6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Russia and U.S.: Is a Real Partnership Still Possible?

October 06, 2014 // 1:30pm — 3:00pm
Former Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov spoke about the current state of U.S.-Russia relations during one of the tensest times since the end of the Cold War. Joining him to discuss current events affecting this important relationship was former CNN foreign correspondent Jill Dougherty.

What’s Youth Got to Do With It? Investing in Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health

September 24, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
“Half of the world’s population is under 30 – any development agenda would have to address their needs, including their health needs, as part of accomplishing development goals.”
Photo: Wenceslas Square, 17 November, 1989

Promoting Free Media: Informing the 1989 Velvet Revolution and the Challenge Today

October 16, 2014 // 2:00pm — 6:00pm
Czechs and Slovaks regained their freedom in November 1989 through non-violent protests in Prague, Bratislava, and other towns of then Czechoslovakia. Their Velvet Revolution climaxed a decade of renewed civic challenges to a repressive Communist regime that began with Charter 77 dissidents including Vaclav Havel and accelerated after 1986. Twenty five years after the Velvet Revolution, Europe today is whole and free, but democracy and prerequisite independent media are on the decline in much of the former Soviet Union and elsewhere. RFE/RL, now operating from Prague, VOA, Radio Free Asia, Middle East Broadcasting Network, and Radio Marti, all publicly funded by the U.S. Congress, work to redress the information deficit.

Film Screening: "Liberty Train, Next Stop Freedom"

October 10, 2014 // 3:00pm — 6:00pm
"Liberty Train, Next Stop Freedom" portrays the dramatic events surrounding the mass occupation of the West German embassy in Prague by East German refugees seeking permission to leave for the West. Negotiations between East and West Germany in late September 1989 led to their release and their travel by special trains from Prague to West Germany via the GDR on a chilly night at the end of September. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with two Germans who grew up and experienced the revolutionary changes of 1989-90 in East Germany.

The Ukraine Crisis: the View from Odessa

September 22, 2014 // 1:00pm — 2:30pm
Odessa has seen some of the worst violence and clashes outside of the war-torn eastern provinces of Ukraine but has received relatively little coverage. Join us for a discussion of Odessa's perspective on the ongoing crisis with Volodymyr Dubovyk, Director, Center for International Studies, I. Mechnikov National University in Odessa.

Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman Gives Remarks at The Wilson Center

September 29, 2014 // 10:30am — 11:30am
Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman spoke on the revolutionary changes in the world’s energy environment that he has witnessed during his tenure.

International Affairs and Transnational Relations

September 29, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Acclaimed Harvard historian Akira Iriye will reflect on the study of history today, examining recent historiographic trends and phenomena like “motion,” “interconnectedness,” and “hybridity” in an effort to move away from a Euro-centric approach.

China’s Quest for Safe + Secure Food: Boon for U.S. Business?

September 30, 2014 // 9:00am — 11:00am
Lester Brown (Earth Policy Institute) will talk about rapid shifts in food production and consumption in China that are threatening the country’s food security and changing global food markets. Amy Celico (Albright Stonebridge Group) will discuss how the gaps in oversight of food producers and growing water and soil contamination are opening up new opportunities for U.S.-China business and policy collaboration.

What’s Next? Celebrating 20 Years of the Environmental Change and Security Program

September 18, 2014 // 2:00pm — 4:00pm
Global crises like the Ebola outbreak force us to consider what “security” really means, said Sharon Burke, senior advisor for the New America Foundation. “Is security getting our kids to school and food on the table…or are you talking about military security and defense threats that require a weapon to counter?”

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