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Leadership Visions: A Discussion with Mexican Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz-Massieu

The Mexico Institute of the Wilson Center and The Migration Policy Institute (MPI), are pleased to invite you to a Leadership Visions discussion with the Foreign Minister of Mexico, Claudia Ruiz-Massieu, for her first public appearance during her first visit to Washington, DC in her current capacity. With the growing importance of migration matters tying the United States and Mexico together, this Leadership Visions program moderated by MPI Senior Fellow Doris Meissner offers a special opportunity to hear from and engage with a critical figure in the U.S.-Mexico relationship.

The Next Urban Future: Smarter and More Resilient Cities

Cities across the globe are adapting to the big data revolution. How and where are successful cities using new technologies to upgrade infrastructure and enhance resilience? Which cities are actively harnessing the power of urban innovations to advance their economic, social, and environmental sustainability goals?

The Urban Sustainability Laboratory and Meeting of the Minds invite you to join us for a panel discussion about the tools, policies, and strategies for building urban resilience in the digital age.

Path to Prosperity: Empower, Educate, and Employ Youth to Realize the Demographic Dividend

In the course of development, most countries undergo a demographic transition. Health conditions improve and mortality rates decline, causing rapid population growth and a relatively high proportion of young people. Over time, if fertility declines, as it has in most places, growth slows and there is a period when the proportion of very young “dependents” shrinks in comparison to the working age population.

Political Transition in East-Central Europe and the End of the Cold War, 1985–1991

Csaba Békés argues that the eventual Soviet acceptance of internal political changes in East-Central Europe in 1989 by no means meant that Gorbachev was ready to give up the Soviet sphere of influence in the region as well.  His efforts to preserve control over the area were greatly facilitated by the fact that until the end of 1990 the Western powers, which welcomed the internal political transition,  contrary to the interpretation of mainstream literature  did not support the aspirations for independence of the states of the

Catastrophic Diplomacy: The History of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance

Since the turn of the 20th century, and particularly since 1945, the United States has been one of the world’s leading providers of bilateral disaster assistance. Julia Irwin, a prominent historian of U.S. international relations, will trace the history of U.S. governmental, military, and private responses to foreign catastrophes caused by Tropical Storms, earthquakes, floods, and other natural hazards. She will also analyze the diplomatic, strategic, and cultural significance of this global disaster assistance.

The Outlook for Russia's Economy

The Russian economy is in crisis: in 2015 GDP declined 3.5 percent, inflation reached 12 percent, and real income has fallen for the first time in 15 years. The immediate cause of Russia’s economic turmoil is a steep decline in oil prices, and dysfunction in the government's management of the current downturn. However, Russia’s economic problems are more systemic than the recent decline in commodity prices—its economy has been stagnant since 2008. Without substantive change, there is little hope for sustainable economic growth in Russia for the foreseeable future.

State of World Population 2015 - 'Shelter From the Storm: A Transformative Agenda for Women and Girls in a Crisis-Prone World' (Report Launch)

The sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls must be protected, even – especially – during “the toughest of times, in the hardest of places,” said Kate Gilmore, deputy executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), at the Wilson Center on December 3.

Points (tipping), Lines (9-dash), Planes (military), and Spheres (of influence) - The Geometry of a Changing Relationship

In 2015, one of America’s leading China watchers said that U.S.-China relations were at a tipping point when our “Our respective fears are nearer to outweighing our hopes than at any time since normalization.” Respective fears shaped new policy debates in Beijing and Washington, escalations in the South China Sea, threats and accusations in the cyber realm, deepened pessimism on the part of American NGOs and corporations in China, and complexed public perceptions in the U.S. and the PRC.

The Rise of the Right in Latin America?

Corruption scandals, the fall of commodity prices, and recent electoral outcomes in Latin America have given rise to the thesis that the left is in decline throughout Latin America. Argentina’s November elections overturned the ruling Peronist coalition, bringing the center-right pragmatist Mauricio Macri to power on December 10.