Economics and Globalization Events
November 13, 2012 // 10:30am — 12:00pm
The IMF Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa, launched in Tokyo on October 12, 2012, highlights that economic conditions in the region have remained generally robust against the backdrop of a sluggish global economy. The near-term outlook for the region is also broadly positive: growth is projected at 5¼ percent a year through 2012–13. However, there is considerable diversity within the region, with low income countries and oil producers currently faring better than middle income countries closely linked to European markets.
November 08, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Can the democratic transition in Central and Eastern Europe in the past twenty years be instructive? How has the current economic crisis in Europe impacted democratization on the Western Balkans? By comparing various successful approaches towards promoting democracy in the CEE region, Pavol Demes, transatlantic academy fellow at the German Marshall Fund, derives conclusions about the challenges that new democracies in the Middle East, as well as the former Soviet space may face.
October 31, 2012 // 10:00am — 5:30pm
The Fukushima nuclear meltdown has forced Japan to reconsider its energy policy, and as the country continues to grapple with the aftermath of the March 2011 crisis, public opinion remains deeply divided about the country’s future energy policy including nuclear power. The United States, too, is facing its own challenges, as a bonanza in natural gas within its borders in recent years is redefining the meaning of energy independence. How both countries are looking beyond petroleum to meet their respective energy needs, and prospects for alternative energy sources including nuclear power, were the issues at stake at the latest Japan-U.S. Joint Public Policy Forum, held in Tokyo on Oct. 31. .
October 25, 2012 // 9:00am — 11:00am
Latin American Program
The Latin American Program and the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States are co-hosting a discussion on a book about the China-Latin America relationship.
October 22, 2012 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Surveying Europe’s welfare traditions since 1500, in this seminar session Tom Adams will discuss characteristics of the modern European welfare state, many rooted in long-held values and centuries of experience. Profound social changes have repeatedly challenged communities to re-examine and reshape institutions and practices. The diversity of arrangements across Europe has contributed to an ongoing exchange of observation, experiment, and aspiration – in short, to reform without end.
October 22, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Stephen Crowley, Professor of Politics and Chair, Russian & East European Studies, Oberlin College, and former Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar, Kennan Institute
October 12, 2012 // 9:00am — 12:00pm
On Friday October, 12, join the Wilson Center for a half-day conference on China's on going partnership with Brazil, Canada, and the United States.
October 09, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Rens Lee, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Research Institute, and former Title VIII-Supported Short-Term Scholar, Kennan Institute
Book Discussion: "Is There A Place for Uzbeks in The Kyrgyz Republic?: Lessons from 'Under Solomon's Throne: Uzbek Visions of Societal Renewal in Osh'"
October 04, 2012 // 3:30pm — 5:30pm
Spotlight on Central Eurasia Series // Ethnic Uzbeks in the Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan) attempted to create a place for themselves in the Kyrgyz-dominated nation-state since its independence in 1991. For a while, there were reasons to be optimistic about this minority community. Even though they felt ethnic discrimination, local Uzbek leaders labored through the 1990s and 2000s to build institutions that serve the Uzbek communities within the framework of their Kyrgyzstani citizenship. That model of ethnic community-building now lies in tatters after the massive conflict between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks in June 2010. What now for Uzbeks in the Kyrgyz Republic? As part of the Kennan Institute's Spotlight on Central Eurasia Speaker Series, Morgan Y. Liu will evaluate their prospects in light of sixteen years of detailed ethnographic work among Osh Uzbeks.
October 03, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:30pm
Middle East Program
By talking about such complexities (existence of a large grey economy, regional interdependencies, deep-rooted merchant tradition, existence of semi-state economic institution etc.), the speakers will address the issue why sanctions do not have the intended result in Iran.