June 05, 2013 // 10:00am — 5:30pm
Global Europe Program
“The Arab Spring in Comparative Perspective: Dramatic Transitions in Recent Decades” conference took place on June 4th and 5th in Washington, D.C., co-organized by American University’s School of International Service, the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars’ Brazil Institute, Global Europe Program, Mexico Institute, and Middle East Studies Program. The aim of this initial workshop was to consider dramatic transitional experiences in Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, and Eastern Europe and included a series of panels examining specific facets of transitional experiences: constitutional developments (including democratic reforms); economic and social affairs; justice and human rights issues; the evolving experiences of women; external pressures and interventions. In each case, a commentator with expertise on the Middle East and North Africa was asked to reflect on the possible relevance of other “transitional” experiences to understanding the dynamics and prospects of the “Arab Spring.” These reflections also served as the primary task of the workshop’s concluding Round Table discussion.
May 31, 2013 // 9:00am — 10:30am
On May 31st, author Maxine Margolis will discuss her new book on the growing Brazilian diaspora.
May 29, 2013 // 1:00pm — 2:00pm
Global Europe Program
Assistant Foreign Minister of Serbia Ljubica Vasic will discuss the challenges and opportunities that the Republic of Serbia faces on its path to European integration. Vasic will address key reforms that the country has introduced so far to advance its EU accession bid, and will explain why the European integration process is important for the overall development of the country. She will outline the steps that Serbia has taken to achieve one of its main foreign policy goals – EU membership.
May 24, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Middle East Program
Egypt’s young generation played an important role in the country’s revolution, and they continue to be a political force. Nabulsi, an activist and organizer in the revolution who was shot multiple times, will discuss the future of the youth movement in Egypt.
May 23, 2013 // 12:30pm — 1:30pm
Middle East Program
Iran's Council of Guardians will announce the list of candidates for the next president of Iran on May 22-23. Our panel of experts discusses the candidates, their platforms, and their likely impact on future domestic and foreign policy.
May 23, 2013 // 9:00am — 11:00am
Latin American Program
A conference to explore diverse perspectives and the political scenario in which they debate and define the legal framework for an eventual demobilization and reincorporation of the guerrillas after the Peace Accords in Colombia.
A Conversation with Congressman Henrique Eduardo Alves, Speaker of Brazil's House of Representatives
May 22, 2013 // 9:00am — 11:00am
On Wednesday, May 22nd, the Brazil Institute welcomes the President of Brazil's Chamber of Deputies, Congressman Henrique Eduardo Alves.
May 21, 2013 // 10:00am — 11:30am
Malagasy democracy has been in what one participant termed a “state of turbulence” since a military coup d’état in March 2009. A roadmap to peace was signed in September 2011, and the CENI-T was formed in February 2012 as a formal body to manage the electoral process. The discussion focused on CENI-T’s activities to ensure a credible election, as well as the challenges associated with this process.
May 13, 2013 // 2:30pm — 4:30pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Effective local institutions are central to society’s ability to respond to the impacts of climate change. Our capacity to adapt is dependent on a wide range of factors with complex institutional arrangements: production strategies, land and water governance, social support systems, household and gender dynamics, availability of weather and climate information, and interaction with external actors, among others. The interaction between local and national institutions is also an important, and often complex, factor.
May 09, 2013 // 10:30am — 11:00am
Wilson Center experts answered media questions from the media about Pakistan's May 11, 2013 General Elections.