Security and Defense Events

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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?
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Authorizing Military Action Against ISIL: Geography, Strategy and Unanswered Questions

February 23, 2015 // 2:00pm3:00pm
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?
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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.
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High Stakes: How This Year’s Climate Negotiations Will Impact National Security

February 12, 2015 // 9:00am10:30am
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.
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Cyber Threats and Vulnerabilities: Securing America's Most Important Assets

February 10, 2015 // 12:45pm1:45pm
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.
Podcast

U.S. Arms to Ukraine: Tilting the Balance?

February 05, 2015 // 2:00pm3:00pm
Kennan Institute
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?

Book Talk: "US Foreign Policy and Defense Strategy: Evolution of an Incidental Superpower"

January 30, 2015 // 10:00am11:30am
Kennan Institute
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?
Ambassador Martin Dahinden
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Security Challenges in Europe in 2015

January 29, 2015 // 3:00pm5:00pm
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.
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A Conversation with Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson

January 29, 2015 // 10:00am11:00am
Please join the Wilson Center for a major address by Secretary Jeh Johnson, the fourth Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Secretary Johnson oversees the third largest Cabinet department and leads the nation’s efforts to secure our country from a myriad of threats from terrorism to natural disasters. The address will be followed by a question and answer session with Wilson Center President Jane Harman.
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A Mexican Utopia: Book Launch & Discussion of the Rule of Law in Mexico

January 28, 2015 // 9:00am11:00am
Mexico Institute
The Mexico Institute hosted a book launch and discussion of the rule of law in Mexico. Wilson Center Global Fellow Luis Rubio presented his book "A Mexican Utopia: The Rule of Law is Possible." After his presentation, several leading analysts discussed the development of the rule of law in Mexico, noting challenges and offering policy prescriptions.

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