International Security Events
January 29, 2015 // 10:00am — 11:00am
Please join the Wilson Center for a major address by Secretary Jeh Johnson, the fourth Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Secretary Johnson oversees the third largest Cabinet department and leads the nation’s efforts to secure our country from a myriad of threats from terrorism to natural disasters. The address will be followed by a question and answer session with Wilson Center President Jane Harman.
December 01, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:00am
In case you missed the Ground Truth Briefing on the recent Iranian nuclear talks, please see this summary of the conversation with experts Robert Litwak, Ali Vaez and Robin Wright.
November 20, 2014 // 9:00am — 11:00am
Latin American Program
November 12, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:15am
Thirteen years after the attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States is unambiguously at war with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). But when did Congress declare this new war – if it is a new one? According to some members of Congress, the answer is “not yet.” According to the White House, the answer is “more than a decade ago.
November 06, 2014 // 2:00pm — 4:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
“We cannot ignore the new reality that climate change has become a major foreign policy issue in the 21st century,” a new film by Hal and Marilyn Weiner concludes.
October 09, 2014 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
Much discussion has taken place about the political implications and outcomes of the conflict in Ukraine, but these have been shaped by military realities on the ground. Michael Kofman discussed the current military balance and the actual state of Ukraine’s military and defense industry. The tactics employed in this summer's fighting by all sides will have implications that reverberate throughout the process of ceasefire and political settlement. It is important to understand the military nuances in order to gain perspective on Ukraine's options in the future.
September 22, 2014 // 2:00pm — 4:00pm
Global Europe Program
Turkey has had two important elections in 2014 and general elections are expected in June 2015. Prime Minister Davutoğlu has set targets for substantial developments in political, economic and foreign policy realms. In addition, pressing events in the region may force Turkey to take action outside its borders. This panel will address Turkey’s current domestic and foreign policy challenges in this wider context.
September 10, 2014 // 12:30pm — 2:00pm
Why did a small number of European statesmen take the world into the seminal catastrophe of the Great War? The German Chancellor Otto Bismarck had warned in 1880 that “some damned foolish thing in the Balkans” might lead to a terrible war. The shots at Sarajevo did just that a hundred years ago. What have we learned?
Preempting Environmental and Human Security Crises in Africa: Science-Based Planning for Climate Variability Threats
August 20, 2014 // 10:00am — 1:00pm
Development and poverty reduction are inextricably linked to the water, energy and security nexus in Africa. There was some consensus that the impact of climate variability and extreme climate events depends not only on the severity of the crisis, but also on the vulnerability of the affected population – which is correlated with the level of development along with governance and other socio-cultural factors. Just as poverty can put communities at an increased level of vulnerability, so can sustainable development lead to improvements in climate-resilience and human security.
August 13, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:00am
Middle East Program
The situation in Iraq is as complicated as it is grim. ISIS continues to surge as the US tries to contain its gains through military strikes and direct military assistance to the Kurds. Meanwhile Baghdad boils as a new Prime Minister-designate faces off against an old one who refuses to give way. What are the prospects for checking ISIS and for political reconciliation in Iraq?