Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

15 Memorable Moments in 2017

Throughout 2017, the Watson Institute provided opportunities for commentary, analysis, and conversation around some of the world's most pressing issues. From academic panels and visiting dignitaries to entrepreneurs and activists, check out 15 of the most memorable events and discussions of the past year.

Trending Globally: Liberalism Under Seige with Professors Margaret Weir and Mark Blyth, hosted by Director Ed Steinfeld 


The Challenges for Democracy in Brazil with Former President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff (English translation). Sponsored by the Brazil Initiative
April 10, 2017 


A World in Revolution: The Inevitable Backlash Against Global Elites with Professor Jack Goldstone of George Mason University
March 6, 2017 


#WatsonExplains: What Happened in the UK Election? with Professor Mark Blyth
June 9, 2017


The Rise of Populism with Professors Wendy Schiller and Ashutosh Varshney
March 1, 2017 


The Syrian Refugee Crisis with Drs. Khlaed Almilaji and Sarah Tobin. Sponsored by the Humanitarian Innovation Initiative (HI²) and Middle East Studies.
March 16, 2017 


The Future of Europe in the Wake of Brexit with Former Prime Minister of Italy, Romano Prodi 
October 5, 2017 


The Role of Public Service in Turbulent Times with Preet Bharara, Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Sponsored by the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy
October 30, 2017


The Retreat of Western Liberalism with Edward Luce, Financial Times chief U.S. columnist and commentator. Sponsored by the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy. 
September 25, 2017


#WatsonExplains: Black Genocide in Brazil with Douglas Belchior, Uneafro-Brasil and the Brazilian Black Movement. Sponsored by the Brazil Initiative. 


The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire with Stephen Kinzer, Watson Institute Senior Fellow, author, and award-winning foreign correspondent
February 15, 2017


What Is Happening In Venezuela? with Progessors Naomi Schiller, Andreina Torres, and Verónica Zubillaga. Sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
September 21, 2017


Education, Opportunity and Prosperity with Kakenya Ntaiya, founder of the Kakenya Center for Excellence in Kenya, with Watson Institute Senior Fellow Pamela Reeves 
April 4, 2017


A Reporter's Perspective: Islamic State, Assad, Russia, Trump & Failure of US Policy with Reese Erlich, author and journalist
February 1, 2017


Watson Expansion Project Beam Signing – Work is underway on an ambitious project designed to accommodate the Watson Institute’s growth and reflect its commitment to fostering community. This Fall, members of the Watson Institute community added their signatures to the final beam before it was lifted onto the new building in the Watson Expansion Project.
November 7, 2017