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Assessing the Implications of the Russian Presidential Election

March 07, 2012 // 10:00am12:00pm
Kennan Institute
The Kennan Institute will sponsor a Moscow-Washington, DC seminar assessing the implications of the first round of the Russian presidential vote. U.S. commentators will be joined via video conference in Moscow with some of Russia’s leading political actors, including Alexei Navalny and Vladimir Ryzhkov.

Extractives, Equity and Conflict: Lessons from Work at Local, National and International Levels

February 14, 2012 // 9:30am11:30am
Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity
Hosted by the Conflict Prevention and Resolution Forum, this forum will discuss trends and lessons learned in work on equity and the impacts of extractives industries (oil, gas and mining) in developing countries and will particularly highlight the effects on conflict.
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Venezuela’s Primary Elections: What To Expect?

February 02, 2012 // 9:00am11:00am
Latin American Program
On Sunday, February 12, 2012, Venezuela held a primary election aimed at defining a single candidate to oppose President Hugo Chávez in presidential elections scheduled for October 7. In a rare showing of unity, opposition parties have agreed to select a single candidate to challenge President Chávez in the October elections, hoping to end more than a decade of his control of the presidency.
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Is Foreign Aid Worth the Cost?

January 23, 2012 // 4:00pm6:00pm
Congress Project
Bipartisan support for foreign aid has led to notable successes, such as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and long-running scholarship and technical programs for international students. Yet the U.S. public and many in Congress remain deeply skeptical of the value of such funding, questioning if it’s a fair trade-off when similar investments may be needed at home.
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A Discussion on Mexican Politics with Roderic Camp

January 20, 2012 // 10:00am12:00pm
Mexico Institute
The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute and the Hispanic Division, Library of Congress hosted the launch of two new books, Mexico: What Everyone Needs to Know, and Mexican Political Biographies, 1935-2009, by Roderic Camp.

DRC Country Consultation: A Private Discussion with Harriet Solloway, Head of the Rule of Law Section in MONUSCO

January 05, 2012 // 11:00am12:00pm
Africa Program
On January 5th, Harriet Solloway, Head of the Rule of Law Section for the Mission de l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour la Stabilisation en République Démocratique du Congo (MONUSCO), came to the Wilson Center. She lead a private discussion with representatives from the US government, private sector and the NGO community on post-electoral developments in the DRC.
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Taiwan: Elections 2012

December 13, 2011 // 3:30pm5:15pm
Asia Program
Incumbent Ma Ying-jeou faces challenger Tsai Ing-wen in Taiwan’s presidential elections, held concurrently with elections for the Taiwanese legislature. A Wilson Center panel discusses the domestic issues and post-election implications for the United States and Taiwan’s neighbors.
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Latin American Elections 2011-2012: What Do They Tell Us?

December 13, 2011 // 12:30pm3:00pm
Latin American Program
In previous events in this series, we examined results of the presidential elections in Guatemala and Argentina. This time we will take an in-depth look at Nicaragua’s presidential elections of November 6, 2011, and Colombia’s regional and municipal elections of October 30, 2011. Looking ahead to two of the hemisphere’s most important contests in 2012, we will explore pre-electoral dynamics in Mexico and Venezuela.

Book Discussion: "Chaos, Violence, Dynasty: Politics and Islam in Central Asia"

November 17, 2011 // 8:30am10:30am
Kennan Institute
Spotlight on Central Eurasia Series // The speaker will discuss his book, a compelling study of the divergent political courses taken by Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan in the wake of Soviet rule. McGlinchey examines economics, religion, political legacies, foreign investment, and the ethnicity of these countries to evaluate the relative success of political structures in each nation.

Weimar Russia? Why Post-Soviet Authoritarianism Did Not Turn Fascist

November 15, 2011 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
The speaker will compare inter-war Germany and post-communist Russia, and compare both nations’ very different political paths. Like in Weimar Germany, in today’s Russia, fascist actors are present, and nationalism is widespread in the population. The post-Soviet Russian situation is, however, distinct from the inter-war German one in that the party system is heavily manipulated and the third sector remains underdeveloped. Fascists have thus neither had a chance to use elections nor did they have the opportunity to penetrate civil society in order to build up political support. The continuing presence of a resolutely authoritarian, yet non-fascist "national leader" (Vladimir Putin) is a hindrance for the country to become a liberal democracy, but makes it, for the time being, also improbable that the Russian regime will transgress towards fascism.

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