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China’s New Leadership—Opportunity for the United States?

October 03, 2012 // 12:30pm — 2:00pm
Watch the webcast HERE! The upcoming 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China will usher in a new generation of leaders to oversee the world’s second largest economy for the next decade. How will the incoming fifth generation of Chinese leaders affect party policy? As the U.S.-China relationship continues to grow, in size and complexity, what are the implications of this once-in-a-decade leadership transition, especially for bilateral interaction? Dr. Henry A. Kissinger is joined by former Ambassador to China J. Stapleton Roy, former Fellow Dr. Cheng Li, and China scholar Dr. David M. Lampton to discuss the possible implications for U.S.-China relations of this once-in-a-decade power transition.

Is the World More Dangerous 50 years after the Cuban Missile Crisis?

October 15, 2012 // 1:00pm — 2:30pm
In October the world will observe the 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, when the world came closest to nuclear war. In this Wilson Center National Conversation, panelists will discuss the Cuban Missile Crisis and the lessons that it holds in the context of the upcoming US presidential election.

Cyber Gridlock: Why the Public Should Care

October 01, 2012 // 12:30pm — 2:00pm
As Washington fiddles, the vulnerability of U.S. infrastructure, private and public devices and networks grows. The U.S. has no clear, coordinated and effective policy to mitigate the complex threat. The public has no idea how vulnerable they are, and are left out of the debate.

Terror and North America: The Causes and Directions of Cross-Border Extremist Activity

September 19, 2012 // 2:00pm — 4:00pm
Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, many American policymakers have grown increasingly concerned about terrorists or terrorist materials being smuggled into the United States from Canada. The myth that the 9/11 hijackers arrived in the United States through Canada contributed to the passage of laws that have increased the “thickness” of the border and hindered trade in the name of collective security. Do these rules safeguard against the true vectors of North American extremism? The Canada Institute’s “Terror and North America: The Causes and Directions of Cross-Border Extremist Activity” will examine how and why extremists travel between Canada and the United States, what effect these crossings have on our national security, and what possible policy solutions exist to better police the border.

Soviet Soft Power and the Polish Thaw, 1953-1957

September 20, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Though little is known about such efforts, Soviet cultural and propaganda institutions attempted to reach directly the hearts and minds of East European societies in Moscow’s new sphere of influence created after World War II. In the process, the Soviets squandered considerable human potential on their side, which could have promoted more effective soft power initiatives. Stalin’s death in 1953 offered new possibilities for reciprocal cultural relations and more flexible Soviet approach. Patryk Babiracki, Assistant Professor of History, University of Texas-Arlington, and Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar, Kennan Institute, will explain that other aspects of “the Thaw” in the USSR and Poland further complicated the work of Soviet international outreach institutions, revealing the limitations of Soviet soft power and of the Kremlin’s capacity to maintain empire.

Book Launch: Sustaining U.S.-China Cooperation in Clean Energy

September 24, 2012 // 9:00am — 10:30am
Sustaining U.S.-China Cooperation in Clean Energy provides a governmental and private-sector overview of the complex dynamics of competition and cooperation behind U.S. and Chinese national efforts to develop their solar, wind, and other alternative energy industries. It assesses systemic differences in clean energy policy between the United States and China and identifies areas of congruence as well as disparity.

2012 National Survey of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

September 25, 2012 // 1:00pm — 2:30pm
At this event, we will engage with researchers and leading Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) policy leaders on the results and implications of the groundbreaking 2012 National Survey of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. This is the largest-ever nationally representative and comprehensive survey of AAPI public opinion conducted in United States.
Photo by Mona Youssef

Saudi Arabia's Race Against Time

September 17, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Ottaway reports on the state of the Saudi kingdom based on his latest trip to Saudi Arabia.

Combating Extremism Through Education: Lessons from Pakistan and Across the Muslim World

September 11, 2012 // 4:00pm — 5:15pm
A top education policy official in Pakistan discusses how his country--and the wider Muslim World--can fight radicalism through revitalized policies that increase access to science and technology education.

Rio+20: Impacts and Ways Forward

September 12, 2012 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
On Wednesday September 12, the "Managing Our Planet" series continues with a look back at the Rio+20 Conference.

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