6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

The Future Direction of International Affairs Education and Foreign Language Study in the United States

May 07, 2014 // 8:30am — 3:30pm
Three panels of academic, industry and government experts examined current developments in international affairs education and foreign language study. Topics included area studies in a globalized world, future direction of funding, and leveraging technology to teach international education.

FDR, the Jews, and the Holocaust: Resolving the Controversy

May 19, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Nearly seventy-five years after World War II, scholars hotly despite whether FDR was a hero of the Jews or a bystander or worse to the Nazi’s persecution and slaughter of Jews. In this talk Lichtman will draw upon the findings of his prize-winning book, FDR and the Jews (co-authored with Richard Breitman), to resolve the controversy. He will present a new portrait of a consummate politician— compassionate but also pragmatic—struggling with opposing priorities under perilous conditions.

Arctic 2014: Who Gets a Voice and Why It Matters

May 21, 2014 // 9:00am — 12:00pm
Tensions over security, access, and environmental impacts in the Arctic are rising. While members of the Arctic Council (Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, the United States) assert their established rights under new circumstances, an increasing number of non-Arctic states (including China, Korea, Japan, and Singapore) seek an active role in the region.

National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change

May 15, 2014 // 1:00pm — 2:30pm
Climate change poses a serious threat to U.S. national security and is becoming a “catalyst for conflict” in vulnerable countries, according to a panel of retired military leaders.

Film Screening: PRECIOUS LIFE

May 12, 2014 // 4:00pm — 6:00pm
Directed by Israeli journalist Shlomi Eldar, the timely documentary PRECIOUS LIFE received the 2010 Ophir Award (the Israeli Academy Award®) for Best Documentary. The film has also been shortlisted for an Oscar.
Photo by Mona Youssef

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon: Why it Matters

May 22, 2014 // 12:15pm — 1:15pm
Trials at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon began in January 2014. Five people are accused in relation to the attack that killed the former Lebanese Prime Minister, Rafiq Hariri, and 21 others. Daryl Mundis, the Registrar of the court, and the former Chief of Prosecutions, will discuss the evolution of the court and its work so far.

The Roma and Human Rights: Challenges and Goals in 2014 – Lessons from the Past, Eyes to the Future

May 19, 2014 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
The Roma have been persecuted ever since their arrival from the Indian subcontinent to Europe in the 14th Century and pervasive discrimination continues towards the Roma today. Why does a people so resilient still have to endure widespread exclusion, racism and discrimination? Experts from the fields of sociology, law, politics, and history will discuss the future of the Roma, including the prospect for Roma integration in Europe and the remaining challenges for granting the Roma population full human rights. They will also address the issue of Roma rights at the local, national, EU, and international levels.

Asia in the World: Economic, Political, Military, and Social Challenges

May 27, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
A book launch event for the new edition of International Relations of Asia, edited by David Shambaugh and Michael Yahuda.

Bankrupt: Detroit and the Future of Urban America

May 12, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Detroit is the largest American municipality to have declared bankruptcy. Leading urban historian Thomas Sugrue examines the roots of the city's fiscal crisis, its implications for urban finance, pensions, and the future of American cities, and examines the opportunities and obstacles that Detroit faces in its efforts to restructure its local government, redevelop its downtown and neighborhoods, and reorganize its troubled economy.

A Poisonous Thorn in Our Hearts: Sudan and South Sudan's Bitter and Incomplete Divorce

May 20, 2014 // 1:00pm — 2:30pm
Benefiting from unsurpassed access to the politicians, rebels, thinkers and events that are shaping the Sudans, author James Copnall draws a compelling portrait of two misunderstood countries. He will discuss his new book "A Poisonous Thorn in Our Hearts" where he argues that Sudan and South Sudan remain deeply interdependent, despite their separation.

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