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President Carter: The White House Years

Stuart Eizenstat was at Jimmy Carter’s side from the president's political rise in Georgia through four years in the White House. As Chief Domestic Policy Adviser, he was directly involved in all domestic and economic decisions as well as many foreign policy ones during the Carter presidency. 

Celebrating Black History Month with A Cappella Group Reverb

The Wilson Center’s African American Heritage Event Committee is pleased to invite you to an afternoon of live entertainment by the a cappella group Reverb.

Grace Kennan Warnecke: “Daughter of the Cold War”

Grace Kennan Warnecke discusses her soon-to-be-published memoir about life, career, and what it was like growing up as the daughter of George F. Kennan, one of the most influential diplomats and foreign policy thinkers of the twentieth century. She shares her memories and insights during this episode of Wilson Center NOW.


The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made

By the author of acclaimed biographies of Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Adams, a penetrating biography of one of the most high-minded, consequential, and controversial U.S. presidents, Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924). The Moralist is a cautionary tale about the perils of moral vanity and American overreach in foreign affairs.

History of Place: Barry Farm/Hillsdale, An African-American Settlement in Washington, DC

This presentation is about an African American settlement that originated in Washington, DC right after the Civil War in 1867.  Approximately 40,000 African American refugees came into the city during the Civil War. They were destitute when they arrived, and the majority of them had to settle first on the streets and later in makeshift housing built from discarded materials. The Freedmen’s Bureau decided to create a settlement on the southeast side of the city to help the newly arrived immigrants build their homes.

The Battle Over a Vietnam War Memorial

How do you build a monument to a war that was more tragic than triumphant? James Reston, Jr. discusses the controversy surrounding Maya Lin’s winning design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and also describes how veterans’ views on the memorial have evolved over time. He chronicles these stories and more in his new book, A Rift in the Earth: Art, Memory, and the Fight for a Vietnam War Memorial, which provides the focus for this episode of Wilson Center NOW.



Donald Trump and Leverage

In this excerpt from The Leverage Paradox, Robert M. Hathaway discusses how the current administration can look to history for lessons on how to move forward with U.S.-Pakistan relations.  You can download the full book or request a hard copy on our website.

Launch-The Leverage Paradox: Pakistan and the United States

How are smaller, weaker countries able to successfully defy American power? Why does the United States so frequently fail to turn its vast power into leverage? These are among the central questions facing the Trump administration today. This event marks the launch of The Leverage Paradox, a new study by Robert M. Hathaway that unravels the troubled relationship between Pakistan and the United States to explore these crucial questions about the use of American power.