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Tunisia’s Islamists Struggle to Rule

Wilson Center Senior Scholar David Ottaway discussed the issues Tunisia’s government faces in ruling the country and working towards the formation of a new form of government. He also described prospects for the country’s future.

On April 25, the Middle East Program hosted a meeting on “Tunisia’s Islamists Struggle to Rule” with Ottaway. Haleh Esfandiari, Wilson Center Middle East Program Director, moderated the event.

Confrontation Controlled: Sino-American Relations and the Taiwan Strait Crisis in 1962

Wilson Center ECNU Scholar Ming Chen will present on Confrontation Controlled: Sino-American Relations and the Taiwan Strait Crisis in 1962.

Drug Policy and Democracy in Central America: A View from Guatemala

Secretary Fernando Carrera discussed recent proposals made by Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina regarding drug legalization.

Integrating Official and Crowdsourced Crisis Information

The Commons Lab of the Science and Technology Innovation Program welcomes Dr. Sophia Liu, USGS.

Peaceful Resolution of Ethnic Tension

Historical perspective on ethnic peace is rarely news and often enigmatic. Why did the diverse ethnic population of Marseille remain calm as riots spread through France in 2005? In this and other cases there is a common ingredient: a willingness to confront and deal fairly with a tangled history. For example, Flensburg, once an epicenter of a notorious German-Danish struggle, is now an example of trading land for peace. Other cases to be included in this seminar talk are Australia, Russia, and Queens, NY.

July 1914: Revisited and Revised—or The End of the German Paradigm

The issue of German responsibility has long dominated discussions about the July 1914 crisis. That paradigm is now eroding. Recent research shows a more aggressive Franco-Russian alliance, a more placid Anglo-German relationship, a more assertive Austria-Hungary, and internal crises among all of the great powers on the eve of Sarajevo. This presentation will address this paradigm shift, note findings that suggest different approaches to 1914, and suggest new, comparative ways to conceptualize the July crisis.

A Conversation with Simon Schwartzman on Brazil's New Social Agenda

A leading Brazilian social scientist and former Wilson Center Fellow, Simon Schwartzman is a senior researcher at the Instituto de Estudos do Trabalho e Sociedade in Rio de Janeiro. Simon’s blog is a key source of information and analysis on social policies in Brazil.

Documentary History of Greece: 1943-1951, Truman Doctrine and Marshall Plan

Director of the Service of Diplomatic and Historical Archives of the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs Photini Tomai will discuss her latest book entitled “Documentary History of Greece: 1943-1951, Truman Doctrine and Marshall Plan." The volume is comprised of 181 documents relating to the American aid made available to Greece, amongst other European countries, after the Second World War.

Stalin and Togliatti: Italy and the Origins of the Cold War

Elena Agarossi, professor of contemporary history at the Scuola Superiore di Pubblica Amministrazione in Rome and member of the Wilson Center European Alumni Association will lead a panel discussion on her latest book entitled Stalin and Togliatti: Italy and the Origins of the Cold War.

Stalin and the Turkish Crisis of the Cold War, 1945-1953

Jamil Hasanli, former Wilson Center scholar and professor of history at Baku State University will discuss his latest book, "Stalin and the Turkish Crisis of the Cold War, 1945-1953." Hasanli will explore the ups and downs of Soviet-Turkish relations during and immediately after World War II.  Hasanli draws on declassified archive documents from the United States, Russia, Armenia, Georgia, Turkey, and Azerbaijan to recreate a picture of the time when the 'Turkish crisis' of the Cold War broke out explaining why and