6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Government Leadership in Sustainability

December 14, 2011 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Opportunities among government and business to partner in support of sustainable design are vast and growing. Martha Johnson, GSA Administrator, will explore how $65 billion and 360 million square feet of federal real estate can become a zero environmental footprint that will reduce waste, support innovation, and boost efficiency.
Henry Hale at The Wilson Center

Russians May be Tiring of Putin Dominance, as Presidential Elections Approach

January 30, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
United Russia is weaker today partly because of changes the party made in its appointment of provincial governors during the Putin and Medvedev administrations, said Henry Hale, Director of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at George Washington University. And although Putin is strongly favored, the outcome is still uncertain for Russia’s upcoming presidential vote, as support ebbs for the former president as voters tire of more than a decade of Putin’s dominance of national politics.
Peter Cheremushkin

Monument Wars across the Post-Soviet Space as a Conflict of Memories and Cultures

January 23, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
The destruction of the monuments of the Soviet past and a buildup of new monuments was supposed to be an indication of the new values that came to the post-Soviet societies after the collapse of the Soviet system. However, not everywhere and not always did it happen to be true. While in Poland the new monuments were accepted by the society in appreciative manner, in Ukraine, Estonia, and Georgia we watched the so-called phenomenon of “The War of the Monuments” when the removal of the old monuments and creation of the new ones was followed by protests and sometimes even riots. Around Russia many old monuments to Lenin remained at place while new monuments to the Russian tsars were erected. All of this basically resulted with a chaos of the views and attitudes and led to the devaluation of the monument as a symbol in the post-Soviet space.

Civil Society and Election Campaigns: Negative and Positive Influences on the Vector of Russian Political Development

January 10, 2012 // 3:30pm — 5:30pm
After the parliamentary elections on December 4th and public reactions to their outcome, the sociopolitical situation in Russia is changing rapidly. Are these processes irreversible, and what are their tendencies? What are the changes in correlation between civil society resources and political party resources, based on the election's results? The speaker will discuss the state’s “forms of public control,” how they influenced the last election campaign, and what new forms of control might emerge during the next presidential election in March 2012. She will also discuss the possible reputational risks for public and other organizations from attempted manipulation by the ruling powers during the election campaign.

Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean: Strategic Location, Strategic Opportunities

December 20, 2011 // 1:00pm — 2:00pm
In this Director's Forum, Her Excellency Dr. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, will discuss how the current regional dynamic in Southeast Europe will impact the intensive negotiations carried out at present under UN auspices.

Accounting for Culture in the Military: Implications for Future Humanitarian Cooperation

December 09, 2011 // 9:30am — 4:00pm
While the military has made the goal of increased cultural knowledge and awareness a priority since the mid-2000s, these developments have yet to be accounted for as part of a broad inter-agency conversation among military and non-military stakeholders. Join us for a conference focusing on the U.S. military’s efforts to develop cultural expertise.

Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict

December 08, 2011 // 12:00pm — 1:30pm
Authors Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan discuss their new book, Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict where they argue that nonviolent campaigns have been more successful than armed campaigns in achieving ultimate goals in political struggles, even when used against similar opponents and in the face of repression.

A Debrief on Busan: What Happened and What’s Next? Analysis and Next Steps Following the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness

December 15, 2011 // 9:00am — 12:30pm
The Woodrow Wilson Center is collaborating with the Alliance for Peacebuilding, Interaction, 3P Human Security and US Agency for International Development to review the deliberations and findings in Busan on improving the impact and effectiveness of aid.

Promoting Links between the Russian Judiciary and Civil Society

December 15, 2011 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
In present-day Russia, the judicial system is a “tool of the authorities,” according to Leonid V. Nikitinsky, independent journalist, Novaya Gazeta, and founder, Leonid Nikitinsky Center for Legal Initiatives. At a 15 December 2011 Kennan Institute seminar, Nikitinsky introduced the discussion of the relationship between civil society and the judiciary in Russia among panelists Tatiana Andreyeva, Deputy Chief Justice, Supreme Commercial (Arbitrazh) Court of the Russian Federation; Mikhail Fedotov, Chairman, President’s Council on Human Rights; and Anna Kovaleva, Head of the Public Relations Department, Supreme Commercial (Arbitrazh) Court of the Russian Federation.

Activism to End Gender-based Violence: Beyond the 16 Days

December 08, 2011 // 4:20pm — 5:00pm
This event, co-sponsored by the Council of Women World Leaders, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Department of State, will feature a rough cut pre-screening of "Meena", a feature film based on Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WeDunn's Best-selling novel, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide." The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on sex trafficking.

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