November 19, 2014 // 9:30am — 11:30am
Nearly a year after demonstrations erupted in Kyiv, Ukraine is forming a new government and considering the way forward after the recent parliamentary elections. Moldova faces parliamentary elections at the end of the month in which the survival of the current pro-European coalition is at stake. Belarus has been the seat of the Minsk process, the chief international effort to stop the fighting and find a settlement to the crisis in Eastern Ukraine. Russia and the EU are deeply interested in each of these countries, which all face unresolved questions about their peace, stability, and political orientation. Three former ambassadors to the region discussed recent events and prospects in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine and a senior State Department official offered a US government perspective on developments in the region.
November 19, 2014 // 9:00am — 12:00pm
From widespread fears about energy security, the debate in the United States in recent years has shifted to how the abundance of natural gas and significant new oil reserves are fundamentally altering the U.S. energy relationship with the world. North American energy independence is rapidly becoming a reality, with the United States now confident that it will be able to satisfy declining national demand for oil through a combination of domestic, Canadian, and Mexican supply, fuel efficiency measures, and a long-term shift from gasoline and diesel to natural gas-based fuel for transportation.
November 18, 2014 // 4:30pm — 6:00pm
This event takes place in the Dirksen Senate Office. America has been continuously at war since the fall of 2001. A sizable percentage of American soldiers sent overseas in this era have been women. Surrounded and far outnumbered by men, working within a predominantly male culture, women have experiences of special interest. In Soldier Girls, Helen Thorpe follows the lives of three women over twelve years on their paths to the military, overseas to Afghanistan, and back home…and then overseas again to Iraq. Please join us for a discussion of the experiences of women in the military with journalist and author Helen Thorpe and two of the soldiers in her book.
November 18, 2014 // 2:00pm — 4:30pm
Science and Technology Innovation Program
Join us for a public forum exploring ways in which crowd-based approaches, such as citizen science and community-based monitoring, are and can be used to track climate change and support indicators or indicator systems.
November 18, 2014 // 11:00am — 12:00pm
Russia’s incorporation of Crimea and continuing support for armed separatists in Ukraine demonstrates the changes the Russian national identity has undergone in the last two years. This talk focused on the dramatic revisions in Russia’s foreign policy doctrine since Putin’s return to power, looking at the specific worldview and major ideological conceptions that have prompted this change.
November 18, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:30am
Public opinion is playing an ever-increasing role in forging diplomatic ties, including relations between the United States and Korea. Public diplomacy between and within the two countries, and the role the media plays in shaping foreign policy will be assessed in a joint conference with Ewha Womans University and the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
November 18, 2014 // 9:30am — 11:30am
Environmental Change and Security Program
“A world in which a quarter of humanity is denied full enjoyment of their rights is an unjust world,” said Kate Gilmore, deputy executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). “It’s a world without the building blocks for human progress, for human peace, for human security.”
November 17, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Britain seemingly should have won the Revolutionary War. Its failure to do so is commonly assumed to be due to the incompetence of commanders and the politicians who are ridiculed in fiction and in movies. Although less crudely presented, such caricatures even permeate scholarly literature. The talk will challenge the stereotypes and offer a very different explanation of why Britain lost the American War of Independence.
November 17, 2014 // 2:00pm — 3:00pm
Twenty-three years after its emergence as an independent state, Russia’s institutions are still incomplete. It possesses open markets, competitive pricing, and appropriate fiscal tools to promote economic growth, but it lacks rule of law and independent courts. Paradoxically, Russia’s business community has never really championed private property rights. Instead most businesses have long operated under other countries' rules, essentially outsourcing the law to foreign jurisdictions. Vedomosti columnist and Wilson Center Fellow Maxim Trudolyubov discussed the changing economic environment in Russia in the aftermath of the Ukrainian Crisis.
November 17, 2014 // 8:30am — November 21, 2014 // 5:05pm
FAPESP Week 2014: California will explore the partnerships between Brazilian and U.S. scientists and will be hosted by University of California, Berkeley and University of California, Davis.