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ECSP Report 2: Feature Articles

In the 1996 issue of ECSP's annual report, Miriam R. Lowi writes about water disputes in the Middle East, while Dennis Pirages explores "microsecurity". Also in this issue: a look at overseas contamination by the military; an action plan for population, development, and environment; and Thomas Homer-Dixon's findings from a project on environment, population, and security.

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ECSP Report 1: Feature Articles

The first-ever ECSP Report includes Geoff and David Dabelko's feature on redefining environmental security; Richard Matthew's commentary on demystifying the concept of environmental security; and Marc Levy's call for a third wave of environmental security scholarship.

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Global Drug Trafficking: Africa's Expanding Role

Africa's role in the drug trafficking industry is a strong testament to the interplay of supply and demand market expansion, to the hybridization of transnational organized crime syndicates, as well as to the need for a paradigm shift in domestic, regional and international approaches to drug trafficking interdiction. On May 28, 2009, the Africa Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center convened a conference to assess the situation of international drug trafficking and the increasingly important role that Africa plays.

Book Discussion: Winning the Oil End Game: Innovations for Profits, Jobs and Security

The United States can and should terminate its reliance on oil within the next few decades while increasing its global economic competitiveness, argued Anthony Lovins, president and CEO of the Rocky Mountain Institute. Presenting the findings of his book, Winning the Oil End Game: Innovations for Profits, Jobs, and Security, Lovins maintained that business-for-profit and military innovations to increase fuel efficiency and to utilize energy alternatives could greatly benefit U.S. security and economic interests.

China's Search for Energy Security and Implications for the U.S

In the face of growing energy shortages and rising oil import dependence China has embarked on a global search for secure energy supplies and transport routes, in the process raising a number of serious U.S. policy concerns and new tensions in U.S.-China relations. Kenneth Lieberthal and Mikkal Herberg, co-authors of a new study by The National Bureau of Asian Research will discuss key aspects of China's outward energy expansion, implications for the U.S., and recommendations for U.S. policy to prevent energy from becoming a more serious source of tension in U.S.-China relations.

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

National Security Is First Topic Explored in the New Series, "The National Conversation at the Woodrow Wilson Center"

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars introduced its new initiative today, The National Conversation at the Woodrow Wilson Center, with a discussion of the need for a national security narrative. Hosted by Wilson Center Director, President, and CEO Jane Harman, and moderated by award-winning columnist and author Thomas Friedman, this inaugural event was based on a white paper written by two active military officers.

"The National Conversation" Debuts at the Woodrow Wilson Center

WASHINGTON—The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars has announced a new initiative launching April 8, 2011: The National Conversation at the Woodrow Wilson Center. The National Conversation will examine overarching themes of U.S. international and domestic policy, drawing on high-profile guests and experts from all sides of the political sphere to provide thoughtful, intelligent explorations of challenging issues with the goal of informing the national public policy debate. These discussions will be open to the public and streamed live on wilsoncenter.org.

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