February 25, 2015 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
In the inaugural event in 2015, the Managing Our Planet series returns to discuss the state of our oceans.
February 25, 2015 // 12:30pm — 2:00pm
Science and Technology Innovation Program
STIP is proud to host Dr. Hilton Root to discuss the ideas in his book Dynamics among Nations: The Evolution of Legitimacy and Development in Modern States (MIT Press). In the book, Root explores the use of complexity models to understand local and international governance challenges, particularly in light of declining Western liberal internationalism.
February 25, 2015 // 10:30am — 11:45am
For more than two decades, the US Department of State, USAID and other foreign affairs agencies have worked to ensure that the Foreign Service looks more like America. Success in that effort could contribute immeasurably to the United States’ global leadership on a range of issues including gender equality, democracy and minority rights. A panel of experts will question if the Foreign Service has been successful in these efforts and explore how it must continue to evolve in a rapidly changing world.
February 24, 2015 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Many young Russians, whether politically active or indifferent, know little about the dissidents of the Soviet era. They don’t understand what motivated people of the time to speak out, why some dissidents decided to leave the country, or what was the significance of samizdat, the “self-published” writings and poetry that people passed around in secret at the time. The Voice of America launched a documentary series in 2013 featuring interviews, documents, and narration to tell the stories from this part of Russian history.
February 24, 2015 // 9:00am — 11:00am
Latin American Program
A discussion with three leading researchers from the Latin America Marijuana Research Initiative (LAMRI) who have just completed extensive field work and surveys about marijuana regulation in Uruguay.
February 23, 2015 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
For four decades Brent Scowcroft has exerted a quiet, continued, and sometimes great influence over the conduct of US national security policy. Drawing on his new biography, The Strategist: Brent Scowcroft and the Call of National Security, Bartholomew Sparrow discusses how Scowcroft rose to become national security advisor under presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush.
February 23, 2015 // 2:00pm — 3:00pm
For the first time in his Administration, President Barack Obama has submitted to Congress a formal request for additional authority to use military force. Is his draft Authorization for Use of Military Force against ISIL “alarmingly broad,” as The New York Times worries, or a narrow set of handcuffs? Does it empower the Presidency or create—as Senator John McCain put it—“535 Commanders-in-Chief”? From different angles, many ask: Does the proposed AUMF reflect sound law and sound strategy?
February 23, 2015 // 2:00pm — 3:30pm
It is often understood that contemporary politics in the region is marked by balance of power activity that precedes an inevitable power transition when China’s power “catches up” with that of the United States. In The Struggle for Order: Hegemony, Hierarchy and Transition in Post-Cold War East Asia, however, Australian National University’s Evelyn Goh argues that U.S. hegemony has been consolidated in East Asia in spite of China’s rise, because of the crucial support of other regional states which prefer a U.S.-led order.
February 23, 2015 // 9:00am — 10:30am
The Wilson Center's Mexico Institute hosted a discussion on the future of the left in Mexico and the challenges the country faces.
February 20, 2015 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
The Canada Institute hosted a discussion with Quebec’s Minister for International Relations and La Francophonie Christine St-Pierre, moderated by Canada Institute Director David Biette.