A Little Bit of Sugar Helps the Pill Go Down: Resilience, Peace, and Family Planning

Nov 03, 2015
A recent article by Malcolm Potts, Aafreen Mahmood, and Alisha Graves of the University of California Berkeley’s OASIS Initiative notes that family planning has an important role to play in building peace by increasing women’s empowerment and their agency. “The pill is mightier than the sword,” as they put it.

Impact of China’s Cap and Trade Announcement

Oct 22, 2015
What are the implications of China’s “Cap and Trade” program announcement? Will it position China as a leader in addressing threats posed by climate change? And what impact will it have on the global debate about how we should respond to a warming planet?

Algae: Solution to Climate Change?

Oct 06, 2015
Even with efforts to address the effects of climate change gaining momentum, it will take innovative approaches to address various goals being established by a variety of countries. One such idea is the use of microalgae as a feed source for livestock. Brian Walsh believes that replacing current feed crops with algae could yield big results toward providing a solution to climate change. In fact, his research indicates a potential for reducing atmospheric carbon concentrates to preindustrial levels by the end of the century.

Does China Have the Institutions to Make Cap and Trade Work?

Oct 01, 2015
"We can applaud its announced commitment to carbon trading, but we should be forewarned: Cap-and-trade is a tool lifted from a very different system of governance. Carbon trading in China may be an experiment the world cannot afford," writes Ruth Greenspan Bell.

Concern Over China’s Cap and Trade Program

Sep 30, 2015
While many cheered the announcement of China’s “cap and trade” program, there is some concern over whether or not it can work. Ruth Greenspan Bell comments.

Change on Climate Change

Sep 23, 2015
"The current attempts to tackle climate change on an international level, undertaken by the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change diminishes its own likelihood for success in its attempt to create a sweeping plan for change. A few relatively simple changes, however, could help break the UNFCCC's repetitive cycle of failure that has progressed slowly and accomplished little," writes Ruth Greenspan Bell.

Tracking the Energy Titans: Hidden Trends in the United States, China, and Canada [Infographic]

Sep 14, 2015
“Tracking the Energy Titans,” an interactive infographic from the Wilson Center, draws on data for the United States, China, and Canada to compare national energy trends in consumption, production, imports, exports, and environmental impacts.

African Security Issues: An Update on Current Challenges and Future Threats

Aug 14, 2015
James Schear, a Global Fellow with the Wilson Center's Africa Program and Environmental Change and Security Program, is a former Assistant Deputy Secretary of Defense with an expertise in the many security challenges facing the African continent. From Boko Haram to ongoing conflict in South Sudan, there is no shortage of issues. We spoke to Schear about a host of topics and also about the potential represented by the Security Governance Initiative agreed to by the U.S. and six African nations. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

Roger-Mark De Souza on Population Dynamics, Climate Change & Resilience

Aug 12, 2015
Understanding population dynamics and climate change is essential to building resilience across the world's most vulnerable regions, said Roger-Mark De Souza in a recent interview with ClimateWire.

PODCAST: Providing for the Periphery

Aug 12, 2015
Rich in natural resources, poor in nearly every human development indicator. The description applies to many of the most-conflict ridden states in the world, but also to a region often forgotten in global development circles: the Arctic North.