Occupied Economies: An Economic History of Nazi-Occupied Europe, 1939-1945

April 11, 2012 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
What were the consequences of the German occupation for the economy of occupied Europe?

Iran after the 2012 Parliamentary Elections

March 08, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:30pm
Bijan Khajehpour analyzed Iran's parliamentary election results and discussed the prospects of economic and political development.

Archives in Wartime: From WWII to the Invasion of Iraq

February 24, 2012 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Roundtable discussion of the controversy surrounding the Iraqi state records seized during the United States invasion of Iraq. A panel of archivists and historians will examine the tangled issues which arise when government records are captured by invading forces.

Elections and Political Unrest in Russia: Causes and Prospects

March 07, 2012 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
The biggest protest wave since collapse of the Soviet Union will be discussed with Oleg Kozlovsky, a Russian democratic activist and Director of Vision of Tomorrow Foundation.

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