6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

The Kennan Diaries

October 03, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
The Kennan Diaries reveals the personal life and the political, philosophical, and spiritual concerns of America’s most noted diplomat and foreign policy strategist, George F. Kennan. Edited by historian Frank Costigliola, The Kennan Diaries is a landmark work of profound intellectual and emotional power.

"The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union"

October 03, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:30am
Serhii Plokhii presented his latest book, "The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union." Using recently declassified documents and original interviews, Plokhii examines the events leading up to the collapse of the Soviet Union. He reveals that it was largely inter-republic disunity and not American influence that led to the surprising dissolution of one of the world's two superpowers. Plokhii provides new insight into the events leading up to 1991, which continue to reverberate to the present day.

Book Launch - Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution

October 08, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:00am
The Predator was transformed in a shockingly short time from a flimsy remote-control airplane with a camera under its chin to the first killing device whose users could stalk and annihilate a targeted individual on the other side of the world from a position of utter invulnerability. Join us as author Richard Whittle and former National Security Council counter-terrorism senior adviser, Richard Clarke, discuss this controversial topic with the release of Whittle's new book: Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution.

Tomorrow’s Workforce: How Can America Remain Competitive?

October 16, 2014 // 12:30pm — 1:45pm
Cybersecurity is vital for U.S. global security and competitiveness: data thefts compromise individuals, government agencies, and companies daily, threatening our economy.

Four Keys for Re-launching the OAS

September 30, 2014 // 11:00am — 12:15pm
The Honorable Luis Almagro will discuss the future of the Organization of American States.

"Putin's Kleptocracy - Who Owns Russia?"

October 01, 2014 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
Former Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar, Karen Dawisha, presented her new book "Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?" with Elizabeth A. Wood joining her as a discussant. The book traces Putin's sudden rise to power and examines the network of individuals who rose to power and riches along with him. Dawisha’s provocative new study further addresses the nature of Putin’s power vertical and the endemic corruption that accompanies his system.

OECD Perspectives on Global Development

October 16, 2014 // 2:00pm — 3:00pm
This seminar will present the 2014 Perspectives on Global Development report which focuses on the global economic shift to developing countries and stresses how boosting productivity growth can meet the middle-income challenge, giving detailed comparative analysis of productivity levels and changes over time.

Russia and U.S.: Is a Real Partnership Still Possible?

October 06, 2014 // 1:30pm — 3:00pm
Former Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov spoke about the current state of U.S.-Russia relations during one of the tensest times since the end of the Cold War. Joining him to discuss current events affecting this important relationship was former CNN foreign correspondent Jill Dougherty.

What’s Youth Got to Do With It? Investing in Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health

September 24, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
“Half of the world’s population is under 30 – any development agenda would have to address their needs, including their health needs, as part of accomplishing development goals.”
Photo: Wenceslas Square, 17 November, 1989

Promoting Free Media: Informing the 1989 Velvet Revolution and the Challenge Today

October 16, 2014 // 2:00pm — 6:00pm
Czechs and Slovaks regained their freedom in November 1989 through non-violent protests in Prague, Bratislava, and other towns of then Czechoslovakia. Their Velvet Revolution climaxed a decade of renewed civic challenges to a repressive Communist regime that began with Charter 77 dissidents including Vaclav Havel and accelerated after 1986. Twenty five years after the Velvet Revolution, Europe today is whole and free, but democracy and prerequisite independent media are on the decline in much of the former Soviet Union and elsewhere. RFE/RL, now operating from Prague, VOA, Radio Free Asia, Middle East Broadcasting Network, and Radio Marti, all publicly funded by the U.S. Congress, work to redress the information deficit.

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