Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding Events

The Evolution of Ukrainian National Identity in the Crucible of Maidan and War

March 02, 2015 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
Volodymyr Kulyk examined the recent evolution of Ukrainian identity in terms of its content and salience. Looking at the impact of the Euromaidan protests and the subsequent military conflict in southeastern Ukraine, he demonstrated the Ukrainians' greater democratic maturity on the one hand and increasing alienation from Russia on the other. In addition to changing preferences of the Ukrainian population as a whole, he discussed continuity and change in regional divisions.
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Authorizing Military Action Against ISIL: Geography, Strategy and Unanswered Questions

February 23, 2015 // 2:00pm3:00pm
For the first time in his Administration, President Barack Obama has submitted to Congress a formal request for additional authority to use military force. Is his draft Authorization for Use of Military Force against ISIL “alarmingly broad,” as The New York Times worries, or a narrow set of handcuffs? Does it empower the Presidency or create—as Senator John McCain put it—“535 Commanders-in-Chief”? From different angles, many ask: Does the proposed AUMF reflect sound law and sound strategy?
Ambassador Martin Dahinden
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Security Challenges in Europe in 2015

January 29, 2015 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Global Europe Program
The program will take a broad view of European security challenges in 2015. Particular emphasis will be placed on the priorities of the Swiss Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) – particularly in Ukraine – and what remains to be done following the transition to Serbian Chairmanship.

Conflict in Eastern Ukraine: Future Prospects

January 13, 2015 // 2:00pm3:30pm
Kennan Institute
Mykola Vorobiev of Ukraine’s Center for Eastern European Perspectives, who has reported from the frontlines of the conflict as an independent journalist, shared his eye-witness perspective on the situation. Michael Kofman, a Public Policy Scholar with the Wilson Center, offered his analysis of the functional aspects of the conflict and future prospects.

"Political Insults: How Offenses Escalate Conflict"

December 17, 2014 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Kennan Institute
In her new book, Karina V. Korostelina offers a novel framework for analyzing the ways in which seemingly minor insults between ethnic groups, nations, and other types of groups escalate to disproportionately violent behavior and political conflict. The book shows that insult can take many forms and has the power to destablize and redefine social and power hierarchies. Korostelina uses her model to explore recent conflicts in Russia, Ukraine, and elsewhere, and to explain the complicated dynamics associated with them.
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Can We Ultimately Defeat ISIL?

December 11, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am
Middle East Program
General John Allen, recently appointed Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, was selected by President Obama to coordinate the international effort against the Islamic State militant group. Join us for General Allen’s first public discussion of the threat posed by the Islamic State.
North Korean Market
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2014 IFES-WWICS Washington Forum on Korea

December 05, 2014 // 12:00pm5:00pm
North Korea International Documentation Project
The Woodrow Wilson Center has partnered with the Institute for Far Eastern Studies (IFES), Kyungnam University, to convene the IFES-WWICS Washington Forum on Korea, an annual gathering designed to give a broader historical perspective to policy discussions on Korea in the United States.

Walls in Ukraine: Art before and after the Euromaidan Revolution

December 02, 2014 // 9:00am10:30am
Kennan Institute
The Berlin Wall, marking the “line of freedom,” has moved to the borders of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko observed in an interview in May 2014. Before the current situation in Ukraine, there was a revolution. Now, newly gained freedoms are paid for with an ongoing crisis. How do artists reflect the political turmoil and societal rifts in their art? What are the roles of artists and the arts in Ukraine’s national crisis? Three prominent supporters of the arts in Ukraine will discuss these questions and more one year after the Euromaidan Revolution began.

New Approaches to Understanding and Engaging North Korea

November 21, 2014 // 3:00pm4:00pm
North Korea International Documentation Project
North Korea is often portrayed as a “hermit kingdom,” its politics inscrutable, and its doors closed to outside influence. However, this dynamic of isolation has begun to erode, thanks in part to scholars and practitioners who have carved out new ways to study North Korea and engage with its people. At the event, young professionals in the field will discuss the various ways in which they have carved out new terrain for working on North Korean issues through archival research, economic training, student exchanges, and leadership studies.
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Update on Venezuela’s Political Climate

November 20, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
Latin American Program

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