Past Events

Assessing the Rebalance: The Evolution of U.S. Interests in Asia

April 10, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Asia Program
President Barack Obama’s pivot to Asia has been developed into a broader, more coherent strategy since announced in November 2011, and rebadged as the “rebalance” to reflect continuities in U.S. interest. Join Hamish McDonald as he discusses the implications of this rebalance.
Webcast

International Humanitarian Action: Changing Responses to Conflict and Crisis

April 10, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am
During a humanitarian crisis, food relief, critical medical care, and access to safe water and basic sanitation facilities all require a humanitarian as well as a diplomatic response. No one is better placed to help us understand these complex shifts than Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross. In this Director's Forum event, Maurer will talk with Jane Harman to give a first-hand update on the key challenges the ICRC faces.
Webcast

Is Foreign Policy Bipartisanship Alive on Capitol Hill?

April 09, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Asia Program
With today's Congress sharply divided along partisan lines, are U.S. lawmakers still capable of reaching across the aisle on foreign policy? This public program will examine the congressional politics of U.S. foreign policy making and the prospects for foreign policy bipartisanship.

The Brazil-U.S. Commercial and Investment Partnership

April 09, 2014 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Brazil Institute
On April 9, the Brazil-U.S. Business Council and ApexBrasil will host a seminar on future investment in between the U.S. and Brazil.

World Urban Forum, taking place in Medellín, Columbia, South America --Safe + Smart Cities: Harnessing Technology for Urban Resilience

April 08, 2014 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Urban Sustainability Laboratory
“Safe + Smart Cities” will highlight policies and practices that integrate new smart city technologies and planning concepts with efforts to make urban areas more resilient to natural and man-made disaster.
Webcast

Beyond the Arab Spring: U.S. Engagement in a Changing Middle East

April 08, 2014 // 11:30am1:00pm
Middle East Program
The panelists consider how a range of domestic and regional changes in the Middle East have generated new challenges for U.S. diplomacy. This event is the 6th and final in a series of presentations on “Reshaping the Strategic Culture of the Middle East.”

‘Take Your Choice!’: Historical Reflections on the Act of Voting

April 07, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
The secret ballot is now considered the gold standard for fair elections around the globe. However, in the aftermath of the American and French Revolutions, voting in secrecy held little immediate mass appeal in the US or Europe, and the secret ballot was used in combination with a wide variety of voting techniques. The history of the fraught introduction of the secret ballot on both sides of the Atlantic provides an opportunity to explore how conceptions of the business of choice-making have changed since the Age of Revolutions and also to reconsider how we vote today.
Podcast

Afghan Elections: What's at Stake?

April 07, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am
Asia Program
On April 5, Afghans head to the polls as the country attempts its first-ever peaceful and democratic transfer of power. Three experts on the ground will discuss the election results —to the extent that they are known—and their implications.
Webcast

Escaping the Crisis Trap: New Options for Haiti

April 04, 2014 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Latin American Program
A discussion of a new paper titled ‘Escaping the Crisis Trap: New Options for Haiti’.

Labor and Structural Reforms in Mexico

April 04, 2014 // 9:00am10:15am
Mexico Institute
The Mexico Institute is pleased to invite you to a discussion with Mexico’s Secretary of Labor and Social Welfare, Alfonso Navarrete Prida. In November of 2012, Mexico’s congress approved a new labor law that fundamentally alters Mexico’s labor markets, making them much more flexible than before.

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