Wilson Center Executive Vice President Andrew Selee discusses the newly released Global Go To Think Tank Index rankings which named the Wilson Center the top “think tank to watch” in the U.S.
Reports Cited in the Ranking:
Backdraft: The Conflict Potential of Climate Mitigation and Adaptation
Amid the growing number of reports warning that climate change threatens security, one potentially dangerous – but counterintuitive – dimension has been largely ignored. Could efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change inadvertently exacerbate existing conflicts? In Backdraft: The Conflict Potential of Climate Mitigation and Adaptation, leading environmental security experts explore these questions:
- Could a transition to the “green economy” create conflicts over newly strategic minerals?
- Could mitigation initiatives such as REDD+ trigger disputes over land rights, carbon ownership, and financial benefits?
- How can policymakers ensure that geoengineering technology or adaptation measures do not trigger unintended impacts?
- How can we more accurately forecast future climate security flashpoints?
Thinking Regionally to Compete Globally: Leveraging Migration & Human Capital in the U.S., Mexico, and Central America
The report, Thinking Regionally to Compete Globally: Leveraging Migration & Human Capital in the U.S., Mexico, and Central America, caps a 2 ½-year initiative that focused on extensive consultations with policymakers and civil society in the region; produced more than two dozen research reports, policy briefs and briefing papers; and involved extensive deliberations by Study Group members. The final report offers 14 findings and recommendations for policymakers in the region, some focused on the current U.S. legislative debate, others directed at Mexico and Central America.