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East European Studies Junior Scholars' Training Seminar

Deadline: The deadline for receipt of this year's JSTS applications and supporting materials is April 30, 2013. Applicants will be notified approximately six weeks later.

Demographic & Environmental Dynamics Shape 'Global Trends 2030' Scenarios

“However rapid change has been over the past couple decades, the rate of change will accelerate in the future,” states the newest quadrennial report from the National Intelligence Council (NIC), Global Trends 2030: Alternative WorldsReleased late last year, the report identifies the “game-changers, megatrend

Latin American Program in the News: The Reality of Life as an Undocumented Immigrant

They are sons and daughters, gay and straight, performers and politics junkies. They grew up in the bustle of New York and the dry heat of Texas.

They are American.

And they are undocumented.

The trio of students who sit on stage at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. Thursday night speak eloquently and with poise. They have been tasked with talking about their childhoods, and in many ways they sound like every other kid in America. They recall summers spent at camp and hours toiled away at unpaid internships.

Demographic Timebomb? People Power and the Future of Israel as a Jewish State

Sergio DellaPergola, a leading Israeli demographer, presented his findings and prospects on demography for the future of Israel.

How Should America Respond to Economic Opportunities in Africa?

U.S. policy toward Africa has been on autopilot for much of the past four years, following a laundry list of good intentions that established priorities for Africa’s well-being and U.S. security interests. However, a truly sustainable and forward-looking U.S. policy toward Africa should refocus attention on Africa’s opportunity as an economic powerhouse of the future, a strategy that combines both domestic self-interest and an opportunity to help Africa move forward.

The Jewish Movement in the Soviet Union

Yaacov Ro’i and his collaborators provide the first scholarly survey of one of the most successful Soviet dissident movements, one which ultimately affected and reflected the demise of a superpower’s stature.

National Identities and Bilateral Relations: Widening Gaps in East Asia and Chinese Demonization of the United States

The second of Gilbert Rozman’s contributed volumes on East Asian national identity traces how efforts to draw a sharp divide between one country’s identity and that of another shape relations in the post–Cold War era. It examines the two-way relations of Japan, South Korea, and China, introducing the concept of a national identity gap to estimate the degree to which the identities of two countries target each other as negative contrasts. This concept is then applied to China’s reinterpretation from 2009 to 2011 of the gap between its identity and that of the United States.

Young Saudis and The Kingdom’s Political Future

            Many young Saudis admire political activists in Bahrain, Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen. For now, they are not interested in staging massive street protests to demand their rights. But the first members of Saudi Arabia's largest youth bulge will turn 18 in 2014. This generation won't remember life without the Internet and will likely demand a "more participatory and more transparent government," according to Caryle Murphy. The following paper, Viewpoints 19, was published by the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.

Latin American Program in the News: Screen Travelers in Advance, and Focus on Real Dangers

Before more money is spent on more border security Congress would do well to take inventory of what has already been done. Border Patrol personnel has quintupled in the last 20 years, and billions have been spent in building a fence and electronic monitoring systems that have not always performed so well.

Japan Can't Spend Its Way Out of a Recession

Northeast Asia associate Shihoko Goto writes in World Politics Review that Japan must cut welfare spending and boost female employment in addition to reviewing immigration policy for longer-term growth.