Global Health

America's New Foreign Policy Frontier

Heather Conley argues that the United States should use its chairmanship of the Arctic Council to strengthen its internal and external relations on issues including: Arctic shipping, reducing carbon short-lived climate forcers, and increasing awareness and focus on the well-being of indigenous communities.

From Revival to Reversal: Trajectories and Forecasts of Russia's Population Growth 2000-2050

From 2007 to 2014, Russia enjoyed unprecedented demographic success.  The abysmal fertility rates of the 1990s were left behind and Russia experienced some of the the largest fertility improvements anywhere in Europe.  With falling mortality rates and economic-growth driven immigration, Russia's decline in population ended, and 2013 actually saw a net increase in Russia's total population.  However, the current economic crisis is leading to policies that will likely lead to a reversal of these gains.

Let's Celebrate the 45th Earth Day — and Tackle climate change — by thinking both big and small.

When Earth Day was first celebrated 45 years ago, it helped inspire big solutions to a daunting domestic agenda to fix significantly impaired air and water. It led to the 1992 United Nations' Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro which put climate change on the world’s agenda. The U.S. and the world seemed prepared to think — and act — big.

For climate change, we need to think big and small.

Roger-Mark De Souza Discusses Demography, Reproductive Health with WHYY

When the media covers population, it's usually focused on growth. In this interview with WHYY, Philadelphia's NPR affiliate, Roger-Mark De Souza talks about other demographic issues, like declining birth rates in Western Europe and East Asia, and how theses issues impact everything from climate change, to food security, to gender equality. Listen to the full interview over at WHYY.

Roger-Mark De Souza on Building Political Will for Integrated Development

Earlier this month, Roger-Mark De Souza took part in an Aspen Institute roundtable on international climate negotiations, the Sustainable Development Goals, and reproductive health and rights. Women are essential to meeting climate and development goals, and yet all too often their needs - especially their sexual and reproductive health and rights - are secondary in these discussions. United Nations Development Programme Administrator Helen Clark, Liberia's Minister of Gender and Development Julia Duncan-Cassell, and USAID Deputy Administrator for the Bureau of Global Health Dr.

Roger-Mark De Souza on 'A New Climate for Peace' Report

A New Climate for Change: Taking Action on Climate Change and Fragility Risk is an independent report commissioned by the G7 members and jointly authored by the Wilson Center. The report says that climate change is “a global threat to security” and goes on to suggest that “we must act quickly to limit future risks to the planet we share and the to the peace we seek.” We spoke to one of the report’s contributing authors to learn more about the challenges presented. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.  

Integrating Mental Health into Maternal Health Programs

In high-income countries, as many as 10 to 15 percent of women experience depression, anxiety, or other non-psychotic mental health challenges during pregnancy or the year after giving birth. In developing countries, the chances rise to 16 percent of pregnant women and 20 percent of post-natal women, according to Jane Fisher, professor of women’s health at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Telling Tales of Complex Connections

Policy wonks and academics produce voluminous tomes on sustainability issues, but how to get these before a larger audience? One wonkish think tank hard at work on this problem, the Environmental Change and Security Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center, is producing a series of short films to tell the stories that move these concerns toward a wider audience. The idea is to take complex, interacting factors and show how they affect real people.

South Asia Consultation on Maternal Health: Regional Dialogue and Way Forward

The state of maternal health in South Asia is difficult to assess. Although rates of maternal mortality are declining between 2 and 2.5 percent a year overall, the region’s massive population – one fifth of the world and over 1 billion people in India alone – means it still accounts for one out of three maternal deaths.

Global Trends, Local Stories: New Films on India and Ethiopia

On March 24, the DC Environmental Film Festival comes to the Wilson Center for the Washington, DC, premieres of two new short documentaries from ECSP, “Broken Landscape” and “Paving the Way.” Filmmaker and ECSP Multimedia Producer Sean Peoples will describe his journey from the eroded gullies of Ethiopia to the rat-hole mines of northeastern India during a panel discussion led by the Wilson Center’s Roger-Mark De Souza, with observations from Sierra Club's Kim Lovell and World Resources Institute's Ferzina Banaji.
 
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