May 23, 2012 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
A comparative look at urbanization in the world's two most populous nations.
May 21, 2012 // 9:30am — 11:00am
Of late, West Africa has been unsettled as regional governments face internal disputes and conflicts, particularly the situation in the Sahel, which inhibit security and development.
May 15, 2012 // 10:00am — 12:00pm
Urban Sustainability Laboratory
Half of the world’s seven billion people currently live in cities, one billion of them in informal settlements; the United Nations projects that the global urban population will expand to as many as five billion over the next two decades. As a result of failing rural economies, conflicts, material inequalities, gentrification, and other urban development programs, people are moving into, out of, and through cities in search of profit, protection, and passage elsewhere.
May 09, 2012 // 3:30pm — 5:30pm
Spotlight on Central Eurasia Series // Authors and scholars Alexander Cooley and Alexander Kupatadze discuss their research into the interplay of geopolitics and local networks across Central Asia. Cooley explores the dynamics of the new competition between Russia, China and the United States over the region since 9/11, as well as how small states’ interaction with great powers advances our understanding of how world politics actually works in the contemporary era of diminishing Western influence and rising new regional powers. Author Alexander Kupatadze will discuss the diverging trajectories of organized crime in post-Soviet Eurasia focusing on professional criminals (so-called vory-v-zakone) in Georgia and drug smuggling groups in Kyrgyzstan.
May 03, 2012 // 9:00am — May 04, 2012 // 5:00pm
"Africa: 54 Countries, One Union" is a follow up to last year's Conference in Washington, DC. This Conference aims to bolster African initiatives on infrastructure and development.
May 02, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:30pm
Global Europe Program
Transatlantic Relations have always been in the mainstream of international politics. Crucial issues determined by a strong political will and various policy decisions on both sides of the Atlantic have necessitated important transatlantic decision making. Current themes of transatlantic relations include the future of the economy, war and peace in the Mediterranean basin, energy efficiency, the security of energy supplies, and terrorism.
May 01, 2012 // 9:00am — 11:30am
Latin American Program
Efforts to strengthen the rule of law and reform judicial systems have been underway in Latin America for well over 25 years. What has been learned so far? What are opportunities and obstacles to produce change?
April 30, 2012 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Many have commented on how much Congress has changed over the last 40 years for a variety of reasons, most noticeably from the increasing importance of political parties in the legislative process and their increased polarization from each other. In this roundtable discussion, former Members, congressional staff and area political scientists will discuss the ultimate question of whether there is any way to restore a greater measure of deliberation and bipartisan national problem-solving.
April 25, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Middle East Program
David Ottaway’s recent visit to Tunisia found Ennahda grappling with daunting challenges as it faces an intense struggle between militant Islamists and secularists and a battered economy.
April 24, 2012 // 2:30pm — 4:00pm
Latin American Program
Latin America has weathered the worldwide recession admirably, and trade and investment ties are becoming stronger, OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza said in a recap of last week's Summit of the Americas.