Security and Defense Events
March 13, 2015 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
History and Public Policy Program
Geir Lundestad has been the Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo and Secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee since 1990, retiring at the end of 2014 as director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute. Geir has made an enormous scholarly contribution to the field of history and supported many scholarly endeavors in the social sciences through the Nobel Institute fellowship and symposia program inaugurated under his leadership. Please join us for a symposium honoring Professor Geir Lundestad at the Woodrow Wilson Center.
March 05, 2015 // 10:00am — 12:00pm
Maintaining maritime security order is vital for peace in the Asia-Pacific region, yet tensions in the region continue to grow. At the same time, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is looking to make changes in the nation’s security policy which will determine the future of the U.S.-Japan alliance and more broadly, the maritime security order in the Asia-Pacific region.
February 26, 2015 // 2:30pm — 4:30pm
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?
February 23, 2015 // 2:00pm — 3:00pm
For the first time in his Administration, President Barack Obama has submitted to Congress a formal request for additional authority to use military force. Is his draft Authorization for Use of Military Force against ISIL “alarmingly broad,” as The New York Times worries, or a narrow set of handcuffs? Does it empower the Presidency or create—as Senator John McCain put it—“535 Commanders-in-Chief”? From different angles, many ask: Does the proposed AUMF reflect sound law and sound strategy?
February 12, 2015 // 1:00pm — 5:00pm
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.
February 12, 2015 // 9:00am — 10:30am
Environmental Change and Security Program
Experts expect the upcoming UN climate change summit will be the best chance to achieve a binding, universal agreement to limit carbon emissions. But the conference is not getting the attention it deserves from policymakers and the public, given the stakes, said Nick Mabey, founding director and chief executive of the UK-based environmental NGO E3G at the Wilson Center on February 12.
February 10, 2015 // 12:45pm — 1:45pm
In this Director's Forum, Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism will deliver a keynote speech about the evolving cyber threat and the Obama Administration's comprehensive strategy to address it. From the President's proposed investments across the federal government to developing enduring relationships with the private sector focused on shared threats, Ms. Monaco will preview plans for preventing the most pernicious state and non-state digital intrusions and Administration efforts to provide early warning about cyber attacks.
February 05, 2015 // 2:00pm — 3:00pm
What would be the outcome of changing policy and sending military assistance to Ukraine? Would such a step help Ukraine resist the aggression or further escalate the war? How would it change America’s role in the conflict?
January 30, 2015 // 10:00am — 11:30am
Does the United States have a plan for how it hopes to achieve its objectives on the global stage? Or is its position in the world an accident of history? Perhaps it is better to understand the United States as an incidental superpower—responding and adjusting to changes in the international system. If that is the case, given the instability and flux of current events, what might the future pattern of U.S. foreign and defense policy look like?
January 29, 2015 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Global Europe Program
The program will take a broad view of European security challenges in 2015. Particular emphasis will be placed on the priorities of the Swiss Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) – particularly in Ukraine – and what remains to be done following the transition to Serbian Chairmanship.