March 18, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Who is Vladimir Putin? Observers have described him as a "man from nowhere"—someone without a face, substance, or soul. In their new book, Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin, Russia experts Fiona Hill and Clifford Gaddy argue that Putin is in fact a man of many and complex identities. Clifford Gaddy discussed the book’s major themes and examined Putin as the Statist, the History Man, the Survivalist, the Outsider, the Free Marketeer, and the Case Officer. Understanding Putin's multiple dimensions is crucial for policymakers trying to decide how best to deal with Russia.
March 11, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Since the public dissention after the presidential “swap” announcement and rigged elections of last year, Putin and those who rule with him are resisting change and are even less willing than before to engage in reforms and economic “modernization.” Marie Mendras, Professor at the School of International Affairs, Sciences Po University, Paris examines Putinism as a system of rule in crisis—struggling against the tide, but still with considerable resources and instruments at hand.
February 28, 2013 // 9:00am — 11:00am
Latin American Program
The Latin American Program and Vanderbilt University's Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) bring together a panel to discuss Central American perceptions of crime, violence, and public security in their countries and possible implications for policy.
February 25, 2013 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Latin American Program
A discussion of the evolving political situation in Venezuela in light of President Hugo Chávez's prolonged absence from the country.
February 11, 2013 // 2:00pm — 3:30pm
This event featured a presentation by Reverend Frank Chikane on the issues that will face South Africa over the next four years. Chikane has served as Director General for every South African President since 1994 and brings a unique “insider’s” perspective and unparalleled experience with regard to governance in South Africa.
February 07, 2013 // 9:00am — 10:30am
Environmental Change and Security Program
Climate change and conflict can create a self-reinforcing feedback loop: Climate change exacerbates existing conflicts, while conflict makes adapting to climate change more difficult, said Janani Vivekananda of International Alert at the Wilson Center on February 7. She presented the results of nine case studies conducted in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal to find how communities are affected by and adapting to climate change in conflict-prone settings.
February 06, 2013 // 10:00am — 11:30am
This event featured remarks from the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Prime Minister, H.E. Matata Ponyo Mapon, on matters regarding the country’s security and path to development. This discussion also featured Cynthia Akuetteh, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs as a panelist.
Redefining Japan-Korea Relations: Shinzo Abe, Park Geun-Hye, and Security in the Asia-Pacific Region
January 31, 2013 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
With both Japan and Korea electing new leaderships last month, how Prime Minister Abe and President-Elect Park will be able to improve bilateral relations is under close scrutiny. While continued threats from North Korea and China’s ever-growing military clout should bring the two countries closer together, ongoing territorial disputes and other issues still prove to be stumbling blocks in improving diplomatic ties. What are the challenges to relations between Japan and Korea in the longer-term? How will the U.S. pivot to Asia impact Tokyo and Seoul’s respective roles in ensuring stability in the Asia-Pacific region?
January 28, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:30pm
Relations between China and Japan have been strained in recent years over the territorial dispute in the East China Sea. The rising tension between the two countries has significant political, economic, and security implications for the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. This event follows a day-long closed-door meeting among the panelists analyzing the origin and consequences of the dispute, and jointly exploring approaches to conflict resolution. In this public seminar, the panelists will present the major findings from the meeting and engage the audience in interactive discussion.
January 28, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer, Research Professor, Georgetown University and Editor, Anthropology and Archeology of Eurasia, examines diverse levels of indigenous politics, ranging from cases of community devastation and assimilation to impressive cultural and social revitalization, as well as the role of international organizations in defending indigenous rights.