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Latin American Program on the News: After 20 years of peace, Salvadorans in D.C. still worry about their homeland

Jan 23, 2012
Cynthia J. Arnson, director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, said Salvadoran expatriates play a critical role by sending remittances home, but that is not enough. El Salvador needs people to help build the economy and provide education and job opportunities to keep people out of gangs, she said. “As important as the remittances are to subsidize consumption, [it] is not the same as creating productive capacity, and there is a huge role for the Salvadoran community living in the United States and other countries to contribute to their homeland by creating economic opportunity,” Arnson said. “It is a vicious cycle and, unless people who are in a position to provide capital for the economic growth and job creation [also provide help], it is very hard to see how the country will ever break this cycle.”

Quebec Junior Scholars Program 2012

Jan 20, 2012
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is pleased to announce the 2012 Quebec Junior Scholar Program. A junior scholar from Quebec will be selected to carry out advanced policy-oriented research and writing designed to bridge the gap between the academic and policy communities.

CEF Meeting Discussed in AOL Energy Article

Jan 20, 2012
AOL Energy’s January 18th article about China’s overseas energy environment recapped CEF’s recent meeting on the environmental and social impacts of China’s Overseas Oil, Mineral and Gas Investments.

Closing the Gender Gap: Women Leaders as a 'Force Multiplier' in Politics, Business

Jan 20, 2012
The world’s population is split approximately 50-50 between men and women. But when it comes to presidents, prime ministers, and other heads of state and government, a significant gender disparity is uncovered. To commemorate the 15-year anniversary of the Council of Women World Leaders, we spoke with Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland, and Margot Wallstrom, former vice-president of the European Commission, about their work, the status of women leaders, and prospects for the future.

The Wilson Center Honors Howard Wolpe

Jan 19, 2012
The late Howard Wolpe, the Wilson Center's former Africa Program director, was remembered at a special memorial service that paid tribute to his career as a diplomat and legislator who fought for peace in Burundi and the end of apartheid in South Africa.