Events

2015 Ahtisaari Symposium: New Evidence and Perspectives on the Helsinki Accords

April 27, 2015 // 9:00am12:30pm
The Ahtisaari Symposium series, established at the Wilson Center in 2010 in honor of Nobel Laureate and former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, provides a forum for discussion of historical and policy perspectives on vital European security issues. In cooperation with the University of Helsinki, the Wilson Center also hosts a scholarship program for Finnish professionals from the scholarly, media, business and public policy communities.
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The Estonia Model: Why a Free and Secure Internet Matters

April 21, 2015 // 1:00pm2:00pm
In this Director's Forum, His Excellency Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of the Republic of Estonia, will discuss the state of cybersecurity, privacy, and the digital economy.

25 Years Since the Baltic Revolution: Marking Accomplishments, Facing Challenges

April 17, 2015 // 10:00am11:45am
This anniversary year, in which Latvia holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, presents a timely opportunity to review what the Baltics have accomplished in the past quarter century as well as current and future challenges that they face. As Latvia prepares to host a May 2015 Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, it is also appropriate to assess the relevance of Baltic experience to others seeking closer ties with European and trans-Atlantic structures.

Who’s Afraid of the Fact-Checker?

April 15, 2015 // 10:00am11:30am
Why has fact-checking become such an important part of journalism?The discussion will provide insight into how fact-checking is done in practice and why fact-checking politicians, pundits, and policymakers, has recently become a global trend in online journalism.
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Southern European Energy Corridor: Status, Prospects and Geopolitics

April 14, 2015 // 2:30pm4:30pm
New pipelines are carrying natural gas and oil from the Caspian and Russia to Turkey and beyond to Europe. In this southern European landscape, pipeline proposals like Nabucco and South Stream have given way to more focused initiatives, including the Southern Corridor Pipeline and a newly proposed “Turkish Stream” to parallel the Blue Stream pipeline from Russia across the Black Sea to Turkey. At stake is the energy security of Central and Eastern Europe, which historically have depended almost entirely on Russia for their energy supplies.

A Global Problem: the European Parliament’s Effort to Combat Tax Inversion

April 08, 2015 // 2:00pm3:00pm
Legislators on both sides of the Atlantic have expressed growing concern about tax inversion and its impact on both investment and tax revenues. In recent years, the practice has been the subject of heated public debate both in the US and in the European Union. In February 2015, following public and political interest in advanced tax ruling practices in Member States, the European Parliament set up the TAXE committee. Alain Lamassoure, Chairman of the TAXE committee, will speak about this unique initiative of the European Parliament and of the need of transatlantic cooperation in this field.
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Ukraine and the Crisis of Euro-Atlantic Security

March 18, 2015 // 7:00pm9:00pm
Tune in to our live stream today at 6:00 p.m. CST for a discussion on Ukraine and the changing security landscape in Europe. Tonight’s program is a partnership between The Chicago Council, The Wilson Center and the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe.
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Current Challenges to Euro-Atlantic Security: Strategies for Co-operation and Joint Solutions

March 17, 2015 // 8:45am5:30pm
The OSCE Security Days Conference, the first held outside of Vienna featured Foreign Ministers, Ambassadors, prominent leaders, and global policy makers on the current challenges to Euro-Atlantic security.

Creating Kosovo: International Oversight and the Making of Ethical Institutions

March 11, 2015 // 3:00pm4:00pm
Dr. Skendaj will discuss his book, Creating Kosovo: International Oversight and the Making of Ethical Institutions, which highlights efforts to build the police force, the central government, courts, and a customs service.
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Ukrainian Democracy After the Maidan: Threats and Opportunities

February 12, 2015 // 1:00pm5:00pm
The Global Europe Program is pleased to host the 10th Annual Ion Ratiu Democracy Award Workshop on Ukrainian Democracy After the Maidan featuring keynote remarks the 2014 recipient of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, Mustafa Nayyem, a journalist, democracy activist and Parliamentarian in Ukraine. Opening remarks will be provided by Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland.

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Experts & Staff

  • Christian F. Ostermann // Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • Emily R. Buss // Program Assistant