Demography

Fire and Ice Revisited: American and Canadian Social Values in the Age of Obama and Harper

Noted Canadian pollster and author Michael Adams will discuss his recent public opinion research tracking the evolution of Canadian and American social values. Adams will discuss some of the big changes he has observed since he published Fire and Ice: The United States, Canada and the Myth of Converging Values in 2004.

Fire and Ice won the Donner Prize in 2003 for best book on Canadian public policy, and was selected by the Literary Review of Canada as one of the hundred most important books ever published in Canada.

Ominous Divide: Shiite Iran vs the Sunni Gulf

Frederic Wehrey

What is the current state of Sunni-Shiite tension in the Gulf? How has it changed over the last 15 years?

Urbanization and Insecurity: Crowding, Conflict, and Gender

“If there was a perfect slum, Kibera would be it.” The notoriously overcrowded and underserved settlement in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi captivates the public imagination, engendering visions of urban violence, poverty, and hopelessness, said Caroline Wanjiku Kihato of the University of the Witwatersrand at the Wilson Center on February 18.

The Sino-Russian Challenge to the World Order: National Identities, Bilateral Relations, and East versus West in the 2010s

The Sino-Russian Challenge to the World Order is the third volume in a trilogy on national identity. The first two volumes, edited by Gilbert Rozman, concerned the identities of three East Asian countries: China, Japan, and South Korea. The contributors first analyzed how these countries’ national identities suffered through their relation to modernization, and then examined how the national identity of each differed from the other two and how those differences were shaped by the relation of each country to the United States.

Ion Ratiu Democracy Awardee, Angela Kocze, Speaks for VOA's Press Conference USA

Roma rights activist Angela Kocze, 2013 recipient of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Ion Ratiu Democracy award, talks with VOA host Carol Castiel about ongoing discrimination and prejudice against the Roma population in Europe on VOA’s Press Conference USA.

You may hear the full interview by clicking here.

Ahsan Iqbal Discusses Urbanization in Pakistan

In November 2013, Ahsan Iqbal, Pakistan's minister for planning, development, and reforms, and a top official in the country's ruling political party, gave a luncheon address as part of the Asia Program's all-day conference on Pakistan's urbanization challenges. Attached are these remarks, which have been edited by Minister Iqbal.  The video of the speech can be viewed above, and other information about the November conference can be seen via the link in the "Related Content" box at the right.

Building the Future of Global Development (OFF-SITE)

The original version of this article appeared at the Atlantic Council.

Political Dispossession of Roma in Contemporary Europe

The Global Europe Program is pleased to host the 9th Annual Ion Ratiu Democracy Award Workshop on Political Dispossession of Roma in Contemporary Europe featuring Dr. Angela Kocze, leading Hungarian Roma rights activist and a visiting assistant professor at Wake Forest University, NC.

Contested Frontiers in the Syria-Lebanon-Israel Region: Cartography, Sovereignty, and Conflict

Contested Frontiers in the Syria-Lebanon-Israel Region studies one of the flash points of the Middle East since the 1960s—a tiny region of roughly 100 square kilometers where Syria, Lebanon, and Israel come together but where the borders have never been clearly marked. This was the scene of Palestinian guerrilla warfare in the 1960s and '70s and of Hezbollah confrontations with Israel from 2000 to the 2006 war.

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