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The Russian Far East: A New Arena for Great Power Contests in the Asia Pacific?

December 05, 2014 // 9:00am — 10:30am
Russia’s Far East (RFE), Northeast Asia’s geographic and strategic heartland, is crucial to an understanding of Asia-Pacific power games, and is a potential focal point of geopolitical competition. A region two-thirds the size of the United States, the RFE possesses enormous natural wealth and a vital strategic location on the north Pacific, where the interests of several major powers – China, Japan, the Koreas and the United States – intersect and interact.

The Most Underreported News Stories of 2014

December 10, 2014 // 1:45pm — 3:00pm
Every year there are major events around the world that fly under the mainstream media’s radar despite their seminal impact. Join us as four leading journalists from the some of the world’s largest media organizations tell us what they consider to be the most underreported news stories of 2014.

Living Through Extremes: Building Livelihood Resilience Across Sectors and Countries

December 04, 2014 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
In the most climate-change vulnerable regions of our planet, the impacts of extreme weather events threaten lives and livelihoods. These stresses have the potential to render spaces effectively unproductive and uninhabitable. A central question for practice, policy, and research revolves around the resilience of peoples whose livelihoods and settlements are threatened by these overwhelming extremes.

Can We Ultimately Defeat ISIL?

December 11, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:00am
General John Allen, recently appointed Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, was selected by President Obama to coordinate the international effort against the Islamic State militant group. Join us for General Allen’s first public discussion of the threat posed by the Islamic State.

A Conversation with Vian Dakhil

December 09, 2014 // 3:00pm — 4:00pm
Vian Dakhil, the only Yazidi Member of Parliament in Iraq, will discuss the plight of the Yazidi women since the attack by ISIS. Dakhil, who gave an impassioned speech in Iraq’s parliament about the ISIS attack, is known as the voice of Iraq’s Yazidi minorities.

Moldovan Parliamentary Elections: What Happened?

December 08, 2014 // 10:30am — 11:30am
Oana Serafim, the director of RFE/RL's Moldovan Service, discussed what Moldovans expected would happen in the election, whether their expectations were fulfilled, and what the impact of the results may be on Moldova in the future.

Waking from the Dream: the Struggle for Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King

December 01, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Exaggerated accounts of urban violence after Martin Luther King’s assassination, David Chappell will argue, have long obscured national reactions of far greater significance. Most important was the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which had been hopelessly stalled in Congress since 1966.

Influence and Interference Technological and Cultural Issues in Sino-U.S. Relations (影响与干扰:中美关系中的科技创新和文化议题)

December 02, 2014 // 9:00am — 5:00pm
The Kissinger Institute and the Counsellors’ Office of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China hosted a joint symposium on how national traditions and values yield (or fail to yield) creative cultures, innovative institutions, and soft power, and what governments can do to foster or stymie such dynamism.
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2014 IFES-WWICS Washington Forum on Korea

December 05, 2014 // 12:00pm — 5:00pm
The Woodrow Wilson Center has partnered with the Institute for Far Eastern Studies (IFES), Kyungnam University, to convene the IFES-WWICS Washington Forum on Korea, an annual gathering designed to give a broader historical perspective to policy discussions on Korea in the United States.

The Ripple Effect of Dams and Water Transfer Projects in China

December 03, 2014 // 9:00am — 11:00am
China’s water scarcity is driving the development of massive dams and water transfer projects, moving water from the water-rich south to the parched north. Hydropower, a low-carbon electricity source, already supplies 16% of the country’s power. At this meeting, speakers will look behind the water infrastructure trends in China and discuss some of the social and environmental challenges.

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