United States Events

America's Great Game: The CIA's Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East

April 21, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
The CIA has an almost diabolical reputation in the Arab world. Yet, in the early years of its existence, the 1940s and 1950s, the Agency was distinctly pro-Arab, lending its support to the leading Arab nationalist of the day, Gamal Nasser, and conducting an anti-Zionist publicity campaign at home in the U.S. Drawing on a wide range of sources, Hugh Wilford uncovers the world of early CIA “Arabism,” its origins, characteristic forms, and eventual demise.
Niagara Falls
Webcast

The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Region: Improving Policy Outcomes Through Research and Engagement

April 17, 2014 // 9:00am12:15pm
Canada Institute
The Great Lakes-St Lawrence Basin contains 18 percent of the world's freshwater and is home to 42 million people. While these waters are essential to Canada and the United States' quality of life, the current state and future sustainability of the basin continue to challenge policy makers. Please join the Wilson Center's Canada Institute and Environmental Change and Security Program and the Great Lakes Policy Research Network for a half-day conference dedicated to bringing government, non-government, private sector, community organizations, and other stakeholders together to discuss the vital issue of Great Lakes environmental governance.
Webcast

Second Annual Nancy Bernkopf Tucker Memorial Lecture on U.S.-East Asia Relations

April 16, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Asia Program
Tough Calls: Difficult Assessments and Hard Choices in U.S. Policy Toward China
Webcast

Is Foreign Policy Bipartisanship Alive on Capitol Hill?

April 09, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Asia Program
With today's Congress sharply divided along partisan lines, are U.S. lawmakers still capable of reaching across the aisle on foreign policy? This public program will examine the congressional politics of U.S. foreign policy making and the prospects for foreign policy bipartisanship.

The Brazil-U.S. Commercial and Investment Partnership

April 09, 2014 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Brazil Institute
On April 9, the Brazil-U.S. Business Council and ApexBrasil will host a seminar on future investment in between the U.S. and Brazil.

‘Take Your Choice!’: Historical Reflections on the Act of Voting

April 07, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
The secret ballot is now considered the gold standard for fair elections around the globe. However, in the aftermath of the American and French Revolutions, voting in secrecy held little immediate mass appeal in the US or Europe, and the secret ballot was used in combination with a wide variety of voting techniques. The history of the fraught introduction of the secret ballot on both sides of the Atlantic provides an opportunity to explore how conceptions of the business of choice-making have changed since the Age of Revolutions and also to reconsider how we vote today.
Podcast

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: A Regulatory Framework for the 21st Century

March 26, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
Global Europe Program
On 10 March, the fourth round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations between the European Union and the United States began in Brussels. This trade agreement is about more than just reducing tariff barriers; non-tariff barriers including regulatory issues are at TTIP's core. This event focuses attention on the significant regulatory chapter and the challenges and likely obstacles on the path to a successful agreement between the EU and the US.

Importance of Intelligence: an International Perspective

March 25, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am
Global Europe Program
Offering an international perspective on NSA's programs, this discussion will focus on what role the US should play in the intelligence community to counter terrorism.

Why We Fight: The Politics of World War II

March 24, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
The conventional wisdom suggests that moderates matter little. In her new book, Why We Fight: Congress and the Politics of World War II, Nancy Beck Young proves otherwise. Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman faced a fractious Congress riven by hardcore ideologues, circumstances that empowered moderates—from both parties—to cut deals on economic but not social justice policies. The dominant patterns for postwar politics emerged with liberalism seeming less oriented toward the welfare state and more to the vital center warfare state.
Podcast

Media Briefing: Obama in Europe

March 20, 2014 // 11:30am12:00pm
Global Europe Program
On March 24 President Obama will travel to Europe for a Nuclear Security Summit in the Netherlands, followed by a U.S.-EU Summit in Brussels on March 26. Planned agenda items for these meetings, however, are likely to be overtaken by Russia’s accession of Crimea and continuing instability in Ukraine. Wilson Center experts in nuclear security, US-EU relations, and US-Russia relations and Ukraine previewed the President’s trip in a briefing session for media.

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