6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Congress Rising: Obama, Iraq, Syria and the Use of Force

November 12, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:15am
Thirteen years after the attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States is unambiguously at war with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). But when did Congress declare this new war – if it is a new one? According to some members of Congress, the answer is “not yet.” According to the White House, the answer is “more than a decade ago.

Chasing Shadows: The Nixon Tapes, the Chennault Affair, and the Origins of Watergate

November 03, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Forty years after Watergate forced Richard Nixon to resign, Americans still ask why he launched the cover-up that destroyed his presidency. Ken Hughes traces the origins of Watergate back to the final days of the 1968 presidential campaign, when the Nixon campaign sabotaged Vietnam peace talks for political gain, and argues that Nixon’s ultimate loss of the White House was rooted in an obsession with seizing the evidence of the crime by which he gained the presidency in the first place.
Energy & Security

The Energy Security Renaissance in North America

November 06, 2014 // 10:30am — 12:00pm
The recent surge in North American oil and natural gas is moving the balance of power in energy production from the Middle East to the West. Soon, Mexican energy reforms and newly accessible Arctic resources will add to this North American energy boom. U.S. energy infrastructure and policies must adapt to meet the energy revolution occuring in North America. At the same time, energy consumption is growing exponentially in Asia, raising new challenges and opportunities for East-West cooperation in international energy.

Tracking a Changing Climate: Citizen Science Contributions to the National Climate Assessment

November 18, 2014 // 2:00pm — 4:30pm
Join us for a public forum exploring ways in which crowd-based approaches, such as citizen science and community-based monitoring, are and can be used to track climate change and support indicators or indicator systems.

Freeing Yazidi Women: Combating a 21st Century Slavery Revival Project

October 31, 2014 // 9:00am — 10:00am
Matthew Barber, who has conducted research within the Yazidi community and who was in Kurdistan Province when it was attacked by ISIS this summer, and Murad Ismail, a Yazidi-American advocate for the Yazidi community, originally from Sinjar, are both members of the Yazidi delegation visiting Washington, D.C. and are working on efforts to rescue kidnapped Yazidi women.

FAPESP-U.S. Collaborative Research on the Amazon

October 28, 2014 // 8:30am — 5:30pm
The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and the United States Department of Energy Office of Science, in partnership with the Wilson Center's Brazil Institute, held an all-day symposium on collaborative research projects led by scientists in the state of São Paulo, Brazil and in the U.S., targeting the discovery of new science about the Amazon.

Prospects for a Nuclear Agreement with Iran: A Discussion in Honor of Michael Adler

November 12, 2014 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
The world’s major powers (the P5+1) and Iran have been negotiating since last January to convert an interim nuclear accord into a final agreement, and now face a November 24 deadline. As this critical date nears, please join us for this meeting to address the outcome of the negotiations—whether successful in yielding an agreement, extended to allow further negotiations, or at a point of breakdown. What are the implications for U.S. policy toward Iran moving forward, as well as for the broader global effort to forestall the proliferation of nuclear weapons? This event honors the late Michael Adler, distinguished journalist and Public Policy Scholar at the Wilson Center, whose illuminating work improved the quality of public discourse on this vital issue.

Sino-Soviet Relations and the Dilemmas of Socialist Bloc Cooperation: Czechoslovaks in Shanghai, 1956-57

October 27, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
In contrast to traditional approaches to Sino-Soviet relations that focus on ideological conflict and the role of powerful personalities such as Chairman Mao and Nikita Khrushchev, Austin Jersild draws on the experiences of advisers in China in the 1950s to place the Sino-Soviet alliance and split within the broader history of socialist bloc cooperation and the Cold War competition with the United States.
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Australia and the Bomb

January 28, 2015 // 2:00pm — 3:30pm
Based on new archival material from the Australian National Archives and interviews with former and current senior defense officials, Christine M. Leah's new book explores the historical origins of the Asian nuclear landscape and their profound consequences for contemporary policy regarding US extended deterrence and proliferation by allies.

Impact of Low Oil Prices: Petro Power or Petro Poverty?

October 31, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:30am
As oil prices drop, The Wilson Center is focusing on the political and economic implications of lower petroleum prices, as long as they continue, in a number of key countries. Leading experts will speak to what the future could hold for Russia, Iraq, Nigeria, and Venezuela with an added perspective on Saudi pricing power.

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