Ramadan in the Age of Pandemic: Islam and COVID-19 (Wilson Center)

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we are joined by Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American Universityand Alex Thurston, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Cincinnati. They discuss the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the Muslim world during the holy month of Ramadan.


Where Deforestation and Disease Collide: Sustainability and COVID-19 in the Brazilian Amazon (Wilson Center)

On May 14, the Brazil Institute, in partnership with the Environmental Change and Security Program, hosted an update on the situation in Manaus, followed by a conversation on the impact of COVID-19 on deforestation and sustainability in the Brazilian Amazon, and the implications this could have for us all.


Izabella Teixeira

Former Minister of the Environment, Brazil; Senior Fellow, Brazilian Center for International Relations (CEBRI)

Thomas Lovejoy

Senior Fellow, United Nations Foundation; Professor, George Mason University; Brazil Institute and ECSP Advisory Board Member

Carlos Nobre

Senior Researcher, University of São Paulo’s Institute for Advanced Studies

Denis Minev

CEO of Lojas Bemol; Co-Founder and Board Member of Fundação Amazonas Sustentável

Anya Prusa

Senior Associate, Brazil Institute

Amy Erica Smith

Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Professor and Associate Professor of Political Science, Iowa State University.

Webcast Conversation with Ambassador Landau: U.S.-Mexico Cooperation During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond (Wilson Center)

The Mexico Institute and the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations were pleased to host a web event with U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Christopher Landau.


Christopher Landau, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico

Jane Harman, Director, President, and CEO, Wilson Center

Duncan Wood, Director, Mexico Institute



The COVID-19 Pandemic and Ukraine: On the Horns of a Biopolitical Trilemma (Wilson Center)

The COVID-19 pandemic is stress testing all political systems for their ability to ensure the survival of their populations. It is not just the public health systems of different countries that are being tested but the very ability of governments to fight the pandemic. Ukraine, like other of its post-Soviet neighbors, has undergone this scrutiny with mixed results. With an optional quarantine in place, it has experienced a low confirmed mortality, an even lower level of testing, and significant damage to the economy.


Disinformation in the Age of Pandemic (Wilson Center)

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we are joined by Nina Jankowicz, Disinformation Fellow with the Wilson Center’s Science and Technology Innovation Program.  She discusses how COVID-19 has provided “fertile ground” for disinformation from state actors and individuals as global population’s fears have increased during the pandemic.


Nina Jankowicz, John Milewski


Sink or Swim: Latin America’s Biggest Companies See Meager Help in Mega-stimulus (Wilson Center)

The Covid-19 pandemic has ravaged Latin American economies, throwing tens of millions of people out of work and crushing the livelihoods of informal workers who make up half the region’s labor force.  In response, most governments in the region have swiftly imposed quarantines, invested in struggling health care systems, and provided emergency support to vulnerable communities with little or no savings and small businesses with limited access to loans.




Victory Day and Russia’s Politics of History (Wilson Center)

Seventy five years after the end of World War II, Victory Day has become Russia’s most prominent national holiday and a cornerstone of the Kremlin’s politics of memory. Built around the glorification of Russia’s military successes and the Russian people’s heroism and victimhood, the official May 9 commemorations are meant to symbolize a resurgent Russia. But Victory Day is also a point of confluence for unofficial and deeply held personal and family memories as well as the memory of Stalin’s terror. Professors Larisa Deriglazova, Nina Tumarkin, and Nikolay Koposov will discuss the upcoming commemorations – this year significantly tamped down because of the coronavirus pandemic – and the politics of memory associated with the day.


Larisa Deriglazova, Nina Tumarkin,

Nikolay Koposov, Izabella Tabarovsky


Video: Vice President Pence Delivers Inaugural Frederic V. Malek Public Service Leadership Lecture (Wilson Center)

Vice President Michael R. Pence delivered the inaugural Frederic V. Malek Public Service Leadership Lecture on the future of the relationship between the United States and China.


U.S. Withdrawal from Syria Will Endanger Kurds, Arabs, Christians (Wilson Center)

Trump’s unilateral decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria will embolden our adversaries, including Iran, Russia and Syrian leader Bashar al Assad, and weaken and betray our Kurdish and Arab partners in the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).


Amy Austin Holmes