North America News
Apr 22, 2013
Congress has undergone many changes since World War II, most of which have had to do with adapting to the complexities of modern society and the commensurate growth in the Executive Branch bureaucracy and powers of the presidency. The first major post War reform efforts begun in 1945 and 1965 were premised on the belief that any institutional changes should be bicameral and bipartisan. Consequently, joint committees of equal party and chamber representation were formed to conduct a comprehensive study of the organization and operations of Congress with a view to strengthening it...
Apr 22, 2013
With the Boston bombing suspect now in custody, how do we balance his constitutional protections as a U.S. citizen with the need to get intelligence on other possible threats? Jane Harman debated this question with a panel on Fox News Sunday.
Apr 22, 2013
A new poll on the XL Keystone Pipeline Project conducted by Public Policy Scholar Nik Nanos suggests that energy security trumps the concern about greenhouse gas emission among both Americans and Canadians.
Apr 19, 2013
National security in the U.S. has been a topic widely discussed after the explosions in Boston. Aaron David Miller explains how the geography of the U.S. -- with "non-predatory neighbors to its north and south and fish to its east and west" -- has shaped American politics and values throughout its history.
Apr 09, 2013
How much do we really know about North Korea’s nuclear capabilities and ability to attack the U.S. and its allies? To explore these questions and more, we spoke with the Wilson Center’s resident expert on nuclear-powered “outlier states,” Robert Litwak.
Apr 05, 2013
This week on Dialogue at the Wilson Center we present a discussion of America’s borders. We begin with a look northward. Our guest is the director of the Wilson Center’s Canada Institute David Biette. We also turn our sights south to the U.S.-Mexico border with Christopher Wilson, an associate with the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute.
Call for Papers “International Forum for Postdoctoral Scholars in Cold War International History Studies"
Apr 04, 2013
To foster the growth of emerging talents in conducting advanced research in Cold War history in China, East China Normal University will hold an “International Forum for Postdoctoral Scholars in Cold War International History Studies.” The forum will be at the East China Normal University campus at the Northern Zhongshan Road (Zhongshan Beilu), Shanghai. The forum will focus on the theme of “Cold War international history.” Its goal is to provide Chinese and foreign postdoctoral scholars in the field with an opportunity to learn about cutting-edge researches, expand their own scholarly vistas, and carry out in-depth dialogs.
Apr 02, 2013
Jane Harman describes a possible legal framework for the use of drones in the Holt Lecture at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Apr 01, 2013
China’s soaring economy, fueled by an unyielding appetite for coal, is threatened by the country's steadily diminishing freshwater reserves. The United States faces similar water-energy confrontations—over millions of gallons of water are taken from ranchers to develop the deep oil and gas shale reserves of the west and there are battles between Georgia and Florida over diminishing drinking water reserves. Global Choke Point, though, is not necessarily a narrative of doom and gloom. The presentations will examine both the challenges and opportunities presented by these looming choke points.
Mar 26, 2013
We are excited to announce that our partner, Circle of Blue, is launching a partnership with Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory's Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies (LIGTT) to create Choke Point: Index, an innovative synthesis of on-the-ground reporting, analysis, polling, and open-source data technologies to focus on the United States, Canada, India, and other water-stressed regions.