December 04, 2014 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
In the most climate-change vulnerable regions of our planet, the impacts of extreme weather events threaten lives and livelihoods. These stresses have the potential to render spaces effectively unproductive and uninhabitable. A central question for practice, policy, and research revolves around the resilience of peoples whose livelihoods and settlements are threatened by these overwhelming extremes.
December 04, 2014 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Middle East Program
May Rihani will discuss her new book, Cultures Without Borders, the memoir of a Lebanese woman whose life defies Western stereotypes about Arab women. Rihani, who has traveled to 71 countries and has worked in more than 40, discovers that the common ground among cultures eclipses the differences.
December 03, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Much has been said in recent years about India’s rising global clout. Considerably less has been said about India and a different type of power: The kind that electrifies households, fires up factories, lights up buildings—and, overall, sustains nations and their economies. This event marks the launch of India Energy: The Struggle for Power, written by Raymond E. Vickery, a foremost expert on India’s energy situation.
December 03, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
From megacities to small coastal communities, more people than ever before are confronting the coming challenges of climate change. And more than ever before, we are turning to the media to bring these challenges to the attention of policymakers and the public in order to build resilience to weathering these changes. But reporting on climate resilience requires pushing the boundaries of traditional beats, looking beyond national borders, and exploring new angles such as human rights, disaster preparedness, and women’s health. This roundtable panel features reporters and communication experts who are finding surprising new stories where climate change meets resilience.
December 03, 2014 // 9:30am — 11:00am
The game-changing events in Ukraine have exposed the fundamental disagreement between the West and Russia on the essential principles underpinning the modern international system. One year after the start of the crisis, is there any hope of a productive partnership with Russia? Nikolai Zlobin and Sergey Aleksashenko discussed the difficulties facing Russia and its on-again, off-again relationship with the West.
December 03, 2014 // 9:00am — 11:00am
China Environment Forum
China’s water scarcity is driving the development of massive dams and water transfer projects, moving water from the water-rich south to the parched north. Hydropower, a low-carbon electricity source, already supplies 16% of the country’s power. At this meeting, speakers will look behind the water infrastructure trends in China and discuss some of the social and environmental challenges.
December 02, 2014 // 4:00pm — 6:00pm
Latin American Program
Launch of the Latin America and the Caribbean regional report of the World Bank ’s global “Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal.”
December 02, 2014 // 9:00am — 5:00pm
Kissinger Institute on China and the United States
The Kissinger Institute and the Counsellors’ Office of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China hosted a joint symposium on how national traditions and values yield (or fail to yield) creative cultures, innovative institutions, and soft power, and what governments can do to foster or stymie such dynamism.
December 02, 2014 // 9:00am — 10:30am
The Berlin Wall, marking the “line of freedom,” has moved to the borders of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko observed in an interview in May 2014. Before the current situation in Ukraine, there was a revolution. Now, newly gained freedoms are paid for with an ongoing crisis. How do artists reflect the political turmoil and societal rifts in their art? What are the roles of artists and the arts in Ukraine’s national crisis? Three prominent supporters of the arts in Ukraine will discuss these questions and more one year after the Euromaidan Revolution began.
December 01, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Exaggerated accounts of urban violence after Martin Luther King’s assassination, David Chappell will argue, have long obscured national reactions of far greater significance. Most important was the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which had been hopelessly stalled in Congress since 1966.