Economics and Globalization Events

Is Europe facing a new Era? The Treaty on Stability and the Struggle for Economic Sovereignty in a Political Perspective

December 06, 2012 // 3:00pm4:00pm
Global Europe Program
The current European crisis is not only the crisis of a single country or the crisis of a small group of countries; this crisis is structural. It is not a crisis similar to the 1929 crisis, or similar to the crisis of the 70s. To face it the European Union (without the United Kingdom) has agreed to sign a Treaty on Stability, which is intended to provide economic measures to reduce public debt and to control public finance. This system, however, has a critical weakness: it perpetuates the gap existing between a fully integrated economic system and independent political decision making on the part of EU member states.

Legal Reform and the Fight against Corruption in Russia’s Regions

December 05, 2012 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Kennan Institute
Sergei Leonov, a lawyer in the forefront of anti-corruption efforts by Russia’s business community, will speak about his practical experience pushing for the reform of laws that give rise to corruption. A vice president at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Saratov Region, Leonov will also speak about the Russian government’s efforts to combat corruption plaguing business and the gap between rhetoric and reality.
Webcast

Book Launch: The Global Farms Race -- Land Grabs, Agricultural Investment, and the Scramble for Food Security in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Former Soviet Union

December 04, 2012 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Asia Program
The launch of a new book on arguably one of the world's most underreported trends: The acquisition, by nations and private investors, of vast expanses of precious farmland overseas.
Webcast

“The African Union 2012 and Beyond”: The Vision of Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma

November 29, 2012 // 5:00pm6:00pm
Africa Program
The event featured Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, African Union Commission Chairperson, as she discussed her leadership plans and goals for the African Union and its member states. Dr. Dlamini Zuma, former South African Foreign Minister and anti-apartheid activist, is the newly elected African Union Commission chairperson and is the first woman to ever fill this position.
Webcast

Competitors or Partners? U.S.-Mexico Trade Policy in an Era of Global Competition

November 20, 2012 // 1:30pm3:00pm
Mexico Institute
Timed with the launch of Beatriz Leycegui’s new book, Reflections on Mexico’s Trade Policy (2006-2012), speakers at this conference will consider how the U.S.-Mexico trade relationship fits into each country’s overall policies for trade and competitiveness, seeking to identify areas for further collaboration both within North America and globally.
Webcast

Brazil’s Challenging 2013 Outlook

November 20, 2012 // 9:30am12:00pm
Brazil Institute
On Tuesday November 20, the Brazil Institute convenes a panel to discuss recent political outcomes and the outlook for 2013.
Webcast

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.
Webcast

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.
Webcast
Podcast

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.

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