United States Publications

Governance of Regional Transit Systems

Jul 10, 2014
After reviewing the history, structure, and challenges of three regional transit agencies in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Toronto, this report examines the governance arrangements of each in relation to widely accepted principles of good governance. more

Creating a Research Agenda for the Ecological Implications of Synthetic Biology

Jun 24, 2014
This report presents a set of key research areas to guide the study of the potential ecological impacts of synthetic biology. more

Dawn of the Smart City? Perspectives From New York, Ahmedabad, São Paulo, and Beijing

Jun 13, 2014
Four essays present perspectives on the ideas behind smart cities from New York, Ahmedabad, São Paulo, and Beijing. more

The Taiwan Relations Act at 35 Years: The Path Ahead

Apr 03, 2014
Taiwanese scholar Yeh-chung Lu cautions against comprehensive revision of the Taiwan Relations Act, but underscores the need for close, candid, and continual consultations between Taipei and Washington. more

Seven Myths and Realities about Do-It-Yourself Biology

Mar 18, 2014
This report challenges seven widely held beliefs about DIYbio practitioners, particularly that anonymous scientists are cooking up deadly epidemics in their basements. In fact, the survey finds most lab work being done in the community is benign and that the vast majority of those surveyed perform their experiments in group workspaces with other enthusiasts. The report also includes six policy recommendations based on the survey results. more

Is Geography Destiny? A Primer on North American Relations

Feb 18, 2014
At a time when nearly all of the key issues facing North America are being understood and addressed either independently by the United States, Canada and Mexico, or within the dual-bilateral framework of U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada relations, this report attempts to view these challenges and opportunities through a trilateral lens. more

Gender and the Long Postwar: The United States and the Two Germanys, 1945–1989, edited by Karen Hagemann and Sonya Michel

Gender and the Long Postwar: The United States and the Two Germanys, 1945–1989

Feb 12, 2014
Gender and the Long Postwar examines gender politics during the post–World War II period and the Cold War in the United States and East and West Germany.  more

Africa Consensus: New Interests, Initiatives, and Partners by Ludger Kühnhardt

Africa Consensus: New Interests, Initiatives, and Partners

Feb 07, 2014
Africa Consensus: New Interests, Initiatives, and Partners argues that new African politics, regional institutions, and global demand for trade and security partnerships will lead the continent to new relationships with the United States, the European Union, China, India, Brazil, and other emerging economies. more

Shaping U.S.-Brazil Relationship After the Snowden Affair: A Conversation with Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon

Feb 05, 2014
The Brazil Institute is pleased to launch a special report on the Dec. 19 event with Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon more

Small Business is Big Business in America

Jan 10, 2014
Over the past years, the Wilson Center's Program on America and the Global Economy has held a series of conferences, meetings, and briefings that have focused on different aspects of the small business economy. In this report, Kent Hughes puts small business in the context of the American economy and the American innovation with a specific focus on federal initiatives, the sources of finance for small business, and the role of public-private partnerships in supporting small business. more

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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.