5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Scaling Up or Expanding Out? What Happens When Development Programs Grow

October 14, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
In the field of integrated development, scaling up is often a benchmark of success – but what does scaling up actually look like? For population, health, and environment (PHE) programs, local context matters, and successes from one community may not be immediately replicable in another. In those cases, is it realistic to aim for scaling up? Or is another benchmark needed? Could resilience offer a new framework to help practitioners plan for growing PHE programs?

Chinese Companies in Latin America: Economic and Strategic Dimensions

October 01, 2014 // 9:00am — 11:00am
Guest speakers discuss the potential role of Chinese Companies in the burgeoning relationship between China and Latin America.

Innovative Training of Birth Attendants

September 30, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Early screenings for risks of complication and skilled attendants at birth are among the most critical interventions for saving the lives of women and newborns. Yet many poor women, living in mostly rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, go without.

Three Great Ideas that Weren't on the UNGA Agenda

September 29, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
With the Millennium Development Goals coming to a close and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under consideration, the international community has a unique opportunity to define the next priorities for global development. Coming on the heels of this year’s United Nations General Assembly meeting, a panel of three development experts will discuss key issues that are underrepresented – or missing altogether – on the SDG agenda: climate change, peace and governance, and reproductive health.

The UK Strategic Nuclear Deterrent and the Chevaline Program: An Overview

October 03, 2014 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
Matthew Jones speaks on the Chevaline Program, a highly-secret project begun in 1970 to improve the penetration performance of the UK's force of Polaris submarine-launched ballistic missiles in order to give them the capability to overcome Soviet ABM defenses deployed around Moscow. The event will explore the program's background, its problems, and how it became one of the most controversial episodes in post-war British defense policy.
Photo: Wenceslas Square, 17 November, 1989

Promoting Free Media: Informing the 1989 Velvet Revolution and the Challenge Today

October 16, 2014 // 2:00pm — 6:00pm
Czechs and Slovaks regained their freedom in November 1989 through non-violent protests in Prague, Bratislava, and other towns of then Czechoslovakia. Their Velvet Revolution climaxed a decade of renewed civic challenges to a repressive Communist regime that began with Charter 77 dissidents including Vaclav Havel and accelerated after 1986. Twenty five years after the Velvet Revolution, Europe today is whole and free, but democracy and prerequisite independent media are on the decline in much of the former Soviet Union and elsewhere. RFE/RL, now operating from Prague, VOA, Radio Free Asia, Middle East Broadcasting Network, and Radio Marti, all publicly funded by the U.S. Congress, work to redress the information deficit.

The History of the Future of Syria

October 06, 2014 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Over the past four years, Syria and the entire Middle East have witnessed unprecedented changes. This lecture will look back on these events in the expectation of determining what may come next. Special attention will be paid to U.S. foreign policy, the growth and proliferation of terrorist organizations such as ISIS, the fate of minorities in the region, and the state of cultural patrimony.

Pakistan’s Biggest Challenge: Turning Around a Broken Education System

October 08, 2014 // 8:30am — 4:00pm
Over a third of Pakistan’s population is under the age of 15, yet it has the world’s second-highest number of children out of school. Pakistan’s youth could be the nation’s greatest asset—or its biggest liability.

Turkey after the Elections: Identity, Democracy and Foreign Policy

September 22, 2014 // 2:00pm — 4:00pm
Turkey has had two important elections in 2014 and general elections are expected in June 2015. Prime Minister Davutoğlu has set targets for substantial developments in political, economic and foreign policy realms. In addition, pressing events in the region may force Turkey to take action outside its borders. This panel will address Turkey’s current domestic and foreign policy challenges in this wider context.

An Assessment of President Rouhani’s Visit to the United States

September 29, 2014 // 12:00pm — 1:30pm
During his U.S. trip to attend the UN General Assembly meeting last year when hopes were high for some kind of Iran-U.S. reconciliation, Iran’s newly-elected president, Hassan Rouhani, even had a friendly telephone conversation with President Obama. Please join us for an assessment of Mr. Rouhani’s 2014 trip to UNGA.

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