Democracy Events

Security Sector Reform in the DRC: Innovations and Complications

September 01, 2011 // 9:30am11:30am
Africa Program
The United States has been engaged in Security Sector Reform (SSR) in the DRC since 2006. However, without strong political will to improve security, overall improvement has stagnated. The Congolese army, the FARDC, is still seen as a factitious group of rebel militias. What is the way forward for SSR in the DRC?

The Phenomenon of Solidarity: Pictures From the History of Poland, 1980-1981

August 29, 2011 // 5:00pm7:00pm
Cold War International History Project
The Phenomenon of Solidarity commemorates the 30th anniversary of the founding of the movement, and highlights formative moments in its history.
Webcast

USG's Support for Free and Transparent Elections in the DRC

August 09, 2011 // 10:00am11:30am
Africa Program
Against the backdrop of protracted instability in the eastern Kivu provinces and the new priorities of the UN’s stabilizing mission in the DRC, the country is set to hold important presidential and legislative elections in November.
Webcast

Arab Spring or Arab Winter (or Both)? Implications for U.S. Policy

July 19, 2011 // 9:30am11:00am
Middle East Program
Marwan Muasher, Ellen Laipson, Rami Khouri and Aaron David Miller discussed perspectives and policy implications of this year’s unrest in the Middle East, pointing out key observations and implications for the United States.
Webcast

Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World

July 13, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
In “Rock the Casbah,” Wright, an acclaimed foreign correspondent and television commentator, tells the personal stories behind the rejection of both autocrats and extremists in the Muslim world.
Webcast

Libya: Death of an "Idea"?

July 12, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Even though neither the members of the Transitional Council nor the international community have expressed the willingness to see Libya divided, and continue to pay lip service to the "idea" of one united Libya, de facto, they are preparing for such a possibility. Karim Mezran provides analysis of the evolution of the revolt, its dynamics, and its potential outcomes.
Webcast

Countdown to 2012: Mexico's Electoral Landscape in the Year Ahead

July 08, 2011 // 9:00am11:00am
Mexico Institute
A diverse team of experts discussed Mexico’s political landscape as the country prepares for presidential elections in 2012. They examined prospects for the major candidates and parties, how the economy, security and foreign relations are likely to be debated, and the health of Mexico’s electoral system.
Webcast

Mexico's Presidential Elections: Implications for the U.S. Relationship with its Neighbor Next Door

June 28, 2011 // 12:00pm1:15pm
Wilson Center on the Hill
Once every twelve years, presidential elections in Mexico and the United States fall in the same year. Mexico Institute Director Andrew Selee and Senior Associate Eric L. Olson examined the current political landscape in Mexico and the implications for the 2012 presidential elections in both countries.

Morocco in Transition: The Arab Spring Lives On

June 27, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Ahmed Herzenni, a member of the commission that drafted the new Moroccan constitutional amendments, discussed the document, focusing on the political and social climate that led to its writing and the main changes it proposes.

The Working Group on the Western Balkans: Confronting Illegitimacy

June 27, 2011 // 10:00am3:00pm
Global Europe Program
The EU and the US agree that the long-term goal for the Western Balkans is European integration. For a variety of reasons, however, progress on this goal has stalled. This series aims at launching a discussion on the hurdles to enlargement in the Western Balkans, the tools available to various international actors in the region, and how these resources might best be applied to reach the goal of integration most efficiently. These meetings, therefore, address issues that are at the core of the making the Transatlantic relationship work.

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