6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Korea's Growing Role in Asia: Regional Cooperation and National Unification

South Korea's geopolitical position dictates that the country needs to maintain a strong alliance with the US while exploring a harmonious partnership with China to protect and pursue its national interests. Preventing excessive conflicts between China and Japan also serves the interests of South Korea in terms of preserving peace and stability in Northeast Asia.

Assessing the State of Russian Media

Over the last several years independent media has virtually disappeared from the Russian airwaves, giving way to state-run television and print outlets, censorship, and outright propaganda. What is the state of the Russian media today? To what extent is independent journalism still possible in Russia? What can media organizations and individual journalists do to counteract Kremlin propaganda?

Photo by Maks Karochkin

Three Tigers, One Mountain: China, Japan and America in the Asian Century


Sino-Japanese relations have descended into poisonous acrimony in recent years in battles over history and disputed territory, leaving the United States--still east Asia's major power--a virtual bystander.

The Heart of the Matter: Reassessing the Foundations of U.S.-China Relations

President Obama and General Secretary Xi achieved incremental progress in several issue areas at their recent summit, but did not address the most important question in U.S.-China relations, at least during their public sessions: Is there a sustainable foundation for the U.S.-China relationship and what strategies and dispositions will secure both sides’ interests, and the peace, over the next two decades?

ISIS as Icarus? Assessing the Extent of the Islamic State Threat Beyond Iraq and Syria

Few if any international security threats are consuming the world’s attention as much as the Islamic State terror group, or ISIS. What is the true nature of this threat, and particularly beyond its strongholds in Syria and Iraq? What threat does the group pose in neighboring countries and other key regions, and particularly South Asia? Additionally, what type of threat does ISIS pose to the supremacy of al-Qaeda within the broader constellation of global terror syndicates?

The Future of Europe’s Eastern Policy: Chances and Challenges

The war in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea resulted in a deep crisis in relations between the Russian Federation and the countries of the transatlantic community, which faces a dilemma regarding the future EU’s policy towards its eastern neighbours. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung commissioned the report “Europe and the East in 2030,” which identifies the driving forces that shape the relationship and discusses four possible trajectories for the EU's relationship with its eastern neighbours.

LBJ's Neglected Legacy: How Lyndon Johnson Reshaped Domestic Policy and Government

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC

With The LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin
LBJ Washington Center


Friday, 23 October, 2015


LBJ's Neglected Legacy:

How Lyndon Johnson Reshaped Domestic Policy and Government


8:45-9:00 Welcome and Introduction (Sixth Floor Auditorium)

Bookmen at War: Libraries, Intelligence, and Cultural Policy in World War II

The Monuments Men have been justly celebrated for their rescue of art treasures in World War II.  The focus on individual heroism, however, obscures the larger impact of the war on modern policies and practices toward information, knowledge, and culture.  Kathy Peiss explores the role of librarians, collectors, and intelligence agents to explain why and how books mattered in a time of conflict and devastation.

Decarbonizing China’s Power Sector for Cleaner Air and Climate Smart Cities

At the US-China Climate Smart/Low Carbon City Summit held September 15-16 in Los Angeles, 11 Chinese cities and 3 provinces committed to taking steps to reduce carbon emissions and reach “peak coal” earlier than China’s national 2030 target. Continued expansion of renewables, gas, nuclear power and energy efficient buildings in China’s cities will depend heavily on efforts to decarbonize the country’s power grid.

Nixon's Nuclear Specter - The Secret Alert of 1969, Madman Diplomacy, and the Vietnam War

In their initial effort to end the Vietnam War, Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger attempted to lever concessions from Hanoi at the negotiating table with military force and coercive diplomacy. They backed up their diplomacy toward North Vietnam and the Soviet Union with the Madman Theory of threatening excessive force, which included the specter of nuclear force.