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In post-conflict situations, one of the greatest political challenges is to help the leaders of warring factions to work collaboratively, among themselves and with the people they lead–to avoid war, build sustainable democratic institutions and support postwar reconstruction.

Hotspots: Population Growth in Areas of High Biodiversity

More than one-fifth of the world’s population lives in biodiversity hotspots – “areas that are particularly rich in biodiversity and endemic species,” said John Williams of the University of California, Davis, at the Wilson Center on February 29. And those populations are growing faster than the global average.

Addressing Social Constructs to Improve Adolescent Health

“There are 750 million adolescent girls in the world today, and this is by far one of the world’s most marginalized and vulnerable demographics,” said Denise Dunning, the Public Health Institute’s program director for emergency contraception in Latin America during a February 2 panel at the Wilson Center.

NPIHP Releases 20 Documents on the South African Nuclear Program

The Nuclear Proliferation International History Project is pleased to announce the release of 20 documents on South African nuclear history compiled by Monash University South Africa Senior Lecturer and chair of International Studies and former Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Anna-Mart van Wyk.

South Africa, the East African Community, and the U.S.-Africa Policy Conundrum

The perception that Africa takes a backseat to Asia in President Barack Obama’s foreign policy view obscures a compelling strategic landscape the administration could construct were it ever to elevate the attention it apportions to Africa. With the global geo-economic center of gravity shifting from west to east and north to south, Africa in general and eastern and southern Africa in particular constitute the missing piece in what could constitute the shaping of a coherent U.S.-global South strategy; one based on a convergence of Asia and Africa policies.

U.S. - African Trade: AGOA 11 Years Out, 4 to Go

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) became law in May, 2000. The Act offers tangible incentives (tariff exemptions, e.g.) for African countries to continue their efforts to open their economies and build free markets. AGOA, which has been amended three times, expires in 2015 and a key provision on fabric imports expires next year unless extended by Congress.

Reducing Urban Poverty: A Policy Workshop

In 2008 the global population reached a remarkable turning point; for the first time in history, more than half of the world’s people were living in cities. Moving forward into the 21st century, the world faces an unprecedented urban expansion with projections for the global urban population to reach nearly 5 billion by the year 2030.

First Quarterly Meeting with the African Diplomatic Corps - "Making the U.S./Africa Partnership a Reality"

First Quarterly Meeting with the African Diplomatic Corps to Launch the Working Group on Trade and Investment in Africa

October 14, 2011

“Making the U.S./Africa Partnership a Reality


BRICS: Shaping the New Global Architecture

Five scholars and experts from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa spoke on 28 June 2011 at a Woodrow Wilson Center conference on “BRICS: Shaping the New Global Architecture.” The original BRIC acronym traces its origins to a 2001 paper by Jim O’Neill, a Goldman Sachs economist, which analyzed the emergence of Brazil, Russia, India, and China as economic powerhouses. This analytical concept took a life of its own when the leaders of the BRIC nations agreed to hold regular summits starting in 2009 to discuss a broad range of issues.