6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Media Transparency and Journalist Ethics in Post-Soviet Ukraine

The collapse of the Soviet Union sparked a new era of media transformation in Ukraine. The censorship and isolation of state-owned Soviet media was replaced by a market-driven media environment.

Understanding Russia in the United States: Images and Myths, 1881-1914

Victoria Zhuravleva presented her studies of American perceptions of Russia as a multi-leveled phenomenon. Her presentation draws upon her work with diverse sources, including diplomatic and private correspondence, memoirs, diaries, travelogues, tourist guidebooks, pamphlets, American textbooks on world and European history, fiction, and press accounts (especially cartoons). This rich distillation of primary sources provides a revealing glimpse at how American views of Russia have evolved and/or remained consistent over time.

Tango of Death

Kennan Institute/Harriman Institute Contemporary Ukrainian Literature Series

Please note: A reception precedes the event at 5:30 PM. Please RSVP.

The 11th installment of the Contemporary Ukrainian Literature series, sponsored by the Kennan Institute and Columbia University’s Harriman Institute, featured writer Yuri Vynnychuk, author of The Tango of Death (“Танго смерті”). Mr. Vynnychuk’s book was named the BBC Ukrainian Book of the Year in 2012.

Moscow’s 1993 Autumn Crisis: Tank Fire, Electoral Upset, and the American Policy Response

October 3, 1993, in Moscow was a beautiful autumn Sunday. It was also the day when domestic political debate collapsed into urban warfare. Confrontation over the drafting of a new constitution and a national referendum had boiled over, and tanks were out on the street in Moscow. Wayne Merry discussed his experiences as an embassy official in Moscow at the time, and the American policy response to the crisis.

Lessons Learned? The U.S. Withdrawal from Iraq and What it May Mean for Afghanistan

Can the coming transition out of Afghanistan be informed by lessons from the U.S. military-diplomatic transition in Iraq?

This event will look at a newly released RAND study titled Ending the U.S. War in Iraq: The Final Transition, Operational Maneuver, and Disestablishment of the United States Forces–Iraq, which explores how our experience in the military exit and transition of responsibilities in Iraq might help to inform future U.S. transition planning in Afghanistan.

China Dreams: 20 Visions of the Future

The Wilson Center's Asia Program and the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States invite you to a book discussion on China Dreams: 20 Visions of the Future.

Resolving Regional Conflicts: The Western Sahara and the Quest for a Durable Solution

A panel of experts discussed the possible solutions to the conflict in the Western Sahara region. They discussed the strengths and shortcomings of the Baker Plan (2003), which envisioned Saharan self-rule for five years, followed by a referendum with three options: integration with Morocco, autonomy, or independence. The panelists discussed the legal and political constraints to implementing such solutions.  

The Family Jewels Then and Now

Washington History Seminar
Historical Perspectives on International and National Affairs

“The Family Jewels Then and Now”
John Prados

The Uncertainty of Freedom and the Freedom of Uncertainty

Michael Zantovsky studied psychology at Charles University in Prague and at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, graduating summa cum laude in 1973. In November 1989, Zantovsky was a founding member of the Civic Forum, the umbrella organization that coordinated the overthrow of the Communist regime and the peaceful transfer of power during the Velvet Revolution. He subsequently served as the press secretary, spokesman, and political director for President Vaclav Havel.

Public-Private Partnerships Powering Entrepreneurs and Innovators

Public-private partnerships are a key source of funding and support for small business, public infrastructure, and aspiring entrepreneurs.  The Honorable Jacques Gansler, head of the Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise at the University of Maryland delivered the keynote address followed by an expert panel that discussed how small businesses and public entities can partner together and assess the potential beneficial results of public private partnerships.