6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Democracy Promotion in Times of Austerity: Lessons from Central and Eastern Europe

November 08, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Can the democratic transition in Central and Eastern Europe in the past twenty years be instructive? How has the current economic crisis in Europe impacted democratization on the Western Balkans? By comparing various successful approaches towards promoting democracy in the CEE region, Pavol Demes, transatlantic academy fellow at the German Marshall Fund, derives conclusions about the challenges that new democracies in the Middle East, as well as the former Soviet space may face.

“Woman-Made Women: American Designers, Taste, and Mid-Century Culture”

November 07, 2012 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Join us for a lecture in the series "The Past, Present, and Future of U.S. Women’s History" with Dr. Kathy Peiss

Towards the 2015 General Elections in Nigeria

November 08, 2012 // 2:30pm — 4:00pm
In 2011, the Federal Republic of Nigeria held presidential and parliamentary elections which were widely deemed successful by international standards. However, the post-election violence that erupted after the results were announced indicated societal rifts that may pose challenges for Africa’s most populous country and the importance of beginning preparations for the 2015 election immediately.

Book Discussion: Waging War on Corruption

December 12, 2012 // 9:00am — 10:30am
“Waging War on Corruption – Inside the Movement Fighting the Abuse of Power “ is about power. It is an insider’s account of extraordinary battles against the abuse of public office by politicians and officials for their personal gain. This is a global journey from the birth of pioneering anti-corruption organization Transparency International in 1993, to the Arab Spring in 2011, as courageous people in scores of countries challenge authority and fight for justice. At stake is nothing less than our global security, the reduction of poverty, the stability of our economic and financial systems, and the cause of freedom and democracy.
Prof. Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz, JD

Brown Bag: International Disasters Charter: Introduction, Initial Issues and Experiences

November 30, 2012 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
The International Disasters Charter provides for the voluntary sharing of satellite imagery in the event of major disasters. Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz, JD, will address the contents, structure, and status of the Charter, and highlight its strengths and weaknesses with a focus on how it could develop in the future. She also will discuss data access and sharing issues. This event is co-hosted by the Commons Lab of the Science and Technology Innovation Program, Woodrow Wilson Center, Women in Aerospace, and the National Center for Remote Sensing, Air and Space Law, University of Mississippi School of Law.

Civil Discourse and A Grand Bargain - Lee Hamilton Lecture Series

October 23, 2012 // 12:30pm — 1:30pm
The Honorable James A. Baker, III will deliver an address titled "Civil Discourse and A Grand Bargain" as part of the Lee Hamilton Lecture Series.

Regional Dynamics and Inter-Korean Relations, Past and Present

November 27, 2012 // 10:30am — 4:30pm
Supported by the Korean Ministry of Unification, "Regional Dynamics and Inter-Korean Relations, Past and Present" seeks to bring a broader historical perspective to current issues affecting inter-Korean relations by conveying the importance of deep historical continuities on the Korean Peninsula.

Improving Citizen Security in Central America: Options for Responding to Youth Violence

October 18, 2012 // 9:00am — 12:00pm
The Wilson Center and the Andean Development Corporation are co-sponsoring a discussion on addressing citizen security and youth violence in Latin America.

"Akkyz:" A Film about Tradition and Modernity in Contemporary Kazakhstan

November 20, 2012 // 4:00pm — 6:00pm
Nine-year old Aruzhan lives in harmony with nature on a deserted island, together with her mother and brother. Unwittingly echoing an ancient Kazakh legend, about the creation of the world from the egg of the Sacred White Swan, she tries to protect two abandoned swan eggs. Her brother, meanwhile, seeks opportunity in the city. Neither realizes the price they might pay. Akkyz is a beautiful film about the meeting point, and sometimes conflict, of man and nature, modernity and tradition.

POSTPONED--The Worlds of Joseph Conrad

October 29, 2012 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
What were the historical circumstances behind Joseph Conrad's history of the fin-de-siècle as a turning point in international history? In his novels Heart of Darkness (1899), Lord Jim (1900), Nostromo (1904), and The Secret Agent (1907)--each set on a different continent, each engaging with a different imperial power, each anchored in real-world incidents and in his own personal experience--Conrad anticipated some of the defining themes of the twentieth century.

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