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Does NSA Make Us Safer?

Does the NSA make us safer? Were Snowden's leaks good for the U.S.? Jane Harman discusses these questions with former NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander and the ACLU’s Anthony Romero during MSNBC's first "Great Debate" from the Aspen Ideas Festival.


What Is Causing the Sudden Flood of Unaccompanied Children from Central America?

As many as 52,000 unaccompanied minors from Central America have arrived at the U.S. border since October, 2013 with the possibility of another 60,000 arriving before the end of this year. What has motivated children to set out on a perilous journey through Central America’s Northern Triangle, Mexico and ultimately to cross a fortified U.S. border? How are traffickers and criminal groups manipulating Central America’s young and vulnerable population to take extreme risks and entrust their future to them?

Local Markets for Illegal Drugs: Impacts, Trends, and New Approaches

The Wilson Center’s Latin American Program is pleased to present a new report, “Local Markets for Illegal Drugs: Impacts, Trends, and New Approaches.” The report, also available in Spanish, examines the public health, social development and citizen security impacts of retail drug markets in major urban areas in the Americas and how traditional law enforcement approaches have altered and, at times, exacerbated the security situation.  The report also looks at  new approaches for dealing with this troubling phenomenon.

Robert Asselin on the EPA’s proposal to cut carbon emissions (in French)

Note: This article was first published in in LaPresse on June 3, 2014.  Article is in French.

En annonçant hier un plan de lutte sérieux contre les changements climatiques, le président américain Obama a posé l'un des gestes les plus significatifs de sa présidence.

Jane Harman on the Anniversary of the Edward Snowden Leaks

Former Defense Department and CIA chief of staff Jeremy Bash and Wilson Center Director Jane Harman talks with Andrea Mitchell about NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s claims that he attempted to raise the red flag before leaking documents.

Latin American Program in the News: "Venezuela divide a la Casa Blanca y al Congreso de EE.UU."

[...] "El canciller Elías Jaua aseguró el domingo que denunciará a Washington ante organismos internacionales como la ONU por su "injerencia" y las amenanzas de sanciones.

Este tipo de reacciones ha puesto a la Casa Blanca en un incómodo dilema.

"La política de Obama está atrapada entre el imperativo político de hacer also y el efecto que esa pueda tener en el terreno", le dice a BBC Mundo Cynthia Arnson, directora del programa de América Latina en el Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, un centro de estudios con sede en Washington. 

New Terrorism Meets New Media

The Internet proves to be a useful instrument for modern terrorists who use it for a wide range of purposes – from recruitment, radicalization and propaganda to data-mining and online instruction and training. However, cyber-savvy terrorists found the need to update their online presence. There is a clear trend of terrorist "migration" to online social media, including YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Moreover, this trend is expanding to the newest online platforms such as Instagram, Flickr, and others.

The Vote: When Does Suffrage Become Universal?

This year’s Law Day theme is “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters.” The 2014 Leon Jaworski Public Program will focus on the ideal and practice of universal suffrage, emphasizing and exploring the “every” in the 2014 Law Day theme. Scholars have traced the history of universal suffrage to the democratic revolutions of the late eighteenth century and the subsequent development of the norms and institutions of electoral democracy, beginning in the nineteenth century. The use of the term “universal suffrage” also dates to this period.

Jane Harman on the Crisis in Ukraine

Jane Harman appeared on "Fox News Sunday" with columnist George Will, former Senator Rick Santorum and Time Magazine Assistant Managing Editor Rana Foroohar to discuss the crisis in Ukraine and US politics. 

"Vladimir Putin doesn't know the Colin Powell rule -- if you break it you own it. And if he breaks up Crimea, he's going to own their pension liabilities, their tanked economy, at a time when the Russian economy is stretched," Harman said.