North America Events
OFFSITE EVENT: Negotiating Independence: New Directions in the History of Decolonization and the Cold War
May 03, 2013 // 8:00am — May 04, 2013 // 1:30pm
Cold War International History Project
The advent of decolonization, particularly after the Second World War, shares more than a chronological partnership with the Cold War. While the general economic, political, social, and ideological connections between decolonization and the Cold War have been acknowledged, a more detailed interrogation of the confluence of these two phenomena is now beginning to emerge.
May 01, 2013 // 5:00pm — 7:00pm
Has constitutional equality for women in the United States been realized? What about legal equality? How does equality under law or guarantees of equal protection promote substantive equality in practice?
The Rise and Fall of North American Populations: Exploring Migration and Immigration in Canada and the United States
May 01, 2013 // 10:00am — 11:30am
Both Canada and the United States have largely been shaped by immigration. However, we must look more closely at subnational population trends to understand how migration and immigration are changing the political, economic, and transportation futures of our countries and to truly understand how the movement of people shapes North America. Please join our distinguished panel to discuss Fazley Siddiq’s new paper comparing these population shifts and other related issues.
April 25, 2013 // 5:00pm — 6:00pm
The much venerated Senate of the mid-twentieth century is now a distant memory. Today senators routinely electioneer on the Senate floor, play games with the legislative process, and question each other’s motives. Sean M. Theriault documents how one group of senators has been at the forefront of the transformation—the “Gingrich Senators,” which he defines as those Republicans who previously served in the House after New Gingrich was first elected. He shows how the Gingrich Senators are more conservative and more likely to engage in partisan warfare than the other Republicans.
April 25, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:30pm
The illegal drug problem has posed challenges to the United States and Latin America for many decades. While efforts to disrupt the cultivation, processing, and trafficking of drugs to the United States have shown mixed results, the drug trade continues to pose serious threats to citizen security, economic prosperity, environmental conservation, human rights, and democratic governance throughout the hemisphere. In this National Conversation, panelists will address the question of how the U.S. is reforming its policies to address this problem and show sustainable results.
April 16, 2013 // 8:00am — 12:00pm
On April 16, 2013, the Canada Institute hosted its fourteenth Cross-Border Forum on Energy Issues. This year’s program, “Cyber Security and the North American Electric Grid” assembled key stakeholders, academics, and government policy makers for an off-the-record discussion on the vital but potentially vulnerable electric grid shared by Canada and the United States. The assembled participants concluded that despite decades of cooperation more must be done to confront emerging cyber security issues in the energy sector.
April 11, 2013 // 9:00am — 11:00am
Environmental Change and Security Program
Water is the foundation of human society and will become even more critical as population growth, development, and climate change put pressure on already-shrinking water resources in the years ahead. But will this scarcity fuel conflict between countries with shared waters, as some have predicted, or will it create more impetus for cooperation?
Celebrating the Legacy of Daniel Patrick Moynihan: The Launch of "Moynihan's Moment," a New Book by Gil Troy
April 04, 2013 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
History and Public Policy Program
McGill University Professor of History Gil Troy leads on expert panel on his latest book, "Moynihan's Moment: America's Fight Against Zionism as Racism" which explores the legacy of Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
Cooperation in South America for the Promotion and Protection of Patents and Trademarks - the PROSUR Initiative
April 03, 2013 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
On Wednesday April 3, the Wilson Center convenes a panel to discuss intellectual property rights through the Prosur initiative.
April 01, 2013 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
The most famous terrorist group in modern American history was the Weatherman Underground, later called the Weather Underground Organization. An outgrowth of Students for a Democratic Society, Weather was active in 1969 through the 1970s. Arthur Eckstein will argue that this is misleading and that the true history of Weather is much grimmer and more ambiguous.