United States Events

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Smuggling on the U.S.- Canada Border: Contraband, Crime, and Terror

March 04, 2014 // 9:00am12:00pm
Canada Institute
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.
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Is Geography Destiny? North America on the Eve of the Leaders Summit

February 18, 2014 // 9:00am10:30am
Mexico Institute
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.
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Media Briefing: Obama, Harper, Peña Nieto at the North American Leaders Summit

February 14, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am
Mexico Institute
Wilson Center experts preview the upcoming trilateral North American Leaders Summit taking place in Toluca, Mexico on February 19th, 2014.

Racing Against Time: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight Over Saving Britain and Going to War

February 10, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
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.
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U.S. Energy Independence: A New American Narrative?

February 07, 2014 // 1:30pm3:00pm
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?
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A Conversation with Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson

February 07, 2014 // 11:30am12:30pm
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.
A traveler arriving at Washington Dulles International Airport Monday uses the new US-VISIT mechanism that records all 10 fingerprint images.
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Entry-Exit Systems in North America

February 05, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
Canada Institute
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.
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"In Search of Arctic Energy" Publication Launch

January 29, 2014 // 1:00pm3:00pm
Canada Institute
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.
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Beyond the Border Implementation Report Update

January 28, 2014 // 9:00am10:00am
Canada Institute
The Canada Institute hosted an update event for Beyond the Border's third anniversary. The discussion focused on the 2013 annual implementation report, which highlights the various accomplishments (and challenges) of the process to date. The program featured David Moloney, from the Privy Council Office in Canada, and Amy Pope from the White House’s national security staff, as well as a number of stakeholders from the business community.

The Past and Future of the Foreign Relations Series

January 27, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
In more than 450 volumes produced since its inception in 1861, the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Relations of the United States series presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity. State Department Historian Stephen P. Randolph will discuss the series’ past as well as the many challenges facing it today, not least technological developments that threaten the future of the bound volumes familiar to generations of diplomats and historians.

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