Demography

The Workforce Challenge to MENA Youth

The Middle East is experiencing a renewed wave of unrest, but what are the fundamental economic and social undercurrents driving people into the streets? Join us and our expert panel to discuss the intersecting challenges facing Middle Eastern youth: a growing youth bulge, chronic unemployment, outdated education models, impeded business growth, and the impacts of regional conflict.

Africa in Transition | Investing in Youth for Economic Prosperity

“African countries are not in the middle of one transition, they are in the midst of several transitions,” said Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue, Professor and Chair of the Department of Development Sociology at Cornell University, at a recent Wilson Center event on demographic trends on the continent, and investing in youth to ensure economic prosperity. “All of these transitions are an opportunity for prosperity, an opportunity for growth, an opportunity to build human capital,” said Eloundou-Enyugue.

Unlocking Japan’s Immigration Policy Potential

Immigration remains a divisive issue in the United States, but there is no doubt that the history of migration plays a key role in defining U.S. history. Japan too has its own history of immigration and emigration, but pales in comparison to that of the United States or even Europe. Yet as projections for the country’s demographic future become ever bleaker, Japan seems at first blush to be prepared to buck the global trend of closing borders.

ArgentinaPulse #1: Argentines' Perceptions of the World Order, Foreign Policy, and Global Issues

In June, the International Monetary Fund approved a historic bailout of Argentina’s troubled economy, offering a $50 billion loan to prevent a debt crisis and put an end to the peso’s staggering freefall. That rescue, however, has not endeared the IMF to most Argentines, according to a new poll by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Poliarquía, the ArgentinaPulse.

Infographic | Mexico's Voter Demographics

Risks Challenging Northeast Asian Growth in 2018

For all the political upheaval and security risks worldwide over the past year, 2017 has been a good year for much of the global financial markets, and Asia has been no exception. The spillover effect of the robust economic performance by the United States in particular has been felt strongly in Tokyo, Seoul, and Taipei, in spite of ever-growing worries about North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and the possibility of an outright military conflict breaking out in the region. There are, of course, other concerns that loom large over the horizon, not least an uncertain outlook for the U.S.

A Critical Juncture: Public Opinion in U.S.-Mexico Relations

Since the 1980s, the cooperation between the U.S. and Mexican governments has improved tremendously. However, despite the deepening governmental, economic, and societal ties that have occurred over the last two to three decades, the way in which the U.S. and Mexican publics view one another has experienced several ups and downs. Public opinion in the bilateral relationship has risen and fallen even as official relations between the United States and Mexico steadily improved.

Harnessing the Demographic Dividend Through Investments in Youth

On May 25, 2017, The Wilson Center Africa Program hosted a panel discussion on “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth.” The event, hosted in partnership with the African Ambassadors’ Group, was a part of the celebration of Africa Day. Dr. Monde Muyangwa, Director of the Africa Program at the Wilson Center, moderated the discussion with H.E. Prof. Hassana Alidou, H.E. Ammon Machingambi Mutembwa, Ms. Mariama Kabia, Mr. Andy Rabens, and Mr. William S. Reese.

President Joyce Banda Talks About Her Time in Office & Sensitizing African Leaders to Maternal Health Challenges

Joyce Banda, Malawi’s first female vice president, became Malawi’s first female president in 2012 after the sudden death of Bungu wa Mutharika in office. From day one, maternal health and girls’ education were a priority in her administration, she tells the Maternal Health Initiative’s Roger-Mark De Souza in an interview at the Wilson Center.

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