October 30, 2014 // 9:00am — 4:30pm
Centerpieces of United States policy toward Asia—especially East and Southeast Asia—during the Obama presidency have included the “pivot” or “rebalancing” on the security side and seeking a massive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement on the economic side. With midterm congressional elections looming and the Obama administration beset by foreign policy challenges from outside the East and Southeast Asian region, this full-day conference will assess the progress, problems and prospects of “rebalancing” and the TPP.
October 28, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
History and Public Policy Program
In the second half of the 1980s, the KGB conducted an international disinformation campaign accusing the U.S. of having artificially constructed the virus that causes AIDS at the Pentagon’s laboratory for biological warfare in Fort Detrick, Maryland. On the basis of his research with scholar Christopher Nehring in the archives of the former communist secret police in Bulgaria, Germany, and the Czech Republic, Douglas Selvage will present new details about the disinformation campaign and the key supporting role played by the KGB’s “fraternal organ,” the East German Ministry of State Security or Stasi.
October 28, 2014 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Rapid population growth can be a contributing factor to both greenhouse gas emissions and vulnerability to climate stresses. The Population Reference Bureau and Worldwatch Institute formed an international Population Dynamics and Climate-Compatible Development Expert Working Group to identify policy opportunities to increase investment in family planning in climate-sensitive development initiatives. Join us for a presentation about the working group’s report and discussion with select working group members.
October 28, 2014 // 8:30am — 5:30pm
The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and the United States Department of Energy Office of Science, in partnership with the Wilson Center's Brazil Institute, held an all-day symposium on collaborative research projects led by scientists in the state of São Paulo, Brazil and in the U.S., targeting the discovery of new science about the Amazon.
October 27, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
In contrast to traditional approaches to Sino-Soviet relations that focus on ideological conflict and the role of powerful personalities such as Chairman Mao and Nikita Khrushchev, Austin Jersild draws on the experiences of advisers in China in the 1950s to place the Sino-Soviet alliance and split within the broader history of socialist bloc cooperation and the Cold War competition with the United States.
October 27, 2014 // 2:00pm — 3:30pm
Join the Brazil Institute as we discuss the results of the October 26 presidential runoff election and its implications for Brazil.
October 27, 2014 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
Latin American Program
During this policy luncheon, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Latin American Program will present “Synchronized Factories: Latin America and the Caribbean in the Era of Global Value Chains”, an IDB Integration and Trade Sector study on trade costs in Latin America and the Caribbean.
October 24, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:00am
There is much riding on the early parliamentary elections in Ukraine on October 26. Ukrainians face an ongoing war despite the tenuous ceasefire in the Donbas region, and severe economic pressures. The desperate need for reform is still at the top of the agenda for Maidan activists who overthrew the Yanukovych regime in February, and for the international community which has pledged to support Ukraine financially through the difficult months ahead. How can the new Rada to be elected this Sunday make meaningful progress in the face of these daunting challenges?
October 23, 2014 // 4:00pm — 6:00pm
The Chautauqua is a traveling tent-show that originated in America during the 1800s. These traveling shows featured popular talks intended to edify and entertain, improve the mind and bring culture and enlightenment to the ears and thoughts of the hearer. It is a model that inspires Oleksandr Boichenko, a literary critic, publicist, essayist and translator from Chernivtsi, an emerging center for Ukrainian literature. Boichenko’s Chautauqua at the Wilson Center featured his writings and views on the impact of recent events, from the Maidan to the tenuous ceasefire, on Ukrainian culture.
October 23, 2014 // 1:00pm — 2:00pm
Middle East Program
Events in the Middle East have focused of late on Iraq, Syria, and the battle against ISIS. But Israel retains its centrality as a dynamic actor in the region and sits at the nexus of several critically important issues, including Iran’s nuclear program, relations with the Arab world, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Join us for a conversation and discussion of these and other matters with one of Israel’s most experienced and foremost analysts of Israeli politics and national security challenges.