Past Events

‘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.

Public Interest Law in Russia

April 03, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
Kennan Institute
Public interest law has developed significantly in Russia over the past two decades with lawyers leading the push to enforce the civil and social rights set forth in the 1993 constitution. In light of recent government actions, the Russian courtroom has become one of the last protected areas of free speech in the country. The Jackson Foundation and the Kennan Institute convened four of Russia's leading experts to give a briefing on the current state of public interest law.

Overcoming History's Hurdles: Rising Above the Challenges Facing Relations Between Japan, Korea, and China

April 02, 2014 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Asia Program
Relations between three of Asia’s biggest economies are at their lowest in decades, as growing nationalistic fervor overwhelms multiple common challenges facing Seoul, Tokyo, and Beijing. Why are the three governments stumbling in history’s hurdles?
Webcast

Choke Point: India -- A Wilson Center-Circle of Blue Joint Initiative

April 02, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
China Environment Forum
On April 2, Circle of Blue and the Wilson Center present the findings of their Choke Point: India initiative, an exploration into the water-energy-food confrontations in the world’s second most populous country.
Podcast

Turkey: the Struggle for its Future

April 01, 2014 // 11:00am12:00pm
Global Europe Program
NATO ally Turkey, long a stable, reliable and pluralistic Western partner has been shaken by a swirl of corruption allegations. In the lead up to the March 30 municipal elections, seen by many as a referendum on his leadership, Prime Minister Recep Erdogan has responded with mass dismissals and censorship, including attempts this week to ban Twitter and YouTube. In this Ground Truth Briefing, three experts discuss the implications for Turkey and the region.
Webcast

The End of the Union? London, Edinburgh, and the Battle for Scottish Independence

April 01, 2014 // 10:00am11:30am
Global Europe Program
On 18 September, Scotland will hold a referendum on its 300 year-old union with the rest of the United Kingdom. It is an historic event with the campaign battle already well under way. The Center’s Global Europe Program will convene several leading experts to discuss the referendum campaign and the wider implications of a ‘Yes’ vote for Edinburgh, London and Europe.

An Unwanted Visionary: Gorbachev's Unrealized Ambitions and the Soviets' Retreat from Asia

March 31, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Radchenko will offer a fresh interpretation of Mikhail Gorbachev’s foreign policy by showing how the Soviet leader tried to reshape the international order through engagement with China and India, and why his vision for a Soviet-led Asia ultimately failed. Relying on newly declassified records from Russian, Chinese and other archives, he will discuss lost opportunities and recount painful legacies of Soviet retrenchment from Asia.

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