Invitation: Waging War on Corruption Book Discussion

The Program on America and the Global Economy (PAGE)

Presents a Book Launch:

Waging War on Corruption

Inside the Movement Fighting the Abuse on Power


Featuring:  Author and Transparency International co-founder, Frank Vogl 

Comments by: Paulo Sotero, Director, Brazil Institute

Moderated by: Kent Hughes, Director, Program on America and the Global Economy

Monday, October 29, 2012   1:30-3:00 p.m.

6th Floor Board Room, Woodrow Wilson Center

RSVP (acceptances only) to

Key topics from the book for this discussion:

·      Corruption and Justice

·      Western Security: Global Corruption (US relations with corrupt regimes; anti-money laundering; extractive industries and security; foreign aid; defense industry procurement).

Frank Vogl: former journalist (Reuters & The Times of London); former World Bank chief spokesman and Director of Information & Public Affairs; President of Vogl Communications, Inc (a strategic international economics policy and finance communications company); co-founder and former Vice Chairman of Transparency International; co-founder and current Vice Chairman of the Partnership for Transparency Fund; International Council member of the New Israel Fund; former Trustee of the Committee for Economic Development; former member of the Board of Directors of the Ethics Resource Center.

“Waging War on Corruption – Inside the Movement Fighting the Abuse of Power “ is about power. It is an insider’s account of extraordinary battles against the abuse of public office by politicians and officials for their personal gain. This is a global journey from the birth of pioneering anti-corruption organization Transparency International in 1993, to the Arab Spring in 2011, as courageous people in scores of countries challenge authority and fight for justice. At stake is nothing less than our global security, the reduction of poverty, the stability of our economic and financial systems, and the cause of freedom and democracy. Praise for the book, reviews, articles and interviews can be found at

The Woodrow Wilson Center is located in the Ronald Reagan Building at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (Federal Triangle Metro stop on the Blue/Orange Line).For a map and directions see:

Please bring a photo ID and arrive 15 minutes ahead to allow time for the security checkpoint.


Event Summary – Brazil and Africa: Cooperation for Innovation in Agriculture and What the U.S. Can Do

The following is an event summary from an event co-hosted by the Brazil Institute and Wilson Center on the Hill.

On Monday, May 16 the Brazil Institute and Wilson Center on the Hill, part of the Program on America and the Global Economy, jointly hosted a lunch event focusing on African agriculture and opportunities for partnership and development in this area.

Paulo Sotero, the director of the Brazil Institute, opened the discussion by introducing the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa).  Embrapa was founded in the 1970s and has made enormous achievements in improving the productivity of tropical agriculture.

Ladislau Martin-Neto, the President of LAPEX-USA, Embrapa’s ‘virtual’ laboratory in the United States, also introduced Embrapa, reiterating that before Embrapa was created, Brazil was a net importer of food.  Thirty years later, Brazil is the second largest net exporter of food in terms of countries. 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.

Posted by: PAGE Staff

PAGE Meets with a Delegation from the National Defense University

On Monday, January 31 Woodrow Wilson Center and the Program on America and the Global Economy (PAGE) hosted students and faculty from the National Defense University (NDU) for a discussion on the history of the Russian energy economy and its prospects for the coming years.  Attending from NDU were members of the army, navy, air force, reserve branches, and foreign countries including Macedonia, Japan, Mongolia, and Norway.  PAGE director Kent Hughes led a discussion focused on Russia and its role in the world energy market.  Hughes highlighted past fluctuations in Russia’s energy production, and addressed some of the challenges facing the country moving forward.

Once the “breadbasket of Europe,” the former Soviet Union boasted a large agricultural sector, but only a small energy industry leading up to World War II.  While the region’s energy riches helped drive the industrialization of the mid 20th century, Hughes noted that their economy remained “quite inefficient,” and bequeathed the lack of a “vibrant manufacturing industry” to  post-Soviet Russia.  The energy industry enabled growth, but also exposed the Russian economy to shifts in global energy prices.  The Soviet Union’s vulnerability to global prices was made clear when Saudi Arabian oil producers caused a price drop in the late 1980s.  The sharp drop in prices contributed to an economic malaise and helped push Gorbachev’s reforms that, in turn, helped lead to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Read more of this post

Guest Contributor Michael Darden: The State of Brazilian Innovation

Brazil, once a sleepy colony, has now grown into what is today the eighth largest economy in the world; and is projected to become the fourth largest by 2040.  Driven in part by the enormous appetite for commodity goods by China and India, Brazil owes much of its current economic and social success to political will and growing domestic demand.

As it stands now, Brazil is home to some of the world’s largest companies; Vale, which produces iron ore, beverage giant AB InBev, which recently purchased Anheuser-Busch, and oil giant Petrobras, which is leading the way in deep-sea drilling and exploration.  These titans of industry have become the face of a Brazil that is expanding its political and economical footprint across the globe.  While these corporations are the face of corporate Brazil, they do not tell the whole story of Brazilian innovation.

Brazil’s improving state of innovation can best be illustrated through a number of case studies.  After the oil crisis last century Brazilian manufacturers adapted.  As a result Brazilian car manufacturers now rely on “flex” engines, in which a single, or combination, of ethanol or standard fuel can be used.  In the month of October 2010, 89 percent of new cars sold in the country featured flex engines.  These flex cars take advantage of the fact that Brazilian sugarcane-based ethanol is six times more efficient than corn-based ethanol produced in the United States, due to the use of genetically modified sugarcane and its widespread access. Read more of this post