5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Keep the Golden Years Shining: The Challenges of Long-Term Elderly Care in Japan and Beyond

Japan has one of the most rapidly ageing populations in the world, coupled with a falling birth rate. The fiscal, political, and social challenges facing public agencies, communities, and families to take care of elderly people are becoming ever more urgent. But the hurdles facing Japan are hardly unique. Other industrialized nations in Asia and beyond are facing similar challenges. Join us for a discussion on the dilemma of balancing formal and informal care amid changing demographic realities.

Private Event Test

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 -
11:00 to 12:00
5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
Asia Program

Bring Your Own Lunch (BYOL) Policy Roundtable "The Left Turn in Alberta: What Does it Mean for the Energy Industry and for the Canadian Federal Election?"

 David Docherty discussed the effect of Rachel Notley’s election as Premier of Alberta and the transition from Progressive Conservative (PC) to New Democratic Party (NDP) government.  He began by providing context on Alberta’s recent political history, then continued by evaluating the potential effects of Notley’s premiership on Canada’s upcoming federal election and on Alberta’s energy sector.

The Pioneers of Amazon Research: A Conversation with Dr. John Hemming

The Brazil Institute of the Wilson Center is pleased to invite you to a conversation with renowned British explorer, author, and entrepreneur Dr. John Hemming on “Naturalists in Paradise: Wallace, Bates and Spruce in the Amazon”, his latest book on the great pioneers of Amazon research. The volume details the harrowing journeys in the wilderness of South America’s rain forest of nineteenth century British explorers Alfred Russel Wallace, Henry Walter Bates and Richard Spruce.

New Partnerships for Clearing the Air in Asia’s Cities

Asian cities are at the frontlines in the fight against air pollution. These cities are engines of economic growth, but often lack the tools and capacity they need to better manage air quality. Jane Nishida (U.S. EPA) and Wei Kuo-yen (EPA Taiwan) will provide examples of how their jointly created International Environmental Partnership (IEP) initiative has promoted the transfer of best practices to help cities in Asia clear their air. Wei Kuo-yen will highlight some examples from Taiwanese cities lowering their PM2.5 emissions.

Human Security and Development in the Arctic

On July 29, 2015, the Wilson Center’s Polar Initiative, Canada Institute, and Environmental Change and Security Program hosted a program on “Human Security and Development in the Arctic.” The event featured Anthony Speca, managing principal of Polar Aspect in Iqaluit (Nunavut), and Craig L. Fleener, Arctic policy advisor for Governor Bill Walker of Alaska. Anita Parlow, former advisor to the Harvard-MIT Arctic Fisheries Project, moderated the event and provided opening remarks.

Ukraine’s Decommunization Laws: Legislating the Past?

In May 2015, the Ukrainian government passed four controversial laws aimed at initiating a clean break with the country’s communist past. Included in the laws are instructions on removing remnants of the communist past (monuments and street names), prescriptions on how to write the country’s history, as well as new measures to reconfigure the country’s archives.

Cleaner and Greener Chinese Direct Investment in the U.S. Energy Sector

Despite China’s slowing domestic economic growth, global foreign direct investment (FDI) by Chinese companies increased 14 percent in the first half of this year. Here in the United States, many of those investments are fueling new U.S. clean energy projects in solar, wind, battery storage, and other emerging clean-tech sectors. When channeled correctly these investments can be a boon for the U.S. energy economy.

Intellectual Roots of Putin's Nationalism and Ideology

Maria Snegovaya discussed the intellectual trends that influenced Vladimir Putin’s thinking and partly served as an intellectual underpinning for the annexation of Crimea, the corresponding radical shift of Russia’s international doctrine, and the recent transformation of Russia’s post-Soviet identity. She discussed the impact that Russian philosophers Ivan Il’yin and Nikolay Berdyaev had on Mr. Putin’s vision for Russia and how it led to the development of a more aggressive stance toward the West. She also addressed transformations of these ideological trends in recent months.