Past Events

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The History of the Future of Syria

October 06, 2014 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Over the past four years, Syria and the entire Middle East have witnessed unprecedented changes. This lecture will look back on these events in the expectation of determining what may come next. Special attention will be paid to U.S. foreign policy, the growth and proliferation of terrorist organizations such as ISIS, the fate of minorities in the region, and the state of cultural patrimony.

The Kennan Diaries

October 03, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
History and Public Policy Program
The Kennan Diaries reveals the personal life and the political, philosophical, and spiritual concerns of America’s most noted diplomat and foreign policy strategist, George F. Kennan. Edited by historian Frank Costigliola, The Kennan Diaries is a landmark work of profound intellectual and emotional power.

The UK Strategic Nuclear Deterrent and the Chevaline Program: An Overview

October 03, 2014 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
Matthew Jones speaks on the Chevaline Program, a highly-secret project begun in 1970 to improve the penetration performance of the UK's force of Polaris submarine-launched ballistic missiles in order to give them the capability to overcome Soviet ABM defenses deployed around Moscow. The event will explore the program's background, its problems, and how it became one of the most controversial episodes in post-war British defense policy.

"The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union"

October 03, 2014 // 10:00am11:30am
Kennan Institute
Serhii Plokhii presented his latest book, "The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union." Using recently declassified documents and original interviews, Plokhii examines the events leading up to the collapse of the Soviet Union. He reveals that it was largely inter-republic disunity and not American influence that led to the surprising dissolution of one of the world's two superpowers. Plokhii provides new insight into the events leading up to 1991, which continue to reverberate to the present day.

Meet the Campaign Advisors: A Conversation with Rubens Barbosa, Campaign Advisor for Aécio Neves Social Democracy Party (PSDB)

October 02, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
Brazil Institute
On Thursday October 2, PSDB advisor Rubens Barbosa joined us via webcast from Sao Paulo to discuss the Aecio Neves campaign.
Webcast

"Putin's Kleptocracy - Who Owns Russia?"

October 01, 2014 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Kennan Institute
Former Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar, Karen Dawisha, presented her new book "Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?" with Elizabeth A. Wood joining her as a discussant. The book traces Putin's sudden rise to power and examines the network of individuals who rose to power and riches along with him. Dawisha’s provocative new study further addresses the nature of Putin’s power vertical and the endemic corruption that accompanies his system.

Art Exhibit: "From War to Victory: Poland 1939-1989"

October 01, 2014 // 9:00amOctober 10, 2014 // 5:00pm
History and Public Policy Program
“From War to Victory: Poland 1939-1989” features exhibitions from the Institute of National Remembrance that tell the history of Poland from the Second World War through the end of the Cold War. This exhibit will be on display in the Memorial Hallway of the Woodrow Wilson Center from 1 October-10 October, is open to the public and admission is free.
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Chinese Companies in Latin America: Economic and Strategic Dimensions

October 01, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
Latin American Program
Guest speakers discuss the potential role of Chinese Companies in the burgeoning relationship between China and Latin America.
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I Was Not Alone: A Pakistani Activist's Journey for Change

September 30, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Asia Program
In I Was Not Alone, Fouzia Saeed tells the story of working women’s struggles in Pakistan. Forming a movement called AASHA, she and hundreds of others dared to challenge the nation’s behavior toward working women. This movement led the whole country to stand together against sexual harassment in the workplace, and resulted in the passage of legislation protecting women’s rights.
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Innovative Training of Birth Attendants

September 30, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Maternal Health Initiative
Imagine you are a physician working in a rural health center in a developing country. You’re helping a woman deliver her baby, and it’s just arrived but is not breathing. Meanwhile, the mother has started to hemorrhage. You’re the only one working in the clinic that day, and many life-saving treatments need to start within one minute. You have 60 seconds to make decisions that could cost the lives of two people.

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