4th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Goodbye, Brazil, a Global Perspective on Brazilian Immigration

Brazil, a country that has always received immigrants, only rarely saw its own citizen’s move abroad. Beginning in the late 1980s, however, thousands of Brazilians left for the United States, Japan, Portugal, Italy, and other nations, propelled by a series of intense economic crises. By 2009 an estimated three million Brazilians were living abroad—about 40 percent of them in the United States. Goodbye, Brazil is the first book to provide a global perspective on Brazilian emigration.

German Unification Twenty-Five Years Later

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. 

Cultural Impact of Isadora Duncan in the USA and Russia: Past and Present Studies

Studies of the American dancer Isadora Duncan’s work have a century-long history in Russia and the United States, and can be considered as a prism through which the main landmarks of the dance scholarship as well as political (and foreign-policy related) issues become apparent.

The Rainforest Continent Business School

*This is a private by invitation only event*


The Rainforest Continent Business School

May 15th 2013

9:00 – 12:00 am

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

4th Floor Conference Room


            9:00 – 9:05 AM           Introduction and Welcome

Lincoln and Emancipation: Presidential Intent at Home and Abroad

Washington History Seminar
Historical Perspectives on International and National Affairs

Lincoln and Emancipation:  Presidential Intent at Home and Abroad

Richard Carwardine

U.S. Should Isolate Phnom Penh: Cambodia's Opposition Leader

The United States and European Union should isolate Cambodia from the international community to force it to push through political reform, according to the leader of the country’s leading opposition party. Pressure can be exerted by boycotting goods and cutting off aid to Phnom Penh, argued the Cambodia National Rescue Party’s leader Sam Rainsy in a presentation at the Wilson Center May 8.

Getting Out of Iraq in 1932

Iraq was the single mandated territory—out of fourteen—to achieve independent statehood while still under the jurisdiction of the League of Nations.  But what kind of “independence” was this?  By coming to an agreement with nationalist elites in Iraq, Britain was able to retain control of crucial economic concessions and military rights in this key region and to avoid further irritating international scrutiny. Overseeing this process, the League’s expert bodies became ever more skeptical of the panacea of independent statehood.

Opposition Strategies in Egypt

Amr Hamzawy, former member of the Egyptian People’s Assembly, discussed the role of Egypt’s opposition in the country’s political transition.

On April 26, the Middle East Program at the Wilson Center hosted a discussion, “Opposition Strategies in Egypt: How They Can Contribute to the Democratization Process,” with Hamzawy. Marina Ottaway, Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, moderated the event.

Quo Vadis? Recruitment and Contracting of Migrant Workers and their Access to Social Security

The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute and Latin American Program and the Institute for Studies and Communication on Migration (Instituto de Estudios y Divulgación sobre Migración, INEDIM) were pleased to host a presentation of the following study: Quo Vadis? Recruitment and Contracting of Migrant Workers and their Access to Social Security: The Dynamics of Temporary Labor Migration Systems in North and Central America.

Historical Perspective on the Arab Spring

Historically, the series of modern revolutions beginning with the American and the French at the end of the eighteenth century led to the attempts to replace ancient and dictatorial systems of government by new, constitutional governments legitimated by a popular election. In the Middle East, a parallel pattern can be seen in the history of the first Middle Eastern constitutional revolutions in the political movements of the 1870s.