New Security Beat

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19 January 2018. Criminal Elements: Illegal Wildlife Trafficking, Organized Crime, and National Security – “The same criminals that are trafficking in drugs, guns, and people, traffic in wildlife,” said Christine Dawson, the director of the Office of Conservation and Water at the U.S. Department of State, at a recent event in the Wilson Center’s “Managing Our Planet” series. Experts from Vulcan Productions and Brookings Institution joined Dawson to discuss […] Related posts: Wild Laws: China and Its Role in Wildlife Trafficking “Journalists Need to Do More to Cover Wildlife and...

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16 January 2018. Story of the Decade: Population Dynamics (and Women and Water) Top List of Our Most Popular Posts – This One Goes to 11.Eleven years ago this week, the New Security Beat began covering population, environment, and conflict connections. Today, our goal remains the same as in 2007: to provide insight on today’s new security threats and to share overlooked opportunities for cooperation. As we wrote then, “countries in crises often share the problems […] Related posts: Global Population and Reproductive Health (Book Preview) When It Comes to Water Scarcity, Population Growth Tops Climate...

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12 January 2018. 2.6 Million Babies Are Stillborn Every Year – Every day, 7,100 babies are stillborn. A tragic, complicated problem,  stillbirth—which the WHO defines as a baby born with no signs of life at or after 28 weeks’ gestation—remains difficult to control and to assess. Some hospitals hide data on stillbirth, due to the shame and stigma associated with it. However, as White Ribbon Alliance […] Related posts: The 30th Anniversary of the Safe Motherhood Initiative “It Can Be Done”: Address Malata’s Dream for Safe Motherhood in Malawi...

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12 January 2018. Nothing Wasted: The Waste-To-Energy Revolution in China – Sewage—refuse liquids or waste matter usually carried off by sewers—is at the front lines of a global movement for clean energy. Innovative U.S. cities are digging into their dirtiest depths to create new sources of power that optimize economic benefits, generate clean energy, and control pollution. This wastewater-to-power movement is just beginning to catch on […] Related posts: Hot Times: Waste-to-Energy Plants Burn Bright in China’s Cities China’s Great Green Grid? Chris James on...

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11 January 2018. “It Can Be Done”: Address Malata’s Dream for Safe Motherhood in Malawi – “Women still die…and they die preventable deaths,” said Address Malata, vice chancellor of the Malawi University of Science and Technology, at a recent Wilson Center event honoring the 30th anniversary of the Safe Motherhood Initiative. Malata—a midwife and the former vice president of the International Confederation of Midwives—told the heart-wrenching story of a pregnant woman […] Related posts: The 30th Anniversary of the Safe Motherhood Initiative The Single Best Intervention: Thirty...

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4 January 2018. The 30th Anniversary of the Safe Motherhood Initiative – Since 1987, the number of women dying during pregnancy and delivery has dropped by 43 percent, saving hundreds of thousands of women’s lives—and changing the lives of their families—around the world. “Our achievement in making maternal mortality an injustice that needs to be recognized by health ministers, by heads of state, by heads of agencies, […] Related posts: The Single Best Intervention: Thirty Years of Safe Motherhood “It Can Be Done”: Address Malata’s Dream for Safe Motherhood...

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3 January 2018. New Year, New Challenges—and New Questions for our Audience – The new year promises some big changes for the field of environmental security—and some big moves for the Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP). As we say hello to 2018, we wave goodbye to Roger-Mark De Souza, and welcome him to our team of advisors and fellows. And I’m excited (if a bit daunted) to […] Related posts: 15 Years of Environmental Peacemaking: Overcoming Challenges and Identifying Opportunities for Cooperation President Joyce Banda Talks About Her Time in Office...

