You are Invited – The Eagle and the Elephant: Strategic Aspects of the U.S. – India Economic Engagement


Present a Book Launch for:

The Eagle and the Elephant:

Strategic Aspects of U.S.-India Economic Engagement

Wednesday, June 1, 2011     4:00 – 5:30 pm

5th Floor Conference Room

Speaker: Raymond E. Vickery Jr.

From the book publisher: “The Eagle and the Elephant shows how economic engagement directly affects how theUnited States cooperates withIndia on strategic issues. Through case studies of major efforts, including civil nuclear cooperation, services outsourcing, antiterrorism, and electricity generation and the environment, Raymond E. Vickery Jr. presents both successful and unsuccessful instances of complex collaborations between the two nations…He offers new insight into the interplay of legislative and executive branch officials, policy proponents, business and nonprofit organizations, and activists.”

About the speaker: Raymond E. Vickery Jr. is senior director of Albright Stonebridge Group and of counsel to Hogan Lovells. He served as aWilsonCenter public policy scholar in 2008-09 and has 40 years of experience withIndia.  For the past 15 years, he has been deeply involved in the strategic aspects of U.S.-India economic engagement. Several years ago he played a leading role in the passage of the U.S.-India civil nuclear deal. Earlier, he served as assistant secretary of commerce for trade development in the first Bill Clinton administration, and was given responsibility forIndia while carrying out the Commerce Department’s Big Emerging Markets initiative. Since leaving government service, he has worked for severalU.S. companies trading and investing inIndia.

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Cut or Spend: What’s the Long Term Solution to America’s Budget Challenge?

This week on dialogue, host John Milewski is joined by Kathryn Lavelle and Kent Hughes to discuss the current and long term implications of the ongoing budget and debt debate in Washington. Kathryn, a former Wilson Center fellow, is the Ellen and Dixon Long Associate Professor of World Affairs at Case Western Reserve University. Kent is director of the Wilson Center’s program on America and the Global Economy and also of the Wilson Center on the Hill program.

For local channel listings and more information, click here.

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Special Announcement: The Lee Hamilton Lecture Series on Civil Discourse and Democracy

The Woodrow Wilson Center is pleased to announce the inaugural lecture of the Lee Hamilton Lecture Series on Civil Discourse and Democracy. The featured speaker will be Admiral Michael G. Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

As chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mullen is the highest-ranking officer in the U.S. Armed Forces and the President’s principal military adviser. He presides over all meetings and coordinates the efforts of the Joint Chiefs, advising the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, and the Homeland Security Council.

The event will be live webcast at 1:15 pm on May 25, 2011.

The Lee Hamilton Lecture Series was established in honor of Lee H. Hamilton, who served as the Woodrow Wilson Center’s President and Director from 1998 to 2010. The Hamilton Lecture Series seeks to improve continually the quality of public policy debate on major challenges facing the United States and the world.

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Not Innovation, but The Innovator

When discussing innovation, Americans have largely focused on the systemic ways to foster innovation for society as a whole.  Some argue for educational changes, some argue that reform is best accomplished through our legal system, and some argue that the key to unlocking America’s innovative power lies in our tax policy.  Rather than focusing on large-scale policy prescriptions however, some have argued that we must focus on the traits of the individual innovator.

These individual innovators must not only be scientists or technology whizzes, they must be aware of and familiar with market forces as well.  According to this line of argument, the business leader and engineer must interact successfully to fully take advantage of the innovation in question.  These two fields must not be ‘siloed,’ they must interact and feed off each other.  Given that Vice President Biden just named America’s first top energy innovator, perhaps now is the best time for the individual innovators to get their time in the sun.

Posted by: Clark Taylor

Sources: Department of Energy,

Photo credit: A Tireless Innovator courtesy of flickr user Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Guest Contributor Sandy Pho: The State of Chinese Innovation

In January 2006, the People’s Republic of China(PRC) launched a fifteen-year “Medium- to Long-Term Plan for the Development of Science and Technology,” otherwise known as the MLP. The plan set out two ambitious goals for China. The first is for the PRC to become an “innovation-oriented society” by the year 2020, and world leader in science and technology (S&T) by 2050. Having already built the world’s largest hydroelectric dam and the fastest supercomputer and bullet train, it seems as though the Chinese are well on their way.

