Past Events

New Approaches to Understanding and Engaging North Korea

November 21, 2014 // 3:00pm4:00pm
North Korea International Documentation Project
North Korea is often portrayed as a “hermit kingdom,” its politics inscrutable, and its doors closed to outside influence. However, this dynamic of isolation has begun to erode, thanks in part to scholars and practitioners who have carved out new ways to study North Korea and engage with its people. At the event, young professionals in the field will discuss the various ways in which they have carved out new terrain for working on North Korean issues through archival research, economic training, student exchanges, and leadership studies.

Preparing for the Future: Assessing the Conditions and Capacity for American Engagement with Russia

November 21, 2014 // 2:30pm4:30pm
Kennan Institute
The continuing diplomatic tensions between the United States and Russia have had a significant impact on programs that promote civic and individual contacts between Americans and Russians. Exchange programs serve as capacity-building initiatives influencing economic growth and jobs and how enterprises and individuals interact with their peers on the other side. A panel of experts and practitioners will discuss how organizations and individuals dedicated to the mission of engagement between Russian and the United States are pursuing their work in the current atmosphere.
Webcast

Tunisia after the Elections: Can a Viable Coalition be Formed?

November 21, 2014 // 12:30pm1:30pm
Middle East Program
After a successful legislative election on October 26, Tunisia faces another important challenge. Can an effective governing coalition be formed that includes the country’s divided secular and Islamist parties? And what role will the country’s new civic groups play?

Eva Braun: Life with Hitler

November 20, 2014 // 3:30pm5:00pm
History and Public Policy Program
German historian Heike Göertemaker's book, Eva Braun: Life with Hitler, was a best-seller in Germany and has been translated into 15 languages. Göertemaker describes the important role Braun played in Hitler's inner circle, poking holes in the Nazi propaganda that Hitler had been the lonely 'Führer' married to Germany. Görtemaker has traced all the existing pieces of the puzzle of Braun’s story, compiling them into the first academic biography and a very different view of Hitler.
Webcast

Addressing Maternal Health and Gender-Based Violence in Times of Crisis

November 20, 2014 // 2:00pm5:00pm
Maternal Health Initiative
In times of crisis, such as conflict, natural disaster, or an epidemic, critical maternal and reproductive health services often become unavailable. For pregnant women, the probability of mortality or morbidity increases; gender-based violence is more common for all

Restraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy

November 20, 2014 // 1:00pm2:00pm
International Security Studies
In Restraint, Barry R. Posen argues that the United States has grown incapable of moderating its ambitions in international politics. After setting out the political implications of restraint as a guiding principle, Posen sketches the appropriate military forces and posture that would support such a strategy.
Webcast

Update on Venezuela’s Political Climate

November 20, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
Latin American Program
Webcast

Solutions for Sustainability and Resilience in a Constantly Changing World

November 19, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
In the past few years, natural and manmade disasters including Superstorm Sandy, the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, and the Boston Marathon bombing have highlighted the growing need for communities and societies to be resilient in the face of unexpected and constantly changing challenges. Join us, the Rockefeller Foundation, Thomas Lovejoy of the UN Foundation, and select authors to discuss how urban communities and industrial enterprises can “survive, adapt, and flourish in the face of turbulent change and uncertainty.”
Webcast

Strategic Importance of Trade

November 19, 2014 // 12:30pm1:30pm
Please join the Wilson Center for a discussion with Ambassador Michael Froman, U.S. Trade Representative, about the “strategic logic of trade”: how U.S. trade policy is strengthening U.S. partners and allies; promoting broad-based, inclusive development; and setting guidelines for engaging with critical regions in flux.

Transitioning Neighborhood: Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine

November 19, 2014 // 9:30am11:30am
Kennan Institute
Nearly a year after demonstrations erupted in Kyiv, Ukraine is forming a new government and considering the way forward after the recent parliamentary elections. Moldova faces parliamentary elections at the end of the month in which the survival of the current pro-European coalition is at stake. Belarus has been the seat of the Minsk process, the chief international effort to stop the fighting and find a settlement to the crisis in Eastern Ukraine. Russia and the EU are deeply interested in each of these countries, which all face unresolved questions about their peace, stability, and political orientation. Three former ambassadors to the region will discuss recent events and prospects in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine and a senior State Department official will offer a US government perspective on developments in the region.

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