Engaging Health Workers in the Global Movement to End FGM

It is estimated that more than 3 million girls, the majority under 15 years of age, undergo genital mutilation every year. Female genital mutilation (FGM), which comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons, is widely practiced in 29 African countries and in some countries in Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America.

Belarus Before Elections

As Belarus heads towards presidential elections in October, the NGO Pact, with the assistance of USAID, will bring a delegation of Belarusian civic activists and policy analysts to Washington, DC. They will give a briefing on trends in the politics, economy, and civil society of Belarus and will discuss the post-election prognosis.

Keep the Golden Years Shining: The Challenges of Long-Term Elderly Care in Japan and Beyond

Japan has one of the most rapidly ageing populations in the world, coupled with a falling birth rate. The fiscal, political, and social challenges facing public agencies, communities, and families to take care of elderly people are becoming ever more urgent. But the hurdles facing Japan are hardly unique. Other industrialized nations in Asia and beyond are facing similar challenges. Join us for a discussion on the dilemma of balancing formal and informal care amid changing demographic realities.

On the Road to Elections: Turkey and the Kurds


The Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center presents


On the Road to Elections: Turkey and the Kurds


Akin Unver

Assistant Professor of International Relations, Kadir Has University; Author of Turkey's Kurdish Question, Discourse and Politics Since 1990

Amberin Zaman

Northeast Asian Dynamism and the U.S.-R.O.K. Alliance: Past, Present, Future

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars & the East Asia Foundation

Iran’s Nuclear Chess: After the Deal

The Middle East Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center presents

Iran’s Nuclear Chess: After the Deal



Author: Robert Litwak

Vice President for Scholars and Academic Relations and Director, International Security Studies, Woodrow Wilson Center


Commentator: David Sanger

Next Deadline for George F. Kennan Fellowship Competition Approaching

The Kennan Institute seeks fellowship applicants from diverse, policy-oriented sectors such as media, business, local government, law, civil society, and academia to examine important political, social, economic, cultural, and historical issues in Russia, Ukraine, and the region. Among the aims of the new fellowships are to build bridges between traditional academia and the policy world, as well as to maintain and increase collaboration among researchers from Russia, Ukraine, and the U.S.

Global Energy Forum: Revolutionary Changes and Security Pathways

The international energy system is going through revolutionary changes.  Oil and natural gas production is growing in the United States and elsewhere in response to new technologies. Geopolitics face several inflection points, from a turbulent Middle East to increased Russian pressure in Europe, and Chinese pressure in East Asia. Furthermore, new pathways must be developed to advance global energy security at a time of revolutionary change. The system must be more resilient, as energy trade is vulnerable to interruption, and as strategic petroleum reserves need to be modernized.

Managing Our Planet Series

Managing Our Plant Series 2011-2015

The Managing Our Planet series is developed jointly by the Brazil Institute, Environmental Change and Security Program and the George Mason University. It is based on the premise that the impacts of humanity on the environment (including natural resources) are planetary in scale. The series addresses planetary-scale problems and solutions.

Help or Hinder? The AIIB and Outlook for Asian Development

The Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has the potential not only to redefine the role that Beijing plays in development assistance, but also in shaping the organizational structure and governance of international financial institutions at large in the future. Whether the AIIB could change the broader economic and political orders in the Asia-Pacific will be discussed, from the perspectives of the United States, Japan, and India as well as China.

This event is hosted together with the U.S.-Japan Research Institute.