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2 January 2018. The More Things Change: Resilience, Complexity, and Diplomacy Are Still Top Priorities in 2018 – This new year brings new projects—and some sad goodbyes. Today, I’m excited to begin my leadership of Sister Cities International, the world’s largest and oldest network of citizen diplomats. And I’m sorry to leave the Wilson Center, which has been my home for the last five years. But it’s not a long goodbye: I will […] Related posts: Navigating Complexity: Climate, Migration, and Conflict in a Changing World The Urban Disadvantage: Rethinking Maternal and Newborn Health Priorities...

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22 December 2017. The Burden of Care: The Impact of Progressive Policies – The burden of care—the time, energy, and costs of caring for other people—is growing, and women shoulder the heaviest load. This burden can have negative consequences for businesses, too, as it affects the health and productivity of workers, as well as economic growth. At a recent Wilson Center Ground Truth Briefing, four leading experts discussed […] Related posts: Too Much, Too Soon: Addressing Over-Intervention in Maternity Care A Little Respect: Improving Maternity Care History’s...

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21 December 2017. On the Beat: Non-Communicable Diseases and Maternal Health – If women have non-communicable diseases (NCDs)—like cancer and diabetes—“at the time of pregnancy, [it] can hugely impact future generations,” said Adya Misra the associate editor of PLOS One at a recent event hosted by the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) to mark the launch of the fifth MHTF-PLOS collection, Non-Communicable Diseases and Maternal Health Around […] Related posts: The Urban Disadvantage: Rethinking Maternal and Newborn Health Priorities Maternal and Fetal Health...

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20 December 2017. One in 10 Interstate Disputes Are Fishy – And the Implications Stink – Fisheries are a surprisingly common reason for conflict between countries. Between 1993 and 2010, 11 percent of militarized interstate disputes (MIDs) – conflicts short of war between two sovereign states – involved fisheries, fishers, or fishing vessels. While the conflicts often involve fresh fish, the implications for global peace and prosperity stink like fermented herring. […] Related posts: Major Water Disputes Are Often Beyond War and Peace Lessons From Africa’s Great Lakes on How...

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20 December 2017. City Kids: The Sexual, Reproductive, and Maternal Health of Urban Adolescents – “All or most of the children living in these communities are by nature vulnerable,” said Melanie Yahner of Save the Children at a recent Wilson Center event on the sexual, reproductive, and maternal health of urban adolescents. Given that half of the global population living in urban areas today is under the age of 25, […] Related posts: The Urban Disadvantage: Rethinking Maternal and Newborn Health Priorities How Zika Is Shaping the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Agenda...

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18 December 2017. The Big Picture: Measuring Efforts to Build Resilience – “Resilience isn’t an outcome,” said USAID Resilience Coordinator Greg Collins at a recent Wilson Center event on measuring resilience; it is “the ability to manage adversity and change without compromising future well-being.” The wide array of individual factors that contribute to building resilience—ranging from livestock insurance and microsavings, to risk tolerance and women’s decision-making—can be […] Related posts: Perception Matters: New Insights Into What Determines Resilience...

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16 December 2017. Ripple Effects: Sharing Water and Building Peace in the Jordan River Valley – In the war-torn Jordan River Valley, we can meet the “strategic objective of reducing conflict by promoting cooperation on shared waters,” said former defense official Sherri Goodman at a recent Wilson Center event on environmental peacebuilding. Even in the midst of political disputes, Jordanians, Israelis, and Palestinians must work together to manage the scarce supplies […] Related posts: Lessons From International Water Sharing Agreements for Dealing With Climate Change Building...

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14 December 2017. Healthy Women, Healthy Families: Saving Money and Lives With Faith-Based Family Planning – “All of the major religions of the world are really quite concerned with addressing the needs of the poor and also the disadvantaged,” said Victoria Graham, senior NGO technical advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development, at the Wilson Center on July 18. “They’re always looking for interventions that address their needs, including health […] Related posts: Family Planning and Environmental Sustainability: Assessing the Evidence Family Planning, Reproductive Health Crucial...

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