5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Redefining Japan-Korea Relations: Shinzo Abe, Park Geun-Hye, and Security in the Asia-Pacific Region

January 31, 2013 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
With both Japan and Korea electing new leaderships last month, how Prime Minister Abe and President-Elect Park will be able to improve bilateral relations is under close scrutiny. While continued threats from North Korea and China’s ever-growing military clout should bring the two countries closer together, ongoing territorial disputes and other issues still prove to be stumbling blocks in improving diplomatic ties. What are the challenges to relations between Japan and Korea in the longer-term? How will the U.S. pivot to Asia impact Tokyo and Seoul’s respective roles in ensuring stability in the Asia-Pacific region?

Permanently Besieged: Agrarian Uzbeks and the Conundrum of Independence

January 17, 2013 // 3:30pm — 5:30pm
Spotlight on Central Eurasia Series // Russell Zanca, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Northeastern Illinois University, depicts the cultural changes and continuities that have occurred as a result of Uzbekistan's recent political independence from the Soviet Union. This case study examines how the agrarian population has faced unremitting material hardships, brutal state repression, leaving the major opportunity for the youth and able-bodied has been either migration to cities or to countries abroad.

The Significance of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation for America

January 28, 2013 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
What were Lincoln’s motives in deciding for general emancipation? The emancipation itself changed the nature of the war. It reflected a fundamental change in Lincoln’s own thinking about the relationship of slavery to the war as well as the future place of blacks in American life.

The Political Challenges of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

January 24, 2013 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
On Thursday, January 24, a panel discusses the obstacles facing President Dilma Rousseff.

Green Innovation in China: Book Launch and Panel Discussion

January 29, 2013 // 9:00am — 11:00am
The development of wind power in China provides valuable insight into how cooperation and technology transfer has contributed to the fast-growing wind industry in the Middle Kingdom, which plays an important role in continuing the Chinese and global fight against climate change. On January 29, three leading experts on U.S.-China technology cooperation, Joanna I. Lewis, Levi Tillemann, and Banning Garrett, spoke at the China Environment Forum event on the development of U.S.-China collaboration on green technology, and its importance on climate change, innovation and other global issues.

Recovery, Reconstruction and Renewal: What It Takes to Build Back Better in Haiti

January 10, 2013 // 9:00am — 12:00pm
On January 12, 2010, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, an already impoverished and vulnerable nation, killing over 220,000 people and leaving 1.6 million internally displaced. Despite the challenges in the reconstruction process, positive signs of recovery and progress are emerging throughout Port-au-Prince and the surrounding areas.

A Kingdom’s Future: Saudi Arabia Through the Eyes of its Twentysomethings

January 14, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
The “Arab Awakening” has focused the world’s attention on young people in the Arab world, where they have been agitating for political reform. But what about young Saudis, who have not taken to the streets like many of their peers? Have they been affected by the “Arab Awakening?” A Kingdom’s Future: Saudi Arabia Through the Eyes of Its Twentysomethings explores the self-image of young Saudis and what they want when it comes to education, marriage, politics, religion, and personal liberties.

Politics, Religion, and Society in Latin America

January 16, 2013 // 9:00am — 11:00am
Book Launch: Politics, Religion, and Society in Latin America

Book Launch--Eating Grass: The Making of the Pakistani Bomb

January 15, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:30pm
The launch of an important new book on Pakistan's nuclear weapons program.

Launch of the Global Futures Intelligence System and the 2012 State of the Future report

January 16, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:30pm
The Global Futures Intelligence System (GFIS) is the next generation interactive technology to support those exploring global change and potential futures for humanity.

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