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Great Powers, Small Wars: Asymmetric Conflict since 1945

May 13, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:30am
In a sophisticated combination of quantitative research and two in-depth case studies, Larisa Deriglazova surveys armed conflicts post–World War II in which one power is much stronger than the other. She then focuses on the experiences of British decolonization after World War II and the United States in the 2003 Iraq war. Great Powers, Small Wars employs several large databases to identify basic characteristics and variables of wars between enemies of disproportionate power. Case studies examine the economics, domestic politics, and international factors that ultimately shaped military events more than military capacity and strategy.

Covert Legions: U.S. Army Intelligence and the Defense of Europe, 1944-1949

May 05, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
As the Third Reich collapsed, Soviet forces moved deep into Central Europe, and the United States had to adjust rapidly to the new political landscape. The intelligence services of the U.S. Army assumed a key role in informing Washington national security policy toward Europe during this critical period. This presentation discusses the early Cold War operations of U.S. Army intelligence as it sought to apprehend war criminals, suppress Nazi subversion, contain communism, and monitor the Red Army.
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Drug Trafficking and Colombia’s Peace Process

May 13, 2014 // 9:00am — 12:30pm
Peace talks between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are continuing in Havana, focused now on the issue of a "solution to the problem of illicit drugs." The formal agenda for the negotiations includes crop substitution, participatory rural development, and more broadly, a "solution to the phenomenon of the production and commercialization of narcotics." If an agreement is reached, how will the dynamic of drug trafficking in Colombia change in the post-conflict era?

Land Restitution, Gender Equity, and Rural Development in Colombia

May 09, 2014 // 9:00am — 11:00am
Colombia’s 2011 Victims and Land Restitution Law is an historic piece of legislation that seeks to redress victims of forced displacement in rural areas and formalize land rights for those who want to return to their properties. As a mechanism of transitional justice, the Law places the victims of conflict at the center of state activity. It also provides a series of positive measures to address the historic and conflict-related discrimination that women victims have experienced when attempting to reclaim their land. Does the Law accomplish these goals and secure gender-equitable property rights for victims of violence?

New Terrorism Meets New Media

May 14, 2014 // 9:00am — 11:00am
There is a clear trend of terrorist "migration" to online social media, including YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. This new arena of open and social systems presents new challenges and requires dramatic shifts in strategic thinking regarding national security and countering terrorism.

Women in Conflict Resolution: Top-Down vs. Bottom-Up Approaches

May 06, 2014 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
The inclusion of women in foreign policy-making and implementation in peace-building and post-conflict transformation is known to result in better policies for all. Yet, women remain under-represented in the field. Attempts to involve women have largely focused on top-down approaches. However, bottom-up approaches demonstrate a lot of potential, as shown by the involvement of women in Turkish-Greek and Turkish-Armenian conflict resolution processes. In which way are bottom-up approaches effective? What can we learn from previous efforts? Which lessons are applicable internationally?

Reagan at Reykjavik: Forty-Eight Hours that Ended the Cold War

May 08, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
In Reagan at Reykjavik: Forty-Eight Hours That Ended the Cold War, former arms control director Ken Adelman, gives readers a dramatic, first-hand account of the Reagan-Gorbachev summit -- the weekend that proved key to ending the Cold War. Based on now-declassified notes of Reagan’s secret bargaining with Gorbachev, and a front-row seat to Reykjavik and other key moments in Reagan’s presidency, Adelman gives an honest portrayal of the man at one of his finest and most challenging moments.

Data Journalism: Principles and Pitfalls of Turning Data into Stories

May 02, 2014 // 9:00am — 11:00am
How do newsrooms think about data? What dilemmas do we face when trying to build a compelling map or visualization?

2014 Ahtisaari Symposium: The Crisis of Euro-Atlantic Security

May 05, 2014 // 9:30am — 2:30pm
The Ahtisaari Symposium series, established at the Wilson Center in 2010 in honor of Nobel Laureate and former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, addresses vital issues concerning European and transatlantic security. This year’s session will focus on The Crisis of Euro-Atlantic Security and will include remarks by President Ahtisaari and a keynote delivered by Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference and Distinguished Wilson Center Fellow.

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