5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the Revolutionary World, and the Fate of Empire

November 17, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Britain seemingly should have won the Revolutionary War. Its failure to do so is commonly assumed to be due to the incompetence of commanders and the politicians who are ridiculed in fiction and in movies. Although less crudely presented, such caricatures even permeate scholarly literature. The talk will challenge the stereotypes and offer a very different explanation of why Britain lost the American War of Independence.

Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal

December 02, 2014 // 4:00pm — 6:00pm
Launch of the Latin America and the Caribbean regional report of the World Bank ’s global “Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal.”

Jerusalem in Crisis? A Conversation with Danny Seidemann

December 01, 2014 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Are we on the verge of another sustained Israeli-Palestinian confrontation along the lines of 1987-1992 or 2000-2004? Why has Jerusalem become the focus of the current tensions and violence, and what if anything can be done about it? Join us for fascinating conversation with one of Israel’s foremost experts on the city and its political and physical landscape.

New Approaches to Understanding and Engaging North Korea

November 21, 2014 // 3:00pm — 4:00pm
North Korea is often portrayed as a “hermit kingdom,” its politics inscrutable, and its doors closed to outside influence. However, this dynamic of isolation has begun to erode, thanks in part to scholars and practitioners who have carved out new ways to study North Korea and engage with its people. At the event, young professionals in the field will discuss the various ways in which they have carved out new terrain for working on North Korean issues through archival research, economic training, student exchanges, and leadership studies.

Capping China’s Coal

November 24, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:15am
In the U.S.-China climate and energy cooperation deal signed in Beijing last week, China’s president Xi Jinping committed to capping CO2 emissions by 2030. To delve behind the headlines, at the November 24th meeting CEF is featuring speakers from the Natural Resources Defense Council, WWF, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to discuss new and emerging policies and international partnerships that aim to help China reach the national coal consumption cap by 2020.

Eva Braun: Life with Hitler

November 20, 2014 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
German historian Heike Göertemaker's book, Eva Braun: Life with Hitler, was a best-seller in Germany and has been translated into 15 languages. Göertemaker describes the important role Braun played in Hitler's inner circle, poking holes in the Nazi propaganda that Hitler had been the lonely 'Führer' married to Germany. Görtemaker has traced all the existing pieces of the puzzle of Braun’s story, compiling them into the first academic biography and a very different view of Hitler.

Europe's 2050 Environment Agenda: A Transitions Perspective

October 30, 2014 // 1:00pm — 2:30pm
Hans Bruyninckx, the executive director of the European Environment Agency, will discuss Europe’s 2050 agenda and the contribution of environment policy to the transition towards sustainability.

Bridging the Gap: Family Planning, Rights, and Climate-Compatible Development

October 28, 2014 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
“There is no magic bullet or solution to resolving climate change quickly,” said the Population Reference Bureau’s Jason Bremner at the Wilson Center on October 28. “Our next 100 years will be far different from the last 100 or the last 1000…and it has become clear that nations will have to pursue many strategies in order to reduce emissions, build resilience, and adapt.”

Synchronized Factories: Latin America and the Caribbean in the Era of Global Value Chains

October 27, 2014 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
During this policy luncheon, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Latin American Program will present “Synchronized Factories: Latin America and the Caribbean in the Era of Global Value Chains”, an IDB Integration and Trade Sector study on trade costs in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Ukraine, Russia, and the International Order

October 22, 2014 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
Over the last twenty-five years, the ideal of an integrated Euro-Atlantic community including Russia has gradually faded, as new dividing lines seem to be hardening on the European continent. The Ukrainian crisis and conflict with Russia have effectively brought an end to the post-Cold War era; it remains an open question what will be the outlines and nature of the new era that follows. William H. Hill, former head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova, looks at the events in Ukraine from multiple vantage points. What happened in Ukraine and what are the prospects? What motivated Russia’s conduct during the crisis, and what are Moscow’s likely courses of action in the near and medium term? What are U.S. perceptions, motives, and likely responses to the crisis? Finally, what are the implications of the crisis for the Euroatlantic and global international order? Professor Hill shared his analysis on these questions and Kennan Institute Public Policy Scholar Michael Kofman provided commentary.

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