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  • Banning “Western Values” in China

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    China's Education Minister, Yuan Guiren, has been speaking out about the threat of Western values and ideas on China’s college campuses. He said, “Young teachers and students are key targets of infiltration by enemy forces,” and added that “some countries,” fearful of China’s rise, “have stepped up infiltration in more discreet and diverse ways.” Can the government’s latest attempts to tighten controls over China’s intellectual discourse succeed? That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

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    Robert Daly is director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Wilson Center. He came to the Center from the University of Maryland, and prior to that was American Director of the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies. He began work in U.S.-China relations as a diplomat, serving as Cultural Exchanges Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing in the late 80s and early 90s. After leaving the Foreign Service, he taught Chinese at Cornell University, worked on television and theater projects in China, where he was the first American to have major Chinese-language stage and screen roles, and helped produce Chinese-language versions of Sesame Street and other Children’s Television Workshop programs. During the same period, he directed the Syracuse University China Seminar and served as a commentator on Chinese affairs for CNN, the Voice of America, and Chinese television and radio stations. He lived in China for 11 years and has interpreted for Chinese leaders, including Jiang Zemin and Li Yuanchao, and American leaders, including Jimmy Carter and Henry Kissinger. Show less
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    Some of the world's foremost experts provide key insights into the dynamics and issues that shape our world.
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    • Is STEM Education the Key to Africa’s Future? - Duration: 7 minutes, 45 seconds.

      • 2 days ago
      • 44 views
      Is STEM education the key to a bright future for Africa? Southern Voices African Research Scholar and African Technology Policy Study Network Research Officer, Ayodotun Bobadoye, provides insights ...
    • Human Genome Editing: Hopes and Fears - Duration: 11 minutes.

      • 1 week ago
      • 228 views
      Breakthroughs in the process of editing the human genome have scientists both "excited and terrified." What are the potential benefits and risks associated with altering human DNA and is science an...
    • NOW: African Security Issues: An Update on Current Challenges and Future Threats - Duration: 11 minutes.

      • 2 weeks ago
      • 122 views
      James Schear, a Global Fellow with the Wilson Center's Africa Program and Environmental Change and Security Program, is a former Assistant Deputy Secretary of Defense with an expertise in the many ...
    • Is Urgency to Address Climate Change Growing? - Duration: 7 minutes, 40 seconds.

      • 2 weeks ago
      • 112 views
      Recent actions by President Obama combined with public opinion polling that shows an increasing demand for action may suggest that urgency is growing to address climate change. International cooper...
    • South Sudan: Can Regional Mediation End the Conflict? - Duration: 9 minutes, 47 seconds.

      • 3 weeks ago
      • 380 views
      Getachew Gebrekidan has been studying the mediation role of the regional organization, IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development) in its attempts to assist in bringing an end to the conflict...
    • Luther’s Fortress: Martin Luther and His Reformation Under Siege - Duration: 9 minutes, 37 seconds.

      • 4 weeks ago
      • 106 views
      Prolific author, acclaimed historian, and Wilson Center Senior Scholar, James Reston’s latest book draws on primary source correspondence, notes, and other writings to provide a gripping portrait o...
    • The History of the End of the Cold War - Duration: 8 minutes, 13 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      • 298 views
      How did the Cold War really end? Did the history books get it right? And is there a connection between the end of that era and contemporary issues like Middle East turmoil and Putin’s Russia? Wilso...
    • Brazil After President Rousseff’s U.S. Visit - Duration: 8 minutes, 20 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      • 128 views
      President Dilma Rousseff’s approval and popularity ratings continue to remain low even after her recent meeting with President Obama. If the trip to the U.S. did provide a bump for the President, i...
    • From War to Peace: In Search of Transitional Justice - Duration: 11 minutes.

      • 1 month ago
      • 224 views
      When a country moves from conflict to peace, the transitional period includes a desire for justice that can take many forms. Arnaud Kurze’s research project explores the creation of “alternative tr...
    • Science Hack Day Revisited - Duration: 10 minutes.

      • 1 month ago
      • 75 views
      The first ever DC-based “Science Hack Day” resulted in an impressive variety of projects and ideas. One of the event’s organizers, Elizabeth Tyson, provides a review of what happened and looks ahea...
    • Ship of Miracles: Korea 1950 - Duration: 23 minutes.

      • 2 months ago
      • 394 views
      In December of 1950, the crew of the SS Meredith Victory, a modestly-sized Merchant Marine ship, performed what the Guinness Book of World Records refers to as “the greatest rescue operation ever b...
    • World Population Day 2015: Demographic Resilience - Duration: 7 minutes, 49 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
      • 293 views
      As events and discussions centered around World Population Day 2015 begin and continue, we spoke with the Wilson Center’s Roger-Mark De Souza about the concept of “demographic resilience.” Is a you...
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    • Eritrea's External Relations - Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes.

      • 2 years ago
      • 37,507 views
      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 ...
    • Pakistan's Current Challenges: A Discussion With Najam Sethi - Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
      • 31,199 views
      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...
    • Pakistani Public Opinion Towards Terrorism - Duration: 1 hour, 14 minutes.

      • 2 years ago
      • 20,481 views
      Christine Fair, Assistant Professor, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
    • The Philippines, Vietnam, and Territorial Disputes in the South China Sea - Duration: 2 hours.

      • 1 year ago
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      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...
    • The Elephant at Sea: India's Maritime Strategy - Duration: 2 hours.

      • 2 years ago
      • 15,813 views
      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...
    • China's Rise to Global Economic Power: What Does it Mean for the U.S.? - Duration: 1 hour, 22 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
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      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 ...
    • Dialogues with Mexico: Carmen Aristegui - Duration: 1 hour, 33 minutes.

      • 2 years ago
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      Carmen Aristegui, Radio Noticias MVS, morning host, and "Aristegui" CNN talk show, anchor
    • Moles, Defectors, and Deceptions: James Angleton and His Influence on US Counterintelligence - Duration: 2 hours, 8 minutes.

      • 2 years ago
      • 11,529 views
      A Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Georgetown University Center for Peace & Security Studies joint conference.
    • Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to S - Duration: 1 hour, 36 minutes.

      • 2 years ago
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      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...
    • "Putin's Kleptocracy - Who Owns Russia?" - Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes.

      • 10 months ago
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      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...
    • Strategic Asia: China's Military Challenge - Duration: 1 hour, 43 minutes.

      • 2 years ago
      • 9,090 views
      How China is investing in its military capabilities to match its economic might, and what that could mean for the stability of the region are the latest subjects examined by the National Bureau of ...
    • The End of the Union? London, Edinburgh, and the Battle for Scottish Independence - Duration: 1 hour, 31 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
      • 8,711 views
      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...
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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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    A collection of the key moments, big ideas, and quick takeaways from major events and speeches.
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    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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