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State of the World Population 2013 Launch: Facing the Challenge of Adolescent Pregnancy

Twenty thousand girls under the age of 18 give birth every day, and 90 percent of these births occur within the context of marriage, according to the UN Population Fund’s latest State of the World Population report. This year’s edition, launched at the Wilson Center on October 30, focuses on adolescent pregnancy and finding ways to better protect this vulnerable group of young women.

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.

Brazilian Philanthropy Forum

On Thursday, October 24, the director of the Brazil Institute, Paulo Sotero, spoke at the second annual Brazilian Philanthropy Forum in Sao Paulo. Mr. Sotero took part in the Closing Plenary: Phianthropy and Citizen Voice.

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Women Leading Policy Transformation in Agribusiness in Tanzania

Experts from the 50x50 WPSP Leadership Circle and our collaborators at the German Marshall Fund filmed a video for an affiliated program in Tanzania on women in agribusiness. Watch their presentation here.

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?

Storytelling Is Serious Business: Narratives, Research, and Policy

The use of storytelling, through evocative writing, short films, infographics, and maps, to convey global issues is increasingly popular, yet few organizations are able to invest the time and energy needed to develop emotionally compelling and visually expressive content.

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.

Gorillas and Family Planning: At the Crossroads of Community Development and Conservation

“Gorillas are very good at family planning; if we were like them, we’d be much better off,” said wildlife veterinarian Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka at the Wilson Center on September 26.

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