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Climate Change in a Growing, Urbanizing World: Understanding the Demography of Adaptation (Book Launch)

The effects of climate change are often conveyed through the lens of changing physical landscapes. Shifting weather patterns, the intensification of drought, flooding, and coastal erosion are all primary areas of climate research. But do researchers know enough about changes in the size, distribution, and composition of human populations as they relate to climate vulnerability?

Southern Africa in the Cold War, Post-1974

CWIHP is pleased to announce publication of the first-ever Critical Oral History on Southern Africa in the Cold War era. Drawing together leading former antagonists from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, the former Soviet Union and with representation from Cuba, this volume combines moderated discussion from contemporary actors, combined with academic analysis and new key multi-archival documents. The volume is an important contribution to study of the complexity of the Cold War in the region's liberation struggles versus white minority resistance.

Storytelling Is Serious Business: Narratives, Research, and Policy

The use of storytelling, through evocative writing, short films, infographics, and maps, to convey global issues is increasingly popular, yet few organizations are able to invest the time and energy needed to develop emotionally compelling and visually expressive content.

2013 Elections Guide

The 2013 Elections Guide is a new initiative launched by the Wilson Center’s Africa Program with the aim of keeping you informed of all national elections taking place in Africa. Through research, analysis, and election data, the Elections Guide is a resource for anyone interested and presents key information in a comprehensive and objective way.

Conference Report: African Women and Youth as Agents of Change through Technology and Innovation

On May 1, 2013, the Africa Program and the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity (Leadership Project) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center) sought to highlight some of the exciting developments by women and youth in Africa utilizing technology and social innovations to tackle every day issues.

Why Russia Needs the BRICS

Created by bankers as a catchy acronym to entice foreign investors, the BRICS – first Brazil, Russia, India, China and then South Africa – have subsequently morphed into a loose association of countries with an emerging global view. The group now gathers annually to discuss its common aspirations, yet it still has few underlying structures.

Private Discussion on Current Prospects for Madagascar with Béatrice Atallah

The Wilson Center’s Africa Program hosted a private meeting with Béatrice Atallah, President of Madagascar’s Commission Electorale Nationale Indépendante pour la Transition (CENI-T). In attendance were government officials and various representatives from NGOs, IGOs and academia. Steve McDonald, Director of the Africa Program and Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity, moderated the discussion.

Oysters, Octopus, and Resilience

Growing awareness of the connected challenges of natural resource management, economic growth, and human health has encouraged more integrated models of international development.

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