6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

FDR, the Jews, and the Holocaust: Resolving the Controversy

May 19, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Nearly seventy-five years after World War II, scholars hotly despite whether FDR was a hero of the Jews or a bystander or worse to the Nazi’s persecution and slaughter of Jews. In this talk Lichtman will draw upon the findings of his prize-winning book, FDR and the Jews (co-authored with Richard Breitman), to resolve the controversy. He will present a new portrait of a consummate politician— compassionate but also pragmatic—struggling with opposing priorities under perilous conditions.

Bankrupt: Detroit and the Future of Urban America

May 12, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Detroit is the largest American municipality to have declared bankruptcy. Leading urban historian Thomas Sugrue examines the roots of the city's fiscal crisis, its implications for urban finance, pensions, and the future of American cities, and examines the opportunities and obstacles that Detroit faces in its efforts to restructure its local government, redevelop its downtown and neighborhoods, and reorganize its troubled economy.

Covert Legions: U.S. Army Intelligence and the Defense of Europe, 1944-1949

May 05, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
As the Third Reich collapsed, Soviet forces moved deep into Central Europe, and the United States had to adjust rapidly to the new political landscape. The intelligence services of the U.S. Army assumed a key role in informing Washington national security policy toward Europe during this critical period. This presentation discusses the early Cold War operations of U.S. Army intelligence as it sought to apprehend war criminals, suppress Nazi subversion, contain communism, and monitor the Red Army.

Increasing Resilience to Climate Change

April 23, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
On April 23, the Managing the Planet series will bring together a panel to discuss efforts to increase resilience for both natural and human systems.

Gamers: Athletes for the Next Generation

May 07, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Is someone who plays a computer game really an athlete? According to the State Department, they are.

America's Great Game: The CIA's Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East

April 21, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
The CIA has an almost diabolical reputation in the Arab world. Yet, in the early years of its existence, the 1940s and 1950s, the Agency was distinctly pro-Arab, lending its support to the leading Arab nationalist of the day, Gamal Nasser, and conducting an anti-Zionist publicity campaign at home in the U.S. Drawing on a wide range of sources, Hugh Wilford uncovers the world of early CIA “Arabism,” its origins, characteristic forms, and eventual demise.

The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames

May 22, 2014 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Kai Bird will appear in conversation with Washington Post columnist David Ignatius to discuss Bird's new biography, The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames. Robert Ames was the CIA officer who created the first clandestine contacts with the Palestine Liberation Organization. He was among those killed in the April 1983 truck bomb attack that destroyed the U.S. Embassy in Beirut.
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The Political Origins of Economic Reform in Pakistan

May 01, 2014 // 10:30am — 12:00pm
Pakistan Scholar, Khurram Husain has been researching the archives of the International Monetary Fund to understand the beginnings of economic reform in Pakistan, which date to the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Aging and Security: What Can Governments Do About Falling Birth Rates?

April 17, 2014 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
Through historical case studies of Sweden, France, Italy, Japan, and Singapore, "The Other Population Crisis" explores the motivations, politics, programming, and consequences of national efforts to promote higher birthrates.

Envisioning a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border

June 12, 2014 // 8:30am — 3:30pm
This conference will bring together top policymakers, the private sector, and civil society from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border to examine ways to improve border management and strengthen the competitiveness of both the United States and Mexico.

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