6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

The Russian Orthodox Church and Russia’s Foreign Policy Vectors

October 15, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Contemporary Russia has a set of overlapping and sometimes contradictory foreign policies. Nikolas K. Gvosdev discusses the role the Russian Orthodox Church plays in Russia's foreign policy process.

Deciphering Russian Policy on Syria: What Happened…and What’s Next

October 07, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Since the Arab Spring arrived in Syria in 2011, Russia has strongly supported the Assad regime’s efforts to suppress its opponents, while the U.S. has remained relatively uninvolved. Mark N. Katz, Professor of Government and Politics at George Mason University, analyzed the next steps as Russia and the U.S. work to cooperate on Syria.

New Visions for Citizen Science

November 20, 2013 // 1:00pm — 5:00pm
This roundtable will connect federal agencies hoping to initiate or expand open innovation projects with leaders in citizen science, who are engaging the public participates in scientific research through lab and field work, crowdsourcing platforms, and online games. Opening remarks by Kumar Garg, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and keynote by Bob Perciasepe, EPA Deputy Administrator.

The Legal and Media Worlds Look at the 2013-14 Supreme Court Term

September 25, 2013 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
In this event co-sponsored with the American Bar Association for Public Education, panelists will discuss the upcoming Supreme Court term and how the modern media cover our nation’s highest court.
Photo by Mona Youssef

Challenges of Chemical Weapons Disarmament in Syria

September 27, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
The U.S.-Russian agreement on Syria’s chemical weapons calls on the Assad regime to provide an inventory of its weapons stockpile and agree to a timetable for their removal and ultimate destruction. Charles Duelfer, a leading expert on WMD disarmament with extensive experience in Iraq with the UN and the U.S. government, will discuss the practical challenges of implementing this accord.

Reshaping Eurasia's Future: Russia, China, and the EU

September 25, 2013 // 9:00am — 2:00pm
Eurasian geopolitics are more fluid now than they have been for at least a decade. The looming U.S. withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan and Russia's uncertain capabilities in the region leave a vacuum for new extra-regional powers to fill.
Photo by Mona Youssef

Egypt’s Predicament after Two Revolutions

September 24, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Makram-Ebeid discusses the roadmap for the way ahead and transitional justice in Egypt after having been through two revolutions since 2011.

Fulbright NEXUS Regional Scholar Program

September 18, 2013 // 8:30am — 4:00pm
The Fulbright NEXUS Program is a network of junior scholars, professionals, and mid-career applied researchers from the United States and other Western Hemisphere nations participating in a year-long program that includes multi-disciplinary, team-based research, a series of three seminar meetings and a Fulbright exchange experience. Fulbright NEXUS scholars spend up to one calendar year engaged in projects in one of three broad, interrelated areas: Science, Technology and Innovation; Entrepreneurship; and Sustainable Energy. Beyond theoretical research, NEXUS aims to influence public policy in these areas.

Investing in Indebtedness: World History and Impoverishment in Africa

September 16, 2013 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Modern Africa's impoverishment, though often alleged to have begun in the era of slaving, deepened during colonial rule, barely paused during the early years of national independence, intensified with the Cold War era of military rule, and – recently – provoked painful structural adjustment programs, has in fact been at the core of the continent’s relationship with the commercial economies surrounding it for a millennium and may reveal as much about world economies as about Africa itself.

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