4th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Information Session: First Agreement Between Serbia and Kosovo of Principles Governing Normalization of Relations

On 19 April 2013, in Brussels, under the auspices of the European Union and EU foreign policy chief Baroness Catherine Ashton, the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo signed “The First Agreement of Principles governing Normalization of Relations.” While there is opposition in both Serbia and Kosovo to the Agreement, it has since been approved by both the parliaments in Belgrade and Prishtina.

A Muslim Tale of Two Cities: ‘We Met the Trains’

The forced migration of Muslims from the Balkans to Turkey is one of the least known movements of people in modern times. In A Muslim Tale of Two Cities: ‘We Met the Trains’  Frances Trix focuses on urban Muslims from the central Balkans and the hometown associations they founded in Turkish cities. The oldest of these, one from Skopje, is now second only to the Red Crescent in urban outreach in Istanbul. Trix describes the background of this group and their city—its Ottoman heritage, their becoming a minority, and why they had to leave their homes.

Stalin’s Decision for War in Korea

At the end of the 1940s, when the Soviet Union was devoting its energies to reconstruction after the devastation of World War II and establishing control over new client states in Eastern Europe, Joseph Stalin was forced to negotiate a new treaty of alliance with the victorious Chinese Communists. Mao Zedong won significant concessions from Stalin. The Soviet dictator was compelled to alter completely his policy for Korea. Sam Wells will discuss this neglected aspect of the Cold War era.

A Muslim Weimar? Istanbul between the Wars

One reading of modern Turkish history focuses on the country's perpetual race to catch up with Europe. Yet in the interwar period Europeans came to Turkey not as bearers of civilization but as refugees: White Russians defeated by the Bolsheviks, German professors dismissed by the Nazis, Jews seeking safe passage to Palestine, and many others. In the often forgotten world of interwar Istanbul, Muslims were the powerful hosts and Europeans the unwanted migrants.

China’s Climate Change Challenge


NOTE: We are no longer accepting RSVPs for this event. Seating will be on a first come-first serve basis, so please arrive early to ensure seating. 

The Arab Revolution

Arab academics and activists call the uprisings that started in early 2011 across the Arab world “revolutions.” Even some U.S. commentators initially compared them with the 1848 revolutions in Europe. Yet the “Arab Revolution” is both similar and dissimilar to the French, Russian, and other great revolutions that molded the history of the Western world, as described by Crane Brinton in his classic, The Anatomy of Revolution. Though there are interesting parallels, the differences are even more impressive, even compared to Nasser's July 23 Revolution.

From Challengers to Partners? Relations Between Human Rights NGOs and their Home Governments from the 1970s on

How did human rights achieve their present prominence? The concept of human rights acquired global significance during the 1970s, spurred by the activities of a growing number of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) responding to state repression in Chile, South Africa, the Warsaw Pact states, and elsewhere. Key interlocutors for NGOs like Amnesty International and Helsinki Watch were their home governments.

Korea Foundation Junior Scholars' Presentations

Please join us for presentations from Seokwon Kim and Hee Young Shin, two Korea Foundation Junior Scholars who will discuss the results of their research conducted at the Wilson Center from September 2012 through February 2013.

Seokwon Kim will discuss "Syngman Rhee's Anti-Communism and Eastern Europe: Geopolitics and Ideology."

Hee Young Shin will discuss "Nuclear Deterrence: Proliferation and Stability in Northeast Asia." 

The Life of a Vilna Ghetto Rescuer: Reading, Writing, Remembering

Julija Šukys carefully collected, preserved, and archived the written record of the life of Ona Šimaitė, which included thousands of letters and scores of diaries.  Šimaitė, a librarian at Vilnius University, used her position to aid and rescue Jews in the Vilna Ghetto. Epistolophilia brings back to life this quiet and unassuming heroine who was a giant of Holocaust history, one of Yad Vashem's honored Righteous Among the Nations, and yet is so little known.

Women Leading a Progressive Interpretation of the Shariah Law: Case Studies from Musawah (A Global Movement for Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family)

Zainah Anwar is the founding member and former Executive Director of Sisters in Islam (SIS), a non-governmental organization at the forefront of the women’s movement which seeks to end discrimination against women in the name of religion. Anwar also serves as the Director of Musawah, A Global Movement for Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family. She is currently a Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Stanford Law School with the Stanford Center on Democracy, Development and Rule of Law's Program on Human Rights.