United States Events
March 10, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Over the four decades since U.S. forces came home from Vietnam, Americans have fiercely debated the lessons that the nation should draw from its longest and most controversial war. Mark Atwood Lawrence will suggest a scheme for making sense of how historians, polemicists, politicians, and other commentators have used – and will likely continue to use – the Vietnam analogy in thinking about policy decisions.
March 06, 2014 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
Cold War International History Project
Book Launch: Barbara Zanchetta analyzes the evolution of American-Soviet relations during the 1970s, from the rise of détente during the Nixon administration to the policy's crisis and fall during the final years of the Carter presidency. This study traces lines of continuity among the Nixon, Ford, and Carter administrations and assesses its effects on the ongoing redefinition of America's international role in the post-Vietnam era.
March 04, 2014 // 9:00am — 12:00pm
Cross-border smuggling and border vulnerabilities on the tribal lands that straddle New York, Quebec, and Ontario are not new, but there is now increasing evidence linking the illicit tobacco network to terrorist funding, organized crime networks, and illegal movements of narcotics, weapons, and people. The “Smuggling on the U.S-Canada Border: Contraband, Crime, and Terror” half-day conference will bring together First Nations leaders, subject matter specialists, and government officials to conduct one of the first dialogues on bi-national contraband to be held in the United States.
February 18, 2014 // 9:00am — 10:30am
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto will host President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper for the North American Leaders Summit on February 19. On the eve of the summit, the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute and Canada Institute will host a discussion of the key issues facing the region.
February 14, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:00am
Wilson Center experts preview the upcoming trilateral North American Leaders Summit taking place in Toluca, Mexico on February 19th, 2014.
February 10, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Today, we think of World War II as the "good war" – a necessary conflict to save Western civilization from the evil of Nazi Germany. But in the years leading up to Pearl Harbor, millions of Americans were swept up in a passionate, bitterly fought debate over what America's role should be in the war. At stake was the very shape and future of America.
February 07, 2014 // 1:30pm — 3:00pm
U.S. dependence on imported oil and gas has long been a source of controversy, as an economic, political and security issue. Yet now, with the widespread use of new technology allowing dramatic new sources of energy, things are changing. According to some experts, American energy independence is close, turning the tables on traditional suppliers. Is America about to free itself from dependence on foreign oil – or are there hidden risks in this new wealth?
February 07, 2014 // 11:30am — 12:30pm
This Director's Forum featured the first major address by Secretary Jeh Johnson, who was sworn in on December 23, 2013 as the fourth Secretary of Homeland Security. His address was followed by a short question and answer session with Wilson Center President Jane Harman on the Secretary’s priorities for the Department.
February 05, 2014 // 9:00am — 11:00am
On Wednesday, February 5, the Canada Institute hosted a discussion on the risks, challenges, and rewards of implementing a robust entry-exit system throughout North America.Comprehensive entry-exit tracking for non-citizens entering and leaving the United States has proven elusive. While non-citizens who enter the United States go through a variety of controls, little has been done to track non-citizens when they leave the country. Canada and the United States began working together recently to close the loop by counting entry into one country as an exit from the other. New legislation in Congress is being considered to add mandatory exit controls at all ports of entry.
January 29, 2014 // 1:00pm — 3:00pm
Please join the Canada Institute, the Kennan Institute, and the European Studies Program for the publication launch of "In Search of Arctic Energy." This event will discuss the findings of the new paper and delve into the implications that Arctic energy exploration will have for the region and the globe's energy economy.