United States Publications

The Nagoya Protocol and Synthetic Biology Research: A Look at the Potential Impacts

Nov 14, 2013
This report assesses how implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (NP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) may affect U.S. researchers working in the area of synthetic biology. It also analyzes selected provisions in CBD-related national legislation predating the NP that may be relevant for such researchers. more

Don’t Dismiss Bicameral Working Group Out of Hand

Oct 25, 2013
A House passed bill to create a ""Bipartisan Working group on Deficit Reduction and Economic Growth" could provide an opening for a larger deal to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. more

Procedural Maneuvers Go Nowhere in Twin Crises

Oct 25, 2013
The twin crises of a government shutdown and near debt default were prolonged by procedural moves and countermoves that went nowhere, with Congress eventually stumbling out the exit, kicking the can down the road once more. more

Connecting Grassroots and Government for Disaster Response

Oct 11, 2013
Leaders in disaster response are finding it necessary to adapt to a new reality. Although community actions have always been the core of the recovery process, collective action from the grassroots has changed response operations in ways that few would have predicted. Using new tools that interconnect over expanding mobile networks, citizens can exchange information via maps and social media, then mobilize thousands of people to collect, analyze, and act on that information. Sometimes, community-sourced intelligence may be fresher and more accurate than the information given to the responders who provide aid. This report explores approaches to the questions that commonly emerge when building an interface between the grassroots and government agencies, with a particular focus on the accompanying legal, policy, and technology challenges. more

Tweeting Up a Storm: The Promise and Perils of Crisis Mapping

Oct 09, 2013
Crisis mapping is an inter-disciplinary field that aggregates crowd-generated input data, such as social media feeds and photographs, with geographic data, to provide real-time, interactive information in support of disaster management and humanitarian relief. This article provides a brief overview of the emerging legal and ethical issues within crisis mapping. more

The Avner Cohen Collection

Oct 03, 2013
The Avner Cohen Collection features exciting new materials regarding the development of the Israeli nuclear program, including interviews with key policymakers and scientists from Israel, the United States, and France that shed new light on the development of the Israeli nuclear program. more

Globalization and America's Trade Agreements by William Krist

Globalization and America's Trade Agreements

Sep 10, 2013
Globalization and America's Trade Agreements reviews the impact of the United States' complex trade agreements of the past 25 years, and examines the issues in recent rounds of GATT/WTO negotiations and numerous free trade agreements. more

America and the Russian Future (1993)

Aug 13, 2013
Transcript of a January 1993 conference cosponsored by the Kennan Institute and the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the United States Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute Occasional Paper Series #252, 1993. PDF 96 pages more

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

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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.