Past Events

Multipolarity: Ideological Perceptions and Strategic Reality

April 20, 2005 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Global Europe Program
Erwan Lagadec, an intellectual historian by training, is studying differences between French and American worldviews and assessments of the geopolitical strategic environment, at the Woodrow Wilson Center and on behalf of the French Foreign Ministry Planning Staff. As a Public Policy Scholar at the Wilson Center, he has focused on contrasting approaches to the concept of multipolarity in France and the U.S. Sir Rodric Braithwaite, also currently a Woodrow Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar, is a specialist on Britain's relations with Russia, where he was British ambassador from 1988-1992. During his extensive career, he has been a senior economic specialist in Washington, Brussels, and the Foreign Office, and has served as Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee.

Now that the Fighting in the Balkans is Over, Did We Learn Anything? A Retrospective Analysis of Yugoslavia's Dissolution

April 20, 2005 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Ellen Commisso, Professor of Political Science, University of California-San Diengo

Japanese Women: Lineage and Legacies

April 19, 2005 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Asia Program
Hitomi Tonomura, Associate Professor of History, University of Michigan; Barbara Molony, Professor of History, Santa Clara University; Margarita Estevez-Abe, Associate Professor of Government, Harvard University; Karlyn Bowman, Resident fellow, American Enterprise Institute

Responding to Africa's Emergencies: New Strategies for Humanitarian Assistance at the United Nations

April 19, 2005 // 11:00am12:00pm
Africa Program
A Roundtable discussion with Kevin Kennedy, Director of the Coordination and Response Division in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs at the United Nations and Krista Riddley, Deputy Director of Policy and Advocacy at Oxfam America.

Is Debt Destiny? Argentina, Emerging Markets, and the Future of Finance

April 19, 2005 // 9:00am11:00am
Program on America and the Global Economy
With author Paul Blustein, Staff Writer, Washington Post; and commentators Claudio Loser, Visiting Senior Fellow at the Inter-American Dialogue; and Joseph S. Tulchin, Director of the Latin American Program, Woodrow Wilson Center.

Is Debt Destiny? Argentina, Emerging Markets, and the Future of Finance

April 19, 2005 // 9:00am11:00am
Latin American Program
"How could this happen?" Paul Blustein asked himself while dispatched to Argentina in the wake of its 2001 economic crash. Reports of shantytown residents in the street butchering Angus steers from an overturned truck and of starving children in a nation of agricultural plenty stood in stark contrast to previous impressions of the much lauded and booming Argentina—a country on its way, until late 2001, to joining the ranks of wealthy nations. Blustein explores Argentina's over-hyped rise and dramatic fall (which brought about 25% unemployment, the peso's collapse, and political and social chaos) and the role international financial institutions and market players played in both. His book reminds us that the path from developing nation to developed can be perilous, in this case yielding a Latin American Enron on the scale of the nation state.

Reform of the United Nations Security Council and the Role of Latin America

April 18, 2005 // 3:00pm5:30pm
Latin American Program
A distinguished panel discussed the evolving role of the UN in world affairs and how the nations of Latin America fit into the organization. Participants included Ambassador Heraldo Muñoz, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who also served as United States ambassador to the UN, and Emilio Cárdenas, former Argentine ambassador to the UN. Video of this event is now available.

How Far Can the EU and NATO Go in Taking in Ukraine and Russia

April 18, 2005 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Ira Strauss, U.S. Coordinator, Committee on Eastern Europe and Russia in NATO

Live Webcast/Book Launch--The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century

April 18, 2005 // 12:00pm2:00pm
International Security Studies
With author Thomas L. Friedman, Foreign Affairs Columnist, New York TimesThe video of this event is now available.

Art Exhibit: "The Business of Sustainable Development--An African Forest Tale"

April 18, 2005 // 9:00am5:00pm
Africa Program
A special exhibition of art by Senegalese Glass Painter Mor Gueye, illustrating a children's story written by Woodrow Wilson Fellow Jesse Ribot on the disjuncture between European and local discourses in colonial and post-colonial forestry. The exhibit is open to the public from April 18, and runs through June 15.

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