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Harnessing Natural Resources for Peacebuilding: Lessons From U.S. and Japanese Assistance

Note: The event webcast breaks at 12:15 p.m. and resumes at 2:15 p.m.

Backdraft: Minimizing Conflict in Climate Change Responses

“What are the conflicts or risks associated with response to climate change?” asked ECSP Director Geoff Dabelko at the Wilson Center on July 18. “How we respond to climate change may or may not contribute to conflict,” he said, but “at the end of the day, we need to do no harm.”

America's Nuclear Energy Future

This meeting is part of an ongoing series that provides a forum for policy specialists from Congress and the Executive, business, academia, and journalism to exchange information and share perspectives on current nonproliferation issues. This meeting was off the record.

Securing North America: A Discussion of the Canada First Defense Strategy

Lieutenant-General Walter Semianiw, Commander of Canada Command

Red, White, and Green? Environmental Security Threats and Sustainability Opportunities (OFFSITE)

Environment and energy issues pose both threats and opportunities no matter where you sit. Come join leading experts to discuss how two critical American actors are tackling these challenges: the business community and the U.S. military.

Note: This event is being held at the University of Denver not the Woodrow Wilson Center.

For further information, or to register for this event, please contact Monica W. Owens of The Starboard Group at 720.524.7332 ext. 106, or via email at

Progress in the War in Afghanistan: Seven Centers of Gravity

On Friday, March 4th the Wilson Center on the Hill hosted a discussion on the recent developments in the war in Afghanistan, the implementation of the Obama war strategy, and the important policy challenges leading up to the proposed 2014 NATO troop withdrawal.


The Division of International Security Studies addresses fundamental Wilsonian concerns affecting international order and U.S. national interests through its research, meetings, and publications. The Division focuses on the traditional security agenda in the transformed politico-military context of the post-9/11 era. It sponsors ongoing programmatic activities on the threats posed by terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, as well as on the “nexus” between these twin challenges.