5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Addressing Disrespect and Abuse During Childbirth

“Today we have a golden opportunity to use respectful maternal care to break new ground at the intersection of health and human rights,” said Lynn Freedman, director of the Averting Maternal Death and Disability Program and professor of clinical population and family health at Columbia University, at the Wilson Center.

Afghanistan after 2014: Regional Impact

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This event explored local and regional perspectives on the future of Afghanistan against the backdrop of the planned NATO withdrawal of military forces from the region. The first session focused on local politics and governance in Afghanistan, and the second session investigated the ways in which Afghanistan’s neighbors have been discussing and planning for the upcoming changes.

Facing the Future: Empowering Youth to Protect Their Health and Environment

In the Philippines, there are health and development programs that specifically target children, senior citizens, and adults, said Joan Castro, but adolescents are underserved. Nineteen percent of the population is between the ages of 15 and 19, but “they can’t even go to health centers to get the family planning commodities [they desire],” she said.

Cyber Security and the North American Electric Grid

On April 16, 2013, the Canada Institute hosted its fourteenth Cross-Border Forum on Energy Issues.  This year’s program, “Cyber Security and the North American Electric Grid” assembled key stakeholders, academics, and government policy makers for an off-the-record discussion on the vital but potentially vulnerable electric grid shared by Canada and the United States. The assembled participants concluded that despite decades of cooperation more must be done to confront emerging cyber security issues in the energy sector.

Report Launch: New Ideas for a New Era: Policy Options for the Next Stage in U.S.-Mexico Relations

On the same day that President Obama begins his trip to Latin America, the authors of the Mexico Institute’s new policy report will present their recommendations for strengthening U.S.-Mexico relations. President Obama and President Peña Nieto will meet in the context of booming bilateral trade, a major U.S. effort to reform immigration law, a potential Mexican energy reform, and ongoing but evolving cooperation in addressing public security and organized crime. The discussion will touch on each of these topics, as well as other issues in the bilateral relationship.

The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia

Andrei Lankov has gone where few outsiders have ever been. A native of the former Soviet Union, he lived as an exchange student in North Korea in the 1980s.

The Impact of Violence Against Women on Maternal Health

Physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a spouse or partner is a major factor in maternal and reproductive health, said Jay Silverman at the Wilson Center.

Memory, Commemoration, Memorialization: Moscow’s Western Battlefields

William Brumfield presents an exploration of evolving Russian attitudes toward commemorating the catastrophic sacrifices of the first year (1941—1942) of the Great Fatherland War. Of particular interest is the growing role of the Russian Orthodox Church in the sanctification of these sacrifices. What had formerly been a secular process—carefully supervised by state institutions with limited attention to the extent of the catastrophe—is now moving toward concepts of exaltation of the myriad of souls given in defense of motherland and faith.

The Media & Iran’s Nuclear Program: An analysis of U.S. and U.K. coverage, 2009-2012

On April 29, the Middle East Program at the Wilson Center and the University of Maryland’s Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM) hosted a presentation of the report, “The Media & Iran’s Nuclear Program: An analysis of U.S. and U.K. coverage, 2009-2012” by Jonas Siegel, Project Manager at the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland and Saranaz Barforoush, Ph.D. student at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.

Economic Outlook in Panama and Latin America

Please note this event will not have a live webcast.

With President Obama set to visit Costa Rica in May to meet with Central American leaders, the isthmus will be the center of considerable attention.  While much of the discussion will focus on security cooperation, economic relations with the region will also take center stage.