These engineering feats have prompted a flurry of foreboding headlines in the United States, asking questions such as “Is US Losing Innovation Race Against China and India?” or stating that the “U.S. Could Lose the SciTech Edge to China…” As the world’s second largest economy and largest holder ofU.S. debt, it is no wonder that the progress made by the PRC has garnered much attention. This piece is intended to act as a basic primer on the topic and hopefully a bridge into the broader discussion over Chinese innovation today.

China’s rapid economic growth brought with it the complementary distinctions of becoming the world’s largest consumer of energy, and its top emitter of greenhouse gases. That being the case, energy is appropriately highlighted in China’s MLP. Since the plan’s introduction in 2006,Beijing has focused a great deal of its efforts on developing more efficient and clean uses of energy, as well as on developing new energy sources. Read more of this post

You are Invited: Cooperation for Innovation in Agriculture and What the U.S. Can Do

Invitation to a Wilson Center on the Hill and Brazil Institute Event

Brazil and Africa: Cooperation for Innovation in Agriculture and

What the U.S. Can Do

Monday, May 16, 2011 

12:00-1:15 p.m.

B-338 Rayburn House Office Building

Brazil has been a leader in turning tropical savannah soils into productive land for agricultural development. Embrapa, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, has established an office in Africa and is working with more than a dozen African countries, in partnership with developing agencies and foundations, to improve agricultural productivity and food security in the continent. Panelists will discuss the importance of agricultural innovation in Brazil and Africa and what role the U.S. can play.
Panelists include:


ERICK FERNANDES, Adviser, Latin America and Caribbean Region, Agriculture and Rural Development, World Bank

MARCELLA SZYMANSKI, Foreign Affairs Officer, Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Textile Trade, U.S. Department of State

Moderated by: PAULO SOTERO, Director, Brazil Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Please rsvp acceptances to or 202-691-4357

Wilson Center on the Hill is a nonpartisan forum that focuses on current issues related to international trade and security, sustainable development, and globalization. It sponsors 15 to 20 seminar programs each year on Capitol Hill that feature leading independent analysts and experts from the 22 programs of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Funded by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Wilson Center on the Hill also sponsors congressional study trips, allowing Members of the U.S. Congress and senior congressional staff to examine these issues first-hand.

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Event Summary: Liberal Arts at the Brink

The discussion of Victor Ferrall, Jr.’s book Liberal Arts at the Brink began with a welcome from Wilson Center President, Director, and CEO Jane Harman, a graduate of Smith College, who stressed the important role of liberal arts in American public life. As Ferrall notes in his book, students in higher education have been moving away from an undergraduate education in the liberal arts, instead opting for career-focused vocational courses of study, creating broad implications for the future of American innovation and competitiveness. Liberal Arts at the Brink seeks to analyze the current state of the liberal arts education at 225 colleges across the United States and assess its prospects for the future.

Ferrall opened the discussion by highlighting the trend towards career-focused study, even at traditional liberal arts institutions, declaring, “College students, in increasing numbers, are turning away from liberal arts education.” This trend, he said, has its roots in the 1960s, when colleges began opening their doors to students for whom college “was not the next regular step.” As mostly first-generation collegians, these individuals wanted degrees that would enhance their career prospects and increase their earning potential, a trend that has now become the norm across higher education. At the level of the federal government, according to Ferrall, the purpose of higher education promotion has been not “preparing thoughtful citizens, but rather a trained workforce.”

Ferrall went on to say that one of the major challenges facing liberal arts institutions today is finances. While top-tier schools can afford to offer almost exclusively liberal arts curricula, budgetary constraints force others to modify their offerings in order to maintain enrollment. The topic of financial aid discounting is particular concerning. “Are we selling education or buying students?” he asked. Read more of this post