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17 February 2017. The Common Ground on Refugee Resettlement and Security – President Trump seems to conceive of domestic counter-terrorism efforts as analogous to a police roadblock. Potential terrorists, like vehicles, wait in single file, pull up to the checkpoint, are evaluated, and either stopped or allowed to proceed depending on whether they pose a threat. If only our vetting can be made “extreme” enough, we can […] Related posts: Why East Africa’s Refugee Crises Can No Longer Be Ignored The Global Refugee Crisis Has Coarsened Our Politics, Says...

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17 February 2017. Richard Choularton on 3 Steps to Avert the Famines We See Coming – There has been great progress in anticipating famines in recent years, with most predicted six or more months ahead of time, says Richard Choularton, senior associate for food security and climate change at Tetra Tech, in this week’s podcast. But action to address their humanitarian impacts has lagged. Responses need to be more consistent and […] Related posts: Insights on Ending Famine and Creating Food Security in a Changing World Ethiopian Drought Response a Sign of How Far We’ve Come...

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16 February 2017. Getting a Grip on an Unlikely Threat to Biodiversity: The Pet Trade – The original version of this article, by Elizabeth Devitt, appeared on Mongabay.The legal commercial exotic animal trade is a booming enterprise that ships ornamental fish, mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians around the world. These pets, livestock and other animals can carry unexpected infectious diseases from their homelands. If these non-native species escape or are released to […] Related posts: China’s Cap-and-Trade System a Crucial Weapon in “War on Pollution,” Says Jennifer...

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16 February 2017. Sherri Goodman: Incorporate Climate Risks into Diplomacy, Development, and Defense – “We are seeing floods, droughts, extreme weather events, migration of people across borders, as well as sea-level rise, and we are going to see increasing challenges,” says Wilson Center Senior Fellow Sherri Goodman in an interview with the German think tank, adelphi. Speaking at the Planetary Security Conference in The Hague, the former deputy undersecretary […] Related posts: Chad Briggs on Managing Environmental Risks and Military, Intelligence, and Diplomacy Roles New Department of...

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15 February 2017. Insights on Ending Famine and Creating Food Security in a Changing World – The effects of climate change combined with breakdowns in governance are leading to food insecurity “on a scale that we’ve rarely seen,” said Alex de Sherbinin, associate director of Columbia University’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network, at the Wilson Center on January 26. Last year government and non-government organizations committed the largest outlay […] Related posts: Pathways to Resilience: Evidence on Links Between Conflict Management, Natural Resources,...

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14 February 2017. The Urban Disadvantage: Rethinking Maternal and Newborn Health Priorities – Urbanization is changing the face of poverty and marginalization, and the maternal and newborn health field needs to change too, said a panel of experts at the Wilson Center on January 24. For decades, the maternal and newborn health community has focused primarily on the rural poor. Now, more than half the world lives in […] Related posts: Rethinking Business As Usual: Leveraging the Private Sector to Strengthen Maternal Health Previewing the Next Generation of Global Maternal and...

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13 February 2017. Come Hell or Holy Water: India’s Fight to Save the Ganges – Revered for far more than its contribution to Indian civilization, the Ganges represents the goddess of salvation, Ganga. As a symbol of purity in Hindu mythology, the holy river is thought to cleanse believers both spiritually and physically with its waters.Today, however, the Ganges is far from pure. Raw sewage from 29 cities mixes with […] Related posts: Forest Guardians and Discount Clinics: Rethinking How to Save the Environment in Kalimantan USAID Effort Joins Women’s Groups to...

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10 February 2017. Backdraft Episode #2: Stacy VanDeveer on the New Energy Economy and the Fate of Petro States – A “green economy,” an energy sector composed entirely of renewables, is the goal of many. But we haven’t thought out the full implications of that change, says Stacy VanDeveer, professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston, in this week’s “Backdraft” podcast. A “green economy,” an energy sector composed entirely of renewables, is the goal of […] Related posts: Backdraft Revisited: The Conflict Potential of Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation New “Backdraft” Podcast Series, on...

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9 February 2017. In Remembrance: Hans Rosling’s Incredible Presentations on Global Development Trends – Hans Rosling, the Swedish statistician, global health advocate, and “edutainer,” passed away this week in Uppsala, according to his foundation, Gapminder. Rosling was known worldwide for his innovative presentations of development trends and challenges to common notions about health and poverty. He founded Gapminder and created specialized visualization software in response to an observation that […] Related posts: New Approaches to Addressing Gender Inequality in Global Development Food...

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9 February 2017. Reaching Accord on Land Grabs, and Household Perceptions of Climate-Conflict Vulnerability – Large-scale land acquisitions, otherwise known as “land grabbing,” are often believed to lead to resistance from affected local communities. According to an article by Ruth Hall et al. in The Journal of Peasant Studies, however, “political reactions ‘from below’ to global land grabbing have been vastly more varied and complex than is usually assumed.” The […] Related posts: Land Privatizations, Not Just Climate Change, Are Costing Rural Kenyans Violence Over Land in Darfur Demands We...

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8 February 2017. Torn Social Fabric: Water, Violence, and Migration in Central America – In the first half of last year, 26,000 unaccompanied children were apprehended by U.S. law enforcement trying to cross the southern border. Most came from Central American states like El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Such displacement is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of migration in the region. Many more are moving from […] Related posts: Vice-President Eduardo Stein on Water Conflict in Guatemala: Origins and Solutions Lessons From Africa’s Great Lakes on How Conservation...

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8 February 2017. With New Analytics, a Vision of Alternative Futures for Uganda – Since becoming an independent nation in 1962, Uganda has struggled with high rates of poverty, regional and international conflict, and both endemic and epidemic disease outbreaks, particularly HIV/AIDS. In recent years, though, it has become a key partner of the United States. The U.S. government provides foreign assistance to improve the lives of Ugandans but […] Related posts: Seeing Around the Corner: Contemporary Challenges for Foresight and Futures Analysis Lessons From Uganda on...

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7 February 2017. Top 10 Posts for January 2017 – The first U.S. Global Water Strategy is due in October, and despite a tumultuous start to the year, the U.S. government shouldn’t let this opportunity to demonstrate global leadership pass, says John Oldfield in last month’s most popular story.In fact, disorder may be something of the new norm when it comes to international politics. The […] Related posts: 2017 Is Pivotal for U.S. Leadership on Global Water Security Paradox of Progress: National Intelligence Council Releases Global...

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6 February 2017. Global Water and National Security: Why the Time Is Now – During the 2016 campaign President Trump stated that clean water would be a top priority of his administration, telling ScienceDebate.org “it may be the most important issue we face as a nation for the next generation.” Now is the time to make good on that commitment. While all Americans know water is a precious resource, […] Related posts: It’s OK to Play With Your Food: What We Learned From a Global Food Security Game 2017 Is Pivotal for U.S. Leadership on Global Water Security...

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3 February 2017. Vice-President Eduardo Stein on Water Conflict in Guatemala: Origins and Solutions – Since 2014, Central America has experienced a dramatic lack of rainfall, destroying grain crops and killing cattle. As of last summer, 2.8 million people were impacted by drought and 900,000 were at risk of malnutrition in Guatemala alone. The effects of environmental change have been especially acute in Guatemala because they are layering on top […] Related posts: Torn Social Fabric: Water, Violence, and Migration in Central America Four Cattle and a Farm: On Finding More Inclusive...

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