A Brief History of Congressional Reform Efforts

Congress has undergone many changes since World War II, most of which have had to do with adapting to the complexities of modern society and the commensurate growth in the Executive Branch bureaucracy and powers of the presidency. The first major post War reform efforts begun in 1945 and 1965 were premised on the belief that any institutional changes should be bicameral and bipartisan.

Congress Takes Recess From Pro Formas

A silent spring descended on House and Senate chambers March 25 when Congress left town for its two-week break. During five recesses last year, banging gavels reverberated in both nearly empty chambers as designated presiding officers convened and adjourned pro forma sessions in a matter of seconds. The hapless victims: House and Senate floor staff.

Latin American Program in the News: Chavez Heir to Be Sworn in as Vote Dispute Roils Investors

Nicolas Maduro will be sworn in as Venezuela’s president today as a dispute over the election and his post-campaign rhetoric undermines investor confidence in how the government will manage the world’s largest oil reserves.

Moynihan’s Moment & North Korean Sabre Rattling

On this episode of Dialogue at the Wilson Center we look back at the legacy of the late great Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan with the help of Gil Troy,  Professor of History at McGill University and the author of Moynihan’s Moment: America’s Fight Against Zionism as Racism. Also, joining us to remember her father is Maura Moynihan, daughter of Daniel Patrick Moynihan. In our second segment we speak with Asia Program Fellow Hazel Smith about continued North Korea sabre rattling towards the U.S.

Wilson Forum - U.S. Ambassadors to Mexico: The Relationship Through Their Eyes

On Wilson Forum  three former U.S. ambassadors to Mexico sit down with author and journalist Dolia Estévez to discuss her latest book, U.S. Ambassadors to Mexico: The Relationship Through Their Eyes.  The book offers a first-hand account of how U.S. ambassadors see their own role in this vital relationship. Panelists include John D.

Wilson Forum - From Cyber to Immigration, Terrorism to Disasters: Securing America in the Next Administration

On this episode of Wilson Forum U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano discusses her department’s plans to protect America in the years ahead from multiple threats including cyber-crime, terrorism, immigration, and natural disasters. The event is moderated by Wilson Center Director, President, and CEO Jane Harman.


The Gingrich Senators: The Roots of Partisan Warfare in Congress

The much venerated Senate of the mid-twentieth century is now a distant memory. Today senators routinely electioneer on the Senate floor, play games with the legislative process, and question each other’s motives. Sean M. Theriault documents how one group of senators has been at the forefront of the transformation—the “Gingrich Senators,” which he defines as those Republicans who previously served in the House after New Gingrich was first elected. He shows how the Gingrich Senators are more conservative and more likely to engage in partisan warfare than the other Republicans.

Latin American Program in the News: El futuro de las alianzas 'heredadas' por Chávez a Venezuela

Ahora que Chávez se ha ido, probablemente no haya nadie que tenga la influencia para seguir financiando a esta alianza. El país que más aporta a la ALBA es Venezuela, que contribuye con millones de dólares en asistencia para sus miembros y con petróleo a precios bajos.

Latin American Program in the News: The well-greased vote machine Chavez left

Across the nation, government vehicles cruise streets blasting salsa music and distributing campaign literature. Campaign billboards festoon the roofs of government buildings.

Latin American Program in the News: México y EU revisarán la Iniciativa Mérida

Según escribe Eric L. Olson, Investigador del Instituto México, del Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, en el Atlas de la Seguridad y la Defensa de México 2012, el primero, dedicado a la lucha contra el narcotráfico así como a la seguridad fronteriza acaparó el 64% del presupuesto e “implicó equipo de muy alto costo, como 21 aeronaves para el uso de las fuerzas militares y policiales”.