Upcoming Events

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The End of Greatness: Why America Can’t Have (and Doesn’t Want) Another Great President

October 07, 2014 // 4:30pm6:30pm
Middle East Program
Please join us as Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times columnist Tom Friedman interviews Aaron David Miller about his new book The End of Greatness: Why America Can’t Have (and Doesn’t Want) Another Great President.

Pakistan’s Biggest Challenge: Turning Around a Broken Education System

October 08, 2014 // 9:00am4:00pm
Asia Program
Over a third of Pakistan’s population is under the age of 15, yet it has the world’s second-highest number of children out of school. Pakistan’s youth could be the nation’s greatest asset—or its biggest liability.

ISIS and the End of the Middle East as We Know It

October 09, 2014 // 12:30pm2:00pm
Global Europe Program
While Western attention is caught by the rise of the so-called "Islamic State", the real story may be the dissolution of order in the Middle East. How do we understand ongoing political and geopolitical shifts in the region and the rise of new types of actors such as the "Islamic State"? And what, if anything, can and should Western powers do?

2014 Brazil Economic Conference

October 10, 2014 // 8:00am2:30pm
Brazil Institute
On Friday October 10, the Brazil Institute is proud to co-host with the Brazil American Chamber of Commerce and the Brazil-US Business Council the annual economic conference

Film Screening: "Liberty Train, Next Stop Freedom"

October 10, 2014 // 3:00pm6:00pm
History and Public Policy Program
"Liberty Train, Next Stop Freedom" portrays the dramatic events surrounding the mass occupation of the West German embassy in Prague by East German refugees seeking permission to leave for the West. Negotiations between East and West Germany in late September 1989 led to their release and their travel by special trains from Prague to West Germany via the GDR on a chilly night at the end of September. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with two Germans who grew up and experienced the revolutionary changes of 1989-90 in East Germany.
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Scaling Up or Expanding Out? What Happens When Development Programs Grow

October 14, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
In the field of integrated development, scaling up is often a benchmark of success – but what does scaling up actually look like? For population, health, and environment (PHE) programs, local context matters, and successes from one community may not be immediately replicable in another. In those cases, is it realistic to aim for scaling up? Or is another benchmark needed? Could resilience offer a new framework to help practitioners plan for growing PHE programs?

From Sarajevo, 1914 to Southeastern Europe, 2014: Wars, Transitions and Controversies

October 15, 2014 // 11:30am1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Drawing on recent scholarship and addressing recent controversies, John Lampe, traces the saga of Southeastern Europe from the explosive mixture of Balkan states and imperial borderlands before the First World War, through the trials that their successors faced during two world wars, the Cold War, and finally the wars of Yugoslavia's dissolution.
Photo: Wenceslas Square, 17 November, 1989
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Promoting Free Media: Informing the 1989 Velvet Revolution and the Challenge Today

October 16, 2014 // 2:00pm6:00pm
History and Public Policy Program
Czechs and Slovaks regained their freedom in November 1989 through non-violent protests in Prague, Bratislava, and other towns of then Czechoslovakia. Their Velvet Revolution climaxed a decade of renewed civic challenges to a repressive Communist regime that began with Charter 77 dissidents including Vaclav Havel and accelerated after 1986. Twenty five years after the Velvet Revolution, Europe today is whole and free, but democracy and prerequisite independent media are on the decline in much of the former Soviet Union and elsewhere. RFE/RL, now operating from Prague, VOA, Radio Free Asia, Middle East Broadcasting Network, and Radio Marti, all publicly funded by the U.S. Congress, work to redress the information deficit.

OECD Perspectives on Global Development

October 16, 2014 // 2:00pm3:00pm
Global Europe Program
This seminar will present the 2014 Perspectives on Global Development report which focuses on the global economic shift to developing countries and stresses how boosting productivity growth can meet the middle-income challenge, giving detailed comparative analysis of productivity levels and changes over time.

Empowering Revolution: America, Poland, and the Moderates who Ended the Cold War

October 20, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Based on significant new international research, Domber reassesses the nature of Western influence on the end of the Cold War, highlighting where Soviet reforms created space for change in Eastern Europe and rejecting claims of any direct U.S. responsibility for the collapse of Communism.

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