Events

Turkey: The Struggle for Its Future

April 01, 2014 // 11:00am12:00pm
NATO ally Turkey, long a stable, reliable and pluralistic Western partner has been shaken by a swirl of corruption allegations. In the lead up to the March 30 municipal elections, seen by many as a referendum on his leadership, Prime Minister Recep Erdogan has responded with mass dismissals and censorship, including attempts this week to ban Twitter and YouTube. In this Ground Truth Briefing, three experts discuss the implications for Turkey and the region.
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The End of the Union? London, Edinburgh, and the Battle for Scottish Independence

April 01, 2014 // 10:00am11:30am
On 18 September, Scotland will hold a referendum on its 300 year-old union with the rest of the United Kingdom. It is an historic event with the campaign battle already well under way. The Center’s Global Europe Program will convene several leading experts to discuss the referendum campaign and the wider implications of a ‘Yes’ vote for Edinburgh, London and Europe.

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: A Regulatory Framework for the 21st Century

March 26, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
On 10 March, the fourth round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations between the European Union and the United States began in Brussels. This trade agreement is about more than just reducing tariff barriers; non-tariff barriers including regulatory issues are at TTIP's core. This event focuses attention on the significant regulatory chapter and the challenges and likely obstacles on the path to a successful agreement between the EU and the US.

Importance of Intelligence: an International Perspective

March 25, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am
Offering an international perspective on NSA's programs, this discussion will focus on what role the US should play in the intelligence community to counter terrorism.

Germany and the Crisis with Ukraine and Russia

March 21, 2014 // 2:30pm3:30pm
Germany is deeply engaged in trying to resolve the crisis with Ukraine and Russia, with Chancellor Angela Merkel holding the record for the most number of phone conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. What is Germany's leverage? What are her interests? Are there divergences in German and US policies with regard to Russia and Ukraine in this crisis? Join us for a discussion of these and other related issues with the former German Ambassador to the US, Klaus Scharioth.

Media Briefing: Obama in Europe

March 20, 2014 // 11:30am12:00pm
On March 24 President Obama will travel to Europe for a Nuclear Security Summit in the Netherlands, followed by a U.S.-EU Summit in Brussels on March 26. Planned agenda items for these meetings, however, are likely to be overtaken by Russia’s accession of Crimea and continuing instability in Ukraine. Wilson Center experts in nuclear security, US-EU relations, and US-Russia relations and Ukraine previewed the President’s trip in a briefing session for media.

A Cyprus Negotiations Update: Why Prospects for a Peaceful and Lasting Settlement are Improving

March 10, 2014 // 12:00pm1:00pm
The Cyprus dispute is more than a half-century old, yet the mood surrounding the latest round of UN-sponsored negotiations suggest that prospects for a peaceful and lasting settlement have markedly improved. Mr. Özdil Nami, representative of the Turkish Cypriot Community in charge of foreign affairs, will discuss the recent months’ developments, including the impact that regional hydrocarbon discoveries may be having on the talks, and what Turkish Cypriots hope to see happen as negotiations continue.
MAKING AN AQUARIUM OUT OF FISH STEW

"Making An Aquarium Out Of Fish Stew" Reforming Post-Communist Budapest

March 04, 2014 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Gabor Demszky served as Mayor of Budapest between 1990 and 2010, being re-elected five times. As the longest serving mayor of a major European capital in recent decades, Demszky will draw from experience bringing the management of Budapest into a liberal, capitalist world to consider how cities handle uncertainties in budgetary planning.

Cyprus - Prospects and Challenges: Looking Ahead to 2014

February 28, 2014 // 12:30pm1:30pm
It has been forty years since hostilities divided the Republic of Cyprus, yet the discovery of hydrocarbon reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean indicate that 2014 could be a year of possibility for the island nation. The potential development of these hydrocarbon resources could provide an opportunity for Cyprus to become a major regional player.
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Why European Union Human Rights Diplomacy Matters

February 26, 2014 // 4:00pm5:00pm
The EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Stavros Lambrinidis, will discuss the EU role and diplomacy for the advancement and promotion of human rights around the world. From Russia to China, Egypt, and Burma, and from freedom of expression and religion to the support for Human Rights Defenders, embattled NGOs and LGBTI persons, EU Human Rights diplomacy seeks to respond to the rising global challenges.

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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