6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Russia, Ukraine and Energy Security

July 01, 2014 // 10:30am — 12:00pm
This event focused on energy and its potential impact on future solutions to the Ukraine crisis, as well as overall relations among Russia, other Eurasian states, the European Union, and the United States. Editors of the second edition of Energy and Security (now in its second printing by Woodrow Wilson Center Press and Johns Hopkins University Press) Jan Kalicki and David Goldwyn have served in leading energy and foreign policy roles in five U.S. administrations, Democratic and Republican.

Russia's Far Right and Far Left Friends in Europe

July 11, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:00pm
In recent years Russia has shown a growing interest in East European far-right parties. Now Russia, as Political Capital Institute research demonstrates, is increasingly involving itself with far-right and far-left parties of Western Europe as well. At a time of political and economic crisis some European political forces have become particularly receptive to Russia’s new conservative, increasingly nationalist message. PCI Director Peter Kreko will discuss the changing perception of Russia on the political fringes of European politics and the new challenges it poses for Euro-Atlantic integration at both the national and the EU level.
Photo by Mona Youssef

In the Mainstream: Religious Extremism in the Middle East and North Africa

July 11, 2014 // 9:00am — 11:00am
Panelists discuss the rise and prominence of religious extremism in the MENA region. Although most attention and policies focus on the problem of violent religious extremism, non-violent religious extremism continues to spread in communities throughout the region. Both forms are significant in their ability to alter the social, cultural, and political landscapes of Muslim-majority countries. Speakers examine these issues and discuss how the United States and international community can address the rise of religious extremism in the MENA region.

Vodka Politics: Alcohol, Autocracy, and the Secret History of the Russian State

June 27, 2014 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
The prevalence of drunkenness in Russia is often dismissed as cliché— a cultural quirk of little political significance. But just as vodka plays a central role in Russian society, so too is it central to understanding Russian history and politics.

Environmental Dimensions of Sustainable Recovery: Learning From Post-Conflict & Disaster Response

June 25, 2014 // 9:00am — 11:00am
“Environmental specialists need to change,” said Anita van Breda at the Wilson Center on June 25. “In the new normal, our work has to have a different relevancy.”
Photo by Mona Youssef

Whither the Palestinians

July 07, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:15pm
Iraq and Syria may be dominating the headlines, but the Israeli-Palestinian issue remains a volatile and unpredictable piece of the Middle Eastern puzzle. Join us as three veteran analysts and practitioners discuss the Palestinians and their politics, including the recent unity agreement, the impasse in the peace process, and the prospects for elections in the West Bank and Gaza. This event is part of The Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Middle East Forum of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Book Launch: Restoring Public Debt Sustainability

June 26, 2014 // 12:30pm — 1:30pm
Restoring Public Debt Sustainability: the Role of Independent Fiscal Institutions (Oxford University Press) represents the first comprehensive survey of a new generation of independent fiscal institutions, established to promote transparency in public finances through real-time monitoring of the soundness of budgetary policymaking. The editor George Kopits will discuss the book with Alice Rivlin.

A Conversation with Supercommunicator Frank Pietrucha

June 20, 2014 // 2:00pm — 3:15pm
Public Engagement in an Age of Complexity, a new project of the Science & Technology Innovation Project (STIP) at the Wilson Center, is proud to host Frank J. Pietrucha, author of Supercommunicator: Explaining the Complicated So Anyone Can Understand.

Chile’s New Foreign Policy

June 17, 2014 // 4:30pm — 6:00pm
A presentation on Chile's new foreign policy featuring the country's Minister of Foreign Affairs, The Honorable Heraldo Muñoz.

Energy Security in the Black Sea Region

June 19, 2014 // 12:30pm — 2:00pm
The Global Europe Program recently hosted Martin Tsanov, an energy expert at the Center for the Study of Democracy in Bulgaria, who presented the most recent outlook on main energy security risks for Bulgaria and countries in the Black Sea region as based on the cutting-edge International Index of Energy Security Risks developed by the Institute for 21st Century Energy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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