Human Rights Events
January 30, 2012 // 9:00am — 11:30am
Latin American Program
In the twenty years since the signing of the Peace Accords, El Salvador has made impressive progress in expanding political and media freedoms, reforming the military and security forces, lowering rates of poverty and inequality, improving respect for human rights, and reforming electoral institutions. Today, however, El Salvador faces unprecedented security and economic challenges. An upsurge in transnational crime, including narcotics, weapons, and human trafficking, has intersected with longstanding problems of gang violence such that El Salvador suffers one of the highest homicide rates in the world. El Salvador’s economy continues to struggle amidst the global recession and weak economic recovery in the United States, the country’s largest export market.
January 25, 2012 // 9:00am — 12:30pm
While African nations and the donor community struggle to mitigate famine in the Horn of Africa, fears are growing that drought in the Sahel will trigger a similar food crisis in West Africa by the spring of 2012.
January 10, 2012 // 9:00am — 10:00am
Middle East Program
Journalist and author Fariba Nawa discussed her recently published book, Opium Nation, as well as the role of women in the drug trade in Afghanistan and within Afghan society during the war led by the United States.
DRC Country Consultation: A Private Discussion with Harriet Solloway, Head of the Rule of Law Section in MONUSCO
January 05, 2012 // 11:00am — 12:00pm
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.
December 15, 2011 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Maternal Health Initiative
Join us on December 15 for the launch of "Delivering Solutions: Advancing Dialogue To Improve Maternal Health," which captures and synthesizes the recommendations of the Wilson Center's Maternal Health Dialogue Series.
December 13, 2011 // 12:00pm — 1:15pm
Wilson Center on the Hill
On 13 December 2011, a panel of experts presented on Capitol Hill as part of the Wilson Center on the Hill program to discuss the status of the Jackson-Vanik Amendment following Russia’s accession to the WTO. For video of the Wilson Center on the Hill briefing, including commentary from Woodrow Wilson Center CEO and President Jane Harman, please click here.
December 08, 2011 // 4:20pm — 5:00pm
Council of Women World Leaders
This event, co-sponsored by the Council of Women World Leaders, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Department of State, will feature a rough cut pre-screening of "Meena", a feature film based on Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WeDunn's Best-selling novel, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide." The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on sex trafficking.
November 21, 2011 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Historian William Benton Whisenhunt will discuss the story and events behind the recently reissued memoir Marooned in Moscow, first published just months after Marguerite Harrison’s release from a Bolshevik prison in 1921. The book provides a fascinating account of Harrison’s entry into war-torn Russia in early 1920, first-person impressions of many in the top Soviet leadership, and her increasingly dangerous work as a journalist and spy, to say nothing of her work on behalf of prisoners, her two arrests, and her eventual ten-month-long imprisonment, including in the infamous Lubyanka prison. Whisenhunt will explain who Harrison was, how she got into this kind of work, and give examples of her extraordinary work at this critical time in Russian history.
November 03, 2011 // 8:30am — 11:30am
Latin American Program
The authors of a new CNA study on the effects of criminal organizations and illicit trafficking on Guatemala’s border communities discussed theirs findings together with others.
“Between Marketization and Social Protection: Ambivalences of Feminism in the Context of Capitalist Crisis”
October 20, 2011 // 6:00pm — 7:30pm
United States Studies
A lecture by Nancy Fraser, one of the leading political philosophers and feminist theorists practicing today.