U.S. Domestic Policy

Hold the Obituary: Is the U.S. Really in Decline?

In the second installment of our recap of the Wilson Center May 2015 Alumni Conference, we hear from an a-list panel of analysts addressing the question, “Is the U.S. in decline?” From the China challenge to the “rise of the rest,” America’s place in the world is being questioned from within and without. Is the American Century truly over and are its best days in history’s rear view mirror? That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.

Is the U.S. Still the “Indispensable Nation?”: A Conversation With Madeleine Albright

Madeleine Albright served as U.S. Secretary of State (1997-2001) and also was a Wilson Center Scholar in 1981-82.

Law Day 2015: What Makes Magna Carta Mythic?

The 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta will be celebrated this June. The “Great Charter” provided the theme for the Law Day 2015 edition of the Leon Jaworski Public Program series, an event produced by the American Bar Association in cooperation with the Wilson Center. Panelists, with the help of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, explored the question, “What makes Magna Carta mythic?” Their thoughts provide insight into an eight-century long legal-political tradition, its endurance, and continuing significance for the twenty-first century. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.

Is the United States at a Crossroads? Domestic and Global Dimensions

In this half-day conference, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and leading experts from journalism and academia discussed the role of the United States in the world today and the future of U.S. immigration policy. These public events are part of a Wilson Center Alumni Reunion gathering.

9:00 - 9:45am: Conversation--Is the United States Still the "Indispensable Nation"?

Where Does Baltimore Go From Here?

As calm begins to return to Baltimore many long standing issues remain. They were not resolved during decades of decline and they are not likely going to be resolved in the short term. We asked Blair Ruble, Vice President for Programs and Director, Urban Sustainability Laboratory at the Wilson Center how the community can begin to move forward.

The Undercooked Debate on Domestic Drones

When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Washington this week, I wonder if he and President Obama will commiserate over the drones invading their personal space. Last week, a lightly radioactive drone was found on the roof of the Prime Minister’s office in Tokyo; last January, an employee of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency accidentally crashed his personal UAV on the White House lawn. Neither incident was considered a serious threat, but both are gravely concerning.

The Estonia Model: A Conversation With President Toomas Hendrik Ilves on a Free and Secure Internet

The Republic of Estonia built a new government from the ground up, resulting in the world's most comprehensive and efficient “e-government.” Citizens are empowered by a free nationwide Wi-Fi network and a school program that boosts tech competence at every age level. But being an early adopter also has its risks. In 2007, Estonia was one of the first victims of a large-scale cyberattack that mostly targeted government websites and financial services. The attack provided the country's security experts with valuable experience and information in dealing with such incidents.

The Great Charter: What Makes Magna Carta Mythic?

Since 2001, the American Bar Association Division for Public Education has conducted the Leon Jaworski Public Program series to commemorate Law Day. The Jaworski Public Programs have examined themes of law, politics, and culture and have operated on the premise that exploring fundamental legal identities and attributes help us better understand who we are as Americans and as global citizens.

How America Can Step Up Its Leadership Role in the Arctic

On April 24, the United States will assume the chairmanship of the Arctic Council for two years. The Council is an eight-country forum, which since its inception in 1996, has successfully governed pan-Arctic cooperation on a consensus basis. A key question for the United States is whether the current complex geopolitical environment and tense atmosphere in Russian relations with the West will impinge future Arctic cooperation.

Illegal immigrant children surge across border at highest rate since last summer’s peak