Events

Turkey: Parliamentary Elections and their Aftermath

June 09, 2015 // 9:30am11:00am
The June 7 Turkish elections are shaping up to be one of the most contested, if not critical, of recent times. At stake is whether the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will succeed in achieving the majority it needs to initiate a process to change the constitution and transform the country into a presidential system. Participants will discuss the election results and consider how these will affect Turkish domestic and foreign policy in the months to come.

Sarajevo Roses, Tahrir Protests & Djerbahood: Injustice, Youth & Resilience

June 03, 2015 // 10:00am11:00am
In the Balkans, local youth, unsatisfied by attempts to deal with post-conflict and post-authoritarian injustice, launched their own forms of activism. Arnaud Kurze will discuss why and how, despite repressive politics, youth were able to create alternative spaces to express their political voice.

To Have and to Hold: Gender Regimes and Property Rights in Twentieth Century Romania

May 20, 2015 // 10:00am11:00am
The meaning of citizenship has changed profoundly over the twentieth century, with women experiencing the most radical shifts in how their rights and duties have been defined and protected by the state. Visiting Scholar Maria Bucur follows the changes that have affected women in Romania in the area of property rights.
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The British General Election – Domestic and Foreign Policy Challenges for the Next Government

May 12, 2015 // 2:00pm3:00pm
It had been billed as one of the closest election races in modern British politics. What does the result mean for the United Kingdom? And for its relations with Europe and the wider world? Our experts examine the results and assess the domestic and foreign policy challenges facing the Tory government.

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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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