May 04, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:30pm
International Security Studies
Speaker: Jon Wolfsthal, Deputy Director, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute for International Studies.
Regional Security Complex Theory and Turkish Foreign Policy: NATO Missile Shield, Eurasian Energy Politics and the Arab Spring
May 03, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Turkish foreign policy is coming under increasing scrutiny since the election of the ruling Justice and Development Party in 2002. Critiques state that Turkish foreign policy is becoming 'neo-Ottoman' or 'Islamist', arguing that Turkey is moving closer to the Middle East than Europe. The underlying hypothesis of Hamid Akin Unver's lecture however, argues that Turkey's foreign policy is not becoming more Islamist; it is becoming more British, following a pattern of external affairs in which identity is becoming increasingly more pronounced. By focusing on three case studies: Turkey’s self-appointed role as an energy hub between Europe and Russia, its role in NATO and its recent installation of the missile defense shield, and finally, its changing stance against Iran and Syria following the Arab Spring, the lecture will discuss how identity (as it relates to the narratives of history and culture) shape Turkey’s foreign policy understanding and patterns of cooperation and conflict.
May 03, 2012 // 9:00am — May 04, 2012 // 5:00pm
"Africa: 54 Countries, One Union" is a follow up to last year's Conference in Washington, DC. This Conference aims to bolster African initiatives on infrastructure and development.
May 02, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:30pm
Global Europe Program
Transatlantic Relations have always been in the mainstream of international politics. Crucial issues determined by a strong political will and various policy decisions on both sides of the Atlantic have necessitated important transatlantic decision making. Current themes of transatlantic relations include the future of the economy, war and peace in the Mediterranean basin, energy efficiency, the security of energy supplies, and terrorism.
April 24, 2012 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Kissinger Institute on China and the United States
Watch the webcast, download the podcast, or read a summary of the event here!
April 17, 2012 // 9:00am — 11:00am
Canada is a state blessed with the world’s largest supplies of fresh water. While other natural resources (oil, grain, timber) figure largely in Canada’s economic and international profile, water is rapidly becoming recognized as a core of these other resource-based industries, and a resource that is increasingly challenged both in terms of supply and quality.
April 02, 2012 // 4:00pm — 5:00pm
Whatever the final Keystone XL decision, Canada will still pursue new markets for its oil exports, especially Asia, Prime Minister Harper told a Wilson Center audience Monday. “Whatever the energy mix of the future—conventional and renewable—Canada will be a major provider,” he said.
March 28, 2012 // 3:30pm — 5:30pm
Spotlight on Central Eurasia Series // Stacy Closson argues that Central Asia is an energy and water rich region that, if cooperative, could cover their annual shortages of electricity, which range roughly around 25%, as well as decrease costs of energy, and protect the environment. Instead, the leaders have engaged in hostile practices that not only cause problems across borders and waste foreign investment and assistance, but also limit their developmental possibilities. Gregory Gleason notes that inherently non-transparent and centralized fixed energy infrastructures such as oil and gas pipelines and electric grids obscure financial transactions and are susceptible to political manipulation. Gleason, in his analysis of "power politics," explains why he sees the rapid pace of technology-driven market volatility in Eurasian markets as swiftly shifting Central Asian trends.
March 28, 2012 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
On Wednesday, March 28, the Brazil Institute invites Dr. Luiz Gylvan Meira Filho to discuss climate change.
March 28, 2012 // 1:45pm — 6:45pm
The Wilson Center’s Canada Institute and Kennan Institute, with the Center for Canadian Studies at Duke University, joined UNC Chapel Hill’s Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies (CSEEES) to host Who “Owns” The Arctic?: An International and Interdisciplinary Conference on March 28, 2012 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The conference brought together policymakers, academics, students, and environmentalists to explore diverse issues related to Arctic resource and energy management from Russian, Canadian, American, and other perspectives.