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Ambassador Alex Rondos on Challenges in the Horn of Africa

Please join Baroness Catherine Ashton, the Bank of America Chair of the WIlson Center Global Europe Program and former High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; and Ambassador Alex Rondos, EU Special Representative to the Horn of Africa, for a Conversation on the challenges facing Europe in the Horn of Africa. 

Ground Truth Briefing | An Analysis of the Upcoming UK Elections

Please note: Ground Truth Briefings are conducted exclusively by phone. There will be no physical meeting at the Wilson Center.

December elections in the United Kingdom are highly unusual. There has not been one since 1923. But the stakes for the upcoming December 12, 2019 election are immense, and will impact a resolution (or prolongation) of a Brexit process that has roiled both the UK and the European Union.

The Code Blue Series | A Growing Threat: Non-Communicable Diseases on Maternal Health 

Some 18 million women of reproductive age die each year from non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The compounding effects of NCDs complicate women’s experiences in many unseen ways, and the rise and gravity of NCDs pose a growing and often overlooked challenge to maternal health worldwide. The CODE BLUE series will highlight seven NCDs most threatening to maternal health: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, thyroid disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and mental health disorders. 

Conflict Prevention in a Changing World: The Role of International Organizations

In this conversation, the Right Honourable Catherine Ashton, Foreign Minister of Slovakia and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Miroslav Lajčák, and OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger discussed the challenges of preventing conflicts and the critical role of international cooperation in today’s dynamic security environment.

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The Right Honourable Catherine Ashton

A State of Un-Peace: the EU’s Response to Asymmetric Threats

In this conversation between the Honorable Jane Harman, President and CEO of the Wilson Center, and Sir Julian King, European Commissioner for the Security Union, the Commissioner addressed the EU response to increased acts of terrorism, extremist violence, cyber malign activity, and hybrid threats. President Harman and Commissioner King discussed what response is needed to address these new challenges, and the importance of transatlantic cooperation in deterrence and conflict prevention.

The Right Honorable Catherine Ashton in Conversation with the Honorable Nasser Judeh

The Wilson Center was honored to host a dialogue between Baroness Cathy Ashton, former EU Representative for Foreign Affairs and current member of the British House of Lords, and the Honorable Nasser Judeh, Senator in Jordan's Parliament and former Foreign Minister, on the present and future of Euro-Mideast relations. Europe has a rich historical relationship with the Middle East marked by shared values and common interests in maintaining peace and security in the region, as well as promoting mutually beneficial socio-economic policies.

Auschwitz’s Cold War Shadow: Eva Kor’s Life and Josef Mengele’s Death

FUGITIVE: Josef Mengele, from left,  Nazi Party membership application, Berlin, 1937; German passport photo, Buenos Aires, 1956; Argentine identity card, Asuncion, Paraguay, 1959 Images courtesy San Diego State University Network TV News Research Archive.

By age 85, Eva Kor had lived 75 years after suffering the most horrible moment of her life: the gruesome medical experiments forced on her and her 10-year-old twin sister, Miriam, by a Nazi doctor at Auschwitz, the German World War II death camp.

Acting Independently: The Vietnam War and the Roots of Sweden’s Foreign Policy

Image: Swedish leader Olof Palme demonstrates against the war with the North Vietnamese ambassador to Moscow during a a torchlight march, February 1968. Source: Public Domain. Arbetarrörelsens arkiv, via WikiCommons.

From roughly the mid-1960s until the fall of Saigon in 1975, Sweden publicly opposed the United States’ war in Southeast Asia.