6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Counting Coup? Evolving Memories of August 1991 in Russia

October 17, 2011 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
August 19, 2011 marked the 20th anniversary of the 1991 coup attempt in Russia. Harley Balzer argued that the combination of “strong opposition, resistance, subversion, and bureaucratic inertia” were crucial in defeating the Communist party leaders’ attempt to seize power from Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev in August 1991. As memories fade and the Russian government seeks to undermine belief in popular political efficacy, the prevailing narrative of August 1991 suggests that an ill-conceived and poorly executed attempt to seize power failed because of its leaders’ incompetence, their serious miscalculation of public opinion, or Gorbachev’s failure to support political allies whose actions he had previously endorsed.

Book Discussion: <i>Citizens in the Making in Post-Soviet States</i>

October 11, 2011 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
The political outlook of young people in the countries of the former Soviet Union is crucial to their countries’ future political development. This is particularly relevant now as the first generation without firsthand experience of communism at first hand is approaching adulthood. Based on extensive original research and including new survey research amongst young people, this book examines young people’s political outlook in countries of the former Soviet Union; it compares and contrasts Russia, where authoritarianism has begun to reassert itself, and Ukraine, which experienced a democratic breakthrough in the aftermath of the Orange Revolution.

China at a Crossroads: Distress Over Democratization or an Omen of Collapse?

August 04, 2011 // 10:00am — 11:30am
Through an in-depth analysis of China’s actual conditions on the ground–the “crossroads” it faces–this presentation suggested ways to make sense of China’s uncertain future.

USG's Support for Free and Transparent Elections in the DRC

August 09, 2011 // 10:00am — 11:30am
Against the backdrop of protracted instability in the eastern Kivu provinces and the new priorities of the UN’s stabilizing mission in the DRC, the country is set to hold important presidential and legislative elections in November.

The State of the U.S.-Pakistan Relationship: A Discussion with Pervez Musharraf

July 21, 2011 // 11:00am — 12:00pm
Pervez Musharraf, a former president of Pakistan, offers his take on Pakistan's relations with the U.S.

Inauguration Ceremony and Reception: ECNU-Wilson Center Cold War Studies Initiative

August 15, 2011 // 3:00pm — 3:45pm
The Woodrow Wilson Center is pleased to announce an important new project, the ECNU-Wilson Center Cold War Studies Initiative which is a natural outgrowth of the longstanding, close relationship between the Wilson Center's flagship Cold War International History Project (CWIHP) and East China Normal University's (ECNU) Cold War International Studies Center.

Suspended Somewhere Between

July 28, 2011 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Akbar Ahmed’s book of poetry, Suspended Somewhere Between, is personal, historical, and political. During this special event, featuring poetry readings from this new book, Ahmed discussed the role of the arts in interfaith and cross-cultural dialogue.

The Business of Education: Avoiding a Skills Gap

July 18, 2011 // 10:30am — 11:30am
Future U.S. competitiveness will depend on whether our students are given the proper skills to be college and career-ready. Businesses, maybe now more than ever, are investing in education and forming partnerships with schools to help ensure that our students are ready to join and compete in a 21st century global workforce. Boeing is no exception. Project-based learning and an emphasis on STEM subjects will be key to winning the future.

Book Discussion: After Leaning to One Side: China and Its Allies in the Cold War

August 15, 2011 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Shen Zhihua will discuss his latest book, <i>After Leaning to One Side: China and Its Allies in the Cold War</i>.

Brazil, Argentina, and the Road to the NPT

June 15, 2011 // 4:30pm — 6:00pm
For several decades Argentina and Brazil sought to develop their own indigenous nuclear programs and tried to resist the expansion of the global non-proliferation regime. Deep mutual suspicion coupled with status competition colored their relationship and their standing in the face of the major nuclear powers. Starting in the 1980s, however, a range of mechanisms led to an emerging system of mutual inspections that transformed geopolitics in South America, defused threat perceptions, helped the civilian leadership extricate the military from the nuclear programs, and paved the way for entry into the NPT.