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CWIHP Hosts International Conference on Iran-Iraq War with the National Defense University Conflict Records Research Center

October 26, 2011 // 9:45amOctober 27, 2011 // 4:00pm
Cold War International History Project
This conference is being held in connection with the release, by the National Defense University and CWIHP, of a new collection of documents detailing conversations between Saddam Hussein and his generals and officials during the Iran-Iraq War.
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Changing Chinese Views of American Society

October 25, 2011 // 3:30pm5:30pm
United States Studies
Increasing numbers of Chinese travel to the US for business, tourism, or education, while others study American history and culture in local schools and universities. The Wilson Center was joined by experts from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences to discuss Chinese views of American society, politics, and culture.

Legislating International Organization: The US Congress, the IMF, and the World Bank

October 25, 2011 // 9:00am10:30am
Program on America and the Global Economy
Covering the history of the IMF and World Bank from their origins, Lavelle shows that domestic political constituencies in advanced industrial states have always been important drivers of international financial institution policy. She focuses in particular on the U.S. Congress, tracing its long history of involvement with these institutions and showing how the Congress wields significant influence. The impact of 2008 financial crisis has focused American politics on the global role played by the IMF and World Bank.
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Congress’ Influence on Foreign Policy: For Better or Worse?

October 17, 2011 // 4:00pm6:00pm
Congress Project
Congress does not pay close attention to foreign affairs; its oversight of the foreign policy establishment is sporadic and haphazard; and, when it does get involved, its decisions are usually driven more by politics than careful deliberation. That was the consensus of a panel convened at the Wilson Center Oct. 17 on the topic, “Congress’ Influence on Foreign Policy: For Better or Worse?”
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Iran: Domestic Change and Global Presence

October 14, 2011 // 12:00pm1:15pm
Wilson Center on the Hill
Iran is wracked by its greatest political turmoil since the Iranian revolution. With the Obama Administration striving for engagement rather than confrontation, these developments have raised the diplomatic stakes with both countries. Two leading experts will discussion domestic developments in Iran as well as the current posture of the international community and how both developments create challenges for the United States.
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In Uncertain Times: American Foreign Policy after the Berlin Wall and 9/11

October 13, 2011 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Melvyn P. Leffler, former Wilson Center public policy scholar will discuss his latest book which considers how policymakers react to dramatic developments on the world stage.
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21st Century Pathways to a Skilled Technology Workforce

October 13, 2011 // 8:00am1:15pm
Program on America and the Global Economy
Stakeholders in IT academies, apprenticeship programs, workforce training, and the industries that depend upon 21st century skills will discuss how best to create and maintain a 21st century workforce.
American Dreamers
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Book Discussion: "American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation"

October 12, 2011 // 3:00pm4:30pm
United States Studies
Join us for a book discussion of Michael Kazin's new book, which provides a "panoramic yet intimate portrait of the American left."

GAO REPORT RELEASE: Climate Engineering; Technical status, future directions, and potential responses

October 12, 2011 // 12:30pm2:00pm
Science and Technology Innovation Program
In response to a congressional request for a technology assessment on climate engineering, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report in August. An interdisciplinary team prepared the report, employing a multi-method approach based on GAO’s quality assurance framework and best practices in technology assessment. The report examined the current state of climate engineering science and technology, experts’ views of the future of U.S. climate engineering research, and potential public responses to climate engineering.
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Innovation and Entrepreneurship: The Right Combination for Growth?

October 07, 2011 // 12:00pm1:15pm
Wilson Center on the Hill
As America continues to find its footing in the post-recession globalized world, entrepreneurship and innovation remain two key facets of potential growth. Panelists will examine the relationship between the two and how they can help bolster American competitiveness in the 21st century. They will also discuss what legislation can foster entrepreneurship.

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