This report explores the complex linkages between conflict and food security, drawing insights from scholarly work to help inform more effective programming for practitioners. Food insecurity both results from and contributes to repeated rounds of armed conflict in many places. Conflict can reduce the amount of food available, disrupt people’s access to food, limits families’ access to food preparation facilities and health care, and increase uncertainty about satisfying future needs for food and nutrition. Likewise, food insecurity may help to sustain conflict or reverse post-conflict recovery efforts.
On the eve of World Population Day 2014, Roger-Mark De Souza, director of population,environmental security, and resilience for the Wilson Center discusses the latest thinking on population issues.
Extreme emergencies like Super Typhoon Haiyan are becoming more frequent and more destructive. If we get serious about resilience, we could reduce our vulnerability and rebuild better.
Communities undergoing gentrification often fail to find ways to talk across the fault lines running among newcomers and old-timers. Neither group shares the reference points that are necessary to engage in shared conversation. A new play about young professionals moving into once working-class “Mid-City” Washington neighborhoods, Districtland, by Wilson Center scholar Cristina Bejan, demonstrates how powerfully theater can bring a community’s most aching trials into view.
Shale gas development promises to help resolve the confrontation between rising demand for energy and declining freshwater reserves, along with other potentially huge benefits, not the least of which is to the environment. But of all the big national projects that China has taken on in the last two decades, adding unconventional domestic sources of natural gas to the fuel supply has eluded China.
A recent study published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that pollution from heavy industry concentrated in eastern China is drifting across the Pacific Ocean and helping foul the air on North America’s west coast. Interviewed by The Globe and Mail (Canada), Dr.Turner comments on the responsibility for China’s pollution problem.
The United States will soon begin a term chairing The Arctic Council. Will it make the Arctic a priority and does the U.S. have a clear strategy for the region? Heather Conley discusses the view from the US in part 6 of the CONTEXT series, “Who Owns The Arctic?”
On February 6, CEF Director Dr. Jennifer Turner, and Dr. Joanna Lewis of Georgetown University appeared on the U.S.-China Policy Foundation‘s (USCPF) show, China Forum, discussing China’s energy usage and its impact on the environment.
Sandeep Bathala, Senior Program Associate for the Environmental Change and Security Program and the Maternal Health Initiative at the Wilson Center, discusses Gender Based Violence and explores ethical questions surrounding the use of new technologies to combat what some describe as a global epidemic.