North America Events
May 21, 2012 // 4:00pm — 6:00pm
The debate over national energy policy is bound to heat up as the presidential and congressional elections grow closer, both on the campaign trail and in the halls of Congress. This panel will explore just how much can realistically be expected out of Congress this year in altering the country’s energy course and what new challenges and opportunities we might confront in the expanding global market for energy resources.
May 09, 2012 // 3:30pm — 5:30pm
Spotlight on Central Eurasia Series // Authors and scholars Alexander Cooley and Alexander Kupatadze discuss their research into the interplay of geopolitics and local networks across Central Asia. Cooley explores the dynamics of the new competition between Russia, China and the United States over the region since 9/11, as well as how small states’ interaction with great powers advances our understanding of how world politics actually works in the contemporary era of diminishing Western influence and rising new regional powers. Author Alexander Kupatadze will discuss the diverging trajectories of organized crime in post-Soviet Eurasia focusing on professional criminals (so-called vory-v-zakone) in Georgia and drug smuggling groups in Kyrgyzstan.
May 09, 2012 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Panelists from the Department of State, National Intelligence Council, Stimson Center, and National Geographic came together at the Wilson Center recently to discuss the U.S. intelligence community’s global water security assessment.
May 08, 2012 // 9:00am — 11:00am
Experts agree that ongoing trade, habitat destruction, and climate change will exacerbate the threat posed by invasive alien species throughout Canada and the United States. The invasive species threat has immediate and long-term implications for the ecology, biodiversity, economic prosperity, human health, and national security of both countries.
May 02, 2012 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
International Security Studies
Robert Lieber, author of the new book "Power and Willpower in the American Future: Why the US is Not Destined to Decline" will debate the book’s premise with Michael Mandelbaum, Christian A. Herter Professor of American Foreign Policy, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
May 01, 2012 // 5:00pm — 7:00pm
United States Studies
This event is part of The American Bar Association's 2012 Leon Jaworski Public Program Series.
April 30, 2012 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Many have commented on how much Congress has changed over the last 40 years for a variety of reasons, most noticeably from the increasing importance of political parties in the legislative process and their increased polarization from each other. In this roundtable discussion, former Members, congressional staff and area political scientists will discuss the ultimate question of whether there is any way to restore a greater measure of deliberation and bipartisan national problem-solving.
April 23, 2012 // 9:30am — 11:00am
Middle East Program
Political changes in the Arab world have created a new landscape for the United States. Four experts on the region and its politics examined the impact of these changes on hopes for democratization and Arab-Israeli peace, as well as the future of American influence and interests.
April 17, 2012 // 9:00am — 11:00am
Canada is a state blessed with the world’s largest supplies of fresh water. While other natural resources (oil, grain, timber) figure largely in Canada’s economic and international profile, water is rapidly becoming recognized as a core of these other resource-based industries, and a resource that is increasingly challenged both in terms of supply and quality.
April 02, 2012 // 4:00pm — 5:00pm
Whatever the final Keystone XL decision, Canada will still pursue new markets for its oil exports, especially Asia, Prime Minister Harper told a Wilson Center audience Monday. “Whatever the energy mix of the future—conventional and renewable—Canada will be a major provider,” he said.