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Getting Ahead of AIDS: The Long-term Agenda

Since 1981 roughly 65 million people have been infected with HIV, about 25 million have died from AIDS, and 40 million people—the largest number ever—are living with HIV worldwide, according to UNAIDS estimates. Yet, in the history of AIDS, Executive Director of UNAIDS Dr.

Russia and Eurasia in a New Geopolitical Era

“Russia today is in an undesirable strategic situation, and is not prepared to compete with the global world,” said Bruce Parrott, Professor and Director, Russian and Eurasian Studies Program, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, and Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center, at a 13 June 2011 Kennan Institute event. Parrott’s remarks focused on Russia’s geopolitics during the tsarist, Soviet, and post-Soviet periods.

Previewing the OAS General Assembly: Citizen Security in the Americas

The Hon. José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General, Organization of American States; Adam Blackwell, Chief of Multidimensional Security, Organization of American States; Francisco Lloreda, Presidential Counselor for Citizen Security, Colombia; Aminta Granera, Chief of the National Police, Nicaragua (invited); Lynne Anne Williams, CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS)

A Forum on President Obama's Trip to Latin America

In anticipation of President Barack Obama's trip in March 2011 to Brazil, Chile, and El Salvador, the Latin American Program and the Brazil Institute hosted a discussion with two of the principle architects of U.S. policy in the region. Dan Restrepo, special assistant to the President and senior director for Western Hemisphere Affairs, National Security Council, and Arturo Valenzuela, assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Department of State, provided an overview of the objectives of the trip at a March 16, 2011, event at the Wilson Center.

Crime and Violence in Central America: A Human Development Approach

Fifteen years following democratic transitions and the end of civil conflicts, Central America is experiencing more violence than ever.

A Discussion of the Future of the OAS With Secretary General José Miguel Insulza

Following his re-election to a second five-year term as Secretary General of the Organization of American States, José Miguel Insulza addressed the significance the Organization holds today, what topics it should address, and what reforms could be undertaken at a May 11, 2010, seminar co-sponsored with the Inter-American Dialogue, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Brookings Institution.

Chile's Presidential Elections: A Report from the Field

In the fifth presidential election since Chile's 1990 democratic transition, former businessman and leader of the moderate right, Sebastián Piñera of the Alianza por Chile (Alliance for Chile), defeated the center-left Concertación in the second round of presidential elections held on January 17, 2010.

Human Rights: Challenges of the Past & Challenges for the Future

This conference celebrated the contributions of Margaret E. Crahan, Director of the Kozmetsky Center, to human rights scholarship and activism over many decades. Panelists agreed that much progress has been made since the democratic transitions of the late 1980s and early ‘90s, but the persistence of discrimination, poverty, and inequality in the region, along with the ongoing search for justice for past violations, indicate that the struggle for human rights and accountability is far from over.

Perspectives on European Union (EU) Relations with Cuba

Roy said that in 2003, following a Cuban government crackdown that resulted in the jailing of seventy-five dissidents (fifty-five remain imprisoned), the European Union imposed diplomatic sanctions. These were wholly diplomatic and included a freeze on visits by high-level officials, but did not impact trade or investment in Cuba. The sanctions were temporarily suspended in 2005 and formally lifted in June 2008. The EU is now engaged in a process of normalizing relations with Havana.

Biofuels: Food, Fuel, and the Future?

With nations looking more and more to other, non-traditional sources of energy, the Program on America and the Global Economy (PAGE), the Brazil Institute, and the Global Energy Initiative (GEI) sponsored a comprehensive assessment of the current state of one of those possible sources: biofuels.  As moderator Kent Hughes, Director of PAGE and GEI, pointed out, biofuels is of considerable importance as it “involves our innovation syste