The Wilson Center and Global Governance
Nov 19, 2014
"There was a certain amount of naiveté rooted perhaps in the mistaken idea that hope and change -- so effective in getting the president elected -- were somehow relevant to the world of Middle Eastern politics," writes Aaron David Miller. more
Nov 13, 2014
"The invasion of Ukraine and confrontation with the West have whipped up nationalist sentiment, but Russia has run out of foreign policy victories to feed to the fire," writes Michael Kofman. more
"There was a certain amount of naiveté rooted perhaps in the mistaken idea that hope and change -- so effective in getting the president elected -- were somehow relevant to the world of Middle Eastern politics," writes Aaron David Miller.
"The invasion of Ukraine and confrontation with the West have whipped up nationalist sentiment, but Russia has run out of foreign policy victories to feed to the fire," writes Michael Kofman.
“The increased media spotlight could affect the government's approach to funding, research, and communication about prevention [of diseases]-- shifts that could potentially impact thousands of lives annually,” writes David Rejeski.
These article summaries the discussion held at the 62nd Policy Roundtable of the Organization of American States on the need for productive relationships between academics and public policy makers in the area of international relations. Cynthia Arnson Director of the Latin American Program moderated as panelists discussed Public Policy Scholar Abraham F. Lowenthal’s book on this topic.
November 20, 2014 // 9:00am — 11:00am
November 07, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:00am
Prime Minister Abe, President Obama and General Secretary Xi met in Beijing at the APEC Summit at a critical moment for both bilateral and trilateral relationships. Three experts in China and Japan discussed what the leaders might do to offer reassurance and set the region and the relationships on a better path. Download the podcast or read the summary here.
October 22, 2014 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
Over the last twenty-five years, the ideal of an integrated Euro-Atlantic community including Russia has gradually faded, as new dividing lines seem to be hardening on the European continent. The Ukrainian crisis and conflict with Russia have effectively brought an end to the post-Cold War era; it remains an open question what will be the outlines and nature of the new era that follows. William H. Hill, former head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova, looks at the events in Ukraine from multiple vantage points. What happened in Ukraine and what are the prospects? What motivated Russia’s conduct during the crisis, and what are Moscow’s likely courses of action in the near and medium term? What are U.S. perceptions, motives, and likely responses to the crisis? Finally, what are the implications of the crisis for the Euroatlantic and global international order? Professor Hill shared his analysis on these questions and Kennan Institute Public Policy Scholar Michael Kofman provided commentary.
The recently concluded US-Africa Leaders Summit, which was held from August 4-6, 2014, was an opportunity to discuss key issues and define a way forward for US-Africa relations. Read Africa Program Director Monde Muyangwa's take on what needs to happen next.
"Since 2001, the Ethiopian government has been committed to building a “developmental state,” one with a strong state-led macro-economic plan, much like that of East Asian countries. After 2005, the developmental agenda took center stage in public discourse. This increasingly dominant discourse frames poverty as an existential threat to Ethiopia’s survival, necessitating its eradication by hastening development at all costs. In recent years, various independent international organizations have agreed that Ethiopia is among the fastest growing economies in the world."
A report by the Eurasia Group for the Wilson Center's Canada Institute. As climate change renders the Arctic increasingly accessible, there has been a substantial uptick in industry interest in the region; it is believed an estimated $100 billion could be invested in the Arctic over the next decade.The Arctic contains vast oil and natural gas reserves - the U.S. Geological Survey estimates the Arctic could contain 1,670 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas and 90 billion barrels of oil, or 30 percent of the world’s undiscovered gas and 13 percent of oil. Energy companies are certain to be at the forefront of Arctic development and investment.
"Our counter narrative against ISIL is what is going to win the day. If we don't win the argument, we, the coalition of forty, are never going to prevail against the extremists." says Jane Harman.
"I do think boots on the ground are necessary to achieve the mission... but the face of the boots on the ground ought to be a Muslim face from the region," says Jane Harman in this interview on Morning Joe.
"The reality is this: the fight against ISIS is going to be ongoing when Barak Obama leaves the White House. There is no Hollywood ending to this thing. It's not going to be quick, easy or cheap," says Aaron David Miller in this interview.
Mellichamp Chair in Global Governance, Professor, University of California Santa Barbara
Alison Brysk is the Mellichamp Professor of Global Governance at UCSB. She is the author or editor of 10 books on human rights movements, globalization, transitional justice, women's rights, indigenous rights, symbolic politics, and human rights foreign policy. Brysk has been a Fulbright Scholar...
Assistant Professor of Modern Korean History, University of Iowa
Alyssa Park is a historian of modern Korea, with allied interests in borderlands history, transnational migration and space, and empires in East Asia. Her current project, Borderland Beyond, traces the migration of Koreans to the Russian Far East and Manchuria in the nineteenth and twentieth centuri...
B.A., International and Comparative Race Relations and Russian Studies, American University, 2008; Russian Language & Area Studies Program, Department of Russian as a Foreign Language, International University in Moscow (Международный Университет в Москве (МУМ)) 2006-2007