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Africa Can Help Feed Africa: Removing Regional Barriers to Trade in Food Staples

January 09, 2013 // 2:30pm4:00pm
Africa Program
This discussion highlighted new research which suggested that the continent could generate an extra US$20 billion in yearly earnings if African leaders can agree to dismantle trade barriers that blunt more regional dynamism.
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Women’s Leadership in Times of Political Transitions: Some Lessons from Kyrgyzstan

December 13, 2012 // 9:30am10:30am
Global Women's Leadership Initiative
Her Excellency Roza Otunbayeva, former President of the Kyrgyz Republic, will speak on women's leadership in times of political transitions.
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Transboundary Environmental Security in the Mekong River Basin

December 06, 2012 // 9:00am11:00am
China Environment Forum
Existing, planned and under construction dams in the Mekong River Basin look like domino game. Dams are but one major pressure on ecosystems in the basin, where resource provision and water management are increasing and projected to worsen over the next several decades. Many of these issues cross state borders and the data are clear: state unilateralism cannot solve transboundary problems.
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The World at 7 Billion: Building a Sustainable Future

December 05, 2012 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Brazil Institute
Jack Goldstone (George Mason University) is joined by Suzanne Ehlers (Population Action International) and Matthew Erdman (USAID) to discuss the implications of seven billion people and counting for the environment in the final 2012 installment of the joint Wilson Center-George Mason University Managing the Planet series.

In the People’s Interest: Openings for Pollution Public Interest Law Cases in China

November 27, 2012 // 9:00am11:00am
China Environment Forum
China recently amended its civil procedure law to allow nongovernmental organizations to sue on behalf of the public interest. This provision could be transformative, and Chinese NGOs will have to learn quickly how to litigate public interest lawsuits. There has been only one public interest case brought by a grassroots NGO to look to and learn from so far: a pending case brought by two NGOs over illegal chromium pollution in Yunnan province. The speakers at this panel will discuss how and why public interest law has become a “hot” topic among the law, policy, and NGO communities. They will also analyze the implications of what we know about this case for future environmental public interest cases.
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Brazil’s Challenging 2013 Outlook

November 20, 2012 // 9:30am12:00pm
Brazil Institute
On Tuesday November 20, the Brazil Institute convenes a panel to discuss recent political outcomes and the outlook for 2013.
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Twenty Years of Independence: Reflections on Freedom and Democracy

November 16, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
This Director's Forum will feature Martin Bútora, Honorary President of the Institute for Public Affairs in Bratislava and former Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to the United States (1999-2003). Ambassador Bútora will deliver the keynote address at the 13th annual Czech and Slovak Freedom Lecture.
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Euro-Atlantic Integration and Ethno-nationalism – Two Dynamics at Work in Bosnia and Herzegovina

November 16, 2012 // 9:00am10:00am
Global Europe Program
Bosnia and Herzegovina still has the potential to catch up with other countries in the region on the Euro-Atlantic path and to achieve sustainable peace and prosperity. Valentin Inzko, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, will discuss the international and domestic factors that may facilitate, or impede the country's Euro-Atlantic integraton.

Crisis of Democracy or Renaissance of Authoritarinism? Authoritarian Challenges to New Democracies in the Western Balkans

November 14, 2012 // 3:30pm4:30pm
Global Europe Program
In the last few years and in the course of global crisis we have been observing growing authoritarian challenges to New Democracies in the Western Balkans. Such crisis changes the political landscape of the region resulting in an adaptation of political elites and modes of rule, and seeking for new tools to retain power and secure the legitimacy in the eyes of the citizenry. Vedran Dzihic, assistant professor at the Institute of Political Sciences at the University of Vienna, argues that current regimes in the Western Balkans increasingly seek answers to the political crisis by combining democratic with (newly) authoritarian practices and policies.
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The Devil in History: Communism, Fascism, and Some Lessons of the Twentieth Century

November 06, 2012 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Cold War International History Project
Reflecting Vladimir Tismaneanu's personal experiences within communist totalitarianism, "The Devil in History" is about political passions, radicalism, utopian ideals, and their catastrophic consequences in the twentieth century’s experiments in social engineering.

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