Publications

Why Did Russia Give Away Crimea Sixty Years Ago?

Mar 19, 2014
In 1954 the Soviet Union transferred control of Crimea to Soviet Ukraine. Mark Kramer (Harvard) explains the reasons behind this surprising decision, one which has come back to haunt Ukraine today with tragic consequences. 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

The Taiwan Relations Act: A Mid-Life Crisis at 35?

Mar 18, 2014
In this policy brief, Professor Dennis Hickey of Missouri State University urges the U.S. Congress to resist the temptation to use Taiwan as a “political football” or to micromanage relations with Taiwan. more

Peacebuilding from Below: The Role of Decentralized South-South Cooperation in Africa

Mar 17, 2014
"The problem of violent conflict and the instability it creates remains a major global preoccupation, owing to the recognition that development can hardly take root in such settings and that conflict-affected states could be breeding grounds for all kinds of international insecurity." more

The Private Sector and Public Security: The Cases of Ciudad Juárez and Monterrey

Mar 15, 2014
This paper focuses on the nature and results of the civic engagement and activist postures adopted by the private sector in Juárez and Monterrey since 2008. more

Co-Production and Oversight: Citizens and Their Police

Mar 15, 2014
This analysis looks at two important roles that citizens can play to help respond to Mexico’s security challenges. The first is through the “co-production” of public security. The second role for citizens examined here is oversight of public officials and law enforcement agencies. more

Is Negotiating Political Agreement a Lost Art?

Mar 11, 2014
A group of political scientists say Congress has forgotten the art of negotiating political agreements and needs to relearn it if our government is to continue to function as intended. Wolfensberger says in today's Congress, with all the distractions during shortened work weeks, simple deliberations are a difficult challenge for most members. more

MENA Women: Opportunities and Obstacles in 2014

Mar 06, 2014
On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2014, the Middle East Program at the Wilson Center invited a cross-section of women activists, politicians, academics, and entrepreneurs to give us their views on the situation for women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). This publication, “MENA Women: Opportunities and Obstacles in 2014” includes pieces from 44 women from 22 countries including Egypt, Yemen, Lebanon, and other countries in the MENA region, plus the United States, Austria, Indonesia, and Sudan, who shared with us their concerns and hopes for women. more

Iraq: Tackling Corruption and Sectarianism is More Critical than the Outcome of Elections

Mar 05, 2014
Iraqis are heading to the polls at the end of April. More important than the results of these elections are fundamental issues confronting the country such as the economy's utter reliance on oil, the prevalence of corruption in every sector, and the deepening sectarianism that is impacting political and economic decisions. more

Central Europeans and the Sino-Soviet Split: The “Great Friendship” as International History

Mar 04, 2014
CWIHP is pleased to announce the release of thirteen new documents on Sino-Soviet relations translated into English for the first time. In CWIHP e-Dossier No. 46, Austin Jersild discusses tensions between Chinese and Central European officials over the misbehavior and incompetence of Soviet advisers in China. 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.