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The U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition

The Wilson Center's Mexico Institute, the North American Research Partnership and the Border Legislative Conference, a program of the Council of State Governments West, are pleased to share with you this comprehensive report with recommendations aimed at strengthening the economic competitiveness of the U.S.-Mexico border region. 

The Most Underreported News Stories of 2014

Every year there are major events around the world that fly under the mainstream media’s radar despite their seminal impact. Four Wilson Center scholars who are also leading journalists from some of the world’s largest media organizations tell us what they consider to be the most underreported news stories of 2014.

The playlist above features video excerpts from each of the panelists:

U.S.-Cuba to resume diplomatic relations

Tom Weber interviews the Latin American Program’s Associate Director, Eric Olson, in a MPR special report on resumed diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba.

To follow the story and listen to the interview, click here.

Integrating North America's Energy Markets: A Call for Action

In February 2014, the leaders of the three North American nations met in Toluca, Mexico, and determined a range of measures to enhance regional competitiveness, including new initiatives on transportation infrastructure, borders and research cooperation.

The FARC and Colombia's Illegal Drug Trade

The crisis of Colombia’s peace process occasioned by the FARC kidnapping of General Rubén Darío Alzate appears to be drawing to an end, with numerous reports indicating his release is imminent.

The FARC’s action exposed once again the deep polarization within Colombia over the peace talks and the profound distrust of the FARC by nearly all sectors of public opinion.

Jane Harman Discusses the Eric Garner Case and Failed Attempt to Rescue Luke Sommers

Jane Harman appeared on Fox News Sunday as part of two panel discussions: one on race issues following the decision not to indict any officers in the death of Eric Garner, and another on the failed attempt to rescue American journalist Luke Somers.


Escuche aquí a Cynthia J. Arnson. Habla de las medidas de Obama sobre seguridad ciudadana en EE.UU.

RCN La Radio interviews Program Director Cynthia Arnson on President Obama’s citizen security measures.

This interview is in Spanish.

To listen to the interview, click here.

Waking from the Dream: the Struggle for Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King

Washington History Seminar
Historical Perspectives on International and National Affairs

Waking from the Dream: the Struggle for Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King

David Chappell

Media, M.D.

After almost two months of screaming newspaper headlines and wall-to-wall cable television coverage about the Ebola outbreak, a calm descended over the media in late October. On Oct. 30, the Washington Post's front page carried the headline, "New Cases of Ebola Declining, WHO Says." The next day, the same real estate carried stories about the war in Syria and the CEO of Apple, Inc. Over the same two days, Ebola was nowhere to be found on the front page of the New York Times.

Congress Rising: Obama, Iraq, Syria and the Use of Force

The Takeaways:

1.      While President Obama was well within his constitutional rights to order airstrikes in early August, he has since claimed that the U.S. is now on “the offensive” against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). As such, the focus is no longer on protecting U.S. citizens against a credible threat and the President must gain approval from Congress in order to continue the U.S. campaigns in Iraq and Syria.