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Enlarging the European Union

September 18, 2013 // 3:00pm5:00pm
The first enlargement was one of the most divisive and politically charged events in the history of the present-day European Union. French opposition to British membership meant that London had to wait more than a decade at the Community's door. Other countries, including Denmark and Ireland, whose requests for membership were tied to the coat-tails of the British applications, had to endure a similar wait. Enlarging the European Union focuses on the early history of the EU and in particular the role played by the European Commission, an institution whose aim was to gain influence over the Community's agenda and to shape its policies, including the issue of enlargement. Enlarging the European Union explores the Commission's interaction with the member states and the applicant countries between the years 1961 and 1973 and also the Commission's attempts to gain and wield influence over the first enlargement round.

Investing in Indebtedness: World History and Impoverishment in Africa

September 16, 2013 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Modern Africa's impoverishment, though often alleged to have begun in the era of slaving, deepened during colonial rule, barely paused during the early years of national independence, intensified with the Cold War era of military rule, and – recently – provoked painful structural adjustment programs, has in fact been at the core of the continent’s relationship with the commercial economies surrounding it for a millennium and may reveal as much about world economies as about Africa itself.
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Tyranny of the Weak: North Korea and the World, 1950-1992

September 13, 2013 // 9:30am11:00am
Please join us for a book launch with Charles K. Armstrong of Columbia University for his latest book, Tyranny of the Weak: North Korea and the World, 1950-1992
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More than Just a Scourge: General de Gaulle and the Cold War

September 09, 2013 // 4:00pm5:30pm
General de Gaulle is often remembered as the great scourge of the Western Alliance during the 1960s, the mercurial French President who launched a global and comprehensive challenge against the United States’ leadership of the Free World. But de Gaulle was driven by more than simply obstructionism or a desire to make life difficult for his American allies. Garret Martin will make the case that the General pursued an ambitious, if flawed, grand strategy during the 1960s through which he sought to overcome the Cold War bipolar order.

The 1953 Coup 60 Years On: A Symposium

July 24, 2013 // 9:00am12:30pm
August marks the 60th anniversary of the coup against Mohammad Mosaddeq, one of the pivotal events of modern Iranian – and Middle Eastern – history. The coup and the conditions surrounding it continue to spark academic and political debate due to their significance for subsequent developments in Iran as well as for the Islamic Republic’s relations with the United States and the West.
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2013 IFES-WWICS Washington Forum on Korea

June 14, 2013 // 9:30am3:30pm
The 2013 IFES-WWICS Washington Forum on Korea featured a keynote address by Ambassador Glyn Davies, U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy, a roundtable on leadership changes in East Asia, luncheon remarks by the Honorable Jae Kyu Park and Ambassador Ho-Young Ahn, and a panel discussion on North Korea’s crisis diplomacy.
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German Unification Twenty-Five Years Later

May 20, 2013 // 4:00pm5:30pm
After the first quarter century of development since the overthrow of Communism and the reunification of East and West Germany, how does one draw up a balance sheet? How can one assess the transfer of political institutions, the economic crises, the difficulties of women’s adjustment? There were substantial successes but also significant failures. Many of the international moves of the Berlin Republic can only be understood by considering the difficult process of adjustment during and after unification.
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Lincoln and Emancipation: Presidential Intent at Home and Abroad

May 13, 2013 // 4:00pm5:30pm
During the American Civil War Abraham Lincoln stated that his paramount object was to save the Union, leading many since to question his reputation as “The Great Emancipator.” Emancipation and the nation’s unity were indivisible in Lincoln's mind, and it was for the fusion and pursuit of these two ideas that British and other foreign progressives of the time esteemed him so highly. What were the international repercussions of Lincoln’s actions? Even more basically, what were his actual motivations?
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American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama

May 06, 2013 // 4:00pm5:30pm
American Tapestry illuminates the lives of the ordinary people in Mrs. Obama's family tree who fought for freedom in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars; who endured the agonies of slavery, the disappointment of Reconstruction, the displacement of the Great Migration, and the horrors of Jim Crow to build a better future for their children.
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Getting Out of Iraq in 1932

April 29, 2013 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Iraq was the single mandated territory—out of fourteen—to achieve independent statehood while still under the jurisdiction of the League of Nations. Overseeing this process, the League’s expert bodies became ever more skeptical of the panacea of independent statehood. Through this case, we can see this modern state system in the making.

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