6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

After Crimea - A Brave New World

December 12, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:00am
Dr. Leonid Gozman, long-time democratic activist and president of the Union of Right Forces, analyzed the current Russian crisis. He explained its consequences for domestic and international affairs as well as windows of opportunity that now exist for the Russian opposition, intelligentsia, and the West.

Human Rights Before Carter

December 08, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Underlying much of the writing on United States foreign relations is the conviction that human rights were of limited consequence in policymaking during the 1960s and the early 1970s. Snyder's current research, however, shows that efforts to emphasize human rights began in the 1960s, driven by nonstate and lower-level actors and facilitating the issue’s later prominence due to the development of the networks and tactics critical to greater institutionalization of human rights in these years.

The Changing Direction of Brazil's Economic Policy

December 08, 2014 // 3:30pm — 5:30pm
On Monday, December 8, the Brazil Institute convened a panel of experts to analyze implications and prospects of Rousseff's second term economic strategy.
Photo by Владимир КОБЗАРЬ

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 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
As climate change upends established patterns of life, resilience – the ability of social and ecological systems to mitigate, endure, and adapt to short-term shocks and long-term stressors – has become a buzzword in development and humanitarian circles.

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.

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