September 20, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Though little is known about such efforts, Soviet cultural and propaganda institutions attempted to reach directly the hearts and minds of East European societies in Moscow’s new sphere of influence created after World War II. In the process, the Soviets squandered considerable human potential on their side, which could have promoted more effective soft power initiatives. Stalin’s death in 1953 offered new possibilities for reciprocal cultural relations and more flexible Soviet approach. Patryk Babiracki, Assistant Professor of History, University of Texas-Arlington, and Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar, Kennan Institute, will explain that other aspects of “the Thaw” in the USSR and Poland further complicated the work of Soviet international outreach institutions, revealing the limitations of Soviet soft power and of the Kremlin’s capacity to maintain empire.
OFF-SITE CONFERENCE: United Atoms in a Divided World: The Early History of the International Atomic Energy Agency
September 16, 2012 // 7:30pm — September 18, 2012 // 3:00pm
Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
The Department of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna in collaboration with the Wilson Center's Nuclear Proliferation International History Project will host an international conference on the history of the IAEA during the cold war years. The conference will cover a wide range of issues, including the creation of the Agency, its role in the nuclear non-proliferation regime, and the Agency's technical programs. Beyond that, the conference seeks to discuss the cultural, societal, and economic context of the IAEA's early history.
September 14, 2012 // 9:30am — 3:00pm
Science and Technology Innovation Program
Watch via live webcast the workshop "Connecting Grassroots to Government through Open Innovation," focusing on the opportunities and challenges of social media, crowdsourcing, crisismapping and open innovation for the full life-cycle of disaster management.
September 07, 2012 // 10:00am — 12:00pm
Middle East Program
Experts who participated in a February 2011 seminar on the Brazilian-Turkish mediation with Iran return to the Wilson Center to assess the ongoing negotiations and possible outcomes.
August 14, 2012 // 9:30am — 11:00am
It is crucial for the international community to understand the implications of attacks on civil society for the development of democratic governance in these countries and, more importantly, to identify effective ways to respond to them.
Off-Site Event: On the Path to Political Power: Race and Representation in Europe and the United States
July 19, 2012 // 11:00am — 12:00pm
Global Europe Program
The event will address racial and ethnic minority representation in European politics, amidst changing demographics and growing tensions surrounding national identity, immigration, and terrorism.
July 12, 2012 // 9:00am — 12:00pm
As traditional oil supplies dwindle across the globe, demand for Arctic energy will increase exponentially. In order to navigate the numerous Arctic challenges, energy companies must assess community impact, social issues, local benefits and concerns in addition to applying the latest technology to reduce the environmental risks to ensure the productive and responsible extraction of Arctic energy resources.
OFFSITE - The Rise of a Multipolar World: Sino-European Relations in the Last Decades of the Cold War (1960s-1980s)
June 29, 2012 // 9:00am — July 01, 2012 // 5:15pm
Cold War International History Project
Bringing together academics, diplomats, and newly declassified documentation, the conference will seek to determine how the Sino-Soviet split and the subsequent Sino-American engagement influenced Sino-European relations in the Cold War.
June 26, 2012 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
Program on America and the Global Economy
The OECD’s 2012 Economic Survey of the United States is an in-depth analysis of the U.S. economy and offers policy recommendations to promote sustainable economic growth and employment. The Survey also explores policy options to reduce income inequality and poverty. A special chapter in this year’s report is focused on fostering innovation.
Legal Culture and Anti-Corruption Reform: Preliminary Findings of National Survey and Focus Groups Data
June 14, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Global Europe Program
As Serbia, Macedonia and Kosovo aim to harmonize their laws with the European Union, little is known about their legal culture and the extent to which European legal transfers are accepted in these countries. Using nationally representative surveys, focus groups, and in-depth interviews in Serbia, Macedonia and Kosovo, this research project maps legal cultures in these countries and investigates the limits of anti-corruption reform.