6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

New Identities for an Ancient City: The Transformation of Kyiv through Art

February 27, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Kyiv needs a clear policy to balance its ancient history and rapid contemporary development. Dr. Moussienko will portray Kyiv as an arena of the various concepts metropolis development and expose the multifunctional role of public arts--from aesthetical to social. She underlines the role of the art as a factor in various social movements dedicated to preserving the historical face of Kyiv.

The Fate of the “Reset” During Political Open Seasons in Russia and the U.S.: Prospects for Change and Continuity

February 21, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
As the 2012 election cycle heats up, critics of the Obama Administration have taken aim at one of the President’s signature foreign policy initiatives: the US-Russia “reset.” Attackers charge that Russia is an untrustworthy partner, and that the government of Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev is fundamentally illegitimate. As Russia’s own presidential transition approaches in March, and with a popular protest movement inspiring Russians to take their pent up frustration to the streets and to the internet, the Kremlin could benefit from a crisis with Washington that forces Russians to rally around the flag. During this tense period, how can the US minimize damage to important areas of US-Russia cooperation, like the mission in Afghanistan, nuclear non-proliferation, and counter-terrorism, while laying groundwork for renewed progress in the future?

Azerbaijan: 20 Years of Independence

February 13, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Mr. Hadjy-Zadeh will trace the evolution of Azerbaijan’s domestic politics since the fall of the Soviet Union, beginning with an overview of the movement for independence and the development of Azerbaijan’s new national identity, and continuing through the presidencies of Elchibey, Heydar Aliyev, and Ilham Aliyev. Mr. Hadjy-Zadeh will speak from his perspective as a political and economic analyst, as well as a former opposition party leader, to document the development of Azerbaijan into its current “pseudo-democratic” state, including the impact of the oil boom. Furthermore, he will mobilize his experience as Azerbaijan’s former Ambassador to Russia in order to provide an insider’s perspective on Azerbaijan’s foreign politics with Russia, the West, and its local neighbors, such as Turkey and Iran. Finally, Mr. Hadjy-Zadeh will highlight the current tensions arising in his country between movements for human rights and religious freedom and the rise of religious extremism.

Georgian-South Ossetian Confidence Building Processes

February 06, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Dr. Susan Allen Nan will discuss the Georgian-South Ossetian relationship, including insights from the 14 Georgian-South Ossetian confidence building workshops she has convened over the past three years, the most recent of which was in January. The series of unofficial dialogues catalyze other confidence building measures and complement the Geneva Talks official process.

Revisiting "The Icon and the Axe" and Its Impact on Russian Studies

February 03, 2012 // 3:30pm — 5:30pm
Michael David-Fox will first speak about his own engagement with "The Icon and the Axe" and what it has meant for him during a quarter century studying and researching Russian and Soviet history. Eric Lohr will reflect upon how the "The Icon and the Axe" impacted his decision to pursue Russian studies and the impact of the book and Billington's Faces of Russia video series upon his students. Kathleen Parthé will focus on some of the reasons for the enduring appeal of "The Icon and the Axe" among a wide variety of readers.

Why Brazilians Like Dilma Despite The Bad News

January 11, 2012 // 1:30pm — 3:30pm
President Dilma Rousseff’s first year in office was marked by a decline in domestic economic growth and an increase in corruption scandals. Yet Rousseff ended 2011 with a 72% approval rating. The Wilson Center and the Brazil Institute reflect on Brazil’s first female president’s performance and what lays ahead on the domestic and international fronts.

Women Leaders and Emerging Leaders: A Force Multiplier

January 11, 2012 // 9:30am — 11:15am
As the Council of Women World Leaders celebrates its 15th anniversary and a move to The Wilson Center, Finnish President Tarja Halonen, former Irish President Mary Robinson, and U.N. Special Representative Margot Wallstrom share their stories for the next generation.

Book Discussion: The Educational Legacy of Woodrow Wilson

January 12, 2012 // 4:00pm — 5:00pm
In "The Educational Legacy of Woodrow Wilson," James Axtell brings together essays by eight leading historians and one historically minded political scientist to examine the long, formative academic phase of Wilson’s career and its connection to his relatively brief tenure in politics.

The Transformation of the Middle East: Challenge and Response of the International Community

January 18, 2012 // 11:00am — 12:00pm
A Director's Forum with Ambassador Peter Wittig, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations

New Negro Women and Beyond: Posing Beauty in African American Culture

January 18, 2012 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Join US Studies and the National Women's History Museum on Wednesday, January 18 for the fourth lecture in "The Past, Present, and Future of U.S. Women's History" series.

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