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On the Move for Being “Gej” (Gay): Sexuality Rights, Migration, and Democratic Consolidation in Southeast Europe

If you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, where in the world do you belong? Today, the growing visibility and activism among those whose gender identity or sexual orientation is outside of the culturally accepted norms in Southeast Europe is coinciding with international and European pressures to protect sexual and gender differences as basic human rights. Within this rapidly evolving scene in the Western Balkans (Albania and former Yugoslavia, excepting Slovenia) and Turkey is a changing cross-border migration dynamic.

Beyond Seven Billion: Reporting on Population, Environment, and Security

“When I embarked on this series, I approached it as an environmental reporter: What does a growing number of us and growing consumption mean for our planet?” said Los Angeles Times reporter Ken Weiss at the Wilson Center on October 9.

Secretary John Bryson Joins Wilson Center

WASHINGTON– Former Commerce Secretary John Bryson has joined the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars as a Distinguished Senior Public Policy Scholar.

Secretary Bryson will work on the strategic and economic nexus among China, India and the United States, as well as Japan, Brazil, Energy, and the Environment.

Making the announcement, Jane Harman, director, president and CEO of the Wilson Center said:

Maintaining the Momentum: Highlights from the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning

This summer, 26 countries and private donors met at the London Summit on Family Planning to pledge $2.6 billion to expand family planning services to 120 million more women in the poorest countries around the world.

2012 National Survey of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders


Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest growing racial group in the United States, increasing by 46 percent between 2000 and 2010, and the population is expected to continue to rise rapidly. While their political influence has been apparent for some time in coastal states including California and New Jersey, as well as in metropolitan areas such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Houston, and Washington DC, their impact has been felt in recent years in key battleground states as well, including Nevada, Arizona, and North Carolina. 

Adolescent Reproductive Health: The Challenge and Benefits of Delaying Sex

There are 1.2 billion adolescents (ages 10 to 19) in the world today, accounting for 17 percent of the global population. They are the largest youth cohort in history, and 90 percent live in the developing world.

Labor Migration in Eurasia: Links to Global Migration and Human Security Trends

Using a comparative approach to incorporate research initiatives into a global context can make a significant contribution to the current understanding of migration. In partnership with the Social Science Research Council, the Kennan Institute will host leading specialists on migration issues from Russia and the United States to discuss their most recent work, as well as share preliminary findings from research supported by the National Science Foundation.

Mexico Institute in the News: Experts Discuss Mexico's 2012 Election Results

C-SPAN, 07/09/2012

A polling expert says Mexico’s youth voters turned out in record numbers for the recent presidential election but their ballots didn’t boost Enrique Pena Nieto to victory. Jorge Buendia with a Mexican polling firm says the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) candidate now President-Elect, lost the youth vote by quite a bit.

Demographics Drive Democracy

WASHINGTON – As World Population Day approaches, Wilson Center consultant and demographer Elizabeth Leahy Madsen says the Arab Spring demonstrates that countries with very young age structures are prone both to higher incidence of civil conflict and undemocratic governance.