U.S. Politics Events
March 07, 2003 // 2:00pm — 4:00pm
Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Congress moved quickly not only to give the President authority to use force abroad against those responsible, but also to shore up the nation's internal defenses against terrorism. It enacted measures in such areas as aviation and port security, and bioterrorism. But it took nearly a year to resolve differences over creating a Department of Homeland Security that brings together 170,000 federal employees from 22 federal agencies with a budget of nearly $40 billion--the biggest executive reorganizion in a half-century. This seminar explored the interplay of politics and processes in Congress to address this new challenge as well as the outlook for the future.
February 27, 2003 // 8:00am — 8:00pm
The BorderLines: Canada in North America conference series was conceived by various high-profile Canadian business leaders, academics, journalists, and scholars who saw the need for a re-evaluation of Canada's relationship with its southern neighbors. This two-day conference fostered frank and informative dialogue about the state of the Canada-U.S. relationship.
February 24, 2003 // 11:00pm
February 19, 2003 // 11:00pm
Former Canadian Prime Minister Joe Clark shared his thoughts on the future of the bilateral relationship and his vision of how things could be improved. He also spoke about how Canadians perceive the war on terror and the potential war with Iraq and expressed his optimism for a quick and peaceful solution.
January 31, 2003 // 2:00pm — 4:00pm
Featuring:Walter E. Fauntroy, former Democratic Delegate from D.C. (invited); Robert A. Underwood, former Democratic Delegate from Guam; Carol M. Swain, professor of law and political science, Vanderbilt University; and Juan Williams, national correspondent, NPR, and Fox News.
November 21, 2002 // 8:30am — 10:00am
Mel Hurtig spoke about the perceived erosion of Canada given increasing economic, cultural, and military integration resulting from post-9/11 security measures at the Canada-U.S. border. He stated that while it might be too late to save Canada, he had considerable faith in the ability of the Canadian public to retain their vision of government as a provider and a protector of the public good.
November 19, 2002 // 11:00pm
November 15, 2002 // 2:00pm — 4:00pm
The war on terrorism, triggered by the terrorists' attacks of September 2001, has been no exception to wartime Congresses giving Presidents additional powers to combat national security threats at home and abroad. The USA Patriot Act and other executive actions aimed at increasing domestic surveillance and detention of suspected terrorists have raised concerns about abuses of civil liberties. How Congress and the courts are responding to this delicate balancing act between security and liberty will be the subject of this Congress Project Seminar.
November 07, 2002 // 11:00am — 12:00pm
John Hulsman, Damjan de Krnjevic-Miskovic, and Philip W. Lyon
A Woman's Place is in the House: A Comparative Look at Women in Politics in the United States and Canada
September 24, 2002 // 9:00am — 2:00pm
This conference, co-sponsored by the Canada Institute and the Division of United States Studies, was designed to examine the barriers women face in running for elected office at the national, state, and provincial levels in the two countries, in addition to the impact of the elected women and current strategies to increase the number of women in elected politics.