North America News


Genetically Modified Mosquitoes: Problem or Solution?

Mar 19, 2015
In an effort to head off a potential health problem in Florida, scientists have created genetically modified mosquitoes intended to stop the spread of their non-modified and disease carrying cousins. What sounds like a good plan to some, has set off alarm bells for others. Todd Kuiken provides an update on GMO science and the attempt to conduct a mosquito experiment in the Sunshine State. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

How the CIA can get from spy to cyberspy

Mar 12, 2015
"No agency employee should be able to say 'cyber' isn't in their job description," writes Jane Harman.

Mexico: The Unbearable Cost of Distrust

Mar 05, 2015
Trust is at the heart of Mexico's challenges today. In this Expert Take, Arturo Franco discusses how public distrust, and its cost ramifications, not only makes Mexico poorer and less dynamic, but also hinders the capacity to tackle some of the country's key challenges.

Mexico's Energy Reform: Opportunities and Challenges for International Engagement in the Gulf of Mexico

Mar 04, 2015
On February 12, 2015, the Mexico Institute co-sponsored an event on Mexico's Energy Reform that took place at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. The event focused primarily on the current status of the energy reform and the impacts on offshore production. Transboundary hydrocarbon issues such as exploration, production and spill response were also discussed during this all day conference.

The Strategist: Brent Scowcroft and the Call of National Security

Mar 04, 2015
For four decades, Brent Scowcroft has been a major player in formulating and executing US national security policy. In his new biography of the man he dubs “The Strategist,” author Bartholomew Sparrow chronicles Scowcroft’s rise and the lasting impact of his work. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

Bargaining on Nuclear Tests: Washington and its Cold War Deals

Feb 26, 2015
What can the past tell us about the likely outcome of current bargaining with Iran over its nuclear program? With negotiations ongoing, we spoke with Israeli scholar, Ori Rabinowitz, about the historical context for such dealings. She provides insights from past nuclear negotiations and how they might inform the current talks. Her book on the subject is titled, “Bargaining on Nuclear Tests: Washington and its Cold War Deals.” That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

A Conversation with Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson

Feb 25, 2015
Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, recently delivered a major address at the Wilson Center. Afterwards, he discussed the latest efforts to secure America from a myriad of threats ranging from terrorism to natural disasters with the Center’s director and president, Jane Harman. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.

African American History Month Special Edition: The Civil Rights Movement in the Shadow of MLK

Feb 25, 2015
In this Context interview, David Chappell, professor at the University of Oklahoma and author of, “Waking From the Dream: The Struggle for Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King, Jr.” spoke about the immediate impact that the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. had on the struggle for freedom. He also discuss MLK’s legacy and its meaning in 2015.

Don't Doubt the Ceasefire

Feb 22, 2015
"Even if the second Minsk agreement falls through­—and it likely will sometime this year—it stands a good chance of ending the fighting in Ukraine. Those who doubt that, because of how abruptly the first one collapsed, misinterpret the contexts in which the two agreements were made," writes Michael Kofman.

Disrupting the Intelligence Community

Feb 20, 2015
"Too often, the preference is to tap terrorists’ phones and send spy satellites in search of hidden training camps, not to read the tweets of a 19-year-old jihadist. But in an era of online radicalization, indoctrination often happens in plain sight.," writes Jane Harman.