Past Events

The End of Canada?

November 21, 2002 // 8:30am10:00am
Canada Institute
Mel Hurtig spoke about the perceived erosion of Canada given increasing economic, cultural, and military integration resulting from post-9/11 security measures at the Canada-U.S. border. He stated that while it might be too late to save Canada, he had considerable faith in the ability of the Canadian public to retain their vision of government as a provider and a protector of the public good.

The Role of Agricultural Science and Technology in Reducing Hunger, Improving Livelihoods, and Increasing Economic Growth

November 20, 2002 // 11:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Featuring Robert T. Watson, Chief Scientist and Director of the Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development Network, World Bank

Problems of State-building in the Interwar Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes/Yugoslavia (1918-1929)

November 20, 2002 // 11:00am12:00pm
Global Europe Program
Sabrina Ramet, Professor of Political Science, Trondheim University, Norway, and former Wilson Center Fellow

The Challenges of Higher Education in Central and Eastern Europe

November 20, 2002 // 3:00am4:00pm
Global Europe Program
Yehuda Elkana, Rector, Central European University, and Member, Board of Directors, Civic Education ProjectCosponsored by the Civic Education Project

Cyprus, Turkey and the European Union: U.S. Policies in the Balance

November 19, 2002 // 11:00pm
Global Europe Program

Nanotechnology and the Environment

November 19, 2002 // 12:30pm2:00pm
Science and Technology Innovation Program
Following on the footsteps of Bill Joy's now famous Wired article (Why the Future Doesn't Need Us), a number of people and organizations have begun to raise serious questions about the potential social and environmental impacts of nanotechnology. A recent piece by the ETC Group (No Small Matter! Nanotech Particles Penetrate Living Cells and Accumulate in Animal Organs) has received significant coverage in the popular press. How much do we know about the environmental impacts of nanotechnonly? Who is looking at these issues and who should be? How do we separate science from pseudoscience and hype? And what can we do to ensure that the public and policy-makers do not become so fearful of nanotechnology's risks that they reject or restrict its promise?

Russia Counts: The 2002 Russian Census

November 18, 2002 // 11:00am12:00pm
Kennan Institute
Cynthia Buckley, Associate Professor of Sociology and Associate Director, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Texas, Austin; and former Title VIII-Supported Short-Term Scholar, Kennan Institute

Water for Peace—Water for All

November 17, 2002 // 11:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
His Excellency Mikhail S. Gorbachev, former President of the Soviet Union and current President of Green Cross International.This event was co-sponsored by Global Green USA and Green Cross International.

Congress and Civil Liberties During War

November 15, 2002 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Congress Project
The war on terrorism, triggered by the terrorists' attacks of September 2001, has been no exception to wartime Congresses giving Presidents additional powers to combat national security threats at home and abroad. The USA Patriot Act and other executive actions aimed at increasing domestic surveillance and detention of suspected terrorists have raised concerns about abuses of civil liberties. How Congress and the courts are responding to this delicate balancing act between security and liberty will be the subject of this Congress Project Seminar.

A Rough Neighborhood: Afghanistan and Its Neighbors

November 15, 2002 // 7:45am11:45am
Asia Program
Feroz Khan, visiting fellow, Monterey Institute for International Studies; Zalmay Khalilzad, special presidential envoy for Afghanistan, National Security Council; Mohsen Milani, professor of Government and International Affairs, University of South Florida; Ahmed Rashid, correspondent, Far Eastern Economic Review and The Daily Telegraph; Nazif Shahrani, professor of anthropology, University of Indiana.Speech by Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad

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