Publications

Improving Security and Facilitating Commerce with Mexico at America’s Southern Border

Dec 13, 2013
On December 9, 2013, Christopher Wilson testified in front of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs,Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, addressing the issue of U.S.-Mexico trade and border management. His testimony focused on the development of a multifaceted approach to border management that promotes security, trade and competitiveness, and a high quality of life for those living in the border region. more

Legal Migration and Free Trade in the NAFTA Era: Beyond Migration Rhetoric

Dec 13, 2013
This paper explores why, in the period since NAFTA took place, there has been an increase in visas and qualified Mexican workers admissions. The highly skilled migration pattern is highly associated with economic integration between the economies of Mexico and the U.S. as a product of the Agreement, particularly regarding TN and intra-company transfer visas. more

Undated photo of the South African nuclear test site taken by a U.S. reconnaissance satellite during 1977 or 1977. See document 3 for the image in context.

Proliferation Watch: US Intelligence Assessments of Potential Nuclear Powers, 1977–2001

Dec 13, 2013
This research update co-published with the National Security Archive includes the publication of recently declassified satellite photographs of the South African Nuclear Test site from 1977, a new release of a CIA report on the September 1979 South Atlantic Mystery Flash, and Department of Energy and Defense Intelligence Agency Reports illuminating pre-war controversy over the Iraqi procurement of aluminum tubes for an alleged gas centrifuge program more

Mexico’s Petite Révolution: Justice and Security Implications of Approving a Fully New Code of Judicial Procedures

Dec 13, 2013
This paper analyzes the implications of the approval of a Single Code, the fundamental ways in which it will change judicial procedures in Mexico, the main arguments given by its detractors and supporters, and the main benefits and challenges that its approval will pose for a country that faces large-scale criminal violence and low citizen’s trust in their authorities. more

The Egyptian Constitution: Mapping Where Power Lies

Dec 11, 2013
The draft of the Egyptian constitution, which will shortly be submitted to a referendum, is largely an aspirational document painting a picture of Egypt as a modern, progressive welfare state—an unattainable goal for the bankrupt country. But the constitution also provides an accurate map of power distribution in the country. more

In Search of Arctic Energy

Dec 10, 2013
A report by the Eurasia Group for the Wilson Center's Canada Institute. As climate change renders the Arctic increasingly accessible, there has been a substantial uptick in industry interest in the region; it is believed an estimated $100 billion could be invested in the Arctic over the next decade.The Arctic contains vast oil and natural gas reserves - the U.S. Geological Survey estimates the Arctic could contain 1,670 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas and 90 billion barrels of oil, or 30 percent of the world’s undiscovered gas and 13 percent of oil. Energy companies are certain to be at the forefront of Arctic development and investment. more

Iraq’s Kurdistan Takes a Giant Step Toward Independence

Dec 09, 2013
Iraq’s Kurdistan has signed multiple energy agreements with neighboring Turkey and is about to become an independent oil and gas exporter in defiance of Baghdad and Washington. This will provide Kurdistan, already an autonomous region within Iraq, with the financial and economic basis for its possible eventual independence. Turkey strongly opposes this and even limited autonomy for its own Kurds but has succumbed to its voracious appetite for new energy sources. more

The Carter Chill: US-ROK-DPRK Trilateral Relations, 1976-1979

Dec 05, 2013
A collection of archival documents on inter-Korean, US-ROK and DPRK-Communist bloc relations from 1976 through 1979, drawn from archives in the United States, South Korea, (East) Germany, Romania, Hungary, Australia, the United Kingdom, the former Yugoslavia, and the United Nations more

Expert Views on Going Beyond the African Growth & Opportunity Act

Dec 04, 2013
U.S.-African trade relations have reached an historic turning point. African markets are growing at unprecedented rates,and opportunities for increased tradeand investment are on the rise. While challenges remain, working in partnership with Africa’s leaders and the private sector can open the door for widespread commercial growth and economic development. The U.S. has a critical role to play in unlocking this dynamic future potential and must act now. more

Alternative North Americas: What Canada and the United States Can Learn from Each Other

Nov 27, 2013
In his upcoming book, David Jones pulls no punches as he offers his opinions on the issues facing the U.S.-Canada relationship. more

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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.