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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.

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.