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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.

Implementing the U.S. Global Water Strategy: A First-Year Review

In November 2017, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development released the first U.S. Global Water Strategy. With contributions from more than 17 U.S. government agencies and departments, the Global Water Strategy lays out four interrelated objectives to support a more water secure world: increase access to sustainable safe drinking water and sanitation services, and promote hygiene; protect freshwater resources; promote cooperation on shared waters; and strengthen water governance and financing.

U.S., Mexico Defy Expectations by Cooperating on Immigration

Mexico and the United States are defying expectations by identifying ways to cooperate on the contentious issues surrounding migration. 

Since Mexico’s new president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), took office on Dec. 1, U.S. and Mexican officials have hammered out a dual-track approach to tackling the flow and management of migrants heading northward from Central America to Mexico and the United States.   

One track is a cooperative multi-year strategy designed to help keep potential migrants in their home regions by creating new economic opportunities.

CANCELLED: The Evolution of Threats to U.S. Homeland Security – A Conversation with Chairman Michael McCaul

This event is cancelled but will be rescheduled. 

In the 17 years since 9/11, America has faced new threats from international terrorists, rogue states and rising powers, cyber criminals, human traffickers, transnational gangs, and natural disasters. There are few people in Congress who understand this evolving threat landscape more than current House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul.

Caravan 'Crisis' a Chance to Forge Better Immigration Policy

President Trump’s demands for neighboring governments to stop the most recent migrant caravan heading to the U.S. from Central America highlight the pressing need for a region-wide strategy to deal with migration flows.

With the current caravan, the government of Mexico is caught between the forceful U.S. requests for action and portions of its own society sympathetic to the migrants. In addition, its freedom of action limited by weak enforcement and refugee mechanisms and legal frameworks favorable to migrants.

Is Deterrence Enough? Deterrence Policies in Mexico, and Finding a Way Forward in the U.S.-Mexico Bilateral Relationship on Migration

Deterrence strategies, such as deportation and detention, are a component of the United States and Mexico’s bilateral strategy to manage migratory flows from Central America. While deterrence strategies have had some success in the United States in deterring migrants from Mexico, there is little evidence to show that they have effectively reduced the rates of migration from the Northern Triangle.

Wilson's Legacy Reconsidered

In celebration of our 50th anniversary, the Wilson Center convened distinguished experts and prominent Center alumni to explore the relevance of President Woodrow Wilson’s international and domestic record for today.

To what extent is the 28th president’s vision for world order still applicable in the face of the profound shifts that the international system is undergoing at present? Are there lessons to be learned from his domestic policy accomplishments and failures?

 

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A Discussion with John Kerry

Wilson Center Director, President, and CEO Jane Harman recently interviewed former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on a range of foreign policy issues, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Iran nuclear deal, and the Paris Agreement. They also discussed the functioning of Congress and the U.S. government today and Kerry's new memoir, Every Day is Extra.

 

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Statement of Donald R. Wolfensberger Before the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform

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