Past Events

Women and Youth in Modern Iran: A Film Festival

April 29, 2014 // 8:30amApril 30, 2014 // 4:30pm
Middle East Program
Please join us for a two-day screening of a selection of Iranian films highlighting the present day realities of women and youth in Iran. Each day concludes with a panel discussion with experts on Iranian cinema. These films display the complexities and the various aspects of Iranian culture from a religious, traditional, and legal point of view.

The U.S. and Iran: Can Diplomacy Prevent an Iranian Bomb?

April 28, 2014 // 6:00pm7:15pm
Middle East Program
Iran and the P5 plus 1 completed an interim agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue. Negotiators began meeting in Vienna in February to take on the challenge of a comprehensive accord. What are the chances of success, and what are the implications of failure -- for the United States, Iran, and the region at large? In this University Conversation, three veteran observers of U.S. policy, Iran, and the region take on these important questions.

Triumph of Improvisation: Gorbachev's Adaptation, Reagan's Engagement, and the End of the Cold War

April 28, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
James Graham Wilson takes a long view of the end of the Cold War, from the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan to Operation Desert Storm. Wilson argues that adaptation, improvisation, and engagement by individuals in positions of power ended the specter of a nuclear holocaust. Eschewing the notion of a coherent grand strategy to end the Cold War, Wilson illuminates how leaders made choices and reacted to events they did not foresee.
Podcast

Weighing the "Rebalance": Obama in Asia

April 28, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am
Asia Program
President Barack Obama embarked this week on a tour of Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines with the goal of convincing those nations and others in Asia that the U.S. remains focused on the region. In this Ground Truth Briefing conference call three experts on the ground in Tokyo, Seoul and Manila discuss the President's trip.

Building U.S.-China Trust: Through Next Generation People, Platform & Programs

April 24, 2014 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Kissinger Institute on China and the United States
The new report - Building U.S.-China Trust Through Next Generation People, Platforms and Programs - released by the University of Southern California and Peking University, offers new ideas and concrete recommendations on how to build trust and improve U.S.-China relations.
Webcast

Increasing Resilience to Climate Change

April 23, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Brazil Institute
As the climate continues to change in dramatic and more-or-less permanent ways, policymakers everywhere are increasingly tasked with cultivating resilience – preparing communities for natural disasters and social change. “It’s now more clear than ever that climate change is here, and it’s real, and it’s happening, and people are really feeling the impacts,” said Cathleen Kelly of the Center for American Progress at the Wilson Center on April 23.

Innovation, Brain Drain, and the Politics of Russian Higher Education Reform

April 23, 2014 // 9:00am12:30pm
Kennan Institute
Russian higher education has done more to integrate western norms and standards than virtually any other national institution. Yet Russia’s universities and research institutes continue to face economic and political headwinds that raise questions about their ability to compete in a global marketplace. The Kennan Institute conducted a conference on April 23rd that addressed the challenges confronting Russian higher education and how Russian universities interact with their international counterparts.

Environmental Pressures on China’s Changing Cities and Countryside

April 23, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
China Environment Forum
China’s urban and rural areas are rapidly changing and are facing dire resource constraints. Cities and countryside both contribute to and are vulnerable to water pollution and scarcity, particularly in China’s dry north. At this CEF meeting, speakers will provide a comparative perspective of pollution, drought, and development challenges in China’s metropolitan and rural areas, particularly in the Gobi Desert region.
Webcast

Tracks in the Amazon

April 22, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Brazil Institute
On April 22, the Brazil Institute will launch Tracks in the Amazon, the story of the Madeira-Mamore Raildroad

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