5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Homeland Security Advisory Council Meeting

Thursday, May 21, 2015 -
09:45 to 17:00
5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

The Economic Significance of the Nuclear Deal for Iran

The Economic Significance of the Nuclear Deal for Iran

Bijan Khajehpour

Russia and the Middle East after Crimea

During Vladimir Putin's presidency, the Middle East has been a major zone of Russian foreign engagement. As tensions between the West and Russia have grown due to the conflict in Ukraine, the Middle East has emerged once again as a potential playing field for geopolitical competition. Paul du Quenoy discussed how Russia interacts with the people and nations of the Middle East, illuminating Vladimir Putin’s complex and often paradoxical approach to the region since his seizure of Crimea in 2014.

Russia's Thorn in Europe’s Side: Kaliningrad, NATO, and the EU

After Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and the West’s introduction of economic sanctions, the Kaliningrad region has become a source of tension between Russia, NATO, and the EU. The region has staged tit-for-tat military displays by both Russia and neighboring EU and NATO members Poland and Lithuania. But while Russia is eager to project the image of Kaliningrad as a military stronghold and buffer against NATO expansionism, Kaliningrad’s real threat to European stability stems from its vulnerable exclave status and unclear economic relationship with the EU.

Developing Private Philanthropy in Russia

Private philanthropy is a relatively new area of activity in Russia. Russian corporate giving has grown since the early 1990s, with companies beginning to adopt charitable giving and social investment standards from their Western counterparts. More recently, private and family foundations have begun to appear, and middle class giving is also on the rise. Ruben Vardanyan discussed the trends and challenges of philanthropy in Russia; the role of private philanthropy; and infrastructure for the development of private philanthropy.

Public Opinion and the Peace Process in Colombia


Since the beginning of the peace process between the government of President Juan Manuel Santos and guerillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), public opinion polls have consistently reflected two impulses.  While the majority of the Colombian public supports the talks, there is also deep skepticism of the FARC’s interest in reaching or abiding by the terms of a final accord. The distrust has only deepened in the wake of a recent FARC attack that killed 11 soldiers, contravening a unilateral cease-fire declared by the guerrillas. 

The British General Election – Domestic and Foreign Policy Challenges for the Next Government

It had been billed as one of the closest election races in modern British politics. Yet, the result was one that no one could have predicted. Hours after the polls closed on 7 May, not one, not two but three party leaders had resigned while David Cameron became the last man standing winning a slender Conservative majority, the first for his party since 1992. What does the result mean for the United Kingdom? And for its relations with Europe and the wider world? Our experts examine the results and assess the domestic and foreign policy challenges facing the Tory government.

Cold War Crucible: The Korean Conflict and the Postwar World

What, really, was the Cold War? No declarations nor explosions. Hostility was in the air, but where was the battlefront? What made millions of people worldwide willingly embrace the existence of an invisible war?

From Revival to Reversal: Trajectories and Forecasts of Russia's Population Growth 2000-2050

From 2007 to 2014, Russia enjoyed unprecedented demographic success.  The abysmal fertility rates of the 1990s were left behind and Russia experienced some of the the largest fertility improvements anywhere in Europe.  With falling mortality rates and economic-growth driven immigration, Russia's decline in population ended, and 2013 actually saw a net increase in Russia's total population.  However, the current economic crisis is leading to policies that will likely lead to a reversal of these gains.