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Transitional Justice in Colombia’s Peace Process

May 23, 2013 // 9:00am11:00am
Latin American Program
A conference to explore diverse perspectives and the political scenario in which they debate and define the legal framework for an eventual demobilization and reincorporation of the guerrillas after the Peace Accords in Colombia.
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A Conversation with Congressman Henrique Eduardo Alves, Speaker of Brazil's House of Representatives

May 22, 2013 // 9:00am11:00am
Brazil Institute
On Wednesday, May 22nd, the Brazil Institute welcomes the President of Brazil's Chamber of Deputies, Congressman Henrique Eduardo Alves.

Private Discussion on Current Prospects for Madagascar with Béatrice Atallah

May 21, 2013 // 10:00am11:30am
Africa Program
Malagasy democracy has been in what one participant termed a “state of turbulence” since a military coup d’état in March 2009. A roadmap to peace was signed in September 2011, and the CENI-T was formed in February 2012 as a formal body to manage the electoral process. The discussion focused on CENI-T’s activities to ensure a credible election, as well as the challenges associated with this process.
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The Role of Local Institutions in Climate Change Adaptation

May 13, 2013 // 2:30pm4:30pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Effective local institutions are central to society’s ability to respond to the impacts of climate change. Our capacity to adapt is dependent on a wide range of factors with complex institutional arrangements: production strategies, land and water governance, social support systems, household and gender dynamics, availability of weather and climate information, and interaction with external actors, among others. The interaction between local and national institutions is also an important, and often complex, factor.
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Media Briefing: Pakistan's General Elections

May 09, 2013 // 10:30am11:00am
Wilson Center experts answered media questions from the media about Pakistan's May 11, 2013 General Elections.

U.S. Should Isolate Phnom Penh: Cambodia's Opposition Leader

May 08, 2013 // 1:00pm2:00pm
Asia Program
The United States and European Union should isolate Cambodia from the international community to force it to push through political reform, according to the leader of the country’s leading opposition party. Pressure can be exerted by boycotting goods and cutting off aid to Phnom Penh, argued the Cambodia National Rescue Party’s leader Sam Rainsy in a presentation at the Wilson Center May 8.
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POSTPONED: Director's Forum: "Peace at Last: Closing the Chapter of Instability in the Balkans"

May 08, 2013 // 12:30pm1:30pm
Global Women's Leadership Initiative
Please note this event has been postponed.

The Politics of Nation-Building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees and Minorities

May 07, 2013 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Global Europe Program
What drives a state's choice to assimilate, accommodate, or exclude ethnic groups within its territory? In this pathbreaking work on the international politics of nation-building, Harris Mylonas argues that a state's nation-building policies toward non-core groups - any aggregation of individuals perceived as an unassimilated ethnic group by the ruling elite of a state - are influenced by both its foreign policy goals and its relations with the external patrons of these groups.
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Why Did Russia Let the Republics Go? Revisiting the Fall of the USSR

April 29, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Few people expected the USSR to fall apart as it did, without a major bloodshed. Serhii Plokhii, Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History, Harvard University, attempts to answer the question of why Russia of Boris Yeltsin did not follow into the footsteps of Serbia of Slobodan Milosevic, by examining the decisions made by Boris Yeltsin and his advisors in the late summer and fall of 1991.

A Briefing on the Niger Delta: Where Things Stand

April 26, 2013 // 2:00pm3:30pm
Africa Program
Contrary to the deadly and deeply troubling situation in northern Nigeria and parts of the Middle Belt, ongoing insecurity, abductions, and politically-motivated violence in the oil-producing Niger Delta, a hotbed of unrest and instability just a few years ago, seems to be abating.

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