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A Reflection on the May 2010 Brazil-Turkey Nuclear Initiative Toward Iran

February 22, 2011 // 8:00am12:00pm
Middle East Program
Monica Herz, Director, International Relations Institute, Catholic University, Rio de Janeiro; Craig Kelly, Vice President, The Cohen Group; Mustafa Kibaroglu, Associate Professor of International Affairs, Bilkent University, Ankara; Nizar Messari, Associate Professor of International Relations, Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco; Trita Parsi, President, National Iranian-American Council and former Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar
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From 1910 to 2010: Understanding the Causes and Consequences of Youth and Adult Grievances that Drive the Second Arab Revolt

February 17, 2011 // 11:00am12:00pm
Middle East Program
Rami Khouri, Former Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center; Director, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, American University of Beirut; and Visiting Scholar, Fares Center, Tufts University

A Blow to Democracy: Election Fraud, Corruption and Political Violence in Albania

February 08, 2011 // 11:00am12:00pm
Global Europe Program
Erion Veliaj, a former civil society activist and coordinator of the Albanian opposition parties, discussed the demonstration held on January 21, 2011. The demonstration ended in violence, with four shot and killed by the Republican Guard. Prime Minister Sali Berisha characterized the event as an attempted coup d'état in an attempt to justify the violent response, and said that the demonstrators had been carrying weapons disguised as umbrellas. Veliaj argued at the meeting that these contentions were "ludicrous": according to Veliaj, this was just another in a number of peaceful demonstrations organized by the opposition to protest what they see were unfair elections in 2009. The Albanian government, Veliaj said, was trying to force the population to choose between stability and freedom.
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Foreign Policy Challenges in the 112th Congress: Development and Security

February 04, 2011 // 9:00am10:30am
Wilson Center on the Hill
An examination of policy issues affecting the developing world, including U.S. development policy, U.S. nuclear policy, and climate and conflict resolution.
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Obama Administration Relations with Central America: A Conversation with Seven U.S. Ambassadors

February 01, 2011 // 8:30am10:00am
Latin American Program
The ambassadors discuss U.S. policy priorities in Central America, including issues of organized crime, democratic governance, and trade.
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Tunisia and the Arab Malaise

January 25, 2011 // 3:00pm4:00pm
Middle East Program
Alan Goulty, Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Centerand former British Ambassador to the Republic of Tunisia David Ottaway, Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Centerand former Bureau Chief, Washington Post, Cairo

Hungary Under FIDESZ: A Retreat from Democracy?

January 25, 2011 // 10:30am12:00pm
Global Europe Program
The economic crisis in Hungary has evolved into a political crisis, as Viktor Orban's FIDESZ government has passed a number of laws and initiatives that severely thwart democracy. Orban's populism has led his government to restrict press freedoms, undermine the balance of powers and silence opponents in the arts and academia by cutting institutional budgets, while claiming austerity. According to Attila Mesterházy, leader of the opposition Hungarian Socialist Party, the FIDESZ government's reforms do not serve the national interest and have harmed Hungary's reputation abroad during this crucial period when it holds the rotating EU presidency.
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The Crisis in the Arab World's Aging Leadership

January 05, 2011 // 11:00am12:00pm
Middle East Program
David Ottaway, Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center, and Former Cairo Bureau Chief, The Washington Post
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Iran Primer I: Domestic Politics

December 15, 2010 // 11:00am12:30pm
Middle East Program
Geneive Abdo, Director, Iran Program, The Century Foundation; Shaul Bakhash, Clarence J. Robinson Professor of History, George Mason University; Robin Wright, USIP-Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar
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Organized Crime in Central America

December 14, 2010 // 9:30am11:30am
Latin American Program
Panelists explore the specific, local dynamics of organized crime in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala and the transnational nature of the major criminal networks in the region.

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