5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

The UK Strategic Nuclear Deterrent and the Chevaline Program: An Overview

October 03, 2014 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
Matthew Jones speaks on the Chevaline Program, a highly-secret project begun in 1970 to improve the penetration performance of the UK's force of Polaris submarine-launched ballistic missiles in order to give them the capability to overcome Soviet ABM defenses deployed around Moscow. The event will explore the program's background, its problems, and how it became one of the most controversial episodes in post-war British defense policy.

The History of the Future of Syria

October 06, 2014 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Over the past four years, Syria and the entire Middle East have witnessed unprecedented changes. This lecture will look back on these events in the expectation of determining what may come next. Special attention will be paid to U.S. foreign policy, the growth and proliferation of terrorist organizations such as ISIS, the fate of minorities in the region, and the state of cultural patrimony.

Pakistan’s Biggest Challenge: Turning Around a Broken Education System

October 08, 2014 // 9:00am — 4:00pm
Over a third of Pakistan’s population is under the age of 15, yet it has the world’s second-highest number of children out of school. Pakistan’s youth could be the nation’s greatest asset—or its biggest liability.

Turkey after the Elections: Identity, Democracy and Foreign Policy

September 22, 2014 // 2:00pm — 4:00pm
Turkey has had two important elections in 2014 and general elections are expected in June 2015. Prime Minister Davutoğlu has set targets for substantial developments in political, economic and foreign policy realms. In addition, pressing events in the region may force Turkey to take action outside its borders. This panel will address Turkey’s current domestic and foreign policy challenges in this wider context.

An Assessment of President Rouhani’s Visit to the U.S.

September 29, 2014 // 12:00pm — 1:30pm
During his U.S. trip to attend the UN General Assembly meeting last year when hopes were high for some kind of Iran-U.S. reconciliation, Iran’s newly-elected president, Hassan Rouhani, even had a friendly telephone conversation with President Obama. Please join us for an assessment of Mr. Rouhani’s 2014 trip to UNGA.

Pakistan’s Long March: Reflections on the Anti-Government Protests in Islamabad

September 24, 2014 // 9:30am — 11:00am
This summer, Pakistan was plunged into crisis as anti-government protestors converged on the capital city of Islamabad to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. This protest movement marks the latest in a series of “Long Marches” Pakistan has experienced in recent decades.

5th Floor Lobby Sign

September 08, 2014

Social Media and Social Activism: The cases of Brazil, Iran and Mexico

September 15, 2014 // 2:00pm — 4:00pm
The Wilson Center's Brazil Institute, Mexico Institute and Middle East Program, in partnership with the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs hosted an event on social media and it's impact on social movements.

Track-Two Diplomacy toward an Israeli-Palestinian Solution, 1978-2014

September 17, 2014 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Track-Two Diplomacy toward an Israeli-Palestinian Solution, 1978–2014 is an insider account of a crucial set of negotiations aimed at settling a seemingly endless conflict. It brings out new details of negotiating sessions and internal policy and strategy debates.

Deal or No Deal: How To Negotiate Successful Nuclear Agreements

September 17, 2014 // 2:30pm — 4:30pm
When are nuclear agreements successfully negotiated? A combination of factors—technical, domestic political, and strategic—enabled Washington and New Delhi to conclude a civil nuclear accord in 2008. The US-India case offers useful lessons for negotiations in progress with Iran, and for possible future nuclear accommodation with Pakistan and North Korea.

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