5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Eastern Europe’s Most Difficult Transition: Public Health and Demographic Policy, Two Decades after the Cold War

September 23, 2014 // 9:00am — 11:00am
Dr. Murray Feshbach was one of the first scholars to point out the devastating political and socio-economic effects of state communism’s failure to seriously address decaying public health and environmental conditions. His pioneering work remains relevant. More than two decades after the close of the Cold War, many health and demographic indicators in the former Warsaw-Pact states (including Russia) remain surprisingly inferior to those of the neighboring states of Western and Southern Europe.

Mapping the Cost of Non-Europe

August 26, 2014 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
What should the European Union’s policy priorities be in the coming institutional cycle? How can the economic benefits of the European Union be determined? The Global Europe Program brings together experts from the European Parliament to present one of its most recent studies. ‘Mapping the Cost of Non-Europe, 2014-19,’ illustrates the work-in-progress results of a long-term project to identify and analyze the ‘cost of non-Europe’ in a number of policy fields. This concept is used to quantify the potential efficiency gained in today’s European economy by pursuing a given set of policy initiatives – from a wider and deeper digital single market and an integrated energy market to a genuine common defense policy.

The Outlook of Brazil's October Elections by the Country's Leading Pollster

July 29, 2014 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
On July 29, sociologist Mauro Paulino, director of Datafolha and Brazil's leading pollster offered his assessment of the field, prospects of the leading candidates and issues that will influence the choices of the more than 140 million voters expected at the polls.

Turkey’s Presidential Elections 2014 - What do they mean for Turkey’s democratization process, the Kurdish question and Turkey’s foreign policy?

September 11, 2014 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
Turkey’s Presidential elections in August 2014 offer an opportunity to evaluate the country’s progress under the rule of Mr. Erdogan for the past 12 years and to discuss Turkey’s political, economic and social transformations.

Laying the BRICS of a New Global Order: From Yekaterinburg 2009 to eThekwini 2013

August 12, 2014 // 2:00pm — 3:30pm
The meteoric rise of the BRICS group has led to an unprecedented increase in partnership, trade, and investment among some of the world’s most dynamic economies. Yet this increase in cooperation should not be allowed to obscure the complexities and contradictions inherent within this cohort of emerging global actors.

Underage: Addressing Reproductive Health and HIV in Married Adolescents

July 30, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Across the developing world, some 70 million girls under the age of 18 are married. Join USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS, the International Center for Research on Women, CARE, and Pathfinder International as they present findings on their work with married adolescent girls living in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, West Africa, and other low-resource regions.

Human Computation Roadmap Summit Workshop

June 18, 2014 // 8:00am — June 20, 2014 // 1:00pm
Techno-social infrastructure and increasingly pervasive computing is accelerating the integration of humans into information-processing systems. Some of this is emergent (e.g., social networks) and some deliberate (e.g., crowdsourcing). This workshop engages a highly diverse group of world-class researchers and innovators to explore the past and prospective impact of human computation, and to clearly delineate a national research agenda.

Why are Thousands of Central American Children Risking their Lives to Reach the United States?: A View from Honduras

July 23, 2014 // 9:00am — 11:00am
What is compelling families and children to set out on such a risky journey north when their future in the United States is so uncertain?

Data Journalism and Policymaking: A Changing Landscape

July 30, 2014 // 10:00am — 12:00pm
What is data journalism? Why does it matter? How has the maturing field of data science changed the direction of journalism and global investigative reporting?

Citizens, Subjects, and Slackers: Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian Attitudes Toward Paying Taxes

July 16, 2014 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
Marc Berenson's unique surveys of Poles, Russians, and Ukrainians, conducted from 2004 to 2012 regarding their attitudes towards paying taxes, illustrate that Polish citizens express a far greater willingness and support for paying taxes than Russian citizens, who, in turn, are more willing taxpayers than Ukrainian citizens. Unlike Poles, whose compliance is related to their trust in the state, and Russians, whose compliance is related to their fear of the state, Ukrainians, showing the lowest support for tax obedience, have reacted to state efforts to increase compliance with less fear and little trust.

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