The Wilson Center and Congress
Mar 11, 2014
A group of political scientists say Congress has forgotten the art of negotiating political agreements and needs to relearn it if our government is to continue to function as intended. Wolfensberger says in today's Congress, with all the distractions during shortened work weeks, simple deliberations are a difficult challenge for most members. more
Mar 10, 2014
"Vladimir Putin doesn't know the Colin Powell rule -- if you break it you own it. And if he breaks up Crimea, he's going to own their pension liabilities, their tanked economy, at a time when the Russian economy is stretched," Harman said. more
"Vladimir Putin doesn't know the Colin Powell rule -- if you break it you own it. And if he breaks up Crimea, he's going to own their pension liabilities, their tanked economy, at a time when the Russian economy is stretched," Harman said.
The December 2013 purge and execution of Jang Song Thaek, who was often described as the No. 2 in North Korea, came four months after the ruling Korean Worker’s Party announced that the Ten Points of the Monolithic Ideological System, the basic tenets of the unitary leadership system in North Korea, had been updated for the new leader, Kim Jong Un.
Aaron David Miller argues that Obama's speech won't sell war-weary Americans on Syria
Haleh Esfandiari comments on President Obama's speech to Congress making his case for military action against Syria.
August 01, 2013 // 9:00am — 10:30am
Congress has long been criticized for abdicating its war powers' responsibilities to the president. Is this still the case, and if so, why? Does Congress tend to push back more after a war has drug on for a long time and does this reflect the war weariness of the public? These just are some of the questions this panel will explore.
July 11, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
The law that authorized U.S. forces to act against terrorists after 9/11 is once again up for debate. The Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) is seen by many as no longer applicable to a conflict that has moved beyond those responsible for 9/11. The enemy and the nature of the conflict have changed: is it time for the U.S. to revise or repeal the AUMF? This National Conversation includes expert commentators who have worked in many of the organizations most closely involved with the issue – Congress, the U.S. military and the CIA.
June 20, 2013 // 1:00pm — 2:30pm
How can we protect our infrastructure, and make it more resilient against the many hazards that are part of the 21st Century? This National Conversation is part of a dialogue between government and the private sector, to help make policy more effective.
A group of political scientists say Congress has forgotten the art of negotiating political agreements and needs to relearn it if our government is to continue to function as intended. Wolfensberger says in today's Congress, with all the distractions during shortened work weeks, simple deliberations are a difficult challenge for most members.
Congress passed its first budget in four years, but the twisted path it took to get there would baffle a Martian.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), in a floor speech January 8, lamented the sorry state of the Senate today, admitted that both parties are to blame for turning the chamber into a campaign studio, and promised to return to deliberative policy making body if Republicans regain majority control next year.
David Rusk, a former mayor of Albuquerque, joins us for a look at his book, “Cities without Suburbs.” Blair Ruble joins the discussion. Christopher Wilson discusses the newly released “The State of the Border Report."
This week we present two works in progress from former Wilson Center Public Policy Scholars, Matt Bai and Matthew Dallek.
A panel of experts, including R. Gil Kerlikowske, Director of Drug Control Policy at the White House, discusses reforming current policies combating illegal drugs in the United States and Latin America.
Former Director, The Congress Project
Donald R. Wolfensberger is director of the Congress Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a position he had held since June 1999. He first came to the Wilson Center in February 1997 as a guest scholar where he wrote the book, Congress and the People: Deliberative Democracy...
Elizabeth Byers is the special assistant to the Executive Vice President. She previously served as the assistant to the Vice President for Programs and as program associate for the Program on America and the Global Economy. Prior to joining the Wilson Center, she was a congressional intern. By...
Staff Writer, The Christian Science Monitor