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Japan's Vision Toward China: Conflict and Cooperation in a New Asian Order?

June 04, 2015 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
Tensions between Tokyo and Beijing continue over islands in the East China Sea, while the two sides continue to be at loggerheads over the historical memory of World War II. Join us for a discussion on how Japan sees its relations with China evolving, and the diplomatic, economic, and security challenges Tokyo faces in dealing with its neighbor.

Weighing Concerns and Assurances about a Nuclear Deal with Iran

June 03, 2015 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
The Iran Project’s new report, Weighing Concerns and Assurances about a Nuclear Deal with Iran, is designed to encourage a balanced bipartisan discussion on emerging arguments for and against a P5+1 deal with Iran on its nuclear program.

Leitmotiv in Russian Novels of the 19th and 20th Centuries

June 11, 2015 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Very few readers notice that the general plot structure of three of the greatest Russian novels of the 20th century – Doctor Zhivago, And Quiet Flows the Don, and Lolita – is the same, because the authors have unwittingly described the same situation. Each story features main heroines, symbolizing Russia, who are defiled by their fathers (or step-fathers) and then run away with lovers and bear dead children. Incest becomes a metaphor of power that depraves the country through criminal methods of governing. In Nabokov's case, the topic of defilement and forbidden passion is always connected with the threat of prison (Invitation to a Beheading, Bend Sinister, preface to Lolita, and Lolita itself: in attempting to become free from obsessive desire, the hero falls deeper and deeper into an abyss of dependence and fear. It is the best metaphor for the 1917 revolution which only deteriorated the conditions of Russian life). Meanwhile, the main hero hopes that the fulfillment of sinful wish would cure him, but it is a great delusion both in moral and social terms. This plot line first appeared in Tolstoy's novel, The Resurrection, which in essence predicted Russian history for more than 100 years.

Transparency, Governance, and Foreign Policy: Meeting the Challenge in the Americas

June 09, 2015 // 1:30pm — 5:00pm
Throughout much of Latin America, the "golden years" of economic growth during the last decade's commodity boom have given way to economic decline or stagnation. At the same time, a mobilized citizenry is demanding better government performance. These two factors have focused unprecedented attention on rule of law deficits and official corruption. Meanwhile, relations among countries of the hemisphere have grown more complex. As much as the region has welcomed the normalization of U.S.-Cuban relations, the options for international insertion now extend far beyond the Western Hemisphere.

Latin American Energy: Issues and Prospects

May 19, 2015 // 11:30am — 1:00pm
Experts will explore energy issues for the Latin American and Caribbean region, in this seventh event in the Wilson Center’s Regional and Global Energy Series.

Global Trends in the Next Decade: Implications for U.S. National Security, Diplomacy, and Development

June 04, 2015 // 10:00am — 12:00pm
Global trends, including climate change, population dynamics, water and energy scarcities, and a shifting economic landscape, are shaping the future of U.S. national security, diplomacy, and development policy. Please join us as we think about how to respond and what will influence international policy in the years to come.

Blurring Borders: National, Subnational, and Regional Orders in East Asia

June 01, 2015 // 8:30am — 3:30pm
In Japan and China, resurgent nationalism has reinforced the political importance of the region’s most powerful nation-states, fed international tensions in the region, and created additional challenges for U.S. policy.

Afghanistan’s Unsung Heroes: Reflections of Afghan Women Leaders and Implications for U.S. Policy

May 27, 2015 // 2:30pm — 4:30pm
In Afghanistan, the future of women is highly uncertain. International troops have left the country, and Afghanistan’s new government is exploring the possibility of reconciliation talks with the Taliban. The new book Contested Terrain: Reflections with Afghan Women Leaders, by Sally L. Kitch, chronicles the stories of two Afghan professional women, Marzia Basel and Jamila Afghani, as they navigate both patriarchal culture and international intervention.

Urban Violence: Building Safe and Inclusive Cities in Latin America

May 13, 2015 // 9:00am — 11:00am
Join us for a panel discussion on policy options for building safe and inclusive cities in Latin America based on recent field research conducted in several major urban areas in the region.

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