Past Events

Ivory Towers and Palace Guards: The Disconnect between Outside Expertise and Policymaking

May 12, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
How does advice and information from outside experts and scholars reach top policymakers—or does it? Terms like “echo chamber” and “information bubble” are often employed to describe an environment where it is difficult for outside information to penetrate or influence the policy process. Author and consultant Suzanne Massie will share the inside story of her interactions with Ronald Reagan and how she provided him with an outside voice at a vital time. Reagan turned to Massie for her advice on understanding and dealing with Russians, and carried her suggestions — including the now famous Russian proverb, “trust but verify” — into his meetings with the new Russian leader, Mikhail Gorbachev.

Film Screening: PRECIOUS LIFE

May 12, 2014 // 4:00pm6:00pm
Middle East Program
Directed by Israeli journalist Shlomi Eldar, the timely documentary PRECIOUS LIFE received the 2010 Ophir Award (the Israeli Academy Award®) for Best Documentary. The film has also been shortlisted for an Oscar.
Webcast

Land Restitution, Gender Equity, and Rural Development in Colombia

May 09, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
Latin American Program
Colombia’s 2011 Victims and Land Restitution Law is an historic piece of legislation that seeks to redress victims of forced displacement in rural areas and formalize land rights for those who want to return to their properties. As a mechanism of transitional justice, the Law places the victims of conflict at the center of state activity. It also provides a series of positive measures to address the historic and conflict-related discrimination that women victims have experienced when attempting to reclaim their land. Does the Law accomplish these goals and secure gender-equitable property rights for victims of violence?
Webcast

Reagan at Reykjavik: Forty-Eight Hours that Ended the Cold War

May 08, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
In Reagan at Reykjavik: Forty-Eight Hours That Ended the Cold War, former arms control director Ken Adelman, gives readers a dramatic, first-hand account of the Reagan-Gorbachev summit -- the weekend that proved key to ending the Cold War. Based on now-declassified notes of Reagan’s secret bargaining with Gorbachev, and a front-row seat to Reykjavik and other key moments in Reagan’s presidency, Adelman gives an honest portrayal of the man at one of his finest and most challenging moments.
Webcast

The Fulbright Effect: How do we shape the future of public diplomacy and global education?

May 08, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
This panel discussion on the future of public diplomacy and global education is co-sponsored with the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board.

The Transatlantic Relationship in the Wake of Revelations about U.S. Foreign Surveillance & the Ongoing Ukrainian-Russian Crisis

May 08, 2014 // 3:00pm4:00pm
Global Europe Program
The transatlantic relationship, particularly from the German perspective, has been under great stress for almost a year due to revelations about U.S. foreign surveillance. Now the crisis with Ukraine and Russia threatens to add more strain. As voices in the U.S. and NATO call for a stronger response to Russia, Germany--with its preference for diplomatic over military instruments and its deep trade ties with Russia--is faced with hard choices. The transatlantic partnership remains crucial on these and other issues, such as the Middle East peace process, Iranian nuclear policy, and the challenge from China.

The United States, Trade Remedies, and the WTO: What’s Next?

May 08, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
Canada Institute
In recent years, American trade remedies have been particularly controversial. No safeguard has ever been found to be WTO-consistent. Indeed, with the expiry of the softwood lumber agreement between Canada and the U.S. in 2015, trade remedy issues are certain to remain a central issue for American trade negotiators going forward. Please join the Canada Institute in welcoming a panel of the leading authorities on global trade remedies to discuss a range of issues pertaining to how the United States has addressed trade remedies in the past and what concerns may arise in future.

Gamers: Athletes for the Next Generation

May 07, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Asia Program
Is someone who plays a computer game really an athlete? According to the State Department, they are.

Invitation Only: Knowledge Transfer, WMD Proliferation, and Policy Implications

May 07, 2014 // 9:15am5:15pm
Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
Workshop on Knowledge Transfer, WMD Proliferation and Policy Implications
Webcast

The Future Direction of International Affairs Education and Foreign Language Study in the United States

May 07, 2014 // 8:30am3:30pm
Kennan Institute
Three panels of academic, industry and government experts examined current developments in international affairs education and foreign language study. Topics included area studies in a globalized world, future direction of funding, and leveraging technology to teach international education.

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