5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Finding Its Way to the West? Ukraine and Its Challenges

June 30, 2015 // 11:00am — 12:00pm
What are Ukraine’s true prospects for success and how much assistance is the West really prepared to offer? In discussing these issues, the panelists will offer their impressions from recent visits to Ukraine and on-going discussions with leading European policymakers.

Combatting Environmental Degradation and Poverty in Western China

July 06, 2015 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
Join CEF for a meeting with Chinese NGOs that are at the forefront of the fight against environmental degradation and poverty in Western China

Book Talk: Energy, Economic Growth, and Geopolitical Futures

June 24, 2015 // 10:00am — 11:00am
In their new book, Stacy Closson and Evan Hillebrand forecast the most significant drivers of global economic growth over the next forty years. The authors discuss eight scenarios they have modeled of possible global futures, emphasizing the interconnectedness of energy prices, economic growth, and geopolitics.

NAFTA and the Strengthening of the Mexican Economy

June 29, 2015 // 2:00pm — 3:30pm
The Woodrow Wilson Center's Mexico Institute is pleased to invite you to an event on NAFTA and the Mexican economy. Jaime Serra Puche will present his book NAFTA and the Building of a Region. An Essay from the Mexican Perspective and Lucy Conger will present her paper on Mexican competitiveness, with commentary by Amb. Carla A. Hills.

Russia's Monotowns and the Politics of Labor in a Challenging Economic Climate

June 18, 2015 // 3:30pm — 4:30pm
During the 2008-2009 economic crisis, Russia’s monotowns — one-industry towns left from the Soviet era — gained widespread attention as potential sources of social protest and unrest. Will such worries resurface under the current economic conditions?

Advancing Justice Sector Reform in Mexico

June 26, 2015 // 9:30am — 11:00am
Together with the University of San Diego's Justice in Mexico program, the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will host a panel discussion to examine current efforts to implement the new criminal justice reforms.

Book Talk: Alexis in America: A Russian Grand Duke’s Tour, 1871-72

June 15, 2015 // 11:00am — 12:00pm
Dr. Lee A. Farrow gave an overview of her book, Alexis in America: A Russian Grand Duke’s Tour, 1871-72, which recounts the duke’s progress through the major American cities of the period, detailing his meetings with public figures and describing the national self-reflection that his presence spurred in the American people.

Citizen Security from the Ground-Up: Improving Practice at the Local Level

June 23, 2015 // 9:30am — 11:30am
Citizen security practitioners from Antioquia, Colombia; Salta, Argentina; and Santiago, Chile will discuss the strategies they have employed, as well as the successes and ongoing challenges they face.

What Russia Really Wants

June 02, 2015 // 4:00pm — 5:00pm
Over the past 18 months, Russia’s relations with the EU and US have deteriorated under the cloud of Western Sanctions and Russian propaganda. Dmitry Polikanov examined developments from Moscow’s perspective and to what extent Russia differentiates between the EU and US in its policy-making decisions. Polikanov also identified possible areas of opportunity for improving relations.

The Second Baptism of Rus'?: The Return of Religion and the (Soviet) Origins of Russian Patriotism

June 01, 2015 // 3:30pm — 4:30pm
Despite the Soviet Union's commitment to atheism and secularization, religion remained a problem without a solution for most of the Soviet period--until, in 1988, it paradoxically returned to public life by invitation of the state itself. How did the regime's engagement with religion and atheism transform the Soviet Union's understanding of spiritual life? Dr. Victoria Smolkin-Rothrock will discuss how this Soviet legacy illuminates the ideological landscape of contemporary Russia.

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