5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

The Promise and Perils of Sino-U.S. Educational Relations

December 12, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:30am
Educational relations have been an index and vector of national power, culture, and institutional practices since the United States first used Boxer Indemnity funds to offer scholarships to Chinese students in 1911. Today, educational questions are again central to U.S.-China relations, although they are usually relegated to a secondary position in policy discussions. Yong Zhao and Karin Fischer joined the Kissinger Institute in launching a new effort to make education a central bilateral concern on December 12, 2014. Watch the discussion here!

Emerging Priorities for Maternal Health in Nigeria (Abuja and Washington, DC)

December 17, 2014 // 9:00am — 11:00am
“Nigeria’s population is only two percent of the world population, but we contribute about 10 percent of the maternal mortality,” said Oladosu Ojengbede, professor and director of the University of Ibadan’s Center for Population and Reproductive Health.

Ireland: The Celtic Tiger Reborn?

December 16, 2014 // 11:00am — 1:00pm
The panel will discuss Ireland’s outlook as it faces major challenges ahead, in achieving a sustained economic recovery while maintaining financial stability.

Russia’s New Course

December 03, 2014 // 9:30am — 11:00am
The game-changing events in Ukraine have exposed the fundamental disagreement between the West and Russia on the essential principles underpinning the modern international system. One year after the start of the crisis, is there any hope of a productive partnership with Russia? Nikolai Zlobin and Sergey Aleksashenko discussed the difficulties facing Russia and its on-again, off-again relationship with the West.

The Resilience Beat: Reporting on Climate, Population, and Health

December 03, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
In his 2007 best-seller, 'The World Without Us,' Alan Weisman explored what would happen to the planet if the human race suddenly vanished – the gradual deterioration of the built environment, the geologic fossilization of our everyday stuff, and the ecological processes that would rebound and thrive without continual and growing human pressure.

Walls in Ukraine: Art before and after the Euromaidan Revolution

December 02, 2014 // 9:00am — 10:30am
The Berlin Wall, marking the “line of freedom,” has moved to the borders of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko observed in an interview in May 2014. Before the current situation in Ukraine, there was a revolution. Now, newly gained freedoms are paid for with an ongoing crisis. How do artists reflect the political turmoil and societal rifts in their art? What are the roles of artists and the arts in Ukraine’s national crisis? Three prominent supporters of the arts in Ukraine will discuss these questions and more one year after the Euromaidan Revolution began.

Central America’s Security Challenges: Has U.S. Assistance Helped or Hindered? How Can it Improve?

December 11, 2014 // 9:00am — 12:00pm
Join us for a discussion about the Central America Regional Security Initiative and future directions for U.S. security assistance in the Northern Triangle with panels of experts and policymakers

Between Alignment and Competition: Europe’s Pivot to Asia and Implications for the US

December 04, 2014 // 2:00pm — 3:30pm
President Obama used his recent trip to Asia to push through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the centerpiece of the US rebalance to the region. The US pivot represents a significant shift in the country’s foreign policy and has generated debate in Europe as to whether it should align with Washington or adopt a more autonomous position, considering that Europe too has rebalanced toward Asia in the last decade. The focus of the European pivot both competes with and complements that of the US.

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