U.S. Politics News

New HAPP Occasional Paper: A 21st Century Vision for U.S. Global Media

Nov 15, 2012
The Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program is pleased to announce the publication of an Occasional Paper, “A 21st Century Vision for U.S. Global Media,” by Wilson Center Senior Scholar A. Ross Johnson and R. Eugene Parta.

Should Lawmakers and White House Have Been Warned of Petraeus Investigation?

Nov 15, 2012
When the Petraeus news hit, congressional leaders bemoaned not being notified beforehand. Gwen Ifill talks to Wilson Center President and former ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee Jane Harman and former Justice Department official Matthew Miller about when and if Congress and the president should be briefed on such investigations.

Is the Petraeus Scandal about National Security?

Nov 15, 2012
Jane Harman talks to CNN's Wolf Blitzer about the departure of David Petraeus as CIA Director.

Foreign scholars look at the U.S. election

Nov 13, 2012
Fazley Siddiq, Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Canada-U.S. Relations, and Barbara Falk, Wilson Center public policy scholar, and former Wilson Center public policy scholar Pierre Martin, provide insight and analysis on the U.S. presidential election.

Woodrow Wilson’s second term may be model for Barack Obama

Nov 08, 2012
With Steven Spielberg’s film “Lincoln” hitting theaters this Friday, there’s a lot of hype about what our next president — now that we know who he is — can learn from Honest Abe about running and healing a politically divided country. But as Barack Obama heads into his second term, there’s another president who may have just as much relevance as a role model: Woodrow Wilson.

Second Chances and the Three Two-Term Phenom

Nov 06, 2012
Prognostication and analysis from Wilson Center Vice President Aaron David Miller on the 2012 presidential election.

Official Ottawa closely watching U.S. presidential, congressional races


Oct 31, 2012
The U.S. election will be held on Nov. 6 and here in Ottawa, top political and government players behind the scenes are sure to have been kept up to date on presidential and congressional races by Canada’s U.S. Embassy since last year, said former Canadian diplomat Paul Frazer who served as minister of the Canadian Embassy in Washington throughout the Clinton administration.

Pew: U.S. Voter Pessimism on New Middle East

Oct 22, 2012
The Pew Research Center conducted a poll on the U.S. public‘s views on the Middle East in early October. The public is increasingly pessimistic about regional developments following the Arab uprisings. In April 2011, 42 percent of Americans thought changes in leadership would “lead to lasting improvements for people” in countries like Egypt and Libya. But in October 2012, only 25 percent still believe there will be lasting improvements.The results were released prior to the final presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Overall the poll found little difference in opinion between Republicans, Democrats and Independents. The majority of Americans, 54 percent, say it is “more important to have stable governments in the Middle East, even if there is less democracy in the region.”

Regulating the Resource Curse

Oct 15, 2012
This summer, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission adopted new regulations requiring oil, gas, and mineral companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges to report payments to foreign governments. The aim of the effort is to reduce the kind of corruption and insecurity seen in places like Angola, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo – sometimes called the “resource curse.” But, argues Wilson Center scholar Jeff Colgan, it may also help reduce international conflict between more developed countries as well.

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