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The Role of Humanitarian NGOs in Turkey’s Peacebuilding

Recent years have seen Turkish humanitarian non-governmental organizations play a growing role in international peacebuilding. The rapid growth in their number and the scope of their work has garnered  increased attention, particularly within the framework of Turkey’s new foreign policy. The speakers will present the findings of their research on the nature and modus operandi of Turkey’s humanitarian NGOs, within the larger context of an increasingly pluralist environment of peacebuilding. What are the parameters of Turkey’s peacebuilding experience?

Russia's Naval Power in the 21st Century

Traditionally considered a land power, Russia's drive to develop as a naval power dates back at least as far as the reign of Peter the Great.  As part of a large defense modernization program, Russia has invested heavily in recent years to develop its navy and acquire new capabilities.  What is the state and mission of Russian naval power today?  Dmitry Gorenburg and Olga Oliker will discuss the future of Russia’s naval modernization and how it may have been affected by the conflict in Ukraine. 

Restoring Hope and Dignity: New Developments and Best Practices in Addressing Maternal Morbidities

Obstetric fistula and pelvic organ prolapse are two common maternal morbidities that impact thousands of women in developing countries each year but are often overshadowed by maternal mortalities. Obstetric fistula, a hole in the birth canal caused by obstructed labor, affects between 50,000 and 100,000 women each year, mostly in developing countries. Pelvic organ prolapse, whic

On Knife’s Edge: The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia’s Impact on Violence Against Civilians

The post-Cold War era has witnessed horrific violence against non-combatants. In the Bosnian War alone, tens of thousands of civilians died. The founders of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)—and then of the permanent International Criminal Court (ICC)—hoped these courts might curb such atrocities.  However, we still know very little about their actual impact.  This talk will draw on the ICTY’s experience as the first wartime international criminal tribunal to provide insight into how and when these institutions might affect violence against civilians.

Jordan and the Challenges of Confronting ISIS Next Door

Two experts discussed internal developments in Jordan since the onset of the Arab uprisings, with a focus on responses to the civil war in Syria, the impact of the rise of ISIS, and the growing refugee crisis.

Finding Its Way to the West? Ukraine and Its Challenges

The Maidan revolution was launched to ensure that Ukraine could make its European choice. Political rhetoric aside, what are Ukraine’s true prospects for success and how much assistance is the West really prepared to offer? In discussing these issues, the panelists offered their impressions from recent visits to Ukraine and on-going discussions with leading European policymakers.

Inequality in Mexico

Mexico's economic inequality has inhibited the country's economic growth and slowed the potential of its social and human capital. And extreme inequality has worsened over the last 20 years, with economic elites capturing most of the benefits of growth. The political and economic implications are huge.

Book Talk: Energy, Economic Growth, and Geopolitical Futures

In their new book, Stacy Closson and Evan Hillebrand forecast the most significant drivers of global economic growth over the next forty years. The authors discuss eight scenarios they have modeled of possible global futures, emphasizing the interconnectedness of energy prices, economic growth, and geopolitics. They discussed the probability of each scenario and shared their conclusions.