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Jews and Lithuanians - Together and Apart?

The Lithuanian Parliament has designated 2020 as the "Year of the Vilna Gaon and the History of the Jews of Lithuania." To mark the beginning of these commemorative events, please join us for a conversation between celebrated Lithuanian poet, scholar, and former Soviet dissident Tomas Venclova and U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Vadim Altskan and Ina Navazelskis. The Lithuanian Ambassador to the United States H.E. Rolandas Krisciunas will provide opening remarks.

Ukraine Hosts Most Successful LGBTQ Event in the Nation’s History, but New Challenges Appear

Photo: Ukrainians attending the June 23 Pride march in Kyiv holding a sign saying, "Freedom. Unity. Fight." Source: Jessica Zychowicz.


Ukraine recently hosted the largest Pride march in the history of the nation. Participants numbered around 8,000, a nearly tenfold increase over the first gathering's showing in 2013.

Event Recap: Why Can’t Pakistani Children Read?

On Friday, July 12, Nadia Naviwala, a former Public Policy Fellow at the Wilson Center launched her report titled “Why Can’t Pakistani Children Read? The Inside Story On Education Reforms Gone Wrong.”

Why Can't Pakistani Children Read? The Inside Story of Education Reform Efforts Gone Wrong (Report)

In Pakistan, millions of children are not in school. And yet, millions more are in school, where they must suffer through the effects of a broken education system. Even after many years of being in school, most of these children struggle to read and learn.

Crimea, Economic Sanctions, and Rally Around the Flag in Russia


On February 28, 2014, pro-Russian gunmen seized key buildings in Crimea. In response, the United States levied economic sanctions against Russia on March 6. Approval ratings for the Russian leadership then soared and remained high for more than four years. Were these high ratings due to the annexation of Crimea or the imposition of economic sanctions?

Nontraditional Strategy Building: A Mapping of Cultural Movements in the Indo-Pacific

Article Fourteen of the Japanese Constitution enshrines equality before the law regardless of "race, creed, sex, social status or family origin." Article Fifteen of the Indian Constitution guarantees a right to equality no matter an individual’s “religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth.” Even the People’s Republic of China includes a constitutional provision that promises its citizens legal equality.