U.S. Politics Events
October 07, 2014 // 1:00pm — 3:00pm
As the mid-term elections approach, one of the biggest questions this November will be about the future of the Keystone XL pipeline. On October 7, the Canada Institute will convene a panel of experts to discuss the environment that has made KXL the political football it is today, what the proposed project means for the upcoming elections, the legal underpinnings of the approval process, and where the pipeline goes from here, both in Nebraska and in Washington.
September 22, 2014 // 5:00pm — 6:30pm
The American Bar Association Division for Public Education in conjunction with the Wilson Center are hosting the seventh annual fall "On the Docket" program. Prominent Supreme Court practitioners will hold a discussion and provide their insights into the 2014-2015 Supreme Court term.
September 15, 2014 // 12:30pm — 1:45pm
The Chicago Council releases its 40th anniversary survey of Americans thoughts on foreign policy issues. An expert panel will discuss the results, what it means for the future of U.S. policy, and what policymakers should learn from the public.
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?
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?
August 11, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:00am
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?
July 30, 2014 // 10:00am — 12:00pm
Science and Technology Innovation Program
What is data journalism? Why does it matter? How has the maturing field of data science changed the direction of journalism and global investigative reporting?
July 29, 2014 // 2:00pm — 4:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
What do a White House senior adviser, a member of Congress, scientists, military planners, and business people have in common? At a June 4 symposium with 36 leaders from federal agencies, state and local government, research organizations, business, and academia, they all agreed that climate change is having an impact on national security that will only increase with time. This briefing will focus on the key recommendations and consensus points that emerged from the June discussion and highlight the next steps for action.
Why are Thousands of Central American Children Risking their Lives to Reach the United States?: A View from Honduras
July 23, 2014 // 9:00am — 11:00am
Latin American Program
What is compelling families and children to set out on such a risky journey north when their future in the United States is so uncertain?
July 15, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:00am
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?