Past Events

Russia's Monotowns and the Politics of Labor in a Challenging Economic Climate

June 18, 2015 // 3:30pm4:30pm
Kennan Institute
During the 2008-2009 economic crisis, Russia’s monotowns — one-industry towns left from the Soviet era — gained widespread attention as potential sources of social protest and unrest. Will such worries resurface under the current economic conditions?

Crisis in Burundi: Can the U.S. Help?

June 18, 2015 // 1:00pm4:00pm
Africa Program
On June 18, 2015, the Wilson Center Africa Program hosted two panel discussions on the current crisis in Burundi, with a focus on identifying viable opportunities for international engagement, particularly for the United States. The first panel focused on the political, legal, and security issues related to the crisis, while the second addressed the role of civil society and cultural factors.
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Building a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border

June 17, 2015 // 8:30am4:15pm
Mexico Institute
The Wilson Center's Mexico Institute, Border Trade Alliance, and the Asociación de Empresarios Mexicanos invite you to our second annual high-level "Building a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border" conference this year, focusing on improving border management in order to strengthen the competitiveness of both the United States and Mexico.
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Youth Repatriation in Guatemala: The Realities of Returning Home

June 16, 2015 // 9:00am11:00am
Latin American Program
This event features two of the authors of a new paper published by the Latin American Program on the repatriation of Guatemalan migrants. The paper is based on fieldwork conducted in Guatemala in March by four George Washington University graduate students.
Webcast

Calculating the Costs of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

June 15, 2015 // 12:00pm1:15pm
Middle East Program
This event will explore both the economic and the non economic factors surrounding the conflict that might influence the parties' decisions and the long-term implications for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza and the international community.

Book Talk: Alexis in America: A Russian Grand Duke’s Tour, 1871-72

June 15, 2015 // 11:00am12:00pm
Kennan Institute
Dr. Lee A. Farrow gave an overview of her book, Alexis in America: A Russian Grand Duke’s Tour, 1871-72, which recounts the duke’s progress through the major American cities of the period, detailing his meetings with public figures and describing the national self-reflection that his presence spurred in the American people.
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Leitmotiv in Russian Novels of the 19th and 20th Centuries

June 11, 2015 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
Very few readers notice that the general plot structure of three of the greatest Russian novels of the 20th century – Doctor Zhivago, And Quiet Flows the Don, and Lolita – is the same, because the authors have unwittingly described the same situation. Each story features main heroines, symbolizing Russia, who are defiled by their fathers (or step-fathers) and then run away with lovers and bear dead children. Incest becomes a metaphor of power that depraves the country through criminal methods of governing. In Nabokov's case, the topic of defilement and forbidden passion is always connected with the threat of prison (Invitation to a Beheading, Bend Sinister, preface to Lolita, and Lolita itself: in attempting to become free from obsessive desire, the hero falls deeper and deeper into an abyss of dependence and fear. It is the best metaphor for the 1917 revolution which only deteriorated the conditions of Russian life). Meanwhile, the main hero hopes that the fulfillment of sinful wish would cure him, but it is a great delusion both in moral and social terms. This plot line first appeared in Tolstoy's novel, The Resurrection, which in essence predicted Russian history for more than 100 years.
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Youth and Civil Society: The Missing Powers in Yemen

June 11, 2015 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Mohammad Al-Shami discussed the different stakeholders and positions in Yemen and review what is happening on the ground. He drew attention to the struggles and consequences that Yemenis face if the conflict continues without an immediate solution. In addition, Al-Shami highlighted the importance of empowering youth movements and civil society in Yemen in order to mobilize the community to promote peace.
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Wilson Center Announces New Center for Korean History and Public Policy

June 10, 2015 // 3:00pm4:00pm
History and Public Policy Program
Please join us on June 10 to celebrate the launch of the new Hyundai Motor–Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy. Made possible with the generous support of the Hyundai Motor Company and the Korea Foundation, the program will expand the Wilson Center's unique strengths and rich legacy of substantive and diverse programming on Korea.
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Transparency, Governance, and Foreign Policy: Meeting the Challenge in the Americas

June 09, 2015 // 1:30pm5:00pm
Latin American Program
Throughout much of Latin America, the "golden years" of economic growth during the last decade's commodity boom have given way to economic decline or stagnation. At the same time, a mobilized citizenry is demanding better government performance. These two factors have focused unprecedented attention on rule of law deficits and official corruption. Meanwhile, relations among countries of the hemisphere have grown more complex. As much as the region has welcomed the normalization of U.S.-Cuban relations, the options for international insertion now extend far beyond the Western Hemisphere.

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