5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Gender Equity, Health, and Cultural Tensions in the Amazon

Poverty in Latin America has become increasingly “feminized,” said John Coonrod, executive vice president of The Hunger Project, at the Wilson Center on October 22. As a result, many governments and NGOs are starting to focus on the needs of women, especially indigenous women. 

From the Great Wall to the New World: China and Latin America in the 21st Century

Questions of political economy, defense strategy, and bilateral relations have dominated the recent analysis of China’s relationship with Latin America.   Yet a wide range of “new” interactions are also important to consider:  transnational flows of capital and people, adaptation and learning in industrial production chains and the mining sector, the fluidity of perceptions between China and Latin America, stereotypes and “othering” of Latin America within China, and what the changing assumptions of China’s top leadership mean for the China-Latin America relationship.

Security and Economic Opportunity in Sinaloa


Governor Mario Lopez Valdez

Governor of the state of Sinaloa

Governor Lopez Valdez will discuss crime prevention strategies that have been implemented in Sinaloa in addition to the opportunities for cross border trade and economic cooperation with the U.S. Sinaloa is a large exporter of vegetable produce to the U.S. Please join us for a discussion with Gov. Lopez Valdez.

Pakistan's Nuclear Posture

This meeting is part of an ongoing series co-sponsored with the Los Alamos National Laboratory that provides a forum for policy specialists from Congress and the Executive, business, academia, and journalism to exchange information and share perspectives on current nonproliferation issues.

Strategic Steps for Global Action on Maternal Health Medicines

"We know maternal health medicines are safe, we know they’re effective, we know they’re essential to keeping women healthy throughout pregnancy and childbirth,” said Kristy Kade at the Wilson Center on October 23. But lack of supply, poor quality, and misuse means they do not always help the women who need them. 

A Debate: Is the American Economy in Decline?

Is the Great Recession and ensuing anemic recovery a result of long-run structural weaknesses that signal permanent American economic decline unless dramatic steps are taken to reverse it? Or should it be seen as a typical but severe downturn caused by a financial crisis from which the the United States will recover in due time and return to a healthy long-term economic and jobs growth trajectory? Getting the right answers to these questions is critically important for policymakers and goes to the heart of the economic issues being debated in the Presidential election.

Croatia and Serbia: Two New Governments, Two Sets of Challenges

This presentation will discuss political changes that the two new governments elected to office in Croatia in November 2011 and in Serbia in May 2012 bring to the landscape of political parties, regional cooperation and EU accession politics in South Eastern Europe. Rinna Kullaa will highlight the economic challenges Croatia faces while simultaneously setting the example for steps into entry to the EU membership for other EU candidate states. The talk will discuss the impact of the recent Serbian election for political and economic transition in Serbia and in the region.

Iran, Palestine, and the Arab Spring: The View from Israel

Efraim Halevy, the former director of Mossad and former head of the Israeli National Security Council, discussed recent developments in the Middle East and their impact on Israel.

Iran, Iraq, and the GCC: New Realities in Persian Gulf Security

In a conference addressing Iran, Iraq, and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, experts analyzed their domestic and foreign policies, their impact on the region, and the depth of the ties between them.

Programmatic and Policy Recommendations for Addressing Obstetric Fistula and Uterine Prolapse

Obstetric fistula is “not just a medical issue, but a human issue,” said Dr. Luc de Bernis, senior maternal health advisor at UNFPA, during a September 27 panel discussion at the Wilson Center.