France Events

Retrospective Illusions? Nuclear Lessons from French Memory

June 25, 2014 // 11:00am12:30pm
Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
In this presentation, Benoit Pelopidas argues that the French understanding of the outcome of the Cuban missile crisis as a diplomatic victory rather than a result of good fortune could lead to an overconfidence in nuclear safety and security in France. Beyond the French example, Dr. Pelopidas’ analysis unveils the ways in which collective memory can create retrospective illusions of nuclear safety and security.
Webcast

What Can Governments Do About Falling Birth Rates?

April 17, 2014 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
“We have a fairly unique moment in the history of the world,” said Steven Philip Kramer, a professor at National Defense University, at the Wilson Center on April 17. “There’s never been a time when people have voluntarily produced fewer children than is necessary for sustaining the population.”
Webcast

More than Just a Scourge: General de Gaulle and the Cold War

September 09, 2013 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
General de Gaulle is often remembered as the great scourge of the Western Alliance during the 1960s, the mercurial French President who launched a global and comprehensive challenge against the United States’ leadership of the Free World. But de Gaulle was driven by more than simply obstructionism or a desire to make life difficult for his American allies. Garret Martin will make the case that the General pursued an ambitious, if flawed, grand strategy during the 1960s through which he sought to overcome the Cold War bipolar order.
Podcast

Media Briefing: Secretary Kerry's First Interntational Trip

February 22, 2013 // 10:15am10:45am
Wilson Center experts and publications provide analysis on Secretary Kerry’s first international trip and U.S. foreign policy in a conference call with the media.

CANCELLED: Britain – the Question of Written Constitutions and the World Since 1776

February 11, 2013 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
After the American and French Revolutions, new-style written constitutions gradually came to be viewed as an essential symbol of a modern state. Britain fought against these two revolutions and has famously retained its un-codified constitution.
Webcast
Podcast

Unmitigated Gaul: The French Confront America, 1980–2000

March 12, 2012 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Richard Kuisel discusses French attitudes towards American policies, practices, and values during the 1980's and 1990's.
Webcast

The Civilizing Mission: How France Sees Its Role in the World

June 17, 2011 // 2:00pm3:00pm
Global Europe Program
New York Times correspondent Elaine Sciolino and retired foreign service officer Brinton Rowdybush discuss how the French view their role in global affairs.
Webcast

What Is the Phone Number of Europe? Leadership in the European Union After the Lisbon Treaty

December 08, 2010 // 1:00pm4:00pm
Global Europe Program
The Lisbon Treaty introduced significant changes in the institutional order and external representation of the European Union. This workshop will revisit the founding compromise of European integration between sovereignty and supranationality and assess the effects of these transformations on the legitimization of the EU.

The Reified Nomad: The Historical Roots of Current Anti-Roma Persecution in Europe

December 08, 2010 // 11:00am12:00pm
Global Europe Program
Across Europe we have seen a sharp increase in anti-Roma persecution, particularly in the Western democracies of France and Italy.

French Foreign policy in the International Context: A Transatlantic Ally?

October 15, 2010 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program

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