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The World's Water: The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources 2004-2005

Over one billion people live without access to clean water. At the same time, the world spends more on bottled water than would be needed to meet 100 percent of human needs. At a November 17th Environmental Change and Security Project meeting, Dr. Peter H. Gleick launched the Pacific Institute's latest publication, The World's Water: The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources 2004-2005 (Island Press). Dr.

Mobilizing to Fight an Avian Flu Pandemic

As China enacts a plan to vaccinate billions of chickens for avian flu, "here in the U.S., we are woefully unprepared to vaccinate human beings," said Senator Harkin. "We have enough doses of antiviral medication for less than two percent of our population," though the World Health Organization recommends having enough for 25 percent, as France and Britain do.

U.S. Neo-Conservative Thought: Its Influence in Latin America

On October 29, 2010, the Latin American Program hosted the discussion "U.S. Neo-Conservative Thought: Its Influence in Latin America" featuring Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Luis Maira, former Chilean ambassador to Argentina and Mexico, and founding member of the group at Mexico's Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica (CIDE) studying the United States; and Ernesto Calvo, associate professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland.

Americans at Risk: The Growing Threat of Natural Disasters and What We Can Do about It

Do individuals in the United States have a fundamental right to put themselves, their families, and their communities in harm's way, and to do so repeatedly? At what point should the federal government declare that it will no longer permit or at least will not encourage such actions?

Epidemics in the United States: Public Policy Responses and the Lessons to be Learned

The U.S. media have begun informing the public about the impending avian flu epidemic, which most scientists agree is a matter of "when" rather than "if." The Wilson Center's Division of U.S. Studies, Environmental Change and Security Program, and Global Health Initiative brought together four public health historians to discuss the "politics of disease" – the social and moral factors that have influenced the U.S. public policy responses to epidemics – as well as to suggest lessons for better preparedness in future epidemics.

Fixing the Financial System: What's Next?

On October 26, 2010 the Program on America and the Global Economy along with the Wilson Center on the Hill hosted an event, "Fixing the Financial System: What's Next" to review the recent economic recession and look towards the future of financial reform and regulation.

Classifying Biofuel Subsidies: Farm Bill and WTO Considerations

With biofuels increasingly becoming part of the conversation about alternative sources of energy, the issue of subsidies for the biofuels industry is pushing the discussion from energy and agriculture, to trade policy.

America's Top Teachers Focus on Learning and Legislation

As Congress begins to debate new education-related legislation that could have wide-ranging consequences for years to come, the Wilson Center on the Hill convened a panel of Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellows on May 21, 2010 to discuss how these legislative proposals might impact teachers, students, parents and the United States as a whole.  As teachers and fellows spending time in different congressional or executive offices, the panelists were able to provide a unique pe