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U.S. Domestic Policy

The Financial Crisis: Past, Present, and Future

The logic of needing to save Wall Street in order to save Main Street is a difficult, though necessary, argument to make asserted David Wessel, the Economics Editor for The Wall Street Journal, at a Wilson Center on the Hill event on April 27th. Calling this a "moment of great rebalancing", Wessel argued that the U.S.

Book Discussion: Winning the Oil End Game: Innovations for Profits, Jobs and Security

The United States can and should terminate its reliance on oil within the next few decades while increasing its global economic competitiveness, argued Anthony Lovins, president and CEO of the Rocky Mountain Institute. Presenting the findings of his book, Winning the Oil End Game: Innovations for Profits, Jobs, and Security, Lovins maintained that business-for-profit and military innovations to increase fuel efficiency and to utilize energy alternatives could greatly benefit U.S. security and economic interests.

Deputy Director, Douglas Spelman Participates in Discussion on the VOA (Chinese) Program, "Pro and Con."

Watch Douglas Spelman discuss "The Impact of the China Issue on the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election," and whether "China will become a Superpower?" here. Originally aired May 27, 2011. (In Chinese).


In Praise of Deadlock: How Partisan Struggle Makes Better Laws

With budget reconciliations, filibusters, and supermajorities making headlines, In Praise of Deadlock explains the legislative process and its checkpoints, while maintaining a noncomformist respect for the hurdles and hang-ups inherent in the American system. As a practitioner who served for fourteen years as chief of staff to Senators Bill Frist and Pete Domenici, W. Lee Rawls offers a candid perspective on partisan struggle, which he sees as essential to advancing new policy and generating consensus.

The Arts of Democracy: Art, Public Culture, and the State

Influenced by two decades of debate inside and outside the academy about the relationship among the arts, politics, and public policy, the essays collected in The Arts of Democracy represent the coming of age of one of the liveliest fields in contemporary academic life.

Building the Next American Century: The Past and Future of Economic Competitiveness

Collaboration between the public and private sectors helped the U.S. economy recover from its last period of economic malaise, and similar collaboration is needed today, according to a key participant in the 1980s–1990s competitiveness movement.

Daniel Patrick Moynihan: The Intellectual in Public Life

One of the most distinguished figures in twentieth-century American politics, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, was at the center of virtually every major political issue of his day, offering a distinct voice unique in its prescience, scholarliness, and statesmanlike manner.