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Belarus Before Elections

As Belarus heads towards presidential elections in October, the NGO Pact, with the assistance of USAID, brought a delegation of Belarusian civic activists and policy analysts to Washington, DC. They gave a briefing on trends in the politics, economy, and civil society of Belarus and discussed the post-election prognosis. Although political leadership is unlikely to change, the domestic and international implications of the Ukraine crisis are changing Belarus' trajectory. 

Canada's Federal Elections: Issues, Projections, and Implications for Hemispheric Relations

With the upcoming Canadian elections approaching, the Canada Institute co-hosted an event with Canadian Council for the Americas and Council of the Americas to give Canadian and US stakeholders insights into the federal election. Panelists Nik Nanos gave a twenty minute discussion of the most up to date polling data, and explained the trend of conservative growth in numbers over the past few days.

Journeys with Baron Ungern: Empire and Biography in the Russian Revolution

Willard Sunderland’s prize-winning book, The Baron's Cloak: A History of the Russian Empire in War and Revolution (Cornell, 2014), offers a tour of the  Russian Empire in its final decades through the momentous life of Baron Roman von Ungern-Sternberg, a Baltic German aristocrat and tsarist army officer who fought against the Reds in Eastern Siberia and Mongolia during the Russian Civil War and for six fateful months in 1921 pursued a quixotic and bloody plan to resurrect the fallen empires of Russia and China.

On the Road to Elections: Turkey and the Kurds


Three experts discussed the current crises in Turkey and how they would affect the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Northeast Asian Dynamism and the U.S.-R.O.K. Alliance: Past, Present, Future

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars & the East Asia Foundation

Iran’s Nuclear Chess: After the Deal

Robert Litwak, author of “Iran’s Nuclear Chess: After the Deal,” assessed the terms and prospective implementation of the nuclear agreement reached between Iran and the P5+1.

Global Energy Forum: Revolutionary Changes and Security Pathways

The international energy system is going through revolutionary changes.  Oil and natural gas production is growing in the United States and elsewhere in response to new technologies. Geopolitics face several inflection points, from a turbulent Middle East to increased Russian pressure in Europe, and Chinese pressure in East Asia. Furthermore, new pathways must be developed to advance global energy security at a time of revolutionary change. The system must be more resilient, as energy trade is vulnerable to interruption, and as strategic petroleum reserves need to be modernized.

Help or Hinder? The AIIB and Outlook for Asian Development

The Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has the potential not only to redefine the role that Beijing plays in development assistance, but also in shaping the organizational structure and governance of international financial institutions at large in the future. Whether the AIIB could change the broader economic and political orders in the Asia-Pacific will be discussed, from the perspectives of the United States, Japan, and India as well as China.