April 24, 2013 // 9:30am — 11:00am
This event has been organized in order to discuss a new book authored by H.E. Dr. Lual A. Deng, Oil Minister for the Republic of Sudan where he discusses how Dr. John Garang’s ideas and concepts regarding freedom, liberty and human dignity could help facilitate the good governance practice in the South.
April 23, 2013 // 3:00pm — 4:00pm
After the 1979 revolution, Iran’s Islamist regime emerged as the clear anti-thesis of a secular Turkey and two countries’ relationship was only sustained by political Islamists on both sides. According to Akin Unver, this 1979-2010 Islamist connection is also being reversed by the sectarian faultlines unearthed by the Arab Spring. Iran’s rapid fall from grace with Turkish Islamists is one of the most important recent structural shifts in the Middle East, Unver suggests. Such a break is far from marginal and yields several important points for consideration.
April 23, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Middle East Program
The Arab Spring uprisings of 2011 were often portrayed in the media as a dawn of democracy in the region. But the revolutionaries were—and saw themselves as—heirs to a centuries-long struggle for just government and the rule of law, a struggle obstructed by local elites as well as the interventions of foreign powers. Thompson uncovers the deep roots of liberal constitutionalism in the Middle East through the remarkable stories of those who fought against poverty, tyranny, and foreign rule.
April 22, 2013 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
The Iraq war was a form of everyday bureaucratic governance with the Iraq government managing resistance and religious diversity and shaping a public culture in which soldiering and martyrdom became markers of privileged citizenship. The men and families of those who fought and died during the Iran-Iraq and First Gulf wars have memories not only of the political, social, and cultures changes in Iraq but also of the “normalization” of war.
April 22, 2013 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Program on America and the Global Economy
On April 22, 2013, a select panel of GeoSTEM Master Teachers discussed how teacher-leaders have come together to put policy into practice. GeoSTEM is an ongoing educational endeavor to engage teachers and students in an innovative study of Planet Earth using state-of-the-art technologies and educational resources.
April 22, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Bayram Balci, Visiting Scholar, Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment, analyzed the various aspects of Shia and Sunni revival, including the roles played by Turkey and Iran, and how Azerbaijan is reacting to these “new” religious cleavages. In his talk he contended that the Islamic influences from Iran (Shia) and from Turkey (Sunni) are recreating new dividing lines between Azerbaijani Shia and Sunni Muslims.
April 19, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:30pm
International Security Studies
The Woodrow Wilson Center and the Los Alamos National Laboratory presents "The Senate and Nonproliferation: Reflections over Two Decades" with Thomas Moore, Deputy Director, Proliferation Prevention Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies and former Senior Republican Professional Staff Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
April 19, 2013 // 9:00am — 10:30am
Latin American Program
April 18, 2013 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
The Wilson Center has established a new annual lecture series on U.S.-East Asia relations, named after noted diplomatic historian and Wilson Center Senior Scholar Nancy Bernkopf Tucker. The inaugural Nancy Bernkopf Tucker Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Ambassador Winston Lord at 4:00 pm on April 18, 2013. Details below.
April 18, 2013 // 3:30pm — 5:30pm
William Brumfield, Professor of Slavic Languages and Germanic Languages, Tulane University, presents an exploration of evolving Russian attitudes toward commemorating the catastrophic sacrifices of the first year (1941-1942) of the Great Fatherland War. This presentation focused on the author's recent field research and photography in the Viazma region of Smolensk oblast'.