North America Publications

Choke Point: U.S.: Water, Energy and the Ohio River Valley's New Course

Jul 30, 2013
This new paper updates the findings of our 2010 Choke Point: U.S. report, which identified the Southwest, Great Plains, and Southeast as the regions at greatest risk of shortages of energy and water. A special focus of this paper is to explore energy production and water supply in Ohio and its neighboring Ohio River Valley states. The development of natural gas and natural gas liquids from deep shale is reshaping long-standing trends in the region’s energy mix, water consumption and treatment patterns, greenhouse gas emissions, and economy. more

Transforming Earthquake Detection and Science through Citizen Seismology

Jun 28, 2013
This white paper describes a groundbreaking system of citizen science projects by the U.S. Geological Survey and other scientific institutions to detect and monitor earthquakes and engage the public in scientific research about seismic events. These approaches seek to provide a more robust earthquake alert network and generate more real-time motion data. The paper also looks at how future efforts could be improved. Successful crowdsourcing projects at the federal level must navigate a web of practical, legal and policy considerations. This paper identifies some of these hurdles and provides lessons learned so that others may apply them to their unique missions. more

Herbert Hoover's Brush with Bolshevism (1992)

Jun 21, 2013
Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute Occasional Paper Series #248, 1992. PDF 19 pages. more

Looking Back at Sovietology: An Interview with William Odom and Alexander Dallin (1990)

Jun 21, 2013
Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute Occasional Paper Series #239, 1990. PDF 22 pages. more

Lessons of U.S.-Soviet Relations (1989)

Jun 21, 2013
Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute Occasional Paper Series #229, 1989. PDF 41 pages. more

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Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters

May 28, 2013
“The production of nuclear weapons changed Soviet and American societies by creating whole new kinds of communities and new definitions of citizenship and safety and risk,” said Kate Brown at a May 08, 2013 presentation of her new book Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters. more

Fifty Years of Diplomatic Relations Between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (1984)

Apr 29, 2013
Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute Occasional Paper Series #189, 1984. PDF 34 pages. more

Towards Trustworthy Social Media and Crowdsourcing

Apr 29, 2013
Individuals and organizations using social media and crowdsourcing need two key sets of information: a systematic assessment of the vulnerabilities in these technologies and a comprehensive set of best practices describing how to address these vulnerabilities. This report identifies certain vulnerabilities and provides a guideline to develop best practices necessary to address a growing number of incidents ranging from innocent mistakes to targeted attacks that have claimed lives and cost millions of dollars. more

U.S.-Soviet Global Rivalry and Western Europe (1984)

Apr 26, 2013
Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute Occasional Paper Series #179, 1984. PDF 29 pages. more

The Paperscape: A View from the Flag Tower of the Smithsonian Institution Building. An Attempt at Introspection; or How Some Stack of Paper Turns into a Russian Novel (1982)

Apr 26, 2013
Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute Occasional Paper Series #161, 1982. PDF 38 pages. more

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Dialogue

The Future of Higher Education

Mar 26, 2014Apr 02, 2014

Jeff Abernathy and Richard Morrill discuss how colleges and universities are dealing with rapidly rising costs and how the United States can still compete for students in a globalized environment.