United States News

How Geography Explains the United States

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.

Op-ed: Re-launching the bilateral agenda - Mexico Institute in the News (In Spanish)

Apr 19, 2013
Secretary of the Interior Miguel Angel Osorio Chong delivered a conference at the Wilson Center's Mexico Institute. His visit coincided with the launch of the Gang of Eight's immigration reform bill.

Op-ed: Three Knots Within Immigration Reform - Mexico Institute in the News (In Spanish)

Apr 14, 2013
As the Gang of Eight prepares to announce their immigration reform bill, three knots remain and will have to be disentangled in order for the bill to succeed.

Kerry in Asia: Fleshing Out the Rebalance

Apr 12, 2013
Newly-minted Secretary of State John Kerry is in Asia this week amidst a rising sense of crisis prompted by weeks of bellicose rhetoric and increasingly dangerous threats by regional bad boy North Korea.
Robert Litwak on Context

How Serious are North Korea’s Nuclear Threats?

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.
David Biette

Canada Institute director David Biette LIVE on Dialogue: Sunday, April 7 at 10:30a (EST)

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.

Canada Institute Advisory Board Co-Chair Paul Frazer discusses the new American ambassador to Canada, Bruce Heyman

Apr 04, 2013
Bruce Heyman, a longtime Obama fundraiser and Chicago-based partner at the investment firm Goldman Sachs, is to become the next U.S. ambassador to Canada.

Towards a Regional Competiveness Agenda

Apr 02, 2013
Until we know where we are going as a region and understand ourselves like a region, we will be left with an economic agenda that looks like little more than a to-do list. Our leaders will have a hard time describing advances in economic relations in an interesting way and explaining to their respective populations that we are no longer competitors but partners.

The Extrajudicial Use of Drones: The Need for a Post-9/11 Legal Framework

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.

Global Choke Point: Confronting Energy Demand and Water Scarcity in China and the United States

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.

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