May 08, 2015 // 10:30am — 12:00pm
Private philanthropy is a relatively new area of activity in Russia. Russian corporate giving has grown since the early 1990s, with companies beginning to adopt charitable giving and social investment standards from their Western counterparts. More recently, private and family foundations have begun to appear, and middle class giving is also on the rise. Ruben Vardanyan discussed the trends and challenges of philanthropy in Russia; the role of private philanthropy; and infrastructure for the development of private philanthropy.
May 07, 2015 // 2:30pm — 3:30pm
The Obama Administration has just issued the first annual installment of its interagency Quadrennial Energy Review (QER). At this Wilson Center Special Event, QER lead framer and coordinator Melanie Kenderdine, Counselor to the U.S. Secretary of Energy and Director, Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis at DOE, will discuss the main findings and recommendations of the first annual QER installment.
May 05, 2015 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
The role of women in many developing countries has traditionally been understood as that of a passive receiver of repression or services. Fouzia Saeed’s research findings challenge this view. At this event, Dr. Saeed will share the outcome of her work during her time as the Wilson Center’s 2014-15 Pakistan Scholar.
May 05, 2015 // 2:00pm — 3:30pm
Following his original and highly successful book Managing Think Tanks, author Raymond Struyk introduces his newest release: Improving Think Tank Management: Practical Guidance for Think Tanks, Research Advocacy NGOs, and their Funders.
May 05, 2015 // 10:00am — 11:30am
From 2007 to 2014, Russia enjoyed unprecedented demographic success. The abysmal fertility rates of the 1990s were left behind and Russia experienced some of the the largest fertility improvements anywhere in Europe. With falling mortality rates and economic-growth driven immigration, Russia's decline in population ended, and 2013 actually saw a net increase in Russia's total population. However, the current economic crisis is leading to policies that will likely lead to a reversal of these gains. The speakers presented new data and forecasts for Russia's population, and discussed various related social policies.
May 04, 2015 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
In "The Reagan Era," Doug Rossinow gives a full and rounded view of how the foreign policies of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush took America—through a sometimes chaotic path, one marked with war scares, troop deployments, indirect warfare, scandal, and diplomatic triumphs—to the edge of a new era of American predominance.
May 04, 2015 // 2:00pm — 3:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Woodrow Wilson Center Senior Scholar and Historian James Reston, Jr's newest book "Luther's Fortress: Martin Luther and His Reformation Under Siege" describes a crucial but little-known episode in Martin Luther’s life and reveals its pivotal role in the history of Christianity. Drawing on Luther’s correspondence, notes, and other writings, Reston presents an earthy, gripping portrait of the Reformation’s architect during his time in excommunication.
May 04, 2015 // 12:30pm — 2:30pm
Latin American Program
Researchers from Georgia State University have conducted an experimental national survey to measure public opinion regarding transitional justice and the legitimacy of a negotiated peace.
April 30, 2015 // 5:00pm — 7:00pm
The 2015 Leon Jaworski Public Program will focus on the symbolic attributes of the Great Charter to examine “what makes Magna Carta mythic.” Exploring the mythic and iconic qualities of Magna Carta can help us better understand an eight-century-long legal-political tradition, its endurance, and continuing significance for the twenty-first century.
April 30, 2015 // 2:00pm — 3:30pm
This discussion featured three Russian experts who have each spent time at the Wilson Center (with support from the U.S. Embassy, Moscow’s “Peer-to-Peer Program”). The panel compared the Russian and American experience and practice of public oversight. The results of their study include both expected and unexpected findings. For example, while U.S.-based organizations that work on government oversight are older and operate in a freer environment, there are areas where Russian groups and individuals are able to access state information faster and more reliably.