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.

Galina Starovoitova Fellowship on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution 2016-17

Kennan Institute is pleased to announce the 2016 competition for the Galina Starovoitova Fellowship on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution.

In keeping with both the legacies of Woodrow Wilson and Galina Starovoitova, the Starovoitova Fellowship is available to scholars, policy makers, journalists, civic activists, and other engaged persons who successfully bridge the worlds of ideas and public affairs to advance human rights and conflict resolution. The application deadline is April 30th, 2016.

Competing or Complementing Economic Visions? Regionalism and the Pacific Alliance, TPP, RCEP, and the AIIB

From establishing new rules for furthering trade to reassessing the future of development assistance, the roadmap for growth in the Asia-Pacific region is facing a current of sweeping change. The question is how regionalism could continue to boost the economic potential in Asia and beyond, or whether new groupings forming new rules will lead to greater political rivalries in the region and impede growth.

Quebec and the United States: A Long Standing Partnership for Prosperity

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Wilson Center's Canada Institute on February 19, 2016 as Premier Philippe Couillard discusses trade and investment opportunities in Québec in his first official visit to Washington.
Elected party leader and Premier of Québec in 2014, Premier Philippe Couillard is a neurosurgeon, former cabinet minister, Member of Parliament, and respected leader, both in Canada and on the world stage.

Women Leaders Against Corruption: What Works

The fight against corruption is becoming increasingly prominent across much of the African continent. Corruption causes wasted development potential, poor governance, and lowered government legitimacy in the eyes of citizens. But while corruption remains a serious impediment to growth and good governance, some countries and leaders in Africa are making significant strides towards ending it.

Russia and the Oil Price Crash

Can Russia survive the crash in oil prices? Like every energy exporter, Russia is suffering from low commodity prices. But, since the beginning of the slump (mid-2014), Russia's economic policy response has been reasonably effective. Drawing on policies developed over the past 15 years, Russia has let its currency fall against the dollar, helping to balance the budget, and has continued adjusting oil taxation to incentivize exports. With Duma elections coming this fall, 2016 is likely to be a more difficult environment for Russian policy makers.

What Works in Reducing Community Violence: Spotlight on Central America and Mexico

Over the past decade, Mexico and Central America have witnessed escalating levels of community violence. Latin America as a whole is the most violent region in the world, accounting for 33 percent of global homicides despite representing only 9 percent of the world’s population. While prevention and rehabilitation are gaining ground in the region, government responses to violent crime continue to trend towards heavy-handed suppression, which has led to the wrongful arrest of thousands of youth, overwhelmed prisons and justice systems, and empowered gangs.

Ministers at War: Winston Churchill and the War Cabinet

It seems impossible now to imagine Great Britain during World War Two being led by anyone other than Winston Churchill.  It was not impossible at the time, however, as Jonathan Schneer will show in this presentation.  Moreover, despite a legend to the contrary that has been burnished over many years, Churchill had to manage a War Cabinet most of whose members never ceased to snipe at one another and at him, even as t

Confronting Corruption and Impunity in Central America: Examining the CICIG and other Models for the Region

While corruption and impunity have long been major challenges faced by Central American nations, only recently is there evidence that steps can be taken to turn the tide.  The UN-affiliated CICIG in Guatemala contributed to a corruption investigation that lead the President and Vice President to resign, loose their impunity, and face prosecution.  Meanwhile, Honduras and El Salvador are developing their own more limited mechanisms to combat corruption.