June 18, 2013 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
The meltdown of international financial markets in 2008 and the continuing economic crisis plaguing Europe have ramped up discussions about the challenges and limits of global economic governance. From 2008 to 2009, commitment to a collective international response reached unprecedented levels in recent decades, but sustaining that momentum – led by the G20 and harnessing the legitimacy and technical capacities of the International Monetary Fund – has proven much harder. Former IMF Executive Director for the Fund’s Australia and Pacific Constituency, Chris Legg, will examine lessons from this experience about the nature of international economic governance, and the constraints to enhancing the IMF and G20’s future effectiveness.
June 17, 2013 // 2:00pm — 4:30pm
Global Health Initiative
Over the past decade, nearly 58 million girls were married before the age of 18. Child marriage is a truly global problem: In Africa, 42 percent of girls are married before turning 18, but it is also prevalent in parts of Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean (in South Asia, for instance, 46 percent of girls are married). Child brides often start childbearing early, leading to complications and producing high rates of maternal morbidity and mortality among girls in developing countries. Married girls are often forced to leave school, negatively affecting their ability to work and provide for their families. The panelists will describe current policies and programs working to support young women and delay marriage whenever possible.
June 13, 2013 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Members of the Turkish Foreign Ministry’s Strategic Research Center will discuss Turkish Foreign Policy in the Middle East in the context of the Arab Spring. They will try to shed light on the factors that influenced Turkey's response to the democratic uprisings of the last three years, with special emphasis on the Syrian case. The Strategic Research Center is the Ministry's in-house think-tank to establish channels of communication between policy makers and the academic and research community. It also works as a consultative body to provide foreign policy decision makers with scholarly assessments of relevant issues and reviews Turkish foreign policy with a future perspective.
June 13, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Wilson Center experts spoke to media about the upcoming G8 meetings in Ireland
June 06, 2013 // 2:00pm — June 07, 2013 // 5:15pm
The Islam in Eurasia Policy Conference combined the latest scholarship and informed discussion of the critical issues facing the U.S. Government in this key part of the world as 2014 approaches. It was the culminating event of a multiyear research project supported by Carnegie Corporation.
June 06, 2013 // 9:30am — 11:00am
Environmental Change and Security Program
North America and Europe’s continued reliance on imported oil makes these regions vulnerable to volatile global prices, risky supply lines, and unpredictable foreign governments. At the same time, consumption of oil and other fossil fuels contributes to climate change, which poses growing serious risks to infrastructure, livelihoods, and national security on both sides of the Atlantic. Join us in a discussion of the key findings and recommendations from “The Energy and Climate Nexus: Challenges and Opportunities for Transatlantic Security” a policy report jointly written by the CNA and the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).
June 05, 2013 // 10:00am — 5:30pm
“The Arab Spring in Comparative Perspective: Dramatic Transitions in Recent Decades” conference took place on June 4th and 5th in Washington, D.C., co-organized by American University’s School of International Service, the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars’ Brazil Institute, Global Europe Program, Mexico Institute, and Middle East Studies Program. The aim of this initial workshop was to consider dramatic transitional experiences in Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, and Eastern Europe and included a series of panels examining specific facets of transitional experiences: constitutional developments (including democratic reforms); economic and social affairs; justice and human rights issues; the evolving experiences of women; external pressures and interventions. In each case, a commentator with expertise on the Middle East and North Africa was asked to reflect on the possible relevance of other “transitional” experiences to understanding the dynamics and prospects of the “Arab Spring.” These reflections also served as the primary task of the workshop’s concluding Round Table discussion.
May 29, 2013 // 1:00pm — 2:00pm
Assistant Foreign Minister of Serbia Ljubica Vasic will discuss the challenges and opportunities that the Republic of Serbia faces on its path to European integration. Vasic will address key reforms that the country has introduced so far to advance its EU accession bid, and will explain why the European integration process is important for the overall development of the country. She will outline the steps that Serbia has taken to achieve one of its main foreign policy goals – EU membership.
May 16, 2013 // 9:00am — 10:00am
European integration is the result of a series of policy initiatives with strong voluntaristic features. By far the most important of those initiatives was the adoption of the euro as a common currency for the 17 countries-members of the euro zone. The European edifice was designed for normal conditions and not for crisis situations. The budgetary and financial crisis of the recent years led necessarily to the adoption of an extraordinary system of economic governance of the euro area with entirely intergovernmental- and not community- features. While the countries in crisis are predominantly in the European South, Evangelos Venizelos, President of PASOK, argues that the notion of the European South is a political and not a geographic concept.
May 16, 2013 // 9:00am — 11:00am
Environmental Change and Security Program
Amid the growing number of reports warning that climate change threatens security, one potentially dangerous – but counterintuitive – dimension has been largely ignored. Could efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and lower our vulnerability to climate change inadvertently exacerbate existing conflicts?