6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Lessons of Iran-Contra: Behind the Scenes of Ronald Reagan's Iran Gambit, 1985-86

September 22, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Based on intensive research into once-classified records, as well as interviews and other accounts from Americans, Iranians and Israelis, Malcolm Byrne will revisit the Reagan administration’s controversial initiative toward Iran in 1985-1986. What was its real purpose? Who were the Iranians involved and what did they want? What was Israel’s role? What are the long-term lessons and impact of the operation?

The End of Greatness: Why America Can’t Have (and Doesn’t Want) Another Great President

October 07, 2014 // 4:30pm — 6:30pm
Please join us as Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times columnist Tom Friedman interviews Aaron David Miller about his new book The End of Greatness: Why America Can’t Have (and Doesn’t Want) Another Great President.

The New Climate Economy

September 17, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
On Wednesday September 17, the Managing Our Planet reconvenes to discuss the upcoming Global Commission on the Economy and Climate report.

Dealing with a Toxic Legacy: Soil Pollution in China

September 18, 2014 // 9:00am — 10:30am
At this meeting Isabel Hilton (chinadialogue) will draw on new chinadialogue reporting on the causes and impacts of soil pollution in Hunan and other provinces. She will also highlight some of the researchers and NGOs investigating and promoting transparency on soil pollution. Qing Wang (World Bank) will discuss new World Bank projects that focus on soil clean-up of industrial sites across China and helping industrial parks better manage their waste.

6th Floor Lobby Sign

September 08, 2014

Iran and Its Neighbors: Regional Implications for U.S. Policy of a Nuclear Agreement

September 17, 2014 // 1:00pm — 2:30pm
The Iran Project's new report, Iran and Its Neighbors: Regional Implications for U.S. Policy of a Nuclear Agreement, examines the potential shift in Iran’s relations with other countries in the Middle East after a comprehensive nuclear agreement is reached, and the implications of these changes for US foreign policy.

The Archive Thief: Zosa Szajkowski and the Salvaging of French Jewish History

September 15, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
In the aftermath of the Holocaust, Jewish historian Zosa Szajkowski stole tens of thousands of documents about Jews from French archives and sold them to libraries in the United States. To understand why he did it, Leff takes us into the “backstage” of the archives, and reveals the powerful ideological, economic and scientific forces that made Holocaust-era Jewish scholars care more deeply than ever before about preserving the remnants of their past.

The Politics and Process of Keystone XL

October 07, 2014 // 1:00pm — 3:00pm
As the mid-term elections approach, one of the biggest questions this November will be about the future of the Keystone XL pipeline. On October 7, the Canada Institute will convene a panel of experts to discuss the environment that has made KXL the political football it is today, what the proposed project means for the upcoming elections, the legal underpinnings of the approval process, and where the pipeline goes from here, both in Nebraska and in Washington.

American Isolationism: Is it a Myth or a Reality?

September 15, 2014 // 12:30pm — 1:45pm
The Chicago Council releases its 40th anniversary survey of Americans thoughts on foreign policy issues. An expert panel discusses the results, what it means for the future of U.S. policy, and what policymakers should learn from the public.

A Look at the Supreme Court 2014-15 Term

September 22, 2014 // 5:00pm — 6:30pm
The American Bar Association Division for Public Education in conjunction with the Wilson Center are hosting the seventh annual fall "On the Docket" program. Prominent Supreme Court practitioners will hold a discussion and provide their insights into the 2014-2015 Supreme Court term.

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