Events

Religion and the Encounter with Modernity: What Can We Learn from Jewish Urbanization?

June 30, 2015 // 12:00pm1:00pm
This talk uses the case of Jewish urbanization in the nineteenth century to discuss some of the ways religious leaders and communities engage with the fear and possibility presented by modernity. What are the political implications for theological and cultural nostalgia? Can we understand why some responses are more violent than others? Is there anything to be done about it?

Victim’s Justice in the Aftermath of Genocide: Lessons from Efforts in the Balkans

June 24, 2015 // 10:00am11:00am
With the rise of transitional justice globally, the role of reparations in war has changed. This talk focuses on the global significance of reparations efforts in Balkan states in the aftermath of the 1990's genocide in Yugoslavia. Who can pursue reparations, in what venues, for what types of reparations, at what cost?
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Turkey: Parliamentary Elections and their Aftermath

June 09, 2015 // 9:30am11:00am
The June 7 Turkish elections witnessed the AKP's loss of the majority in parliament. Participants of this panel discussed the election results and considered how these will affect Turkish domestic and foreign policy in the months to come.

Sarajevo Roses, Tahrir Protests & Djerbahood: Injustice, Youth & Resilience

June 03, 2015 // 10:00am11:00am
In the Balkans, local youth, unsatisfied by attempts to deal with post-conflict and post-authoritarian injustice, launched their own forms of activism. Arnaud Kurze will discuss why and how, despite repressive politics, youth were able to create alternative spaces to express their political voice.

To Have and to Hold: Gender Regimes and Property Rights in Twentieth Century Romania

May 20, 2015 // 10:00am11:00am
The meaning of citizenship has changed profoundly over the twentieth century, with women experiencing the most radical shifts in how their rights and duties have been defined and protected by the state. Visiting Scholar Maria Bucur follows the changes that have affected women in Romania in the area of property rights.
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The British General Election – Domestic and Foreign Policy Challenges for the Next Government

May 12, 2015 // 2:00pm3:00pm
It had been billed as one of the closest election races in modern British politics. What does the result mean for the United Kingdom? And for its relations with Europe and the wider world? Our experts examine the results and assess the domestic and foreign policy challenges facing the Tory government.

2015 Ahtisaari Symposium: New Evidence and Perspectives on the Helsinki Accords

April 27, 2015 // 9:00am12:30pm
The Ahtisaari Symposium series, established at the Wilson Center in 2010 in honor of Nobel Laureate and former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, provides a forum for discussion of historical and policy perspectives on vital European security issues. In cooperation with the University of Helsinki, the Wilson Center also hosts a scholarship program for Finnish professionals from the scholarly, media, business and public policy communities.
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The Estonia Model: Why a Free and Secure Internet Matters

April 21, 2015 // 1:00pm2:00pm
In this Director's Forum, His Excellency Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of the Republic of Estonia, will discuss the state of cybersecurity, privacy, and the digital economy.

25 Years Since the Baltic Revolution: Marking Accomplishments, Facing Challenges

April 17, 2015 // 10:00am11:45am
This anniversary year, in which Latvia holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, presents a timely opportunity to review what the Baltics have accomplished in the past quarter century as well as current and future challenges that they face. As Latvia prepares to host a May 2015 Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, it is also appropriate to assess the relevance of Baltic experience to others seeking closer ties with European and trans-Atlantic structures.

Who’s Afraid of the Fact-Checker?

April 15, 2015 // 10:00am11:30am
Why has fact-checking become such an important part of journalism?The discussion will provide insight into how fact-checking is done in practice and why fact-checking politicians, pundits, and policymakers, has recently become a global trend in online journalism.

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Experts & Staff

  • Christian F. Ostermann // Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • Emily R. Buss // Program Assistant