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Charging Ahead: Scaling Up Renewable Energy in the Developing World

The renewable energy sector has reached a critical inflection point where costs are competitive with fossil fuels and investment is ramping up in a big way, said more than a dozen experts at a day-long conference co-hosted by ECSP and the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Global Climate Change on October 27.

Are Ghanaians Fed-up with Democracy? Institutional Mistrust and Satisfaction with Democracy

On November 3, 2015, the Wilson Center Africa Program hosted a discussion on satisfaction with democracy in Ghana. Mr. Isaac Debrah, a visiting scholar with the Southern Voices Network* and the Afrobarometer Assistant Project Manager for Anglophone West Africa at the Center for Democratic Development (CDD) in Ghana, presented his research on “Are Ghanaians Fed-Up with Democracy? Institutional Mistrust and Satisfaction with Democracy.” Ms.

Winning and Losing in Turkey: A Conversation about the November 1 Elections

Five experts discussed the impact and implications of Turkey’s November 1 election on domestic affairs, the government’s relationship with the Kurds, and future regional and international dynamics.

Insights from a National Dialogue on Climate Change, Energy, and Security

In the midst of a minefield on day two of Desert Storm Task Force Ripper, Marine Corps Operations Officer Richard Zilmer stepped out of his armored personnel carrier, squinted up at the sky, and saw nothing but black from horizon to horizon. Iraqi forces, trying desperately to blunt the attack of coalition armies, had set fire to hundreds of Kuwaiti oil wells and oil-filled trenches.

Crossing Borders

Familiar theories about the unchanging, archaic nature of Russian rule have become even more entrenched during the Putin era. In Crossing Borders, Michael David-Fox lays out his alternative conception of the nature of Russian-Soviet modernity—one of the thorniest disputes in Russian Studies. In this talk, David-Fox argues that it is relevant to consider what struck contemporary observers as unusual and familiar when they looked across borders. In this context, he will discuss the 1930s visits to the USSR of both leftist and little-known fascist sympathizers of Stalinism.

Follow-Up to the Investigations of the Disappearance of 43 Students in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico

In September 2014, a group of 43 students from a teachers college disappeared in the southern Mexican city of Iguala in the state of Guerrero. Their disappearance left Mexicans horrified and outraged, shocked the international community, and led to nationwide protests.

New Technologies, New Communities, New Sources of Power - A discussion with Irene Wu

Please join us for an examination of how people around the world form cooperative communities and shape major issues through social media. The Internet is not only a new communications technology, it is a medium for the exchange of favors and the building of trust that reshapes human interaction regardless of culture and in spite of repression.

Uneasy Triangle: The United States, China, and Russia and the New Global Order

Throughout the Cold War era, the triangular relationship formed between the United States, China, and Russia was central to forming modern global order. Today’s geopolitical and economic challenges have brought renewed urgency to understanding the evolving motivations of each of these powers in their relationships with one another.

2015 Belarusian Election Debrief with Opposition Candidate Tatiana Korotkevich

Tatiana Korotkevich is the only candidate from the democratic opposition who competed in the 2015 presidential election in Belarus. She is also the first woman registered as a presidential candidate in the country's history. Though the elections were strongly criticized by the OSCE, Ms. Korotkevich used her candidacy to discuss “bread and butter” issues with citizens outside of the opposition’s usual constituency.