Path to Prosperity: Educate, Employ, and Empower Youth to Realize the Demographic Dividend

“Ensuring access to education, health services and employment for youth can mean the difference between capitalizing on a demographic dividend or taking a road towards disempowerment and disaffection.” – Dr. Babatunde Osatimehin, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund

A World of Three Cultures By Ambassador Miguel Basáñez

In August 2015, Miguel E. Basáñez was named Ambassador of Mexico to the United States of America. Prior to serving as Ambassador, he was an Adjunct Professor and Director of the Judicial Reform Program at The Fletcher School, Tufts University, where he wrote the recently published book, A World of Three Cultures: Honor, Achievement and Joy.

Beyond the Paris Climate Talks: What Was Achieved and What Remains To Be Done

As delegates and representatives make final preparations for the upcoming 21st annual Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change in Paris, expectations are high for a lasting and binding agreement.

Challenges and Opportunities for TPP Countries

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the largest and most significant trade agreement of the 21st century. It has brought together 12 countries that account for 40 percent of the world economy and 26 percent of world trade. Its 30 chapters and more than 5,000 pages cover tariffs and other traditional topics but also break 21st century ground on internet commerce, state owned enterprises, and added protection for intellectual property.

Join us as we welcome ambassadors and representatives from five countries to analyze how the TPP agreement will affect their own economies.

Can I do that? Legal Issues and Intellectual Property Rights in Citizen Science

Capitalizing on the momentum from the recent White House event -- which appointed citizen science coordinators in Federal agencies, highlighted legislation introduced in Congress concerning new funding mechanisms and clarifying legal and administrative issues to using citizen science and launched the new Federal toolkit on citizen scie

The Birth of the Russian Media (1985-1991)

30 years ago, Mikhail Gorbachev came to power in the Soviet Union, ushering in a brief, but tumultuous period of reforms that included the 1990 law abolishing state censorship of media. Natalia Rostova will discuss her project, "The Birth of the Russian Media: Epoch of Gorbachev (1985-1991)," which studies how a free press was developed in a previously closed society.

Digital DNA: The Nagoya Protocol, Intellectual Property Treaties, and Synthetic Biology

Join us for the release of a new report on synthetic biology and the Nagoya Protocol of the United Nations’ Convention on Biological Diversity. The discussion will focus on how the digitization of DNA may change how international treaties address intellectual property and benefit sharing. A light lunch will be served.

Copies of the new report, Digital DNA: The Nagoya Protocol, Intellectual Property Treaties, and Synthetic Biology, will be available at the event.

“So Who Is Felix? An Exploration of the Illusion of Nostalgia for Empire”

Join us for a discussion with Ukrainian author and translator Sophia Andrukhovych, centering on her book Felix Austria (2014). In this novel, Andrukhovych introduces the reader to the history of her hometown of Ivano-Frankivsk and uses the example of one rather bizarre family to explore the Ukrainian myth of “Austrian happiness.”

Reception to follow.