Economics and Globalization Events
February 08, 2012 // 9:30am — 11:00am
Mexico’s economy is on solid footing, with a mid-term outlook calling for modest growth outpacing modest inflation, former Mexico Finance Minister Pedro Aspe told an audience at The Wilson Center on Wednesday. Aspe cited renewed competitiveness in the Mexican manufacturing sector, especially in light industrial goods, and a projected decrease in the country’s labor surplus as reasons behind the optimism. He was speaking as part of the Wilson Center Mexico Institute’s Dialogos con México/Dialogues with Mexico speakers series.
January 30, 2012 // 2:00pm — 4:00pm
Endowed with an abundance of natural resource wealth and perhaps the largest human resource potential on the African continent, Nigeria is also burdened by various challenges that threaten the country’s prospects for long-term development and stability. Ambassador Eunice Reddick, former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria Howard Jeter, and Shell Oil Corporate Communications Director Olav Ljosne discuss the country’s long-term challenges.
January 30, 2012 // 9:00am — 11:30am
Latin American Program
In the twenty years since the signing of the Peace Accords, El Salvador has made impressive progress in expanding political and media freedoms, reforming the military and security forces, lowering rates of poverty and inequality, improving respect for human rights, and reforming electoral institutions. Today, however, El Salvador faces unprecedented security and economic challenges. An upsurge in transnational crime, including narcotics, weapons, and human trafficking, has intersected with longstanding problems of gang violence such that El Salvador suffers one of the highest homicide rates in the world. El Salvador’s economy continues to struggle amidst the global recession and weak economic recovery in the United States, the country’s largest export market.
January 25, 2012 // 9:00am — 12:30pm
While African nations and the donor community struggle to mitigate famine in the Horn of Africa, fears are growing that drought in the Sahel will trigger a similar food crisis in West Africa by the spring of 2012.
January 23, 2012 // 4:00pm — 6:00pm
Bipartisan support for foreign aid has led to notable successes, such as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and long-running scholarship and technical programs for international students. Yet the U.S. public and many in Congress remain deeply skeptical of the value of such funding, questioning if it’s a fair trade-off when similar investments may be needed at home.
Stepping Lighter? Environmental and Social Impacts of China’s Overseas Oil, Mineral, and Gas Investments
January 13, 2012 // 10:00am — 12:00pm
China Environment Forum
To get the New Year rolling here at the Wilson Center, we start off with a CEF meeting on Friday January 13th (10:00-12:00) discussing the drivers and ecological impacts of China’s overseas investments in the oil and mining sectors. Our three speakers—Erica Downs (Brookings); Adina Matisoff (Friends of Earth); and Derek Scissors (The Heritage Foundation)—will share case studies and insights into Chinese investments in oil and minerals, as well as trends in China Development Bank loans and the financing of energy projects overseas.
January 13, 2012 // 9:00am — 1:45pm
A Seminar Convened by CIDAC and the Woodrow Wilson Center Mexico Institute
January 05, 2012 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
International Security Studies
For more than 60 years the U.S. has been the head of global governance, says John Ikenberry, but that order is changing and we are in the midst of an evolution towards more shared leadership.
The Death of Trilateralism in the NAFTA Neighborhood: Views from the United States, Mexico, and Canada
December 15, 2011 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Three panelists reviewed the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the evolution of regional economic cooperation.
December 15, 2011 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
Program on America and the Global Economy
With donor countries' budgets constrained,alternative financing sources for development are gaining some momentum, inside and outside the climate negotiations context.