Congress

Rand Paul is Right

Many disagree with Sen. Rand Paul on many issues, but he is spot-on about the need for a crystal clear framework regarding the domestic and international use of drones.

Inside the United States, without exception, an American suspected of plotting a terror attack should never be targeted by an armed drone. Period.

Rand Paul was right to end the 13-hour filibuster after getting a letter from Attorney General Eric Holder that provided modest clarification about presidential authority over drone use in the United States.

Celebrating the Legacy of Daniel Patrick Moynihan: The Launch of "Moynihan's Moment," a New Book by Gil Troy

On November 10, 1975, the General Assembly of United Nations passed Resolution 3379, which declared Zionism a form of racism. Afterward, a tall man with long, graying hair, horned-rim glasses, and a bowtie stood to speak. He pronounced his words with the rounded tones of a Harvard academic, but his voice shook with outrage: "The United States rises to declare, before the General Assembly of the United Nations, and before the world, that it does not acknowledge, it will not abide by, it will never acquiesce in this infamous act."

Rubber-Band Politics' Snapback Sting

A rubber band is a continuous elastic cord designed to hold things together. If stretched too far, it either breaks or slips in a stinging snapback. In either case, the bundle falls apart. Congress and the White House have been playing rubber-band politics with budget issues for the past two years, hoping to hold things together with new gimmicks that only cause further stretching of the band.

Latin American Program in the News: News brief

Cynthia Arnson, director of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Latin America Program, has authored an in-depth policy brief (.pdf) outlining the major issues in the hemisphere for President Obama to tackle as he enters his second term.

Latin American Program in the News: Latin America's Cold War History

This provocative book, like other recent Cold War scholarship on Latin America, ascribes centrality to the actions, ideologies, and interests of Latin Americans

The Wilson Center Launches the Woodrow Wilson Foreign Policy Fellowship Program

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is launching a new foreign-policy fellowship meant to help congressional staffers smarten up on foreign policy.

Harman: Drone Courts Can Work

In the debate on drone policy that is raging in Washington, a simple solution is available. Why not use the framework established in the 35-year-old Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, to cover drone strikes and offensive cyberoperations?

Getting Back to Legislating: Reflections of a Congressional Working Group

In July 2011, the Bipartisan Policy Center began a series of meetings on “How to Fix Congress” by looking at the operations of the committee system.  In 2012, the series resumed as the “Culture of Congress Roundtable Discussion Series” in collaboration with the Woodrow Wilson Center.  The meetings drew on the expertise and interest of current and former members of Congress, senators, senior staff, congressional scholars and concerned citizens.  A total of five more sessions were held, touching on such areas as leadership influences, the regular order, conference committees, and budgeting (s

Threading the Needle on Immigration Reform in the United States

By Karthick Ramakrishnan

Director of GWLI, Rangita de Silva de Alwis featured in USA Today Column on Women in Congress

Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, was recently featured in an opinion column in USA Today written by Al Neuharth. The column, titled, “Neuharth: Women a big factor in new Congress,” discussed the increasing role of women in Congress. Dr. de Silva offered her feedback on this increasing role: “The last election saw the number of women in the U.S. Congress rise to 18.3% in the U.S., but we still lag behind the global average, which the Inter-Parliamentary Union estimates at 20.3% as of Oct.

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