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In the wake of Russian aggression in Ukraine, the topic of European security and NATO expansion post-Cold War is being discussed with renewed urgency. During a recent special event at the Wilson Center, the issue was explored by an impressive panel that featured keynote remarks from US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.
Demonstrators in Venezuela blame President Nicolás Maduro for "mismanaging" the economy of the oil-rich country and have said they will continue protesting until he resigns. But problems such as lack of security, high crime rates, and frustration with the country's poor economic situation did not begin when Maduro took office. In this edition of CONTEXT, Margarita López Maya looks at the big picture in Venezuela. How did it get to this point and what will it take to solve problems that have persisted for many years?
As civil unrest continues in Venezuela, we asked Latin American Program Director, Cindy Arnson, for an update on the sometimes violent situation. She provides insight into what’s happening, the government’s response, and whether or not the situation can be resolved any time soon.
We once again convene our Middle East roundtable with a look at the recent Iranian election results and what the outcome could mean for the U.S. relationship with the Islamic Republic. Joining us are Haleh Esfandiari, David Ottaway and Afshin Molavi.
We convene our Africa Roundtable for a discussion of the ways in which technology is stimulating impressive economic development on the African continent with Steven McDonald, Tim Kelly, and Nmachi Jidenma.
William Pomeranz, Acting Director of the Kennan Institute, discusses political and economic trends in post-Soviet countries. Lauren McCarthy, research scholar with the Kennan Institute, discusses continuing problems with human trafficking and slave labor in the Russian Federation.
We explore the latest issue of the Wilson Center’s flagship publication, the Wilson Quarterly with the help of its editor, Steve Lagerfeld and contributors Joshua Kucera and Steve McDonald. Also Robert Litwak discusses nuclear proliferation threats to United States and global security.
Anatoli Mikhailov, rector of the European Humanities University and recipient of the 2007 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture award
Oleg Kozlovsky, a Russian democracy and human rights activist. Kozlovsky is cofounder of the Solidarnost United Democratic Movement. Christian Ostermann is the director of numerous programs at the Wilson Center including the History and Public Policy and European programs.