November 13, 2013 // 1:30pm — 3:00pm
Bangladesh, a nation with a history of volatile and sometimes violent politics, is entering into a critical political phase. National elections are scheduled to take place by the end of January, and the constitutionally mandated three-month interim period before elections began on October 25. The main opposition party has suggested it may boycott elections, and there are concerns that elections may not be held at all.
November 04, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
October 3, 1993, in Moscow was a beautiful autumn Sunday. It was also the day when domestic political debate collapsed into urban warfare. Confrontation over the drafting of a new constitution and a national referendum had boiled over, and tanks were out on the street in Moscow. Wayne Merry discussed his experiences as an embassy official in Moscow at the time, and the American policy response to the crisis.
October 23, 2013 // 9:35am — 12:30pm
On October 23rd, the Brazil Institute, in partnership with the Canada Institute, hosted a discussion on the implications of Brazil's postponed state visit and the new proposed internet regulatory framework.
October 22, 2013 // 10:00am — 12:00pm
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?
October 16, 2013 // 11:00am — 12:30pm
Luvuyo Mandela, Social Entrepreneur, delivered a keynote address on South Africa's story of struggle, hope, trial & error, and lessons learned. While South Africa has come a long way from the days of apartheid and oppression, and possesses a promising future, this generation feels the pressure to be a beacon of democracy, peace, and inclusion on the continent and for the world. Theirs is a task to maintain the positive momentum that will move the country forward. The youth are key to bringing this future to fruition and through active and engaged citizenship South Africa's promise can be realized.
October 15, 2013 // 9:00am — 10:30am
Francisco Guerrero, Electoral Councilor of the Federal Electoral Institute of Mexico (IFE), will present his book, The Vote of Mexicans Abroad: History, Reflections, and a Look toward the Future. Dr. Guerrero will also speak about current proposals for a political reform in Mexico and the evolving electoral system.
October 11, 2013 // 8:00am — 2:30pm
On Friday October 11, join the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce, the Brazil Institute an the Brazil-US Business Council for a conference on ongoing bilateral economic relationship.
October 04, 2013 // 10:00am — 12:00pm
On Friday, October 4th, the Brazil Institute, São Paulo FGV Law School and American Univeristy College of Law will convene a panel of experts to debate Brazil's largest political corruption scandal.
October 03, 2013 // 5:30pm — 6:30pm
On Thursday October 3, join GWU in the launch of their Brazil Initiative.
October 03, 2013 // 2:30pm — 4:00pm
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.