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U.S. Domestic Policy

The Federal Reserve System: Woodrow Wilson's Most Important Achievement?

Many people think of Woodrow Wilson’s legacy exclusively in terms of foreign policy. But his domestic achievements should not be overlooked. Economist Kent Hughes says that creation of the Federal Reserve System may be at the top of the list when it comes to evaluating Wilson’s presidency and legacy.

GPS: At the Intersection of Navigation and Cyber Security

GPS: At the Intersection of Navigation and Cyber Security

Date: Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Time: 3:30 - 4:30 PM
Location: 4th Floor Conference Room, Wilson Center

Space is limited. Confirmation emails will be sent to those who RSVP, on a first come first serve basis.

La receta Giuliani: remedio equivocado para la seguridad ciudadana

Tolerancia cero”

Horas antes de anunciarle al país su intención de ir por la reelección, el presidente Juan Manuel Santos sostuvo una reunión con el exalcalde de Nueva York, Rudolph Giuliani, conocido como el autor del “milagro” de la seguridad en Estados Unidos.

Access to Capital after the Poor People’s Campaign

In this moment, the gap between rich and poor is wider than almost any time since the 1920s. As we mark the 45th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign, we must consider the mixed legacy of one element of their platform, the demand that access to capital be expanded. While access to capital has increased in recent decades, so too has economic inequality.

The Other Welfare: Supplemental Security Income and U.S. Social Policy

History Seminar
Historical Perspectives on International and National Affairs

“The Other Welfare:
Supplemental Security Income and U.S. Social Policy”

Edward Berkowitz

Don’t Dismiss Bicameral Working Group Out of Hand

Procedural Politics
Roll Call
Oct. 9, 2013

House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, surprised even his own party caucus colleagues Tuesday by introducing a bill to create a Bicameral Working Group on Deficit Reduction and Economic Growth, then calling it up in his committee an hour later.

Procedural Maneuvers Go Nowhere in Twin Crises

Procedural Politics
Roll Call
Oct. 22, 2013

When asked if I intended to write a column on all the procedural moves and counter-moves during the twin crises of the shutdown and near debt default, I said “no.” I didn’t want to dignify or seem to make sense of such senseless forays into futility.

A procedural flow chart of the moves would probably resemble a wobbly, downward spiral into a sealed cul-de-sac — picture the flight of an inebriated bumble bee in death’s throes.

The Carbon Tax: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Few think of Canada as a superpower in any sense of the term, but there is one area of national strength where Canada outranks most countries in the world: energy abundance. Canada has within its borders the third largest proven oil reserves in the world (170.2 billion barrels) and exports nearly 3 million barrels per day to its southern neighbor under favorable terms stipulated by NAFTA.

POSTPONED: Building Livable Cities and Healthy Communities: Policy and Planning Approaches for Resilience and Sustainability


Chronic diseases have surpassed communicable diseases as leading causes of death worldwide.   Enviromental and policy conditions that enable unhealthy diets, physical inactivity and high rates of tobacco underly increasing chronic disease rates.  This makes good health in many communities with developing economies, difficult – if not impossible – to achieve.

New Visions for Citizen Science


The Wilson Center Presents a Roundtable in Open Innovation and Science:

New Visions for Citizen Science