March 25, 2014 // 9:00am — 11:00am
China Environment Forum
Increasingly prosperous consumers in China are consuming fewer food grains and demanding more dairy, fruits, vegetables, meat, and seafood. Speakers will discuss the major ecological and supply chain trends in the China’s seafood and pork industries.
March 24, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
The conventional wisdom suggests that moderates matter little. In her new book, Why We Fight: Congress and the Politics of World War II, Nancy Beck Young proves otherwise. Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman faced a fractious Congress riven by hardcore ideologues, circumstances that empowered moderates—from both parties—to cut deals on economic but not social justice policies. The dominant patterns for postwar politics emerged with liberalism seeming less oriented toward the welfare state and more to the vital center warfare state.
March 24, 2014 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Middle East Program
President Obama's mission in visiting Saudi Arabia at the end of March is to reassure King Abdullah of America's commitment to the Saudi kingdom. But with so many uncertainties in ongoing U.S. negotiations with Iran, Israel, and the Palestinians and serious differences between the two over the civil wars in Syria and Iraq, the question is will President Obama succeed?
March 21, 2014 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Evaluation is a critical part of any development programming. Rigorous evaluations identify the successes, failures, and gaps in a given project, accumulating lessons learned that hopefully lead to more effective programming.
March 21, 2014 // 2:30pm — 3:30pm
Global Europe Program
Germany is deeply engaged in trying to resolve the crisis with Ukraine and Russia, with Chancellor Angela Merkel holding the record for the most number of phone conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. What is Germany's leverage? What are her interests? Are there divergences in German and US policies with regard to Russia and Ukraine in this crisis? Join us for a discussion of these and other related issues with the former German Ambassador to the US, Klaus Scharioth.
March 21, 2014 // 9:00am — 11:00am
Latin American Program
The Latin American Program hosted a discussion of Patricia I. Vásquez's new book, "Oil Sparks in the Amazon: Local Conflicts, Indigenous Populations, and Natural Resources," which examines oil-related local conflicts in Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia.
March 20, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:00pm
Middle East Program
The crisis in Syria shows no signs of abating. Prospects for an internal political agreement or an external intervention to defuse let alone end the civil war seem improbable at best. Meanwhile the humanitarian, political, and strategic costs for Syria and the region mount daily. Ambassador Robert Ford speaks on the current situation in Syria and prospects for the future.
March 20, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
The Russian intervention in Crimea and the ongoing tensions in Ukraine’s eastern and southern regions clearly demonstrats that the Maidan drama is far from over. The Crimea crisis undermines the stability of the post-1991 European order and is an unexpected challenge to the West, which seems to be divided and reluctant to confront Russia.What does Russia want to achieve in Ukraine? Is Crimea its ultimate goal? How should the West respond?
March 20, 2014 // 12:00pm — 1:30pm
Science and Technology Innovation Program
This event and discussion will explore global strategic prospects and strategies drawn from the 2013-14 State of the Future report and the online Global Futures Intelligence System.
March 20, 2014 // 11:30am — 12:00pm
Global Europe Program
On March 24 President Obama will travel to Europe for a Nuclear Security Summit in the Netherlands, followed by a U.S.-EU Summit in Brussels on March 26. Planned agenda items for these meetings, however, are likely to be overtaken by Russia’s accession of Crimea and continuing instability in Ukraine. Wilson Center experts in nuclear security, US-EU relations, and US-Russia relations and Ukraine previewed the President’s trip in a briefing session for media.