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The Nation-Building Trap

Oct 01, 2014
"It's the reality that we're being pulled inexorably like a moth to a flame not just toward a military conflict with Assad, but toward bearing the responsibility for fixing -- or worse for creating -- the new Syria...we may well end up in the very place U.S. President Barack Obama has willfully tried to avoid: nation-building," writes Aaron David Miller.

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: "Public Health, Social Welfare Systems and HIV/AIDS in Eurasia"

Mar 03, 2006
Deadline: March 22, 2006THE EURASIA PROGRAM of the Social Science Research Council invites applications for the first annual Training Seminar for Policy Research, "Public Health, Social Welfare Systems, and HIV/AIDS in Eurasia." The seminar will be held June 6-9, 2006, at the SSRC offices in New York City and the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. Advanced graduate students and junior faculty in the social sciences, humanities and other relevant disciplines who are working on health-related and/or other relevant topics with respect to Eurasia are encouraged to apply.

Fellow Tracks the Lives of Youth in Zambia

Mar 01, 2006
Zambia is among the world's poorest nations. Poverty and disease have claimed so many lives that the average life expectancy there is only 33. Fellow Karen Hansen tracks the lives of several youth in Zambia who are trying to beat the odds.

Former Public Policy Scholar William R. Ferris Wins Richard Wright Literary Excellence Award

Mar 01, 2006
William Ferris, a 2002 Wilson Center public policy scholar and a leading voice on southern U.S. culture, has received the Richard Wright Literary Excellence Award.

The Congo: Working to Rebuild a Failed State

Mar 01, 2006
After a devastating five-year civil war, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is now undergoing a difficult and still fragile political transition to democracy. To aid in the transition, the Wilson Center's Africa Program and a partner organization have been called in to train Congolese leaders in an effort to strengthen the cohesion and capacity of the state.

The Wilson Quarterly

Afghanistan

Kubra in her workshop. (Photo by Justin Sutcliffe/Polaris)

As the U.S. prepares to withdraw from the longest war in its history, a look at the lives changed, promises made, and ideas shaped by war in Afghanistan.

Dialogue

The Future of Higher Education

Mar 26, 2014Apr 02, 2014

Jeff Abernathy and Richard Morrill discuss how colleges and universities are dealing with rapidly rising costs and how the United States can still compete for students in a globalized environment.