October 07, 2013 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
John McNeill argues that yellow fever and malaria, both mosquito-borne diseases, helped make the Americas free. In the campaigns of 1780-81 in the Carolinas and Virginia, in the Haitian Revolution of 1791-1804, in the wars of independence in the Spanish Americas of 1808-25, locally born and raised soldiers and militia enjoyed a strong advantage over European troops in terms of their resistance to these two infections. Did disease tip the military balance?
October 01, 2013 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
In Strategy: A History, Sir Lawrence Freedman, one of the world's leading authorities on war and international politics, captures the vast history of strategic thinking, in a consistently engaging and insightful account of how strategy came to pervade every aspect of our lives.
September 30, 2013 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
In 1969, Nelson Rockefeller embarked on four ill-fated diplomatic tours of Latin America that inspired violent clashes between the state and the street. Contemporary observers and subsequent scholars have dismissed Gov. Rockefeller's goodwill effort as an unmitigated failure. In this talk, Ernesto Capello explores recently released documents, including selections from the thousands of solicitations sent to Rockefeller by ordinary citizens, which demonstrate the need to reevaluate Rockefeller's Presidential Mission as a critical moment in the way Cold War Latin America imagined its neighbors to the north.
September 26, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:30pm
Wilson Center Senior Scholar James Reston, Jr. discusses his new book on the Kennedy assassination.
September 23, 2013 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
What does it feel like to live in a world transformed by new technology, new ideas, and new dynamics of world power? A century ago, the author Joseph Conrad provided vivid answers to questions we still ask today. In his novels Heart of Darkness (1899), Lord Jim (1900), Nostromo (1904), and The Secret Agent (1907) – each set on a different continent, each anchored in historical incidents and in personal experience – Conrad revealed the forces challenging European dominance, and anticipated the defining currents of the twentieth century.
September 16, 2013 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
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.
September 09, 2013 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
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.
July 24, 2013 // 9:00am — 12:30pm
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.
May 20, 2013 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
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.
May 13, 2013 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
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?