Human Rights Events


Saudi Arabia: The Kingdom Strikes Back

April 13, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
David Ottaway, Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center and former Bureau Chief, Washington Post, Cairo

Crime and Violence in Central America

April 07, 2011 // 9:00am12:00pm
Latin American Program
Participants from the World Bank present the findings of the Bank's new landmark report Crime and Violence in Central America, followed by comments by distinguished practitioners and researchers from the region.

Report Release: "Organizations Working with Latina Immigrants: Resources and Strategies for Change"

March 25, 2011 // 1:30pm5:30pm
United States Studies

The Mideast on Fire: What Happens Next?

March 16, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Dalia Ziada, Blogger and Egypt Office Director, American Islamic Congress; Robin Wright, USIP-Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar

Human Rights and the Arts in Iran Today

March 04, 2011 // 8:00am11:30am
Middle East Program
Jasmin Darznik, Assistant Professor, Washington and Lee University; Farhad Khosrokhavar, Professor, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France; Ahmad Kiarostami, Entrepreneur and Videographer, Fotomoto; Pardis Mahdavi, Former Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center; Associate Professor, Pomona College; Sohrab Mohebbi, Curatorial Fellow, Queens Museum of Art, NY; Contributing Editor, Bidoun Magazine; and Musician; Roberto Toscano, Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center and Former Italian Ambassador to India and to Iran; Chairs: Farzaneh Milani, Professor of Persian Literature and Women's Studies, University of Virginia; Haleh Esfandiari, Director, Middle East Program, Woodrow Wilson Center

Carrying Capacity: Should We Be Aiming to Survive or Flourish?

February 22, 2011 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
"In the eyes of many governments, population has, as we all know, been a rather uncomfortable topic for a number of years," said Nobel Laureate Sir John Sulston, FRS, chair of the Institute for Science, Ethics, and Innovation at the University of Manchester and chair of the Royal Society's "People and the Planet" working group. Sulston and his co-panelists, Martha Campbell, president of Venture Strategies for Health and Development, and Professor Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue of Cornell University, encouraged active debate on a range of population dynamics and their connections to economic, environmental, and political futures.

A Blow to Democracy: Election Fraud, Corruption and Political Violence in Albania

February 08, 2011 // 11:00am12:00pm
Global Europe Program
Erion Veliaj, a former civil society activist and coordinator of the Albanian opposition parties, discussed the demonstration held on January 21, 2011. The demonstration ended in violence, with four shot and killed by the Republican Guard. Prime Minister Sali Berisha characterized the event as an attempted coup d'état in an attempt to justify the violent response, and said that the demonstrators had been carrying weapons disguised as umbrellas. Veliaj argued at the meeting that these contentions were "ludicrous": according to Veliaj, this was just another in a number of peaceful demonstrations organized by the opposition to protest what they see were unfair elections in 2009. The Albanian government, Veliaj said, was trying to force the population to choose between stability and freedom.

Obama Administration Relations with Central America: A Conversation with Seven U.S. Ambassadors

February 01, 2011 // 8:30am10:00am
Latin American Program
The ambassadors discuss U.S. policy priorities in Central America, including issues of organized crime, democratic governance, and trade.

A Discussion with His Excellency Angelino Garzón, Vice President of the Republic of Colombia

January 26, 2011 // 4:30pm5:30pm
Latin American Program
Vice President Garzón, describes an ambitious program of domestic and foreign policy initiatives mapped out during the administration’s first months in office.

Can Women Help Make Peace Agreements Sustainable?

January 20, 2011 // 9:30am11:00am
Middle East Program
Jacques Paul Klein, Former United Nations Secretary General's Special Representative and Coordinator of United Nations Operations, Liberia; Suaad Allami, Director, Sadr City Women's Center and Legal Clinic, Iraq; Luz Mendez, Member of the Advisory Council of the Global Fund for Women, Guatemala; Alice Nderitu, National Cohesion and Integration Commission, Kenya; Roxana Cristescu, Project Manager and Mediation Adviser, Crisis Management Initiative; Carla Koppel, Director, Institute for Inclusive Security