The First Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review: Strengthening America's Role in the 21st Century

December 16, 2010 // 11:00am12:15pm
The Department of State has made diplomacy and development key pillars of U.S. foreign policy. Panelists discussed the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) and its implications for the FY 2011 budget and congressional foreign policy decision-making in the 112th Congress.

Terrorism and the Rule of Law: Perspectives from Israel and the United States

November 12, 2010 // 9:00am10:00am
The mounting threat of terrorism poses legal challenges to democratic societies. How can they effectively interrogate and detain suspected terrorists, while still protecting basic human rights? Experts from Israel and the United States discussed the challenges of providing an adequate legal framework for contending with the new threat posed by international terrorism in the 21st century and options for future progress.

Fixing the Financial System: What's Next?

October 26, 2010 // 12:00pm1:15pm
President Harry Truman used to yearn for a ‘one handed economist’ who would give him clear advice. In the Squam Lake Report fifteen top economists came together to give their collective assessment of what caused the financial crisis and what steps we should take to avoid another.

Pinstripe Patronage: Political Favoritism From the Clubhouse to the White House and Beyond

October 04, 2010 // 12:00pm1:15pm
Is political patronage the dark underbelly of American politics, whose practitioners are fortunate to keep one step ahead of the sheriff? Or is it an essential ingredient of effective governance, rewarding and cementing loyalty while greasing the gears of government? The authors of a newly-released book discussed how political patronage is alive and well in the 21st century, though changed. It now includes the privatization of services, earmarks, and the expansion of hybrid agencies, with highly paid salaries for top executives.

Impact of U.S.-China Relations on Asia

September 21, 2010 // 9:00am10:15am
On September 21, 2010, the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States and Wilson Center on the Hill co-hosted an event on Capitol Hill examining the increasingly important and changing relationship between the United States and China and the ramifications for neighboring countries.

Classifying Biofuel Subsidies: Farm Bill and WTO Considerations

September 14, 2010 // 12:00pm1:15pm
Governments use a number of measures to support the production and use of biofuels; in the United States biofuels subsidies totaled nearly $6 billion in 2009. Corn use for ethanol in the United States has expanded corn demand by nearly 30%, driving corn prices, along with prices of other commodities, higher. Panelists discussed whether such support should be considered as agricultural subsidies and about whether and how such support is being notified to the WTO.

Women in Developing Countries: Sowing the Seeds for the Future

July 30, 2010 // 12:00pm1:15pm
Two leading experts detail the challenges and opportunities for women in developing countries, as well as how the United States can create a new, more effective development policy that recognizes the key role of women.

India: Latin America's Next Big Thing?

July 27, 2010 // 10:00am12:00pm
At a July 27, 2010, seminar panelists explored how the relationship between India and Latin America can expand. The seminar served to launch the new IDB report, India: Latin America's Next Big Thing?

Meeting the Health Challenge of Urban Poverty and Slums

July 20, 2010 // 12:00pm1:15pm
The rapid urbanization of the developing world has brought the growth of slums and increases in urban poverty. Two leading experts examined how non-health- specific programs in urban areas such as housing, water and sanitation, infrastructure improvements and micro finance can improve the health conditions in slums.

Early Childhood Development: Why it Matters in the U.S. and Worldwide

June 22, 2010 // 12:00pm1:15pm
Although research shows it is an excellent investment, federal support for early childhood development (ECD) in the U.S. and in developing countries is inadequate and inconsistent. Lacking comprehensive ECD services, millions of children do poorly in school and grow up to have low incomes and high fertility rates, putting strains on social services and perpetuating the cycle of poverty.