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A New Foreign Policy for America

In an era of new and emerging global threats, Senator Chris Murphy believes there is an urgent need to refocus the traditional debate between isolationism and military interventionism. Join us as Senator Murphy outlines the eight principles for a new foreign policy vision that seeks to maintain U.S. global leadership but looks beyond our traditional military toolkit for engaging the world.

Eradicating Boko Haram Sustainably: An Integrated Regional Approach

On June 24, 2015, the Wilson Center Africa Program hosted Kah Walla, CEO of Strategies!, and Lauren Ploch Blanchard, specialist in African Affairs with the Congressional Research Service, for a discussion on strategies for sustainably combatting Boko Haram. The speakers focused on the need for a regional approach and an integrated strategy to fight Boko Haram militarily, while also addressing the underlying issues that have given rise to the organization. The event also included a discussion of what the U.S.

Rouhani at Two Years: An Assessment on the Cusp of a Nuclear Deal


Three experts on Iran discussed the presidency of Hassan Rouhani regarding domestic events in the spheres of politics, the economy, human rights, and social policy.

Crisis in Burundi: Can the U.S. Help?

Photo courtesy of the Government of South Africa via Flickr.

On June 18, 2015, the Wilson Center Africa Program hosted two panel discussions on the current crisis in Burundi, with a focus on identifying vialbe opportunities for international engagement, particularly for the United States. The first panel focused on the political, legal, and security issues related to the crisis, while the second addressed the role of civil society and cultural factors.

Pirates, Islam, and U.S. Hostage Policy

Michael Scott Moore, freelance journalist with Spiegel Online and author, discussed his two and a half year ordeal as a captive of Somali pirates, with a focus on certain myths about hostage-taking. He also spoke about the recently announced Executive Order on Hostage Recovery Activities.

Calculating the Costs of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

A new report by the RAND Corporation, The Costs of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, estimates the net costs and benefits over the next ten years of five alternative trajectories -- (1) a two-state solution, (2) coordinated unilateral withdrawal, (3) uncoordinated unilateral withdrawal, (4) nonviolent resistance, and (5) violent uprising -- compared with the costs and benefits of a continuing impasse.

Youth Repatriation in Guatemala: The Realities of Returning Home

In the summer of 2014, record numbers of migrants from Central American countries, many of them unaccompanied minors, were intercepted at the U.S.-Mexico border. In the United States, much of the debate in the media and in Congress focused on how to process and return these migrants to their countries of origin—but what happens to these migrants after they are returned?  This event features two of the authors of a new paper published by the Latin American Program on the repatriation of Guatemalan migrants.

Wilson Center Announces New Center for Korean History and Public Policy

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. 


The Honorable Ed Royce (confirmed)
Chairman, House Foreign Affairs Committee and Co-Chair, Congressional Caucus on Korea

Youth and Civil Society: The Missing Powers in Yemen


Mohammad Al-Shami, a youth activist and advocacy trainer in Yemen, discussed the different stakeholders and positions in Yemen, reviewed what is happening on the ground in the conflict, and highlighted the importance of youth empowerment and civil society in promoting peace.