Demography

Ahsan Iqbal Discusses Urbanization in Pakistan

In November 2013, Ahsan Iqbal, Pakistan's minister for planning, development, and reforms, and a top official in the country's ruling political party, gave a luncheon address as part of the Asia Program's all-day conference on Pakistan's urbanization challenges. Attached are these remarks, which have been edited by Minister Iqbal.  The video of the speech can be viewed above, and other information about the November conference can be seen via the link in the "Related Content" box at the right.

Building the Future of Global Development (OFF-SITE)

The original version of this article appeared at the Atlantic Council.

Political Dispossession of Roma in Contemporary Europe

The Global Europe Program is pleased to host the 9th Annual Ion Ratiu Democracy Award Workshop on Political Dispossession of Roma in Contemporary Europe featuring Dr. Angela Kocze, leading Hungarian Roma rights activist and a visiting assistant professor at Wake Forest University, NC.

Contested Frontiers in the Syria-Lebanon-Israel Region: Cartography, Sovereignty, and Conflict

Contested Frontiers in the Syria-Lebanon-Israel Region studies one of the flash points of the Middle East since the 1960s—a tiny region of roughly 100 square kilometers where Syria, Lebanon, and Israel come together but where the borders have never been clearly marked. This was the scene of Palestinian guerrilla warfare in the 1960s and '70s and of Hezbollah confrontations with Israel from 2000 to the 2006 war.

The Other Population Crisis: What Governments Can Do about Falling Birth Rates

In many developed countries, population decline poses economic and social strains and may even threaten national security. Through historical-political case studies of Sweden, France, Italy, Japan, and Singapore, The Other Population Crisis explores the motivations, politics, programming, and consequences of national efforts to promote births. Steven Philip Kramer finds a significant government role in stopping declines in birth rates.

Angela Kocze to Receive the 2013 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is pleased to announce that Dr. Angela Kocze will receive the 2013 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award. Dr. Angela Kocze, a leading Hungarian Roma rights activist and scholar, is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor with the Department of Sociology at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, as well as a Research Fellow at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Climate Change in a Growing, Urbanizing World: Understanding the Demography of Adaptation (Book Launch)

The effects of climate change are often conveyed through the lens of changing physical landscapes. Shifting weather patterns, the intensification of drought, flooding, and coastal erosion are all primary areas of climate research. But do researchers know enough about changes in the size, distribution, and composition of human populations as they relate to climate vulnerability?

Pakistan's Galloping Urbanization

The luncheon keynote address will be webcast live at 1:30 pm. 

Pakistan’s future will largely be written in its cities. Today about a third of Pakistan’s population is urban-based, but that figure is expected to increase to nearly 50 percent within a dozen years. Recent data shows that Karachi’s population grew by 80 percent between 2000 and 2010—the largest such increase of any city in the world. Pakistan’s accelerating urbanization presents huge challenges but simultaneously offers the country a way out of its present multiple dilemmas.

Conference Report: African Women and Youth as Agents of Change through Technology and Innovation

On May 1, 2013, the Africa Program and the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity (Leadership Project) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center) sought to highlight some of the exciting developments by women and youth in Africa utilizing technology and social innovations to tackle every day issues.

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