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Violence and Gender: The Other Side of Pakistan’s Urban Unrest

Much of the international focus on violence in Pakistan’s cities tends to revolve around terrorism perpetrated by Islamist extremist groups. In reality, a variety of other major factors drive violence in urban Pakistan as well—including issues associated with water access, waste disposal, transport, and drugs and alcohol. In these cases, gender considerations play a key role.

Competing or Complementing Economic Visions? Regionalism and the Pacific Alliance, TPP, RCEP, and the AIIB

From establishing new rules for furthering trade to reassessing the future of development assistance, the roadmap for growth in the Asia-Pacific region is facing a current of sweeping change. The question is how regionalism could continue to boost the economic potential in Asia and beyond, or whether new groupings forming new rules will lead to greater political rivalries in the region and impede growth.

Quebec and the United States: A Long Standing Partnership for Prosperity

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Wilson Center's Canada Institute on February 19, 2016 as Premier Philippe Couillard discusses trade and investment opportunities in Québec in his first official visit to Washington.
Elected party leader and Premier of Québec in 2014, Premier Philippe Couillard is a neurosurgeon, former cabinet minister, Member of Parliament, and respected leader, both in Canada and on the world stage.

Women Leaders Against Corruption: What Works

The fight against corruption is becoming increasingly prominent across much of the African continent. Corruption causes wasted development potential, poor governance, and lowered government legitimacy in the eyes of citizens. But while corruption remains a serious impediment to growth and good governance, some countries and leaders in Africa are making significant strides towards ending it.

What Works in Reducing Community Violence: Spotlight on Central America and Mexico

Over the past decade, Mexico and Central America have witnessed escalating levels of community violence. Latin America as a whole is the most violent region in the world, accounting for 33 percent of global homicides despite representing only 9 percent of the world’s population. While prevention and rehabilitation are gaining ground in the region, government responses to violent crime continue to trend towards heavy-handed suppression, which has led to the wrongful arrest of thousands of youth, overwhelmed prisons and justice systems, and empowered gangs.

Ministers at War: Winston Churchill and the War Cabinet

It seems impossible now to imagine Great Britain during World War Two being led by anyone other than Winston Churchill.  It was not impossible at the time, however, as Jonathan Schneer will show in this presentation.  Moreover, despite a legend to the contrary that has been burnished over many years, Churchill had to manage a War Cabinet most of whose members never ceased to snipe at one another and at him, even as t

Confronting Corruption and Impunity in Central America: Examining the CICIG and other Models for the Region

While corruption and impunity have long been major challenges faced by Central American nations, only recently is there evidence that steps can be taken to turn the tide.  The UN-affiliated CICIG in Guatemala contributed to a corruption investigation that lead the President and Vice President to resign, loose their impunity, and face prosecution.  Meanwhile, Honduras and El Salvador are developing their own more limited mechanisms to combat corruption.

Harnessing the Private Sector, Trade, and Investment in Africa to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expired in 2015 with mixed results in Africa. Overall, the continent made progress in women’s political participation, maternal mortality, and secondary school enrolment, but failed to meet its poverty reduction goals. The successor to the MDGs, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), were ratified in September 2015, and promote a number of goals including eradicating poverty, achieving gender equality, and promoting peaceful and inclusive societies.

DHS: Progress in 2015, Goals for 2016--A Conversation with Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh C. Johnson

Please join the Wilson Center as Secretary Jeh C. Johnson, the fourth Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, delivers his final State of Homeland Security address, entitled “DHS: Progress in 2015, Goals for 2016.” Secretary Johnson oversees the United States' third largest Cabinet department and leads the nation’s efforts to counter a broad range of threats, from terrorism to natural disasters. Secretary Johnson's remarks will be followed by a question & answer session with the Center's Director, President & CEO Jane Harman.