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One Hundred Victories
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One Hundred Victories: Special Ops and the Future of American Warfare

October 28, 2013 // 3:55pm5:15pm
Asia Program
The Wilson Center's Asia Program and Middle East Program present author Linda Robinson, senior international policy analyst at RAND and former Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar as she discusses her book, "One Hundred Victories: Special Ops and the Future of American Warfare."

Speaking Rights to Power: Constructing Political Will

October 24, 2013 // 9:00am11:00am
Latin American Program
"Speaking Rights to Power: Constructing Political Will" is a path-breaking study by Professor Alison Brysk in which she analyzes how human rights rhetoric works, and how to make it work better.

Food Security and Sociopolitical Stability

October 22, 2013 // 10:00am12:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Global food price spikes in 2008 and again in 2011 coincided with a surge of political unrest in low- and middle-income countries. Governments and philanthropic foundations have begun redoubling efforts to resuscitate agricultural research and technology transfer, as well as to accelerate the modernization of food value chains to deliver high quality food inexpensively, faster, and in greater volumes to urban consumers. But is this enough?

The New Political Landscape of Afghanistan's Neighborhood After '2014'

October 21, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Much attention is being devoted to the changing security situation in Afghanistan as US/NATO forces prepare to end the current mission and begin a new status in the country. Already, Afghanistan's immediate neighbors (and somewhat distant, such as Russia) are addressing what they see as the key concerns of the coming years. Roger Kangas spoke about potential regional outcomes as the balance of security changes in the coming years.
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The Demographic Dividend: Economic Growth With Changing Age Structures

October 15, 2013 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
In the latter half of last century, Thailand and other East Asian countries successfully capitalized on shifts in their age structures to gain a boost in economic productivity, a phenomenon known as the demographic dividend. Today, despite the hitherto sluggish pace of Africa’s demographic transition, scholars and politicians remain hopeful that similar changes on the continent may lead to faster development in coming decades.

Why Communism Did Not Collapse: Understanding Authoritarian Regime Resilience in Asia and Europe

October 03, 2013 // 2:30pm4:00pm
Cold War International History Project
Martin K. Dimitrov, Associate Professor of Political Science at Tulane University, will speak on the puzzling durability of communist autocracies in Eastern Europe and Asia, the the longest-lasting type of non-democratic regime to emerge after World War I.
Webcast

How Many Light Bulbs Does it Take to Change China? — China’s Strategies for Lowering Energy’s Environmental Footprint

October 03, 2013 // 11:50am2:00pm
China Environment Forum
Three speakers will go well beyond light bulbs in discussing China’s sweeping, comprehensive and aggressive measures to improve air quality by capping coal consumption and better regulating pollution emissions from coal-fired power plants.
Webcast

Climate Change in a Growing, Urbanizing World: Understanding the Demography of Adaptation (Book Launch)

October 02, 2013 // 11:45am1:30pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
The effects of climate change are often conveyed through the lens of changing physical landscapes. Shifting weather patterns, the intensification of drought, flooding, and coastal erosion are all primary areas of climate research. But do researchers know enough about changes in the size, distribution, and composition of human populations as they relate to climate vulnerability?

The China-Russia Reversal

September 30, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Why is China, rather than Russia, emerging as a major commercial, industrial and military power on the global stage? When Mao died in 1976, Russia led China on every indicator of modernization, and many of the Chinese systems of education, science and technology, and industrial organization were copied from the USSR.
Webcast

Storytelling Is Serious Business: Narratives, Research, and Policy

September 30, 2013 // 11:50am2:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
The use of storytelling, through evocative writing, short films, infographics, and maps, to convey global issues is increasingly popular, yet few organizations are able to invest the time and energy needed to develop emotionally compelling and visually expressive content.

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