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Celebrating James Billington, The Librarian of Congress Emeritus: A Lifetime of Advancing Knowledge in the Public Service

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The Wilson Center is proud to host a distinguished panel of commentators who will discuss the many contributions of James Billington—professor, author, Director of the Wilson Center and co-founder of the Kennan Institute, founder of the Open World Leadership Center, and recently retired Librarian of Congress.

The Year Ahead in Environment and Energy

As the Paris climate agreement rolls out and the U.S. presidential race speeds up, 2016 will be a banner year for environment and energy news. Join the Society of Environmental Journalists and the Environmental Change and Security Program for the fourth annual “Year Ahead in Environment and Energy” event, where leading reporters and editors will discuss the critical issues that will shape 2016.

Mexico Security Review 2016: Assessing the Outlook for the Rule of Law

Mexico faced major security challenges in 2015. Homicides ticked upward for the first time since 2011, and Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán's escape from a maximum-security prison was a major embarrassment. An OAS-linked group of independent experts examined the disappearance of 43 students in Guerrero and found major discrepancies with the official version. 2016 has started off with good news for the government with the recapture of “El Chapo,”  and this year is also the deadline for Mexico to complete the transition to an adversarial justice system.

Current Middle East Meltdown: The View from Israel


Dore Gold, Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, shared his analysis and Israel’s view of the current security and political challenges in the Middle East.

The Miller Center's First Year Project: National Security and World Order

The Wilson Center and UVA’s Miller Center invite you to join us for a series of two panels on the topic of national security in a president’s first year. Panel I explores the successes and failures of past administrations in grappling with early foreign policy decisions and the lessons learned. The second discussion looks forward to the next presidency. Panelists will assess best practices and their optimal application to contemporary security issues confronting America and the world.

Japan-South Korea Relations and Prospects for a U.S. Role in Historical Reconciliation in East Asia

Expectations are high that a landmark agreement on the legacies of World War II reached between Japan and South Korea will allow the two countries to further bilateral relations. Under the December 2015 agreement, Tokyo and Seoul stated they reached a “final and irrevocable resolution” regarding Korean women who were forced to serve as sex slaves under Japanese occupation. The deal is expected to allow the two countries to work more closely together on issues of mutual concern amid a rapidly changing economic, political, and security landscape in East Asia.

The Economic and Strategic Benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations present wide ranging opportunities and challenges for each member country. As the 12 nations continue to seek ratification, each government will be describing the economic benefits expected from increased regional trade and integration, while at the same time explaining how their own economies will meet the test of increased competition and the task of strengthening various regulatory standards.

Rule of Law and the Environment: Rights, Resources, and Governance

On January 19, 2016, the University of South Carolina Rule of Law Collaborative, in cooperation with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, will host "Rule of Law and the Environment: Rights, Resources and Governance," a JusTRAC symposium that will focus on the intersection between rule of law issues and the environment. Discussion will focus on how rule of law plays a role in environmental harm and resource instability and how environment concerns and resource scarcity in turn create rule of law problems. The symposium will bring together leading figures from key U.S.

Leadership Visions: A Discussion with Mexican Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz-Massieu

The Mexico Institute of the Wilson Center and The Migration Policy Institute (MPI), are pleased to invite you to a Leadership Visions discussion with the Foreign Minister of Mexico, Claudia Ruiz-Massieu, for her first public appearance during her first visit to Washington, DC in her current capacity. With the growing importance of migration matters tying the United States and Mexico together, this Leadership Visions program moderated by MPI Senior Fellow Doris Meissner offers a special opportunity to hear from and engage with a critical figure in the U.S.-Mexico relationship.