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Exploring Capacity for Integration: University of Michigan Population-Environment Fellows Programs Impact Assessment Project

Since 1993, the University of Michigan Population-Environment Fellows Programs (PEFP) has linked the population and environment sectors of development both at the field level and in policy analysis. The PEFP and Denise Caudill of World Neighbors launched the Impact Assessment Project to develop a framework for assessing an integrated program. This article addresses project findings, including the successes, constraints, and obstacles of integrated/linked programs, as well as provides field examples from Ecuador and Madagascar.

PECS News Issue 9 (Spring 2004)

Contents include:

An Oasis in the Desert: Navigating Peace in the Okavango River Basin - Anton Earle and Ariel Méndez

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief: Stepping Up to the Global Challenge - Excerpts from a speech by U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Randall L. Tobias

Sparing Nature: The Conflict Between Human Population Growth and Biodiversity (Event Summary)

The Security Demographic: Population and Civil Conflict After the Cold War (Event Summary)

Breaking the Conflict Trap: Civil War and Development Policy (Book Review)

PECS News Issue 8 (Spring 2003)

Contents include:

When the Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts: Integrated Indicators for Population-Environment Programs - Eckhard Kleinau and Jennifer Talbot

Conservation, Population, and Health: A Conversation with Jane Goodall (Event Summary)

Linking Health, Environment and Community Development: Lessons from the Thai Experience (Event Summary)

Water from Johannesburg to Kyoto and Beyond: Workshop on the Kyoto Third World Water Forum (Event Summary)

PECS News Issue 5 (Fall 2001)

PECS News Issue 5 includes:

Conflict and Contagion: A South Asia Simulation, featuring Dr. Helene Gayle (Event Summary)

Young Men and War: Could We Have Predicted the Distribution of Violent Conflicts at the End of the Millennium? (Event Summary)

Debating the Real State of the World: Are Dire Environmental Claims Backed by Sound Evidence? (Event Summary)

Geographic Information Systems as a Tool for Population-Environment Research - Jennifer Wisnewski Kaczor

PECS News Issue 3 (Winter 2000)

PECS News Issue 3 contents:

Wilson Center Hosts Forum on HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa (Event Summary)

Environmental Security: A Developing Country Perspective (Event Summary)

Vanishing Borders: Protecting the Planet in the Age of Globalization (Event Summary)

Global Urban Health and Megacities - Brian Hubbard

Five Cities: Modeling Asian Urban Population-Environment Dynamics (Book Review)

PECS News Issue 2 (Spring 2000)

PECS News Issue 2 includes:

Oiling the Friction: Environmental Conflict Management in the Niger Delta, Nigeria (Event Summary)

Environmental Cooperation for Regional Peace and Security in Southern Africa (Event Summary)

Forest Futures: Population, Consumption, and Wood Resources (Event Summary)

Progress in Gender Integration at the World Wildlife Fund Nepal Program - Melissa Thaxton

Violence Through Environmental Discrimination: Causes, Rwanda Arena, and Conflict Model (Book Review)

Finding the Source: Exploring the Population/Water Resources Nexus in the Developing World

Any discussion on the population/water resources nexus in the developing world tends to be clouded by preconceived notions. The very concept of “population growth” is invariably constructed so as to be linked with value-laden notions like the “population time-bomb” and “population explosion,” which are, in turn, closely associated with Malthusian catastrophe and social decay. This article explores the population/water resources nexus by using empirical examples from Africa in order to isolate some of the strategically important issues that policymakers should recognize.

Conflict and Cooperation: Making the Case for Environmental Pathways to Peacebuilding in the Great Lakes Region

Authoritarian regimes, genocides, and civil wars have plagued countries in the Great Lakes Region in recent years. The region’s nations rely heavily on natural resources—water, minerals, land—for their economic development, as well as for the livelihoods of their people, and many of the region’s conflicts are connected to these resources or other environmental factors.

South Africa and the United States: A Post-Election Prognosis

Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Ambassador Johnnie Carson discussed the Obama Administration’s strong commitment to South Africa and spoke of the administration’s desire to build upon existing areas of cooperation.  Carson described South Africa as the economic locomotive crucial to Africa’s long-term growth and stability.

Global Drug Trafficking: Africa's Expanding Role

Africa's role in the drug trafficking industry is a strong testament to the interplay of supply and demand market expansion, to the hybridization of transnational organized crime syndicates, as well as to the need for a paradigm shift in domestic, regional and international approaches to drug trafficking interdiction. On May 28, 2009, the Africa Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center convened a conference to assess the situation of international drug trafficking and the increasingly important role that Africa plays.