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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. 

Virtual Packs of Lone Wolves

Lone wolf terrorism is on the rise and online tools are making it easier. Fellow Gabriel Weimann, who has conducted a 15-year study on the impact of the Internet on terrorism, discusses the trend, its causes, and ways to track the lone wolf before an attack.

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A Conversation with Jeh Johnson

During a forum hosted by Wilson Center Director, President, and CEO, Jane Harman, Jeh Johnson delivered his first major speech since becoming Homeland Security Secretary. Following his formal remarks he joined Congresswoman Harman for a wide ranging discussion on important issues such as cyber security, immigration, and cooperation with the private sector.

Jane Harman Discusses Government Surveillance on "Real Time With Bill Maher"

Jane Harman was a guest on "Real Time with Bill Maher" to discuss issues in American politics including the minimum wage, intelligence and surveillance, and terrorism.

"We should win the argument with the kid trying to strap on the suicide vest. That's the right way to do it," Harman said.  

One Goal, Two Struggles: Confronting Crime and Violence in Mexico and Colombia (No. 32)

Since the mid-2000s, violence related to drug trafficking and other transnational crime has increased exponentially in Mexico.  By the end of the decade the public began to seriously doubt the government’s strategy and its ability to guarantee public safety.  The nature and intensity of violence in Mexico brought forth memories of the 1980s and ’90s in Colombia, when the country was besieged by the Medellín and Cali drug cartels.

Government Task Force Recommends NSA Stop Collecting Phone Records

Jane Harman was interviewed on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports regarding the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board's new report, which called the NSA's data collection program illegal.

"My own view was and still is that the program is constitutional, but that’s only one piece. The second piece is, politically does it make sense, and in terms of U.S. security, to have a program which is creating so much dissension in our own country?" Harman said. 

Latin American Program in the News: Latin America sees violent crime

In this interview with CNN, Eric L. Olson, Associate Director of the Latin American Program, describes the roots of violent crime in Latin America, including connections with drug trafficking, and what governments are doing to address the situation.  He also discusses drug policies, including marijuana legalization in some U.S. states and some parts of Latin America. 

To watch this interview go here

Public health and human rights: The new language of the drug policy debate

The 54th Session of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control (CICAD, in Spanish) of the Organization of American States (OAS), which took place December 11th to 13th in Bogotá, Colombia, offered an unprecedented opportunity to debate drug policy from the perspective of public health and human rights.

People Out of Place: A Constitutional History of the Long 1960s

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Historical Perspectives on International and National Affairs

"People Out of Place: A Constitutional History of the Long 1960s"

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Senate Leader Reid’s Rule Recalls House Czar Speaker Reed

The joke used to be that the House of Representatives has dozens of rules while the Senate has just two: unanimous consent and exhaustion.

However, after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pulled the trigger on the “nuclear option” on Nov. 21 to effect a change in the filibuster rule for most nominations, it can now be said that the Senate has three rules: unanimous consent, exhaustion and Reid’s rule. The latter can be defined as any procedural edict the majority leader wishes to impose on the Senate so long as he has the backing of just 50 members.