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Pakistan's Intensified Countermilitancy Push: Real Deal or False Hope

April 02, 2015 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
After the terrorist attack on an army-run school in Peshawar in December 2014, Pakistan vowed to step up efforts to combat militancy, and to eliminate its policy of distinguishing between “good” and “bad” militants. Some observers, however, are skeptical that lasting progress will be made.

Facing Terrorism: A Lebanese Perspective

March 25, 2015 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Lebanon is surprisingly quiet while the region around it is literally burning. The country is facing many challenges, from the vacancy in the presidency to Hezbollah’s involvement in the fight in Syria to the presence of over one million Syrian refugees. Because of the government’s war on terror, Lebanon has succeeded in keeping a lid on the sources of tension in the country while fighting extremism and fending off terrorism. Interior Minister Machnouk, a key figure in this fight to keep the country stable and secure, discusses fighting extremism in Lebanon and how to keep Lebanon from becoming involved in the surrounding wars.
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Environmental Review in Canada and the United States

March 18, 2015 // 9:00am — 10:30am
On the morning of March 18, the Wilson Center's Canada Institute will host Helen Cutts, the Vice-President for Policy Development for the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency for a round table discussion on the environmental review process in Canada and the United States.

Afghanistan: The Next Phase

March 25, 2015 // 2:30pm — 4:30pm
With foreign combat troops now out of Afghanistan, the country faces a deeply uncertain future. Afghanistan: The Next Phase takes an in-depth look at Afghanistan by placing it in the context of its tribal culture, history, and demography.

Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations Between Washington and Havana

March 16, 2015 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
From John F. Kennedy’s offering of an olive branch to Fidel Castro after the missile crisis, to Henry Kissinger’s top secret quest for normalization, to Barack Obama’s promise of a “new approach,” authors of "Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana" William LeoGrande and Peter Kornbluh reveal a fifty-year record of dialogue and negotiations, both open and furtive.

U.S.-Mexico Relations, Security and Human Rights

March 17, 2015 // 4:30pm — 6:00pm
The Mexico Institute hosted an event on U.S.-Mexico relations, security, and human rights, exploring the effects of U.S. policy, and Mexico's struggle against organized crime, on the security situation in the country.

Working Together to End Violence against Women: The Experience of Russia and the US

March 05, 2015 // 10:00am — 11:30am
**THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED**

ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror

March 12, 2015 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Hassan will discuss ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror, which traces how the organization evolved from a nearly defeated Iraqi insurgent faction into a jihadi army of local and foreign volunteers who control a territory equal to the size of Great Britain. The book also delves into how ISIS recruits, governs, and guards itself from potential bottom-up rebellions. It is the first book since ISIS’s recent rise to include original interviews with U.S. officials and ISIS members.

The Evolution of Ukrainian National Identity in the Crucible of Maidan and War

March 02, 2015 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Volodymyr Kulyk examined the recent evolution of Ukrainian identity in terms of its content and salience. Looking at the impact of the Euromaidan protests and the subsequent military conflict in southeastern Ukraine, he demonstrated the Ukrainians' greater democratic maturity on the one hand and increasing alienation from Russia on the other. In addition to changing preferences of the Ukrainian population as a whole, he discussed continuity and change in regional divisions.

How Marijuana Regulation is Affecting Public Attitudes in Uruguay and Elsewhere

February 24, 2015 // 9:00am — 11:00am
A discussion with three leading researchers from the Latin America Marijuana Research Initiative (LAMRI) who have just completed extensive field work and surveys about marijuana regulation in Uruguay.

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