July 29, 2015 // 9:30am — 10:45am
Middle East Program
Four analysts and observers of Iran and Middle Eastern politics assessed the state of the current deal, the implications of this accord, and the consequences for the region.
July 28, 2015 // 2:00pm — 3:30pm
China Environment Forum
The leading source of water pollution in China is not industry or municipal waste, rather the country’s vast agricultural sector—pesticide and fertilizer runoff from fields and animal waste from industrial-scale farms.
July 28, 2015 // 9:00am — 4:00pm
Latin American Program
On July 28, we bring to Washington top experts and policymakers from seminars in Colombia, Barbados, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Peru, to further broaden the dialogue about climate adaptation and population dynamics in Latin America and the Caribbean; and to encourage the development of new policy and programmatic tools that help countries of the region meet the financial, organizational, and political challenges that climate change presents.
July 28, 2015 // 9:00am — 11:00am
The Arctic is not empty; 4 million people make it their home. Rapid societal changes coupled with climate change have had a profound effect on local populations. Too often decisions about life in the Far North are made by people with no knowledge of Arctic culture or needs. Some countries have done a better job in human development than others. What works? What doesn’t?
July 27, 2015 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
Human Rights play an important role in US-Russia relations. Rarely, however, are disability rights included in discussions of human rights in Russia and Eastern Europe. What are the key issues facing people with disabilities in the region today?
July 27, 2015 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
North Korea International Documentation Project
Rep. Kim Moo-Sung, Chairman of the Korean Saenuri Party (New Frontier Party) addressed a luncheon of invited experts and distinguished guests and discussed the US-ROK alliance and national unification on the occasion of the sixty-second anniversary of the Korean War armistice.
July 24, 2015 // 11:00am — 12:15pm
In May 2015, the Ukrainian government passed four controversial laws aimed at initiating a clean break with the country’s communist past. Included in the laws are instructions on removing remnants of the communist past (monuments and street names), prescriptions on how to write the country’s history, as well as new measures to reconfigure the country’s archives. While the defenders of the laws argue similar measures were taken in other post-socialist countries and they are necessary to win the current conflict with Russia, scholars and other groups have questioned the impact on academic freedom, as well as freedom of speech more generally in Ukraine.
July 23, 2015 // 2:00pm — 3:00pm
Global Europe Program
Recent years have seen Turkish humanitarian non-governmental organizations play a growing role in international peacebuilding. To what extent can we talk about an interaction between the state and the NGOs? Is it a sustainable model or one dependent upon temporary policies?
July 23, 2015 // 11:00am — 12:30pm
Challenges in U.S. relations with great powers such as China and Russia derive not only from divergent national interests, but from distinct conceptions of nationhood, sovereignty, and modernity. Americans must therefore consider not only what the United States would like Russia and China to do, but how Chinese and Russians see themselves, one another, and the wider world, including the United States.
July 23, 2015 // 10:30am — 12:00pm
Democratic ideals and cultural exchanges among nations have been seen as effective tools to encourage reconciliation between former adversaries. But that seemingly has not been the case in relations between Japan and South Korea, even if democratic values are shared. Wilson Center Fellow and Waseda University professor Toyomi Asano notes that it is important to share memories of the United States-led process of decolonization after the Japanese Empire’s defeat.