2015 Year in Review

Thanks to our scholars, our staff, and our friends around the world, this has been an exceptional year in programming at the Wilson Center. More than ever, our publications and our conversations bridged the worlds of scholarship and policy.

Below you’ll find a list of the standout events, publications, and articles of 2015 organized by the themes we found most significant.

State of World Population 2015 - 'Shelter From the Storm: A Transformative Agenda for Women and Girls in a Crisis-Prone World' (Report Launch)

The sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls must be protected, even – especially – during “the toughest of times, in the hardest of places,” said Kate Gilmore, deputy executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), at the Wilson Center on December 3.

To Protect Our Open Societies, We Must Not Close Them

The attacks of November 13 in Paris were a classic terrorist operation designed to sow panic and fear, to gain recruits for the cause of jihad, and to provoke a reaction from us in the West that would lead to restrictions on our freedom and the closing of our societies. The choice of Paris as a target, especially the popular neighborhoods of the 10th and 11th arrondissements on a beautiful Friday evening, was strategic. Many of us in the West and indeed around the world have spent time in Paris or lived there, as I have.

The Lessons of Post-9/11 Border Management

Shortly after the horrific attacks in Paris, French President François Hollande announced a decision to close his nation’s borders. He said, “We must ensure that no one comes in to commit any act whatsoever, and at the same time make sure that those who have committed these crimes should be arrested if they try to leave the country.”

Are the Paris Attacks a Game Changer for Canadian Foreign Policy?

Justin Trudeau, the new Canadian prime minister, promised in his campaign to do more to help Syrian refugees and end Canada’s participation in airstrikes against ISIS. The Paris attacks challenge Trudeau to either stay the course or respond with more hard-line positions.

The Case for Accepting Syrian Refugees

More than 10 governors sent letters to the Obama administration on Monday, all bearing the same message: We refuse to accept Syrian refugees into our state and local communities. But turning against Syrians fleeing horror and violence in the Middle East is precisely the wrong response to last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris. In fact, Islamic State, also known as ISIS, is looking for proof that the West stands against Arabs and Muslims.

Kennan Cable No.12: A Long Road to Asylum: Syrian Refugees in Russia

A man, who reached the Russian-Norwegian border intending to cross it, rides a bicycle along a road near a check point outside Nickel (Nikel) settlement in Murmansk region, Russia, October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Fyodor Porokhin

Attack on Paris: How Should We Respond?

Wilson Center Public Policy Fellow James Hollifield analyzes the attack on Paris and cautions how we should and should not respond.

Women on the Run: The Looming Refugee Crisis

A new UNHCR report, “Women on the Run,” provides first-hand accounts of women from the Northern Triangle region (El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras) who are seeking asylum in the US as part of a looming refugee crisis. Their struggles are part of a larger story effecting hundreds of thousands more. The need for a regional response to the growing problem provides the focus for this edition of REWIND.

Infographic: Migrants Deported from the U.S. & Mexico to the Northern Triangle