Managing the Mexico-U.S. Border: Working for a More Integrated and Competitive North America

Oct 29, 2015
The border between Mexico and the United States is one of the most dynamic in the world. This essay aims to offer a holistic approach and view of the border region. It focuses on the key aspects that comprise it, and also explains the mechanisms established by Mexico and the United States, describing the strong collaboration that has been accomplished by both countries.

Morocco’s Emerging Democracy: The 2015 Local and Regional Elections

Oct 28, 2015
Morocco’s latest elections were ground-breaking, because for the first time citizens were allowed to vote for local and regional representatives directly. The results of these regional and local council elections show Morocco as an emerging democracy. They also indicate people’s greater understanding of what elections mean and attest to a general renewal of trust in public matters.

Worker-Mothers on the Margins of Europe: Gender and Migration between Moldova and Istanbul

Oct 26, 2015
Worker-Mothers on the Margins of Europe explores the gendered moral economies of undocumented migrants from a postsocialist state, following Moldovan women who “commute” for six to twelve months at a time to work as domestics in Istanbul.

MENA Women Quarterly Report (July-September 2015)

Oct 20, 2015
This edition of the MENA Women Quarterly Report covers women’s advances and setbacks in politics, economics, conflict situations, and human rights issues throughout the MENA region from July-September 2015 and includes a special feature on women’s mobility.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Setting the Standard and Raising the Bar

Oct 20, 2015
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) provides new market access in traditional trading areas, generates greater certainty for U.S. exporters to emerging markets, and builds competitiveness in the innovation economy. Although the TPP is far from perfect, it will help U.S. businesses compete and prosper in new markets and will consolidate U.S. rebalancing to Asia. These gains will all depend on whether the agreement is ratified by the United States through approval by Congress and by other countries through their own procedures.

The Deep Web and the Darknet: A Look Inside the Internet's Massive Black Box

Oct 18, 2015
This policy brief outlines what the Deep Web and Darknet are, how they are accessed, and why we should care about them.

Tackling the South Sudan Conflict within a Complicated Regional Security Complex

Oct 16, 2015
The civil war in South Sudan, characterized by ongoing violence and broken ceasefires, is, for the moment, paused by a tenuous peace agreement. To make it stick, the need for regional mediation and international pressure is greater than ever. In this policy brief, Southern Voices Network Scholar Getachew Zeru Gebrekidan, examines the key role IGAD--a regional group composed of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, and Uganda--has played in the peace process and recommends greater coordination between IGAD, the U.S., and other key international stakeholders and deeper engagement in the peace process.

The DNA of the U.S. Regulatory System: Are We Getting It Right for Synthetic Biology?

Oct 15, 2015
A new report from the Synthetic Biology Project looks at the current regulatory oversight of synthetic biology in the United States through different applications.