U.S. Politics

The Responsibilities of Congress in Maintaining the Rule of Law

The Wilson Center is partnering with the International Bar Association to present the fourth program of "Preserving a Free Society," a six-part series of bipartisan discussions on the rule of law that feature current and former senior government officials and other distinguished guests.

Implementing the U.S. Global Water Strategy: A First-Year Review

In November 2017, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development released the first U.S. Global Water Strategy. With contributions from more than 17 U.S. government agencies and departments, the Global Water Strategy lays out four interrelated objectives to support a more water secure world: increase access to sustainable safe drinking water and sanitation services, and promote hygiene; protect freshwater resources; promote cooperation on shared waters; and strengthen water governance and financing.

Event Recap: On the Brink: Trump, Kim, and the Threat of Nuclear War

More than six decades have passed since the signing of the Korean War Armistice Agreement halted the bloodshed on the Korean Peninsula. Although war between the two Koreas was put on pause, the promise of peace remains elusive to this day. Painfully aware of its vulnerability to its southern neighbor and the U.S. forces stationed there, North Korea began its nuclear program in the 1950s. Despite years of nuclear negotiations between the United States, North Korea, and other concerned parties, North Korea has persisted in its quest to obtain a reliable nuclear deterrent.

Remembering John Dingell and His 'Last Words for America'

Like many Americans, I was deeply moved by the final op-ed from John Dingell (John Dingell: My last words for America) that appeared in The Washington Post the day after we lost Congress’s longest-serving member. The Post reports that he “dictated these reflections to his wife, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), at their home in Dearborn, on Feb.

Bankers, Bailouts, and the Struggle to Tame Wall Street

In her book Broken Bargain, author Kathleen Day examines the history of financial regulation and of government oversight of corporations—which goes back to the founding fathers.

The Issues behind Election Day

The 2018 U.S. midterm election is one of the most contentious and closely watched in recent memory. Over the past year, Wilson Center experts and fellows have illuminated many of the issues that voters may be considering as they head to the polls – from migration to trade and more. Here is a sampling of research and analysis that takes on new relevance today:

Changing Cultures in Congress: From Fair Play to Power Plays

The United States Congress has been described as dysfunctional, gridlocked, polarized, hyperpartisan, chaotic, and do-nothing. In Changing Cultures in Congress, congressional scholar Donald R. Wolfensberger explains the institutional dynamics behind Congress’s devolution from a respected legislative institution to a body plagued by a win-at-any-cost mentality and a culture of perpetual campaigning.

Book Launch | Changing Cultures in Congress: From Fair Play to Power Plays

The United States Congress has been described as dysfunctional, gridlocked, polarized, hyperpartisan, chaotic, and do-nothing. In Changing Cultures in Congress, congressional scholar Donald R. Wolfensberger explains the institutional dynamics behind Congress’s devolution from a respected legislative institution to a body plagued by a win-at-any-cost mentality and a culture of perpetual campaigning. 

ASEAN and the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy

Pending any last-minute changes, U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence is set to attend the next round of Asian summitry in Singapore in November on behalf of U.S. President Donald Trump. While the agenda for Pence’s trip will no doubt be wide-ranging, his visit to the region will spotlight the Trump administration’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) strategy and the role of Southeast Asia and ASEAN as a regional grouping within it.

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