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2010 Events

Jan 1 2010 12:00 am
Dec 31 2010 12:00 am

 

December 13, 2010 - POLITICAL SALON: A GENERATIONS END - A PERSONAL MEMOIR

Scott Malcomson, author of Generation's End, on the ways in which the critical two-year period following 9/11 set the tone for profound changes in America's relationship with the world.

 

November 16, 2010 - POLITICAL SALON: DAVID CALLAHAN ON THE GLOBAL HUMANITARIANISM OF THE NEW RICH

A new group of American billionaires and millionaires are engaged in global philanthropy on a scale never seen before. In this Political Salon, David Callahan discusses his new book, Fortunes of Change: The Rise of the Liberal Rich and the Remaking of America. With Ami Dar moderating, Callahan explores the motives and tactics of the new humanitarian donors: are these "band-aid" providers who aren't tackling the structural inequities of the global economy? Or are these donors having an impact on the deeper inequities of the world?

 

November 15, 2010 - POLITICAL SALON: HUMAN RIGHTS IN IRAN

In this Political Salon, MEP and longtime human rights activist Barbara Lochbihler and The Century Foundation's Geneive Abdo discuss the stance of the international community towards Iran in light of the recently released Boell & Century Foundation policy paper, Placing Human Rights Violations in Iran on Top of the Foreign Policy Agenda. Moderated by Sebastian Gräfe, co-author of the report and Program Director for Foreign & Security Policy for the Böll Foundation's Transatlantic Relations program in Washington DC.

 

November 10, 2010 - POLITICAL SALON WITH THE RUSSIAN OPEN WORLD DELEGATION

Managed by the independent Open World Leadership Center at the Library of Congress, the Open World program is designed to enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and the countries of Eurasia and the Baltic States by developing a network of leaders in the region who have gained significant, firsthand exposure to American society, government, and economy. Rob Fenstermacher moderates this discussion with the Russian Open World delegation, comprised of primary and secondary school educators from the Russian Republic of Buryatia.

 

October 26, 2010 -IAN CUTHBERTSON MEMORIAL BREAKFAST: USING SMART SECURITY STRATEGIES TO FIGHT RADICALISM

In the first annual lecture in memory of counterterrorism expert and WPI Senior Fellow Ian Cuthbertson, Al-Qaeda Taliban Monitoring Team Coordinator Richard Barrett and Amnesty International's Tom Parker discuss the limits of traditional military and criminal counterterrorism enforcement initiatives, and explore new thinking and strategies for deterring terrorists and keeping radical ideologies from spreading.

 

October 18, 2010 - POLITICAL SALON: UNSPEAKABLE TRUTHS: TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE AND THE CHALLENGE OF TRUTH COMMISSIONS

When Unspeakable Truths was first published in 2001, it was the first of its kind and quickly became a classic, helping to define the field of truth commissions and the broader arena of transitional justice. In the fully updated and expanded second edition -and in this Political Salon- Priscilla Hayner assesses the impact of truth commissions, analyzes new trends, and highlights new thinking in reparations, international justice, healing from trauma and gender.

 

October 12, 2010 - POLITICAL SALON: AFGHANISTAN: A POST ELECTION ASSESSMENT

Despite a raging war, endless corruption, and questionable rule of law, Afghanistan held nationwide parliamentarian elections on September 18. WPI Senior Fellow Patricia DeGennaro has just returned from observing the elections in the Panjsher Valley and will give a first-hand account of the elections and Afghan attitudes toward this new step toward freedom.

 

September 23, 2010 - "HIGHER EDUCATION?" - A BOOK LAUNCH AND DISCUSSION WITH CLAUDIA DREIFUS AND ANDREW HACKER

A third of the country's young people attend more than 4,000 US colleges and universities, while hundreds of thousands of students from abroad, predominantly from China, India, Korea and the Middle East, get their post-secondary education at the same schools. But how good is American higher education, really? Does it play the role it should in creating opportunity –or can we do better by our students? David Callahan moderates this discussion with co-authors Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus.

