5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Why Do People Move? Research on Environmental Migration Coming of Age

May 14, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
When she finished her dissertation on migration as a response to climate change in 2003, it was one of only a handful of scholarly papers published on the topic that year, said Susana Adamo, an associate research scientist at Columbia University’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network. But in the decade since, interest in climate migration has exploded – in 2012, more than 10 times as many papers were published.

A Conversation with Augusto Nardes, President of Brazil’s National Audit Court

May 06, 2014 // 2:00pm — 3:30pm
On May 6th, the President of the TCU, Minister Augusto Nardes, led a conversation about the achievements and challenges of making governments at all levels accountable for their use of public funds.

The Transatlantic Relationship in the Wake of Revelations about U.S. Foreign Surveillance & the Ongoing Ukrainian-Russian Crisis

May 08, 2014 // 3:00pm — 4:00pm
The transatlantic relationship, particularly from the German perspective, has been under great stress for almost a year due to revelations about U.S. foreign surveillance. Now the crisis with Ukraine and Russia threatens to add more strain. As voices in the U.S. and NATO call for a stronger response to Russia, Germany--with its preference for diplomatic over military instruments and its deep trade ties with Russia--is faced with hard choices. The transatlantic partnership remains crucial on these and other issues, such as the Middle East peace process, Iranian nuclear policy, and the challenge from China.

Ivory Towers and Palace Guards: The Disconnect between Outside Expertise and Policymaking

May 12, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
How does advice and information from outside experts and scholars reach top policymakers—or does it? Terms like “echo chamber” and “information bubble” are often employed to describe an environment where it is difficult for outside information to penetrate or influence the policy process. Author and consultant Suzanne Massie will share the inside story of her interactions with Ronald Reagan and how she provided him with an outside voice at a vital time. Reagan turned to Massie for her advice on understanding and dealing with Russians, and carried her suggestions — including the now famous Russian proverb, “trust but verify” — into his meetings with the new Russian leader, Mikhail Gorbachev.

China and Antarctica

May 13, 2014 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
China’s newest Antarctic research station base is located at Terra Nova Bay in the strategically important Ross Sea region, where the U.S., New Zealand, South Korea, Italy, Germany and France also have research stations. The station will consolidate China's Antarctic interests and help make China a leading contender in polar affairs.

Russia in East Asia: History, Migration, and Contemporary Policy

May 05, 2014 // 9:00am — 11:00am
This talk explores Russia’s ties with East Asia through the lens of migration and policy. Russia spans the Eurasian continent, yet its historic and present connections with East Asia are often forgotten. At the turn of the 20th century, thousands of Asian migrants arrived in the Russian Far East, spurring fears of a “yellow peril.” A century later, the recent influx of new Asian migrants to Russia has generated similar sentiments. The talk discusses Asian migration in the context of cross-regional attempts to strengthen trade ties and diplomatic relations in the 21st century.

Triumph of Improvisation: Gorbachev's Adaptation, Reagan's Engagement, and the End of the Cold War

April 28, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
James Graham Wilson takes a long view of the end of the Cold War, from the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan to Operation Desert Storm. Wilson argues that adaptation, improvisation, and engagement by individuals in positions of power ended the specter of a nuclear holocaust. Eschewing the notion of a coherent grand strategy to end the Cold War, Wilson illuminates how leaders made choices and reacted to events they did not foresee.

Book Talk with Kelly Sims Gallagher: The Globalization of Clean Energy Technology — Lessons from China

May 05, 2014 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
Energy-related goods account for more than ten percent of international trade, yet policy makers, academics, and the business community perceive barriers to the global diffusion of these emerging technologies.

Innovation in Urban Infrastructure Financing in Latin America

May 06, 2014 // 10:00am — 12:30pm
A panel of experts will speak about innovative approaches to urban infrastructure financing in Latin America.

India’s Maoist Insurgency: Drivers and Policy Responses

May 06, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:15pm
New Delhi has referred to India’s Maoist insurgency as the country’s biggest internal security challenge. What explains the re-emergence and expansion of Maoist violence in India’s rural areas over the last decade, and how should it be dealt with?

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