Events

The Future of the Eurozone

October 10, 2013 // 10:30am12:00pm
Jörg Asmussen has been a Member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank since January 2012. He is responsible for the Directorate General International and European Relations and the Directorate General Legal Services. He represents the ECB in various European and international fora, e.g. the Euro Working Group and the G20 Deputies.

Why Communism Did Not Collapse: Understanding Authoritarian Regime Resilience in Asia and Europe

October 03, 2013 // 2:30pm4:00pm
Martin K. Dimitrov, Associate Professor of Political Science at Tulane University, will speak on the puzzling durability of communist autocracies in Eastern Europe and Asia, the the longest-lasting type of non-democratic regime to emerge after World War I.

Women, Business and the Law 2014: Removing Restrictions to Enhance Gender Equality

October 03, 2013 // 9:00am11:00am
Women, Business and the Law measures how laws, regulations, and institutions differentiate between women and men. It further discusses how the respective laws, regulations, and institutions may affect women’s incentives, capacity to work, or to set up and run a business. It objectively measures legal differences on the basis of gender in 143 economies, covering six areas: accessing institutions, using property, getting a job, providing incentives to work, building credit, and going to court. This year’s report was published by Bloomsbury Publishing. wbl.worldbank.org
Catherine Ashton
Webcast

A Conversation With Catherine Ashton

September 30, 2013 // 2:50pm4:00pm
Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, has given a new cohesion and direction to EU foreign policy. Please join us as she talks with Jane Harman, Director, President and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson Center, on critical issues from the UN General Assembly in New York - Iran and Syria - and her recent work on the Balkans, Egypt, and Somalia.

Reshaping Eurasia's Future: Russia, China, and the EU

September 25, 2013 // 9:00am2:00pm
Eurasian geopolitics are more fluid now than they have been for at least a decade. The looming U.S. withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan and Russia's uncertain capabilities in the region leave a vacuum for new extra-regional powers to fill.

The Vatican and Ostpolitik

September 23, 2013 // 12:00pm1:30pm
On March 7, 1963, Pope John XIII met the daughter and son-in-law of the Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev in a private audience. On the same day, at a UN conference on diplomatic and consular relations, Agostino Casaroli, the architect of the Vatican’s own Ostpolitik (policy towards the East), met with delegates from across the Soviet Bloc. Both instances can be considered the beginning of a new Ostpolitik pursued by the Catholic Church.

Ground Truth Briefing: Germany Decides

September 23, 2013 // 10:00am11:00am
In this Ground Truth Briefing, the Wilson Center brings together experts to discuss the election result in Germany.

Can Culture be Shut Down? Bosnia's Cultural Institutions and World Heritage

September 20, 2013 // 12:00pm2:00pm
On October 4, 2012, Bosnia’s National Museum in Sarajevo closed its doors. Another six key cultural institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina likely face the same future, due to uncertain funding and legal status. On October 4, 2012, Bosnia’s National Museum in Sarajevo closed its doors. Another six key cultural institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina likely face the same future, due to uncertain funding and legal status
Webcast

Enlarging the European Union

September 18, 2013 // 3:00pm5:00pm
The first enlargement was one of the most divisive and politically charged events in the history of the present-day European Union. French opposition to British membership meant that London had to wait more than a decade at the Community's door. Other countries, including Denmark and Ireland, whose requests for membership were tied to the coat-tails of the British applications, had to endure a similar wait. Enlarging the European Union focuses on the early history of the EU and in particular the role played by the European Commission, an institution whose aim was to gain influence over the Community's agenda and to shape its policies, including the issue of enlargement. Enlarging the European Union explores the Commission's interaction with the member states and the applicant countries between the years 1961 and 1973 and also the Commission's attempts to gain and wield influence over the first enlargement round.

Germany, the Transatlantic Partnership and the Global Agenda

September 10, 2013 // 11:30am12:30pm
Hans-Ulrich Klose is a highly respected longtime member and Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the German Bundestag and Chairman of the German-American Parliamentary Group.

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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