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Gaming Out the UK Election

In this Need to Know podcast episode, Michelle Egan comes back to break down the results of the election in the UK, and what that means for the U.S. going forward.


Realizing the Singapore-on-Thames Inspiration

The Conservative’s landslide victory in the latest UK elections led to a collective sigh of relief in the global financial markets. The win is expected to lead to political stability that has been much-needed since the 2016 referendum when Britons voted to leave the European Union. Whether for or against Brexit, the past three years have made it difficult for the country to focus on anything but its future relations with the Continent.

AfPak File: What's Next For The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor?

On November 21, Ambassador Alice Wells, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, delivered an address at the Wilson Center on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) that was strikingly sharp and direct in its criticism of a sensitive and high-stakes project for both Beijing and Islamabad.

Both capitals rejected the speech's criticism and reasserted their commitment to CPEC.

Ready for Work: An Analysis of Workforce Asymmetries in the Middle East and North Africa

The workforce challenge is among the most complex and urgent socio-economic and political challenges facing the Middle East and North Africa today. The growth of large and youthful populations is colliding with the constraints of slow growth and investment, which makes it impossible for regional markets to absorb surplus labor. This report presents an analysis of workforce development drawing from primary research conducted in Jordan, Tunisia, and Oman and it breaks down the problem into a set of supply and demand side factors.

The Speech Heard Round the World

On November 21, Ambassador Alice Wells, the principal deputy assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia, delivered an address on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)—the most expensive and operationalized component of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)—at the Wilson Center.

Japan's Global Economic Leadership Beyond the G20

Over the past two years, Japan has emerged as a global leader in forging ahead with multilateral trade agreements, and as such taking on a greater role in ensuring that free, fair, and open markets prevail. Washington’s reluctance to remain committed to a multilateral approach to governance has certainly presented Tokyo to enhance its international presence well beyond its borders.

Report Launch | North America 2.0: A Workforce Development Agenda

The Wilson Center's Mexico Institute was pleased to host a report launch for North America 2.0: A Workforce Development Agenda. The report details challenges the three countries face in preparing their labor forces for "The Future of Work" and proposes a framework for North America to move forward in addressing these issues.

Ready for Work: A Discussion of Women Entrepreneurship in Jordan

The Wilson Center presented and discussed findings of its new report entitled, “Ready for Work: an Analysis of Workforce Development Asymmetries in the Middle East and North Africa” in an interactive conversation with Wilson Center President and CEO the Honorable Jane Harman and a selected group of women leaders and young entrepreneurs.

Why 2020 Will Be a Big Year for Vietnam’s Foreign Policy

Over the past few years, Vietnam’s foreign policy has been in focus due to Hanoi’s increasing activism on a range of issues ranging from peacekeeping to the territorial disputes in the South China Sea, where it is a claimant. 2020 will be a big year that spotlights that, with Vietnam holding a couple of prominent regional and international positions amid a challenging geopolitical environment and a busy period for its domestic politics as well.

North America 2.0: A Workforce Development Agenda

As new technology reshapes workplaces and jobs across North America, the United States, Mexico, and Canada need to reinvent the ways that they educate, train, and re-skill their workforces.  With Mexico and Canada now the United States’ two largest economic partners, more than ever the three countries need to work together to effectively and equitably manage the massive transformations ahead in the skills needed by tomorrow’s employees.