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The Russian Far East: A New Arena for Great Power Contests in the Asia Pacific?

December 05, 2014 // 9:00am — 10:30am
Russia’s Far East (RFE), Northeast Asia’s geographic and strategic heartland, is crucial to an understanding of Asia-Pacific power games, and is a potential focal point of geopolitical competition. A region two-thirds the size of the United States, the RFE possesses enormous natural wealth and a vital strategic location on the north Pacific, where the interests of several major powers – China, Japan, the Koreas and the United States – intersect and interact.

Russia’s New Course

December 03, 2014 // 9:30am — 11:00am
The game-changing events in Ukraine have exposed the fundamental disagreement between the West and Russia on the essential principles underpinning the modern international system. One year after the start of the crisis, is there any hope of a productive partnership with Russia? Nikolai Zlobin and Sergey Aleksashenko will discuss the difficulties facing Russia and its on-again, off-again relationship with the West.

The Resilience Beat: Reporting on Climate, Population, and Health

December 03, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
From megacities to small coastal communities, more people than ever before are confronting the coming challenges of climate change. And more than ever before, we are turning to the media to bring these challenges to the attention of policymakers and the public in order to build resilience to weathering these changes. But reporting on climate resilience requires pushing the boundaries of traditional beats, looking beyond national borders, and exploring new angles such as human rights, disaster preparedness, and women’s health. This roundtable panel features reporters and communication experts who are finding surprising new stories where climate change meets resilience.

Walls in Ukraine: Art before and after the Euromaidan Revolution

December 02, 2014 // 9:00am — 10:30am
The Berlin Wall, marking the “line of freedom,” has moved to the borders of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko observed in an interview in May 2014. Before the current situation in Ukraine, there was a revolution. Now, newly gained freedoms are paid for with an ongoing crisis. How do artists reflect the political turmoil and societal rifts in their art? What are the roles of artists and the arts in Ukraine’s national crisis? Three prominent supporters of the arts in Ukraine will discuss these questions and more one year after the Euromaidan Revolution began.

Measuring Maternal Health in a Post-MDG World

December 01, 2014 // 2:00pm — 5:00pm
For almost 15 years, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have prominently featured maternal health improvements by targeting preventable maternal deaths and universal access to reproductive health care

Transitioning Neighborhood: Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine

November 19, 2014 // 9:30am — 11:30am
Nearly a year after demonstrations erupted in Kyiv, Ukraine is forming a new government and considering the way forward after the recent parliamentary elections. Moldova faces parliamentary elections at the end of the month in which the survival of the current pro-European coalition is at stake. Belarus has been the seat of the Minsk process, the chief international effort to stop the fighting and find a settlement to the crisis in Eastern Ukraine. Russia and the EU are deeply interested in each of these countries, which all face unresolved questions about their peace, stability, and political orientation. Three former ambassadors to the region will discuss recent events and prospects in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine and a senior State Department official will offer a US government perspective on developments in the region.

Russia’s New Foreign Policy

November 18, 2014 // 11:00am — 12:00pm
Russia’s incorporation of Crimea and continuing support for armed separatists in Ukraine demonstrates the changes the Russian national identity has undergone in the last two years. This talk focused on the dramatic revisions in Russia’s foreign policy doctrine since Putin’s return to power, looking at the specific worldview and major ideological conceptions that have prompted this change.

The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the Revolutionary World, and the Fate of Empire

November 17, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Britain seemingly should have won the Revolutionary War. Its failure to do so is commonly assumed to be due to the incompetence of commanders and the politicians who are ridiculed in fiction and in movies. Although less crudely presented, such caricatures even permeate scholarly literature. The talk will challenge the stereotypes and offer a very different explanation of why Britain lost the American War of Independence.

Forecasting Nuclear War: Stasi/KGB Intelligence Cooperation under Project RYaN

December 01, 2014 // 1:00pm — 2:30pm
Join us for a discussion with Bernd Schaefer, Nate Jones, and Benjamin Fischer on the unprecedented significance of newly translated documents detailing Soviet KGB and Easter German Stasi cooperation under Project RYaN, a system for detecting signs of an impending western nuclear first strike.

Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal

December 02, 2014 // 4:00pm — 6:00pm
Launch of the Latin America and the Caribbean regional report of the World Bank ’s global “Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal.”

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