 

September 13, 2010 - IT'S A FUNNY WORLD - AN EVENING OF INTERNATIONAL STAND-UP COMEDY

With oil gushing into the Gulf, the Taliban going strong and the polar ice caps melting away, we wouldn’t blame you for feeling like there's nothing to laugh about - until now. You may not have thought policy wonks were funny, but we’re about to prove you wrong. Comedy Central's Christian Finnegan emcees a special evening of international stand-up comedy benefiting World Policy Journal and featuring Ophira Eisenberg, Ian Bremmer, Kevin Bleyer and Robert George.

 

September 10, 2010 - INTERDEPENCE DAY VIII (BERLIN)

World Policy Journalis a proud media partner of the eighth annual Interdependence Day Celebrations and Forums. September 10-12, Berlin, Germany. For more information visit CivWorld's website.

 

July 21, 2010 - THE FUTURE OF RELATIONS WITH THE MUSLIM WORLD

One year after President Obama's Cairo speech, with no sign of an Israel-Palestine peace deal, a deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, and the ongoing nuclear standoff with Iran, a distinguished panel of experts debates whether the 'new beginning' initiative has stalled. Moderated by the New York Times' Roger Cohen, panelists include Reza Aslan, Martin Indyk, Joe Klein, Marc Lynch and Dalia Mogahed.

 

June 23, 2010 - REFORMING THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM AND REVIVING THE ECONOMY: A CALL FOR BOLD, ACTIVE GOVERNMENT

If conservatives are right, and the best government is the smallest government, then how is it that after years of right-wing rule the nation is experiencing stagnant wages, rising health-care costs, increasing unemployment, and concentrations of wealth for a narrow elite? In this forum sponsored by Demos, the World Policy Institute, the Center for American Progress and the Progressive Book Club, authors Jeff Madrick and John Cassidy discuss financial reform, and how government action can help revive the economy.

 

June 16, 2010 - BOOK LAUNCH AND LUNCHEON - "THE ULTIMATE WEAPON IS NO WEAPON"

This lunch discussion brings together authors Mary Kaldor and Shannon Beebe with WPI Senior Fellow Sherle Schwenninger for the launch of The Ultimate Weapon is No Weapon. Brought together from distant points on the political spectrum, renowned peace advocate Mary Kaldor and career military officer Shannon Beebe explore human security and find common ground in a cutting-edge concept that redefines what security means, what security forces should do, and the policies and priorities needed to achieve peace.

 

May 13, 2010 - TWELVE BY TWELVE: A ONE ROOM CASBIN OFF THE GRID AND BEYOND THE AMERICAN DREAM

Why would a successful American physician choose to live in a twelve-foot-by-twelve-foot cabin without running water or electricity? To find out, writer and activist William Powers visited Dr. Jackie Benton in rural North Carolina. Powers, just back from a decade of international aid work, then accepted Benton's offer to stay there for a season while she traveled. There, he befriended the eclectic neighbors-organic farmers, biofuel brewers, eco-developers-and discovered a way of life under threat in opposition to the American dream. Senior Fellow Bill Powers discusses his new book with Demos’ David Callahan.

 

April 29, 2010 - CEDAW: TIME TO GET THE U.S. ON BOARD

The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is the most comprehensive human rights treaty for women. First signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1980, it has never reached the floor of the United States Senate despite bipartisan support in committee. This luncheon panel, co-sponsored with the Women’s Leadership Initiative at Demos, features June Zeitlin, Linda Tarr-Whelan, Letty Chiwara and Michele Wucker in discussion on why US ratification of CEDAW matters to women in this country and around the world, and highlights the steps we can take to make it a reality.

