Society and Culture News

Clinton Pledges Increased Support for Democratic Transitions

Oct 16, 2012
On October 12, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton declared that U.S. support for democratic transitions is a “strategic necessity” and not just “a matter of idealism.” She discussed the status of North African political transitions at a conference hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Clinton pledged to increase engagement with the region, despite the outbreak of anti-American sentiment in September 2012. She urged Congress to approve an additional $770 million in assistance to countries that enact political and economic reforms.

Part I: Islam and the New State

Oct 03, 2012
This new series provides a platform for women to engage in a free and fluid exchange about pivotal Middle East issues. For the first piece, women across the region were asked to answer this question: What should be the role of Islam in your society? And what should be Islam’s role in your government?

Civil Liberties in America After 9/11

Oct 03, 2012
Many security experts believe that the question most relevant to the possibility of a “cyber 9/11” attack is not “if” but “when.” What do we need to do to fortify our digital infrastructure against such a worst case scenario? And what are the implications for civil liberties when privacy is already a threatened concept in the virtual world of cyber space? We spoke with Anthony Romero, who became Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union just days before 9/11, to gain his perspective on these and other tough questions.

Erdogan Condemns Attack on U.S. Embassy

Sep 14, 2012
On Sept. 14, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for restraint in reaction to “The Innocence of Muslims” movie. The amateur film’s offensive portrayal of the Prophet Mohammed has prompted protests in more than a dozen countries in the region since Sept. 11. Erdogan condemned the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

OFF-SITE Workshop: Cold War Culture - The Global Conflict and its Legacies in Germany since 1945

Sep 10, 2012
The Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), in cooperation with Cambridge University and the "Germany and the World in the Age of Glibalization" project, are pleased to announce a workshop to discuss current research on Cold War Germany from various thematic perspectives and to raise new questions on the societal impact of this global conflict. The workshop will be held at the FRIAS School of History in Germany from 19 September 2012 to 21 September 2012.

Love and Marriage in North Korea

Aug 13, 2012
Love and Marriage in North Korea – Professor Kathy Moon, formerly a Wilson Center Asian Policy Scholar, fills in the blanks about North Korea’s new First Lady, and reminds us that in the DPRK, romance and politics are inseparable. Dr. Moon is professor of political science and director of East Asian Studies at Wellesley College.

East European Studies Short-term Research Scholarships

Jun 25, 2012
The Wilson Center's European Studies Program is now accepting applications for the EES Short-term Grant competition, which is open to academic experts and practitioners, including advanced graduate students, engaged in specialized research requiring access to Washington, DC and its research institutions. Grants are for one month and do not include residence at the Wilson Center. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, in order to be considered eligible for this grant opportunity. The deadline for this grant cycle is: September 1, 2012.

European Studies Welcomes Title VIII-supported Summer Research Scholar Costica Bradatan

Jun 19, 2012
European Studies is pleased to welcome Title VIII-supported summer research scholar Costica Bradatan - Associate Professor in the Honors College at Texas Tech University. Bradatan’s research at the Center aims to illustrate how the concept of “dying for an idea” has the potential to shape intellectual history and the dissemination of knowledge.

European Studies Welcomes Public Policy Scholar Terri Givens

Jun 04, 2012
European Studies is pleased to welcome Public Policy Scholar Terri Givens. Givens is an associate professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin, and the author of several books on immigration policy, European politics and security, including Voting Radical Right in Western Europe and the Immigrant Politics: Race and Representation in Western Europe. Givens is currently working on a project titled “The Politics of Immigration Policy: Discourses and Denial.”

The Brazilian Challenge: How to Manage Asymmetrical Regional Relations Beyond the OAS

May 12, 2012
View the latest article by Paulo Sotero, director of the Brazil Institute in the most recent issue of Revista CIBOD d'afers internacionals.

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