5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Myths & Realities of the DIYbio Movement

November 19, 2013 // 11:55am — 2:00pm
Join us at the Wilson Center on Nov. 19 for the release of the survey results and analysis, “Seven Myths and Realities about Do-It-Yourself Biology,” and a panel discussion.

The State of the Oceans 2013: Acidification, Overfishing Major Threats to Ecosystem Health

November 13, 2013 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
“The rate of speed of change in the global oceans are greater than [that] of any time in known history,” said Karen Sack of the Pew Charitable Trust, speaking at the Wilson Center on November 13. She was joined by Paul Schopf, professor of oceanography and associate dean for research and computing at George Mason University, and Libby Jewett, director of the Ocean Acidification Programs at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to discuss the latest State of the Ocean Report.

A Lens on Somalia: Security and Development Going Forward

November 19, 2013 // 9:30am — 11:30am
It has been just over one year since the Somalia Federal Government took over from the Transitional Federal Government, marking the end of “transition” in Somalia. However, there are still a number of challenges and potential opportunities for Somalia in the near and longer-term future that will require attention if the state is to see stability, and economic and development progress.

Innovation in Urban Development: Incremental Housing Approaches and Big Data for Smarter Cities

November 14, 2013 // 1:25pm — 4:00pm
Panelists will present research on innovation in incremental housing and urban planning and discuss new ways of employing "big data" to improve city management and urban decision making.

Bangladesh on the Brink

November 13, 2013 // 1:30pm — 3:00pm
Bangladesh, a nation with a history of volatile and sometimes violent politics, is entering into a critical political phase. National elections are scheduled to take place by the end of January, and the constitutionally mandated three-month interim period before elections began on October 25. The main opposition party has suggested it may boycott elections, and there are concerns that elections may not be held at all.

The Nagoya Protocol and Synthetic Biology Research: A Look at the Potential Impacts

November 08, 2013 // 11:45am — 2:00pm
A new report from the Synthetic Biology Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars looks at how the protocol may affect U.S. researchers working in the field of synthetic biology.

The 2013 Georgian Presidential Election: An Assessment

November 07, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Ambassador Kenneth Yalowitz, former U.S. Ambassador to Georgia (1998-2001), served as an election monitor under the auspices of the National Democratic Institute. He commented on his evaluation of the 2013 Georgian Presidential election based on his on-the-ground observations. He was joined by Laura Jewett, Regional Director, Eurasia Programs, National Democratic Institute.

Fifteen Years On: Imagining Galina Starovoitova’s Perspective on Contemporary Russia

November 12, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Galina Starovoitova was a Russian politician and ethnographer known for her work to protect ethnic minorities and promote democratic reforms in Russia. Nadia Diuk discussed how Starovoitova might view Russia today, from ethnic tensions to political developments.

China’s Distant Water Fishing Industry

November 05, 2013 // 9:00am — 11:00am
At this meeting, two experts will explore the drivers and impacts of China’s distant fishing fleets and the difficulties in regulating multi-national and multi-species fisheries across large ocean areas.

Criminal Violence and Internal Displacement in Mexico: Evidence, Perception and Challenges

October 31, 2013 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
In this talk, the panelists will present evidence of violence-induced internal displacement in Mexico, the ways in which both society and the government addressed it, and the challenges ahead for Peña Nieto's administration.

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