6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Book Launch—A Delicate Relationship: The United States and Burma/Myanmar Since 1945

In 2012, Barack Obama became the first U.S. president ever to visit Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. This official state visit marked a new period in the long and sinuous diplomatic relationship between the United States and Burma/Myanmar, which Kenton Clymer examines in A Delicate Relationship.

Doing Business in Africa: Addressing the Corruption Factor-A Brown Capital Management Africa Forum Event

On December 1, 2015, the Wilson Center Africa Program hosted a panel discussion on “Doing Business in Africa: Addressing the Corruption Factor,” the second event in the Brown Capital Management Africa Forum series.* The event featured three panelists—Mr. Christiaan Poortman, Mr. Jan Dunin-Wasowicz, and H.E. Sooroojdev Phokeer—who discussed the nature, scale, and scope of corruption in Africa and its impact on companies wishing to do business on the continent.

Breakfast Honoring Ambassador Gary Doer

Monday, November 16, 2015 -
08:01 to 09:00
6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
Canada Institute

Atlantic Rules: Markets, Democracy and the End of the Cold War

In Global Rules: America, Britain and a Disordered World, James Cronin uses the Anglo-American relationship as a lens through which to view the last years of the Cold War.  This perspective leads him to argue that the turn to markets in the US and the UK during the 1980s and to the promotion of democracy and human rights were critical in setting the terms on which the Cold War ended and on which the post-Cold War order would be constructed.

Portraits of Siberia from the Détente Era

In 1978, photographer Nathan Farb traveled to the Soviet industrial city of Novosibirsk. He took a series of intimate and revealing portraits of its citizens that had to be smuggled out of the country via diplomatic pouch. Nearly four decades later, these portraits show a culture that is long gone yet continues to influence today’s Russia. Farb will present select pieces from his collection, many of which have been shown in museums around the globe, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Angola at 40 Years: Progress, Challenges, and the Way Forward

On November 18th, 2015 the Wilson Center Africa Program, in conjunction with the U.S.-Angola Chamber of Commerce and the Embassy of the Republic of Angola, hosted “Angola Day,” a full-day event focused on “Angola at 40 Years: Progress, Challenges and the Way Forward.” The event included three panel discussions and multiple keynote remarks, bringing together 16 diverse sector experts—including prominent Angolan and American political figures, a range of company heads doing business in Angola, and a selection of activists and academics—to discuss Angola’s past, present, and future. 

20 Years after Dayton: International Engagement and Power Sharing in Post-War Bosnia and Herzegovina

As we approach the 20th anniversary of the Dayton-Paris Peace Agreement, Bosnia and Herzegovina finds itself at a crossroads. The country is engaged in the process of European integration, yet is still a largely inefficient and highly fragmented state. This situation poses a challenge for reform-oriented domestic actors, the international community in general, and the European Union in particular.

Swiss Day: Can Central Banks Save the Global Economy?

The 2nd Annual Swiss Day marks the ongoing collaboration of the Wilson Center’s Global Europe Program and the Europa Institut at the University of Zurich.

International Implications of Cooperation in the Petrobras Corruption Scandal Investigations

The international ramifications of the multibillion dollar corruption scandal involving state oil giant Petrobras and companies and business executives from Brazil and elsewhere have slowly emerged since the beginning of the investigations led by Brazilian authorities in March 2014.  Earlier this year Petrobras informed shareholders that the company is under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for potential violations of securities laws, and by the U.S. Department of Justice, under the Foreign Corruption Practices Act (FCPA). Early last month, U.S.

Anti-Corruption Policies in Ukraine: Successes and Setbacks

Photo by Torange.us

Endemic corruption in Ukraine was one of the triggers of the Euromaidan protests and promises to combat it propelled a new generation of political activists into the government. Ukraine recently passed a series of anti-corruption laws and established new agencies to combat corruption. Will these steps lead to appreciable improvements or are they just lip service to a dissatisfied public and demanding international community?