U.S. Politics News

JOBS Act a Win for Startups and Economy

Apr 10, 2012
The Jumpstart our Business Startups, or JOBS Act, is a win for entrepreneurship as well as bipartisan politics, and given economic hardship, unemployment and political bickering, it's time for a win, writes Public Policy Scholar Amy Wilkinson.
How Russia Can Ease Assad Out

How Russia Can Ease Assad Out

Mar 31, 2012
By negotiating Assad's exit from Syria, Moscow could help to end the violence and bloodshed, and "reset" world perceptions of Russia, writes Wilson Center President Jane Harman in The Washington Post.

Mexico Institute in the News: The Politics of Exports and Jobs

Mar 29, 2012
Rick Santorum proposes negotiating several free trade agreements in the first year of Presidency, even though he was against the NAFTA back in 1993.
National Security

New Laws Needed to Fight Terror

Mar 27, 2012
Amid unprecedented security concerns, bright legal lines are needed for aggressive intelligence-gathering and to guard privacy rights, Wilson Center President Jane Harman writes in Foreign Policy.
Jane Harman Speaking at Georgetown University

The Tough Issues and Why Washington Can’t Solve Them

Mar 15, 2012
Wilson Center Director, President, and CEO Jane Harman decried the inability of Congress and the executive branch to debate fully and explain to the American people a post-9/11 legal framework, warning that the failure to do so meant important issues like cybersecurity, foreign versus domestic intelligence gathering, targeted killing, and preventive detention, remained unaddressed, and would have consequences, not least by preventing America from winning the moral argument with the next-generation of would-be terrorists.

With Congress at Low Point, Time for Reform Is Now

Mar 14, 2012
Former House Rules Committee staffer and Wilson Center expert Don Wolfensberger lays out a step-by-step plan to restore Congress’ “culture of lawmaking.” Committees—not party leaders—should control legislative work, he says, and campaign finance reforms are needed to shift attention from 24-7 fundraising.

"The Week That Changed the World:" The 40th Anniversary of President Nixon's China Trip

Feb 17, 2012
In 1972, President Nixon became the first U.S. President to visit the People's Republic of China. Forty years later, the impact of that historic trip is still evident, as the U.S.-China relationship extends to economics, security, and climate. “The relationship we have now with China is the most important one we have in the world,” said Douglas Spelman, deputy director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States. He predicts the many positives of bilateral cooperation will outweigh the negatives of such historically contentious issues as human rights, Taiwan, and religious freedom.

Dealing with a Rising China

Feb 17, 2012
Director J. Stapleton Roy speaks to the vice president of Walt Disney Parks, and leaders in the Chapman University community at a February 9 event on how to "deal with a rising China."

KICUS Director J. Stapleton Roy on Xi Jinping and Leadership Change in China

Feb 17, 2012
Converting the warm mood music brought by Xi into substantively improved Sino-U.S. ties will demand concessions that both sides are likely to resist.

Five Myths About the Presidency

Feb 17, 2012
Americans are presidency-addicted. We can’t get enough information about our presidents, yet there is a woeful misunderstanding of the office. The president is more often than not at the mercy of events rather than a master of them. Our greatest presidents were also lucky: They inherited national crises and times that were ripe for change — and had the skills and capacity to act. As we prepare to celebrate Presidents’ Day, let’s correct some common misconceptions about the job and the people who have held it.

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