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A Critical Juncture: Public Opinion in U.S.-Mexico Relations

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 16:42:45 +0000

Since the 1980s, the cooperation between the U.S. and Mexican governments has improved tremendously. However, despite the deepening governmental, economic, and societal ties that have occurred over the last two to three decades, the way in which the U.S. and Mexican publics view one another has experienced several ups and downs. Public opinion in the bilateral relationship has risen and fallen even as official relations between the United States and Mexico steadily improved.




Kazan: In Search of a Recipe for Its Melting Pot

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 15:40:16 +0000

A group of tourists are listening to a local tour guide in front of the Kul Sharif Mosque located inside the Kazan Kremlin. Photo courtesy Ainaz Lenina.




Performing Community 2: Short Essays on Community, Diversity, Inclusion, and the Performing Arts

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:19:02 +0000

In 2012, the Urban Sustainability Laboratory began posting short essays by Director Blair A. Ruble about the themes of community, governance, and transparency in cities. By 2015, a sufficient number had appeared to be gathered in Performing Community: Short Essays on Community, Diversity, Inclusion, and the Performing Arts. This first collection included twenty-one essays focusing on the role of the performing arts in community building around the world.




Climate Change Adaptation and Population Dynamics in Latin America and the Caribbean - Perspectives from the Region

Tue, 13 Oct 2015 14:53:53 +0000

Latin America and the Caribbean face multiple risks from a changing climate, from sea level rise to glacial melt to extreme weather and disease. Recent population trends—particularly population growth and urbanization—will continue to be an important factor in influencing the region’s vulnerability and adaptive capacity. This policy brief shares highlights, key findings and lessons from a series of seminars on climate change adaptation organized by the Wilson Center and U.S. Agency for International Development missions across Latin America and the Caribbean.



Brazil Institute Annual Report 2011-2013

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:51:17 +0000

Highlighting all major events, Awards Dinners and Special Initiatives, the 2011-2013 Report of Activities gives a comprehensive report on what the Brazil Institute has done in the last two years. 

 




Governing the Horn of Africa’s Lowlands: Land Investments and Villagization in Gambella, Ethiopia

Sun, 17 Aug 2014 19:21:42 +0000

"Since 2001, the Ethiopian government has been committed to building a “developmental state,” one with a strong state-led macro-economic plan, much like that of East Asian countries. After 2005, the developmental agenda took center stage in public discourse. This increasingly dominant discourse frames poverty as an existential threat to Ethiopia’s survival, necessitating its eradication by hastening development at all costs.



Russia: The World's Second-Largest Immigration Haven

Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18:48:10 +0000

“Immigrants aren't rushing to Moscow in search of opportunity”—President Obama recently stated in an interview with The Economist, while making a larger point about Russia’s receding role in the world. While much of his commentary on the overall state of affairs in Russia was accurate, his comments on a lack of immigrants in Moscow revealed a blind spot in his view of global-migration movements—immigrants have been rushing to Moscow for the last twenty years, and not only to Moscow, but to cities all over Russia.




Dawn of the Smart City? Perspectives From New York, Ahmedabad, São Paulo, and Beijing

Fri, 13 Jun 2014 13:44:21 +0000

Rapid growth and environmental change are creating new challenges for urban areas around the world. From climate change adaptation and crime prevention to the integration of new residents, much is being asked of municipal governments. At the same time, new technologies – from data collection and real time monitoring to sophisticated “control centers” – are being developed that could help inform urban decision making and improve city management. Four essays present perspectives on the ideas behind smart cities from New York, Ahmedabad, São Paulo, and Beijing.




Smartness in Three Flavors

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:29:56 +0000

This blog is part of a series Global Communities: Accelerating Innovation in the Internet of Cities which discusses how cities can learn, adopt and transfer innovations between each other in order to solve local issues of global significance.



Pakistan's Urbanization: Housing for the Low-Income

Tue, 14 Jan 2014 13:40:28 +0000

Pakistan is South Asia’s most rapidly urbanizing country. In barely 10 years, nearly 50 percent of its 180 million people will live in cities (a third do today). Tasneem Siddiqui, former chief secretary of the government of Sindh Province, looks at how Pakistan can provide affordable housing to its rapidly growing urban population.

This publication marks the first of four policy briefs on Pakistan’s urbanization. The series seeks to share with a wider audience the proceedings of a recent Wilson Center conference that explored Pakistan’s urbanization challenges.