North America

The Juggling Act of Caregiving Balancing Career, Health, and Gender Roles

“There are only four kinds of people in the world: Those who have been caregivers; those who currently are caregivers; those who will be caregivers; and those who will need caregivers.” --Rosalynn Carter, Former First Lady of the United States 

The Contours of Global Security: Border Lines, Critical Regions


As debate rages in Washington over President Trump’s characterization of the situation at the southern U.S. border as a national security emergency, the risks and stakes in several hot-spot regions around the world are far less open to question.

Leading Wilson Center experts surveyed the state of affairs at North America’s borders and in areas experiencing acute security crises, from Venezuela to North Korea to Syria.

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Attack Fentanyl Flows Across Borders: A Real Emergency

As the United States debates “emergencies” at its southern border and negotiates a trade deal with China, U.S. leaders must confront the lethal trade in fentanyl from other North American countries and especially from China, a major player in the opioid epidemic that is killing tens of thousands of Americans each year.  

The U.S. needs to double down on efforts to assure more effective cooperation with China, Mexico and Canada, bilaterally and through a new four-way framework to halt this deadly commerce.

2018 Migration to and through Mexico Fact Sheet

Policies and Strategies Driving Inclusion and Productivity

The rise of Diversity & Inclusion officers and departments within the public and private sector mirrors a commitment to not only gender equality but building a productive, engaged workforce. A critical piece is the policies and processes underlying this commitment.

EMD Serono, the leading private sector partner in a global public-private partnership called Healthy Women, Healthy Economies, has produced a policy toolkit which outlines how to link workplace policies with women's health and productivity.

Mexico’s Battered Rule of Law

The World Justice Project recently released its 2019 Rule of Law Index. This year’s index results are quite discouraging for Mexico. 

Last year, Mexico ranked 97th in the Rule of Law Index. Now it occupies the 99th place out of 126 countries, with an overall score of 0.45 (1 being the highest score).

Feeding a Thirsty World: Harnessing the Connections Between Food and Water Security

Food and water security are deeply entwined. 70 percent of global water use is for agriculture while more than 25 percent of the global population lives in areas facing severe water scarcity and more than 820 million people face chronic food deprivation. As the global population continues to rise and changing weather and climate patterns disrupts food and water availability, we need innovative and forward-looking approaches to securing food and water for vulnerable populations. Join us for a discussion to explore what these approaches look like across the public and private sectors.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s First 100 Days: Missteps and Hyperbole

The first 100 days of López Obrador’s presidency mark an unthinkable setback for Mexico. He has reduced the civil service to mediocrity, he has weakened democratic practices that took decades to put into place, and he has used the force of the State to attack both autonomous bodies that serve as important checks and balances, as well as Non-Governmental Organizations that have been a vital counter voice.

Is a Popular President Good for Democracy?

López Obrador won the presidency with 53 percent of the votes, an unprecedented figure in a democratic Mexico. Since then, he has slowly garnered more and more support. His current approval levels hover between 67 and 85 percent depending on the polling firm. Thus, by gaining the approval of people who voted for other candidates, his governing coalition is even larger than his electoral coalition.