6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Is the Border More Efficient? More Secure? — Progress and Challenges in Managing the U.S.-Mexico Border

February 27, 2013 // 1:30pm — 3:30pm
In 2009, the Pacific Council on International Policy and the Mexican Council on Foreign Affairs convened the Binational Task Force on the United States-Mexico Border. The group issued a series of recommendations regarding border management, which were detailed in the report, “Managing the United States-Mexico Border: Cooperative Solutions to Common Challenges.” Now, as border management plays a key role in the debate over immigration reform, the Task Force will reconvene to evaluate progress in managing the U.S.-Mexico border.

South Africa’s Policy Challenges in the Next Four Years

February 11, 2013 // 2:00pm — 3:30pm
This event featured a presentation by Reverend Frank Chikane on the issues that will face South Africa over the next four years. Chikane has served as Director General for every South African President since 1994 and brings a unique “insider’s” perspective and unparalleled experience with regard to governance in South Africa.

Book Launch: U.S. Ambassadors to Mexico, The Relationship Through Their Eyes

February 26, 2013 // 1:30pm — 3:30pm
Please join us for a discussion with the book’s author and three of the ambassadors whose testimonies constitute the centerpiece of the volume.

CANCELLED: Britain – the Question of Written Constitutions and the World Since 1776

February 11, 2013 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
After the American and French Revolutions, new-style written constitutions gradually came to be viewed as an essential symbol of a modern state. Britain fought against these two revolutions and has famously retained its un-codified constitution.

The Year Ahead in Environment and Energy

January 25, 2013 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Which environmental issues will dominate headlines this year? A panel of veteran journalists offer their thoughts on what will be the biggest environment and energy stories in the U.S. and around the world in 2013.

Nation Building: The Plan for Public Education in Post-Earthquake Haiti

February 07, 2013 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
Nearly 50% of the Haitian population is under the age of 18. Thus restructuring Haiti’s education system is the Government of Haiti’s top priority, a challenge complicated by the devastating 2010 earthquake. The Haitian Minister of Education, along with U.S. education reform expert Paul G. Vallas, share the details, the challenges, the progress and the need to realize Haiti’s vision for its future through education.

DRC Update: Overview on Security and Development by Prime Minister Matata Ponyo Mapon

February 06, 2013 // 10:00am — 11:30am
This event featured remarks from the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Prime Minister, H.E. Matata Ponyo Mapon, on matters regarding the country’s security and path to development. This discussion also featured Cynthia Akuetteh, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs as a panelist.

Six Months in 1945: The Origins of the Cold War

February 04, 2013 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
The Cold War effectively began in 1945, as soon as Americans and Russians encountered each other in the heart of Europe. But nobody, not least Stalin, wanted the Cold War.

From Cyber to Immigration, Terrorism to Disasters: Securing America in the Next Administration

January 24, 2013 // 9:30am — 10:30am
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano discussed her departments plans to protect America from multiple threats. This event was co-sponsored with the Aspen Institute's Homeland Security Group.
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Boris Rabbot and the "Shestidesiatniki:" The Forgotten Liberals of the 1960s

February 25, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Boris Rabbot, a journalist and sociologist, was in the vanguard of the pre-perestroika "shestidesiatniks," influential intellectuals and party leaders who vigorously advocated a policy of liberalization within the Soviet system. His widow, Lynn Visson, Visiting Adjunct Professor and Visiting Associate, Monterey Graduate School Institute of Translation and Interpretation, retired UN interpreter and co-compiler of "Boris Rabbot: An Unheeded Voice of the 1960s," discussed how he and the intellectuals of his generation presaged the reformers of the Gorbachev era.

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