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Why Holding the Majority Matters

Many Americans don't realize that on Capitol Hill, your party's status as the majority or minority can affect everything from the rooms you meet in to whether you can offer an amendment to a bill. Former Congressman Lee Hamilton explains what underlies the intense partisanship in Congress.

Russia and Georgia

The debate over who started the war between Georgia and Russia continues, but there is no doubt that Russia finished it. Former Congressman Lee Hamilton discusses the consequences of the peace.

Why Congress Needs Institutionalists

In these politicized times, it's getting harder to find members of Congress who put the interests of the institution they serve first. Former Congressman Lee Hamilton says this is troubling, and explains "Why Congress Needs Institutionalists."

How to Mend Latin American Relations

Over the last several years, we have witnessed an erosion of U.S. influence in Latin America. Former Congressman Lee Hamilton discusses how to re-engage the region.

Our Future With India

America and India's shared commitment to representative government has helped lay the foundation for a transformation in bilateral relations since the Cold War's end. Former Congressman Lee Hamilton discusses a crucial bilateral relationship in the 21st century.

The Decision to Go to War

For the last 60 years, Congress has stood on the sidelines when the White House decides to commit US troops abroad. Former Congressman Lee Hamilton explains why "The Decision To Go To War" should not be left to the President alone.

Are the People Prepared for Their Responsibilities?

This being an election year, the presidential candidates are getting much scrutiny. Former Congressman Lee Hamilton says there's an equally important question we need to be asking: "Are the people prepared for their responsibilities?"

Challenges From Pakistan

Pakistan has become the supreme challenge for American foreign policy, says former Congressman Lee Hamilton. We must state our objective in Pakistan clearly, better integrate our military and civilian efforts to build Pakistani capabilities, and increase our non-military assistance to Pakistan.

Build Consensus Even When It's Hard

The only way to address the tough issues we face as a nation is to do it together, across party lines. Former Congressman Lee Hamilton says that, even though politics these days makes it difficult, we have to "Build Consensus Even When It's Hard."

Congress, Too, Can Set the Agenda

It is time for Congress to start learning to re-assert itself as a policy-making branch of government. Former congressman Lee Hamilton suggests that with a new president due to take office soon, "Congress, Too, Can Set the Agenda."

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