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Security, Prosperity and Freedom: Why America Needs the G8

On June 3 and 4, Indiana University's Center for International Business Education and Research, the G8 Research Group and the EnviReform Project (both based at the University of Toronto) will host a two-day pre-Summit conference in preparation for the G8 meeting at Sea Island, which will take place June 8 to 10.

Borderlines: Canada in North America

The BorderLines: Canada in North America conference series was conceived by various high-profile Canadian business leaders, academics, journalists, and scholars who saw the need for a re-evaluation of Canada's relationship with its southern neighbors. Intending to generate grassroots debate and popular dialogue across Canada, the BorderLines series held events in Calgary, Montreal, Halifax, Vancouver, and Washington, with the final conference scheduled for Toronto in Spring 2003.

Strategic Energy Opportunities for the Department of Defense

Amory Lovins is the co-founder, chairman, and chief scientist at the Rocky Mountain Institute. He is a consultant and experimental physicist educated at Harvard and Oxford. The recipient of numerous awards, honorary degrees, and fellowships, including a MacArthur Fellowship and the Time Hero for the Planet Award, Lovins is an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects, Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and Honorary Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council.

Energy, Climate Change, and the Military: Implications for National Security

"Some, I think, probably are surprised to hear former generals and admirals talk about energy efficiency and renewable energy, but they shouldn't be," said General Charles Wald, USAF (Ret.), chairman of the CNA Military Advisory Board (MAB), a group of 12 retired three- and four-star admirals and generals. "Force protection isn't just about protecting weak spots; it's about reducing vulnerabilities before you get into harm's way."

Environmental Film Festival Screening: Arid Lands

As part of the 16th Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, the Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) hosted the Washington, DC premiere of Arid Lands on March 14, 2008.

After the Storm: Environment and Population Issues in Gulf Coast Reconstruction and Global Implications for Coastal Development

Robert A. Thomas, who holds the Chair of Environmental Communications at the University of Loyola in New Orleans, spoke at a recent Environmental Change and Security Program event about the environmental and demographic aspects of post-hurricane reconstruction in the Gulf Coast. Thomas opened his presentation with an image of a pictograph that has become a unique symbol of the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the city of New Orleans.

The Sixth Crisis: Iran, Israel, America, and the Rumors of War

Authors: Steven Simon , Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Dana Allin, Senior Fellow, International Institute for Strategic Studies

This event was co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson Center's International Security Studies and Middle East Program.

Book Launch: Energy and Security: Toward a New Foreign Policy Strategy

Driving Forces in Energy Security

Moderator: David L. Goldwyn, President, Goldwyn International Strategies, LLC, Senior Fellow, Energy Program, CSIS, and former Assistant Secretary of Energy

Crossing Boundaries: Can a Solution be Found for Transboundary Oil Resources in the Gulf of Mexico?

Mexico and the United States share a large border within the Gulf of Mexico which may be home to significant deep-water oil reserves. Since exploration and drilling on either side of the border could shift existing oil reserves on the other side, the two countries need to negotiate binational treaties that govern how these processes are to take place before proceeding. Nonetheless, the two countries have only negotiated only one treaty that covers a small portion of this transboundary area to date.