Economics and Globalization Events


Coffee, Commerce, and Communities: Small Scale Agricultural Development in East Africa

February 05, 2010 // 8:00am10:00am
Program on America and the Global Economy
Shirin Moayyad, Director of Coffee Purchasing, Peet's Coffee and Tea; David Browning, Senior Vice President, Coffee Initiative, Technoserve; Julie A. Howard, Executive Director, Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa; Moderator Kent Hughes, Director, Program on America and the Global Economy, Woodrow Wilson Center

Rivers of the Amazon: Can They Be Used on a Sustainable Basis as a Source of Renewable Hydropower?

February 03, 2010 // 8:15am10:00am
Brazil Institute
Luiz Gabriel Todt de Azevedo of Construtora Norberto Odebrecht S.A discusses the effects of hydropower plant construction on the Southwestern Amazon ecosystem. Christine Pendzich comments on rainforest protection and climate change.

Obama Administration Relations With South America: A Conversation With Five U.S. Ambassadors

January 22, 2010 // 10:00am11:30am
Latin American Program
The five ambassadors to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay engaged in a discussion of Latin American domestic politics, foreign policy, and U.S. relations.

Foreign Policy Challenges in 2010: The Developing World

January 15, 2010 // 9:00am10:30am
Wilson Center on the Hill
In the first session of a two part series, Wilson Center experts discuss policy challenges surrounding the developing world, including migration, development policy, climate change, and conflict resolution.

Changing Climates in North American Politics

December 16, 2009 // 8:00am10:00am
Canada Institute
Stacy VanDeveer and Henrik Selin highlight the major themes and findings of their new book, which examines and compares political action for climate change across North America at levels ranging from continental to municipal.

Book Discussion: Opportunities and Obligations: New perspective on Global and U.S. Trade Policy

December 11, 2009 // 8:00am10:00am
Program on America and the Global Economy
Mark Drajem, Trade Reporter, Bloomberg News; Jason Kearns, Trade Counsel, House of Representatives Subcommittee on Trade; Terence P. Stewart, Editor, Opportunities and Obligations, and Managing Partner, Stewart and Stewart; Bruce Stokes, International Economics Columnist, National Journal; Kent Hughes, Director, Program on America and the Global Economy

Book Discussion: After the Fall: Saving Capitalism from Wall Street—and Washington

December 10, 2009 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Program on America and the Global Economy
Nicole Gelinas, Author and Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research; Moderator Kent Hughes, Director, Program on America and the Global Economy

Uruguay's Presidential Race: A Post-Election Assessment

December 04, 2009 // 8:00am9:30am
Latin American Program
Two distinguished scholars of contemporary Uruguay's politics and economics interpreted the election results and what they portend for the future of Uruguay.

Regional Integration in the Americas: The Impact of the Global Economic Crisis

November 23, 2009 // 8:15am4:00pm
Latin American Program
The Latin American Program joined with the Mercosur Economic Research Network and the Canada Institute to convene a conference on the impact of the global economic crisis on regional integration plans in the Americas.

The Impact of Global Crisis on Transition Countries With Special Regard to the Western Balkans

November 17, 2009 // 11:00am12:00pm
Global Europe Program
While the economic crisis that began in 2008 has had a global reach, the pain of the crisis has been disproportionately felt in the postcommunist transition countries generally, and in the Western Balkans in particular. Former WWICS public policy scholar Franjo Stiblar offered the simple explanation that poor countries, with their higher income inequality and high unemployment, are fated to feel the effects of the economic crisis more strongly. In addition to being relatively poor, the countries of the Western Balkans were particularly vulnerable to the crisis due to extremely high external debt to GDP ratios and high foreign currency reserves. Their economic performance also contributed to the countries' vulnerability to the crisis, since as Stiblar indicated, the region performs elastically in reaction to the global market, such that a global downturn spurred an even deeper downturn in the Western Balkans.