Security and Defense Events

Turkey, Iraq, and the Kurdistan Regional Government

August 25, 2014 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Global Europe Program
The advances of ISIS have reheated the debate on the future of Iraq. The country is threatened by a new wave of violence and destruction, as a large swath of territory has turned into a conflict zone and an uprising has shaken the political order. Turkey has both opportunities and challenges in Iraq, and keeps a close eye on the situation there. In this discussion, experts will address the future of Iraq and the KRG in the context of the current crisis, and will shed light on Turkey’s perspectives on the KRG, energy issues, minorities, and Iraq in general.
Webcast

Preempting Environmental and Human Security Crises in Africa: Science-Based Planning for Climate Variability Threats

August 20, 2014 // 10:00am1:00pm
Africa Program
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.
Podcast

Teleconference: Can Iraq Be Saved? The US, ISIS and Iraqi Political Reconciliation

August 13, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am
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?
Podcast

Teleconference: Gaza Conflict Resumes After Ceasefire Ends

August 11, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am
Middle East Program
The breakdown in the 72-hour Egyptian-brokered ceasefire and the resumption of the conflict between Israel and Hamas threatens to take the Gaza crisis to a new level. What are the prospects for escalation and/or for negotiations to de-escalate the situation? Can the requirements of the parties somehow be reconciled? What is the role of the Palestinian Authority and Egypt going forward? And what is the American role?

Privacy Vs Democracy: The Challenge for Japan and Australia

August 06, 2014 // 4:00pm5:00pm
Asia Program
Protecting privacy is as critical as information sharing. In a democracy, protecting information goes hand in hand with ensuring individual liberty, and the rapid development of digital technology has made the protection of privacy even more important.
Webcast

National Security and Climate Change: What Do We Need to Know?

July 29, 2014 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Polar Initiative
The effects of climate change “are here now” and pose a “serious challenge” for the United States, said Alice Hill, White House senior advisor for preparedness and resilience.
Webcast

Migration of Central American Minors: Causes and Solutions

July 24, 2014 // 11:30am12:30pm
Latin American Program
Foreign Ministers of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala discuss the regional perspective to the humanitarian crisis and unaccompanied minors.
Podcast

Teleconference: Israelis and Palestinians in Crisis: Are We at a Tipping Point?

July 15, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am
Middle East Program
The recent upsurge in violence in the West Bank and Gaza have brought the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to a new and dangerous level. Is this just another periodic escalation or have we reached a tipping point that could take the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to an even darker and dangerous place? Is the Fatah-Hamas unity deal dead? Where does Egypt stand? And, against the backdrop of a failed peace effort, is there still a credible and important role for the US?
Photo by Mona Youssef
Webcast

In the Mainstream: Religious Extremism in the Middle East and North Africa

July 11, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
Middle East Program
Panelists discuss the rise and prominence of religious extremism in the MENA region. Although most attention and policies focus on the problem of violent religious extremism, non-violent religious extremism continues to spread in communities throughout the region. Both forms are significant in their ability to alter the social, cultural, and political landscapes of Muslim-majority countries. Speakers examine these issues and discuss how the United States and international community can address the rise of religious extremism in the MENA region.
Photo by Mona Youssef
Webcast

Whither the Palestinians

July 07, 2014 // 4:00pm5:15pm
Middle East Program
Iraq and Syria may be dominating the headlines, but the Israeli-Palestinian issue remains a volatile and unpredictable piece of the Middle Eastern puzzle. Join us as three veteran analysts and practitioners discuss the Palestinians and their politics, including the recent unity agreement, the impasse in the peace process, and the prospects for elections in the West Bank and Gaza. This event is part of The Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Middle East Forum of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

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