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South Africa: Transforming Tomorrow

June 26, 2012 // 1:15pm5:40pm
Africa Program
As part of the Embassy of South Africa’s “South Africa 2012,” the South Africa-Washington International Program (SAWIP) & the Wilson Center Present: South Africa: The Future Ahead.

Revolution and Rebirth: The View from Alexandria, Egypt

June 26, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Ismail Serageldin discusses how Egypt’s Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) saw the rebirth of an ancient institution of scholarship and learning. For eight years in Mubarak’s Egypt, the BA was a beacon for freedom and enlightenment, and helped promote the deep currents that fed Egypt’s revolution in the Arab Spring. Yet its own values and commitments were and are being put to the test as the Egyptian people challenge authority and take charge of their own destiny.
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The Arab Awakening: Is Democracy a Mirage?

June 20, 2012 // 9:00am11:00am
Middle East Program
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Legal Culture and Anti-Corruption Reform: Preliminary Findings of National Survey and Focus Groups Data

June 14, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
As Serbia, Macedonia and Kosovo aim to harmonize their laws with the European Union, little is known about their legal culture and the extent to which European legal transfers are accepted in these countries. Using nationally representative surveys, focus groups, and in-depth interviews in Serbia, Macedonia and Kosovo, this research project maps legal cultures in these countries and investigates the limits of anti-corruption reform.
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The Failure of Democracy in Post-Soviet Eurasia

June 12, 2012 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
Twenty years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, it is clear that democracy has failed to take root in most former Soviet republics. Based on extensive field research in the region, Kennan Institute Title VIII-Supported Research Scholars Jody LaPorte and Danielle Lussier will discuss the varieties of non-democratic regimes that have developed and will offer some explanations for the failure of democracy in Russia, Central Asia, and the Caucasus.

Women’s Leadership in Post-Conflict Liberia: My Journey A Book Launch

May 30, 2012 // 10:00am12:00pm
Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity
Women’s Leadership in Post-Conflict Liberia: My Journey book launch with Author Olubanke King-Akerele, former Minister of Foreign Affairs in Liberia and Special Keynote Address from Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf via video-conference.

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.

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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Justice Reform in Latin America: Why Is It So Difficult?

May 01, 2012 // 9:00am11:30am
Latin American Program
Efforts to strengthen the rule of law and reform judicial systems have been underway in Latin America for well over 25 years. What has been learned so far? What are opportunities and obstacles to produce change?

Tunisia’s Islamists Struggle to Rule

April 25, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
David Ottaway’s recent visit to Tunisia found Ennahda grappling with daunting challenges as it faces an intense struggle between militant Islamists and secularists and a battered economy.

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