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Beyond Disasters: Creating Opportunities for Peace

When natural disasters befall conflict-ridden regions, they can reignite pre-existing disputes among the warring parties, as well as trigger new clashes over the distribution of relief and reconstruction resources. However, notes Michael Renner, a senior researcher at Worldwatch Institute, "When disasters occur in conflict zones, they sometimes do have an unexpected silver lining.

Environmental Film Festival Screening: Thirst

The Environmental Change and Security Project and the DC Environmental Film Festival co-hosted the presentation of Thirst on March 15, 2005, at the Wilson Center. Directed by Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman, the film documents community efforts in Bolivia, India, and the United States to confront government plans to privatize water services.

Environmental Film Festival Screening: Drowned Out

The 2004 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital and the Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Project cosponsored a screening of Spanner Films' Drowned Out, about a village in India fighting the construction of a giant dam that threatens to flood it.

The Human Dimensions of Environmental Security: Some Insights from South Asia

Is poverty a necessary condition for environmental degradation and resource scarcity to lead to conflict and insecurity? During this discussion, Adil Najam explored this question and presented the key findings that emerged from a regional research project that explored environment and security in South Asia. This project resulted in the recently published volume, Environment, Development and Human Security: Perspectives from South Asia (Najam, 2003).

Improving Transportation and Referral for Maternal Health

"Referral has been called an orphan cause," said Patricia Bailey, public health specialist for Family Health International and Columbia University, because it is "everybody's responsibility and therefore nobody's responsibility."

Health, Population, and Nutrition in India: Key Findings from the 2005-06 National Family Health Survey (NFHS-3)

On November 5, 2007, the Wilson Center hosted the U.S. launch of India's much-anticipated third National Family Household Survey (NFHS-3). The household survey contains data collected from 200,000 individuals, across population groups throughout India, and provides information about vital health and welfare indicators.

Urban Health in Asia: Growing Needs and Challenges Among the Poorest Populations

"Slum and urban populations (are) the fastest growing segments of any country's population, particularly in developing countries," said Siddharth Agarwal, executive director of the Urban Health Resource Centre in India. Dr.

India: Latin America's Next Big Thing?

With a rapidly growing economy, India is making a greater impact on the world economy as its products and capital increasingly penetrate new markets. In this context, India has begun to forge important economic ties with Latin America, primarily through preferential trade agreements and investment. At a July 27, 2010, seminar co-sponsored by Woodrow Wilson Center, the Asia Society, and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), panelists explored how the relationship between India and Latin America can expand.

Looking Forward: Sustaining the Earth and Humanity - Implications for the New UN Secretary-General

Skepticism of climate change and its threats to the earth and humanity is quickly and increasingly losing ground as the international community prepares to undertake the massive task of implementing an international environmental regime. Realizing this goal of stabilizing the environment requires new frameworks for global actions.

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