Past Events

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The Role of Ultra-Nationalism in Conflict and Crisis: Russia, Ukraine and the EU

November 12, 2014 // 10:00am11:30am
Kennan Institute
This event will highlight the growing and complicated role of radical nationalist groups in European politics. It will focus on the positions of Russian neo-fascist, fundamentalist, and ethnocentrist groups towards the Kremlin's recent foreign and domestic policies, as well as the complications resulting from Ukrainian nationalism in Kyiv's confrontation with Russia.The panel will also address how Central and Western European populist and far right parties regard the events in Ukraine.
Webcast

Congress Rising: Obama, Iraq, Syria and the Use of Force

November 12, 2014 // 10:00am11:15am
Thirteen years after the attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States is unambiguously at war with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). But when did Congress declare this new war – if it is a new one? According to some members of Congress, the answer is “not yet.” According to the White House, the answer is “more than a decade ago.
Podcast

Obama-Xi Meeting: Lowering Expectations?

November 07, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am
Kissinger Institute on China and the United States
Prime Minister Abe, President Obama and General Secretary Xi met in Beijing at the APEC Summit at a critical moment for both bilateral and trilateral relationships. Three experts in China and Japan discussed what the leaders might do to offer reassurance and set the region and the relationships on a better path. Download the podcast or read the summary here.
Podcast

Ground Truth Briefing: Missing Students: How Mexico Has Been Tested

November 06, 2014 // 3:00pm4:00pm
Mexico Institute
The disappearance of 43 students after clashes with police in Iguala, Mexico has left Mexicans horrified and outraged, and has led to nationwide protests. Join us by phone for a discussion of these events, the response by the government and by society, and the impact on Mexico’s international image with two experts on the ground.

Extreme Realities: Severe Weather, Climate Change, and Our National Security [Screening]

November 06, 2014 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Over the past year, the defense and intelligence communities have issued a slew of reports making it clear that climate change is here and having real impacts on national security. In a new documentary narrated by Matt Damon, Extreme Realities: Severe Weather, Climate Change, and Our National Security, producers Marilyn and Hal Weiner talk with experts like former CIA Director James Woolsey about climate change, how it could impact national security, and what policymakers can do about it. [Please note: this event will NOT be webcast]
Energy & Security
Webcast

The Energy Security Renaissance in North America

November 06, 2014 // 10:30am12:00pm
Canada Institute
The recent surge in North American oil and natural gas is moving the balance of power in energy production from the Middle East to the West. Soon, Mexican energy reforms and newly accessible Arctic resources will add to this North American energy boom. U.S. energy infrastructure and policies must adapt to meet the energy revolution occuring in North America. At the same time, energy consumption is growing exponentially in Asia, raising new challenges and opportunities for East-West cooperation in international energy.

Saddam Husayn and Islam: Ba’thi Iraq 1968-2003 from Secularism to Faith

November 04, 2014 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Rather than beginning with the “Arab Spring,” the grassroots resurgence of political Islam began in Iraq in the early 1980s. It immediately exerted powerful influence over the policies of Saddam Husayn and his secular Ba’th regime. In a 1986 secret meeting of the Ba’th leadership, Saddam dragged his reluctant comrades screaming and kicking to accept an alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood, among the Ba’th most feared and despised enemies. In this he launched an incremental Islamization campaign that reached its peak just before the 2003 fall of Baghdad. The book attempts to explain why and how was it done and how it touched the inner souls of party and leader. It seems that ISIS represents a leap from Saddam’s Islamization campaign. Is ISIS, then, Saddam’s dead hand, thrusting out of his grave in Tikrit?

Chasing Shadows: The Nixon Tapes, the Chennault Affair, and the Origins of Watergate

November 03, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Forty years after Watergate forced Richard Nixon to resign, Americans still ask why he launched the cover-up that destroyed his presidency. Ken Hughes traces the origins of Watergate back to the final days of the 1968 presidential campaign, when the Nixon campaign sabotaged Vietnam peace talks for political gain, and argues that Nixon’s ultimate loss of the White House was rooted in an obsession with seizing the evidence of the crime by which he gained the presidency in the first place.
Webcast

Impact of Low Oil Prices: Petro Power or Petro Poverty?

October 31, 2014 // 10:00am11:30am
As oil prices drop, The Wilson Center is focusing on the political and economic implications of lower petroleum prices, as long as they continue, in a number of key countries. Leading experts will speak to what the future could hold for Russia, Iraq, Nigeria, and Venezuela with an added perspective on Saudi pricing power.

Freeing Yazidi Women: Combating a 21st Century Slavery Revival Project

October 31, 2014 // 9:00am10:00am
Middle East Program
Matthew Barber, who has conducted research within the Yazidi community and who was in Kurdistan Province when it was attacked by ISIS this summer, and Murad Ismail, a Yazidi-American advocate for the Yazidi community, originally from Sinjar, are both members of the Yazidi delegation visiting Washington, D.C. and are working on efforts to rescue kidnapped Yazidi women.

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