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Beyond Nabucco: An Update on the Southern Gas Corridor and European Energy Security

The race to build the Southern Energy Corridor to bring Caspian natural gas to Europe is in its final stages.  The Shah Deniz consortium in Azerbaijan is set to once and for all decide the long-pending "Nabucco question".  How will this improve European energy security?  What are the implications for regional geopolitics involving Russia and Turkey?  What are the interests of the United States in the region's transforming strategic landscape?

Lessons From Kenya & Malawi on Combining Climate Change, Development, Population Policy

“The combined effects of rapid population growth and climate change are increasing food insecurity, environmental degradation, and poverty levels in Malawi and Kenya,” said Clive Mutunga, a senior research associate at Population Action International (PAI).

The Transnational Nature of Organized Crime in the Americas

Organized criminal groups engaged in illicit trafficking often operate in an international context transcends national boundaries.  So-called Mexican “cartels” operate in the United States, Central America, and the Andes, as do Colombian and Brazilian organizations.  They have established links and operations throughout the hemisphere and increasingly globally including in Africa and Europe.  The Wilson Center’s Latin America Program organized two panels to examine the nature of these international linkages and what steps can and are being taken to combat this transnational threat. 

A Conversation with Sarkis Naoum

Sarkis Naoum, Senior Columnist for Annahar newspaper in Beirut, discussed the crisis in Syria and its implications for Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Iran.

On April 15, the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center hosted a meeting, “A Conversation with Sarkis Naoum.” Aaron David Miller, Vice President of New Initiatives and Distinguished Scholar at the Wilson Center, moderated the event. Haleh Esfandiari, Director of the Middle East Program at the Wilson Center, provided opening remarks.  

Petro-Aggression: When Oil Causes War

While there has been much research on the effect of valuable natural resource extraction on a state’s domestic development (e.g., the “resource curse”), Wilson Center Fellow Jeff Colgan focuses on how natural resource extraction affects foreign policy.

Mexico Today

“Mexico matters much more to the future of America than do Afghanistan or Iraq. Mexico is confronting a complex mix of challenges that will influence and, actually, change the United States. In the past few years, Mexico has emerged successfully from a profound recession, its government is confronting the drug cartels and its political system is far from consolidated. Because each of these challenges could constitute a direct threat to the U.S., it is important to understand what Mexico is and where the nation is going.”

The Power of Weak States in International Politics: Eastern Europe in the 20th Century

"Weak states can be both policy takers and, occasionally policy makers," argues Laszlo Borhi in a presentation examining weak states in East Central Europe in the 20th century. Focusing on several case studies, Borhi looks at three periods: the aftermath of World War I and World War II and the post-1989 era.

Egypt: A U.S. Dilemma

Mahmoud Karem, former Egyptian Ambassador to the EU, NATO, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Japan, analyzed the challenges that Egypt faces in its transition to democracy and how they relate to policy objectives for both Egypt and the United States.

On April 10, the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center hosted a meeting, “Egypt: A U.S. Dilemma” with Karem. Haleh Esfandiari, Director of the Middle East Program at the Wilson Center, moderated the event.

Balancing Act on the Mekong: Building Linkages for Sustainable Dam Development

“One of our intentions is to create new dialogues and discourse” around hydropower development in the Mekong Basin, explained Michael Victor, as he described his work with the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food. During a March 25, 2013 meeting at the Wilson Center Michael and the other speakers argued that in order to balance the conflicting interests and complex environmental impacts of hydropower development in the Mekong Basin, a paradigm shift towards better governance and more sustainable and equitable energy development is imperative.