Economics and Globalization Events

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Twenty Years of Independence: Reflections on Freedom and Democracy

November 16, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
This Director's Forum will feature Martin Bútora, Honorary President of the Institute for Public Affairs in Bratislava and former Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to the United States (1999-2003). Ambassador Bútora will deliver the keynote address at the 13th annual Czech and Slovak Freedom Lecture.
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China as a Global Power: Contending Views from China

November 15, 2012 // 9:30am4:30pm
Kissinger Institute on China and the United States
The Wilson Center and the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs’ Sigur Center for Asian Studies invite notable scholars, policy makers, and thought leaders to discuss China’s status as an emerging global power. Breakout panel sessions highlight Chinese views on national security and defense, economics, and U.S.-China relations.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Maintaining Growth in an Uncertain World

November 13, 2012 // 10:30am12:00pm
Africa Program
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.

Democracy Promotion in Times of Austerity: Lessons from Central and Eastern Europe

November 08, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
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.

Going Beyond Nuclear: New Energy Security Realities for Japan and the United States

October 31, 2012 // 10:00am5:30pm
Asia Program
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. .
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From the Great Wall to the New World: China and Latin America in the 21st Century

October 25, 2012 // 9:00am11:00am
Latin American Program
The Latin American Program and the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States co-hosted a discussion on a book about the China-Latin America relationship.

18th Inuit Studies Conference 2012

October 24, 2012 // 9:00amOctober 28, 2012 // 6:00pm
Canada Institute
The 18th Inuit Studies Conference will be held in Washington, D.C., from October 24 to October 28, 2012, across the Smithsonian campus on the National Mall. The conference will cover a broad spectrum of topics, including climate change and indigenous peoples; international cooperation in the Arctic; roles of museums and museum collections in preserving Inuit languages, heritage, and culture; governmental programs in the northern regions and their interactions with local communities; and Inuit cultural/political institutions.

Reform Without End: Europe’s Welfare Traditions

October 22, 2012 // 4:00pm5:30pm
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.

Labor Protest and Political Change in Putin’s Russia

October 22, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Stephen Crowley, Professor of Politics and Chair, Russian & East European Studies, Oberlin College, and former Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar, Kennan Institute
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Relations with China from the Perspectives of Brazil and U.S. Global Businesses

October 12, 2012 // 9:00am12:00pm
Brazil Institute
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.

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