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    • The Arab World Upended: The Aftermath of Revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt - Duration: 9 minutes, 27 seconds.

      • 4 days ago
      David Ottaway, first as a correspondent for the Washington Post and now as a Fellow with the Wilson Center’s Middle East Program, has been fascinated by revolutions and has also been reporting from...
    • Illegal Wildlife Trade - Duration: 10 minutes.

      • 6 days ago
      The dark and deadly business of profiting from endangered species is an unfortunate growth industry. We spoke to one of the world’s leading experts on illegal wildlife trade, Susan Lieberman (Wildl...
    • Assessing Tensions on the Korean Peninsula - Duration: 10 minutes.

      • 1 week ago
      For his first trip as Secretary of Defense, James Mattis traveled to South Korea to assert the US commitment to that nation and to send a warning to its northern neighbor. This follows on the heels...
    • Fallout From Iran Missile Test - Duration: 10 minutes.

      • 2 weeks ago
      Fallout from Iran’s recent missile test has resulted in new US sanctions and warnings from the Trump Administration that the country is “playing with fire” and is now “on notice.” Is the test a vio...
    • Countering Female Violent Extremism in Kenya - Duration: 9 minutes, 12 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
      Terrorist have increasingly focused recruitment efforts on women. Wilson Center Africa Program Scholar, Frederick Ogenga, is studying the phenomenon to better understand the role of women in violen...
    • Election 2016: Are Populists the New Elite? - Duration: 11 minutes.

      • 2 months ago
      The campaigns of both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders were built on populists messages that framed the election as a choice between the interests of the working class and “elites.” But who are thes...
    • Revisiting the Iran-Contra Affair: 30th Anniversary Special Report - Duration: 14 minutes.

      • 3 months ago
      Thirty years ago, the nation’s capital was gripped by an investigation that involved the highest levels of the Reagan Administration and would come to be known as the “Iran-Contra Affair.” Then ABC...
    • Rebalance to Asia and U.S.-Philippine Tensions - Duration: 9 minutes.

      • 3 months ago
      Fiery rhetoric from President Rodrigo Duterte has created tensions between the US and the Philippines and also raises regional questions about President Obama’s intended “rebalance” toward Asia. Re...
    • Able Archer 83: The War Game That Almost Became Real - Duration: 9 minutes, 2 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
      Everyone knows the story of the Cuban Missile Crisis, generally considered to be the most dangerous moment in the Cold War. But a lesser known incident also created a scenario where one or two wron...
    • Civil Liberties in the Age of Terrorism Part 2 - Duration: 4 minutes, 31 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
      In an effort to prevent bloodshed in the age of terrorism, are we sacrificing civil liberties at the altar of security? And is enough being done to reverse any erosion that’s taken place in the sha...
    • Civil Liberties in the Age of Terrorism Part 1 - Duration: 9 minutes, 19 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
      In an effort to prevent bloodshed in the age of terrorism, are we sacrificing civil liberties at the altar of security? And is enough being done to reverse any erosion that’s taken place in the sha...
    • Climate Change and the United Nations - Duration: 10 minutes.

      • 4 months ago
      With the United Nations in the midst of a leadership change, we spoke with two climate experts, Sherri Goodman and Ruth Greenspan Bell, about the critical role that institution plays in addressing ...
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  • Rewind — Big ideas in short videos Play all

    A collection of the key moments, big ideas, and quick takeaways from major events and speeches.
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    • Eritrea's External Relations - Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes.

      • 3 years ago
      Since the conclusion of the conflict between Eritrea and Ethiopia in 2000, the Government of Eritrea has become increasingly isolated, militarized and, many would argue, misunderstood on the world ...
    • Pakistani Public Opinion Towards Terrorism - Duration: 1 hour, 14 minutes.

      • 3 years ago
      Christine Fair, Assistant Professor, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
    • Pakistan's Current Challenges: A Discussion With Najam Sethi - Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes.

