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Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women's Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics

Forty years ago, two women's movements drew a line in the sand between liberals and conservatives. The legacy of that rift is still evident today in American politics and social policies.

The Cybersecurity Dilemma

Why do nations break into one another's most important computer networks? There is an obvious answer: to steal valuable information or to attack. But this isn't the full story. 

Is China Manipulating its Currency?

The Trump administration can pretty much do whatever it wants regarding naming countries currency manipulators.  No U.S. law prevents that.  But current U.S. law does not support finding any country a manipulator at this time.   U.S. dollar strength reflects higher growth in the U.S. compared to other countries and likely continued higher U.S. interest rates as the Fed tightens U.S. monetary policy while other central banks maintain their expansionary policies.     

China and the Trump Administration: Conflict or Cooperation

The Trump Administration is off to a fast start, and China is watching closely. Opportunities for conflict or cooperation range from trade to climate change to the South China Sea. How will the relationship between the two nations unfold? Kissinger Institute Director Robert Daly provides insights into China’s thinking in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.


The View from Mexico | Border Adjustment Tax: Economic Impact and WTO Consistency

Donald Trump has been elected U.S. President as disrupter in chief; somebody that can get things done and change the status quo.

The center of his program appears to be a tax reform to completely revamp the U.S. system.  “I understand the tax laws better than almost anyone. And that is why I am one that can truly fix them,” he said several times in debates and rallies.  The idea is to end up with a system that favors investment on infrastructure and capital goods.

U.S.-Taiwan Relations: Prospects for Security and Economic Ties

President-elect Donald Trump’s phone conversation with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen soon after his election has brought the One China policy back into the political limelight. Amid renewed interest in assessing cross-Strait relations, the question remains how the latest developments may impact Taiwan itself. Join us for a discussion about the outlook for U.S.-Taiwan relations from a political, security, as well as economic perspective and the evolution of Taiwan’s position in Asia.

President Obama Eases Sudan Sanctions

President Obama has eased sanctions against Sudan, a nation designated as a terrorism sponsor whose leader has been accused of war crimes. Wilson Center Africa Program Fellow, Zach Vertin, explains the move and what the US hopes to gain by attempting to normalize relations with the African nation.