Elections

Are You a Budget Hero? OHIO University Students to Play Popular Online Budget Game

Public opinion polls consistently show Americans ranking the federal budget deficit as one of the most important issues in the coming election. But amid today’s partisan rancor, where can Americans go for unbiased information on the policies proposed for addressing growing public debt? How can you see first-hand the trade-offs inherent in putting together the federal budget?

Pew: U.S. Voter Pessimism on New Middle East

            The Pew Research Center conducted a poll on the U.S. public‘s views on the Middle East in early October. The public is increasingly pessimistic about regional developments following the Arab uprisings. In April 2011, 42 percent of Americans thought changes in leadership would “lead to lasting improvements for people” in countries like Egypt and Libya. But in October 2012, only 25 percent still believe there will be lasting improvements.The results were released prior to the final presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

What Should the Next American President Do About China?

October 4, 2012 -- Washington, DC

At a debate hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and moderated by BBC Radio's Robin Lustig, Kissinger Institute Director, J. Stapleton Roy debated with Elizabeth Economy, Chas W. Freeman, Jr., and Yan Xuetong on how the next American President ought to engage with China. The debate was sctructured around three broad questions:

Launch of Budget Hero: Election Edition on Capitol Hill

Public opinion polls consistently show Americans ranking the federal budget deficit as one of the most important issues in the coming election. But amid today’s partisan rancor, where can Americans go for unbiased information on the policies proposed for addressing growing public debt?

Croatia and Serbia: Two New Governments, Two Sets of Challenges

This presentation will discuss political changes that the two new governments elected to office in Croatia in November 2011 and in Serbia in May 2012 bring to the landscape of political parties, regional cooperation and EU accession politics in South Eastern Europe. Rinna Kullaa will highlight the economic challenges Croatia faces while simultaneously setting the example for steps into entry to the EU membership for other EU candidate states. The talk will discuss the impact of the recent Serbian election for political and economic transition in Serbia and in the region.

University of Maryland Students Play New Budget Hero: Election Edition

At the University of Maryland-College Park, students of public policy, journalism, and business gathered in groups at the Public Policy School to play Budget Hero and see how policies favoring their political priorities – such as efficient government, energy independence, or national security – would affect the federal budget.  

Budget Hero – Election Edition

WASHINGTON – The creators of “Budget Hero,” the popular serious game which helps people of all ages understand the federal budget and the trade-offs involved in the budgetary process, have launched an Election Edition to illuminate the budget impact of policies championed by President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney as well as those related to the impending “fiscal cliff.”

Latin American Program in the News: What’s going to happen in Venezuela after the Elections?

 

What’s going to happen in Venezuela after the Elections?
 

As the presidential elections approach in Venezuela, between the candidate from the Coalition for Democratic Unity, Henrique Capriles and Hugo Chávez, Venezuela’s president for the last 13 years, the question of what will happen, depending on the outcome of the elections, is more latent than ever.

Venezuela’s Presidential Elections 2012: Report of a Study Mission

On October 7, 2012, Venezuelans will go to the polls to elect a president for the next six-year term.  The election pits current President Hugo Chávez, who has held office since 1998, against Henrique Capriles Radonski, the opposition candidate chosen in a February 2012 primary.  Not since President Chávez was first elected has there been so much uncertainty about Venezuela’s future, not only because of the unknown severity of his illness with cancer, but also because the opposition’s unity around a single candidate has made the election competitive as never before.

Discussion with the Chairman of Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission

Moderator

Steve McDonald, Consulting Director, Africa Program and the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity, The Wilson Center

Speaker

Ahmed Issack Hassan, Chairman of Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission

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