6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
May 11, 2015 // 10:00am — 11:00am
Rami Khouri analyzes the many causes in the past two generations that converged to give birth to ISIS, noting that it reflects more the poor and often brutal quality of modern Arab statehood than any mass religious movement. ISIS also was not a surprise, in view of the fact that all serious mass movements in the Arab world since the 1970s have revolved around Islamist politics in one form or another. ISIS can be easily defeated militarily, but unless the underlying weaknesses and the poor quality of Arab statehood are resolved we will probably see even more brutal movements emerge in the future.
May 07, 2015 // 2:30pm — 3:30pm
The Obama Administration has just issued the first annual installment of its interagency Quadrennial Energy Review (QER). At this Wilson Center Special Event, QER lead framer and coordinator Melanie Kenderdine, Counselor to the U.S. Secretary of Energy and Director, Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis at DOE, will discuss the main findings and recommendations of the first annual QER installment.
May 18, 2015 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Historian Kate Brown draws on official records and dozens of interviews to tell the extraordinary stories of Richland, Washington and Ozersk, Russia – the first two cities in the world to produce plutonium. To contain secrets, American and Soviet leaders created plutopias – communities of nuclear families living in highly-subsidized, limited-access atomic cities. Brown shows that the plants' segregation of permanent and temporary workers and of nuclear and non-nuclear zones created a bubble of immunity, where dumps and accidents were glossed over and plant managers freely embezzled and polluted.
April 23, 2015 // 9:00am — 11:00am
Looking at the experience of Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay, this event will discuss the lessons and legacies of the Global Financial Crisis and address key questions.
May 11, 2015 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Antisemitism is on the rise today in Europe and around the world, but there is no consensus about how the global community should respond. In this talk, drawn from his forthcoming book, scholar James Loeffler offers a historical perspective on this debate by looking back on the first major episode of global antisemitic violence after World War II, the “Swastika Epidemic” of 1960.
May 04, 2015 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
In "The Reagan Era," Doug Rossinow gives a full and rounded view of how the foreign policies of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush took America—through a sometimes chaotic path, one marked with war scares, troop deployments, indirect warfare, scandal, and diplomatic triumphs—to the edge of a new era of American predominance.
April 22, 2015 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
2015 is a major test for the international system. The Sustainable Development Goals are expected to be adopted in New York in September and expectations for the UN Climate Summit in Paris are higher than perhaps any other time. “It is a critical year,” said Alan Hecht, director for sustainable development for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “but our challenge is years of sustainable development. How do we take actions today, how do we prepare for the future in such a way that we will achieve a more sustainable outcome?”
April 30, 2015 // 5:00pm — 7:00pm
The 2015 Leon Jaworski Public Program will focus on the symbolic attributes of the Great Charter to examine “what makes Magna Carta mythic.” Exploring the mythic and iconic qualities of Magna Carta can help us better understand an eight-century-long legal-political tradition, its endurance, and continuing significance for the twenty-first century.
May 05, 2015 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
The role of women in many developing countries has traditionally been understood as that of a passive receiver of repression or services. Fouzia Saeed’s research findings challenge this view. At this event, Dr. Saeed will share the outcome of her work during her time as the Wilson Center’s 2014-15 Pakistan Scholar.
April 17, 2015 // 10:00am — 11:45am
This anniversary year, in which Latvia holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, presents a timely opportunity to review what the Baltics have accomplished in the past quarter century as well as current and future challenges that they face. As Latvia prepares to host a May 2015 Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, it is also appropriate to assess the relevance of Baltic experience to others seeking closer ties with European and trans-Atlantic structures.