Upcoming Events

Sino-Soviet Relations and the Dilemmas of Socialist Bloc Cooperation: Czechoslovaks in Shanghai, 1956-57

October 27, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
In contrast to traditional approaches to Sino-Soviet relations that focus on ideological conflict and the role of powerful personalities such as Chairman Mao and Nikita Khrushchev, Austin Jersild draws on the experiences of advisers in China in the 1950s to place the Sino-Soviet alliance and split within the broader history of socialist bloc cooperation and the Cold War competition with the United States.

FAPESP-U.S. Collaborative Research on the Amazon

October 28, 2014 // 8:30am5:30pm
Brazil Institute
Join the Brazil Institute, FAPESP and the DOE for 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.

The AIDS Conspiracy: KGB and Stasi Disinformation

October 28, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
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.
Webcast

Are Crime and Violence Prevention Programs Working in Central America?

October 30, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
Latin American Program
Guest speakers discuss the effectiveness of U.S. funded citizen security programs in Central America.
Webcast

Strategic Rebalancing and the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Assessing U.S. Security and Trade Policy Toward Asia Under Obama

October 30, 2014 // 9:00am4:30pm
Asia Program
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.

Europe's 2050 Environment Agenda: A Transitions Perspective

October 30, 2014 // 1:00pm2:30pm
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.

Chasing Shadows: The Nixon Tapes, the Chennault Affair, and the Origins of Watergate

November 03, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
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.

Saddam Husayn and Islam: Ba’thi Iraq 1968-2003 from Secularism and Faith

November 04, 2014 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Rather that beginning with the “Arab Spring,” the grassroots resurgence of political Islam began in Iraq in the early 1980s. It immediately exerted powerful influence over the policies of Saddam Husayn and his secular Ba’th regime. In a 1986 secret meeting of the Ba’th leadership, Saddam dragged his reluctant comrades screaming and kicking to accept an alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood, among the Ba’th most feared and despised enemies. In this he launched an incremental Islamization campaign that reached its peak just before the 2003 fall of Baghdad. The book attempts to explain why and how was it done and how it touched the inner souls of party and leader. It seems that ISIS represents a leap from Saddam’s Islamization campaign. Is ISIS, then, Saddam’s dead hand, thrusting out of his grave in Tikrit?
Energy & Security
Webcast

The Energy Security Renaissance in North America

November 06, 2014 // 10:00am12:00pm
Canada Institute
The recent surge in North American oil and natural gas is moving the balance of power in energy production from the Middle East to the West. Soon, Mexican energy reforms and newly accessible Arctic resources will add to this North American energy boom. U.S. energy infrastructure and policies must adapt to meet the energy revolution occuring in North America. At the same time, energy consumption is growing exponentially in Asia, raising new challenges and opportunities for East-West cooperation in international energy.

Slovakia’s Road to Freedom and Democracy

November 14, 2014 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Pavol Demes will discuss Slovakia’s road to freedom and democracy

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