Past Events

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.
Podcast

Ground Truth Briefing: The U.S.-Saudi Relationship: Too Big To Fail?

March 31, 2014 // 9:00am10:00am
Middle East Program
In the wake of President Obama’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia, please join us for this conference call as three veteran observers and analysts of the Saudi and Washington scenes assess the state of relations between the two countries and prospects for the future.

A History of the Iraqi Crisis: France, the United States, and Iraq, 1991-2003

March 28, 2014 // 2:00pm4:00pm
History and Public Policy Program
Frédéric Bozo will speak on his new book "A History of the Iraqi Crisis: France, the United States, and Iraq, 1991-2003". Based on exclusive French archival sources and numerous interviews with former officials in both countries, Frédéric Bozo retraces the history of the international crisis that culminated in the 2003 Iraqi conflict.
Webcast

Citizen Security in Brazil: Progress and Challenges

March 28, 2014 // 9:00am12:00pm
Latin American Program
This event explored recent efforts to promote citizen security in Brazil’s urban areas, including the attempts to build more peaceful communities from the ground up.

Crisis in Ukraine: Political, Social, and Economic Dimensions

March 27, 2014 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Kennan Institute
The post- WWII order emerged more than sixty years ago from the Yalta conference in Crimea. Today, Crimea is again the center of a potential turning point in global security. Three experts on Ukraine discussed potential outcomes and possible options for a resolution of the current conflict.

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