      • 3 years ago
      Najam Sethi is the editor-in-chief of Pakistan's Daily Times and Friday Times newspapers. One of Pakistan's best-known journalists, his reporting has frequently put him at odds with successive gove...
    • The Elephant at Sea: India's Maritime Strategy - Duration: 2 hours.

      • 3 years ago
      Asia Program
      In the next decade, India plans to introduce 40 new warships and 400 new aircraft to its naval forces. Such efforts reflect a dramatic maritime transformation now underway in India—one...
    • The Philippines, Vietnam, and Territorial Disputes in the South China Sea - Duration: 2 hours.

      • 2 years ago
      As Beijing continues to trumpet its “New Type of Great Power Relationship” with the United States, and the United States attempts to buttress its “Rebalance to Asia”, Asia-Pacific nations keep a cl...
    • Moles, Defectors, and Deceptions: James Angleton and His Influence on US Counterintelligence - Duration: 2 hours, 8 minutes.

      • 3 years ago
      A Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Georgetown University Center for Peace & Security Studies joint conference.
    • Jane Goodall Explores the Links Between Conservation and Human Health - Duration: 1 hour, 42 minutes.

      • 3 years ago
      Humans share about 99 percent of our DNA structure with chimpanzees, a fact that according to Jane Goodall, we often forget at our own peril. In this Director's Forum, the world-renowned primatolog...
    • "Putin's Kleptocracy - Who Owns Russia?" - Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes.

      • 2 years ago
      Former Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar, Karen Dawisha, will present her new book "Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?" with Elizabeth A. Wood joining her as a discussant. The book traces Puti...
    • China's Rise to Global Economic Power: What Does it Mean for the U.S.? - Duration: 1 hour, 22 minutes.

      • 3 years ago
      The Chinese economy's ability to emerge from the global financial crisis seemingly unscathed while the United States slowly climbs out of recession bolsters a widespread image of a strong People's ...
    • Merger of the Century: Why Canada and America Should Become One Country - Duration: 1 hour, 56 minutes.

      • Streamed 2 years ago
      Though the United States and Canada are the world's largest trading partners, internal politics and long wait times at the shared border have hurt both trade and tourism. With Asian economies on th...
    • India Strikes Pakistan: What We Know Now - Duration: 54 seconds.

      • 4 months ago
      Wilson Center regional expert, Michael Kugelman, provides analysis of the India’s “surgical strike” against Pakistan.

      Michael Kugelman is the senior associate for South and Southeast Asia a...
    • Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to S - Duration: 1 hour, 36 minutes.

      • 4 years ago
      Author Steve Coll, managing editor of The Washington Post, discusses the findings of his latest book on the CIA's involvement in the covert wars in Afghanistan that fueled Islamic militancy and gav...
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  • Surveillance, Security and Trust Play all

    On June 5, 2013, controversial revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden sparked an intense, worldwide debate about the methods and technology used by the U.S. and its allies to collect intelligence. While experts argue whether Snowden is a whistleblower or a criminal, there's no question that the issues raised about national security and civil liberties are real, important and timely.

    In a unique series, the Wilson Center will host four panel discussions leading up to the anniversary of Snowden's leaks. We will examine how and why countries conduct surveillance, the relationship between security and liberty, whether current technology will become obsolete and how to explain surveillance to a generation raised in a digital world.
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  • Context: The issues and trendlines behind the headlines Play all

    Some of the world's foremost experts provide key insights into the dynamics and issues that shape our world.
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  • The National Conversation Series Play all

    The National Conversation is a joint production of The Wilson Center and NPR. Together, we will provide a forum for deep dialogue and informed discussion. Non-partisan and civil, The National Conversation provides the level of discourse the nation deserves through a thoughtful and challenging exploration of the most significant problems facing the nation and the world. Read more at http://www.wilsoncenter.org/thenationalconversation
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