6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

ISIS as Icarus? Assessing the Extent of the Islamic State Threat Beyond Iraq and Syria

Few if any international security threats are consuming the world’s attention as much as the Islamic State terror group, or ISIS. What is the true nature of this threat, and particularly beyond its strongholds in Syria and Iraq? What threat does the group pose in neighboring countries and other key regions, and particularly South Asia? Additionally, what type of threat does ISIS pose to the supremacy of al-Qaeda within the broader constellation of global terror syndicates?

The Future of Europe’s Eastern Policy: Chances and Challenges

The war in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea resulted in a deep crisis in relations between the Russian Federation and the countries of the transatlantic community, which faces a dilemma regarding the future EU’s policy towards its eastern neighbours. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung commissioned the report “Europe and the East in 2030,” which identifies the driving forces that shape the relationship and discusses four possible trajectories for the EU's relationship with its eastern neighbours.

LBJ's Neglected Legacy: How Lyndon Johnson Reshaped Domestic Policy and Government

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC

With The LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin
LBJ Washington Center


Friday, 23 October, 2015


LBJ's Neglected Legacy: 
How Lyndon 

Johnson Reshaped Domestic Policy and Government 


8:45-9:00 Welcome and Introduction (Sixth Floor Auditorium)

Bookmen at War: Libraries, Intelligence, and Cultural Policy in World War II

The Monuments Men have been justly celebrated for their rescue of art treasures in World War II.  The focus on individual heroism, however, obscures the larger impact of the war on modern policies and practices toward information, knowledge, and culture.  Kathy Peiss explores the role of librarians, collectors, and intelligence agents to explain why and how books mattered in a time of conflict and devastation.

Decarbonizing China’s Power Sector for Cleaner Air and Climate Smart Cities

At the US-China Climate Smart/Low Carbon City Summit held September 15-16 in Los Angeles, 11 Chinese cities and 3 provinces committed to taking steps to reduce carbon emissions and reach “peak coal” earlier than China’s national 2030 target. Continued expansion of renewables, gas, nuclear power and energy efficient buildings in China’s cities will depend heavily on efforts to decarbonize the country’s power grid.

Nixon's Nuclear Specter - The Secret Alert of 1969, Madman Diplomacy, and the Vietnam War

In their initial effort to end the Vietnam War, Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger attempted to lever concessions from Hanoi at the negotiating table with military force and coercive diplomacy. They backed up their diplomacy toward North Vietnam and the Soviet Union with the Madman Theory of threatening excessive force, which included the specter of nuclear force.

Russia’s War against Terror: the North Caucasus and Beyond

While the West is anxiously following Russia’s moves in Syria, the Russian government has once again declared its readiness to support the global struggle against terrorists. Dr. Elena Pokalova will address Russia’s experience combatting terrorism in the North Caucasus, as well as the Kremlin’s participation in the global war on terror. The author will further analyze Russia’s current counterterrorist dynamics in the light of the conflict in Ukraine, economic sanctions, and the war in Syria.

The Legacy of Political Violence Across Generations: Crimean Tatars in Contemporary Russia

How does a family’s past experience of political violence shape the attitudes and behavior of younger generations? Leonid Peisakhin will address this question by examining the findings of a 2014 multigenerational survey of Crimean Tatars, considered in the context of the deportation of Crimean Tatars to Central Asia in 1944.

Banks for the World: Funding Global Growth and Meeting Private Sector Challenges

The establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the New Development Bank (BRICS Bank) has led to much debate about the shift in economic leadership in emerging markets. But are the newly created international financial institutions simply reinventing the wheel and trying to emulate structures that already exist? Or can they lead to a revolution in development assistance and the relationship between donor and client nations?

Beyond Freedom's Reach: A Kidnapping in the Twilight of Slavery

Historians of slave emancipation during the Civil War must answer the question that W.E.B. Dubois posed eighty ago: “Can we imagine this spectacular revolution?” In his new book, Beyond Freedom’s Reach, Adam Rothman rises to the challenge by telling the story of Rose Herera, an enslaved woman in New Orleans whose children were taken to Cuba against her will in 1863. Her struggle to recover the children from bondage reveals the revolutionary dynamics of wartime emancipation, as well as the possibilities of microhistory for imagining the past.