February 07, 2014 // 11:30am — 12:30pm
This Director's Forum featured the first major address by Secretary Jeh Johnson, who was sworn in on December 23, 2013 as the fourth Secretary of Homeland Security. His address was followed by a short question and answer session with Wilson Center President Jane Harman on the Secretary’s priorities for the Department.
February 06, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:00am
Each time the ongoing civil uprising in Ukraine has lost momentum, mistakes by President Yanukovych’s government have reinvigorated it. Protestors continue to gather on the Maidan, infuriated by police crackdowns. In this Ground Truth Briefing, prominent experts and Kennan Institute alumni on the ground in Kyiv and the broader region discuss the complex situation facing Ukraine.
February 05, 2014 // 3:30pm — 4:30pm
Based on extensive field work in Ukraine, Karina V. Korostelina describes the complex process of nation building. Despite the prevailing belief in a divide between two parts of Ukraine and an overwhelming variety of incompatible visions, her new book reveals seven prevailing conceptual models of Ukraine and five dominant narratives of national identity.
February 05, 2014 // 9:00am — 11:00am
On Wednesday, February 5, the Canada Institute hosted a discussion on the risks, challenges, and rewards of implementing a robust entry-exit system throughout North America.Comprehensive entry-exit tracking for non-citizens entering and leaving the United States has proven elusive. While non-citizens who enter the United States go through a variety of controls, little has been done to track non-citizens when they leave the country. Canada and the United States began working together recently to close the loop by counting entry into one country as an exit from the other. New legislation in Congress is being considered to add mandatory exit controls at all ports of entry.
February 03, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
The history of relations between the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the Soviet Union and other Socialist states during the Vietnam War is usually told as a story of solidarity and “proletarian internationalism.” But there was another side: while the North Vietnamese celebrated “friendly relations” with Moscow and East Berlin and happily accepted aid provided by the Soviet bloc, they were deeply distrustful of Moscow’s policy of “peaceful co-existence” and the influence of “revisionist culture.”
February 03, 2014 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
Following a year of international diplomatic victories for President Putin, the Sochi Olympic Games will be a chance for the Kremlin to showcase Russia’s resurgence. By the same token, Sochi will test the Russian leadership’s ability to deliver on its promises about economic development and infrastructure building, coordination with local government and civic leaders in the North Caucasus, and calm and control around the event itself, despite likely protests from many groups and close international scrutiny.
January 31, 2014 // 11:00am — 12:00pm
As Mexico’s president Enrique Peña Nieto begins his second year in office, the country is facing rising security concerns brought about by armed vigilantes in the southwest state of Michoacán. These groups are increasingly militarized to the point they are willing to engage in gun battles with organized crime for control of cities. While the government has agreed to work with them in a limited capacity, it is unclear what their role will be, or how they fit into Mexico’s fight against organized crime.
January 30, 2014 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
Middle East Program
Join us for a panel discussion where speakers will discuss key challenges and opportunities for women's participation and rights in various countries in the region. The event will highlight insights from a new CARE research report analyzing women’s political participation in countries such as Egypt, Yemen, and Morocco.
January 30, 2014 // 9:00am — 10:00am
Middle East Program
The speakers will discuss the situation on the ground in Egypt.
January 30, 2014 // 9:00am — 12:30pm
Latin American Program
A review of 2013 and looking forward to the 2014 elections in Latin America.