 

April 28, 2010 - THE PLUNDERED PLANET - A BOOK DISCUSSION WITH PAUL COLLIER

Renowned economist and author of groundbreaking book The Bottom Billion, Paul Collier discusses his new book, The Plundered Planet, which builds upon his work on developing countries and the poorest populations to confront the global mismanagement of nature. World Policy Journal Editor David A. Andelman moderates the event, with Sanjay Reddy, Associate Professor of Economics at the New School for Social Research as discussant.

 

April 23, 2010 - RELIGION, DEMOCRACY AND SECURITY IN TURKEY - A LUNCHEON PANEL DISCUSSION

WPI Senior Fellow Belinda Cooper, in conversation with Dilek Kurban and Etyen Mahçupyan, both of The Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV), Istanbul, and Louis Fishman of Brooklyn College, explores Turkey’s expanded role in recent years as a mediator between East and West on the international stage. The election of a moderate Islamist government in 2002, however, raised concerns outside of Turkey about the increased role of Islam in the country's heretofore assertively secular state and its implications for international security. What are the effects of the changes taking place in Turkish society on its democracy and its role in international affairs?

 

Apr 7, 2010 - IMMIGRATION POLICY IN QUÉBEC: SUCCESSES AND LESSONS LEARNED

Québec's Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities Yolande James, the daughter of Canadian citizens who emigrated from St. Lucia and St. Vincent, talks with WPI Executive Director Michele Wucker about Québec's successes and the lessons that it has learned. Event details and webcast here.

 

February 24, 2010 - CLIMATE, COPENHAGEN AND CONSEQUENCES

Nikhil Chandavarkar, Fellow of RSA and Secretary to UN-Water, offers his unique insights on the outcomes of the COP15 talks in a conversation with David A. Andelman, Editor of the World Policy Journal. This special event brings together two thought-leaders to offer expert perspectives on the key issues coming out of the COP15 talks. What are prospects for an effective global climate change treaty? What was achieved and what is left to do? How can individuals, organizations, communities and countries play a part in what comes next?

 

January 28, 2010 - ANSWERING THE CALL: A FUNDRAISING INITIATIVE BENEFITING ERTHQUAKE VICTIMS IN HAITI

The Global Syndicate, WPI and Friends presented a Fundraising Initiative Benefiting Earthquake Victims in Haiti, with 100% of proceeds going to support the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, Project Medishare, the Haitian Support Group and Yele Haiti.

 

January 27, 2010 - U.S. AND EUROPE PERSPECTIVES ON IMMIGRATION: A PROBLEM OR AN OPPORTUNITY

Delancey Gustin and Michele Wucker discussed the "Transatlantic Trends: Immigration" survey, which compares transatlantic as well as cross-country opinion on immigration and integration issues. Some of the topics included in this year's survey are: public perception of immigrants' labor market impacts and effects on wages, the effect of the economic crisis on attitudes toward immigration, and preferences for temporary vs. permanent labor migration programs.

 

January 13, 2010 - TOP RISKS AND ETHICAL DECISIONS  2010

Ian Bremmer, Georg Kell, Art Kleiner, Thomas Stewart, Michele Wucker convene showcased their predictions about the ethical implications of global political risk for 2010. Aimed at decision makers in corporate, government, and nonprofit sectors, the panel provided a stimulating preface to the critical global political, social, and economic shifts for the year ahead. Using Eurasia Group's Top Risks as a starting point for identifying the major global challenges in 2010, the discussion examined the ethical aspects of each issue, and how best these dynamic and complex challenges can be met.

 

January 12, 2010 - AFTER COPENHAGEN: WHAT COMES NEXT IN THE CLIMATE CHANGE BATTLE?

Diana Glassman, Thomas Kruse, Michael Oppenheimer, William Powers and Heather Rogers convene for a post-Copenhagen debriefing to examine the obstacles that remain, the prospect that the United States will ratify any new agreement and/or fulfill promises of assistance to developing countries, and the role of policy groups, activists, business people and investors in ensuring fruitful U.S. leadership in the climate change battle.

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