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Book Launch: "The Outcast Majority: War, Development, and Youth in Africa"

On January 14, 2016, the Wilson Center Africa Program hosted youth expert and former Wilson Center Fellow Dr. Marc Sommers, Visiting Researcher, Boston University, for the launch of his book The Outcast Majority: War, Development, and Youth in Africa. Dr. Sommers was joined by Mr. Mark Hannafin, Executive Secretary and Senior National Security Adviser at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and co-chair of the new USAID policy on youth in development.

North Korea: Markets and Military Rule

In her latest book, North Korea: Markets and Military Rule, author Hazel Smith delivers a rich empirical study of social and economic transformation in North Korea. The book evaluates the 'marketization from below' that followed the devastating famine of the early 1990s, estimated to be the cause of nearly one million fatalities. Smith shows how the end of the Cold War in Europe and the famine brought radical social change to all of North Korean society.

Inter-Korean Relations in Historical Context

Three months after signing a six-point inter-Korean communique on August 25th that called for talks “at an early date,” South and North Korea are poised to resume high-level discussions on December 11th. The talks, which will be held between vice-minister level officials from each side at the jointly-operated Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea, come on the heels of a recent round of family reunions.

The Syrian Crisis and Israeli Security Challenges


Three experts on Israel discussed the challenges to Israel’s security threat posed by the Syrian civil war, the effect of regional and international influences, and the future of Israeli security policy.

What Women Want, What Women Need: Challenges and Opportunities for Female Leaders and Executives in East Asia

According to World Economic Forum’s latest global gender gap index, East Asian countries still have a long way to go not just until women reach parity with men, but moving up the gender equality ladder itself. According to the latest report, China came in 91st place, while Japan ranked 101 out of 145 countries surveyed, and South Korea was in 115th place.

The Birth of the Russian Media (1985-1991)

30 years ago, Mikhail Gorbachev came to power in the Soviet Union, ushering in a brief, but tumultuous period of reforms that included the 1990 law abolishing state censorship of media. Natalia Rostova discussed her project, "The Birth of the Russian Media: Epoch of Gorbachev (1985-1991)," which studies how a free press was developed in a previously closed society.

Digital DNA: The Nagoya Protocol, Intellectual Property Treaties, and Synthetic Biology

Join us for the release of a new report on synthetic biology and the Nagoya Protocol of the United Nations’ Convention on Biological Diversity. The discussion will focus on how the digitization of DNA may change how international treaties address intellectual property and benefit sharing.

Political Challenges of Contemporary Azerbaijan

The Global Europe Program is pleased to host the 11th Annual Ion Ratiu Democracy Award Workshop on Political Challenges of Contemporary Azerbaijan featuring keynote remarks the 2015 recipient of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, Dr. Jamil Hasanli, an historian and democracy activist in Azerbaijan. 

Yemen between War and Political Solution

Three experts offered their analysis on the ongoing conflict in Yemen and assessed the prospects for a political solution.