4th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

The Global Offensive: The United States, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the Making of the Post-Cold War Order

On March 21, 1968, Yasir Arafat and his guerrillas made the fateful decision to break with conventional guerrilla tactics, choosing to stand and fight an Israeli attack on the al-Karama refugee camp in Jordan. They suffered terrible casualties, but they won a stunning symbolic victory that transformed Arafat into an Arab hero and allowed him to launch a worldwide campaign, one that would reshape Cold War diplomacy and revolutionary movements everywhere.

Hanoi's War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam

Lien-Hang T. Nguyen, associate professor of history at the University of Kentucky examines the international context in which North Vietnamese leaders pursued the war and American intervention ended in her latest book entitled, Hanoi's War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam which was awarded the 2012 Edward M. Coffman Prize, Society for Military History.

Mexico’s Economic Future from the Perspective of the Left

In light of the most recent electoral polls showing the presidential race tightening and Andrés Manuel López Obrador (PRD) moving into second place, the candidate’s views on economic policy are of increasing interest.  Please join us for a presentation and discussion with Fernando Turner Dávila, who has served as a key economic advisor to López Obrador’s campaign and was named future Secretary of the Economy by AMLO. Turner holds an M.A. in Public Administration from the Harvard School of Government and was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernest & Young, Mexico in 2010.

Militant Liberty: A Comparative Study of the Scope and Limits of the Aggressive Ideological Strategy during the Early Phase of the Cold War

Using new archival sources ECNU-WWICS Scholar Zhang Yang sheds new light on ideology as a vital policy weapon in the Cold War in her presentation entitled Militant Liberty: A Comparative Study of the Scope and Limits of the Aggressive Ideological Strategy during the Early Phase of the American Cold War.

Energizing China’s Waste

In urban areas, where urbanization and growing consumption habits translate into an increasing volume of trash, China's giant trash heap is growing at 8-10% annually. Cities are under great pressure to stem the rising tide of rubbish. Meanwhile, the central government has shown strong support for incineration, setting a target for 30% of China’s municipal solid waste to be burnt by 2030. As such, deployment of waste-to-energy technologies are on the rise in China.

New Directions in Brazil's Innovation System: Lessons for the Global Economy?

Brazil’s innovation system—the triple helix of government, university and industry R&D capacity—and its role in promoting acknowledged national successes in the high technology sector (most notably in alternative energy, aerospace, and agricultural biotechnology) has been the object of considerable discussion over the years, with opinions varying greatly on its overall efficacy with respect to return on investment.  What has been subject to much less scrutiny is the “internal” innovation system that has been quietly emerging wholly within the corporate sector as a response to the percei

New Beginning or Just Showdown Postponed?: A Look at the Renewed Talks with Iran over its Nuclear Program

Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Michael Adler has just returned from Istanbul where he was covering the P5+1 nuclear talks with Iran, restarting the process of negotiations. He also made a side trip to Israel.

Emerging Scarcity in a Land of Plenty: Water and Water Policy in Canada

Lars Hallstrom, Associate professor of political studies, University of Alberta, and
Director, Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities.

Charles Iceland, Senior associate, World Resources Institute

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Crowdsourcing for Disaster and Humanitarian Response

Free, collaborative maps are uniquely valuable to humanitarian work, especially in places where base map data is scarce, out of date, or rapidly changing. OpenStreetMap is a web-based project to create a free and open map of the entire world, built entirely by volunteers surveying with GPS, digitizing aerial imagery, and collecting, and making accessible existing public sources of geographic data.