Upcoming Events

Innovation, Brain Drain, and the Politics of Russian Higher Education Reform

April 23, 2014 // 9:00am12:30pm
Kennan Institute
Russian higher education has done more to integrate western norms and standards than virtually any other national institution. Yet Russia’s universities and research institutes continue to face economic and political headwinds that raise questions about their ability to compete in a global marketplace. The Kennan Institute will conduct a conference on April 23rd that addresses the challenges confronting Russian higher education and how Russian universities interact with their international counterparts.

Increasing Resilience to Climate Change

April 23, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Brazil Institute
On April 23, the Managing the Planet series will bring together a panel to discuss efforts to increase resilience for both natural and human systems.

Building U.S.-China Trust: Through Next Generation People, Platform & Programs

April 24, 2014 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Kissinger Institute on China and the United States
The new report - Building U.S.-China Trust Through Next Generation People, Platforms and Programs - released by the University of Southern California and Peking University, offers new ideas and concrete recommendations on how to build trust and improve U.S.-China relations.

Triumph of Improvisation: Gorbachev's Adaptation, Reagan's Engagement, and the End of the Cold War

April 28, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
James Graham Wilson takes a long view of the end of the Cold War, from the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan to Operation Desert Storm. Wilson argues that adaptation, improvisation, and engagement by individuals in positions of power ended the specter of a nuclear holocaust. Eschewing the notion of a coherent grand strategy to end the Cold War, Wilson illuminates how leaders made choices and reacted to events they did not foresee.

Environmental Information: The Roles of Experts and the Public

April 29, 2014 // 10:00am11:30am
Science and Technology Innovation Program
Access to environmental information and its impact on environmental decision making will be explored, with special attention to the role of geographical information and geographical information systems and to citizen science.

Ethnonationalist Conflict in Postcommunist States

April 29, 2014 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Why do ethnonational conflicts reach different degrees of violence? Why does violence continue to reoccur even after strong international intervention for conflict-resolution and democratization? To answer these questions, Maria Koinova combines research on civil wars with the study of non-violent majority-minority disputes by examining 5 degrees of violence in three cases – Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Kosovo – over a 20-year period.
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The Vote: When Does Suffrage Become Universal?

May 01, 2014 // 5:00pm7:00pm
A panel of legal experts will discuss the ideal and practice of universal suffrage, emphasizing and exploring the “every.” This event is co-sponsored with the American Bar Association.

Covert Legions: U.S. Army Intelligence and the Defense of Europe, 1944-1949

May 05, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
As the Third Reich collapsed, Soviet forces moved deep into Central Europe, and the United States had to adjust rapidly to the new political landscape. The intelligence services of the U.S. Army assumed a key role in informing Washington national security policy toward Europe during this critical period. This presentation discusses the early Cold War operations of U.S. Army intelligence as it sought to apprehend war criminals, suppress Nazi subversion, contain communism, and monitor the Red Army.

The United States, Trade Remedy, and the WTO: What’s Next?

May 08, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
Canada Institute
In recent years, American trade remedies have been particularly controversial. No safeguard has ever been found to be WTO-consistent. Indeed, with the expiry of the softwood lumber agreement between Canada and the U.S. in 2015, trade remedy issues are certain to remain a central issue for American trade negotiators going forward. Please join the Canada Institute in welcoming a panel of the leading authorities on global trade remedies to discuss a range of issues pertaining to how the United States has addressed trade remedies in the past and what concerns may arise in future.

Bankrupt: Detroit and the Future of Urban America

May 12, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Detroit is the largest American municipality to have declared bankruptcy. Leading urban historian Thomas Sugrue examines the roots of the city's fiscal crisis, its implications for urban finance, pensions, and the future of American cities, and examines the opportunities and obstacles that Detroit faces in its efforts to restructure its local government, redevelop its downtown and neighborhoods, and reorganize its troubled economy.

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