Thinking About Think Tanks: What Are They and What Do They Do?

Thinking About Think Tanks: What Are They and What Do They Do?

Think tanks set out to inform and influence public policy ideas and decisions. And yet, the ways they actually achieve impact or measure progress remain unclear and underexplored. Andrew Selee, the Wilson Center's Vice President for Programs, explores these issues and more in his new book, "What Should Think Tanks Do? A Strategic Guide for Policy Impact."

ON TYRANNY: Lessons From the 20th Century with Author Timothy Snyder

ON TYRANNY: Lessons From the 20th Century with Author Timothy Snyder

In his latest book, “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From The Twentieth Century,” award-winning author and historian Timothy Snyder warns of new threats to the political order that are not unlike the totalitarianism of the past. A Washington Post reviewer wrote that Snyder’s new book, “fits alongside your pocket Constitution and feels only slightly less vital.” His warnings and lessons from history provide the focus for this edition of Wilson Center NOW. Guest Timothy Snyder is the Housum Professor of History at Yale University and the author of the new best-selling book, “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From The Twentieth Century.” His previous works include, “Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin” and “Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning.” Snyder is a member of the Committee on Conscience of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and is a permanent fellow of the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. Host John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.

Is Rising China a Threat to its Neighbors?

Is Rising China a Threat to its Neighbors?

Will a rising China be a threat to its neighbors, like Germany in 1914? Or a benign power that will exercise influence through peaceful means, as China is purported to have done in its imperial past? Or is China's rise an unprecedented event to which no historical analogies apply? How China's story is told, and who tells it, has deep repercussions for U.S.-China relations. In this episode of NOW, Robert Daly discusses these questions and more. Guest Robert Daly is Director of the Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States. Formerly, he was director of the Maryland China Initiative at the University of Maryland. From 2001 to 2007 he was American Director of the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies, in Nanjing, China. He began work in U.S.-China relations as a diplomat with the United States Information Agency from 1989 to 1991, after which he taught Chinese at Cornell. From 1992 to 1999 he worked on television projects in China as a host, actor, and writer, and helped to produce Chinese-language versions of Sesame Street and other Children's Television Workshop programs. During that same period he directed the Syracuse University China seminar and served as a commentator on U.S.-China relations and Chinese affairs for several U.S. and Chinese media outlets. In 2000 and 2001 he served as American Director of the U.S.-China Housing Initiative. He is a regular commentator on current affairs for the Chinese service of the Voice of America.

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

Ishmael Beah, author of A Long Way Gone Memoirs of a Boy Soldier At age 12 he was a normal, music-loving boy. Two years later he was a bitter war veteran who had killed more people than he could count. Ishmael Beah was also one of more than 300,000 child soldiers worldwide who have been forced into the world's most savage wars. In this program Beah describes his ordeal and the rehabilitation that saved his life.

Is There a Common Baltic Cultural Identity?

Is There a Common Baltic Cultural Identity?

Is there a common Baltic cultural identity? How have Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania dealt with integrating Russian-speaking communities within their societies? And what role do youth groups and education play in these initiatives? We spoke with the Kennan Institute’s Title VIII Research Scholar Indra Ekmanis about her efforts to identify and understand cultural identity in the region. That’s the focus for this episode of Wilson Center NOW. Guest Indra Ekmanis is a Title VIII Research Scholar at the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute. She completed her PhD in International Studies at University of Washington in 2017 where her research focused on social integration and democratic transition in Latvia. Her current project examines the effects of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on Baltic independence movements and post-Soviet transition. Host John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.

Shake Hand with the Devil

Shake Hand with the Devil

For a young Canadian general, Romeo Dallaire's assignment as commander of the U.N. peacekeeping force in Rwanda in 1994 was a heady opportunity. Animated by humanitarian ideals and a belief in the international system, he went forth with energy, enthusiasm, and expectations of success. Soon his hopeful confidence was shattered. The brutality, cynicism, corruption and disinterest he saw doomed the mission and left him with regret and suicidal despair. This is his story. Originally aired on January 24, 2005.

Governing the Ungovernable: Institutional Reforms for Democratic Governance in Pakistan

Governing the Ungovernable: Institutional Reforms for Democratic Governance in Pakistan

Why has Pakistan experienced an extended economic slowdown since 1990? Why has it suffered through volatile and inequitable growth over the last 25 years? In his new book, Governing the Ungovernable, Ishrat Husain, a distinguished Pakistani economist, Wilson Center global fellow, and former Wilson Center public policy fellow, argues that the answer lies in the decay of institutions of governance. At this event, Dr. Husain will discuss his new book, which proposes a selective and incremental approach for reforming key public institutions in Pakistan in order to make them perform better.

AMLO: Grading the President’s First Hundred Days

AMLO: Grading the President’s First Hundred Days

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW Director of the Mexico Institute Duncan Wood provides analysis on Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s first hundred days in office. Has AMLO’s very high popularity among the Mexican people translated into legislative achievements and what’s next on his agenda for 2019? Guest Duncan Wood, the Director of the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute, is a “North American citizen,” lecturing and publishing widely in the United States, Mexico and Canada on intracontinental issues and relations, with a primary focus on U.S.-Mexican ties. A widely-quoted authority on energy policy, international banking regulation and corruption, he works closely with the World Economic Forum and leverages decades of experience at Mexico’s leading universities and newspapers. Moderator John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming.

How close did Israel come to nuclear war in 1973?

How close did Israel come to nuclear war in 1973?

More from the Avner Cohen Collection at Wilson Center: http://j.mp/1aEVuuS Arnan "Sini" Azaryahu was a long-time political insider within the Israeli government, where he served as a trusted aide and confidant to Minister Yisrael Galili, a close ally and advisor to Israeli prime minister Gold Meir. In this interview, Sini recounts a tense meeting held in Meir's office during the height of the 1973 Yom Kippur war, when Meir overruled a request from Defense Minister Moshe Dayan to prepare Israel's nuclear arsenal for a demonstration blast. Edited by Bob Cole, Digital Learning Commons, Monterey Institute of International Studies. Learn more: http://j.mp/1aEVuuS

Regional Integration in Africa

Regional Integration in Africa

How can West African nations increase utilization of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act? George Boateng believes that an appropriate policy framework that promotes better regional integration and trade will provide a big part of the answer to that question. He shares his insights in this edition of Wilson Center NOW. Guest George Boateng is a Southern Network Voices Scholar with the Wilson Center’s Africa Program and is also a Research Analyst for the African Center for Economic Transformation. He holds a Bachelor degree in Agriculture from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana, as well as a Master of Science Degree in Rural Development and Management from the China Agricultural University (CAU), Beijing. He also holds a certificate in Climate Change from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). His career spans both public and private sectors. He currently is a Research Analyst for the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) involved in research in Food Security and Trade Welfare analysis in Africa. Prior to ACET, he worked with the Ministry of Agriculture in the area of Agricultural Extension and Agroindustry and with the Barclays Bank of Ghana in the field of Business Development. Host John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.

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