6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

US-Russian Cooperation in Syria

After a year that has seen increased turmoil in the Middle East, there is growing attention in the region from outside powers. A distinguished Russian delegation, led by Vitaliy Naumkin, presented their views on the geopolitical challenges in the region. In particular, they discusses Russia’s role in resolving the Syrian crisis, and outlined opportunities for collaboration with the United States. 

Homeland Security Advisory Council Meeting

Thursday, January 21, 2016 -
10:00 to 16:45
6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Why Think Tanks Matter to Policy Makers and the Public in the US: Research with Rigor, Relevance and Reach

This year’s Go To Think Tank Index Launch marks the ninth annual event organized by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania to acknowledge the important contributions of think tanks worldwide. The theme of this year's launch of the Go To Index is: Why Think Tanks Matter to Policy Makers and the Public.

Women and Extremism: A Tale of Two Experiences

On January 28, 2016, the Women in Public Service Project and the Middle East Program at the Wilson Center, co-hosted the event “Women and Extremism: A Tale of Two Experiences.” The event was moderated by Tara Sonenshine, Distinguished Fellow, George Washington University, School of Media and Public Affairs, and opening remarks were made by Jane Harman, Director, President, and CEO of the Wilson Center.

The Russian Penitentiary System: Civil Society’s Unintended Incubator

Prison and exile have featured prominently in the biographies of nearly every well-known Russian cultural figure. Importantly, the shared experience of prison or exile has helped to shape each individual’s civic position. This tradition continues in Russia today, where discontent with the widespread miscarriage of justice serves as a social catalyst for tens of thousands of Russians and may ultimately help lay the foundation for democratic change.

The Holocaust as History and Warning

Regretably, due to weather conditions in the DC area, this Washington History Seminar is cancelled. Please subscribe to our newsletter for word when it is rescheduled.


Out of School and Out of Work: Risk and Opportunities for Latin America’s "Nini's"

In Latin America and the Caribbean, approximately 20 million young people between the ages of 15 and 24 are neither studying nor working. This group, known as "nini's" (from the Spanish phrase "ni estudia ni trabaja") has presented a persistent challenge for the region. Despite the strong economic performance in Latin America during the last decade—with vibrant economic growth and a significant reduction in poverty and inequality—the proportion of nini's fell only marginally, and the number of nini's actually increased.

The Taiwan Vote: Implications for Cross-Strait Relations and American Policy

Taiwan will elect a new president and legislature on January 16, 2016. Since Taiwan’s outgoing leader took office in 2008, the regional security environment, public opinion in Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China, Beijing’s strategic posture, and U.S.-China relations have evolved rapidly. Please join us for discussion of what the elections portend for people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, for the region, and for American policy. 

Oil and Peace in Colombia: Industry Challenges in the Post-War Period

It appears increasingly certain that the Colombian government will sign a peace agreement with guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in 2016. The oil and gas industry is widely expected to be among the sectors to most benefit from the end of 50 years of armed conflict. The industry has been immersed in the country’s armed conflict since the mid-1980s, when guerrillas of the National Liberation Army (ELN), and subsequently the FARC, declared oil installations and personnel “legitimate” military targets.