Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding Events

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Syria: What Lies Ahead

July 16, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
What if the Syrian opposition doesn't unite? Are the Alawites preparing for a separate state? Are the Kurds? What is the likely impact of a Sunni dominated Syrian government on the region? How much U.S. intervention is the right amount? Landis discusses these questions and the future of Syria.
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Urban Resilience in Situations of Chronic Violence

July 12, 2012 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
The relentless violence that besets many cities around the world prompts local responses in the neighborhoods and broader communities. Those responses can comprise what we call resilience. Elements of positive resilience can include an array of protective measures, some of which are organized by the communities alone, some with city or state officials, some with outside organizations like NGOs or development agencies.
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Countering the Lord’s Resistance Army: A Civilian View from the Field

June 20, 2012 // 2:00pm3:30pm
Africa Program
On June 20, the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity, in collaboration with the Africa Program, convened a meeting of practitioners and experts from both the public and private sectors to engage in dialogue surrounding the recent activities undertaken by the international community to counter the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The discussion focused on the complexity of the issue and the need for a multi-sectoral and integrated solution that draws on different approaches and collaboration from local leaders and the international community.

Belarusian State Formation: Examining 1919-1939 Contestation in Poland's West Belarus

June 04, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
As modern Belarus seems to be caught in limbo between the West (EU\NATO) on one side, and Russia with her post-imperial ambitions on the other, it is still undecided where it really belongs. Some observers claim that the modern Belarusian state is Soviet by its origin and design, but there were also suppressed historical alternatives to it in the recent 20th century Belarusian past. Aliaksandr Paharely, Visiting Scholar, Center for Belarusian Studies, Southwestern College, Kansas, will address the putative evolutionary and revolutionary scenarios of social change and nation and states building that were debated in Poland’s West Belarus during the interwar years.
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Peace Without Partners: Can Israeli Unilateralism Lead to a Two-State Solution?

May 17, 2012 // 11:30am1:00pm
Middle East Program
Blue White Future, a non-partisan Israeli organization that seeks to help achieve a two-state solution, has developed a radical new approach to achieve this goal. Blue White Future’s co-founder Ami Ayalon presented the plan and for a wide-ranging discussion of prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace.
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Sri Lanka: Challenges and Opportunities

May 15, 2012 // 3:00pm4:00pm
Asia Program
A public address by Sri Lanka's foreign minister.

Geopolitics, States, and Networks in Central Eurasia

May 09, 2012 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
Spotlight on Central Eurasia Series // Authors and scholars Alexander Cooley and Alexander Kupatadze discuss their research into the interplay of geopolitics and local networks across Central Asia. Cooley explores the dynamics of the new competition between Russia, China and the United States over the region since 9/11, as well as how small states’ interaction with great powers advances our understanding of how world politics actually works in the contemporary era of diminishing Western influence and rising new regional powers. Author Alexander Kupatadze will discuss the diverging trajectories of organized crime in post-Soviet Eurasia focusing on professional criminals (so-called vory-v-zakone) in Georgia and drug smuggling groups in Kyrgyzstan.
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Global Water Security: The Intelligence Community Assessment

May 09, 2012 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Panelists from the Department of State, National Intelligence Council, Stimson Center, and National Geographic came together at the Wilson Center recently to discuss the U.S. intelligence community’s global water security assessment.

Educating for Democracy: The Case of the European Humanities University

May 08, 2012 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Kennan Institute
This luncheon program will convey the continuing impact of the European Humanities University (EHU) through exchanges with current EHU students and remarks from the university’s founding rector, Anatoli Mikhailov and Eurasia Foundation President, Horton Beebe-Center. The students, a live example of civic education in action, will help to focus the session on the challenges and rewards of educating a rising generation, especially in a state with an authoritarian government.

The 3rd Conference: Africa: 54 Countries, One Union

May 03, 2012 // 9:00amMay 04, 2012 // 5:00pm
Africa Program
"Africa: 54 Countries, One Union" is a follow up to last year's Conference in Washington, DC. This Conference aims to bolster African initiatives on infrastructure and development.

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