Human Rights Events

An Enduring Revolution: Pakistani Women’s Collective Action for Change

May 05, 2015 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Asia Program
The role of women in many developing countries has traditionally been understood as that of a passive receiver of repression or services. Fouzia Saeed’s research findings challenge this view. At this event, Dr. Saeed will share the outcome of her work during her time as the Wilson Center’s 2014-15 Pakistan Scholar.

Public Opinion and the Peace Process in Colombia

May 04, 2015 // 12:30pm2:30pm
Latin American Program
Researchers from Georgia State University have conducted an experimental national survey to measure public opinion regarding transitional justice and the legitimacy of a negotiated peace.
Webcast

Rethinking US International Broadcasting: A Conversation on Mission, Strategy, and Organization

April 22, 2015 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
By many accounts, U.S. international broadcasting’s mission is unclear, its attachment to U.S. foreign policy strategies tenuous, and its organizational structure ineffective. Many see the entire enterprise as broken. For a new assessment, “Reassessing U.S. International Broadcasting,” co-authors S. Enders Wimbush and Elizabeth M. Portale interviewed some 30 individuals with extensive experience in foreign policy strategy, international relations, international broadcasting, public diplomacy, and promotion of human rights and democracy. Join us in a discussion on the future of US international broadcasting.
Webcast

We Want What's Ours: Learning from South Africa's Land Restitution Process

March 19, 2015 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Africa Program
Please join the Wilson Center Africa Program as it hosts Professor Bernadette Atuahene for a discussion of her new book, We Want What’s Ours: Learning from South Africa’s Land Restitution Program (Oxford University Press, 2014). Her work is based on interviews that she conducted with over 150 South Africans who were forcibly removed from urban areas, and who received compensation through the land restitution program. The book provides an unbiased, bottom-up evaluation of the program’s successes and failures.

Creating Kosovo: International Oversight and the Making of Ethical Institutions

March 11, 2015 // 3:00pm4:00pm
Global Europe Program
Dr. Skendaj will discuss his book, Creating Kosovo: International Oversight and the Making of Ethical Institutions, which highlights efforts to build the police force, the central government, courts, and a customs service.
Webcast

Countering Violent Extremism in Pakistan: Opportunities and Obstacles for Civil Society

February 26, 2015 // 2:30pm4:30pm
Asia Program
The December 16, 2014, school massacre in Peshawar is a sobering reminder of the still-potent threat of militancy in Pakistan. Encouragingly, nongovernmental organizations have been developing grassroots initiatives to counter violent extremism. These promising efforts, however, have to this point not grown into a nationwide campaign. What does Pakistani civil society hope to achieve with its anti-extremism movement?
Webcast

The Changing Face and Changing Roles of the Foreign Service

February 25, 2015 // 10:30am11:45am
For more than two decades, the US Department of State, USAID and other foreign affairs agencies have worked to ensure that the Foreign Service looks more like America. Success in that effort could contribute immeasurably to the United States’ global leadership on a range of issues including gender equality, democracy and minority rights. A panel of experts will question if the Foreign Service has been successful in these efforts and explore how it must continue to evolve in a rapidly changing world.
Webcast

Ukrainian Democracy After the Maidan: Threats and Opportunities

February 12, 2015 // 1:00pm5:00pm
Global Europe Program
The Global Europe Program is pleased to host the 10th Annual Ion Ratiu Democracy Award Workshop on Ukrainian Democracy After the Maidan featuring keynote remarks the 2014 recipient of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, Mustafa Nayyem, a journalist, democracy activist and Parliamentarian in Ukraine. Opening remarks will be provided by Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland.

Turkey’s Troubled Democracy and Foreign Policy

January 28, 2015 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Savaş Genç will discuss recent political developments, including concerns over the weakening of the rule of law, growing pressure on the judiciary and limits on the freedom of expression under Erdogan’s leadership. One focus will be media freedom which Genç argues has suffered the most as journalists have lost their jobs or been detained and newspapers and TV stations have been raided, raising questions about the future course of Erdogan’s “New Turkey:”

Human Rights Before Carter

December 08, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Underlying much of the writing on United States foreign relations is the conviction that human rights were of limited consequence in policymaking during the 1960s and the early 1970s. Snyder's current research, however, shows that efforts to emphasize human rights began in the 1960s, driven by nonstate and lower-level actors and facilitating the issue’s later prominence due to the development of the networks and tactics critical to greater institutionalization of human rights in these years.

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