The Wilson Center’s Global Europe Program recently launched its new Swiss Fellowship Program in partnership with the Europa Institute at the University of Zurich. To commemorate the occasion, an expert panel convened to discuss European security challenges and the priorities of the Swiss Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.
In this feature length edition of Wilson Center NOW, newly elected Member of Parliament, Mustafa Nayyem, shares his thoughts on the state of democracy in Ukraine, the ongoing conflict with Russia, and his transition from journalism to politics. Nayyem is the 2014 recipient of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award.
In this Context interview, Pavol Demes, an internationally recognized NGO leader, a former government official, and also an author and photographer, spoke about about the 25th Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution and the current state of democracy in Slovakia, as well as about concerns over Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.
The Obama Administration has spoken of a “pivot” or “rebalance” toward Asia as a foreign policy priority. But the U.S. is not alone in turning its sites toward the Pacific. The European Union continues to focus more and more on the Asian continent as well. Does the pivot present an opportunity for the EU and U.S. to draw upon shared values and a history of cooperation as they engage China and other Asian nations? Or will we see increased competition as both seek to benefit from the economic opportunities the region presents?
In this Context interview, A. Ross Johnson and Nenad Pejic reflect on the decline of independent media and the attempt to fill the information deficit in nations across the globe.
With the benefit of 25 years of hindsight, Duke University Professor Bruce Jentleson, looks back on the fall of the wall and its meaning then and now. He and NOW host John Milewski also discuss their firsthand experience in Berlin as part of a project that resulted in a televised town meeting between east and west Berlin residents that was seen nationally on C-SPAN.
"When you look at ISIS, it's in at least two countries - you have it in Iraq and you have it in Syria - and that complicates exactly how you can go against them and deteriorate their ability to carry out terrorist acts. You have to have countries in the region who support this (campaign against ISIS). It can't be a west against this group (ISIS), it has to be other countries and especially countries from that region," says Jill Dougherty.
“Clearly, it still has nuclear weapons, it has a seat in United Nations and it has the ability to influence international affairs, but Russia really doesn't have the economic power or the influence abroad to really be the number one geostrategic enemy of the United States,” William Pomeranz said on C-SPAN.
In this Context interview, Martti Ahtissari, former President of Finland, spoke about a more holistic view of how security is achieved and maintained in contrast to the current situations between Russia and Ukraine.
Global reaction to Russia's aggressive moves into Ukraine has created a sense of Déjà vu. If you listen to the rhetoric and ignore the calendar, you might think that you've traveled through time to the days of the Cold War. A recent edition of The National Conversation series posed the question, "If it's not a Cold War, what is it?" That's the focus of this edition of REWIND.