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The Social Dimensions of Resilience

“The scale and the impact of disasters today can be greater than anything we’ve previously experienced,” said Laurie Mazur at the Wilson Center on March 18. “The proliferation of disasters has gotten a lot of people talking about resilience, about how we can lessen our risk and how we can recover more quickly from disasters of all kinds.”

Phantom Menace or Looming Danger?: A New Framework for Assessing Bioweapons Threats

This book discussion event with author Kathleen Vogel is part of an ongoing series that provides a forum for policy specialists from Congress and the Executive, business, academia, and journalism to exchange information and share perspectives on current nonproliferation issues.

This meeting is co-sponsored with the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Building a Balanced, Sustainable Economy in North America and Around the World: A Conversation with Thomas Mulcair


Building a Balanced, Sustainable Economy in North America and Around the World: A Conversation with Thomas Mulcair

March 13, 2013

Celebrating the Legacy of Daniel Patrick Moynihan: The Launch of "Moynihan's Moment," a New Book by Gil Troy

On November 10, 1975, the General Assembly of United Nations passed Resolution 3379, which declared Zionism a form of racism. Afterward, a tall man with long, graying hair, horned-rim glasses, and a bowtie stood to speak. He pronounced his words with the rounded tones of a Harvard academic, but his voice shook with outrage: "The United States rises to declare, before the General Assembly of the United Nations, and before the world, that it does not acknowledge, it will not abide by, it will never acquiesce in this infamous act."

Arab Uprisings and Mass Politics: Constraints, Change, Uncertainty

Laurie Brand, Robert Grandford Wright Professor and Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California, presented her paper, “Arab Uprisings and Mass Politics: Possibilities, Constraints, and Uncertainty,” which explores forms of greater mass political participation in Egypt and Jordan and their implications for foreign policy in the region. This meeting was the third in a series of five joint meetings with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) assessing the new dynamics reshaping the Middle East.

Locating Social Entrepreneurship in the Global South: Innovations in Development Aid

Social Entrepreneurship blurs the boundaries between civil society, the state, and the market. The term embraces a range of activities, organizations, and individuals including non-governmental organizations, commercial enterprises, and entrepreneurs that aim for social and economic value creation. This conference will showcase the latest in practice and academic research on the role that social entrepreneurship can play in meeting international development goals and empowering the poor.

The Democratic Transition in Tunisia

Radwan Masmoudi, President of Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID), discussed Tunisia’s democratic transition and perspectives for building a national consensus over the new constitution.

On March 14, the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center and CSID hosted a meeting, “The Democratic Transition in Tunisia: Will there be a Consensus around the New Constitution?” Haleh Esfandiari, Director of the Middle East Program at the Wilson Center, moderated the event.

American Muslim Local Officials: Challenges and Opportunities

When Washingtonians think of U.S. Muslim officials, the names of Representatives Keith Ellison and André Carson come to mind. What may be of greater interest to many people outside the Beltway, however, is the increasing number of local Muslim officials. Join us for a program in which Muslim mayors, city council members and judges will discuss the particular challenges and opportunities facing them today as they seek appointment or election  and carry out their responsibilities once in office.

Awareness and Impressions of Synthetic Biology: Results of the 2013 Poll


Beginning in 2006, Peter D. Hart Research Associates and the Science and Technology Innovation Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars have conducted periodic national telephone surveys to gauge the public awareness of and attitudes towards synthetic biology and nanotechnology.