The Wilson Center and Border Security
Nov 13, 2014
"The invasion of Ukraine and confrontation with the West have whipped up nationalist sentiment, but Russia has run out of foreign policy victories to feed to the fire," writes Michael Kofman. more
Nov 07, 2014
Director Duncan Wood and Alejandro Hope discuss the ongoing violence and what Mexico is doing to combat the cartels on CCTV America's The Heat. more
Nov 05, 2014
Continue reading for a summary of recent news stories relating to some of the most pressing issues on the continent. We draw on a wide range of respected news sources, both from Africa itself and around the world. The themes of today’s In the News post are: whispers of secession in Nigeria, Eskom controversy in South Africa, Tanzania’s low fuel prices, more in Pistorius, business between Malawi, Tanzania, Ghana and South Africa, African leaders in talks in Burkina Faso, and the worsening situation in Sierra Leone. more
"The invasion of Ukraine and confrontation with the West have whipped up nationalist sentiment, but Russia has run out of foreign policy victories to feed to the fire," writes Michael Kofman.
Director Duncan Wood and Alejandro Hope discuss the ongoing violence and what Mexico is doing to combat the cartels on CCTV America's The Heat.
Continue reading for a summary of recent news stories relating to some of the most pressing issues on the continent. We draw on a wide range of respected news sources, both from Africa itself and around the world. The themes of today’s In the News post are: whispers of secession in Nigeria, Eskom controversy in South Africa, Tanzania’s low fuel prices, more in Pistorius, business between Malawi, Tanzania, Ghana and South Africa, African leaders in talks in Burkina Faso, and the worsening situation in Sierra Leone.
"The Ukraine Freedom Support Act grants permission to send Ukraine a variety of weapons, ammunition, and specialized equipment to fill gaps in its current military’s capabilities. But it completely misunderstands what Ukraine needs. And if the US goes down this road, it will be sleepwalking into a proxy conflict with Russia," writes Michael Kofman.
November 19, 2014 // 9:00am — 12:00pm
From widespread fears about energy security, the debate in the United States in recent years has shifted to how the abundance of natural gas and significant new oil reserves are fundamentally altering the U.S. energy relationship with the world. North American energy independence is rapidly becoming a reality, with the United States now confident that it will be able to satisfy declining national demand for oil through a combination of domestic, Canadian, and Mexican supply, fuel efficiency measures, and a long-term shift from gasoline and diesel to natural gas-based fuel for transportation.
November 12, 2014 // 3:00pm — 4:00pm
The Canada Institute is pleased to host Eric Miller, Vice President for Policy, Innovation and Competitiveness at the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, and Congressman Bill Owens (D-NY), chair of the Northern Border Caucus, to discuss the new report "Made in North America: An Operations Roadmap for a More Competitive Region." Written by Miller, John Dillon, and Colin Robertson, the report will lay out clear steps that Mexico, Canada, and the United States can take to improve the region's borders, infrastructure, energy cooperation, skills, and regulatory cooperation.
November 12, 2014 // 11:30am — 2:30pm
The Woodrow Wilson Center's Mexico Institute and the Be Foundation were pleased to host the First Binational Forum on Migration and the Right to an Identity: The Double Invisibility of Mexican Migrants in light of Potential U.S. Immigration Reform.
The arrival at the U.S. border in 2013–14 of tens of thousands of unaccompanied migrant children from Central America is unprecedented. Factors driving them include both longstanding challenges—chronic violence, economic despair, official corruption, and the pull of family reunification—and the myth recently disseminated by greedy traffickers of lenient U.S. immigration policy. The United States, while taking steps to deter further migration, should also focus intensively on the long term factors.
Homicide in El Salvador’s Municipalities: Spatial Clusters and the Causal Role of Neighborhood Effects, Population Pressures, Poverty, and Education
Matthew C. Ingram and Karise M. Curtis have joined together to use some innovative analytical tools to study homicides in El Salvador.
The Mexico Institute is pleased to partner with USAID Mexico, the Council of State Governments West, the U.S. Congressional Border Caucus, and the North American Research Partnership on the “U.S.- Mexico Regional Economic Competitiveness Forums 2014.” This initiative brings together key business, government and other stakeholders to discuss the future of the U.S.-Mexico border economy with particular emphasis on four crossborder regions.
"Our counter narrative against ISIL is what is going to win the day. If we don't win the argument, we, the coalition of forty, are never going to prevail against the extremists." says Jane Harman.
"I do think boots on the ground are necessary to achieve the mission... but the face of the boots on the ground ought to be a Muslim face from the region," says Jane Harman in this interview on Morning Joe.
"When you look at ISIS, it's in at least two countries - you have it in Iraq and you have it in Syria - and that complicates exactly how you can go against them and deteriorate their ability to carry out terrorist acts. You have to have countries in the region who support this (campaign against ISIS). It can't be a west against this group (ISIS), it has to be other countries and especially countries from that region," says Jill Dougherty.
Amanda Murphyao joins the Canada Institute at the Wilson Center as an intern for the fall 2013 semester. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the School of Canadian Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. Her dissertation is focused on the borders and boundaries of the United States a...
Ambika Tripathi joins the Canada Institute as a staff intern for the Fall 2013 semester. She is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in international politics at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where her focus is security studies. She is interested in learning a...
Andrew Finn is the Program Associate at the Canada Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. An integral program of the Wilson Center, the Canada Institute works to increase awareness and knowledge about Canada and U.S.-Canadian relations among policymak...