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Smart Power for North Korea: U.S. Policy Options and North Korea's Foreign Policy Priorities

April 09, 2013 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Asia Program
North Korea’s nuclear efforts pose a serious threat to the region and to international security. Yet efforts to curb North Korea’s nuclear capabilities to date have failed. North Korea’s foreign policy objectives have evolved over the years, with a shift toward military control that encourages militarized solutions to political problems at home and abroad. The massive economic changes of the past 25 years mean that life chances for all North Koreans are frequently determined by how well they can make use of market opportunities. What impact does this have on North Korean foreign policy? Are the risks of war on the rise as the possibilities for a peaceful resolution to the North-South conflict decrease? What would a smart power-based foreign policy to North Korea look like?
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Historical Perspective on the Arab Spring

April 08, 2013 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
In the Middle East, a parallel pattern can be seen in the history of the first Middle Eastern constitutional revolutions in the political movements of the 1870s. What does an examination of the role of constitutionalism in the Arab revolutions of 1923-2011 reveal about prospects for constitutional governments in the Middle East?

The Power of Weak States in International Politics: Eastern Europe in the 20th Century

April 04, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
"Weak states can be both policy takers and, occasionally, policy makers," argues Laszlo Borhi in a presentation examining weak states in East Central Europe in the 20th century. Focusing on several case studies, Borhi looks at three periods: the aftermath of World War I and World War II and the post-1989 era.
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Russian Civil Society in the Bolotnaya Square Era

April 01, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Lara Iglitzin, Executive Director of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, provided the perspective of a small foundation supporting human rights in Russia today. Iglitzin discussed the direction of civil society and NGOs in the new Putin presidency
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China in Latin America: Public Impressions and Policy Implications

March 28, 2013 // 9:00am11:00am
Latin American Program
The Latin American Program and Vanderbilt University's Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) are bringing together a panel of experts to discuss public perceptions of China in the region and how these compare to public perceptions of the U.S.
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Russia and the World: A Dynamic Landscape

March 28, 2013 // 8:30am3:30pm
Kennan Institute
This March 28, 2013 conference was organized by the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington in partnership with the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, The Herbert J. Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, and The Kennan Institute. Four panels of academic, industry and government experts examined current developments in Russia’s strategic and economic relationships in honor of Dr. Herbert J. Ellison.

Environmental Film Festival: 'Vision: The PORTSfuture Projects'

March 22, 2013 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
The third film being hosted by the Wilson Center as part of this year's Environmental Film Festival is 'Vision: The PORTSfuture Projects,' on the decontamination and rehabilitation of one of the United States' first uranium enrichment facilities.
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Democracy in Latin America: Analysis and Policy Implications

March 22, 2013 // 9:00am11:00am
Latin American Program
This event is co-sponsored with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame.
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Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin

March 18, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Who is Vladimir Putin? Observers have described him as a "man from nowhere"—someone without a face, substance, or soul. In their new book, Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin, Russia experts Fiona Hill and Clifford Gaddy argue that Putin is in fact a man of many and complex identities. Clifford Gaddy discussed the book’s major themes and examined Putin as the Statist, the History Man, the Survivalist, the Outsider, the Free Marketeer, and the Case Officer. Understanding Putin's multiple dimensions is crucial for policymakers trying to decide how best to deal with Russia.
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Russian Politics: The Paradox of a Weak State

March 11, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Since the public dissention after the presidential “swap” announcement and rigged elections of last year, Putin and those who rule with him are resisting change and are even less willing than before to engage in reforms and economic “modernization.” Marie Mendras, Professor at the School of International Affairs, Sciences Po University, Paris examines Putinism as a system of rule in crisis—struggling against the tide, but still with considerable resources and instruments at hand.

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