5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Leveraging the Private Sector to Strengthen Maternal Health

In 2013, nearly 300,000 women died during pregnancy and childbirth. The majority of those deaths were in developing countries and entirely preventable. Much of the effort towards reducing this number has been focused on what governments should do differently, but the private sector plays just as important a role as the public sector, said a panel of experts at the Wilson Center on September 17

Foreign Policy Breakthroughs: Cases in Successful Diplomacy

Diplomacy is essential to the conduct of foreign policy and international business in the twenty-first century. Yet, few international actors are trained to understand or practice effective diplomacy. Poor diplomacy has contributed to repeated setbacks for the United States and other major powers in the last decade.

Engaging Health Workers in the Global Movement to End Female Genital Mutilation

Aissata M.B. Camara grew up in an educated, upper income household in Guinea, West Africa. One morning, she woke up to singing outside her window and knew they were coming. Many in her community thought that she was unclean and would grow up to be promiscuous if she wasn’t cut. She would be unmarriageable. While her family and community members held her down, she realized, “my body no longer belonged to me.”

Afterwar: Healing the Moral Wounds of our Soldiers

Trained in both ancient ethics and psychoanalysis, and with twenty years of experience working with the military, Sherman draws on in-depth interviews with servicemen and women to paint a richly textured and compassionate picture of the moral and psychological aftermath of America’s longest wars.

The Systems of Secondary Cities – Neglected Drivers of Urbanizing Economies

Secondary Cities are becoming increasingly interlinked and dependent upon each other to boost trade, investment, and local economic development.  As a result of these changes, a new order or system of cities is emerging.  While much of the attention in international development and academia focuses on the role of mega and primary cities in shaping the new economic geography of development, secondary cities will have a greater influence upon the economic development of nations in the urban millennium.

After the Downgrading, the Crisis Deepens

Less than a year after reelecting president Dilma Rousseff, Brazil finds itself gridlocked in a political and economic crisis without precedent, with no resolution in sight.  A recession more virulent than expected is compounded by the effects of an ongoing federal investigation and prosecution of corruption involving billions of dollars in stolen fraudulent contracts between state oil giant Petrobras, leading construction companies and political parties of the government coalition and beyond.

Russia’s Defense Industry: What Does the Future Hold?

Since 2009, Russia's increase in defense spending and large military modernization program has revived its defense industrial complex. By all appearances, the Russian defense industry is back, producing planes, ships, and a host of new weapon systems for a revamped military. Yet future budget cuts, sanctions, growing competition on the international market, and its own inefficiency and corruption are likely to limit the defense industry’s capacity to deliver on promises. Will Russia be able to overcome these challenges to fulfill its ambitious defense plans?

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