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CANCELLED - Bookmen at War: Libraries, Intelligence, and Cultural Policy in World War II

January 26, 2015 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
***Due to snow in the weather forecast, this week's Washington History Seminar has been cancelled.*** The Monuments Men have been justly celebrated for their rescue of art treasures in World War II. The focus on individual heroism, however, obscures the larger impact of the war on modern policies and practices toward information, knowledge, and culture. Kathy Peiss explores the role of librarians, collectors, and intelligence agents to explain why and how books mattered in a time of conflict and devastation.

"Political Insults: How Offenses Escalate Conflict"

December 17, 2014 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
In her new book, Karina V. Korostelina offers a novel framework for analyzing the ways in which seemingly minor insults between ethnic groups, nations, and other types of groups escalate to disproportionately violent behavior and political conflict. The book shows that insult can take many forms and has the power to destablize and redefine social and power hierarchies. Korostelina uses her model to explore recent conflicts in Russia, Ukraine, and elsewhere, and to explain the complicated dynamics associated with them.

Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz on 2015 Global Policy Outlook

January 07, 2015 // 10:30am — 12:00pm
On Wednesday, January 7, 2015, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will keynote an event at the Wilson Center entitled “2015 U.S. Energy Policy Outlook: Opportunities and Challenges”. An additional panel of experts from academia, government and the private sector will discuss current global challenges and opportunities in energy markets and politics.

Modern Times in North Korea: Scenes from its Founding Years, 1945-1950

December 15, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
North Korea is often portrayed in mainstream media as a backward place, a Stalinist relic without a history worth knowing. But during its founding years (1945-1950), North Korea experienced a radical social revolution when everyday life became the primary site of political struggle, including quite deliberately a feminist agenda. With historical comparisons to revolutions in the early 20th century, Suzy Kim introduces her recent book through rarely seen archival photos, situating the North Korean revolution within the broader history of modernity.

After Crimea - A Brave New World

December 12, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:00am
Dr. Leonid Gozman, long-time democratic activist and president of the Union of Right Forces, analyzed the current Russian crisis. He explained its consequences for domestic and international affairs as well as windows of opportunity that now exist for the Russian opposition, intelligentsia, and the West.

Human Rights Before Carter

December 08, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Underlying much of the writing on United States foreign relations is the conviction that human rights were of limited consequence in policymaking during the 1960s and the early 1970s. Snyder's current research, however, shows that efforts to emphasize human rights began in the 1960s, driven by nonstate and lower-level actors and facilitating the issue’s later prominence due to the development of the networks and tactics critical to greater institutionalization of human rights in these years.

The Changing Direction of Brazil's Economic Policy

December 08, 2014 // 3:30pm — 5:30pm
On Monday, December 8, the Brazil Institute convened a panel of experts to analyze implications and prospects of Rousseff's second term economic strategy.
Photo by Владимир КОБЗАРЬ

The Russian Far East: A New Arena for Great Power Contests in the Asia Pacific?

December 05, 2014 // 9:00am — 10:30am
Russia’s Far East (RFE), Northeast Asia’s geographic and strategic heartland, is crucial to an understanding of Asia-Pacific power games, and is a potential focal point of geopolitical competition. A region two-thirds the size of the United States, the RFE possesses enormous natural wealth and a vital strategic location on the north Pacific, where the interests of several major powers – China, Japan, the Koreas and the United States – intersect and interact.

The Most Underreported News Stories of 2014

December 10, 2014 // 1:45pm — 3:00pm
Every year there are major events around the world that fly under the mainstream media’s radar despite their seminal impact. Join us as four leading journalists from some of the world’s largest media organizations tell us what they consider to be the most underreported news stories of 2014.

Living Through Extremes: Building Livelihood Resilience Across Sectors and Countries

December 04, 2014 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
As climate change upends established patterns of life, resilience – the ability of social and ecological systems to mitigate, endure, and adapt to short-term shocks and long-term stressors – has become a buzzword in development and humanitarian circles.

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