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Hidden Forces: The Role of Water in Economic Prosperity

Safe and accessible water is critical for a country’s successful economic development and for the health and well-being of its citizens. Ultimately, the journey to self-reliance cannot succeed without sustainable water resource management. This session will explore the role of market-based solutions and private sector engagement in strengthening the management of water resources to meet the needs of communities, agriculture, industry and commerce, and ecosystem services.  

Proceedings of The Arctic and U.S. National Security Symposium

The Arctic and U.S. National Security, a symposium hosted by the Wilson Center’s Polar Institute in December 2018, provided a timely opportunity to explore and promote Arctic security discussions at a critical moment for the region.

USAID and the Private Sector: Blended Finance Partnership to Combat Ocean Plastic Pollution (Launch Event)

The amount of plastic pollution flowing into the ocean is increasing at an alarming rate, creating an urgent challenge for the world’s environment and economy. On our current trajectory, by 2050 — pound for pound — there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Most ocean plastic pollution emanates from developing countries — and, more specifically, from rapidly urbanizing coastal cities in the developing world — where waste management systems are struggling to keep pace with growing populations and increasing amounts of trash.

Disaster Security: Using Intelligence and Military Planning for Energy and Environmental Risks (Book Launch)

From glacier melt in the Andes and hurricanes in New York and Hawaii, to hybrid disasters, cyber operations, and geoengineering, the US military and intelligence community harnesses the foresight provided by scenarios, simulations, and disaster planning to anticipate environmental and security-related disasters.

Water as a Tool for Resilience in Times of Crisis

Water serves as a tool for resilience only when access to it is consistent and the system for making it consistent is in place, said David De Armey, Director of International Partnerships for Water for Good, an international NGO. He spoke at a recent Wilson Center event, “Water as a Tool for Resilience in Times of Crisis,” the second event in a three-part series, Water Security for a Resilient World, sponsored by the Wilson Center, Winrock International, the Sustainable Water Partnership, and USAID.

Brazil's Energy Sector

Sherri Goodman Testifies Before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on How Climate Change Threatens U.S. National Security

On April 2, 2019, Environmental Change & Security Program and Polar Institute Senior Fellow Sherri Goodman testified in front of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on "How Climate Change Threatens U.S. National Security." Her testimony touched on the Asia-Pacific region, the Arctic, China, Russia, water vulnerabilties in the Middle East and Africa, and military readiness.

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.

Bill C-69 Key Points and Legislative Timeline

Bill C-69: Too Far, Too Fast? Or Nowhere At All?

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