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Two Decades after El Salvador’s Peace Accords: Current Challenges

January 30, 2012 // 9:00am11:30am
Latin American Program
In the twenty years since the signing of the Peace Accords, El Salvador has made impressive progress in expanding political and media freedoms, reforming the military and security forces, lowering rates of poverty and inequality, improving respect for human rights, and reforming electoral institutions. Today, however, El Salvador faces unprecedented security and economic challenges. An upsurge in transnational crime, including narcotics, weapons, and human trafficking, has intersected with longstanding problems of gang violence such that El Salvador suffers one of the highest homicide rates in the world. El Salvador’s economy continues to struggle amidst the global recession and weak economic recovery in the United States, the country’s largest export market.
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Marigold: The Lost Chance for Peace in Vietnam

January 24, 2012 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Cold War International History Project
Marigold presents the in-depth story of one of the Vietnam War's last great mysteries: the secret Polish-Italian peace initiative, codenamed "Marigold," that sought to end the war, or at least to open direct talks between Washington and Hanoi, in 1966.

Monument Wars across the Post-Soviet Space as a Conflict of Memories and Cultures

January 23, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
The destruction of the monuments of the Soviet past and a buildup of new monuments was supposed to be an indication of the new values that came to the post-Soviet societies after the collapse of the Soviet system. However, not everywhere and not always did it happen to be true. While in Poland the new monuments were accepted by the society in appreciative manner, in Ukraine, Estonia, and Georgia we watched the so-called phenomenon of “The War of the Monuments” when the removal of the old monuments and creation of the new ones was followed by protests and sometimes even riots. Around Russia many old monuments to Lenin remained at place while new monuments to the Russian tsars were erected. All of this basically resulted with a chaos of the views and attitudes and led to the devaluation of the monument as a symbol in the post-Soviet space.
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A Discussion on Mexican Politics with Roderic Camp

January 20, 2012 // 10:00am12:00pm
Mexico Institute
The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute and the Hispanic Division, Library of Congress hosted the launch of two new books, Mexico: What Everyone Needs to Know, and Mexican Political Biographies, 1935-2009, by Roderic Camp.
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Mexico Today

January 13, 2012 // 9:00am1:45pm
Mexico Institute
A Seminar Convened by CIDAC and the Woodrow Wilson Center Mexico Institute

Civil Society and Election Campaigns: Negative and Positive Influences on the Vector of Russian Political Development

January 10, 2012 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
After the parliamentary elections on December 4th and public reactions to their outcome, the sociopolitical situation in Russia is changing rapidly. Are these processes irreversible, and what are their tendencies? What are the changes in correlation between civil society resources and political party resources, based on the election's results? The speaker will discuss the state’s “forms of public control,” how they influenced the last election campaign, and what new forms of control might emerge during the next presidential election in March 2012. She will also discuss the possible reputational risks for public and other organizations from attempted manipulation by the ruling powers during the election campaign.

DRC Country Consultation: A Private Discussion with Harriet Solloway, Head of the Rule of Law Section in MONUSCO

January 05, 2012 // 11:00am12:00pm
Africa Program
On January 5th, Harriet Solloway, Head of the Rule of Law Section for the Mission de l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour la Stabilisation en République Démocratique du Congo (MONUSCO), came to the Wilson Center. She lead a private discussion with representatives from the US government, private sector and the NGO community on post-electoral developments in the DRC.
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Taiwan: Elections 2012

December 13, 2011 // 3:30pm5:15pm
Asia Program
Incumbent Ma Ying-jeou faces challenger Tsai Ing-wen in Taiwan’s presidential elections, held concurrently with elections for the Taiwanese legislature. A Wilson Center panel discusses the domestic issues and post-election implications for the United States and Taiwan’s neighbors.
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Latin American Elections 2011-2012: What Do They Tell Us?

December 13, 2011 // 12:30pm3:00pm
Latin American Program
In previous events in this series, we examined results of the presidential elections in Guatemala and Argentina. This time we will take an in-depth look at Nicaragua’s presidential elections of November 6, 2011, and Colombia’s regional and municipal elections of October 30, 2011. Looking ahead to two of the hemisphere’s most important contests in 2012, we will explore pre-electoral dynamics in Mexico and Venezuela.

Truth Stumbles in the Street: Christian Democratic Activism in Belarus

December 12, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Few are aware that prominent figures in the Belarusian opposition movement are motivated by Christian conviction. Journalist Geraldine Fagan will trace how Lukashenka’s restriction of religious freedom prompted Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants to turn to democratic activism, as well as their rediscovery of religious freedom as a long-standing core value of Belarusian identity. Her findings draw on interviews conducted in Minsk in the aftermath of the December 2010 presidential election, including with Christian opposition activists subsequently jailed.

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