November 03, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Forty years after Watergate forced Richard Nixon to resign, Americans still ask why he launched the cover-up that destroyed his presidency. Ken Hughes traces the origins of Watergate back to the final days of the 1968 presidential campaign, when the Nixon campaign sabotaged Vietnam peace talks for political gain, and argues that Nixon’s ultimate loss of the White House was rooted in an obsession with seizing the evidence of the crime by which he gained the presidency in the first place.
October 31, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:30am
As oil prices drop, The Wilson Center is focusing on the political and economic implications of lower petroleum prices, as long as they continue, in a number of key countries. Leading experts will speak to what the future could hold for Russia, Iraq, Nigeria, and Venezuela with an added perspective on Saudi pricing power.
October 31, 2014 // 9:00am — 10:00am
Middle East Program
Matthew Barber, who has conducted research within the Yazidi community and who was in Kurdistan Province when it was attacked by ISIS this summer, and Murad Ismail, a Yazidi-American advocate for the Yazidi community, originally from Sinjar, are both members of the Yazidi delegation visiting Washington, D.C. and are working on efforts to rescue kidnapped Yazidi women.
October 30, 2014 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
Given the dynamic nature of the upcoming elections and the developments that are bound to occur with a new administration, we are looking forward to what is sure to be an engaging discussion with distinguished panelists and invited guests, from experts on Brazil’s political and economic conditions to authorities on the nation’s private sector relationships.
October 30, 2014 // 1:00pm — 2:30pm
Science and Technology Innovation Program
Hans Bruyninckx, the executive director of the European Environment Agency, will discuss Europe’s 2050 agenda and the contribution of environment policy to the transition towards sustainability.
October 30, 2014 // 9:00am — 4:30pm
Centerpieces of United States policy toward Asia—especially East and Southeast Asia—during the Obama presidency have included the “pivot” or “rebalancing” on the security side and seeking a massive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement on the economic side. With midterm congressional elections looming and the Obama administration beset by foreign policy challenges from outside the East and Southeast Asian region, this full-day conference will assess the progress, problems and prospects of “rebalancing” and the TPP.
October 30, 2014 // 9:00am — 11:00am
Latin American Program
Guest speakers discuss the effectiveness of U.S. funded citizen security programs in Central America.
October 28, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
History and Public Policy Program
In the second half of the 1980s, the KGB conducted an international disinformation campaign accusing the U.S. of having artificially constructed the virus that causes AIDS at the Pentagon’s laboratory for biological warfare in Fort Detrick, Maryland. On the basis of his research with scholar Christopher Nehring in the archives of the former communist secret police in Bulgaria, Germany, and the Czech Republic, Douglas Selvage will present new details about the disinformation campaign and the key supporting role played by the KGB’s “fraternal organ,” the East German Ministry of State Security or Stasi.
October 28, 2014 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Rapid population growth can be a contributing factor to both greenhouse gas emissions and vulnerability to climate stresses. The Population Reference Bureau and Worldwatch Institute formed an international Population Dynamics and Climate-Compatible Development Expert Working Group to identify policy opportunities to increase investment in family planning in climate-sensitive development initiatives. Join us for a presentation about the working group’s report and discussion with select working group members.
October 28, 2014 // 8:30am — 5:30pm
The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and the United States Department of Energy Office of Science, in partnership with the Wilson Center's Brazil Institute, held an all-day symposium on collaborative research projects led by scientists in the state of São Paulo, Brazil and in the U.S., targeting the discovery of new science about the Amazon.