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NPIHP Nuclear Boot Camp Twice Featured in Italian Daily Il Messaggero

NPIHP's summer 2011 Nuclear Boot Camp has been featured twice in the past week in the leading Italian daily Il Messaggero Convened north of Rome in the village of Allumiere, Italy, the Nuclear Boot Camp is one part of NPIHP's multi-year global effort to build a new generation of experts on the history of nuclear weapons.

Yemen Beyond the Headlines: Population, Health, Natural Resources, and Institutions

"Ultimately, whether Yemen is able to achieve its goals for social and economic development, will, to a large extent, depend on its future population growth and size," said Gary Cook, senior health advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development, in his opening address at the Woodrow Wilson Center's all-day conference, "Yemen Behind the Headlines: Population, Health, Natural Resources, and Institutions."

Panel I: Population and Development Challenges

NPIHP Announces Summer 2011 Nuclear Boot Camp Participants

The Nuclear Proliferation International History Project is please to announce the participants of the 2011 Nuclear Boot Camp in Allumiere, Italy.

Connections Between Climate and Stability: Lessons from Asia and Africa

"We, alongside this growing consensus of research institutes, analysts, and security agencies on both sides of the Atlantic, think of climate change as a risk multiplier; as something that will amplify existing social, political, and resource stressors," said Janani Vivekananda of International Alert.

Syria and Iran: An Alliance Tested?

Jubin Goodarzi, a professor of international relations at Webster University in Geneva, presented his insights on the nature of the Syria-Iran alliance in light of recent changes in the Middle East and within the context of their long-standing relationship.

On May 9, the Middle East Program hosted a meeting on "Syria and Iran: An Alliance Tested?" with Goodarzi. Haleh Esfandiari, Director of the Middle East Program, moderated the event.

In bin Laden's Death, CIA Drones Played Their Part

The armed drones the CIA has been flying over Pakistan didn't kill Osama bin Laden, but drones undoubtedly played a key role in finding him, preparing the way for the raid that got him, and conducting the raid itself. The controversy over the CIA's drone missile strikes in Pakistan tends to obscure the fact that the main role of unmanned aerial vehicles in this war has been to act as a nearly undetectable eye-in-the-sky that can circle a target area for hours on end.

Osama bin Laden Is Dead. What's Next?

Following the killing of Osama bin Laden by a U.S. special forces raid in Pakistan, Wilson Center experts weigh in on what this means for U.S.-Pakistan relations, the United States' counter-terrorism strategy, and more. Follow along with the latest from Director, President, and CEO Jane Harman and other experts.

Policing Democracy: Overcoming Obstacles to Citizen Security in Latin America

Latin America’s crime rates are astonishing by any standard—the region’s homicide rate is the world’s highest. This crisis continually traps governments between the need for comprehensive reform and the public demand for immediate action, usually meaning iron-fisted police tactics harking back to the repressive pre-1980s dictatorships.

"What's the Matter with Mexico: Drugs, Dinosaurs, and Dithering"

In wide-ranging and sustained criticism of the Mexican political class, columnist Denise Dresser struck an ominous tone for the future of Mexico, warning of a continuation of "corporatism, clientelism, and impunity." Dresser was addressing a public forum held April 12 at the Woodrow Wilson Center, in a talk cosponsored by the Wilson Center Mexico Institute and the Inter-American Dialogue. It was the latest installment in the Mexico Institute's Diálogos con México/Dialogues with Mexico speaker series.

Crime and Violence in Central America

The dimensions of the citizen security crisis in Central America cannot be understated.  Fifteen to twenty years after the end of brutal armed conflicts in the region, levels of criminal violence in Central America exceed levels of violence during the wars.  As the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and others have noted, the seven countries of Central America—Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama—suffer from the highest levels o