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Promoting Public Citizenship in the 21st Century: Russian and American Perspectives on Public Oversight of the State

This discussion featured three Russian experts who have each spent time at the Wilson Center (with support from the U.S. Embassy, Moscow’s “Peer-to-Peer Program”). The panel compared  the Russian and American experience and practice of public oversight. The results of their study include both expected and unexpected findings.

Improving Think Tank Management

Following his original and highly successful book Managing Think Tanks, author Raymond Struyk introduces his newest release: Improving Think Tank Management: Practical Guidance for Think Tanks, Research Advocacy NGOs, and their Funders.

Launch of “On Governance” by Robert Rotberg

On April 28, 2015, the Woodrow Wilson Center Africa Program hosted Dr. Robert I. Rotberg for a discussion on his recently released book, "On Governance: What It is, What It Measures and Its Policy Uses," which examines more than 90 governance indexes and analyzes best practices to suggest how policymakers can use governance theory and indexes to improve both domestic and multilateral decision-making.

2015 Ahtisaari Symposium: New Evidence and Perspectives on the Helsinki Accords

Forty years after the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) launched a new multilateral forum for dialogue and negotiation between East and West, its successor, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), faces vital challenges in the conflict in Ukraine. The very fundamentals of the CSCE process have been called into question. What dynamics led to the 1975 Helsinki Accords and the era of détente that ensued in Europe? What were its intended and unintended consequences for European security? What does previously inaccessible archival evidence reveal?

The Future of Renewable Energy and Climate Change Policy in Mexico







Mexico’s recent Energy Reform marked a big change in terms of investment and opportunities in oil and gas. However, the comprehensive package of legislation was also aimed to incentivize and accelerate the change towards the production of goods and services based on renewable energies. Mexico has great potential to develop a wide range of renewable energies including solar energy, hydroelectric, geothermal, bioenergy, and wind energy.

Does Russian Nationalism have a Future after Ukraine?

Russian nationalism has been the victim of what is the essential tragedy of the Russian people: the Russian state tried to become an empire before the Russian people became a nation, and as a result, at no point has the country been a nation state. And while pro-Kremlin radical nationalists are increasingly important in Russian politics, their nationalist agendas have been largely co-opted by the state.

China and Latin America: Seeking a Path to Sustainable Development

Co-sponsored by the China Environment Forum and Latin American Program

The rise of China has been a boon to the economies of Latin America for more than a decade, with Chinese investment particularly active in the energy and mining sectors. However, these investments have triggered a new round of environmental degradation and social conflict, which many Latin American governments have failed to manage properly.

Russian Media and Ukraine’s Domestic Politics

The Russian state increasingly uses state-controlled television as a means of propaganda both within its own borders and abroad. Using precinct-level electoral returns and survey data, Leonid Peisakhin discussed how exposure to Russian television impacted Ukrainian voters in the 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections.

Financial Education Tools for the Hispanic Community

The Mexico Institute is pleased to invite you to learn about the efforts of the Mexican government to improve financial literacy within the Mexican and Hispanic communities in the United States and Canada. The Institute for Mexicans Abroad, the Embassy of Mexico, and the consular network will hold the fourth national Financial Education Week/Semana de Educación Financiera (SEF) from April 20th to 24th in partnership with federal and local agencies and organizations. During the 2014 SEF, more than 80 thousand people received information or participated in workshops or conferences.

The History Manifesto

How should historians speak truth to power - and why does it matter? Why is five hundred years better than five months or five years as a planning horizon? And why is history - especially long-term history - so essential to understanding the multiple pasts which gave rise to our conflicted present? The History Manifesto is a call to arms to historians and everyone interested in the role of history in contemporary society.