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Can America Have (and Does It Want) Another Great President?

Oct 01, 2014
Universal agreement on those American Presidents that have achieved “greatness” yields a short list. Most will agree on Washington, Lincoln, and FDR… but then the debate begins in earnest. In his new book, “The End of Greatness: Why America Can't Have (and Doesn't Want) Another Great President,” Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar Aaron David Miller provides a challenging analysis of the nature of presidential leadership and what is required for a chief executive to attain that status. Miller previews the book in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

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Kennan Institute Invites Proposals for Conference on Orthodoxy, Civil Society and Democracy in Russia

May 23, 2003
The Kennan Institute, in conjunction with the Institute on Religion and World Affairs at Boston University, and Baylor University, will convene a workshop to be held in spring 2004.

CWIHP Sponsors Panels at 2003 SHAFR Annual Meeting (June 6-8, 2003)

May 22, 2003
CWIHP is pleased to announce three panels at the forthcoming Annual Meeting of the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations, to be held June 6-8, 2003 at George Washington University.

Policy Planning in Today's World

May 22, 2003
In this address at the Kennan Institute Annual Dinner, Richard N. Haass, Director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Department of State, outlined the key objectives for U.S. foreign policy at what he considers a juncture when Americans need to think more long term about the U.S. role in the world. Haass, the twentieth person to hold the position of Director of Policy Planning, credited George F. Kennan, the first to hold the position, for his vision, calling his tenure: "the golden era of policy planning."

Enhancing National Security and Civil Liberties in the Information Age

May 22, 2003
Can technology help us preserve our freedoms while reducing the threat of terrorist attacks? The Center's Foresight and Governance Project recently convened a group of experts to discuss ways to improve both civil liberties and national security in today's information age where the pressure is high for rapid data gathering and analysis.

Tribute to Walter Sisulu

May 20, 2003
Africa Project Director Howard Wolpe remembers Walter Sisulu, the 'quiet giant' of the anti-apartheid movement, for his humility and his humanity. On May 5 Sisulu passed away at his home in Soweto, at the age of 90.

The Wilson Quarterly

Afghanistan

Kubra in her workshop. (Photo by Justin Sutcliffe/Polaris)

As the U.S. prepares to withdraw from the longest war in its history, a look at the lives changed, promises made, and ideas shaped by war in Afghanistan.

Dialogue

The Future of Higher Education

Mar 26, 2014Apr 02, 2014

Jeff Abernathy and Richard Morrill discuss how colleges and universities are dealing with rapidly rising costs and how the United States can still compete for students in a globalized environment.