6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Mexico’s Energy Reform: Assessing the Secondary Legislation

June 24, 2014 // 9:00am — 10:30am
The Mexico Institute and the Inter-American Dialogue cordially invite you to a discussion of the prospects for the secondary legislation and the key elements that should be included in the process for implementing the reforms. A panel of leading energy experts will address the challenges and opportunities for the forthcoming debate in the Mexican congress.

South Africa at 20: Celebrating 20 Years of Freedom and Democracy

June 24, 2014 // 2:25pm — 5:50pm
This year, South Africa is celebrating 20th anniversary of its first general elections when voters sent Nelson Mandela to the presidency ending the scourge of apartheid. This milestone anniversary is an occasion to reflect on the impressive accomplishments of South African democracy and economy since 1994, ponder key challenges facing the country today and in the years ahead, and also think about South Africa's place in Africa and globally.

Retrospective Illusions? Nuclear Lessons from French Memory

June 25, 2014 // 11:00am — 12:30pm
In this presentation, Benoit Pelopidas argues that the French understanding of the outcome of the Cuban missile crisis as a diplomatic victory rather than a result of good fortune could lead to an overconfidence in nuclear safety and security in France. Beyond the French example, Dr. Pelopidas’ analysis unveils the ways in which collective memory can create retrospective illusions of nuclear safety and security.

How Think Tanks Shape Social Development Policies

June 18, 2014 // 11:00am — 12:00pm
The Wilson Center and University of Pennsylvania Press are hosting a book launch and discussion of How Think Tanks Shape Social Development Policies with James G. McGann, editor and project director.

Mutual Security on Hold? Russia, the West, and European Security Architecture

June 16, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:30am
This year, the Munich Security Conference celebrated its 50th anniversary. These fifty years of substantive dialogue on security cooperation have existed against a changing political backdrop – from the tensions of the Cold War and the brutal conflict in the Western Balkans, to the attacks of September 11, 2001, the subsequent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the global “War on Terror.” Mutual security and the transatlantic relationship are once again faced with challenges in the form of the crisis in Ukraine. What does this crisis mean for mutual security, and how will it affect the security architecture in Europe?

Dawn of the Smart City? Perspectives From New York, Ahmedabad, São Paulo, and Beijing (Report Launch)

June 23, 2014 // 2:00pm — 4:00pm
On June 23, speakers from four cities will present their perspectives on the idea behind smart cities and the challenges their respective countries face.

Religious violence in sub-Saharan Africa and the future of the secular state

June 17, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:30am
On Tuesday, June 17th the Africa Program at The Wilson Center held a public event to examine growing religious violence in sub-Saharan Africa and the response from African states, as well as options for US-Africa engagement regarding the current situation with religious conflict. Discussants included Dr. Ludovic Lado, a current Southern Voices Scholar with the Africa Program and Director of the Institute of Human Rights and Dignity at the Center of Research and Action for Peace in Cote d’Ivoire, and Tiffany Lynch, Senior Policy Analyst at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Dr. Monde Muyangwa, Director of the Africa Program at The Wilson Center, moderated the discussion.

Mexico Today: The Growth Challenge

June 17, 2014 // 9:00am — 11:30am
The Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute and CIDAC (Center of Research for Development) are pleased invite you to a discussion of the current state of the Mexican economy. A panel of leading thinkers will discuss both the economic dimensions of the lack of strong growth as well as the politics of slow growth.

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

June 23, 2014 // 8:30am — 10:00am
Please join us at the Wilson Center for a conversation with The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos on his new book Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, presented by the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States and the Asia Program.

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