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Calculating the Costs of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

June 15, 2015 // 12:00pm — 1:15pm
This event will explore both the economic and the non economic factors surrounding the conflict that might influence the parties' decisions and the long-term implications for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza and the international community.

Youth Repatriation in Guatemala: The Realities of Returning Home

June 16, 2015 // 9:00am — 11:00am
This event features two of the authors of a new paper published by the Latin American Program on the repatriation of Guatemalan migrants. The paper is based on fieldwork conducted in Guatemala in March by four George Washington University graduate students.

Wilson Center Announces New Center for Korean History and Public Policy

June 10, 2015 // 3:00pm — 4:00pm
Please join us on June 10 to celebrate the launch of the new Hyundai Motor–Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy. Made possible with the generous support of the Hyundai Motor Company and the Korea Foundation, the program will expand the Wilson Center's unique strengths and rich legacy of substantive and diverse programming on Korea.

Youth and Civil Society: The Missing Powers in Yemen

June 11, 2015 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Mohammad Al-Shami discussed the different stakeholders and positions in Yemen and review what is happening on the ground. He drew attention to the struggles and consequences that Yemenis face if the conflict continues without an immediate solution. In addition, Al-Shami highlighted the importance of empowering youth movements and civil society in Yemen in order to mobilize the community to promote peace.

Japan's Vision Toward China: Conflict and Cooperation in a New Asian Order?

June 04, 2015 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
Tensions between Tokyo and Beijing continue over islands in the East China Sea, while the two sides continue to be at loggerheads over the historical memory of World War II. Join us for a discussion on how Japan sees its relations with China evolving, and the diplomatic, economic, and security challenges Tokyo faces in dealing with its neighbor.

Weighing Concerns and Assurances about a Nuclear Deal with Iran

June 03, 2015 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
The Iran Project’s new report, Weighing Concerns and Assurances about a Nuclear Deal with Iran, is designed to encourage a balanced bipartisan discussion on emerging arguments for and against a P5+1 deal with Iran on its nuclear program.

Leitmotiv in Russian Novels of the 19th and 20th Centuries

June 11, 2015 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Very few readers notice that the general plot structure of three of the greatest Russian novels of the 20th century – Doctor Zhivago, And Quiet Flows the Don, and Lolita – is the same, because the authors have unwittingly described the same situation. Each story features main heroines, symbolizing Russia, who are defiled by their fathers (or step-fathers) and then run away with lovers and bear dead children. Incest becomes a metaphor of power that depraves the country through criminal methods of governing. In Nabokov's case, the topic of defilement and forbidden passion is always connected with the threat of prison (Invitation to a Beheading, Bend Sinister, preface to Lolita, and Lolita itself: in attempting to become free from obsessive desire, the hero falls deeper and deeper into an abyss of dependence and fear. It is the best metaphor for the 1917 revolution which only deteriorated the conditions of Russian life). Meanwhile, the main hero hopes that the fulfillment of sinful wish would cure him, but it is a great delusion both in moral and social terms. This plot line first appeared in Tolstoy's novel, The Resurrection, which in essence predicted Russian history for more than 100 years.

Transparency, Governance, and Foreign Policy: Meeting the Challenge in the Americas

June 09, 2015 // 1:30pm — 5:00pm
Throughout much of Latin America, the "golden years" of economic growth during the last decade's commodity boom have given way to economic decline or stagnation. At the same time, a mobilized citizenry is demanding better government performance. These two factors have focused unprecedented attention on rule of law deficits and official corruption. Meanwhile, relations among countries of the hemisphere have grown more complex. As much as the region has welcomed the normalization of U.S.-Cuban relations, the options for international insertion now extend far beyond the Western Hemisphere.

Latin American Energy: Issues and Prospects

May 19, 2015 // 11:30am — 1:00pm
Experts explored energy issues for the Latin American and Caribbean region, in this seventh event in the Wilson Center’s Regional and Global Energy Series.

Global Trends in the Next Decade: Implications for U.S. National Security, Diplomacy, and Development

June 04, 2015 // 10:00am — 12:00pm
The world is more connected than ever before, but also more complex. Big, transnational trends like climate change, urbanization, and migration are changing the calculus of geopolitics, while local-level inequalities persist. “[Change] seems to be spinning around us so fast,” said John Hempelmann, president of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, which honors the legacy of the late senator from Washington State. How can today’s and tomorrow’s leaders adjust to global trends?

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