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The Maternal Health Initiative launches the CODE BLUE series on non-communicable diseases and maternal health

Each year, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) account for 2 in every 3 deaths among women globally. It is estimated that NCDs kill 35 million people each year, and women of reproductive age make up about half of these deaths.

Understanding the Venezuelan Refugee Crisis

By Oriana Van Praag 

Mexico, the Leading U.S. Trade Partner, Seeks to Fortify Relations

Because of the U.S. trade dispute with China, Mexico has become America’s No. 1 trading partner. Mexico’s foreign minister is scheduled to be in Washington for meetings Tuesday, in an effort to put U.S.-Mexico cooperation on firmer footing, especially to overcome U.S. threats tied to migration and to move ahead with the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA).

Hidden Forces: The Role of Water in Economic Prosperity

Safe and accessible water is critical for a country’s successful economic development and for the health and well-being of its citizens. Ultimately, the journey to self-reliance cannot succeed without sustainable water resource management. This session will explore the role of market-based solutions and private sector engagement in strengthening the management of water resources to meet the needs of communities, agriculture, industry and commerce, and ecosystem services.  


The important effect of elections: unmasking the make-believe of everything going well
The bright thinker of Mexican reality, Luis Rubio, has just published his most recent book “Unmasked: López Obrador and The End of Make-Believe,” under the auspices of the Wilson Center and its Mexico Institute.

Pathways Out of the Crisis: Views from Venezuelan Civil Society

As the political, economic, and social crisis in Venezuela deepens, civil society organizations are playing a vital role in resisting authoritarianism and defending fundamental rights. As Venezuela’s opposition engages in negotiations to achieve a transition, Venezuelan civil society is also advancing meaningful proposals for a democratic, peaceful solution that reflect urgent human rights and humanitarian needs on the ground.

Kennan Cable No. 43: Reading the RT Leaves: Foreign Policy Lessons from Russian International Media Coverage of Venezuela

While the crisis in Venezuela has not provoked foreign military intervention, it remains a significant part of Russia's war of words with the West. This narrative is evident on RT, Russia’s foreign broadcaster.[1] RT, the former Russia Today, is a key component of Russia’s foreign media apparatus and a critical foreign policy instrument. It can be difficult to predict Russia’s actions abroad, but analysis of RT’s English-language coverage of Venezuela provides important insights into its foreign policy.

Border Security and Counter-Narcotics

Cross-border criminal activity fueled by illegal drugs is causing great damage in both Mexico and the United States.  The two governments need to prioritize forging an agreed strategy and action agenda to tackle this serious problem.  They should establish a permanent cabinet-level group to oversee bilateral counter-narcotics and cross-border crime cooperation and to monitor progress.

How the Trump Administration's Venezuela Policy Just Doesn't Add Up

Even for an administration given to a chaotic and improvisational foreign policy style, the first days of August were exceptional.  In the space of a week, and in seemingly uncoordinated fashion, President Trump signed an executive order that prohibited all U.S.